Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 1, 2018 November 1, 2018 In a déjà vu dirty tricks political movement an illegal campaign mailer sent out to Blues urging them to support the Libertarian candidate has caused the candidate to drop out while urging voters to vote Republican (Tester’s campaign was accused of doing the same thing in 2012 to siphon off votes from Republicans to give Tester the election by 4 %); the McCaskill campaign is accused of aping Tester’s alleged dirty tricks by sending out an illegal mailing urging Republicans to vote Libertarian and charging Josh Hawley who has been endorsed by the NRA as not protecting gun rights; while the eyes of Central America are on the response of America to the caravan of illegal aliens, the caravan organizer has admitted failure in obtaining buses for the illegals (millions of Central Americans want to come to this country and if the caravan succeeds in entering this country the flood gates will open to millions seeking work not valid asylum seekers); Trump has doubled down by indicating he is considering sending an additional 15,000 troops to the border (Congress needs to exercise the nuclear option and pass legislation requiring illegals seeking refugee status to apply for it in the American Embassy or consulate in their home country and if not granted or applied for be denied refugee status and immediately deported); Richard Bowers has entered a plea of not guilty in the Tree of Life massacre (could understand pleas based on insanity but he is guilty as guilty can be and the jury will set a record for the shortest time in deliberation in rendering a verdict although they may have reservations about a death penalty); Silicon Valley’s male dominated culture has taken a rightful hit as vast numbers of Google employees are in protest mode over a large payout to a Google executive charged with sexual misconduct; the son and daughter of Red House candidate in Missouri, Steven West, are urging voters not to support their father as they claim he is a racist and anti-Semite; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 31, 2018, 2578 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 424 have died (when will Chicago 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Dinah Shorey, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not a nithing and a relevant quote from Dean Acheson on the 1950 assassination attempt on President Truman, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. World Vegan Day—created by Louis Wallis, the head of The Vegan Society in 1994 to commemorate the founding of The Vegan Society and to promote awareness of the benefits of a Vegan life style.
2. National Brush Day—created in 2013 to promote on the day after most children are suffering from overdoses of sugary candy from trick or treating the need to brush at least two times a day for two minutes at a time to promote good oral health.
3. 1944 Number One Song— the number one song in 1944 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “I’ll Walk Alone” by Dinah Shore. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKxH0X7DaVY
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nithing” which is not a misspelling of nothing but means a coward which describes to a tee the numerous politicians unwilling to face our exploding spending and expansion of our national debt.
5. Big Jobs to Fill—celebrating the birth on this day in 1960 of Tim Cook who joined Apple in 1998 and became CEO in 2011 and under his stewardship grew the company after the death of Steve Jobs to a market cap of over a trillion dollars.
On this day in:
a. 1950 two Puerto Rican nationalists, Griselio Torrasola and Oscar Collazo failed in their attempt to assassinate President Truman at the Blair House with Torrasola mortally wounding a Capitol policeman before being shot and killed and Collazo being capture, tried and sentenced to death which was never carried out as Truman commuted his sentence to life in prison where his sentence was commuted to time served by President Jimmy Carter in 1979
b. 1960 while campaigning for the presidency, JFK announced his idea for the Peace Corps.
c. 1973 Leon Jaworski was appointed the new Watergate Special Prosecutor.
d. 1982 Honda became the first Asian company to begin producing cars in the United States at Marysville, Ohio.
e. 1993 the Christmas Treaty took effect formally creating the European Union.
Reflections on the attempted assassination of President Truman: “At this time all of us in Washington had a bad scare. It occurred on November 1, 1950. The Cabinet had assembled in midafternoon in the National Cemetery at Arlington, where the President was to unveil a monument… My wife and I were sitting with General and Mrs. Marshall. John Snyder, Secretary of Treasury, joined us. “An attempt has been made,” he said, “to assassinate the President. I don’t know what has happened. Shooting has been reported in front of Blair House [where the President was living]. I think the President is all right, but I don’t know.” A buzz of conversation broke out around us as those who had overheard passed the word to those behind them. Just then the Marine Band broke into “Hail to the Chief” as the President stepped out of his car and walked to the rostrum looking as if he had not a care in the world." Dean Acheson, former Secretary of State from Present at the Creation
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