Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 12, 2019 50 persons have been charged, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin with a scheme to bribe elite colleges to get their children admitted (when a college degree from a school like Yale or Stanford is a ticket to a great life, this is outrageous and the perpetrators should have the book thrown at them and the universities involve should be handing out pink slips to admissions officers involved); Alan Dershowitz weighed in of the admissions scandal as being the tip of the iceberg and claimed it is a direct result of not handing out grades to reflect performance as today no one gets C’s or fails; the House of Commons has rejected Britain’s exit deal from the EU proposed by Prime Minister May; Nancy Pelosi has indicated that impeachment would not be worth it and would be divisive to the wrath of the radical idiot wing of the party led by the troika of AOC, Omar and Tlaib but she may have gained points by cancelling the honorary office given to Mike Pence by feckless former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan; when it comes to economics Representative AOC is missing a few screws but she has matured into a good politician with a great ability to lie and deceive earning 3 Pinocchio’s for her false attack on Trump for not transferring funds to the opiod crisis but doing so with respect to the border crisis while ignoring the fact that Congress had appropriated $6 billion (hope she keeps up her good work as she is passing Pelosi as the most effective lightning rod to energize Republican voters); the Cack News Network is taking heat again for its attempt to pass off its prime time shows as news when they are heavily slanted towards opinion of leftist hacks like Cooper, Lemon and Cuomo; more and more nations are grounding 737 Max 8’s leaving the U.S. and Canada as the only countries allowing a large number of 737 8’s in the air; in a Juraissic Park déjà vu wooly mammoth cells dead for 28,000 years are showing life signs after being implanted in mouse cells; as of March 11, 2019 311 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 49 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Tab Hunter, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact when ever you hear AOC open her mouth you want to respond with an outfling; a relevant quote from Bernard Madoff on his crime, 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 Day Against Cyber Censorship—first observed by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International in 2008 to create awareness of censorship on the internet by governments although the observance ought to be expanded to add private social media companies like Twitter which routinely block access by conservative tweeters.
2. Girl Scout Birthday—celebrating the formation of the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia on this day in 1912 as membership in the Girl Scouts continues to decline and may accelerate as girls are eligible to join the Boy Scouts.
3. 1957 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1957 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Young Love” by Tab Hunter. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5LRe4xecZQ Tab Hunter died on July 8, 2018 three days before his 86th birthday.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “outfling” which means an insulting or mocking remark which describes what many people want to give AOC after she makes one of her inane socialist remarks.
5. Write the Road—celebrating the birth on this day in 1922 of noted writer and poet Jack Kerouac best known for his best selling On The Road, but battled addiction and alcohol abuse and died on October 21, 1969 due to an internal hemorrhage caused by his alcohol abuse.
On this day in:
a. 1993 12 car bombs were detonated at 12 locations in Mumbai, India, killing 257 people and wounding over 700.
b. 1993 North Korea announced that it planned to terminate the Nuclear Weapons Nonproliferation Treaty and would no longer allow inspectors to visit its nuclear facilities.
c. 1994 the Church of England ordained its first women priests.
d. 2003 the WHO officially released a warning on the pandemic outbreak of the deadly SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus.
e. 2009 Bernard Madoff pled guilty of scamming $18 billion in the world’s largest Ponzi scheme; he was sentenced to 150 years in a federal prison and will die there..
Reflections on his Ponzi conviction by Bernard Madoff in an interview with Politico five years after his conviction: “Everybody thinks the worst of me. The only thing I’m happy about is I was able to help people recover … There’s nothing for me to change from. It’s not like I ever considered myself a bad person. I made a horrible mistake and I’m sorry.” He in trying to redeem himself insists he has helped some of his victims recover some of the lost money. But one of his victims, Miriam Siegman, 70, says “he never tells the truth … he’s a master manipulator.”
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