Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 1, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Emma M. Nutt Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 1, 2018 John McCain was laid to rest at the Naval Academy but not without Obama and Meghan McCain taking pot shots at the president; the crowded field of Democratic wanna bes for the 2020 election may have become more crowded as John Kerry is reported to be considering to throw his hat into the ring; Schumer was in a snit fit claiming the Reds are withholding thousands upon thousands of documents on the Kavanaugh nomination while the Reds claim they have turned over more documents than on any other  nomination in history; the Blues in California are demanding that party faithful boycott In-N-Out Burger because it donated $25,000 to the Republican Party in California which prompted an Alabama lawmaker to urge the company to move its corporate headquarters to Alabama; not quite a fishanado but it was raining fish as the Utah Fish and Game Department was restocking several lakes by dropping fish from a plane; Jack Dorsey, the leftist CEO of Twitter is being attacked by a pro life group because it has been banning its ads (when do we get legislation prohibiting social media from banning speech unless it advocates violence or the destruction of property or criminal acts); a 19 year old Afghan male was arrested in Amsterdam after stabbing two Americans at a busy train station; Verity Health Systems, a six hospital chain run by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiok has filed for bankruptcy; the California legislature has passed a net neutrality bill and sent it to Governor Moonbeam; 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 31, 2018 2075 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 333 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 Paul Anka with Odia Coates, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not suffering from the mulligrubs and a relevant quote from Ronald Reagan on the shooting down of Korean Flight 007, 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. Franchise Appreciation Day—celebrated on the Saturday before Labor Day to promote the businesses of franchising as a means to increase the number of outlets without huge expenditures of capital.
2. Emma M. Nutt Day—celebrating the career of the first female telephone operator who was hired on this day in 1878 and occupied that position for 33 years.
3. 1974 Number One Song— the number one song in 1974 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “(You’re) Having My Baby” by Paul Anka still going strong at 77 with Odia Coates. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mulligrubs” which means a despondent or ill-tempered mood which describes Trump’s feelings toward fake news and Robert Mueller.
5. Flying The Unfriendly Skies—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1968 of Mohamed Atta who crashed the first plane into the World Trade Center on 9/11.
On this day in: 
a. 1958 Iceland expanded its territorial waters putting it in conflict with the United Kingdom rise to the Cod Wars which culminated in the United Kingdom recognizing a 200 mile economic zone.
b. 1974 the SR-71 Blackbird set the record for the shortest time in the air to fly from New York to London in 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1435.587 miles per hour.
c. 1983 a Soviet jet fighter shot down Korean Air Flight 007 when it strayed into Soviet airspace with the lame excuse that the Soviets thought the 747 was a spy plane. 
d. 1985 a joint French American expedition located the wreck of the Titanic.
e. 2004 Chechan terrorists seized control of the School Number One in Beslan, Ossetia in the former Soviet Union and held 1,000 people hostage before Russian security forces stormed the school after 3 days with the result that 346 people excluding terrorists were killed.
    Reflections on the Korean Air Flight 007 disaster: 'I speak for all Americans and for the people everywhere who cherish civilized values in protesting the Soviet attack on an unarmed civilian passenger plane.'Words can scarcely express our revulsion at this horrifying act of violence." President Ronald Reagan
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