Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 12, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Freethought Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 12, 2019 The construction rocks at the Hard Rock Café construction site in New Orleans must not have been in place along with the foundation and beams as the Hard Rock Café in New Orleans under construction came crashing down, killing one and injuring 18 (looks like what one would expect in third world country but not here); first Bozo O’Rourke was coming to get your guns; now he is coming to get your crosses as he demands churches that oppose same sex marriages lose their 501(c)(3) charitable exemption (wonder how this idiot feels about mosques that advocate throwing gays and lesbians off buildings); the “whistleblower” whose lawyers admitted that he had conversations with Blue presidential candidates and that he wanted to testify if writing as opposed to appearing in person (of course he or she does so questions of bias and possible collusion can be avoided); Fiona Hill, a former White House assistant who worked under departed John Bolton is going to appear before Schiff’s committee to hopefully shed any light, hopefully unbiased, on the extent of her prepping Trump before his phone call with Ukraine’s President; Elizabeth Warren on the warpath against banks and social media giants has published a fake news ad on Facebook to the effect that Zuckerberg had endorsed Trump which he has not to slam its policy of not applying its terms of service to politician’s ads; the Thin Black Line that seems on border security fighting Trump tooth and nail has handed down ruling banning Trump’s ban on green card issuance to those likely to go on welfare (short memories of the policies at Ellis Island that required immigrants to prove they would not be a public assistance burden); Grammy winner Zedd is providing evidence of a Silk Curtain from China banning external criticism of its repressive regime from reaching its people as he was supposedly banned from China for supporting a critical “South Park” tweet (almost just like the wrath the NBA got hit with when a GM criticized China and another wakeup call that this government is not our friend but sworn existential enemy); on the PG&E front, the company was bookended first with 800,000 customers losing power due to high winds and the threat of fires that drove PG&E into bankruptcy and second a Bankruptcy Court ruling that could mean the shareholders of the company will be wiped out (true to form our leftist governor blasted the company for decades of greed placing profits before safety as if a government owned public utility could do a better and safer job); in Chicago through October 11, 2019, 2187 have been shot, of whom, 375 have died but no one on the 11th in a minor miracle; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 267 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 Bobby Darin,  the fact that you are deemed by your friends to be prefulgent and a relevant quote on Christopher Columbus by Allison Robicelli, 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. Freethought Daycelebrated by atheists and secularists on this day which the anniversary of the letter by the Governor of Massachusetts in 1692 to the Privy Council in London that the trials end.        
2. Columbus Day—celebrating the discovery of North America by Christopher Columbus on this day in 1492 almost 500 years after the Vikings landed in North America but which today in our politically correct culture is being downgraded because of what Europeans did to the Native Indian population.         
3. 1959  Number One Song— the number one song in 1959 on this day on a run of 9 weeks (not continuous) in the position was “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin. Here is a recording of the song live on the “Andy Williams Show in 1970:  This incredibly talented singer songwriter suffered from rheumatic fever as a child and after contracting sepsis following a dental visit prior to which he failed to take antibiotics, he died under the surgeon’s knife on December 20, 1973.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prefulgent” which means extremely bright a trait that most of our politicians find themselves extremely lacking save in how to sell their souls for campaign donations and still dodge the quid pro quo.
5. Davy Crocket Lives On In Song--celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of French singer Jean-Francois Grandin better known to his fans as Frank Alamo in tribute to John Wayne’s portrayal of Davy Crocket in The Alamo and who sang in French and English but whose Alamo walls were breached in 2012 on day before his 71st birthday of Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
On this day in: 
     a. 1810 to the joy of future beer drinkers worldwide the citizens of Munich declared the first Ockoberfest.
     b. 1945 Corporal Desmond Doss whose exploits are portrayed in the movie Hacksaw Ridge became the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor for saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa; he could not save himself from old age and died in 2006 at 87.
      c. 1983 Japanese Prime Minister Tanaka Kakuei was convicted of taking a $2 million bribe from Lockheed Corporation and sentenced to 4 years in prison but remained free on appeal until his death in 1993.
 d. 2002 jihadist terrorists detonated a suicide bomb at the Sari Club in Bali, killing 202 tourists and wounding some 300; after protracted legal proceedings the three plotters punched their one way ticket to Paradise in front of a firing squad on November 9, 2008.
 e. 2017 angered by perceived anti-Semitism in UNESCO, the United States announced its intentions to withdraw from UNESCO which withdrawal was then followed by Israel.
 Reflections on Columbus Day the celebration of which in our growing PC culture seems to be fading away: “Fellow Italians: stop getting all bent out of shape about Christopher Columbus getting the same treatment as the Confederates. He was a horrible man, a horrible representative for our people, and not that special. Any asshole can get lost in a boat.”― Allison Robicelli, noted Italian-American cookbook and travel author Maybe so but given the man credit for not having the crew mutiny as land seemed further away each day.
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