Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 1, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Vegan Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 1, 2017 Hope everyone has recovered from the sugar highs of their children or grandchildren from treats last night; our inane immigration policy that is not merit based but relationship based with the roulette wheel of 50,000 visas in a lottery claimed 8 victims and injured 12 when jihadist Sayfullo Saipov who won the visa lottery in 2010 rented a Home Depot truck and drove it along a bike path in NYC killing 8 and wounding 12; but failed in his mission to be martyred when police shot but did not kill him (from his hospital bed he was proud of his deeds, no remorse but a request for an ISIS flag in his room); Trump condemned the attack, condemned the lottery visa which he will end, and called on Congress to pass legislation to have immigration based solely on merit which prompted the chief Swamp denizen for the Blues, Chuck Schumer, a sponsor of the lottery that brought this scumbag into the U.S. to lambast Trump for dividing the country (he makes this poet want to retch); calls to have this animal charged as an enemy combatant and sent to Gitmo where he can join the other scumbags there for the rest of his miserable life (if his wife is not an American citizen, deport her and her two kids to the country of origin or allow them to stay in if he becomes the proverbial canary and sings truthfully about ISIS contacts but do it soon before he is lawyered up by the ACLU); the DNC is trying to fill 8 slots in its IT department but cisgender white males need not apply (such hypocrisy and yet another reason for males whether deplorable or not to vote Red even if they are having a hard time governing) Michelle Obama at the first and hopefully last gathering sponsored by the Obama Foundation was the featured speaker and once again claiming men feel they are entitled because women protect them showed that she was using too much pesticides in her garden at the WH; in another example of like her husband Michelle Obama could not run a business if her life depended on it, Melania Trump is running her office with a staff of 9 as opposed to I never met a bill paid by the taxpayers I didn’t like Michelle Obama who had a staff of 24; almost a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings in 2017 through October 31 increasing to 3156 and the death toll increasing to 546 and still nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a relevant quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson on poetry, a music link to Boyz II Men, factoids of interest for this day in history, while hoping that any one who views your laciniated jeans believe they are designers but secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. World Vegan Day—created by the head of the Vegan Society in the UK, Louise Wallis in 1994 to commemorate the founding of that group in 1994 to promote the vegan lifestyle and its many benefits not the least of which is a significant reduction in the use of energy required to produce fodder for all the animals slaughtered and in the case of fish reduction in chemical additives   and fuel used to catch fish or process them when caught or raised.
2. National Brush Day—created in 1993 to promote in children proper oral hygiene by brushing properly at least 2 times a day.
3. 1994 Number One Song—the number one song in 1994 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men. Here is a recording of the song that you should enjoy:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “laciniate” which means bordered with a fringe either deliberately or through wear and tear.   
5. A Screwball With A Purpose—celebrating the birth on this day in 1960 of Fernando Venezuela, a left hander who pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers and won both the Cy Young Award and Rookie of the year in 1981 with a distinctive windup and a screwball that turned him into a right hander throwing a curveball (L.A. could have used him tonight as they lost game 7 to the Houston Astros).
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1960 President Kennedy announced his intent if elected to form the Peace Corps.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    b. 1968 the Motion Picture Association announced its new movie rating system G,M,R and X.
c. 1973 on the road to impeachment or resignation Leon Jaworksi was appointed Special Prosecutor in the Watergate Scandal.
e. 1982 in another sign of the global economy, Honda opened its first factory in the United States in Marysville, Ohio to produce Honda Accords.
Reflections on being a vegan: ““You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, great American philosopher
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