Friday, September 6, 2019

September 6, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Food Bank Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 6, 2019 In the Blue state of Massachusetts, rising Blue star as the youngest mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts has been arrested for defrauding investors, failing to file tax returns and extorting marijuana sellers; Hurricane Dorian’s death toll in the Bahamas has risen to 30 with more expected but the good news is that Sean Connery’s estate there escaped damage while the bad news is that China’s relief efforts there may be a portend of a Chinese presence 50 miles from our shores; 4 have died in the U.S. from Dorian and thousands are without power as it weakens and slowly makes its way off shore heading northeast; Jemele Hill for all her biased faults at least proves the race card can be a two way street as the fired ESPN reporter now with the The Atlantic is calling on black athletes to leave white colleges (leaving a white college for a black college would be the kiss of death when the athlete assuming he or she is one of the fortunate few to go professional and fewer yet to play long enough to salt away significant sums and go into broadcasting and ill-prepared joins the work force (news flash to racist Hill, Harvard’s huge endowment has nothing to do with its athletic teams that probably have endowment sources separate from the university but due to its academic excellence and the generosity of its successful alumni); on the why we need a wall front in California Guadalupe Lopez-Herrara an illegal with a history of domestic violence has been arrested after shooting a deputy trying to serve a warrant for violating a domestic restraining order (don’t know why with a history of domestic violence he was not turned over to ICE unless he was living in a Sanctuary City the existence of which are an abomination for security and safety); on the lunar front and a wakeup call for our moribund space program, India may become the 4th country to land a probe on the Moon; vaping was considered to be the panacea of the diseases like lung cancer caused by smoking but now it looks like it may be a Hobson’s choice as a growing number of lung issues, including 2 deaths, are being reported by vaping; the nanny disease on the food front that former Mayor Bloomberg unleashed has spread to Twitter and Subway when an intoxicated woman in London ordered a hot dog without the dog but with cucumbers, black olives and shredded untoasted cheese a photo of which was posted and went viral with a 100,000 hits with many a slam castigating the woman for what she ordered; unlike our traveling elite like Nancy Pelosi Meghan Markle flew commercial to the French Open after the private jet scandal with her and Prince Harry flying a carbon emitting montster private jet to an eco-conference on climate change; in Chicago through September 4, 2019, 1906 have been shot of whom 322 have died (bad aim by the shooters as for 2 days no one shot has 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 Taylor Swift, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are a pollent person, and a relevant quote from Samora Machel on apartheid, 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. Wear Teal Day—celebrated on the first Friday in September to create awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to promote efforts to raise research dollars to fight this disease.
2.  National Food Bank Day—celebrated on this day since 2017 to commemorate the founding of the first food bank in 1967, the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance which today distributes 250,000 meals a day and together with food banks like Second Harvest in Orange County are doing their best with the aid and support of individuals many of whom read this and businesses to fight the hunger that grips over 40 million hungry people in this country, many of whom are children.         
3. 2012 Number One Song— the number one song in 2012 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift.  Here is a recording of the song: Appropriate title to describe her relationship with the millions of deplorables that surprise, surprise buy music.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pollent” which means strong which describes exactly the sort of president we need as opposed to most of the Blue wanna-bes trying to replace Trump.
5. Anti-Semitism And The Wallet—celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of Roger Waters, the co-founder of one of the more successful bands Pink Floyd that he ultimately split from to pursue a single career which has been marred by sponsors dropping him for his pro-Palestinian stands and support of the BDS movement.
On this day in: 
     a. 1642 in an all work and worship and no entertainment makes an Englishman a dull man moment, the English Parliament banned all public plays.
     b. 1966 Hendrick Verwoerd, the architect of South Africa’s apartheid policy was stabbed to death during a Parliamentary Meeting in Capetown, South Africa. 
c. 1996 in a testimony to longevity and dedication Cal Ripken, Jr. played in his 2,131st game breaking Lou Gehrig’s record that had stood for 56 years (he voluntarily ended his streak at 2632 to give a record that in almost certainly will never be broken some preventive cushion).
d. 1997 the funeral of Princess Diane took place in London with a million people lining the streets to view the funeral procession and an estimated 2 ½ billion watching the proceedings on TV.
e. 2007 in a pollent move Israel in Operation Orchard bombed Syria’s nuclear reactor out of existence.  
Reflections on apartheid in South Africa: ”Economic, social, and other kinds of regional cooperation are not possible so long as there is apartheid. Therefore, it seems the duty of all mankind to destroy it.” Samora Machel, first president of Mozambic who as a socialist and fortunately for the country died in a plane crash near the border with South Africa on October 19, 1986.
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