Monday, October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Stuttering Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 22, 2018 The Central American caravan of misnamed refugees has risen to 7,000 as it continues its invasion toward the U.S. waving flags of Honduras (time to cut aid to Honduras and Guatemala and call out troops to close border with Mexico and change the laws to require immediate deportation for anyone crossing illegally who has not obtained asylum status from an American consulate in that person’s native country and implement e-verify and fines for employees that hire illegal aliens to eliminate the incentive to come here or the next caravan will be much larger); in a Sarah Palin déjà vu moment Republican candidate for Alaska’s governor Bill Walker has dropped out of the race after his lieutenant governor candidate dropped out due to inappropriate comments about a female; new polls indicate that the Blue Wave has evaporated and the race to flip the House has turned into a dead heat (Pelosi must be pissed that she will not get to redecorate the Speaker’s office); Elon Musk’s 3.6 mile high speed hyper loop underground tunnel is set to open in Los Angeles on December 10; Southwestern Mexico is bracing for a Cat 5 Hurricane with winds in excess of 160 miles per hour which is expected to make landfall on Tuesday; on the drug war front, troubling news that Columbia is producing record amounts of coca, the main ingredient in producing cocaine which is flooding into this country; porn star lawyer who is a fixture on CNN and delusionally thinks himself as a presidential candidate was ordered to by a California Superior Court to pay a former co-worker almost $5 million; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 21, 2018, 2477 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 412 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 The Weeknd, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that the issues facing you are not nettlesome  and a relevant quote from James Earl Jones on his stuttering as a youth, 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 Stuttering Awareness Day—created in 1998 to create awareness of the speech impairment that affects one percent of the world’s population.
2. Clean Up the Earth Day—falling six months after Earth Day this is a day to take a walk with a trash bag in hand and pick up some trash on the beach, park or sidewalks.
3. 2015 Number One Song— the number one song in 2015 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “The Hills” by The Weeknd. 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 “nettlesome” which means irritating or difficult which describes how most Americans view the gridlock that resides in the Swamp.
5. Stand By Her Man—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day in 1948 of Lynnette Fromme aka Squeaky Fromme, a member of the Manson Family who attempted to assassinate President Ford and failed, was tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison until paroled in 2009; she never renounced Manson for wasting her life.
    On this day in: 
a. 1964 Jean Paul Sarte was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature but turned down the award.
b. 1976 Red Dye Number 4 was banned by the Federal Food and Drug Administration after findings that it caused cancer in the bladders of dogs.
c. 1983 two correctional officers were killed at a federal prison in Marion, Ohio leading to the creation of the Supermax model of prisons where inmates are confined in their cell for 23 hours a day.
d. 2001 Grand Theft Auto III was released marking the beginning of the genre of action games and spawning controversy over the amount of violence in video games.
e. 2005 Tropical Storm Alpha formed in the Atlantic, making the year the most active in terms of hurricanes with 22 named hurricanes formed.
    Reflections on stuttering: “Stuttering is painful. In Sunday school, I'd try to read my lessons, and the children behind me were falling on the floor with laughter.” James Earl Jones, noted African-American actor with an award winning commanding voice with not a trace of stuttering.
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