Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 7, 2019 Though the U.S. is leading the world in carbon reductions, Trump was slammed big time by Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland over the environment and his “tearing the country apart”(stick to singing and acting Mick and Don) Dorian is like a hurricane on a bungee cord with its strength going up and down as it has strengthened to CAT 2 as it approaches Canada bring more rain than Canadians would like to see; Antonio Brown who has been in a feud with the Raiders since the off season was fined over $200,000 for his antics in the preseason, kissing off his guaranteed payment clause on his $30 million package and pursuant to his request has been released from the Raiders (his behavior may make it difficult for teams to ignore it despite his talent and result in some difficulty in his finding a team); Drew Brees for suggesting students bring their Bibles to class has been the target of the left claiming he is anti-LBGT which he is not (attacking a New Orleans Saints icon really a dumb move by the left); at the New Hampshire Democratic Convention, Joe Biden made a Freudian slip calling Donald Trump “Donald Hump” (a Freudian slip or another example of mental issues that may drive his campaign into the trash dump?); WAPO and Trump are in a Tweet snit fit over Parker’s and Rucker’s op-ed trying to detail Trump’s lost summer of opportunities (“Off the Record” Rucker is the same journalist who violated off the record comments on Trump’s family by former Trump personal aide Westerhout resulting in her having to resign); in yet another example of how politicized we have become the Arizona GOP has been slammed for saying that it would stop Mark Kelley’s Senate run “dead in its tracks” a common phrase that the left is howling means he is an assassination target (totally ridiculous comparable to shooting the messenger bringing a bill to Congress which is claimed by the majority to be dead on arrival); the left in Florida is trying to place a measure on the ballot to amend its constitution to prohibit the sale of semi-automatic firearms that hold more than 10 rounds in a fixed or detachable magazine (some studies indicate up to $27 million in tax revenue would be lost); NYT Columnist Michelle Goldberg who is predictably predicting a Blue Wave that will crush Trump has revealed his election has resulted in insomnia (not his election Michelle but bile generated by your bias); maybe veterinarians become more attached to their patients and can’t cope with their deaths, but veterinarians have a suicide rate double the rate of the general population; in an example of how desperate the left is to damage Trump by focusing on his claim that Alabama could be threatened by Dorian the NOAA has come out and contradicted National Weather Service’s flat out prediction that as not the case (talk about a Weathergate tempest in a teapot); India’s attempt to become the 4th country to land a probe on the Moon may have failed as the probed reached 2 kilometers from the surface before communications were lost (not enough curry in the rocket fuel?); the Blues praying for a recession were probably overjoyed that the economy added 130,000 jobs, 20,000 short of forecast but bummed that wages increased .4% for a 3.2% gain for the year with unemployment still at 3.7%;; in Chicago through September 6, 2019, 1916 have been shot of whom 323 have died (bad aim by the shooters as for 3 days no one shot has died) and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 238 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 Robin Thicke feat T.I. and Pharrell, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not a pollyanna when it comes to evaluating socialism, and a relevant quote from Carl Honore of creativity, 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. Google Commemoration Day—celebrating Google’s opening of its first office in Menlo Park attached next to a garage on this day in 1998 after raising $1,000,000 from some very lucky investors to become a technology behemoth while incurring the wrath of conservatives for its perceived anti-conservative and anti-Republican bias.
2. Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day—created by the National Federal Lands Cleanup Act passed in 1985 and celebrated on the first Saturday after Labor Day; it was renamed to its present name in 1995 to honor the efforts of Carl Garner in organizing a yearly cleanup of Clear River Lake of which he was for many years its resident engineer.
3. 2013 Number One Song— the number one song in 2013 on a long run of 12 weeks in that position was “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke fear, T.I. and Pharrell. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyDUC1LUXSU.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pollyanna” which means someone who is naively optimistic which describes those who believe that socialism can be a success to a tee.
5. Only The Name Is The Same—celebrating the birth on this day in 1989 of Loren Allred, fortunately no relation to leftist feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, who with her great voice was a finalist on The Voice has not translated that voice into a successful record career.
On this day in:
a. 1978 in a beware of Bulgarian secret police agents with umbrellas, Francesco Gullino fatally wounded Bulgarian dissident writer Georgi Markov while walking across the Waterloo Bridge in London with a pellet containing riacin fired from his umbrella.
b. 1979 Chrysler Corporation petitioned the U.S. Government for $1.5 billion of aid to prevent bankruptcy.
c. 1996 in a life imitates music moment; rapper and hip hop artist Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in a drive by shooting in Las Vegas believed to be by a Cripps gang member for a prior attack on one of their own by Shakur.
d. 2008 in the midst of an increasing financial crisis the U.S. Government took control of the two largest mortgage financing companies, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
e. 2017 Equifax announced a data breach impacting some 145 ½ million U.S. consumers.
Reflections on Googless creativity: ” You don't have to work for Google, or any of the other firms encouraging staff to pursue personal projects on company time, to use slowness to unlock your creativity. Anyone can do it. Start by clearing space in your schedule for rest, daydreaming and serendipity. Take breaks away from your desk, especially when you get stuck on a problem. Carl Honore, noted Canadian journalist and proponent of the Slow Movement.
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