Monday, September 3, 2018

September 3, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Labor Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 3, 2018 On the MS-13 gang front the NYPD arrested Julio Ayala a MS-13 gang member for raping an 11 year old in her bedroom at home in Brooklyn (do not know if he is an illegal alien as he was carrying a Green Card which may or may not be authentic), a federal probe of murder and drug trafficking has resulted in the arrest of 18 MS-13 members in Mendota, California and a grand jury indicted 5 MS-13 gang members who are facing life in prison for an armed robbery in Dallas; in California Democrats are fleeing from Eric Bauman, the head of California’s Democratic Party for his call to boycott In-N-Out for its donating $25,000 to the Republican Party (just another example of how poisoned our political environment has become and why someone like John McCain will be really missed); Roseanne admitted she regrets apologizing to the left for her comments about Valerie Jaffe as the left “does not accept apologies”; at least 10 people have been shot in a San Bernardino apartment complex with 3 in critical condition while 6 teens were  shot, one of whom has life threatening injuries at a teen party in Birmingham, Alabama; David Petraeus has slammed the VA for failing to provide medical care for vets exposed to pollutants from burning pits located on their bases in Iraq (the VA remains a complete bureaucratic cesspool); 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, 2084 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 334 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 the Bee Gees, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you will not have to listen to a lot of mumbo-jumbo, and a relevant quote from Peter Jennings on who usually wins an election, 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. Labor Day—celebrating the contribution of labor to the nation’s economy and welfare; Oregon was the first state to declare the day a public holiday in 1887 and when it became a federal holiday in 1894 30 states had approved it as a public holiday.
2. Skyscraper Day—celebrating the contributions of skyscrapers to our urban commerce which became possible with the invention of the elevator first installed in the Houghwout Department Store in New York City and the invention of the Bessemer process in the 1860’s which enabled the mass production of steel which is much stronger than iron and enabled taller and taller buildings.
3. 1976 Number One Song— the number one song in 1976 on a run of 1 week in that position was “You Should Be Dancing” by the Bee Gees. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mumbo-jumbo” which means utter nonsense which describes what we normally hear from politicians and bureaucrats.
5. Meltdown On the Set—bemoaning or celebrating the birth on this day in 1965 of Charlie Sheen who starred in Platoon and The Wolf of Wall Street and the series Two and a Half Men but has battled drug and addiction problems and announced that he is HIV positive.
On this day in: 
a. 301 San Marino one of the smallest nations on Earth and the oldest republic was founded by Saint Marinus.
b. 1925 the USS Shenandoah, the first American built rigid airship crashed over Ohio due to a squall line, killing 14 men out of a crew of 42.
c. 1942 Karl Fritsch, the deputy camp commander of Auschwitz experimented with using Zyklon B gas to kill Soviet POWs.
d. 1944 Anne Frank and her family leave Amsterdam to be transported to Auschwitz, arriving there three days later where they will be executed.
e. 2017 North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
   Bad news for Republicans? “The candidate out front on Labor Day has historically been the one who stayed ahead in November.” Peter Jennings anchor of ABC’s World News for 22 years but a heavy smoker who died of lung cancer at the age of 67.
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