Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 31, 2017 While drama continues on the issue of Russian interference with an election that was lost by a totally failed candidate, with a total absence of message, compounded by arrogance and felonious behaviors that caused great disgust and rejection, Trump is moving forward on by executive order addressing the $347 billion trade deficit with China and its dumping and currency manipulation; the Hawaii judge appointed by Obama who extended his TRO will be appealed (how many tourists from the banned countries visit Hawaii to give the state standing?—most likely 0); Biden the proponent of the Biden Rule slamming picks of SCOTUS judges in the last year of a lame duck term is back in the news claiming that nine Reds told him it was wrong to block Garland’s nomination (given the charged partisan environment at the time and the perception that HRC was a shoo-in for the election look to the legacy enhancing ego of Obama that should have deferred any nomination until after the election and with consultation with HRC had she won as expected); in another news item that is chilling for those on highways an interstate truck driver was arrested for driving nonstop from Washington to Massachusetts thanks to copious use of meth, cocaine and LSD; in yet another example of a double standard, HRC who was castigated by Comey for being extremely careless with respect to her handling of classified material along with six of her aides retained her access to classified materials after she left her quid pro quo office at the State Department and kept it during the campaign (maybe the Senate should investigate her and Bill’s quid pro quo ties with the Russians as it may be more rational given her presumed victory that the Russian hacking and more likely than not a Russian electronic and paper trail that would have proved conclusively the quid pro quo of the uranium deal that stripped us of 20% of our uranium supplies and would have been a sword of Damocles over her head during her presidency); Massachusetts is joining the ranks of the anarchists with legislation introduced to become a sanctuary state; amazing when dollars get involved and a city may no longer lap at the federal trough as after Sessions announced that “sanctuary cities” will face a federal funding cutoff, Rockville, Maryland notorious for an alleged rape of a 14 yr old by a 17 and 18 yr. old illegal piously announced that they are not a sanctuary city; 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 30 increasing by 9 to 728 and the death toll rising to 130 (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 (when will Chicago residents through the city council try to impeach this pathetic, inept mayor?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Roberta Flack, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Mark Twain, while hoping you are fully prepared to face any issues on a hodiernal basis, 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. World Back Up Day—celebrating a way to really not get fooled the following day by a loss of data by backing up one’s data including photos; but once again this is an observance that should be followed daily not once a year.
2. Transgender Day of Visibility—promoting since 2009 acceptance of transgenders especially those like Kaitlin Jenner who have come out of the proverbial closet.
3. 1973 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1973 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by the one and only Roberta Flack. Here is a recording of her performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMzzw6IXH1s At 78 and proving that music is the fountain of youth still going strong and performing.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “hodiernal” which means something that most procrastinators abhor, relating to today.
5. Last Stage Coach Into Oblivion—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1940 of Barney Franks who with Senator Dodd co-authored a bill with great aims but in reality has shackled the ability or desire of banks to lend to the job creation engine of this nation—small business and with a president now in office who understands job creation will be gutted.
On this day in:
a. 1492 in an example that Christianity has a history of intolerance, Queen Isabella of Castille ordered her 150,000 Jewish and Muslim subjects to convert or be expelled.
b. 1854 Commodore Matthew Perry with cannons primed forced Japan to sign a treaty opening up ports to trade with America.
c. 1917 to the joy of future cruise ship passengers the United States acquired the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
d. 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps was formed to bring true shovel ready projects to combat unemployment caused by the Great Depression.
e. 1992 in an end to a naval strategy moment, the last U.S. battleship, the USS Missouri, was decommissioned and now resides as a museum in Pearl Harbor.
Reflections on the need for battleships from the past: “If we had less statesmanship we could get along with fewer battleships.” Mark Twain If he was right might explain why Trump wants to cut the budget for the Foggy Bottom which was totally politicized under Clinton (the quid pro quo Wal-Mart) and Kerry. 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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