Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 17, 2017 After being placed under house arrest by the military, President Mugabe made his first public appearance in Zimbabwe since tanks rolled into the capital in a coup on Wednesday; needed tax cuts that the Blues to the detriment of the nation are fighting tooth and nail to stop cleared the Senate Finance Committee late Thursday night on a straight party line; Al Franken is not out of the ethics woods yet as the photo of him fondling a sleeping woman went viral and some of his crude skits while a writer fantasizing raping Leslie Stahl reveal the depravity of this “comic” passing as a Senator; Jerry Jones wants to sack Goodell’s $50 million a year contract he is seeking and blasted Goodell’s handling of the kneeling protest; on the NFL medical front, doctors have confirmed the existence of CTE in the brain of a dead retired NFL football player by comparing them with scans done 4 years earlier while still alive due to repeated brain trauma (concussions); on the teacher exploitation of their minor students front, married (not for long) Hunter Day a teacher at Yukon High School in Canadian County, Oklahoma has been arrested for having sex with one of her minor students and in Colorado former teacher Benjamin Forbes was sentenced to 7 years in prison for sexual assaults of a 15 month old female student (always a great chance of getting caught; why these perverts do not zip it up is a mystery especially when cons take a dim view of child molesters); Tesla unveiled a new $200,000 roadster capable of going 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds; Joe Biden is making news that he is considering running in 2020 as another Blue slurping a lot of fountain of youth elixir but his hands on style after the Weinstein and Franken disclosures may no longer be in vogue; looks like Hollywood is not the only cesspool of sexual abuse, as there are an estimated 70,000 sexual assaults occurring which has prompted Kirsten Gillibrand to introduce legislation to have independent prosecutors in charge of receiving complaints as opposed to the chain of command; ; almost a stuck record or a gruesome remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style, the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings by mostly minorities against mostly minorities in 2017 through November 14 increasing to 3260 of whom 570 have died while nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Rihanna, factoids of interest for this day in history, looking forward when the Summer and Winter Olympics occur to have the ability to see the lampadephorers coming by, a relevant quote from Roy Miller on the effect of premature births, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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 Students Day—commemorating the storming of Czech universities by the Nazis on this day in 1939 to arrest students and professors and then send them to concentration camp for subsequent execution.
2. World Prematurity Day—celebrated first on this day in 2011 to promote awareness of the plight of the some 15 million infants born prematurely.
3. 2010 Number One Song—the number one song in 2010 on a run of 1 week in that position was “What’s My Name” by Rihanna. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0CGsw6h60k
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lampadephorer” which means a torch bearer.
5. Amazing Grace—celebrating the birth on this day in 1966 of noted singer and songwriter Jeff Buckley noted for “Grace” and “Hallelujah” who sadly drowned in a slack channel of the Mississippi River on May 21, 1997 while swimming at night and being sucked under by the wake of a passing boat.
On this day in:
a. 1947 the Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist oath the actors would have to execute in order to work in films.
b. 1947 American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Braittain observed the principles of the transistor which heralded in the Electronic Age for the 20th Century.
c. 1962 President John F. Kennedy dedicated Dulles International Airport to service the Washington, D.C. area.
d. 1967 based on false information he had received four days earlier, President Johnson told the that that the U.S. was winning in the Vietnam War; the fallacy of that statement would be demonstrate during the Tet offensive the following year.
e. 1973 in a statement that would be quickly proved false President Nixon told 400 editors from the Associated Press that he was not a crook.
Reflections on the need for good prenatal care, diet and exercise: “Bright futures begin with healthy babies. When this reality is ignored it begins a line of economic and social failures that strain parents, families, communities and the overall health and economic stability Florida’s population.” Roy Miller, president of The Children’s Campaign.
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