Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 31, 2018 CBS is appointing an outside law firm to look into allegations of sexual misconduct by Les Moonves (he has a lot to lose with an annual salary of $70 million); Mollie Tibbets, the University of Iowa student is still missing after two weeks; on the crime front McDonald’s was scammed to the tune of $24 million by an ex-cop providing security for its Monopoly game promotion; on the hypocrisy front leftist director of the Guardians of the Galaxy who was fired by Disney for his pedophile tweets is being supported by his artistic friends in stark contrast to stars who fled from Roseanne Barr like she was radioactive; Dak Prescott, the QB for the Dallas Cowboys has slammed Collin Kaepernick for his kneeling protests during the national anthem and has been slammed as an “Uncle Tom” by the left; Chicago is gearing up for a major protest against gun violence in the city and demanding that the pathetic mayor Rahm Emanuel resign due to his being MIA in addressing the violence; on the why we need a wall front Mario Sanchez-Ochea who has been deported 5 times was arrested for his third DUI; on the academic intolerance front, two professors have resigned from the UVA’s Miller Center for Public Affairs after it had hired Marc Short a former Trump aide; through July 30, 2018, 1707 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 277 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 and when will Rahm Emanuel resign?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Rosemary Clooney, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not suffering from mogigiphia; a relevant quote from Whitney Young, Jr on the role of blacks in the Vietnam War, 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. World Ranger Day—celebrated since 2007 to honor the contributions of park rangers in protecting wildlife and maintaining the national and state parks around the world.
2. Uncommon Musical Instrument Awareness Day—celebrating the fact that you can create music with almost anything to the pleasure of listeners and those creating the music.
3. 1951 Number One Song— the number one song in 1951 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Come On-a My House” by Rosemary Clooney. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mriXncI96lw
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mogigiphia which means writing with difficulty which describes the bureaucrats that create the entries to the Federal Register that regulate our daily lives.
5. The Good Die Young—celebrating the birth on this day in 1921 of Whitney Young, Jr. noted civil rights activist and former president of the Urban League who died from drowning while swimming in Lagos, Nigeria at the far too early age of 50.
On this day in:
a. 1941 under orders from Adolf Hitler Hermann Goring ordered SS General Reinhard Heydrich to prepare a report on the materials and finances need to implement the final solution to the Jewish Question.
b. 1970 the last day of the officially sanctioned rum day in the British Navy, ending a tradition that had been observed since the 17th Century.
c. 1971 Apollo 15 Astronauts were the first to ride a lunar rover on the surface of the Moon..
d. 1991 in a making the world safer moment, the U.S. and the Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty which resulted in both nations reducing their nuclear stock piles.
e. 2006 Fidel Castro turned over power in Cuba to his brother Raul.
Reflections on the contributions of blacks to the War in Vietnam: “Although blacks are only about a tenth of the population, they account for a fifth of the land troops in Vietnam and a higher percentage of the casualties. Some of the frontline fighting units, including many of the elite troops, are 30, 40 and 50 percent black.” Whitney Young, Jr.
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