Thursday, September 5, 2019

September 5, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of Charity

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 5, 2019 Hurricane Dorian is like HRC who won’t leave the political scene moving into the Carolinas, flooding Charleston, blacking out 200,000 from power and crawling to the Northeast at 8 miles an hour; in another example that Trump is serious about bringing and keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S., he is meeting with G.M. President Mary Bara on the issue of plant closings and trade (on the trade front war with China, news is that over 50 companies are moving out of China to escape U.S. tariffs which probably explains Chinese plans to restart trade talks with U.S.); CNN hosted a 7 hour climate change town hall from which it became very clear that dealing with climate change is a litmus test for any Democrat who wants to be the standard bearer for the party although deep divisions in the party remain with respect to the use of nuclear power, natural gas obtained through fracking and imposition of a carbon tax (sadly since in terms of global emissions the two gorillas India and China were not in the room and crucifying our economy on the cross of climate change will do little assuming carbon emissions are related to climate change to address the problem unless they are on board; news out that Putin and Ukraine may be near on a prisoner exchange including the head of Ukraine’s separatist air defense forces that shot down flight MH17 killing all aboard (that person abducted from the region of Ukraine held by separatist forces has been released on his own recognizance); Finland is evidently not immune from the LBGT PC intolerance front as Päivi Räsänen, a Christian Democrat, who criticized the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland for participating in the Helsinki LGBT Pride events in June by quoting from Romans 1:24-27 that describes same-sex relationships as "shameful" is being investigated by Helsinki police for a hate crime; Jennifer Talbot the American woman who was arrested trying to board a Delta Airlines flight with a 6 day old baby with no passport or travel papers and was not hers has been charged with human trafficking and faces a potential life sentence if convicted; in a pay attention to details moment a Houston Astros Minor League player hit a home run but in his excitement failed to touch home plate and was subsequently called out (scroll down to see miscue); on the patriotic front,   Marshall Plumlee a basketball star at Duke who played two mediocre seasons in the NBA has entered the Army Rangers School; in Chicago through September 4, 2019, 1902 have been shot of whom 322 have died (bad aim on the 3 shot on 4th as no one died) and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 237 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 Katy Perry, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not have poliosis, and a relevant quote from Lawrence Colburn on Mai Lai and how it could have been worse, 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. International Day of Charity—created by the U.N. General Assembly on December 17, 2012 and first celebrated on December 5, 2913 to honor and promote the giving to charities which improve the social, economic and environmental conditions of billions of people on this planet.
 2.  World Samosa Day—celebrated on this day since 2016 to promote the consumption of these triangle shaped wheat pockets stuffed with vegetables and meats and spices and cooked in vegetable oil to form a truly delicious Indian or Pakistani treat which has been eaten since the 13th Century.         
3. 2011 Number One Song— the number one song in 2011 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” by Katy Perry.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “poliosis” which means a premature graying of the hair which describes to the tee what the shift to the left by the Blues is causing many Americans..
5. We Are The Champions—celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 Farrokh Bulsara, better known to his fans as Freddie Mercury, singer and songwriter for the band Queen whose incredible talent was trumped by the HIV virus and died from complications of AIDS on November 24, 1991.
On this day in: 
     a. 1945 Iva Toguri D’Aquino, suspected of being Tokyo Rose was captured in Yokohama, tried for treason, found guilty and spent 6 years out of a ten year sentence in prison.
     b. 1969 Lieutenant William Calley was charged by the U.S. Army for the death of 109 unarmed Vietnamese men, women and children at Mai Lai, South Vietnam. 
c. 1972 8 members of a Palestinian terrorist group Black September broke into the Olympic Village in Munich to kill 2 Israeli athletics, take 9 hostage then during a botched rescue attempt, killed them and 1 West German policeman while 5 Black September members were killed and the other 3 captured and later released in exchange of other terrorist held hostages.
d. 1975 Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme failed in her attempt to assassinate President Gerald Ford while he was visiting Sacramento, California.
e. 1978 Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat began peace negotiations at Camp David.  
Reflections on the Mai Lai Massacre by a helicopter crew member who was there:    [Hugh] Thompson landed again… walked over to this lieutenant, and I could tell they were in a shouting match. I thought they were going to get in a fistfight. He told me later what they said. Thompson: ‘Let’s get these people out of this bunker and get ’em out of here.’ Brooks: ‘We’ll get ’em out with hand grenades.’ Thompson: ‘I can do better than that. Keep your people in place. My guns are on you.’ Hugh was outranked, so this was not good to do, but that’s how committed he was to stopping it.”Lawrence Colburn, a member of Thompson’s helicopter. Thank God for some brave soldiers that did the right thing in stopping the slaughter.
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