Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August 1, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Minority Donor Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 1, 2018 the trial of Pual Manafort is entering its second day and Meuller’s team has already been chastised for attacking Manafort’s life style and banned from using the term oligarch in describing his Ukrainian contacts; Trump is again slamming the continuation of the Russian “probe” aka witch-hunt; the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Trump’s executive order banning federal funding to sanctuary cities and San Diego has voted to defy California’s sanctuary state law (what an absolute crock of cities defying detainer requests and then releasing criminal illegal aliens back into the general population); Obama may have been the worst president to sit in the Oval Office but his political instincts were excellent as in endorsing candidates he omitted endorsing Ocasio-Cortez, an avowed socialist; Maxine Waters is in hot water with the FEC with her practice of soliciting contributions from Blue candidates to appear on her sample ballot the cost of mailing and preparing of which are funneled to her daughter Karen Waters (in addition to being infected with fatal Trump derangement syndrome, this woman has the ethics of a snake); Wells Fargo has been hit with a $2 billion fine for selling mortgages to investors that contained incorrect credit information of the borrowers; in another example of Trump Derangement Syndrome run amok Chloe Wright was arrested for hit and run for driving into a motorist whose car sported a Trump bumper sticker; through July 31, 2018, 1713 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 Vera Lynn, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not facing moilsome in completing your tasks; a relevant quote from Charles Whitman on his state of mind, 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 Astronomers Day—celebrating the birth of Maria Mitchell on this day in 1918 who became the first women to become a professional astronomer, first woman to become a professor of astronomy and first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
2.  National Minority Donor Awareness Day—created in 1996 to create awareness in minority communities of the need to donate organs as 50 % of the people on organ waiting lists are minorities.
3. 1952 Number One Song— the number one song in 1952 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Auf Weiderseh'n Sweetheart by Vera Lynn. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “moilsome” which means laboriously which describes the process to get anything done in the Swamp.
5. HeLa Cells Save Lives—celebrating the birth on this day in 1920 of Henrietta Lacks who died of cervical cancer in 1951 but without her knowledge her cells were harvested from her that exhibited a unique trait of survival after being harvested and were multiplied and cloned and used extensively in medical research including by Salk in developing a vaccine for polio. 
 On this day in: 
a. 1893 Henry Perky patented shredded wheat.
b. 1966 after killing his wife and mother, Charles Whitman from the Texas Bell Tower at the University of Texas shot and killed 14 people and wounded 32 before being shot and killed by police.
c. 1981 MTV began broadcasting with its first video “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
d. 1993 the Great Missouri and Mississippi Flood of 1993 peaked leaving 32 people dead and resulting in over $13 billion in damages.
e. 2007 the I-35 W bridge over the Mississippi River at Minneapolis collapsed during rush hour killing 13 people and injuring 145 others.
    Reflections on why some people should be barred from owning guns from the worlds of Charles Whitman: “I do not really understand myself these days. I am supposed to be an average reasonable and intelligent young man. However, lately (I cannot recall when it started) I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts.” Charles Whitman.
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