Thursday, November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 8, 2018 In Thousand Oaks, California at the Borderline Bar and
Grill former Marine Ian David Long after shooting unarmed security guards shot and killed 12 people,  including a first responder sergeant who was scheduled to retire on Friday before dying (a gruesome déjà vu moment several of the patrons were present at the horrific Las Vegas shooting at the Mandalay Bay); in Arizona the race between McSally and Sinema is still too close to call but Green Party Angela Green may be the spoiler that will save Arizona from the worst movie imaginable—Sinema); Senator Rubio has charged that two democratic leaning precincts are in violation of state law that requires all early voting ballots be disclosed within 30 minutes of the polls closing and that Democratic lawyers are descending upon the state to steal the election results (déjà vu of the 2000 election?); in an angel moment a Philippines Airlines crew member was able to breast feed a hungry baby of a passenger who had run out of formula; Blues are in lather up mode that with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker the witch-hunt of Mueller will be curtailed (when is enough enough and the probe is ended or better yet transferred to the collusion of the DNC and HRC with the Russians and the creation of the false and salacious anti-Trump dossier?); while Blue leaders remain silent over Louis Farrakhan anti-Semite rants actress-turned-activist Alyassa Milano announced that she will not speak at the next Women’s March unless the organization condemns him; the leftist 9th Circuit has ruled against the Trump Administration’s attempt to end DACA which means the issue should be headed to the Supreme Court (Congress really needs to pass immigration reform that includes a wall, more funding for border patrol, e-verify, end to chain migration and Kate’s law which ideologue sadly will not agree to and the Blues are total cowards to break rank and vote for is best for the country);  Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 7, 2018, 2614 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 430 have died (for 4 days in a row what must be a record 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 Dinah Shore, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not a noddypeak  and a relevant quote from Jeffrey Eugenides on urban planning, 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. World Urbanism Day—celebrated in 30 countries to promote urban planning as a way to improve the quality of life of urban dwellers.
2. National STEM/STEAM Day—created in 2015 by MGA Entertainment to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math.
3. 1948 Number One Song— the number one song in 1948 on a run of 10 weeks in that position was “Buttons and Bows” by Dinah Shore. 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 “noddypeak” which  means a fool or imbecile which describes Jim Acosta White House Press appearances to a tee.
5. Rein In The Government—celebrating the birth on this day in 1996 of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who was the co-founder of Reddit but ran afoul of the government for downloading millions of court documents and archived documents from MIT; after being threatened with numerous years in prison he committed suicide in 2013 but he did not die in vain in his quest to make information available to the public when an amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was introduced in Congress to curb prosecutions like those of Swartz which garnered support in the IT community but has not yet passed.
    On this day in: 
a. 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed into law an anti-trust exemption allowing the National Football League to merge with the American Football League.
b. 1972 HBO began programming with the release of the 1971 movie Sometimes A Great Notion.
c. 1994 in a Red Wave that made the “Blue Wave” look like a mere trickle the Republicans took control of the House and Senate by adding 54 seats in the House and 8 seats in the Senate.
d. 1999 in what would be the first internet murder Bruce Miller was killed in his Flint, Michigan junkyard by his wife’s online lover Jerry Cassaday; she was convicted of inducing him to murder and he committed suicide after the act. She is now serving a life sentence in a Michigan prison.
e. 2002 the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution calling on Iraq to disarm its weapons of mass destruction or face serious consequences which gave us the basis for the disastrous Iraq War and the trillions spent in waging it.
    Reflections on urban planning: “Planning is for the world's great cities, for Paris, London, and Rome, for cities dedicated, at some level, to culture. Detroit, on the other hand, was an American city and therefore dedicated to money, and so design had given way to expediency.”― Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
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