Saturday, September 8, 2018

September 8, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Literacy Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 8, 2018 The left is turning on the Blues for not doing enough to resist Kavanaugh’s ultimate confirmation (the histrionics of Booker and his Spartacus false moment, Harris and Blumenthal should fill Americans with total disgust—total disgrace to the office of being a Senator); Trump is calling on Sessions to investigate the identity of the source of the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times criticizing his fitness and alleging the cabinet through the 25th Amendment is trying to remove him (getting Sessions to cease being MIA in the collusion against the president is like pissing into a hurricane and thinking you won’t get wet); Tropical Storm Florence expected soon to be upgraded to hurricane status is now predicted to be heading directly for the Carolinas; although Nike’s stock price fell after naming Kaepernick as its new spokesman, surprisingly online sales have surged by over 30% (still think it is a big mistake to promote a third rate athlete with an inane protest as a spokesman); Mac Miller a rapper who passed away at 26 this week and who was struggling with substance abuse may have had his home swept clean to remove evidence of drug use; on the sanctuary city front the mayor of Atlanta has signed an executive order prohibiting the Atlanta City Jail from accepting any ICE detainees (totally insane and yet another vain attempt to prevent enforcement of our immigration laws); in Syria massive air strikes on the last rebel controlled province in Syria; Obama the most pathetic president in history in terms of economic performance is back on the campaign trail in Anaheim, campaigning against the successful Trump agenda in a vain attempt to recover his failed legacy; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 7, 2018, 2119 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 343 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 Knack, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you enjoy writings that are musal, and a relevant quote from Carl Sagan on literacy, 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 Literacy Day—created by UNESCO on October 26, 1966 to celebrate and promote literacy due to its contribution to society, commerce and government.
 2. World Physical Therapy Day—created by the World Physical Therapy Confederation to promote the benefits of physical therapy to society.
3. 1979 Number One Song— the number one song in 1979 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “My Sharona” by Knack. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “musal” which means of, like or pertaining to poetry which is this person’s favorite form of writing.
5. A Strange Love—celebrating the birth on this day in 1925 of noted actor and comedian Peter Sellers who played three roles in Doctor Strangelove and who died from a heart attack way too early in 1980.
On this day in: 
a. 1944 London was hit by a V-2 rocket for the first time (some 9,000 people were killed by the rockets).  
b. 1966 the epic science fiction series Star Trek premiered with its first episode entitled “The Man Trap.”  
c. 1974 in a move that many feel cost him the election to Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for any crimes he may have committed while in office.
d. 1975 U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant Matlovich appeared on the cover of Time Magazine under the heading of I am a homosexual; the decorated veteran of the Vietnam War was given a general discharge later upgraded to honorable.
e. 1988 Yellowstone National Park was closed for the first time in its history due to wildfires.
   Reflections on literacy:”Frederick Douglas taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.” Carl Sagan
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