Saturday, September 28, 2019

September 28, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Freedom From Hunger Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 28, 2019 O’Rourke, the man who wants to confiscate your semi-automatic rifles made the idiotic plea for Trump to resign over his Ukraine remarks that would bring the nation together (the only thing that will bring country together is the application of an effective anti-Trump Derangement Syndrome for the left; reports are coming in that the House plans to put impeachment on a fast track which still means the 2020 election will be clouded by the specter of impeachment proceedings during most of the campaign and the impact on the Blues if impeachment fails in the House (which is possible) or fails in the Senate (which you can take to the bank) and Congress gets nothing done to address our pressing issues (will be interesting to watch the blame game that will ensue); Governor Cuomo, hardly a Trump fan has slammed Pelosi for caving into the left and blasted impeachment as “nonproductive (just a few days earlier he was supporting an impeachment inquiry); on the climate change front while the East Coast is basking in the low 80’s, Montana is bracing for a “life threatening storm of 15 to 30 inches of snow; not sure if Weight Watchers or Nutri-Systems should be quaking in their boots over potential lost customers but Mike “The Situation” Sorrento, a star of the “Jersey Shore” TV serial was released from federal prison for tax evasion after serving 8 months but a svelte 35 pounds lighter due to the prison regimen; Sarah Jeong, a writer at the New York Times has written in support of the general public’s right to boycott the paper as such boycotts might lead to the fostering of dissenting views within the paper (it is next to impossible to find a column in the NYT that is not extremely anti-Trump); consistent with China’s goals of more domination, it is making inroads in pushing its agenda of diminishing U.S. influence around the world while increasing its leadership role in the United Nations (full court press by the Chinese to have the world gloss over its abysmal record of human rights); after having had his writs slapped and fined $20 million by the SEC, Elon Musk must be wondering if he can accelerate the missions to Mars as a California administrative judge found the company in violation of labor laws trying to illegally obstruct efforts of employees to unionize; while the Reds have just raked in $15 million of donations spurred by the impeachment threat, President Trump did not mince words attacking AOC+3, Nadler and Schiff calling them savages (watch the rhetoric ramp up way too quickly as the impeachment follies suck up all the oxygen in the room and progress on problem and issue solving come to a screeching halt; Princeton grad Thomas Gilbert, Jr. 36 years old and unable to hold down a decent job was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life for killing his father for his reducing his $1,000 a week allowance (talk about overindulgent parents); in Chicago through September 27, 2019, 2109 have been shot of whom 362 have died, but surprise, surprise no one of the 27th ; and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 254 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 Frank Sinatra,  the fact that you can enjoy a posset if under the weather, and a relevant quote on hunger by Dolly Parton, 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. Freedom From Hunger Daycelebrated first in 2006 to promote awareness of the extent of hunger in the developing world and sadly right here under our noses in affluent places like Orange County, California.         
2. Access to Information Day—created by UNESCO in 2015 and celebrated on this day to promote transparency in the operation by government of its business and to tear down the walls of bureaucracy that prevent citizens from discovering what their governments are doing.
3. 1946  Number One Song— the number one song in 1946 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “5 Minutes More” by Frank Sinatra. Here is a recording of the song: Fortunately for his fans “Old Blue Eyes” sang and acted for a lot longer than 5 minutes more, dying on May 14, 1998 from natural causes at the age of 82.  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “posset” which means a warm milk drink curdled with beer, wine, or spirits used to treat a cold under the guise of fulfilling one’s calcium requirements.
5. La Dolce Vita and Pancreas At Odds—celebrating the birth on this day in 1924 of noted Italian born actor Marcello Mastrianni whose La Dolce Vita career ended at 72 due to pancreatic cancer.
 On this day in: 
     a. 1971 the U.K. Parliament passed the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971 which also banned  the medicinal use of marijuana.
     b. 1973 the ITT Office Building in NYC was bombed by what was believed to be the Weather Underground to protest ITT’s alleged involvement in the coup attempt against Chile’s President Salvador Allende.
     c. 1991 the Strategic Air Command stood down its ICBMs scheduled for deactivation under START ! along with its strategic bombers.
d. 1995 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO President Yasser Arafat signed the Interim Agreement relating to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
e. 2008 Falcon 1 built by SpaceX became the first privately fund liquid fueled rocket to put a payload into orbit.
Reflections on hunger: ” I went to bed hungry many nights as a child. It was a Dream that dressed me up when I was ragged, and it was a Dream that filled me up when I was hungry. Now it’s my Dream to see that no child in this world ever goes hungry, certainly not here in America, the most bountiful country in the world. We can do better…we must!” Dolly Parton Great dream that when people volunteer time and money to food banks and support job retraining and developing work skills can become a reality.
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