Thursday, August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Failures Day1

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 15, 2019 The Coast Guard Cutter may have a small sounding sized name but it floats tall when it comes to drug interdiction as the USS Midgett floats tall by seizing 4,600 pounds of cocaine; the shooting in the misnamed Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia has ended with a career criminal Maurice Hill surrendering to police who given his prior convictions should never have been out of prison (you can take it to the bank that Hill obtained his gun illegally raising for the illegal aliens supporter queen pathetic pitch for her gun control program while shots were being fired of just exactly how with an emphasis of why neighbors viewing the scene were yelling and taunting police); Israel has banned two anti-Semites Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering Israel to spew their rabid anti-Semite and anti-Israel hate, a move predictably assailed by Pelosi and Blues and praised by Trump and Reds; in the Blue Race of the 4 Horsemen Biden is still number one stuck at 31% with Warren off the reservation climbing to 2nd at 20%, Sanders down to 10% and the illegal alien supporter Queen Harris still stuck in 4th at 8% (like the leaves in fall falling, watch for Blues to start to join Hickenlooper by dropping out if they cannot make the debate stage in September); Lemon must be feeling the sour taste of consequences as the former boss of the bartender who accused Lemon of inappropriate sexual behavior has come out to corroborate the incident (how does it feel Lemon to be in a Kavanaugh like hot seat on an event alleged to have just occurred); Dr. Marc Siegel, a frequent contributor on Fox has indicated that the broken neck bones are more consistent with a homicide than a suicide and slammed the medical staff for taking Epstein off a suicide watch after only 6 days (from a life of luxury and perversion to a life of prison knowing that most cons do not take kindly to pedophiles would make most people suicidal and give up); in Chicago through August 14, 2019, 1726 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, 287 of whom have died but none in the last two days,  a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa but barely leading the 213 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 Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can exercise planation when the situation requires it and a relevant quote from Rick Perlstein and Woodstock, 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. I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day—celebrating a unique part of our heritage as a nation that flourished in the 19th Century with cattle drives bring cattle to market in the Midwest to feed the hungry denizens of the East. Not sure where this day came from but to celebrate wear a cowboy hat and some boats and go to a barbecue restaurant without packing.        
2. National Failures Day—honoring the failures all risk takers must experience and learn from them as it is a rare success that imparts useful lessons only failures that require the abeyance of ego and finger pointing replaced by acceptance and analysis of one’s role in the failure and how best to avoid repetition in the future.       
3. 1994 Number One Song— the number one song in 1994 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories. Here is a recording video of her singing the song: This noted singer was the first recording singer to have a number one hit song without a recording song and is still active today and still winning Grammy Awards.  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “planation” which means making level which is what Trump is trying with little help from the Blues to make the field of international commerce.
5. Life Can Imitate Music—celebrating the birth on this day in 1985 of noted rapper Ermias Joseph Asghedom who was better known to his fans as Nipsey Hussle who in addition to his rapping became and community activist and entrepreneur but whose life was cut down outside his clothing store by 10 bullets on March 31, 2019 allegedly by a suspect who was known to him over an apparent personal matter.
     On this day in: 
     a. 1963 Henry John Burnett had the dubious distinction of being the last man hanged in Scotland for killing his victim on May 31, 1963, being caught the same day and tried and found guilty shortly thereafter and hanged on August15, 1963.
    b. 1969 the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in Woodstock in upstate New York featuring the top bands and performers of the era.
c. 1971 President Nixon completed the end of the Gold Standard by ending the practice of foreign currencies being convertible into gold.   
d. 1973 the clandestine bombing of North Vietnamese targets in Cambodia came to an end. 
e. 1995 Shannon Faulkner after a lengthy court battle became the first woman to matriculate into the Citadel in South Carolina only to withdrew due to physical stress and abuse by male cadets less than one week later.   
Reflections on Woodstock and the 60’s: “There's a lot of surplus rage from the '60s that was never really worked through publicly. I think a lot of that rage still exists, and I think you see that when John McCain runs a commercial that beats up on Hillary Clinton's earmark for a Woodstock museum. Rick Perlstein, noted author born several weeks after Woodstock to become an author and chronicler of conservatism and the 60’s.
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