Saturday, July 20, 2019

July 20, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Chess Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 20, 2019 Berkeley is going of the PC cliff banning natural gas in new businesses and homes and gender specific words (how idiotic can you be to ban the most clean and carbon low fuel on the planet other that nuclear; the UN has warned the rogue regime of Iran there will be “serious consequences” if the tanker seized by it is not released (nothing like a worldwide embargo of all products and services to bring the deranged mullahs to their senses); Democratic Krysten Sinema has seen the light of reason and has crossed the aisle to join the GOP in supporting a program of rapid deportation in the event of false asylum claims; after the sound bite caravan of open border Blue House members, Blue Senate members are going to replicate the event by going to border (watch for the Blue wanna-bes to fill the airwaves with tears over the treatment of illegals while ignoring the plight of our homeless in our cities run by Blues, especially in Harris’ home state; Ricardo Rossello, the embattled governor of Puerto Rico, is MIA as thousands of Puerto Ricans are demanding his resignation as is the first wanna-be Castro; the trailer for Cats has been released to howls of some fans that the movie has whitewashed some of the actresses and actors in terms of the color of their fur; Buzz Aldrin the second man to walk on the Moon 50 years ago decked a harassing lunar conspirator theorist in 2002 and had his charges dismissed; on the feline movie front while Cats is under fire for its trailer, the preview of Disney’s The Lion King on Thursday took in $23 million; on the intolerant PC front, Kathy Zhu, the Miss Michigan Queen, was stripped of her title and dismissed from the Miss World America pageant due to social media posts that the organization claimed to be “offensive, insensitive and inappropriate” for tweeting blacks need to solve problems in black communities because most blacks are shot and killed by blacks which is totally true; Rep Omar received a rousing welcome as she returned to her district pledging to remain President Trump’s nightmare (she is a nightmare but a nightmare for all Americans who believe in this country and do not want to see it  and Jews trashed); in Chicago through July 19, 2019, 1455 people have been shot mostly of color by mostly people of color, 256 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 the Shaun Cassidy, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are not photophygous  and  a relevant quote from Aung San Suu Kyi on chess, 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. International Chess Day—created on this day in 1966 by UNESCO to honor the game of chess which has been with us for centuries and is celebrated on this day to mark the founding of the International Chess Foundation in 1924.      
2. National Woody Wagon Day—celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of the month to commemorate the introduction of wood as a building material for station wagons due to shortages of steel for the war effort and popularized by surfers looking for cheap transportation for their surf boards.       
3. 1977 Number One Song— the number one song in 1977 on a run of 1 weeks in that position was “Da Do Ron Run” by Shaun Cassidy.  Here is a recording of the song: This noted writer, singer, actor and songwriter is still going strong at 60.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “photophygous” which means to avoid or dislike light a trait which vampires and criminals often possess.
5. Reflections On Pitching.  celebrating the birth on this day in 1958 of Billy Mays a noted TV pitchman for home cleaning products but whose pitches fell on deaf ears on June 28, 2009 from hypertension.
     On this day in: 
 a. 1960 in moment to eliminate the ability to have a first strike nuclear capability to eliminate the retaliatory missile strikes, the USS George Washington successfully launched a Polaris ICBM nuclear missile from under the waters.    
b. 1969 Apollo 11 successfully landed on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility with Buzz Aldrin and Neil Young aboard as Neil Young became the first person to walk on the Moon and broadcast from the Moon’s surface.
c. 1997 The U.S.S. Constitution set sail on this day after 116 days being moored up to celebrate her 200th birthday.    
d. 2012 James Holmes opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing twelve and wounding 70 others before being arrested, tried, convicted of 12 murder on counts and sentenced to 12 consecutive murder terms plus 3,318 years.   
e. 2017 the Juice, OJ Simpson, was sprung lose on parole after serving 9 years of a 33 year sentence for armed robbery (now he has time to find Nicole Brown’s killer).
       Reflections On Chess And The Democratic Process.  If you look at the democratic process as a game of chess, there have to be many, many moves before you get to checkmate. And simply because you do not make any checkmate in three moves does not mean it's stalemate. There's a vast difference between no checkmate and stalemate. This is what the democratic process is like.. Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician and Nobel Pease Prize Laureate
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