Monday, September 2, 2019

September 2, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Labor Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 2, 2019 A dive boat the M.V. Conception, anchored 20 yards off of Santa Cruz Island with 30 divers and 5 crew aboard caught fire and burned to the waterline with the crew who were on deck preparing for the dive jumping into the water to be rescued and the divers below asleep in their bunks missing and presumed dead; Dorian which is moving like a slow boat to China has weakened to a CAT 4 and slowly nearing the Florida coast at 1 m.p.h. as reports of bodies in the Bahamas being reported and first responders hampered in their efforts to reach potential victims due to the slow moving nature of the hurricane; the new Nero is Bolsinaro and the new Rome burning is Brazil as that leader pouts he is insulted over the offer of G-7 Amazon fire aid and even adds an insult to Macron’s wife (what is going on in Brazil and why are they unable to put out the fires to the planet’s most diverse and valuable eco-system?); on the academic PC front, the University of Kansas faculty is coming across as a bunch of blithering idiots and providing another reason parents should be involved in their kids’ choice of college as the faculty tries to ban Chick-Fil-A on its campus because of its support of Christian values and donations to charities like the Salvation Army; Bozo O’Rourke is a losing dork, but at least unlike many of his competitors, he is honest on the gun issue, pledging that if elected he will push for a mandatory buy back of all assault guns however one might define them (what the gun lobby needs more than ever is a law-abiding citizen armed with an AR-15 stopping and armed robbery or shooting in progress); on the LBGTQ lack of tolerance front, a straight male parade of 200 marchers were outnumbered by violent protesters ranting they were homophobic (gays are out of the closet accepted by most and the need to lash out by them to rectify past discrimination has long since disappeared); on the aping Nolan Ryan front, Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros pitched his third no hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays; in Chicago through September 1, 2019, 1887 have been shot of whom 319 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 T.I. factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can enjoy a bowl of poêlée, and a relevant quote fromNeil Sheehan on World War, 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 Blueberry Popsicle Day—celebrating a great way to beat the Labor Day heat with a popsicle that was inadvertently created when 11 year old Frank Epperson accidently left a bowl of a fruit drink on the porch with a stirring stick in it on a winter night to awake to what would call a popsicle.
2.  Labor Day—celebrating since 1894 at 30 states and the federal government and now in all states the contributions of labor to our economy.         
3. 2008 Number One Song— the number one song in 2008 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Whatever You Like” by T.I..  Here is a recording of the song: This rapper’s career has been hobbled or enhanced by run-ins with the law.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “poêlée” which means broth or stock which is always good to make soup with.
5. Step Over the Bar—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Harvey Levin former entertainment lawyer who founded the TMZ Channel and created “Objectified” series for Fox.
On this day in: 
     a. 1945 on the deck of the USS Missouri, representatives of the Empire of Japan and the Allied Powers signed instruments of Japan’s surrender bringing an end to the costliest war in human history.
     b. 1946 the Interim Government of India with Jawaharlal Nehru Vice President having the powers of Prime Minister was founder. 
c. 1963 CBS became the first news network to expand its evening news coverage from 15 minutes to 30.
d. 1987 the trial for 19 year old Mathias Rust for flying a Cessna into Red Square, Moscow which resulted in his conviction and sentencing to 4 years in a labor camp which he never went to before his release in August, 1988.
e. 2013 the Eastern Span Replacement of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge damaged by the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 reopened at 10:15 p.m. to replace the damaged span at a cost of $6.4 billion. 
Reflections on World War II: “World War II had been such a tremendous success story for this country that the political and military leadership began to assume that they would prevail simply because of who they were. We were like the British at the turn of the 19th century.” Neil Sheehan, American journalist and writer for the New York Times who revealed The Pentagon Papers detailing the deception by our government involving the Vietnam War which if we had remembered the huge contributions of the Soviet Union might have given a pause that we could do anything.
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