Sunday, September 15, 2019

September 14, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World First Aid Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 14, 2019 For those Blue idiots that want to end fracking, the massive drone bombings of Saudi Arabia’s oil production sites should come as a wake up call to them unless their ears are stuffed with Green New Deal ear plugs and spur them to join the President and the world community to ratchet up sanctions to a point that country disappears down a sewer (whether one believes in climate change or not or whether drastically reducing carbon emissions is the key to fighting it, the simple truth is that there is not today at any price enough alternative energy sources to replace the energy produced by carbon containing fuels); normally I find myself in complete disagreement with a highly politicized AG Eric Holder, but was pleasantly surprised of his calling for caution in prosecuting Trump when he leaves office reflecting on what Ford did with Nixon for the good of the country although it probably cost him the election and the nation 4 years of malaise; noted perjurer Michael Cohen had a parting shot at President Trump as he entered federal prison; the Border Patrol engaged in a shootout with two American citizens at the Texas Mexico border following a traffic stop with an agent wounded and the shooter killed (no details yet but suspect drug smuggling was involved); when it rains it pours moment, Tropical Storm Humberto was lashing the Bahamas with massive amounts of rain in a nation devastated by Hurricane Dorian with 50 deaths, a number expected to rise; the UAW labor contract with GM has lapsed with a strike being called on a day to day basis as the parties are still negotiating (news flash to GM and UAW no one wins in a strike); Microsoft’s store in Manhattan was hit with protests over Microsoft doing business with ICE as 76 of these miscreants were arrested (expanding technique of the left to shut down anyone doing business with those whose policies you disagree with a tactic that should be crushed by arrests and trials);  in Chicago through September 13, 2019, 1998 have been shot of whom 341 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 244 have been murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Lizzo, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are blessed with an absence of polypragmatists as neighbors, and a relevant quote on the future of conscription by Collin Powell, 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. Support Latino Businesses Day—celebrated for the first time in 2019 to honor the contributions made by Latino owned businesses to our economy and promoting awareness of the fact that Latino owned businesses are being formed three times faster than other small businesses (wonder when business success translates into a shift from voting Blue to voting Red.
2. World First Aid Day—created by the International Red Cross and International Red Crescent in 2000 to promote on the second Saturday in September awareness of how first aid can save lives.         
3. 2019 Number One Song— the number one song in 2019 starting a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polypragmatist” which means a busybody who is exactly the type of neighbor you want to avoid.
5. Too Much Wine In The House—celebrating the birth on this day in 1983 of British singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse and bemoaning her far too early, but predictable, death from alcohol and drug abuse on July 23, 2011.
On this day in: 
     a. 1901 President McKinley died after being shot in a receiving line on September 6, 1901 by anarchist Leon Czolgosz who was tried, convicted and executed on October 29, 1901.
     b. 1969 the Selective Service selected this day as the first day of the draft lottery system.
c. 1994 MLB received its third strike and the season, including the playoffs and the World Series,  was cancelled due to a player’s strike.
d. 2000 Microsoft ME was released to the general public.
e. 2001 a historic prayer service was held for the victims of the 9/11 attacks in Washington’s National Cathedral.
Reflections on conscription into the military: “With respect to where we are now, we have a voluntary army. And if we ever go back to conscription I hope that at time it will be the kind of conscription that was put in at the end of the Vietnam War. And that is, everybody is equally liable to be called to serve the nation in time of conflict.” Collin Powell.   
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