Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 19, 2017 President Trump in no uncertain words informed the UN that the Rocket Man and his nation faced total destruction in his quest for deliverable nuclear weapons which statement of fact was immediately attacked by a doddering 84 year old Diane Feinstein who once was the only adult in the Blue Senators but sadly seems to have been infected with the bias partisanship of her fellow junior Senator Kamala Harris; after being hit with a 8.1 earthquake in southwestern Mexico, Mexico City was hit with a 7.1 earthquake killing over 100 people and causing massive destruction; Maria as a Cat 5 hurricane is slamming the Caribbean Islands already devastated by Irma and is heading for Puerto Rico and hopefully veers away from Florida and the East Coast; after months of lambasting Trump for claiming he had been wiretapped by Obama before and after the election, the Cack News Network aka CNN released a report confirming that Manafort had been electronically surveiled before and after the election (that is really disturbing especially when coupled with the illegal unmasking of Trump supporters and a far more disturbing threat to our democracy than the Russian collusion delusion Mueller’s witch hunt is fixated on); Obama after bashing for 8 years the billionaires and millionaires on Wall Street is hot on the speaking trail in front of Wall Street raking in millions (a good tax reform item would be barring the deduction of speaking fees over $10,000 of any former president, vice president, cabinet senior member or member of Congress for 10 years after leaving that position); a federal appellate court has reinstated the defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone the day after the magazine announced it was up for sale; riots continued for the 4th night in St. Louis; through September 17, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2732 and the death toll again on the rise to 473 while the city seems to not be doing anything to prevent the killing and maiming of its minority residents—a real definition of racism which is deadly.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Bobby Vee, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Sylvia Earle on the Deepwater Horizon blowout and spill, watching the left denouncing Trump for his UN address and feeling very keck but secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. International Talk Like a Pirate Day—created in 1995 by two fun loving residents of Albany, Oregon some 300 miles from the ocean; celebrate by wearing an eye patch, have a parrot perched on your shoulder and say a lot of “arrrs” and “Ahoy Mateys.”
2. National IT Professionals Day—created in 2015 by Solarwind, an IT management software provider, to promote recognition of the work done by IT professionals to keep businesses humming smoothly and efficiently.
3. 1961 Number One Song— the number one song in 1961 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Take Care of My Baby” by Bobby Vee. Here is a performance of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awNqLO6auQA Sadly this pop teen idol sang his last note on October 24, 2016, dying from complications caused by Alzheimer’s.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “keck” which means to retch or feel disgust which describes how this poet feels when he watches CNN or MSNBC.
5. Big Shoes to Fill—celebrating the birth on this day in 1974 of comedian and talk show host Jimmy Fallon who took over on the Tonight Show for Jay Leno when he retired.
On this day in:
a. 1778 the Continental Congress passed the first federal budget which I could not find the amount but in 1789 nine years later it was 51.8 million dollars in 2017 dollars.
b. 1952 the U.S. barred Charlie Chaplin from reentering the country after a trip to England.
c. 1982 Scott Fahlman posted the first emoticons :-) and :-( on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board.
d. 1995 the Washington Post and the New York Times published the Unabomber’s Manifesto. The author Ted Kaczynski is serving 8 consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole in a federal super max prison in Colorado. e. 2010 the blown out oil well Deepwater Horizon that blew out on April 10 and leaked almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico was finally sealed.
Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon blowout and spill: ”Places change over time with or without oil spills, but humans are responsible for the Deepwater Horizon gusher - and humans, as well as the corals, fish and other creatures, are suffering the consequences.” Sylvia Earle noted marine biologist and explorer Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.