Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 27, 2019 Billionaire Tom Steyer has been blasted by Trump for his impeachment push that can’t find any buyers; William Rose attending the NRA speech by President Trump has proved the adage that guns and alcohol do not mix as he was arrested for allegedly throwing a cell at Trump while he was approaching the podium (he is undergoing mental evaluation while the Secret Service is investigating whether he meant any harm; all is not calm with the NRA as its president Oliver North announced that he would not serve a second term (Dana Loesch would be a logical choice to succeed him); Senator Kyrsten Sinema has indicated she is a no vote on impeachment (she won a close race in a Red state and can read the tea leaves and probably would like a second term); breast cancer surgeon Rachel Wellner was awarded $1.2 million against the NYPD for excessive force; on the academic PC front Cal State University Long Beach is ditching its mascot Prospector Pete on grounds that the California Gold Rush harmed indigenous people (without the Gold Rush California would still be part of Mexico); China is funding a 250 mile railroad from its Yunnan Province to the capital of Laos Vietianne with work done mostly by Chinese; on the anti-Semite front, a man has been arrested for a shooting incident that killed 1 and wounded 3 at a synagogue in Poway, California; through April 25, 2019 643 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 126 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Notorious B.I.G., factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are free of any paralogising, and a relevant quote from Whitney Houston on being a teacher or a vet, 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 Veterinary Day—created by the World Veterinary Association in 2000 and celebrated on the last Saturday in April to honor the contributions of veterinarians to the health and well being of our pets.
2. Independent Bookstore Day—celebrated on the last Saturday in April to promote shopping at independent bookstores and used bookstores that expose a wide range of selections to the reading public and are alive and well in the era of digital books.
3. 1997 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1997 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was
“Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glEiPXAYE-U.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “paralogise” which means to reason falsely which describes AOC’s thought process to a tee.
5. Who Is Spartacus—celebrating or bemoaning as the case may be the birthday on this day in 1969 of Senator and Presidential primary candidate Cory Booker who for a gift on his 50th birthday needs to be freed of his proclivity to paralogize when in comes to immigration and the economy.
On this day in:
a. 1974 10,000 marched in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of Richard Nixon.
b. 1981 Xerox PARC introduced the computer mouse.
c. 1987 the U.S. Department of Justice banned former Nazi Austrian President Kurt Waldheim and his Nazi wife Elizabeth from entering the U.S. due to his role as a Nazi deporting Jews to death camps during World War II.
d. 2005 the Airbus 380 flew its test maiden flight.
e. 2018 the Panmunjom Declaration was signed by North Korea and South Korea bringing an end to the Korean conflict.
Reflections on dreams of becoming a veterinarian: “I wanted to be a teacher. I love children, so I wanted to deal with children. Then I wanted to be a veterinarian. But by the age of ten or eleven, when I opened my mouth and said, 'Oh, God, what's this?' I kind of knew teaching and being a veterinarian were gonna have to wait.” Whitney Houston What a great voice and what a tragedy her early death was.
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© April 27, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet