Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 23, 2019 Biden supporter rats may be jumping ship as demands for explanation of Hunter’s dealings with Ukraine are surfacing and reports also that the unnamed whistle blower has no first had knowledge of Trump’s conversation with Ukraine President; President Trump will be addressing the General Assembly, a body that has voted for positions supported by America just 31% of the time in 2018 compared to 41% support in Obama’s last year of office, raising questions of the extent of U.S. continued support for an organization that seems to have become more and more adverse to our interests when we contribute more than 20% of its budget, more than the next top three combined; Trump will be skipping a panel at the General Assembly on climate change to deliver a speech on religious freedom and persecution; in yet another example of media bias in favor of gun control (aka “confiscation”) Evan Todd a survivor who was wounded during the Columbine shooting blasted the media for ignoring his slamming Beto O’Rourke’s position to confiscate firearms from law abiding people and the media’s distortion of his views or banning any reporting of them; on the vacation front, Thomas Cook a former British icon in the travel business suddenly without warning closed its doors, stranding some 600,000 travelers worldwide in the midst of their vacations; could not find out how many viewers watched the political activism show also known as the Emmys but political activism was prominently displayed in speeches and in accessories during the red carpet walk so do not be surprised if ratings are flat or slightly decreased; Iran’s piracy on the high seas remains unpunished as it still holds the British tanker Sterno Impero which it seized during transit of the Straits of Hormuz this July although it is assuring the world for what it’s worth that it will be released soon while its foreign minister warns the world Iran will not yield to foreign sanctions; the murder trial of former female Dallas police officer Amber Guyger who killed an unarmed black male when she mistakenly entered his apartment thinking it was her own and shot and killed him when she thought he was a burglar began today; climate change activists in a portlocking moment shut down the Swamp today protesting the lack of action of Congress on the Climate Change front for three hours while at the UN, climate change activist Greta Thonberg was lecturing the General Assembly and the U.S. over its failure to act on climate change; in a tale of two symbolisms Michelle Obama as First Lady was often photographed in her garden to promote nutricious food while Melania Trump was at Wall Street to ring the opening bell to promote capitalism; not sure how you can validate the theory, but researchers have concluded that the planet Venus was a habitable planet with liquid water for 2-3 billion years before an unknown event caused its carbon dioxide emissions to catastrophically increase some 700 million years ago to turn it into the inhospitable hell house of a planet with surface temperatures over 800 degrees it is today; in Chicago through September 22, 2019, 2068 have been shot of whom 353 have died; and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 249 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, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell, the fact that you are not subject to unwanted porlocking, and a relevant quote on sexuality from Karan Johar, 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. Bisexual Awareness Day—first celebrated in Berkeley, California on this day in 2012 to promote acceptance of and awareness of bisexualism in both male and females.
2. National Teal Talk Day—celebrated since 2017 by wearing teal to create awareness of the need to promote research to discover early symptoms of ovarian cancer and find a cure.
3. 1941 Number One Song— the number one song in 1941 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)” by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Eberly and Helen O’Connell. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8hMyVQaCUo.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “porlocking” which means an irksome interruption or intrusion which described the climate change protests in Washington, D.C. and New York today to a tee.
5. Literacy Is Your Friend--celebrating the birth on this day in 1954 of Charlie Barnett, an African-American actor and comedian whose mother was an alcoholic and his father a mental patient but who managed to succeed despite having abysmal reading skills which cost him a role to Eddie Murphy in Saturday Night Live. A heroin user, he contracted the AIDS virus from injecting heroin with a contaminated syringe and died of AIDS on March 16, 1966.
On this day in:
a. 1641 the Merchant Royal, carrying a fortune in gold and silver bars and gold and silver coins worth today over $1.5 billion sank off Land’s End, Cornwall and to this day has not been recovered though not for numerous efforts to locate the ship.
b. 1911 in a historic flight making the world a smaller place, Earle Overton delivered the first airmail by flying from Garden City, New York to Mineota, New York to drop a mail sack containing 640 letters and 1,280 postcards from 500 feet which burst on impact to scatter its contents.
c. 1962 the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts opened in New York City.
d. 1980 in a classic example of the show must go on, two days after collapsing while jogging, reggae singer Bob Marley discovered that his melanoma had spread to his brain but performed his last public concert in Pittsburgh and died from cancer on May 11, 1981 at the far too young age of 36.
e. 2002 the first public edition of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (Phoenix 0.1) was released.
Reflections on sexuality: “I have never, ever talked about my orientation or sexuality because whether I am heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, it is my concern. I refuse to talk about it... I have not been brought up to talk about my sex life.” Karan Johar, noted Indian director, producer and actor and father of fraternal twins through surrogacy.
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