Saturday, December 15, 2018

December 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bill of Rights Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 15, 2018 a Texas District Court Judge has ruled that with the elimination of the individual mandate, Obamacare is unconstitutional (if you are opposed to Obamacare don’t uncork the champagne as this will end up in the Supreme Court; the gaffe master Joe Biden responding to some concerns over this age of 76 has floated the idea of Beto O’Rourke as his running mate (if you thought Obama was not qualified given his meager Senate, that meager experience trumps Beto’s minimal experience in the state senate of Texas; former Democratic Chief Counsel Epstein and former Federal Elections Commission Spakovsky have both agreed that payment of hush money to two women was not a campaign election violation; small signs that Trump is recognizing that he is human and can make mistakes first admitting that he made a mistake in not participating in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans’ Day and then admitting to Fox in an interview that he made a mistake in hiring Cohen and thirdly trying to rectify his Arlington absence gaff by making an unscheduled   stop at Arlington to participate in a Wreaths Across America event; Ann Sonders, the Chief Investment Strategist at Schwab, is raising the alarm that the U.S. is headed for a recession in 2019 due to the trade war with China, the Fed’s path in raising rates and the uncertainty over how and on what terms Britain is going to be able to exit the EU; PG&E already under fire for its role in causing the Woolsey fire with disastrous loss of property, is under investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission over allegations that it has falsified pipeline safety regulations for years (given the financial impact on PG&E a time to short the stock?); Zinke has announced he is leaving the Interior Department and Mulvaney has become Trump’s acting Chief of Staff (still a lot of turmoil going on in the Trump Administration); Cohen the admitted liar and illegal taper of the president has the pot calling the kettle black audacity of getting on the soap box and declaring Trump is a liar (the sooner March comes around and he begins his incarceration isolated from the MSM the better it will be); Mueller has provided to the court documents demanded by the judge concerning his FBI interview and supposed “perjury” and a logical conclusion may be he was set up to get him to flip which he has not in order to get Trump ($25 million and counting and a major distraction to the Trump Agenda to grow this nation—end the witch-hunt!); Rolling Thunder not the operation of bombing North Vietnam but the Memorial Day Parade of thousands of motorcycles will end on Memorial Day, 2019, ending a tradition that has existed since 1988 over allegations that federal agencies had made the event too difficult and costly to organize (if only partly true “Shame!”); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 14, 2018, 2855 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 480 have died (when will Chicago 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 mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Rod Stewart, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not obfuscate issues and a relevant quote from Thomas Jefferson on the Bill of Rights, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Bill of Rights Day—celebrating the ratification of the Bill of Rights the bedrock to our individual liberties on this day in 1791 with Virginia providing the last ratification by the states needed.
2. International Tea Day—celebrated in tea producing countries since 2005 to promote awareness of the contribution of tea to our global economy.
3. 1976 Number One Song— the number one song in 1976 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” by Rod Stewart. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “obfuscate” which means to confuse an act in which politicians and bureaucrats excel.
5. Downtown Abbey—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1981 if Michelle Dockery, noted British actress and singer best noted for her leading role in the hit BBC series Downtown Abbey.
    On this day in: 
a. 1961 Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to death after being found guilty of 15 charges including crimes against humanity and the Jewish people on December 12, 1961; he was executed by hanging on June 12, 1962.
b. 1973 the American Psychiatric Society voted 13-0 to remove homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders.
c. 1978 President Jimmy Carter announced the U.S. would recognize the People’s Republic of China and sever relations with Taiwan.
d. 2000 the third reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was shut down.
e. 2001 the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after 11 years of work to stabilize it and the expenditure of $27 million.
   Reflections on the Bill of Rights that make this country unique and which must be protected at all times: “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” Thomas Jefferson
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