Saturday, October 13, 2018

October 13, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not English Language Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 13, 2018 Trump is basking in the glow of a White House visit by the pastor jailed by Turkey of almost two years that his efforts were instrumental in getting released;  HRC with her end civility comment is evidently viewed by Blue candidates as the “kiss of death” with her 36% favorability rating and her stripped security clearance; thanks to Trump the American pastor wrongfully jailed by Turkey has been released from house arrest and is returning to the United States; Glenn Simpson the cofounder of Fusion GPS, the firm that created the false anti-Trump dossier that led to the witch-hunt of the Mueller investigation has been subpoenaed to appear before Congress but has indicated he will invoke the 5th; the clueless View is back in the news with Yvette Brown claiming Melania was one of Trump’s mistresses (why up and coming star at Fox Abby Huntsman moved to those idiots is a complete mystery); Walmart has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by cashiers over a lack of seat for $65 millions (classic example of why companies are  leaving California due to its  regulatory environment); on the drug front, the US Coast Guard Cutter Active has completed a successful tour after intercepting from three vessels almost 6000 pounds of cocaine with a value of $87 million; Trump has told leftist Senators Feinstein and Harris to take a hike and nominated without their consent three conservative judges from California to the 9th Circuit (Feinstein has lost her claim to a Blue Slip after her disgraceful and shameful handling of Professor Ford’s letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct and Harris’s belligerent questioning disqualifies her from any Blue Slip consideration); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 11, 2018, 2398 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 399 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 Justin Timberlake, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not nefastous and a relevant quote from a Henry Knox on the U.S. Navy, 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 Day for Disaster Reduction—as Florida tries to recover from the devastated brought by Hurricane Michael, appropriate to observe this UN observance created on January 1, 1990 to promote the construction of structures in communities able to withstand natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes.
2. English Language Day—celebrating the language that is spoken by over 2 billion persons and has nonnative speakers outnumbering native speakers by a factor of three and is the lingua franca in the world of commerce.
3. 2006 Number One Song— the number one song in 2006 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Sexy Back’” by Justin Timberlake. Here is a recording of the song:
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 “nefastous” which means wretched, miserable which describes our economy to a tee if the Blues take control of the Congress.  
5. In the Can In the Casket—celebrating the birth on this day in 1921 of noted actor Yves Montand who, after shooting his last scene on a movie he was working on which was a film about an old man who died of a heart attack, suffered a fatal heart attack.
    On this day in: 
a. 1775 the Continental Congress ordered the establishment of the Continental Navy, the precursor of the United States Navy.
b. 1903 the Boston Red Sox defeated the Pittsburgh, Pirates in the first World Series.
c. 1923 Ankara replaced Istanbul as the capital of Turkey.
d. 1983 the first mobile phone service was instituted in the United States in Chicago, Illinois by Ameritech Mobile (now AT&T).
e. 2010 a mining collapse came to an end in Chile and 33 miners were rescued after being trapped  underground for 69 days.
   Reflections on the state of the U.S. Navy: “No matter what happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping.” Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy during World War II until his death on April 28, 1944 and sadly for it on December 7, 1941 it was caught napping by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor.
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