Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July 23, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Gorgeous Grandma Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 23, 2019 You have to hand it to Rashida Tlaib for when it comes to big ideas on how to throw people into the unemployment line she with her idea of a federal minimum wage of $20 she wins the prize but when it comes to economics the Squad to a woman their ideas are flawed; Di Blasio is rightfully being castigated for videos showing NTPD officers being doused with yellow looking water from trash cans while trying to make an arrest (when will this total wimp stop embarrassing himself and Democrats and withdraw from the presidential Blue primary; the Blues have been caught with their mantra “no one is above the law” pants down as people are coming to the realization that illegals supported by Blues are above the law and actively encouraged by Blues;  you know when an economy is hurting when its soldiers have to cross into China to rummage for food as is the case being reported in the news coming out of China’s border with North Korea; Brian Johnson a rabid pro Brexit supporter will become the U.K.’s next Prime Minister replacing Theresa May; Julian Castro whose campaign is going nowhere and who advocate decriminalizing illegal immigration and while homeless crowd our sidewalks and parks sending billions to Central America has alleged that Trump is the “biggest identity politician” in our modern times (says a lot to diminish the claims of veracity given the identity cards played in unison by the Blues); proving the adage that it takes one to know one a recent study of tribal and village police forces in Alaskan villages found that a majority of officers had been convicted of serious crimes like assault and domestic violence; finally a bill that provides some common sense solutions to the border crisis and the human trafficking that is occurring there which should garner some bipartisan support has been introduced by a Texas Red Congressman which mandates DNA testing of children and adults appearing as a family unit seeking asylum (don’t hold your breath though in anticipation of the ACLU filing suit that the procedure discriminates against people who adopt children);  Republicans are honing their cross examination skills to question Mueller whose investigation they will try to reveal was flawed conducted by lawyers with severe anti-Trump prejudices and conflicts of interest (be careful what you wished for Nadler and Company as Mueller’s testimony may blow up in their faces); in Chicago through July 22, 2019 (another miracle no deaths ended with 1  out of 10 shot yesterday), 1489 people have been shot mostly of color by mostly people of color, 257 of whom have died, a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa but barely leading the 187 murdered in Baltimore (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 Donna Summer, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are free from phthartic pursuits  and a relevant quote from Sam Shephard on race riots and the 60’s, 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.  World Sjögren's Day—commemorating since July 23, 2010, the discovery by Doctor Henrik Sjögren in 1933 of an autoimmune disease that attacks moisture producing genes primarily in the eyes and mouth creating dry eyes and dry mouth.       
2. Gorgeous Grandma Day—created by 50 year old Wellesley Graduate Alice Solomon who took her degree in 1984 and believed that society did not give enough credit to older Americans for their accomplishments in their senior citizen status so she added the term  “Gorgeous” to Grandmother to honor those grandmas who age gracefully and are as young as they want to be.        
3. 1979 Number One Song— the number one song in 1979 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbGKeyCywTY. Her summer changed to winter on May 17, 2012 when she died at 63 of lung cancer believed by her to have been contracted by being near the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “phtharctic” which means deadly or destructive which describes to a tee the current effects of gridlock in the Swamp on the issues we as a nation must address.
5. Bully Not As She Is Not A Victim—celebrating the birth on this day in 1973 of a woman, Monica Lewinsky whose life as a young intern was turned upside down by a powerful sexual predator, Bill Clinton, but who has rallied to be a positive force against cyber bullying along with other pursuits.
     On this day in: 
     a. 1885 a habit of smoking too many cigars came home to roost and former President Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer.     
    b. 1967 sparked by a police raid on an unlicensed after hours drinking establishment on 12th Street in a predominantly Afro-American neighborhood, a riot erupted in Detroit that lasted for 5 days and resulted in massive looting,  the calling out of the Michigan National Guard and elements of the 101st and 83rd Airborne Divisions and ended with 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrests and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed or heavily damaged.
c. 1992 a Vatican Commission led Joseph Ratzinger, a retired prelate of the Catholic Church, came to the conclusion that limiting certain rights of homosexuals and unmarried couples was not the equivalent of discrimination based on race or gender.    
d. 1997 Digital Equipment Corporation filed an antitrust law suit against Intel which was settled by Intel buying the plaintiff’s chip manufacturing operations for $700 million.    
e. 1999 Eileen Collins became the first female Shuttle commander when she piloted the Shuttle Columbia on STS-93 which deployed the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
Reflections on Detroit and other race riots in the 60’s: “People talk about the 1960s in a nostalgic way, but to me it was terrifying. People were getting assassinated. There was Vietnam. There were race riots. It felt like everything was going to get blown up sky-high. It didn’t feel like flower power. It felt like Armageddon.” Sam Sheppard, noted and prolific writer, author and playwright and actor and director
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