Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 9,2018 Walmart, the world’s largest retailer announced it had agreed to purchase 77 % of India’s Flipart for $20 billion to go head to head with Amazon in India; rattling of sabers from the rogue theocrats in Iran as the country vows to increase spending on its ballistic missile program after Trump announced pull out of Iran Nuke deal and Israel put its military on full alert in the Golan Heights; Gina Haspel will face a barrage of posturing sound bites on the Hill today testifying before the Senate on her confirmation (despicable at this crucial time in our history dealing with North Korea that the obstructionist Blues are continuing to fight tooth and nail on Trump nominees no matter how qualified); the House has run out of patience with Rosenstein and Sessions and appears ready to hold them in contempt for failing to turn over documents needed to fulfill their valid Constitutional oversight function; it is always hard to read the tea leaves in contested primaries but it would appear that both parties elected more center candidates last night (Pelosi we need you on deck pushing the progressive agenda); the Mormon Church announced that it was severing its century old relationship with the Boy Scouts of America and transferring it 450,000 boys to a gospel based group; more evacuations on the Big Island of Hawaii as two more volcanic vents opened, destroying dozens of homes; Pompeo is in North Korea working on details for an upcoming summit and is expected to return with three Americans that have been held by the rogue regime; finally some sanity in bureaucracy as the head of the CDC Dr. Redfield asked for and received a $165,000 pay cut from a bloated $375,000 salary; New York is moving quickly to replace disgraced Schneiderman with a progressive AG that will continue the obstructionist lawsuits against the Trump agenda; in Chicago through May 7, 2018, 839 people have been shot, of whom 139 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Tony Orlando and Dawn, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that if you don’t watch the MSM your day will be free of maledicent outbursts and a relevant quote by Grace Gummer on the the value of parents, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Mothers’ Day, 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 Receptionist Day—celebrating since 1991 the role of and importance of receptionists as that person is usually the first person a customer or potential customer comes in contact with but sadly the profession is being decimated by voice mail and voice recognition software as a filter to get to a human being.
2. Victory Day—celebrating the unconditional surrender of Germany to the Soviets and celebrated in the former Soviet Union one day after V-E Day to end hostilities in World War II.
3. 1973 Number One Song— the number one song in 1973 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree” by Tony Orlando and Dawn. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3ouKAhxZbQ
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “maledicent” which means cursing which most of us want to do after listening our elected officials or nonelected bureaucrats.
5. It’s In The Genes—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1986 of noted theater, movie and television actress Grace Gummer who bears a striking resemblance to her mother Meryl Streep.
On this day in:
On this day in:
a. 1960 in a let the good times roll moment the FDA approved Searle’s Enovid as an oral contraceptive.
b. 1970 upwards of 100,000 demonstrators marched on the White House to protest the Kent State shootings by the Ohio National Guard and the incursion by South Vietnamese and American forces into Cambodia.
c. 1974 the House Judiciary Committee opened formal impeachment hearings on President Richard Nixon.
d. 1980 five masked gunmen held robbed a Security Pacific Bank in Norco, California and fled prompting the largest shoot out and pursuit in California’s history leaving two robbers dead, one sheriff’s deputy dead and nine wounded and 33 police cars heavily damaged but in the end the three surviving robbers were captured after 4 days and were sentenced to life without possibility of parole.
e. 2015 Russia staged its largest military parade in Moscow to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day.
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