Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 16, 2018 Hurricane Florence has now become Tropical Storm Florence after leaving at least 15 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 flooding waters (stung by criticism over federal responses in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Pentagon has 9,700 troops to assist in relief efforts); on the Kavanaugh front, the alleged victim of a high school sexual assault by Kavanaugh, Christine Ford, a registered Democrat and professor at Palo Alto University, has come forward with her allegations of a highly intoxicated Kavanaugh forcing her into a bedroom and trying to remove her bathing suit which attempt ended when his friend Judge, who denies the incident ever happened jumped on top of them and rolled off the bed allowing her to escape through a bathroom window to remain silent on the accusations until a therapy session with her husband in 2012 and July when she released a confidential letter to Feinstein in July who sat on it until last week after all the interviews with Kavanaugh, his senatorial interviews, Senate Judiciary grilling, and written questions had ended (the Blues want a full blown FBI investigation and a delay of Thursday’s confirmation hearing while in the face of Kavanaugh’s and Judge’s denial and a letter from 65 women who have known him from high school and support him was to proceed forward which gives rise to the question of how possibly in a blackout stage a non disclosed til now incident involving two teenagers four decades ago not repeated until now disqualifies a person from serving in a public office even as those sanctimonious Blues whose records in youth must be “lily white” proclaim women must not be silenced); deer hunting will be allowed for 10 days on the National Wildlife Preserve but fortunately for the gang that with rifles cannot shoot straight permitted only with bows and arrows; on the false advertising front, German Ironman competitor Jaroslav Bobrowski has been banned from the Running Sushi’s All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at the Running Sushi in Landshut, Bavaria for devouring 100 plates of sushi; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 15, 2018, 2196 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 355 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 Michael Jackson, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you know how to use nackets to lose weight, and a relevant quote from José Maria Morelos y Pavon on the Mexican Movement for Independence, 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 for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer—created by the UN General Assembly in 2007 to promote awareness of the need to reduce the production of chemicals that delete the Ozone Layer that protects the planet from harmful radiation; the date was chosen as it coincides with the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Delete the Ozone Layer on September 16, 1980 which protocol since the signatories observed it had the result of closing the Ozone hole in our atmosphere in 2017.
2. Mexican Independence Day—commemorating the morning of this day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo Y Castilla rang the bell at his church in Delores, Mexico to raise the call of arms to resist the Spanish as an independent nation.
3. 1987 Number One Song— the number one song in 1987 on a run of 1 week in that position was “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” by Michael Jackson. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPSS0B1iemQ
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 “nacket” which means a snack or light lunch, the eating of which is a great way to lose weight.
5. Dollars for Pennies--celebrating the birth on this day in 1875 of J.C. Penny’s, the founder of a retail chain that bears his name. After growing the chain to 175 outlets he retired in 1917 by staying active behind the scenes; his stores survived the Great Depression by offering great value. He remained on the Board until his death in 1971 amd must be rolling in his grave over the depressed stock price for J.C. Penny’s.
On this day in:
a. 1961 the National Hurricane Research Center dropped 8 cylinders of silver iodide into the center of Hurricane Esther which then had wind speeds reduced by 10% which gave rise to Project Stormfury, a failed 21 year project of seeding hurricanes to reduce their strength.
b. 1979 in a classic example of the human spirit going to any lengths to be fee, 8 people in a homemade hot air balloon escaped from East Berlin to West Berlin.
c. 1992 the trial of Manuel Noriega for trafficking and money laundering ended in a guilty verdict which resulted in a sentence of 40 years, validating that it is hard to hide from the long arm of the law.
d. 1992 the British pound was forced out of the European Exchange Mechanism by speculators and was forced to devalue against the German mark.
e. 2007 security guards for Blackwater Worldwide in a move that severely strained U.S.-Iraqi relations shot and killed 17 Iraqis and wounded 20 others; after several investigations 4 guards were tried and convicted in federal court, 1 for murder and the others for manslaughter and firearms charges.
Reflections on Mexican Independence Day: “I am a servant of the nation because it assumes the greatest legitimate and inviolable sovereignty." José Maria Morelos y Pavon priest who assumed the Mexican Independence Movement after the execution of Father Hidalgo by the Spanish shortly after his declaration of independence.
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