Monday, August 26, 2019

August 26, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Dog Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 26, 2019 On the opioid front, Johnson & Johnson have had handed to them a $578 verdict for their roll in promoting their opioid drugs; dramatic drone footage of the Army Corps of Engineers building a section of the 18’ high bollard border wall in Arizona were illegals used to flow across in numbers like schools of salmon coming to spawn; after the left’s hue and cry over Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexico if they did not cooperate in assisting in the stopping of illegals crossing into the U.S’, recent data shows the threat worked and Mexico’s efforts can be seen in an almost 40% drop in illegal crossings; the years of our educational system demeaning our values are bearing fruit as a new Wall Street Journal survey shows that millennials are abandoning faith, patriotism and having children (another reason for more charter schools and less teachers’ union bureaucrats running our schools); the scenes from the G-7 meeting in France have been pretty opulent but Trump is suggesting the next G-7 be held at his Doral Resort in Miami where each country can have a villa (slight concern over the emollients clause to the Constitution fueling increased howls for impeachment might torpedo the site location) market bounced back somewhat over belief that China and the U.S. will restart trade talks and may be close to a trade deal; MSNBC’s attacks on Trump are in full force and effect as Rachel Maddow attacks latest nominee Menashi to 2nd Circuit as being racist and a white supremacist (shame on this pathic biased pseudo “journalist” who does not belong on the air; in Chicago through August 25, 2019, 1821 have been shot of whom 304 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population,  222 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 Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are able to escape the clutches of plenonectic people  and a relevant quote from Simon Winchester on the Krakatoa eruption, 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. Women’s  Equality Day—commemorating the effective date of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote and celebrated on this day since 1973.       
2. National Dog Day—created by Colleen Paige in 2004, an animal rights activist whose family adopted a dog on this day, to promote awareness of the need to adopt dogs as opposed to having them euthanized.         
3. 2002 Number One Song— the number one song in 2002 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Dilemma” by Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland. Here is a recording of the song: This noted rapper and singer is in hot water with the IRS over large tax lien and has been accused of rape.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “plenonectic” which means greedy or covetous which describes feelings of politicians when it comes to your earnings and assets.
5. Home Alone Can Still Age—celebrating the birth on this day in 1980 of noted child actor who bridged the gap Macauly Culkin who after 15 movies in 7 years took a break and went to a private high school in Manhattan and then returned to acting.
On this day in: 
     a. 1983 the volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia began its final paroxysmal, stage ultimately spewing tons of ash into the atmosphere which lowered temperatures worldwide and killed some 36,000 people.
     b. 1920 the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote went into effect.  
c. 1944 with German snipers still active, Charles de Gaulle entered Paris triumphantly.
d. 2011 Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, its first composite material jetliner received certification from the FAA and EASA to begin operations.   
e. 2015 TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward of CBS Affiliate WBDJ of Roanoak, Virginia were  murdered on live TV interviewing the head of the Chamber of Commerce of Moneta, Virginia by ex-fellow worker Vester Flanigan who had been dismissed from the station two years earlier and who shot and killed himself after a 5 hour manhunt in Moneta, West Virginia. 
Reflections on the eruption at Mt. Krakatoa: “The eruption of Krakatoa was, indeed, the first true catastrophe in the world to take place after the establishment of a worldwide network of telegraph cables—a network that allowed news of disaster to be flashed around the planet in double-quick time.” ― Simon Winchester 
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