Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 4, 2019 The Board of Supervisors of San Francisco has just passed a resolution declaring the NRA a terrorist organization because it uses its money to promote gun ownership and “to incite gun owners to commit violence” (either the Board has given up trying to solve the homeless problem with its feces, drug use and crime that has plagued this once beautiful city and is using the resolution to distract attention to its failures or its members have been stepping in too much feces or are on drugs); all but one body has been recovered from 34 divers/passengers aboard the MV Coronation that sank in a blazing inferno off the waters near Santa Barbara and the Coast Guard will soon be interviewing the 5 crewmen who survived by jumping ship; Christine Ford’s lawyer is implying the she was motivated to tar Kavanaugh with an asterisk that would impair his ability to rule on Roe v. Wade’s limiting or overruling it (so much for being truthful in one’s testimony if the lawyer is right); Dorian’s death toll has risen to 20 in the Bahamas and it has regained strength to a CAT 3 as it moves up the coast to North Carolina to create more destruction and hopefully no deaths; the Obama’s have always been suspected of the ends justifies the means when it comes to politics seem to have transported that behavior to intellectually property being accused of filing a frivolous petition in a trade mark to get approval for their proposed mark “Higher Ground Productions” which has been rejected as being too similar to Higher Ground Enterprises (Michelle’s new rallying cry must be “When they go low we go lower when it comes to trademarks”); while the left crows about Wal-Mart cancelling handgun sales in Alaska and limiting the sale of handgun ammo, the family of a woman visiting in Ontario is in mourning over her death from a black (not armed when she went to investigate her barking dogs); in another example of why we need firearms, a neighbor woke up to the sounds of his neighbor’s house being burglarized, went to investigate and was shot and killed following which another neighbor appeared and traded shots with the burglar trying to flee on a bicycle, hitting him in the leg (we mere mortals do not have the privilege of armed security 24/7 and must fend for ourselves until the police can respond); China and the U.S. may have stepped back from the brink of the trade war, agreeing to further talks next month (positive response from the market with such news); in Chicago through September 2, 2019, 1899 have been shot of whom 322 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 234 have been murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Eminem feat. Rihanna, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can enjoy the day without meeting people who want to practice pokerish acts, and a relevant quote from Elizabeth Eckford on integrating Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Talent Acquisition Professionals Day—created by the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals and KRT Marketing on September 5, 2018 and to be celebrated on the first Wednesday thereafter to honor the contributions of talent acquisition professionals to find the right people with the right talent for the right company in need of such services.
2. National Wildlife Day—created by Colleen Paige in 2005 to promote awareness of the dangers faced by animals who are endangered nationally and globally and now celebrated since the death of Steve Irwin, noted conservationist and star of The Crocodile Hunter on his birthday on February 22.
3. 2010 Number One Song— the number one song in 2010 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Love The Way You Lie” by Eminem feat Rihanna. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U. His rap has transcended his life and he has had several run-ins with the law in addition to battling prescription drug addiction but still producing hit rap records.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pokerish” which means causing terror which a nuclear armed North Korea would be capable of in spades.
5. It’s A Dog’s Life—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of Jan Pol who emigrated to the U.S. from the Netherlands and practiced veterinary medicine for years for creating his own show on veterinary medicine in 2011 and is still growing strong with the show which also includes his wife and three children who have become veterinarians,
On this day in:
a. 1957 Governor Orville Faubus deployed the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the integration by nine black students at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, a move quickly thwarted by President Eisenhower who federalized the National Guard with orders allow the students to enter and protect them from angry segregationists.
b. 1957 in one of the more disastrous business decisions, Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel, a car believed by the public to be overpriced, overhyped, and unattractive and disappeared from the production lines in 1960.
c. 1972 The Price Is Right aired on CBS to ultimately become the longest running game show on TV, still going today.
d. 1998 Google was founded by two Stanford students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
e. 2002 the Oakland Athletics won their 20th consecutive game, a Major League Record16 the U.S. and China which together amount to 40% of the world’s carbon emissions signed the Paris Agreement regarding the reduction in carbon emissions which the U.S., while leading the world in carbon emissions, has announced its intention to withdraw prior to the 2020 elections.
Reflections on the integration of Central High School by one of the Little Rock 9: “They moved closer and closer. ... Somebody started yelling. ... I tried to see a friendly face somewhere in the crowd—someone who maybe could help. I looked into the face of an old woman and it seemed a kind face, but when I looked at her again, she spat on me.” Elizabeth Eckford, one of the nine very brave school kids who integrated Central High School whose act reminders us of what real racism was.
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