Sunday, August 25, 2019

August 25, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Park Services Founders Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 25, 2019 Don Quixote lives and has resurfaced in the form of former Red Congressman Joe Walsh who has announced he will run in the Republican primary against Donald Trump (if the courts uphold the inane Newsom back law in California of barring anyone from the ballot who does not file tax return copies even then with write-ins Trump would beat him as the only person on the ballot); on the sports front good news in that Louisiana beat Curacao, the reigning international champions, 8-0 in the Little League World Series; America met the sacrifices of WWII and the Cold War and should also meet the sacrifices of a trade and intellectual property war with China regardless of costs borne in the short term ignoring the calls of the left to throw in the towel and accept domination by the Chinese); a legal Iranian immigrant with an empty pocket and rose to become a wealthy real estate investor was killed by a lawyer who claimed his Mercedes had been hit by a golf ball was hit by the Mercedes and killed resulting in the lawyer being charged with murder (hate crime?); Manhattan may be astronomical in terms of real estate prices but 60 miles north just across the border from Fairfield, Connecticut  $850,000 buys you a private island on Putnam Lake with an almost 2,000 square foot house and solar powered boat (non believers in climate change only should apply); Sanders Election co-chair stated that the Gaffer in Chief regretted his comment on Obama’s assassination and claimed its now a three person race with Biden and Warren also in the race (a race with three losers out of touch or out of fitness for the job); on the academic freedom front Duke Psychiatry Professor Alan Frances has proved that to teach the subject to know psychosis you have to be one or at least partially by claiming Trump is just like Hitler, Stalin and Mao and whose policies have killed millions (Huh? If an alumni you might want to consider holding up on your donation or at least converting it to a donation to the athletic department for men’s and women’s basketball tickets; on the sports front Andrew Luck has run out of luck and due to injuries has elected to retire; at least one good thing will come out of the G-7 Meeting as the participants have pledged to aid Brazil in fighting the disastrous Amazon wildfires along with the 60,000 troops Brazil has belatedly called out; on the porous, open and dangerous border front suggest all should follow @CBPArizona on Twitter for updates on apprehensions and support for the idea of completing the wall; in Chicago through August 24, 2019, 1815 have been shot of whom 303 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population,  220 have been 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 Alicia Keys, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not hounded by pleniloquence  and a relevant quote from Joseph L. Sax on National Parks, 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. National Park Services Founders Day—commemorating the signing into law by President Wilson the Organic Act calling for the newly created National Park Service to identify and create national parks worthy of protection from development so they can be enjoyed by future generations.       
2. Sacrifice Our Wants for Other Persons Needs Sunday—created by Lorraine Jara and celebrated on the last Sunday in August by reaching out to help people with physical, emotional or mental needs with acts of help to make their lives easier.         
3. 2001 Number One Song— the number one song in 2001 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Fallin” by Alicia Keys. Here is a recording of the song: This noted singer, songwriter and classical pianist is on a roll.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pleniloquence” which means excessive talking a trait one of my ex-wives possessed to my discomfort and those around her.
5. Shaken Not Stirred—celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of noted and knighted actor Sean Connery who starred in the first 7 James Bond movies and went on to have a long storied film carer until retiring from acting and producing in 2007 and enjoying the retired life today.
On this day in: 
     a. 1939 an ill-prepared for war Britain and humiliated by its appeasement at Munich signed a treaty with Poland to defend Polond itf it were invaded which it was by Germany 7 days later and WWII was off to the races. 
    b. 1950 2 months into the invasion by North Korea of South Korea and fearful of disruption of our Korean War effort, President Truman seized the nation’s railroads to prevent a strike.  
c. 1967 George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder and  head of the American Nazi Party, was assassinated by a former member of his own party he had expelled who was caught, tried, convicted and sentenced to 20 years but paroled after 8 and serving 6 years after for a parole violation.  
d. 1997 Egon Krenz the last leader of East Germany before its reunion with West Germany was convicted of his “shoot to kill” order against people trying to escape Berlin and served 4 years of his 6 year sentence before released on parole.  
e. 2017 Hurricane Harvey a Class 4 Hurricane and one that lingered for days made landfall in Texas causing massive flooding, 106 deaths and $125 billion in damages.    
Reflections on access to our National Parks: “It is impossible to provide unlimited visitation and the essential qualities of an unconventional, non-urban experience simultaneously. Here too a compromise is called for: a willingness to trade quantity for quality of experience. There is nothing undemocratic or even unusual in such a trade. The notion that commitment to democratic principles compels the assumption of scarcity is one of the familiar misconceptions of our time. We need a willingness to value a certain kind of experience highly enough that we are prepared to have fewer opportunists for access in exchange for a different sort of experience when we do get access.”
― Joseph L. SaxMountains Without Handrails: Reflections on the National Parks
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