Sunday, October 21, 2018

October 21, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of the Nacho

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 21, 2018 Cruz in a tough reelection fight with Beto O’Rourke has received help from an unexpected source, Sameer Syeed has filed a class action lawsuit against O’Rourke for his sending unwanted text messages to him and other members of the class in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act seeking $500 per text message; on the sports front, the Dodgers are going to the World Series and the Lakers lost their home opener in a game that featured a 4th quarter boxing match between two players along with  their ejection from the game; Blue Senate candidate Sinema is being ripped by Mc Sally for her support of people wanting to go to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban (personal affront to McSally who was the first female A-10 Squadron commander in the war in Afghanistan leading attacks against the Taliban in support of U.S. troops); the Honduran caravan is still coming with hundreds swimming across the river that serves as a border between Mexico and Guatemala (if this caravan is not stopped at our border and the migrants deported look for a massive wave of illiterate, unskilled males coming from Central America which is why we must change the law to facilitate deportation, build a wall, implement e-verify, ban sanctuary cities, and tax any remittances by illegals to their home countries); Amy Schumer another politicized comic who has destroyed comedy has charged that white players who do not take a knee during the National Anthem are complicit in supporting racism; Henry Kissinger the 95 year old former Secretary of State invited to give a speech at NYU was heckled  and his speech disrupted until protesters were removed from the event; the world remains skeptical of the Saudi’s account of the death of the journalist at the Saudi consulate in Turkey with growing calls for the replacement of the Crown Prince (Hobson’s Choice for the U.S. in how to react to this act by the Saudis given the need to have Saudi Arabia as a counterpoint to Iran and its funding of terror in the Middle East); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 20, 2018, 2468 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 411 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 Meghan Trainor, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are guilty of nescience  and a relevant quote from Assata Shakur on lynching, 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 of the Nacho—celebrating the creation of the nacho in 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya at a restaurant in Piedras Negras, Mexico and is now the piece de resistance at football viewing parties.
2. Global Iodine Deficiency Prevention Day—created by UNICEF to promote the use of iodine in salt as the lack of iodine in a diet can create of host of severe medical problems.
3. 2014 Number One Song— the number one song in 2014 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “All About That Brass” by Meghan Trainor. 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 “nescience” which means ignorance or lack of knowledge a trait when it comes to solving difficult issues facing this nation, many of our politicians are doomed to possess in overwhelming quantities.
5. Here Comes the Judge—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of Judith Blum better known to her fans as Judge Judy who was the only female in her class of 125 at American University of Law and went on to become a judge in the Family Law Court in New York adjudicating  thousands of cases until approached by an agent with a idea to do a reality courtroom show in 1996, an opportunity which she jumped on and the rest with Judge Judy  is history followed by 10 million loyal fans.
    On this day in: 
a. 1921 in a what took us so long moment, President Harding became the first sitting president to deliver a speech castigating lynching of African-Americans in the Deep South.
b. 1940 the first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls was published.
c. 1959 President Eisenhower signed an Executive Order transferring Wernher Von Braun and other German scientists from the U.S. Army to NASA.
d. 1973 Fred Dryer of the Los Angeles Rams became the first player in the NFL to score two safeties in a single game.
e. 1994 in a why we do not trust you moment, North Korea and the United States sign an agreement that North Korea would stop the development of its nuclear weapons program and agree to inspections, which it obviously breached.
    Reflections on lynchings: “In my opinion while lynchings were quite possibly the most heinous crimes ever witnessed in American history, they helped in bringing people together for a sole purpose. It was because of these lynchings that armed self-resistance was created. If white people knew black people were capable of fighting back then there was less of a chance that violence actually would break out.” Assata Shakur, convicted murderer of a New Jersey State Trooper who escaped from prison and is now living with asylum in Cuba (why Obama did not condition normalization of relations with Cuba on her return to the U.S. is mind boggling).
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