Friday, September 8, 2017

September 8, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Literacy Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 8, 2017 on the 117th anniversary of the hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas and killed 12,000 people the time to get out of  Dodge is just about up as Irma has a direct line on Miami and southern Florida (if you know anyone there call and urge them to leave now); the property management firm that manages Colony Part, West Palm Beach wins the heartless idiocy award for refusing to allow renters from boarding up windows and refusing to put up shutters (hope the tenants who will lose their personal property when the windows are blown out sue these idiots for every last dime); Hillary has been caught on tape in an interview with the Clinton News Network in 2014 urging that illegal alien minors should be sent back to the countries they came from while advocating today that the “Dreamers” whose parents have avoided deportation should be allowed to stay which is why the Blues if they want the Dreamers to stay have to support the Wall and such other measures as may be needed such that illegal immigration for all intent and purposes is ended; shades of the abuse of power by J. Edgar Hoover that may have been aped by the former false poster child of integrity James Comey as the FBI has been subpoenaed by the House for documents pertaining to the false Trump dossier (Comey’s good buddy Meuller continues to investigate the wrong people and is ignoring the real threat to our democracy—the unmasking by Obama lackeys of Trump supporters) (Lois Lerner’s intimidation of conservative groups deju vu, Lynch’s obstruction of justice and Comey’s sham “investigation” of Hillary); just when you thought that the leftist celebrities could not top prior pathetic and idiotic anti-Trump rhetoric, British actress Jennifer Lawrence in promoting her new film that the deplorables should boycott in all sincerity is claiming the last two hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, are Mother Nature’s punishment for our electing Trump (what a lunatic idea); Equifax after a data breach affecting 143 million customers is facing a class action law suit that will be the largest in our litigation prone country and one wonders in the executives who sold stock prior to the disclosure of the breach will be prosecuted for trading on inside information;  through September 7, 2017 in Chicago the number of people being shot climbed to 2616, and the death toll again on the rise to 448.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Weaver, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote on illiteracy by Maya Angelou, hoping your salads are topped in a juglandaceous manner,  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.
1International Literacy Day—created by UNESCO on November 17, 1965 to promote and encourage programs to create literacy among the estimated 775 million people who are illiterate in this world.
2. World Physical Therapy Daycreated by the World Physical Therapy to create awareness of the contribution of physical therapists to our daily lives especially those who experience injury or the wear and tear of aging.          
3. 1950 Number One Song— the number one song in 1950 on a long run of 13 weeks in that position was “Good Night Irene” by The Weavers with Gordon Jenkins. Here is a performance by the group of the song in lovely black and white:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “juglandaceous” which means of or pertaining to those heart healthy walnuts we see advertised on TV.     
5.  Stangelove Weak Heart—celebrating the birth on this day in 1925 British comic actor Peter Sellers who made us laugh but abused his body with heavy drinking and smoking but without having the nine lives of a pink panther to die of a heart attack at the age of 54.
On this day in:                       
a. 1892 the Pledge of Allegiance was recited for the first time.
b. 1914 British private Thomas Highgate had the dubious distinction of being the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during World War I.
c. 1930 to the joy of gift wrappers everywhere, 3M began marketing its Scotch transparent tape.
d. 1944 in a chilling reminder of the vulnerability to attack by rockets, the city of London was hit by a V-2 rocket for the first time which unlike the slower V-1 was impossible to shoot down.  
e. 1974 in a move that probably cost him the election against Jimmy Carter in 1976 but was critical to unite the country, President Ford pardoned former President Nixon who had resigned to avoid impeachment. 
Reflections illiteracy: “Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery.” Maya Angelou, noted American poet. Absolutely spot on on this; anyone who cannot read is unemployable, mired in ignorance and isolated from many aspects of a functioning social order based on literacy.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 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.  
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