Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 13, 2018 Comey is aping HRC and will start his book tour on A Higher Loyalty (aka A Higher Disloyalty or A Higher Loyalty to Comey) which will be released on April 17 and from early indications looks like it will be a complete dud as far too many will not want to read the dribble from a sanctimonious, spineless liar but you have to admire his chutzpa comparing Trump to a mob boss and untethered to the truth; on the sports front Hall of Fame Legend Brett Favre is revealing the dark side of football by lamenting the fact that the numerous concussions have robbed him of short term memories; permanent resident Barabas who served in the 82nd Airborne and who has had a DUI and conviction for shooting at an occupied vehicle was pardoned by Governor Brown and will become an American citizen (let’s hope he has seen the error of his past ways); a hearing will be held before Reagan appointed District Judge Kimba Wood on the no knock warrant raid on Michael Cohen today (where was the FBI when HRC and her minions were destroying email and personal devices—MIA due to one standard of law for the Clintons and one standard of law for everyone else); the sounds of silence from the ACLU on the flagrant Gestapo like raid on Trump’s attorney and the throwing of the attorney client privilege under the bus are outrageous; Trump has been meeting with military advisers and talking with allies trying to craft an appropriate military response to the Syrian chlorine gas attack by war criminal Assad; when it comes to anti-conservative bias, Mark Zuckerberg was less than impressive in failing to acknowledge the problem and worse failing to correct it; when it comes to showboating for the cameras, Cory Booker takes the cake and merits our complete disgust when he attacked Pompeo’s Christian beliefs and also asked him if gay anal sex was permissible (Booker you need to chill out or kiss goodbye your fantasy of running for or winning the presidency in 2020); on the fiscal responsibility front the House passed a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution but did not achieve a 2/3 majority thanks to the Pelosi obstructionist Blues and failed to advance to the Senate; in Chicago through April 10, 2018, 486 people have been shot, of whom 100 have died (updates on the 11th and 12th not available).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Fleetwoods; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not have macrotous ears and a relevant quote by Allison Williams on job experiences, 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. Katyn Memorial Day—commemorating since 2007 the discovery by German troops on this day in 1943 of the slaughter on the orders of Stalin of 22,000 Polish officers, police and intelligentsia and their burial in mass graves in the Katyn Forest.
2. Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday—commemorating the birth on this day in 1743 of Thomas Jefferson, the nation’s first secretary of state, second vice president, third president and principal drafter of the Declaration of Independence.
3. 1959 Number One Song— the number one song in 1959 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Come Softly To Me” by The Fleetwoods. Here is a recording of the song by the group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSyfphBVbmo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “macrotous” which means big eared and which describes Ross Perot, Alfred E. Newman and Barack Obama to a tee but in Obama’s case did not seem to improve his listening skills.
5. To Be A Star Be A Girl—celebrating the birth on this day in 1988 of actress Allison Williams, daughter of NBC News Anchor Brian Williams, who after graduation from Yale got her chance to star in the HBO series Girls and launch her very successful career.
On this day in:
a. 1943 the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.
b. 1970 in a terrifying space mission, an oxygen tank on board Apollo 13 exploded while the ship was enroute to the Moon, resulting in the craft not being able to land but round it and head back to Earth with the nation and the world glued to their TV sets to see if they would be able to safely return home.
c. 1976 the Treasury Department reintroduced the Jefferson Two Dollar Bill on the anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s 233rd birthday.
d. 1997 Tiger Woods at the age of 21 became the youngest player to win the Masters, his first of 4 Masters wins.
e. 2017 the U.S. Air Force dropped a GPS guided MOAB on ISIS combatants in Afghanistan killing upwards of a 100 fighters with an explosive force comparable to 11 tons of TNT creating a deadly blast radius of one mile.
Reflections on job experiences: “I've done so many funny jobs. I worked at a farmer's market through high school. I worked in the stock room of Ralph Lauren. I graduated to salesperson at Ralph Lauren, which was a big deal to me. I've been a P.A. I've been a stand-in. I've been an assistant's assistant.”Allison Williams. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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