Sunday, August 19, 2018

August 19, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Aviation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 19, 2018 On the witch-hunt beat it was revealed that Mueller’s team has interviewed the White House Counsel three times for over thirty hours with Trump not asserting any privilege (so much for the myth of obstruction of justice); pro gun rights groups in Seattle protesting a gun control initiative in Seattle brought out counter protestors and police in riot gear (the initiative was thrown off the ballot by a judge); at a Friday night practice football game  in Wellington, Florida two adults were targeted by  2 gunmen and shot and wounded outside the ticket booth creating pandemonium as spectators fled for their lives from the stadium; on the golf front at the tournament Kevin Stadler hit an errant tee shot and in anger slammed his 7 iron into the ground knocking off the club head which flew into the crowd hitting a spectator in the head (a little anger management might be appropriate here); in a chilling reminder that training for war is a dangerous occupation, the Marine who fell overboard from the USS Essex near the Philippines has been identified and declared dead after a five day search failed to find his body; China’s Xi will be visiting Pyongyang for North Korea’s 70th Anniversary celebrations (one would hope that he will continue pressure on Kim to denuclearize); the EPA will be releasing regulations that repeal Obama era regulations that severely restricted the use of coal to generate electricity (not much of the legacy of Obama other than a memory of  dismal economic performance remains); on the litigation front, the Good Samaritan who was called a hero for jumping into the water and rescuing several people from the Duck Boat capsizing in Branson has sued the operator and the captain for claimed injuries including PTSD and Brennan is on the airways slamming Trump for taking away his security clearance and ranting about collusion and treasonous activity of the President (after 18 months still no evidence of collusion—he really should read Greg Jarrett’s book on the sham investigation of Clinton and the FBI and DOJ plot to take down an elected president Trump; Peter Strzok’s  Go Fund Me account has raised over $400,000 to be used in litigation over his firing; in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel continues to  imitate Nero playing the fiddle through August 18, 2018 1964 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 311 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color and when will Emanuel who has been MIA resign or be voted out of office?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Lovin’ Spoonful,
factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that Trump is speaking out against the mortiferous effects of the opioid crisis and a relevant quote from Dick Morris on the Iraq War and news coverage,
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. National Aviation Day—created by President Roosevelt in 1939 to celebrate the development of aviation in this nation; the day was chosen as it marked the birthday of Oroville Wright on this day in 1871.
 2.  World Humanitarian Day—commemorating the loss of life of those killed in the line of duty promoting humanitarian causes and celebrated on this day as it marks the anniversary of the death of 22 UN personnel killed in a suicide bombing on the UN headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.
3. 1966 Number One Song— the number one song in 1966 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Summer In The City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful. Here is a recording of the song: The founder of the group Joe Butler is still going strong at 76.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mortiferous” which means death-bringing or fatal which describes to a tee the opioid crisis that is swamping our nation.
5. Madame Carbon Footprint—celebrating the birthday on this day of Tipper Gore who after 40 years of marriage to the “inventor” of the internet Al Gore whose carbon residential footprint is probably one of the biggest ones on the planet has split and is romantically involved with the editor of The National Geographic (makes sense as she is an accomplished photographer).
 On this day in: 
a. 1942 Canadians, English and 50 American Rangers landed a Dieppe, France and were successfully repelled by the Germans in less than 6 hours with large casualties and prisoners taken proving how difficult a landing on a defended beach could be. 
b. 1964 Syncom 3, the world’s first geosynchronous communications satellite was successfully launched by the U.S.
c. 1981 US fighter jets intercepted and shot down 2 Libyan Sukhoi 22 jets in the Gulf of Sidra off the coast of Libya.
d. 1989 several hundred East Germans crossed the border between Austria and Hungary during the Pan European Picnic setting in motion the events leading to the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
e. 2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom aka the Hunt for Bogus WMD ends with the last combat troops crossing over the border back to Kuwait.
    Reflections on Iraqi Freedom and the coverage in the network newsrooms: “The Iraq War marked the beginning of the end of network news coverage. Viewers saw the juxtaposition of the embedded correspondents reporting the war as it was actually unfolding and the jaundiced, biased, negative coverage of these same events in the network newsrooms.” Dick Morris political consultant and former campaign manager for Clinton’s successful 1996 campaign but who has switched to becoming a Republican in 1998.
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