Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 12, 2020 If you had a hope that the FBI would reform itself after being caught red handed with its abuse of the FISA Court surveillance of the Trump campaign, think again as David Kris a former Obama appointee, staunch supporter of FBI surveillance, frequent left wing blogger and guest on the Rachel Maddow Show has been appointed to oversee FBI “reforms” as a result of its misconduct (talk about a fox being appointed to clean out the corruption in the hen house in this case by eating all of the chickens); after yet another example of a rogue nation shooting down the Ukrainian jet, it is way past time for the civilized nations of this world to condemn these mullahs by economically boycotting Iran and the first one who needs to do so is China which continues to buy oil from Iran (U.S. is throwing down a gauntlet to China do business with us and work toward trade deal or do business with Iran and face sanctions; Iran has admitted it shot down the Ukrainian jet “in error” as its streets are protesting the mullahs for the killing of innocents including a very large number of Iranians on that plane and news out of Iran is that a journalist and cameraman covering the protests in Iraq have been assassinated; the Megxit Drama continues with the Queen calling a meeting of the Royal Family to sort out the ramifications and procedures of Meghan’s and Harry’s moves; in a like mother like daughter incident, Dina Lohan, the mother of Lindsay Lohan has been arrested in NYC for DUI after T-boning a vehicle outside a NYC steakhouse;; in Chicago, as of January 11, 2020, 57 people have been shot of whom 9 have died, but none on the 11th ; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths has pulled ahead of Chicago and suffered 11 murders by shootings (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 Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, the fact if you do not suffer from pyrosus, a relevant quote on Philip Berrigan by his brother Daniel Berrigan, 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 Kiss a Ginger Day—created by Derek Forgie in 2009 to celebrate the lucky men who are in a relationship with the 2% of women who are red heads with a kiss (too bad my mother is no longer alive as being a redhead she would have loved this day).
2. National Pharmacist Day—celebrating and honoring the contributions made by pharmacists to the health of the nation.
3. 1931 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1931 on this day on a run of 17 days in the position was “You’re Driving Me Crazy” by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMeLSsnxsFE. He ended his stint of being driven crazy on November 5, 1977 by a fatal heart attack, ending 53 years of bring music to his fans.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pyrosus” which means heartburn and describes to a tee what the impeachment farce and sitting on Articles is causing many Americans.
5. Pinned to the Early Mat by Painkillers--celebrating the birth on this day in 1948 of 1962 of Gertrude Elizabeth Vachon, better known to her wrestling fans as Luna Vachon, a noted WWE wrestler and manager who suffered from bipolar disorder and sadly overdosed from prescription painkillers she had become addicted to on August 27, 2010.
On this day in:
a. 1932 Hattie Carraway, 17 years after the House had rejected a bill to allow the states to grant the right of women to vote, from Arkansas, became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
b. 1967 Doctor James Bedford who had died from cancer several hours earlier had his body cryonically frozen and preserved to be unthawed in the even medical advances in the future would allow him to be revived and his 70 year old body cured of the cancer that had killed him (talk about holding on to dear life).
c. 1971 Priest Philip Berrigan and 6 others, 5 of whom were also Catholic nuns or priests were indicted but not convicted on charges of conspiring to kidnap Henry Kissinger and blow up underground heating tunnels in federal buildings in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
d. 1986 Congressman Bill Nelson took Congressional Oversight to new heights by being launched as a payload specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
e. 1991 the House authorized the use of military force by the U.S. to force the Iraqis out of Kuwait which it and its allies did in 100 hours after commencing ground operations after weeks of aerial bombardment of Iraqi forces.
Reflections on the protests of Philip Berrigan from his activist brother: ”I think of my brother just out of prison again. He will have spent ten years of the last 30 in prison.” Daniel Berrigan
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