Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Nelson Mandela Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 18, 2018 James Comey who has disgraced the FBI is back in the news again urging Republicans to vote Democratic as he slammed Trump’s behavior during the press conference implying that anyone who did not vote against Trump was not a partriot; in Alabama, Representative Martha Roby demonstrated the power of a Trump endorsement  even though she had urged him to drop out of the race in 2016 over the groping allegations by winning her primary 2-1; the AL All Stars defeated the NL All Stars 8-6 in ten innings in a home run filled game; on the racist front, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader apologized for old racist and homophobic tweets that appeared during the All Star game and the publisher of the East Bay Express resigned after using a racial slur in front of staffers two of whom resigned in protest; former Senator Joseph Lieberman has come out urging voters in the 14th District to abandon support of Ocasio-Cortez and her socialist philosophy and vote for Joseph Crowley whom she defeated in the Democratic Primary; Republicans in the House are pushing tax cuts 2.0 to make the tax cuts permanent, cut the corporate rate by another one percent, create universal savings account to make it easier for middle class to save for retirement (Blues should be shaking in their boots given the success of the first tax cut); Google has been fined $5 billion over its apps on its Android phone;   through July 16, 2018, 1532 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 246 have died (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 the Glenn Miller Orchestra,  factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from miasma emanating from the Swamp, a relevant quote from Ben Shapiro on the Detroit bankruptcy,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. International Nelson Mandela Day—created in 2010 by the United Nations to honor the work of Nelson Mandela to combat apartheid in South Africa.
2. Take Your Poet To Work Day—created to advance the appreciation of poetry by taking a small head and torso of one’s favorite poet mounted on a popsicle stick that one can insert in one’s pocket or notebook.
3. 1940 Number One Song— the number one song in 1940 as we leave 2018 and head back to the 40’s on a run of 1 week in that position was “Fools Rush In (Where Angels Dare to Tread)” by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “miasma” which means foul vapors from rotting material which describes the Swamp to a tee.
5. Fear and Loathing—celebrating the birth on this day in 1937 of Hunter S. Thompson noted counter culture author, drug user and alcohol abuser best known for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but who fought the demons of depression which caused him to shoot himself in the head on February 20, 2005.
    On this day in: 
a. 1968 Intel was founded in Mountain View, California.
b. 1969 Senator Ted Kennedy crashed his car into a tidal basin on Chappaquiddick Island killing his passenger and aide who worked on his 1968 failed presidential campaign, Mary Jo Kopechne.    
c. 1884 at a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California James Oliver Huberty opened fire on patrons there killing 21 and wounding 19 others before being shot and killed by police. 
d. 1992 a photo of the band Les Horribles Cernettes was taken and then published as the first photo so published on the internet.
e. 2013 the city of Detroit burdened with $20 billion in debt filed for bankruptcy in the largest municipal bankruptcy in this nation.
    Reflections on the bankruptcy of Detroit: “The story of Detroit's bankruptcy was simple enough: Allow capitalism to grow the city, campaign against income inequality, tax the job creators until they flee, increase government spending in order to boost employment, promise generous pension plans to keep people voting for failure. Rinse, wash and repeat.” Ben Shapiro, conservative speaker who incites leftist riots on college campuses.
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