Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 10, 2018 Three Korean Americans illegally held by North Korea were released and met by Trump at Andrews Air Force Base in the early morning hours, who later in the day with almost no sleep held a huge rally in Indiana touting accomplishments and urging voters to vote Red in November (energy level of this president is off the charts and the Nothing But Cack Network reporter Hallie Jackson should be castigated for calling the welcoming ceremony a staged event as if staged it would have been set for a time to preempt shows like Morning Joe or Am Joy); Mueller’s grandstanding indictments of Russians and Russian companies blew up in his face as one defendant has appeared in federal court through an attorney demanding to be able to enter a plea which will enable the defense to swamp Mueller with discovery requests that may well show the indictment to be a sham); on the obstruction front the McConnell told Senator Baldwin to pound sand as the Senate confirmed a nominee to the 7th Circuit that had a vacancy that Baldwin had blocked for 7 years with her blue list (time for Senate Reds to accelerate process of confirming judges); on the crime front, Orange County law enforcement officials arrested 85 members of the Mexican Mafia for criminal activity but before corks are popped we were reminded the arrests were a mere drop in the bucket (hopefully another reminder of the need to secure our border); the big island of Hawaii is experiencing more and more lava flows that are destroying homes and spewing sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere; finally under contempt threat the DOJ has allowed Nunes and Gowdy to view subpoenaed documents (when will Sessions cease being MIA and along with Rosenstein realize that documents embarrassing to the DOJ and FBI are not the same as being classified documents?); in Chicago through May 9, 2018, 851 people have been shot, of whom 139 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to The Funk Railroad, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not guilty of malfeasance and a relevant quote by Mike Gerber on small business, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Mothers’ Day, 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. National Small Business Day—celebrating the contributions to our economy and support of the work force—the small businesses of this nation which under the Trump Administration’s roll back of regulations are having an easier time of making money.
2. World Lupus Day—creating since 2004 awareness of the autoimmune disease lupus and promoting research on means to diagnose, treat and cure.
3. 1974 Number One Song— the number one song in 1974 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “The Locomotion” by Grand Funk Railroad. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSQOeQakExU
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “malfeasance” which means illegal activities which despite months and months of investigating and millions of dollars spent Mueller has come up empty handed when it comes to Trump.
5. Don’t Play With Pistols—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1957 of singer and bassist John Simon Ritchie better known as Sid Vicious who became a member of the band Sex Pistols but quickly got into drugs and died from an overdose on February 2, 1979.
On this day in:
On this day in:
a. 1869 the U.S. became a much smaller place when Leland Stanford drove the ceremonial Golden Spike at Promontory Point, Utah to complete the First Transcontinental Railroad.
b. 1975 Sony introduced the Betamax for sale in Japan which ultimately lost out to the VHS recorders to the dismay of those who purchased Betamax videocassette recorders.
c. 1994 Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president.
d. 2005 Vladimir Arutyunian threw a hand grenade at President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech at Tblsi, Georgia which landed 65 feet from him but fortunately for us did not explode. Arutyunian is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole.
e. 2013 One World Trade Center became the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Reflections on small business, the job creator of this nation: “Don't look at small business as a means to an end and a way to make money until the corporation hires you; look at it as a chance to create something of immeasurable value and beauty in a world that desperately needs it.” Michael E. Gerber, noted writer of books on entrepreneurship. 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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