Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 8, 2019 As Biden sinks, wounded by the Quid Pro Quo allegations involving his son Hunter with respect to China and Ukraine, Blumenthal, the Nanny Mayor of New York City, appears to be ready to toss his hat into the ring so the party of the wealth tax may now have two billionaires on the primary ballot; Yanovitch, the former Ambassador to the Ukraine, seething most likely that Trump canned her may have fallen into the perjury trap as her private email server (shades of Hillary Clinton) reveals she may have communicated to a Democratic Congressional staffer contrary to what she testified under oath in a deposition involving Ukraine and the alleged quid pro quo of President Trump; Newsom must be a very busy governor or like too many Blues favors open borders and illegal aliens as he was a no show at a funeral of a deputy butchered by two illegal aliens (Blues have a fit when illegals often commit a violent crime like rape, assault, or murder on American citizens and wish the outrage would just disappear as opposed to securing the border); Joy Behar is back at her biased best making a fool out of herself, comparing the author of A Warning by an anonymous coward to “Deep Throat” in the Watergate Scandal, an observation promptly ridiculed by the two only sane members of The View, Huntsman and McCain; leftist Joe Scarborough finally said something this poet can agree with when he denigrated Anonomyous’ allegations by a dismissal of “Who cares?” (cowards sell books by hiding their identity and continue working for a person whose policies they disagree with and despise); black plantation owners like Maxine Waters must be quaking in their boots as Kanaye West urges blacks to not vote for Blues but for Reds (as they should given the low unemployment and wage growth in the black community due to Trump contrasted with the failing of blue big city mayors to do anything about crime, drugs and failing schools), Blumenthal may have filed just ahead of the deadline to get on the ballot in Alabama but on the 4 early primary and caucus states, he seems to have come down with Clintonitis Coronationitis and will not campaign in them (if he follows her queen looking to be coronated strategy he is doomed to a resounding failure in the primary and if unlucky enough to win to face Trump in the general); in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of November 7, 2019, 2401 have been shot, of whom, 412 have died; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 295 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 Anne Murray, the fact you are blessed by not have a prodrome and a relevant quote on architecture and urban planning by Zaha Hadid, 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. Urban Planning Day—created in 1949 by Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera of the University of Buenos Aires to promote interest in and study of urban planning techniques.
2. National STEAM Day—created by MGA Entertainment in 2015 to encourage students to further their careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
3. 1978 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1978 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “You Needed Me” by Anne Murray. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X79Jko9bBI. This very talented Canadian singer practiced her craft for 40 years until retiring in 2008; she is still going strong in retirement at 74 today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prodrome” which means an initial symptom of a disease like a severe and lasting cough may be prodrome of pneumonia.
5. Clean and Sober and Successful--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1949 of noted singer and guitarist Bonnie Rait who produced clinically proclaimed albums but did not achieve widespread commercial acclaim until becoming clean and sober in 1989 and is still going strong today and performing.
On this day in:
a. 1972 HBO launched its programming with the broadcast of Sometimes A Great Notion, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.
b. 1973 the right ear of John Paul Getty III was delivered to a newspaper along with a ransom note for $2.9 million which convinced his grandfather and father to pay the ransom; two of the kidnappers were tried and sentenced to prison and John Paul Getty struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and overdosed in 1981 but was revived as a quadriplegic to die in poor health at 54 in 2011.
c. 1999 Bruce Miller was killed at his junkyard in Flint, Michigan by the online lover of his wife Sharee Miller, who subsequently committed suicide. Sharee Miller was convicted of the internet’s first murder and is in prison today serving a life sentence.
d. 2002 the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling on Saddam Hussein to disarm the nuclear and chemical weapons he did not have or face serious consequences which with a subsequent invasion by coalition forces led by the United States he did—loss of rule and loss of life.
e. 2004 10,000 American troops assisted by a small number of Iraqi forces participated in the successful siege of Fallujah in Iraq against insurgents, killing over 1,350 of them.
Reflections on Urban Planning: "I'm trying to discover - invent, I suppose - an architecture, and forms of urban planning, that do something of the same thing in a contemporary way. I started out trying to create buildings that would sparkle like isolated jewels; now I want them to connect, to form a new kind of landscape, to flow together with contemporary cities and the lives of their peoples.” Zaha Hadid, considered one of the best female architects who died way too early from a heart attack at age 65.
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