Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 17, 2019 While the Blues who have grabbed the tail of the impeachment tiger and are wondering how to let go, the Blues are facing another serious problem in the AG’s soon to be released report on FISA Court abuses by the FBI and DOJ that many are predicting will result in criminal probes (concern over Trump’s behavior which no where near rises to the level of an impeachable offense should be dwarfed by the concern over the DOJ’s and FBI’s illegal use of the FISA Court to spy on American citizens working for or supporting Trump’s Campaign; in Iowa there is apparently no longer a closet bar to becoming president as openly gay Pete Buttigieg is the leading candidate in the Iowa caucuses; a news flash to the Botox Queen, “your wheel house does not exclude the right of an accused president to have named and confront this bogus “whistleblower”; in Michigan an 83 year old is going before the state’s Supreme Court to recover losses when the county sold his house when his payment of taxes was $8.41 short (worse county pocketed the $24,000 it made on the sale); in Bakersfield, McDonald’s may have to introduce a new line of food items-McTampers, as one of its employees who two years ago had filed an excessive force claim against the Bakersfield Police Department, was caught on video tampering with a police officer’s order which is a felony; in Boston, although the news did not indicate the number of illegal aliens, the fact that ICE was involved would probably indicate presence of illegals, police arrested 32 members of the violent Trinitarious Gang and seizing 79 firearms; we have come to recognize that too many college courses do not lead to a viable job but not the case at Henderson State University in Arkansas where two chemistry professors were charged with operating a meth lab (certainly a job skill but with little security due to its illegal nature and proclivity for blowing up while being made); in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of November 16, 2019, 2468 have been shot, of whom, 417 have died but in another minor miracle no one on November 16th ; 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 Starship, the fact you are prosilient in your work efforts and a relevant quote on the effects of NAFTA by Jan Shakowsky, 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 Prematurity Day-- created by parent organizations in Europe in 2008 and celebrated on this day since 2011 to create awareness of the issues faced by premature infants and their families and to fund research to reduce the number of premature births.
2. International Students Day—commemorating the closing of universities in Czechoslovakia and the execution of nine professors and students on this day in 1938 by the Nazis.
3. 1985 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1985 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “We Built This City” by Starship. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1b8AhIsSYQ. TOriginally formed as Jefferson Starship, this band is still going strong and performing on tour.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prosilient” which means outstanding which is what thus far the Blues’ impeachment inquiry is not.
5. Fall Into a Watery Grace--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1966 of Jeffrey Buckley, a noted singer who produced one album Grace but had several records released posthumously after drowning during an evening swim fully clothed near Memphis in the Mississippi River on May 29, 1997.
On this day in:
a. 1967 duped by overly optimistic reports, President Lyndon Johnson, only a few months prior to the Tet Offensive addressed the American people and declared, “We are inflicting greater losses than we are taking. We are making progress.
b. 1970 Lieutenant William Calley went on trial for the Mai Lai Massacre.
c. 1973 in Orlando, Florida at a meeting with 400 AP editors, Richard M. Nixon solemnly declares, “I am not a crook.”
d. 1989 a massive student protest over the Communist government is quelled by riot police marking the beginning of the Velvet Revolution which succeeds on December 29 of that year.
e. 1993 the House of Representatives passed what many believe to be on of the worst trade deals ever signed by the U.S., the North American Free Trade Agreement and where its replacement, the USMCA, remains bottled up by Nancy Pelosi to prevent an economic win for President Trump.
Reflections on the effects of NAFTA: “In Illinois, we've seen job losses from agreements like CAFTA and NAFTA. Those agreements didn't help American workers - and they haven't brought improvements to the lives of workers in other countries, either.” Jan Schakowsky, long term Blue Congresswoman from Illinois.
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