Sunday, March 31, 2019

March 31, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Cesar Chavez Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 31, 2019  Amidst reports that the “mother of all caravans is being formed to include upwards of 20,000 illegals according to Mexico’s Interior Secretary Sanchez
Cordero as Trump met good his threat to cut aid to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras while Blues continue to insist the crisis at the border is not real only manufactured (anyone taking that position is completely ignorant and out to lunch refusing to address asylum which is being scammed and could be solved in a heartbeat by requiring seekers to seek asylum at the American Embassy or consulates in their host country and if not granted or applied for be subject to immediate deportation); Pope Francis has slammed those who want to build walls and barriers to keep migrants out (sadly this argument bolsters Pelosi’s criticism that walls are immoral; Trump is serious about his threat to close the border if Mexico and Central America do not step up their nonexistent efforts to halt the illegal migrations (as has been done and applauded in the past by Presidents Nixon and Reagan); Reps. AOC and Ayanna Pressley are pushing back on Blue House leadership’s plans to protect Blue incumbents from primary challengers; the reptilian brain may have claimed another victim, Joe Biden, who has been charged by 2014 Blue Lieutenant Governor candidate Lucy Flores of unwanted sexual advances (Biden has denied but promises to listen respectively and the nation wonders whether since this involves a Blue, Hirono will be ranting the accuser must be believed); Rashida Tlaib who is pushing impeachment is alleging that Obama looked her straight in the eye and stated “I am proud of you.”; Senator Feinstein who lost all credibility with her delayed ambush of Judge Kavanaugh is fuming because President Trump has not consulted with Queen Di Fi over two proposed nominees to the 9th Circuit (what does she expect--that Trump will receive an objective listening to his ideas—what a joke); on the lobster front going into the summer lobster fishing season, lobster fisherman are facing a decline of herring which is the preferred bait fish for lobster traps; as of March 30, 2019 429 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 74 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to John Denver, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are employed as a palingman; a relevant quote from Cesar Chavez on farm workers, 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 Back Up Day—on the eve of April Fools today is a great day to back up your data to avoid be caught nude and empty from a data perspective.
2. Cesar Chavez Day—created by President Obama in 2014 to honor the accomplishments of Cesar Chavez in the agricultural labor relations field to improve labor conditions and wages of farm workers.
3. 1974 Number One Songthe number one song on this day in 1974 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver. Here is a recording of the song: Unfortunately there was no sunshine on his shoulders on October 12, 1997 and he crashed his plane into Monterey Bay and died.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “palingman” which means a seller of fish or eels which is one smelly profession to be involved in at the retail level.
5. Carbon Footprint Hypocrite—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day of Al Gore who has served as a Representative and Senator from Tennessee and Vice President under Clinton. After losing to Bush he became a leading activist against climate change and global warming although he probably has one of the largest carbon footprints on the planet and on global warming is probably the epitome of do as I say not as I do.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1931 a Transcontinental & Western Air airliner crashers near Baazar, Kansas, killing 8, including University of Notre Dame head coach Knute Rockne.. 
b. 1951 Remington Rand delivered the first UNIVAC I to the U.S. Census Bureau.
c. 1968 after ending a speech on how to limit the war in Vietnam, President Johnson stunned the nation with his vow that “I shall not seek nor will I accept my party’s nomination to run as your president for another term.”
d. 1990 about 200,000 protestors took to the streets of London to protest the implementation of a poll tax.
e. 1992 in an end of an era moment, the USS Missouri, the last active battleship in the U.S. Navy was decommissioned in Long Beach to later become a floating museum in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  
        Reflections on being a farm worker: ” Farm workers are society's canaries. Farm workers - and their children - demonstrate the effects of pesticide poisoning before anyone else.” Cesar Chavez
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© March 31, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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