Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 13, 2019 For those who missed the Panther/Buccaneer game to endure three hours of the 9 Blues trying to topple Biden and show unity against Trump at the same time, they saw Biden emerge unscathed, cloaking himself in the Obama record and Sanders and Warren failing to make any traction with the others like Kamala Harris ranting that there were no questions on abortion and reproductive rights even though the support of late term abortions are well known and Klobachar attacking Sanders for the loss of private insurance (Trump if he watched the spectacle must be licking his chops in excitement of facing the sacrificial lamb picked by the Blues); finally Joe Scarborough has said something that makes sense, namely Medicare for all cannot pass; the Cack News Network is trying to regain some journalistic integrity as reports surface that many staffers who were questioning his hiring by CNN since he was fired for lying and now being recommended for prosecution by the FBI (don’t hold your breath but a parting of the ways of CNN from its role as a mouthpiece for the DNC would be most welcome); Gronkowski opened up on the toll football has had on his body—9 surgeries and 20 concussions, 5 of which were blackouts (do not if a Patriot realistically expect him to return to the game); Bozo O’Rourke and Republican Texas State Legislator Briscoe Cain are in a twitter snit fit over Bozo’s claim he will take away AR-15’s from lawful and law-abiding citizens and Cain’s challenge to come an get his which Bozo ballistically claimed to be a death threat; Grub Hub and other delivery services may be the way of the future but not if a study finding that one in four food delivery workers eat a portion of the food to be delivered to the customer is symptomatic of conditions in the food delivery industry; in a wakeup call to high tax states, multibillionaire Carl Icahn has announced he is moving his business and home to Florida to escape New York and New York City’s high tax rates; MIT which accepted millions in donations from Fidelity Investments is settling a law suit brought by its 401(k) beneficiaries that alleged Fidelity was allowed to charge exorbitant fees in return for such donations; the preliminary findings of the NTSB have found that in violation of not having a watchman awake on board a sleeping vessel, all the crew members were asleep when the fire broke out, an omission that probably doomed the 33 passengers; in Chicago through September 11, 2019, 1975 have been shot of whom 333 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 242 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 Fiona Apple, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are blessed with an absence of paraskevidekatriaphobia, and a relevant anonymous quote on the number 13, 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. Programmers Day—celebrated since 2009 on the 256th day of the year which is represented as 28, which is the number of distinct values represented by a byte and honors the contribution of programmers to our economy and culture.
2. National Defy Superstition Day—celebrating appropriately on Friday the 13th a day to discard one’s superstitions and go about one’s day.
3. 2018 Number One Song— the number one song in 2018 on a run of 10 weeks in that position was “In My Feelings” by Drake. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRS_PpOrUZ4.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “paraskevidekatriaphobia” which means fear of Friday the 13th which I hope you do not have today.
5. An Apple A Day Allows Illegals To Stay—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political view the birth on this day in 1977 of noted vegan singer and songwriter Fiona Apple who has pledged 2 year’s worth of earnings from her record “Criminal” to the While They Wait Foundation which provides legal help and payment of expenses for illegals seeking asylum.
On this day in:
a. 1898 Hannibal Goodwin received a patent for celluloid photographic film.
b. 1956 IBM introduced its 305 RAMAC, the first computer to use disk storage.
c. 1962 a federal appeals court ordered the University of Mississippi to admit its first African American student James Meredith.
d. 1977 General Motors introduced the diesel engine in certain models in its Oldsmobile line of cars.
e. 2001 civilian air traffic which had been suspended on 9/11 due to attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and a failed attack on the White House was reinstated.
Reflections on the 13th: “President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.” Anon Today remember it is just another Friday with a 13 nothing more nothing less.
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