Monday, September 4, 2017

September 4, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Labor Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 4, 2017 The Security Council is convening today to consider a U.S. request for more sanctions even as indications are that this rogue nation will launch another ICBM today; look for our false friend that has done squat to restrain the monster it has created to veto along with Russia any more sanctions which frankly given Kim’s attitude toward his people will not work; President Trump is expected to rule on the fate of DACA which is a complicated issue with two competing ideas the rule of law which these minors’ broke when they illegally came here bringing their children with them and the compassion we as a nation feel toward minors who had no say in the decision to cross the border illegally; on the maternity front, Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child; as the waters recede the death toll from Harvey rises to 50; just when you think we are coming together with the likes of J.J. Watts who has raised $18 million for relief of Harvey victims, a restaurant worker at the Rainforest Café in San Antonio was fired for posting on his Facebook account that the Houston evacuees since they were low tippers should go back to Houston and drown; in a moment of life imitates art, at the Burning Man Festival in Nevada a 41 year old man ran through the burning effigy and died of burns suffered; a national day of prayer for the victims of Harvey was held on Sunday and hopefully many in attendance were praying that Irma heads north away from the East Coast and the Gulf as it will be a Cat 5 when it makes landfall; through September 3, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2572, and the death toll again on the rise to 441.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Freddy Martin, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote on labor day by Lewis Black, hoping you are alert to any cases of jobbery,  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.
1Newspaper Carrier Day—honoring newspaper carriers which for many of our youth was their first job and celebrated on this day to commemorate the hiring of Barney Flaherty, the first newspaper carrier who was hired on this day in 1833 by the publisher of the New York Sun. Given the relentless shrinking of circulation due to digital challenges and perception of media bias, this is an observance probably not long for this world.
2. Labor Daycelebrating since 1882 the contributions of the American worker and the unofficial end of summer.         
3. 1946 Number One Song— the number one song in 1946 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “To Each His Own” by Freddy Martin. Here is a performance of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “jobbery” which defines Hillary’s tenure at Secretary of State, the quid pro quo conduct of public business for private gain.      
5.  Carlos Danger—celebrating or bemoaning the birth as the case may be of Carlos Danger also known as Anthony Weiner who is another Swamp poster child for term limits who was forced to resign after 11 years in the House due to his sex texting scandals. He many have redeemed himself with news that thousands of emails from HRC’s private server were on his lap top which prompted the FBI to reopen its investigation which displeased Hillary to no end.
On this day in:                       
a. 1882 Thomas Edison flipped the switch at the world’s first commercial power generating station to bring electricity to a one mile square area of Manhattan thus beginning the electrical age.
b. 1950 the first Southern 500 was held at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, the first NASCAR 500 mile race.  
c. 1957 in another black day for race relations, Governor Faubus called out the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine African American students from enrolling in Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, prompting President Eisenhower to federalize the National Guard units removing them from Faubus’ control and sending in members of the 101st Airborne to enforce desegregation. .
d. 1998 two students at Stanford Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google.  
e. 2001 TokyoDisneySea as part of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan opened to the public
Reflections on Labor Day and the political process: “I believe that summer is our time, a time for the people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day.” Lewis Black, noted American standup comedian famous for his belligerent form of comedy but should have added tweets to the ban before Labor Day, especially in Trump’s case as he continues to shoot himself in the foot with his spontaneous tweets.
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