Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 19, 2018 The flood waters from now Tropical Depression Florence are lingering in the Carolinas and the Little River is belying its name by continuing to rise as the death toll remains at 37; Trump is visiting New Bern, North Carolina as Lara Trump released photos of her grandmother’s flood submerged home; a joyless Joy Behar of the clueless The View threw the presumption of innocence out the window and intoned that men are protecting a probably guilty Kavanaugh as Ms. Ford has announced she will not testify before Congress until the FBI has completed an investigation which it will not do of the incident which occurred 35 years ago (questions have arisen over the nature of the polygraph test Ms. Ford took but details have not been forthcoming from her counsel); the USDA is in hot water for its decades old program of infecting kittens with parasitic contaminated food then killing them as opposed to treating them and then putting them up for adoption, a policy that has attracted bipartisan outrage; on the PETA front the L.A. City Council has unanimously adopted a resolution instructing the City Attorney to draft an ordinance prohibiting manufacture and sale of fur products in the city; Governor Moonbeam is on a rant against Trump and keeps nudging the line calling for “something has got to happen to this guy” (a dog whistle for assassination perhaps); Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, has reneged on his promise to create a million jobs in the U.S. citing the trade war between China and the U.S.; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 18, 2018, 2213 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 359 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 Color Me Badd, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that maybe today civility might not be napooed in the Swamp and a relevant quote from Rick Jervis on Hurricane Maria, 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 Gibberish Day—bemoaning a form of speech that is nonsensical which describes to a tee what we usually hear emanating from the Swamp.
2. National String Cheese Day—tcreated by Galbini Cheese in 2017 to celebrated that peel able snack invented by Frank Baker in 1976.
3. 1991 Number One Song— the number one song in 1991 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “I Adore Mi Amore” by Color Me Badd. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92NdfSeOLA0
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 “napoo” which means to destroy or kill which describes what politicians have done to civility in the Swamp and across the land.
5. Cowboys and Indians—celebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of noted Irish author Joseph O’Connor author of such novels as Cowboys and Indians, The Salesman, and Star of the Sea..
On this day in:
a. 1971 after making landfall in Nicaragua Hurricane Irene crossed that country to enter the Pacific and regain hurricane status as Hurricane Olivia to become the first hurricane in history to have crossed from the Atlantic into the Pacific.
b. 1973 Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes” in the Houston Astrodome.
c. 2001 in an address to a joint session of Congress televised to the American people, President George Bush announced a “War on Terror.”
d. 2011 the U.S. Military ended its “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and allowed openly gay and lesbians to serve in the military.
e. 2017 Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Cat 4 hurricane, causing 2975 deaths and $90 billion in property damage.
Reflections on Hurricane Maria from a reporter at ground zero: “The wall pulsed, bowed and finally gave, crashing to the floor and sending Hurricane Maria howling into the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott Isla Verde. ... I covered six previous hurricanes and thought I knew tropical cyclones. But Maria was different: meaner, louder, more punishing." Rick Jervis, USA Today reporter in San Juan , Puerto Rico
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