Saturday, October 6, 2018

October 6, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not German-American Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 6, 2018 The sordid resistance of the Blues to the Kavanaugh nomination has finally come to an end as the Senate has voted 50-48 to confirm, interrupted by screams of protest coming from the Senate gallery; Murkowski who announced yesterday she would vote no gave Senator Daines a priceless wedding gift when she paired her vote to his announced aye to enable him to walk his daughter down the aisle (nice touch Senator Murkowski); very few heroes in this shameful circus other than Susan Collins and her point by point affirmation of why she would vote yes; on the over the top rhetoric front Pelosi is at it again in spades comparing Kavanaugh to Putin and Kim (keep up the good work Pelosi we need you as a lightning rod to energize Red voters); on the war on women front Brazilian Motocross star Erick Bratz has been arrested for assaulting his 22 year old girlfriend Melissa Gentz-photos of victim and accused below.

On the get rich quick front the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpot has swelled to $723 million; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 5, 2018, 2352 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 382 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 Kelly Clarkson, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that the U.S. possesses a navarchy and a relevant quote from Anwar Sadat on ending hostilities of the Yom Kippur War, 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. German-American Day—commemorating the arrival of 13 German families in Philadelphia who founded Germantown, Pennsylvania; the holiday was first celebrated in 1883.
2. Jackie Mayer Rehab Day—created to honor Jackie Mayer Miss America 1963 who suffered a near fatal stroke in 1970 at the age of 28 and worked for 7 years to regain her speech and mobility and is now a motivational speaker and crusader for stroke victims.
3. 2002 Number One Song— the number one song in 2002 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “A Moment Like This’” by American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. 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 “navarchy” which means rulership of the seas fortunately this nation still possesses with its now expanding navy.
5. If the Shoe Fit—celebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of Academy Award winning actress Elizabeth Shue best known for her part in Leaving Las Vegas.
    On this day in: 
a. 1927 to the joy of theater lovers The Jazz Singer, the world’s first talking motion picture, opened
b. 1973 Egyptian and Syrian forces attacked Israel marking the beginning of the Yom Kippur War which Israel came very close to losing.
c. 1976 Chinese Premier Hua Guafeng arrested the Gang of Four bringing China’s Cultural Revolution to an end.
d. 1981 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by jihadist extremists.
e. 2010 Instagram was founded and on April 12, 2012 was acquired be Facebook for $1 billion.
   Reflections on the Yom Kippur War: “We have been fighting Israel for the fifteenth day running. Israel fought us on its own in the first four days and its real position was exposed on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts; it lost by its own admission, 800 tanks and more than 200 aircraft on both fronts. For the last 10 days, however, I have been fighting the United States on the Egyptian front, armed as she is with the most sophisticated weapons in her possession. I simply cannot fight the United States or bear the historical responsibility for having our armed forces destroyed once again” Anwar Sadat in a speech to the Egyptian Parliament explaining his decision to accept a cease fire with Israel.
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