Friday, August 24, 2018

August 24, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Waffle Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 24, 2018 the family of Sen. John McCain has announced that he will discontinue brain cancer medical treatment; Ocasio-Cortez may know nothing about economics but she is a quick study on hypocrisy of politicians as after attacking UBER for causing a cabby in New York City  to commit suicide in two months she has racked up $4,000 in UBER rides while lamenting the fact her favorite coffee shop closed because of the minimum wage increase she supported; a dead great white shark nine feet in length with a red hue on its face and belly washed ashore near the Pamet River in Massachusetts with three lead weights in its stomach; AG Sessions who has been completely MIA and misled the president by not informing him that he would recuse himself may be on his last legs as the Mueller witch-hunt continues unabated with no evidence of collusion; Hurricane Lane is inundating Hawaii with up to 30 inches of rain; in a Kennedy like déjà vu Trump announced that the U.S. will return to the Moon and will send a manned expedition to Mars; in a pilot program facial recognition technology was used at an airport to catch an imposter trying to enter the U.S. illegally; Germany has received a report that Salafist children in Germany are being radicalized faster and younger and the branch of Islam that advocates the replacement of democratic institutions with theocrats and Sharia is the fastest growing branch of Islam in Germany (Merkel has indicated that there are “no-go zones” Muslim areas where police and other authorities will not enter); the California legislature has passed legislation requiring the state to review marijuana related convictions going back  to 1975 to see if they should be expunged; in Chicago while Rahm Emanuel continues to  imitate Nero playing the fiddle and Chicago’s top cop lays the blame directly on prosecutors and lenient judges not sending armed thugs to jail, through August 23, 2018 2000 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 321 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 Rolling Stones,
factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that hopefully your house is not mucidinous and a relevant quote from Bryan Nocross on Hurricane Andrew,
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 Waffle Day—celebrated in the U.S. on this day as it marks the anniversary of the issuance of a U. S. Patent for the waffle iron.
2.  International Strange Music Day—created by New York City musician Patrick Grant to encourage people to listen to music created by non traditional instruments in order to promote creativity.
3. 1969 Number One Song— the number one song in 1969 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Honkey Tonk Woman” by the Rolling Stones. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mucidinous” which means mouldy or mildewy which is something no homeowner would want to describe his residence.
5. Hope Springs Eternal—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1955 in Hope, Arkansas, the same town that gave us Bill Clinton on Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and failed two time candidate for the Republican nomination of president who is the proud father of the press secretary Sarah Sanders.
 On this day in: 
a. 1814 British troops invaded Washington, D.C. setting fires to the White House, the Capitol and many other buildings.
b. 1981 Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon and remains in prison today with his 11th parole hearing scheduled for August 2020.  
c. 1989 Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life for gambling on games by MLB Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti. 
d. 1992 Hurricane Andrew, a Cat 5 hurricane, made landfall at Homestead, Florida causing $25 billion in damages and killing 65 people.
e. 1995 Microsoft released Windows 95.
    Reflections on Hurricane Andrew and warnings: “Making specific forecasts in uncertain situations was, is, and will always be problematic and often misleading. This lesson stands today. The bigger the potentially threatened population, the earlier the risk discussion must begin because preparation is more complicated. The earlier the alarm is raised, however, the more often, in the end, preparation will not have been not required.” Bryan Norcross, My Hurricane Andrew Story: The story behind the preparation, the terror, the resilience, and the renowned TV coverage of the Great Hurricane of 1992.
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