Saturday, September 15, 2018

September 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Lymphoma Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 15, 2018 Hurricane Florence has now become Tropical Storm Florence after leaving at least seven dead and a million without power in its wake as it continues to drench the Carolinas and the Southeast with massive amounts of rainfall and rising waters (stung by criticism over federal responses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Pentagon is  readying 9,700 troops to assist in relief efforts); Paul Manafort who has plead guilty in a plea agreement with the witch-hunter in chief and is cooperating with him as part of that agreement may soon have company as Greg Craig, a lawyer with ties to Clinton and the Obama administration may face charges for failing to register as a foreign lobbyist for his dealings in the Ukraine; Fort Worth police officer Gordon Hull shot in the head in a confrontation with armed robbery suspects  has joined at least 55 other police officers who have died in the line of duty this year; in a I can’t wait moment, Arnold Nash, 65 years old and a convicted murderer scheduled for release on December 14 of this year has escaped from a Maine prison, prompting a warning to nearby residents to be vigilant (which thanks to the 4th Amendment means check to make sure your firearms are loaded and in good working condition); in another nonassimilation moment a rare English speaking customer at a Hialeah, Florida Taco Bell was refused service because she tried to order in English (caught on video, that worker is no longer working at Taco Bell and if an illegal immigrant a damning indictment of our porous border); on the diversity at any cost in Lyon the Emile Cohl art school’s photo ad for the school some of the students had been blackened to appear more diverse; Harrison Ford whose carbon footprint rivals that of Al Gore lectured the audience about climate change in San Fracisco and the need to elect people who believe in the science of global warming (another definition of hypocrisy by a member of the Hollywood elite); in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 12, 2018, 2183 people mostly of color including anti-gun violence activist Delmonte Johnson a teenage leader of GoodKids Mad City gunned down on Wednesday while playing basketball, have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 353 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 Huey Lewis and the News, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not nabilitic, and a relevant quote from Ann, a cancer survivor and member of the Lymphoma Club, 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. International Day of Democracy—created by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to promote the values and principle of democracy which either do not exist in places like North Korea or are under attack in places like Venezuela or Turkey.
2. World Lymphoma Awareness Day--created by the Lymphoma Coalition in 2004 to create awareness of the symptoms and cures for one of the fastest growing cancers in the world with 1,000 new cases daily.
3. 1986 Number One Song— the number one song in 1986 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Stuck with You” by Huey Lewis and the News. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n”  is “nabilitic” which means churlish, vulgar or uncivil which is what we hear from politicians on both sides of the aisle more frequently but mostly on the left.
5. Cannibal for Jazz--celebrating the birth on this day in 1928 of Julian Adderley noted saxophonist best known to his fans as Cannonball Adderley and to his childhood friends as Cannibal for his voracious appetite but who played his last note at the far too early age of 46 from a stroke.
 On this day in: 
a. 1812 the French Army under Napoleon reached the Kremlin but instead of forcing the Tsar to capitulate, the city was torched and the Russians fought on, causing Napoleon to retreat in the cold of the Russian winter losing most of his army.
b. 1962 the Soviet ship Poltava carrying medium range missiles headed for Cuba, one of the events that brought on the Cuban Missile Crisis, an event that brought us closer to nuclear war than we have ever been.
c. 1981 in a way the judicial confirmation process is supposed to work as opposed to the theatrics from the left on the Kavanaugh hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously recommended the confirmation of Sandra Day O’Connor.
d. 2004 to the dismay of hockey fans here in the U.S. and Canada, the NHL locked the players out and cancelled the entire season, the first time a professional sport has had its season cancelled in its entirety due to a labor dispute.
e. 2008 Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in the largest bankruptcy of all times which plunged this country into a recession and paved the way for Obama to be elected.
   Reflections on lymphoma: “Life after cancer is what you make of it. You can either focus on worrying or you can choose to embrace your second chance at life and convert that energy to being proactive and living a full life. The same determination you had during your cancer battle is the same determination you need to live a life after cancer.” Ann, cancer survivor and member of the Lymphoma Club
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