Monday, September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Tester's Dayive

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For September 9, 2019 On the college admissions scandal Felicity Huffman who is looking a jail sentence of one month and has pled with the judge for probation, community service and a fine as opposed to jail time was slammed by the panelists on The View instead of just Meghan McCain who is the only sane person on the show for seeking a soft sentence; despite statements to the contrary Blues are the party that want open borders as reports have surfaced that while Blue staffers have been barred from Border Patrol facilities due to rude and disruptive behavior, Blue House members have been crossing the border to “coach” illegals on how to exploit loopholes in our sieve immigration law; on the maritime good news front the 4 crew members, all of whom have been rescued. on the Golden Ray which near Brunswick, Georgia caught fire and rolled over but did not sink; British Airways as a result of a pilot strike has cancelled all of its flights; President Trump has awarded the Medal of Valor on the Dayton police officers who charged into a hail of rifle fire to kill the shooter and commendations on several officers responding to the El Paso shooting (on a day when heroes trying to stop  mass shootings are honored, it is appalling to note that the carnage in a misnamed city “Charm City” aka Baltimore where 7 people were shot, 2 of whom died, bringing the death toll to 240 for the year a statistic which is so typical of Blue run cities); in a we will believe it when it happens moment, state media of North Korea announced that it was willing to resume denuclearization talks with the U.S. in the coming weeks (like their hopes for a recession Blues must be sweating blood if meaningful talks actually occur which would boost substantially Trump’s reelection chances); almost 1,500 people have died in France from excessive heat waves in June and July; the FDA has slammed JUUL Labs for its marketing practices as concerns over vaping safety rise (company has 15 days to respond and may be facing federal investigations over potential criminal conduct); Google is once again in hot water not for anti-conservative bias but for monopolistic practices in an inquiry by 50 states and led by Texas (surprise surprise, leftist and pro Google Newsom has allowed California to join the investigation); as expected Google is defending itself with what one might call the Lance Armstrong defense in that its products provide such good to society that that good outweighs any anti competitive damages (not sure given the anti-conservative bias how well that is going to play at the DOJ and Texas); a now not so secret Iranian air base in Eastern Syria under construction was hit by 8 U.S. airstrikes with 21 fatalities; McDonald’s is selling Shamrock Shakes not in Boston and not in March but in Philadelphia in September to celebrate the opening the Eagles’ football season; in Chicago through September 8, 2019, 1941 have been shot of whom 328 have died (bad aim by the shooters ended as the 3 day hiatus of no one shot dying has ended) and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 240 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 Omi, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not have polyhydrosis, and a relevant quote from Irwin Cobb on traffic safety, 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. California Admission Day—celebrating the admission on this day in 1850 of California as the 31st state.
2. Tester’s Day—celebrating the finding of the first computer bug on this day in 1947 in the Mark II Computer at Harvard University—a real live moth which was debugged from the computer as the word was moved into the lexicon of computers and the testing software engineers do to detect bugs in the software and debug the program.         
3. 2015 Number One Song— the number one song in 2015 on a run of 6 weeks (not continuous) in that position was “Cheerleader” by Omi.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “polyhidrosis which means excessive perspiration which could mean a sickness or nervousness, lying or overexertion.
5. Pads And Helmets Are For Wimps—celebrating the birth on this day in 1990 noted New Zealand professional rugby player Shaun Johnson who in 2014 was acclaimed to be the world’s best professional rugby player.
On this day in: 
     a. 1958 Elvis Presley appeared live to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show.
     b. 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act imposing safety standards for road traffic and for motor vehicles which help curtail the spiraling death and accident rate on America’s streets, roads and highways.
c. 1971 New York Attica State Prison Riot began and lasted for 4 days before New York State Police retook the prison ending in 39 deaths, mostly inmates killed by police retaking the prison.
d. 1972 at the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky researchers discovered a link to the Flint Ridge Cave System, making it the longest known cave system in the world.
e. 2015 Elizabeth II became the longest serving monarch in British history.
Reflections on traffic safety: “I've run a temperature in at least two hospitals and I also met up with quite a few legless, armless and otherwise badly messed up folks. There's a whole lot of mighty serious accident contemplation going on in our hospitals. My observations have taught me that it is much better to think about accidents before they happen than to brood on them afterward. Take it from an old campaigner, the best kind of hospital bed is the one that is permanently empty. And personally, I'd rather be late for dinner tonight here than to be on time for breakfast in the next world in the morning. Haste makes waste of a lot of good human material.” ~Irvin S. Cobb (1876–1944)  [highway safety editorial for the National Safety Council, c.1930
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© September 9, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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