Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 9, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not California Admission Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 9, 2018 Serena Williams trying to tie Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam victories at the U.S. Open instead had a meltdown, broke her racket and was fined $17,000 in her loss to Naomi Osaka, the first Japanese-American to win a U.S. Open (she leveled sexism charges against the umpire); Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska is seriously considering leaving the Republican Party as he bemoans the gridlock in the Senate and blasts the reality TV show atmosphere of the White House; Obama was in Anaheim blasting Trump and trying to take credit for the economic recovery (quite a departure from precedence as ex presidents in the past rarely take the partisanship low road to attack their successor but Obama is in a snit fit that his legacy has been almost completely dismantled); Burgerville, a small hamburger chain in the Pacific Northwest, has changed its policy and now prohibits employees from wearing buttons that express political sentiments like “Abolish ICE” and “No one is illegal”; on the sexual harassment front, 6 more women have come forward alleging CBS President Les Moonves made unwanted sexual advances to them (watch for this culprit of the reptilian brain culture to be departing in the near future); on the hurricane front, Tropical Storm Florence heading to the southeastern coast of the U.S. is expected to intensify to a Cat 3 or higher hurricane with likely flooding due to heavy rain fall and storm surges; in Chicago, Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through September 8, 2018, 2125 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 344 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 Diana Ross, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you speak up as opposed mussitating, and a relevant quote from Marjorie Pay Hinckley on abstention to avoid Fetal Alcohol Disorder Syndrome, 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. California Admission Day—celebrated in California to commemorate the admission of California as the 31st state in 1850.
2. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day—first observed in 1999 to create awareness of the fact that pregnant ladies should abstain from consuming alcohol during their pregnancy.
3. 1980 Number One Song— the number one song in 1980 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Upside Down” by Diana Ross. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mussitate” which means to mutter when our dissatisfaction with the gridlock should cause us to shout out our unhappiness.
5. Sitting on a Dock in the Bay--celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of Otis Redding who along with his band members was killed in a plane crash 4 days after the song was recorded, enroute to becoming number 1 on the charts in 1968.
On this day in: 
a. 1956 Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.
b. 1965 Hurricane Betsy made its second landfall near New Orleans causing 76 fatalities and $1.42 billion in damages, the first hurricane hitting the U.S. to exceed $1 billion in property damage.  
c. 1971 the 4 day Attica Prison riot began and when it ended 39 people had been killed when state troopers took over the facility.
d. 1993 in a what took you so long moment the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized Israel as a legitimate state.
e. 2015 Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in the history of the United Kingdom and is still going strong.  
   Reflections on how to avoid Fetal Alcohol Disorder Syndrome :” Complete abstention may be much easier than moderation.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley, Small and Simple Things 
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