Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 6, 2019 Yesterday was a wakeup call for Trump and the Reds as one of the Reddest states Kentucky elected a Blue governor with a .4% winning margin and Virginia now has both houses of it legislature controlled by Blues (God help us but the impeachment witch-hunt strategy of Pelosi may be working); a heavily armed Mexican in a bullet proof SUV was arrested as a suspect in the brutal massacre of 9 members of the Mormon LeBaron Clan that had lived in Mexico for decades; in a refreshing move and a realization of the insanity of sanctuary cities, Tucson voters rejected sanctuary city status; it looks like Socialist Kshama Sawant and her minions were rejected by the voters in the push to make Seattle the Caracas of the north in the race to retain leftist control of the City Council of Seattle (also a chilling reminder to politicians bent of killing the golden goose as Amazon’s PAC contributed almost a million dollars to centrist candidates); voters in Kansas City voted down the city council’s renaming of its historic boulevard The Paseo Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard; George Stephanopoulos, who is more of a Clinton hack than a journalist is under the microscope for his possible role in spiking Amy Robach’s expose on Epstein which ABC lamely asserts was not up to its standards while the Bobbsey Twins of Fake News, MSNBC and CNN, have devoted not one second to the story, as the carnage in Chicago continues unabated, reports are out the Chicago’s top cop will be soon announcing his retirement; in Puerto Rico which Trump has castigated as a hotbed of corruption, a Puerto Rico Senator and 7 others have been taken into custody by the FBI for corruption charges; Trump’s standing with the black community may be improving as Daniel Cameron, a black Republican, won Kentucky’s AG race and became the first black AG in that state and the first Republican AG in 70 years; in Chicago as of November 4, 2019, 2383 have been shot, of whom, 409 have died; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 290 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 the Steve Miller Band, the fact you are blessed with procatapolis and a relevant quote on malaria and climate by Margaret Chang, 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. Malaria Day in the Americas—created by the Pan American Sanitary Conference held in 2007 to promote awareness of the almost 500,000 cases of malaria in the Americas, which numbers are bound to increase if temperatures rise due to climate change.
2. National Nachos Day—celebrating that great Tex-Mex snack that traces its origination to a day in October in 1943, when the wives of ten U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan in Eagle Pass, Texas, crossed the border into Piedras Negras, Mexico and stopped in to eat at Club Victoria; chef Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya threw together a snack to give them and called it "Nachos Especiales."
3. 1976 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1976 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “Rock n’ Me” by the Steve Miller Band. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-IkE5TtO2U. The band with 76 year old Steve Miller still at its head at 76 is still performing.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “procatalepsis” which means anticipating and answering an opponent’s objections which is a great skill to have as a politician or debater.
5. Must Have Been Quite a Cough--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1994 of Rapper Derek McAlister, better known to his fans as Speaker Knockerz, who after being missing for three days was found dead in his home from an apparent heart attack caused by an overdose of codeine cough syrup on March 6, 2914.
On this day in:
a. 1962 the UN passed a resolution condemning South Africa’s policy of apartheid and calling member nations to cease military and economic relations with the nation.
b. 1965 Cuba and the United States entered into an agreement providing that Cubans wanting to leave the island could be flown out that by 1971 resulted in the exodus of 250,000 Cubans.
c. 1985 Marxist guerillas of the 19th of April Movement seized control of the Palace of Justice in Bogota, killing 115 persons, 11 of whom were Supreme Court Justices.
d. 1998 Australia introduced the Electric Tilt Train in Queensland which, at 130 miles per hour, is one of the fastest trains in the world and the faster narrow gauge train.
e. 2012 Tammy Bruce became the first openly lesbian Senator having been elected to represent Wisconsin and was reelected in 2018.
Reflections on relation of malaria to climate: "Many diseases including malaria, dengue, meningitis - just a few examples - these are what we call climate-sensitive diseases, because such climate dimensions for rainfall, humidity and temperature would influence the epidemics, the outbreaks, either directly influencing the parasites or the mosquitoes that carry them.” Margaret Chan, former Director-General of the World Health Organization.
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