Friday, September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Stand Up To Cancer

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 14, 2018 Hurricane Florence has made landfall as a Cat 1 hurricane over a very large area with a storm surge of over 6 feet with massive amounts of rain and moving very slowly leaving close to 400,000 people without power but so far no reported deaths (although that number may change as the day continues)  as most people heeded the evacuation warnings; while FEMA battles Florence, Trump faces criticism for his doubting of the revised total of 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Mariah which he claimed was done by Blues to discredit his administration’s response; the New York Times has slammed Nikki Haley for the expenditure of $53,000 for curtains at the Ambassador’s official residence an expenditure authorize by the Obama administration (so typical of the paper to criticize when the Trump administration had nothing to do with the authorization); Halley also claimed the new sanctions on Iran are suffocating that nation; on the 2nd Amendment front in Cicero, Illinois a Good Samaritan with a concealed weapons permit seeing police engaged in a shootout with a gunman joined in the shootout that left one officer hit with 4 bullets in surgery and the suspect wounded and in custody; on the illegal alien front Bryan Codero-Castro a 20 year old illegal from Guatemala has been charged with the stabbing death 15 year old Madison Wells of Long Branch; Zamoro-Calderon once deported and wanted for raping his teenage daughter was apprehended crossing the border back into the United States (another example of the work done by the Border Patrol in trying to keep this nation safe); Andrew Cuomo got one step closer to his dream of the White House by crushing progressive Cynthia Nixon in the New York Governor’s primary race on the Democratic ballot; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 12, 2018, 2168 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 350 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).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to John Parr, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not prone to mythomania, and a relevant quote from A.S. King on the draft lottery, 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 Hug Your Boss Day—celebrated since 2009 but given the #NeToo Movement and the potential for sexual harassment claims given the number of reptilian brains in the workforce, not sure if this holiday is a great idea.
2. Stand Up to Cancer--created by the Entertainment Industry Foundation in 2009 to raise money online and through televised performances for research in finding cures and treatment options for cancer.
3. 1985 Number One Song— the number one song in 1985 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mythomania” which means exaggerating or lying to an abnormal extent which describes most politicians on the campaign trail.
5. Wrong Name--celebrating the birth on this day in 1983 of Amy Winehouse, noted English singer who battled drugs and alcohol and although she was able to cease drug use was not so successful with alcohol and died from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 with a BAC of over 4%.
 On this day in: 
a. 1960 to the dismay of consumers everywhere the Organization Of Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC) was formed.
b. 1969 the U.S. Selective Service selected September 14 as the first draft lottery date.
c. 1994 the Major League Baseball Season was cancelled due to a player’s strike.
d. 1998 MCI Communications and WorldCom completed their $37 billion dollar merger to form MCI WorldCom.
e. 2000 Microsoft announced the release of Windows ME.
   Reflections on the draft lottery: “I guess it was hard for him to look at the logic behind the draft lotteries, because that same logic had taken away his father. And, anyway, what’s so logical about the day you were born deciding when you might die? That’s just a cruel joke, as I see it.”― A.S. KingEverybody Sees the Ants
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