Saturday, July 13, 2019

July 13, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Embrace Your Geekness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 13, 2019 The illegal alien supporter queen Kamala Harris is finally getting flack albeit in a backhand way as Biden attacks her for being dishonest for Medicare for all and indirectly praise Sanders for being forthright on admitting that taxes will be raised for the middle class to pay for it and private insurance will be eliminated; as well needed ICE raids to sweep up illegals who already have court orders deporting them, Biden is on the receiving end of protesters against his roll in Obama era deportations; in a shocking display of our lack of assimilation of recent illegal aliens and a wake-up call to those who support secure border efforts by the CBP and ICE protestors at a Colorado alien detention center took down an American flag, replaced it with a Mexican flag and vandalized a Blue Lives Matter flag by spray-painting “Abolish ICE” and hanging it upside down (signal for distress) in Washington State a man throwing flares at an ICE detention facility was shot and killed; Tropical Storm Barry has been downgraded from a Cat 1 Hurricane with winds of 75 mph to a Tropical Storm with decreasing winds after crossing the Louisiana Coast and New Orleans almost overflowing levees (but s; in a glaring admission of who you cannot trust, insiders with rap star R. Kelley who was arrested on federal charges of child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice, have supposedly released to federal authorities 20 tapes of the rapper having sex with minors; with half of the oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico shut down due to Barry, might not be a bad time to fill up before a spike in gas prices; while Blues are totally MIA on border security and pushing open borders, Mexico under threat of tariffs is applying force to secure its borders (too bad we don’t have the ability to cut federal funding of districts headed by Blues who support open borders); compliments of @CBP twitter account and a new daily feature, the CBP announced the apprehension of a Somali national wanted for homicide (what Blues despite all information to the contrary fail to acknowledge is that the border is a dangerous wild, wild west with all sorts of unsavory people trying to get in); in Chicago through July 12, 2019, 1386 people have been shot mostly of color by mostly people of color, 245 of whom have died, a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa (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 people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Three Dog Night, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are a philonoist,  and  a relevant quote from the New York Times on the Civil War Draft in 1863 proving the existence of fake news even then, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. Gruntled Workers Day—created by Tony and Ruth Roy of Well Cat  to celebrate those jobs that workers are really happy to be at providing more than a ample paycheck but also job satisfaction and a great work environment and co-workers.      
2. Embrace Your Geekness Day—created by Tony and Ruth Roy to acknowledge that in this high tech computer age with computer science majors fresh out of college earning 6 figure salaries being a geek is no longer looked down upon.      
3. 1970 Number One Song— the number one song in 1970 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Mama Told Me (Not to Come) by Three Dog Night.  Here is a recording of the song:   The with new members is continuing to tour.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “philonoist” which means one who seeks knowledge which is a great habit or trait to have and which many politicians lack.
5. Genes Still Work In Three Generations—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1988 of TV Steven R. McQueen, the grandson of Steven McQueen, who has not made it significantly into the silver screen like his grandfather.
         On this day in: 
a. 1863 anger over conscription that enabled the rich to be exempted out on payment of $300 ($6,098 in today’s dollars) erupted three days of riots and civil disorder the largest in our history other than the Civil War with massive property damage and injuries and 120 deaths and revealed the latent racism of Irish immigrants against blacks.    
b. 1956 at Dartmouth the first conference on artificial intelligence was held. 
c. 1973 in what would prove to be the beginning of the end of the Nixon Presidency, Alexander Butterfield revealed the existence of a secret taping system in the Oval Office.   
d. 1977 amidst a time of financial and social uncertainty a massive blackout engulfed New York City for 23 hours and produced looting and fires and unproven claims of a surge in births nine months later.   
e. 2016 David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister and was replaced by Theresa May.
        Reflections on the conscription that promped the NYC riots: “Conscription is a necessity; the conscription is a law; the conscription is just. It is the justest mode of raising an army—just to the people of every class and condition, poor and rich, lack and white. No class of citizens is exempt form its operation-even poor clergymen, if drafted, being compelled to shoulder their musket." The New York Times, July 15, 1863 Total example of fake news 156 years ago ignoring the fact the rich could buy their way out for $300 and the rest of classes could not.
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© July 13, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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