Friday, August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National College Colors Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 30, 2019 Comey continues to come across as a disgraced FBI leaker and architect with a plan to trap the President-Elect Trump into perjury before his firing and the appointment of the Special Counsel Mueller (he should not be dong high fives over the IG’s  decision not to recommend prosecution and should be sweating blood over his role in the FISA warrants, the first of which he signed); whether he gets prosecuted like he should his reputation has been torched and his “beloved” FBI is in shambles replaced with a culture of integrity with a culture of leaking; in an example that Trump is fed up with leakers, after an off the record dinner briefing with reporters Trump’s longtime assistant Madeline Westerout abruptly resigned for her leaking details of the dinner meeting; Omar should be on her prayer rug thanking Allah that the FEC that should be prosecuted for using campaign funds to pursue the extra marital affair with her campaign consultant cannot as there are three vacancies on it leaving only three and unable to prosecute (Trump needs to fill that at least one vacancy so she can be prosecuted); although the number of countries with a wealth tax has dropped from 12 to 3 due primarily to difficulties in administering it and the fact that wealthy individuals can simply move residences, many Blues are hot to trot to adopt it (caveat emptor to taxpayers--when has a tax with a low initial rate not risen dramatically over time due to unrestrained spending desires?); as Dorian barrels to Florida with a glance at devastated Puerto Rico whose corrupt president has resigned to avoid impeachment, Trump can’t resist himself with a tweet slamming the Mayor of San  Juan for ineptness over last Hurricane to devastate the island (please tone it down Mr. President with encouragement to do better as opposed to attacking); while the Reds rail at late term abortion in Virginia as infanticide, new discoveries of a pre Columbian burial site of the Chimu  Indians conquered by the Incas revealed a mass grave of 250 children and 40 warriors sacrificed to appease the Chimu gods in the 15th Century; after a former New York City Fed Chairma called on the Fed to allow the economy to tank so Trump would not be reelected, Senator Tillis has called for hearings on the Fed’s “independence” (as Trump has been railing against Chairman Powell, sadly many Blues seem to be on the same page wishing for a recession to be able to beat Trump);; in Chicago through August 29, 2019, 1848 have been shot of whom 310 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 227 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 Fergie, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you have a pochette handy and a relevant quote from Robert Falls, a former slave on rebelling against slavery, 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 College Colors Day—created in 2005 to celebrate the beginning of the intercollegiate sports season by wearing your favorite college’s color which in my case is Cardinal and White as Stanford takes the field at the Farm tomorrow against the Stanford of the Midwest Northwestern.
2. International Day of the Disappeared—commemorating since 2007 the plight of thousands of people around the world secretly held in prison for crimes or protests against their government or officials thereof.        
3. 2006 Number One Song— the number one song in 2006 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “London Bridge” by Fergie.  Here is a recording of the song: is not the former divorced wife of Prince Andrew but an American borne singer who struggled and according to her beat meth addiction.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pochette” which means pocket notebook which is always handy to have when one feels a poem coming to fruition that you don’t want to lose.
5. From The Oracle Of Omaha To Oracle of Everything—celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of noted investor Warren Buffet who is a very rich man and who is considered one of if not the best investors of our times and is still going strong making money for his investors in Berkshire Hathaway.
On this day in: 
     a. 1800 Gabriel Prosser postponed his planned slave rebellion in Richmond, Virginia due to rain and was betrayed by two slaves and caught when the governor called out the state militia. He and his 25 followers were hanged after interrogation and severe restrictions were placed on slaves to prevent a repeat attempt by other slaves.
     b. 1918 Fanni Kaplan shot but did not kill Vladimir Lenin and after she was executed on September 3, 1918, the Bolsheviks instituted the Red Terror which resulted in the deaths of some 10,000 opponents and presumed opponents of the regime. 
c. 1945 General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander, arrived at Atugi Naval Base in Japan to accept Japan’s surrender.
d. 1963 as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis which brought the United States and the Soviet Union to brink of nuclear war, the hot line link was established between Moscow and Washington, D.C.   
e. 1967 Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African-American Justice to SCOTUS. 
Reflections on the need to rebel against slavery: ““If I had my life to live over I would die fighting rather than be a slave again. I want no man’s yoke on my shoulders no more.”
—Robert Falls, age 97, Knoxville, Tennessee Wonder how much shorter slavery would have lasted if early on there had been more men like Prosser and Turner and less slave betrayers like Pharoah.
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