Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 16, 2019 Al Sharpton is living the good life by being paid $1,000.000 a year by his charity (ethics of a snake interested only in his own welfare perhaps); the shooter at Saugus High School has taken his motive for his deadly acts to the grave (a tragedy as it would have been helpful in the struggle against gun violence if we could have learned his motive); yesterday’s impeachment hearing was a sob story sympathy building attempt for the dismissed Ambassador to the Ukraine that prompted an angry tweet in his defense and Lying Schiff making a fool out of himself yet again by claiming it which she had not seen would have an intimidating effect on witnesses; the charade of hearsay continues next week; AG Barr in a speech to the Federalist Society stated what must be obvious to anyone other the pseudo journalists and lackeys for the DNC that the left is on an unprecedented frenzy to sabotage the Trump Administration; in a close race Blue sitting governor of Louisiana Edwards won in a very close election against his Republican opponent with a few precincts not yet reported (is this an omen of trouble for Trump in a state he carried by 20 points or is it a case of a well performing incumbent against a rookie outsider?); Colin Kaepernick who was supposed to have an evaluation session today moved it 60 minutes prior to its time and his passes to some free agents went unviewed by professional scouts; impeachment hearings move next week to testimony of what witnesses supposedly heard on conversations involving Ukrainian officials and Trump on the issue of Biden’s quid pro quo (lost in the rush to impeach is the clear indication that Hunter Biden most likely with Joe’s knowledge was sucking in huge dollars in Ukraine and China and maybe Romania for the simple reason that he was the son of Joe Biden; as SCOTUS will be hearing the lawsuit questioning Trump’s ability to terminate DACA, new data released from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicates that some 80,000 DACA recipients have criminal arrest records (left view notwithstanding that all DACA recipients are the equivalent of choir boys maybe skewed); in a real eye opener, openly gay Pete Buttigieg in polls just conducted indicate that he has pulled ahead of Biden, Warren and Sanders; news that may dampen your desire to visit Africa, a tourist from the U.K. after visiting Lake Malawi and swimming and canoeing he was infected by a worm that entered his penis and laid eggs which hatched and attacked his vital organs, almost killing him; in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of November 15, 2019, 2455 have been shot, of whom, 416 have died but in another minor miracle no one on November 13th and 14th ; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 301 have been murdered (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Billy Ocean, the fact you are blessed by not being chained to being a prosateur in your writing and a relevant quote on LSD from Steve Jobs, 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. International Day of Tolerance—created by UNESCO in 1995 to promote awareness of intolerance and address means of reducing it.
2. National Fast Food Day—commemorating a means of food delivery that has been around since Roman times when street vendors sold bread and sausage meals and has evolved to the fast food giants of today serving all many of ready to eat or cooked really quickly foods either on site or delivered to one’s place of work.
3. 1984 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1984 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” by Billy Ocean. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuQ5MT--cmw . This very talented Trinadian-British singer, born as Leslie Sebastian Charles on January 21, 1950, is still married and still performing and content as a vegetarian.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prosateur” which means someone who deserves our sympathy as one who writes prose for a living as opposed to poetry.
5. One Way to Enlarge the Career--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1984 of British actress Greta Atkinson who after breast enlargement surgery to 34E became a glamour model to go with her acting credits.
On this day in:
a. 1914 the Federal Reserve Bank System opened in the United States.
b. 1938 Albert Hoffman synthesized LSD at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland from ergotamine.
c. 1945 UNESCO was founded.
d. 1973 in a great day for ultimate American energy independence, President Nixon signed into law the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act of 1073 paving the way for the construction of a pipeline to transport oil extracted from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska to be shipped to refineries in the Lower 48 of the United States.
e. 1990 the Duo Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy awarded for Girl You Know Its True as session musicians had performed all the vocals.
Reflections on LSD: “Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important—creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.” Steve Jobs. Given what he and Wozniak created at Apple we should thank God he experimented.
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