Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 30, 2017 The House Intel Committee has imploded and many of us are waiting with baited breath to see what Nunes has seen on surveillance and unmasking of Trump Campaign and Transition Team members; Evelyn Farkas’ revelations on surveillance and unmasking raise great concern over the extent of involvement of Obama appointees and whether such surveillance was not for counter intelligence but rather had the sole purpose of obtaining information to damage the credibility of a Trump Presidency (already we have seen a total scorched earth policy over the Gorsuch nomination by biased partisan Blues); the Senate Intel Committee is beginning hearings today with assurances that it will be thorough and bipartisan (with ideologues like Kamala Harris don’t bet on it); while Michelle Dubois continues to take heat for notifying illegals on her Facebook of a pending ICE raid big city mayors almost all Blue were meeting with the head of Homeland Security over the issue of sanctuary cities (this will be a judicial blood bath if Trump tries to defund them and better yet seeks clawback of funds previously given (there are a lot of good lawyers at the DOJ—the lights should be burning late to see how to accomplish defunding or perhaps more efficiently confirm the legal basis for arresting mayors or sheriffs who fail to comply with detainers); in an example of complete anarchy, Sally Hernandez, the sheriff of Travis County, has indicated that she will only respond to detainers for capital murder, aggravated sexual assault, and human smuggling which means assaults, attempted murder, kidnapping, manslaughter, second degree murder, robbery to name but a few violent crimes will not be honored and those illegals will be roaming the streets of Austin (fortunately the governor can cut back funding and a bill is in the state legislature put city officials in jail for not cooperating); Bill Di Blasio, the mayor we all like to despise, has announced that anyone in New York City who has served his or her sentence will be hired by the city (noble goal but what about the unemployed who have not committed crimes); talk about judicial overreach the Venezuela Supreme Court has ruled that the National Assembly with its majority consisting of opposition to a very unpopular quasi dictator Maduro is in contempt and has taken over its powers (what a mess as the country is in economic freefall due to Maduro’s socialist policies); almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 29 increasing to 719 and the death toll rising to 124 after a respite of two days of no new deaths (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to Celine Dion and America, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Celine Dion, while hoping you are fully prepared to debate any issues you face so you do not appear to be gobemouche, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. National Doctors Day—celebrating since 1933 the contribution to our health care system of doctors and celebrated on the anniversary in 1842 of the first case of general anesthesia of a patient during surgery.
2. World Bipolar Day—promoting awareness of the disease that affects some 60 million around the world and seeking to remove the social stigma of suffering from the disease. It is celebrated on this day as today is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh who was posthumously diagnosed as probably being bipolar.
3. 1972 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1972 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “A Horse with No Name” by America. Here is a recording of the band performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSAJ0l4OBHM
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “gobemouche” which means a gullible or credulous listener which Gruber thought us all to be.
5. My Heart Will Go On Forever—celebrating the birth on this day in 1968 of bilingual Canadian recording star Celine Dion, blessed with an incredible voice and stage presence. She is best known for “My Heart Will Go On Forever” from the movie Titanic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNIPqafd4As
On this day in:
a. 1858 a wooden pencil with an attached eraser was patented by Hyman Lipman.
b. 1867 in one the great real estate deals of all times given the wealth in oil and fisheries that has been extracted there from, Alaska was purchased from Russia for the sum of $7.2 million ($.02 per acre).
c. 1939 the Heinkel 100 fighter plane reached a world speed record of 463 mph but fortunately for the Allies the plane was never put into production as it was 26 mph faster than the P-51 Mustang which ruled the skies over Europe once it incorporated a Merlin engine.
d. 1981 President Ronald Reagan narrowly escaped death after being shot by John Hinckley, Jr. who was found not guilty by reason of insanity and jailed in a federal psychiatric facility until being released in September of last year to live with his mother.
e. 2012 in something that has become the norm not the exception, Visa and Master Card announce a massive data breach by hackers with over 10 million credit card numbers compromised.
Reflections on what is important in life from the birthday girl: “After everything is said and done, at the end of the day it's about songs.” Celine Dion Great observation and since songs usually stem from poetry this poet is in total accord as we need more poets and less parasites. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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