Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 22, 2019 Senator Sheldon Whitehorse of Rhode Island needs to get off his high horse as Judicial Watch has filed a complaint with the Rhode Island State Bar for his joining a brief threatening SCOTUS that if they don’t heal themselves they will be restructured; Fox News study of homelessness on Blue run cities on the West Coast focused on Seattle which spends $100,000 per year per homeless person and is still awash in drugs, needles and tents and increasing crime as the homeless attack residents and vandalize property (many cities may be hit by a brown wave of feces rejection by residents to vote Blue politicians out at the local, state and federal offices and if you are a resident putting up with the utter chaos, you are probably saying it’s about time long overdue); San Francisco Blues must think changing a name changes reality as the City with no longer call persons convicted of a crime “convict felons” but “justice involved persons” as if the new name will cause the feces, drugs and crime to disappear along with the mental illness; just when you thought it was safe to go into the water, news coming out that Yellowstone is home to a super volcano which if it erupted which it has not done in over 640,000 years could kill millions and damage crops and cities in the Midwest with ash fallout and blockage of the Sun; in Texas, the state executed its 4th inmate this year, Larry Swearingen 19 years after his conviction for killing a female college student (with delays such a this which are common even in states like Texas, one has to wonder what deterrent effect the death penalty has and is it worth it in terms of cost to the state as opposed to life without possibility of parole); Big 7 Travel in a survey of 1.5 million residents ranked all 50 states in terms of “friendliness” and to no one’s surprise New York came in last closely followed by Delaware, Massachusetts, and New Jersey in 48th, 47th and 46th but in a surprise given its large Somali refugee population Minnesota was ranked as the friendliness (sadly, do not know where California with its mountains of tents, feces and needles ranked); Sanders stuck in the polls and watch an Elizabeth Warren surge is borrowing from a revised George Wallace playbook and is not going to be outlefted by her as he proposed a $16 trillion Green Deal, and wants a registry of dishonest police officers and a cut by half of the of prison population; AOC continues to amaze even herself on her hypocrisy and idiocy motoring through the Midwest attacking the Electoral College as racist because it gives smaller states a voice in the Swamp (if this idiot can read and digest which is doubtful she would understand why the Electoral College was implemented and it’s not racist); rabid Blues were picketing a lifetime award being granted to Nancy Pelosi for not pursuing Trump’s impeachment which is an idiotic idea that will fail and doom many a Blue new member; in Chicago through August 21, 2019, 1779 have been shot of whom 297 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 220 have been murdered in Baltimore ( 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 people of color by people of color?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Sisqo, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not of plebian characteristics and a relevant quote from the DOJ of the Ruby Ridge Shooting, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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 Plant Based Milk Day—created by Plant Based News in 2017 to promote the use of milk produced by plants such as almonds to soya to cashew nuts to hemp to aid those who are lactose intolerant and reduce the number of dairy cows to reduce emissions of methane gas from them.
2. Black Women Equal Pay Day—celebrating the day on which black women will have earned the wage rates as non Hispanic white women for the same type of work.
3. 2000 Number One Song— the number one song in 2000 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Incomplete” by Sisqo. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6qqS9mbdY4 This noted R&B singer is still performing but has not won any music awards since 2000/2001.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “plebian” which means of the common people a status in which politicians hold us mere mortals in such low regard.
5. Stronger Chains Than Alice—celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of Layne Staley, lead singer and songwriter of Alice in Chains but who was saddled with addiction and withdrew from society to die on April 5, 2002 of an overdose like his prior fiancée weighing only 86 pounds and having been dead for 2 weeks before being discovered in his apartment.
On this day in:
a. 1910 Cadillac Motors Corporation was formed.
b. 1978 the Congress passed the District of Columbia Voting Rights Act to amend the Constitution to grant the District Electoral College and Congressional representation which the only states ratified resulting in the Constitution failing to be so amended.
c. 1992 FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi at a 11 day siege of Weaver’s compound in Ruby Ridge shot and killed Vicki Weaver who was holding her 10 month old child; no criminal charges were filed only wrongful death actions which were settled against the FBI.
d. 2003 Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended from the court for refusing to obey a federal court order requiring him to remove a rock containing the Ten Commandments.
e. 2004 versions of the paintings The Scream and Madonna by Edvard Munch are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Olso, Norway.
Reflections on justification for shooting the Weavers: “The assumptions of federal and some state and local law enforcement personnel about Weaver—that he was a Green Beret, that he would shoot on sight anyone who attempted to arrest him, that he had collected certain types of arms, that he had "booby-trapped" and tunneled his property—exaggerated the threat he posed.” DOJ Memorandum on shooting.
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