Wednesday, November 7, 2018

November 7, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 7, 2018 Jeff Sessions has resigned at the request of the president and Trump chose not to elevate Rod Rosenstein and instead selected Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General prompting predictable howls from Schumer and his lap dogs that Whitaker recuse himself from the Mueller witch-hunt, after $5 billion has been spent the Blues have regained control of the House and the Reds have increased their number of seats in the Senate (Trump campaigned only for a few House members who won while those who did not embrace his endorsement lost); two gubernatorial candidates Walker and Abrams have refused to concede after their race has been called against them and Blue Nelson in Florida is demanding a recount against Red Scott; Trump in a really contentious press conference especially with grandstanding pseudo journalist Jim Acosta but expressing hope that he will be able to work in a bipartisanship manner with Nancy Pelosi (remains to be seen but keep your fingers crossed but if gridlock, Blues will own it  2020); on the why bipartisanship may be a hopeless goal, a SUNY professor  Laura Ebert has been arrested for stealing pro Red signs from a neighbor’s lawn (so typical of the left to stifle freedom of speech); on the illegal alien front, Motel 6 which had been sued for providing to ICE information about illegal alien guests has settled a lawsuit by them for $7.6 million; in a there is a God moment Red candidate for the House wounded Navy Seal veteran Crenshaw mocked by Nothing But Cack Network’s SNL as looking like a hitman in a porno movie won in his House race;  Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 6, 2018, 2612 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 430 have died (for 3 days in a row no gunshot murder victims but still 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 Francis Craig and his Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not nociceptive to those around you  and a relevant quote from Leonard Coatsworth on the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 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. National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day—created by noted dog trainer and dog show competitor Terry Simnons in 2015 following the death of his dog from lymphoma to create awareness of the disease and to promote research in finding a cure.
2. National Notary Public Day—created in 1975 to honor the contributions of notaries to insure the identity of people  signing documents used in transactions and celebrated on this day as it marks the day in the colonies in 1639 when Thomas Fugil became the first notary in American Colonies.
3. 1947 Number One Song— the number one song in 1947 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “Near You” by Francis Craig and his Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nociceptive” which  means causing pain which a Blue led House will try to do to the Trump agenda.
5. Different Strokes and Pregnancy Don’t Mix—celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of child star Dana Plato who starred in Different Strokes but was released when she became pregnant and spiraled into drugs, divorced and lost custody of her child and died of an overdose at age 34.
    On this day in: 
a. 1910 in a preview of Fed Ex in the future the Wright Brothers air freighted a shipment of a bolt of silk from Dayton, Ohio to Max Moorehouse’s department stored in Columbus, Ohio.
b. 1940 the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed in a little over 4 months after its completion but fortunately no one was killed when the bridge fell into the Narrows.
c. 1973 Congress overturned President Nixon’s veto of the War Powers Resolution which limited the ability of the nation to wage war without Congressional approval.
d. 1991 Magic Johnson announced that he was infected with the AIDS virus and retired from the NBA.
e. 1994 student run radio station WXYC at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill produced the first radio internet broadcast.
    Reflections on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse: “I saw the Narrows bridge die today, and only by the grace of God, escaped dying with it. . . ."I drove on the bridge and started across. In the car with me was my daughter's cocker spaniel, Tubby. The car was loaded with equipment from my beach home at Arletta.
"Just as I drove past the towers, the bridge began to sway violently from side to side. Before I realized it, the tilt became so violent that I lost control of the car. . . . I jammed on the brakes and got out, only to be thrown onto my face against the curb.
Around me I could hear concrete cracking. I started back to the car to get the dog, but was thrown before I could reach it. The car itself began to slide from side to side on the roadway. I decided the bridge was breaking up and my only hope was to get back to shore.
On hands and knees most of the time, I crawled 500 yards or more to the towers . . . . My breath was coming in gasps; my knees were raw and bleeding, my hands bruised and swollen from gripping the concrete curb . . . . Toward the last, I risked rising to my feet and running a few yards at a time . . . . Safely back at the toll plaza, I saw the bridge in its final collapse and saw my car plunge into the Narrows."
I saw Clark Eldridge (Toll Bridge Authority engineer), his face white as paper. If I feel badly, I thought, how must he feel?
With real tragedy, disaster and blasted dreams all around me, I believe that right at this minute what appalls me most is that within a few hours I must tell my daughter that her dog is dead, when I might have saved him."
Leonard Coatsworth News Editor Tacoma Tribune.
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