Saturday, August 3, 2019

August 3, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Disc Golf Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 3, 2019 on the issue of El Paso being the safest city in the nation, Bozo O’Rourke may have spoke a bit early as a 21 year gunmen has killed at least 20 today at an El Paso shopping center Wal Mart; in what has to be a tribute to great training the police managed to get the gunman to drop his weapon and surrender; the nation goes into mourning over the killings in El Paso while with the morgues not even having received the victims or any idea of motives the Pavlovian dogs of the Blue presidential candidates are howling for gun control (or perhaps gun confiscation reading between the lines); Di Blasio castigated the NYPD in the strongest terms over the death of Eric Garner while he in termed was blasted by the head of the NYPD Union (why the city enforces its tax laws on cigarettes on a poverty stricken person selling two cigarettes is a mystery just as the question of why Garner resisted arrest; once again the failure of Blues to assist Reds in addressing the flow of illegals has caused the federal courts to reject Trump’s policy of requiring asylum seekers to enter the country legally in order to file for asylum (disgrace, total disgrace on the bloody hands of Pelosi); Congresswomen Debbie Dingell, the widow of iconic Democratic Congressman John Dingell came out in support of Trump on his tariffs asserted against China and slammed the Blue candidates for their presidential debate performance; just when you thought it was safe to go outside, Asteroid 2019 with the size of 2 football fields and packing at least 30 times the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb came within 45,000 miles of Earth; the “Friendly Skies” of United Airlines were anything but friendly as two pilots scheduled to fly the plane from Glasgow to the U.S. were arrested for failing a breath test; in Chicago through August 2, 2019, 1602 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, 273 of whom have died,  a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa but barely leading the 200 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 Peter Cetera, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not a pickthank and a relevant quote from Tony Bennett on his career, 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. Ester Day—commemorating the death of this day in 2010 of noted vlogblogger Ester Grace Earl from thyroid cancer.       
2. National Disc Golf Day—celebrating a game for those who cannot get enough Frisbee tosses in their day which was played in the early 1900’s but took off in the 60’s with the advent of the Frisbee and the efforts of “Steady Ed Headrick and Dave Dunipace to codify the rules for the game which has a resemblance to golf but the holes are above ground and no clubs are used.      
3. 1986 Number One Song— the number one song in 1986 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera.  Unfortunately the UTube link was not working for playing a recording of the song by a singer who was an original member of the band Chicago.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pickthank” which means a sycophant or flatterer which describes too many who what to get ahead the easy way instead of working hard.
5. Nearing 100—celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of noted singer Tony Bennett who is still going strong on tour at 93 and probably rues with the needles and feces on the streets of San Francisco he will never be able to retrieve the heart he left.
     On this day in: 
     a. 1859 the American Dental Association was founded in Niagara Falls, New York.      
  b. 1946 the world’s first themed park, Santa Claus Land, opened in Santa Claus, Indiana.
c. 1972 the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty which the U.S. under George Bush announced its intent to withdraw in December of 2001.    
d. 1977 Tandy Corporation announced the TRS-80 on the first mass produced computers.    
e. 2004 the pedestal of the Statute of Liberty reopened after being closed following the attacks of 9/11.
Reflections of pursuing a long career from one who has been doing it for a long time: “I want to try to prove that at 100, I could sing as well as I was singing when I was 45 or 43. I'd like to prove that if you take care of yourself, you can actually not regret the fact that you've become an old-timer, but you can just still improve and actually get better…I’ll never retire “ Tony Bennett. Let’s all hope he makes it as the world of music would be a better place if he were still singing at 100.
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