Sunday, September 2, 2018

September 2, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Victory Over Japan Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 2, 2018 McCain’s funeral service was a touching memorial to a great man complete with a very grieving daughter who attacked Trump not by name but in a way anyone present or watching would know she was not pleased, tributes by Obama and Bush and a beautiful rendition of “O Danny Boy” (when will Trump get it that to be a president one must at events like funerals or tragedies act like one with empathy and compassion instead of reaching for the tweet to tout MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN in response to Meghan’s eulogy); Schumer’s proposal to rename the Russell Senate Office Building after McCain is gaining traction along with some opposition from Democrats (in this wave of removing Confederate flags and memorials it is ironic that the Senate honors a staunch segregationist who opposed civil rights and laws against lynching); Libya is going to hell and a hand basket as rival militia groups clash in Tripoli and 400 prisoners at the Ain Zara prison riot and then escape (another example of the failed policy of regime change of Clinton and Obama and an omen of more refugees trying to flee to Europe; the UK and the EU are in a snit fit over Brexit with May showing some spine against the EU; the confirmation bloodbath over Kavanaugh’s confirmation starts on Tuesday (wonder if the Republican governor of Arizona will immediately fill the vacancy created by McCain’s death with a Republican to restore their 52-48 majority); after floating speculation that John Kerry is thinking of running in 2020, he revealed that his running mate in 2004 John Edwards did not measure up as a candidate; Pope Francis is being dragged into the sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania with allegations that he had covered up the scandal; 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 September 1, 2018 2082 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 Glenn Campbell, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that there is a chance however slim that Congress will honor the memory John McCain by not being multifarious and a relevant quote from President Harry S. Truman on unconditional surrender, 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. Victory Over Japan Day—celebrating the end of the war in the Pacific and Asia when on this day in 1945 Japan on board the USS Missouri signed documents of unconditional surrender.
2. Spaulding Baseball Day—celebrating the birth on this day in 1850, noted baseball pitcher and the founder of Spaulding Sporting Goods Company.
3. 1975 Number One Song— the number one song in 1975 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glenn Campbell who battled alcoholism and cocaine addiction and who announced in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s which caused his death on August 8, 2017. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “multiviolent” which means disagreeing which defines our political culture to a tee and explains the gridlock in the Swamp.
5. Twinkies Are Deadly—bemoaning or celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of Dan White who became infamous for his killing of Mayor Moscone of San Francisco and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the country, and would have killed Supervisor Willie Brown, a nemesis of Reds but could not find him on the day of the shootings; White committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning at the age of 39.
On this day in: 
a. 1901 President Teddy Roosevelt uttered his famous line “Speak softly but carry a big stick.” at the Minnesota State Fair.
b. 1935 the Labor Day Hurricane, the most intense hurricane to hit the United States made landfall at Long Key, Florida eventually leaving 400 dead in its wake.
c. 1963 CBS Evening News became the first television station to expand its 15 minute news program to a full half hour.
d. 1987 the trial of Mathias Rust for landing his private aircraft in Red Square Moscow commenced; he was found guilty, sentenced to 4 years prison and released after 14 months and several top ranking military air defense officials were removed from their posts.
e. 2013 the Eastern replacement span for the San Francisco-Bay Bridge reopened after expenditures of $6.3 billion following the destruction of the old span in the 1989 Loma Prieto earthquake.
    Reflections on meaning of unconditional surrender: Just what does the unconditional surrender of the armed forces mean for the Japanese people? It means the end of the war. It means the termination of the influence of the military leaders who have brought Japan to the present brink of disaster. It means provision for the return of soldiers and sailors to their families, their farms, their jobs.It means not prolonging the present agony and suffering of the Japanese in the vain hope of victory. Unconditional surrender does not mean the extermination or slavement of the Japanese people.” President Harry S. Truman, May 8, 1945
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