Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 16, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Religious Freedom Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 16, 2019 The impeachment queen Maxine Waters has been sworn in to head up the House Financial Services Committee vowing a war on big banks and worse she will have at her side AOC whose knowledge of finance and economics is far removed from any sense of reality (bank CEOs will be in for a lot of raising their right hands to testify during the next two years); under a false veneer of concern for security Nancy Pelosi has written Trump asking him to delay the State of Union scheduled for January 29 be delayed or submitted in writing (pure politics and demonstrating that the Blues are terrified of Trump appearing before the American people and of having her and Chucky doing a repeat  of the American Gothic response to be ridiculed); Ruth Bader Ginsburg has cancelled an appearance in New York and is not expected to return to the court until February 19 (if you thought the confirmation hearings were contentious in Kavanaugh’s case, be prepared for a massive tempest if a conservative justice is named to replace the most liberal member of the court); the socialist darling of the MSM has warned conservatives that they will be exhausted as she runs a train on the Progressive agenda (how inappropriate as run a train means a gangbang); Angel parents went to the offices of Schumer and Pelosi to make their case that illegal aliens killing Americans is not a manufactured crisis (pathetic illegal aliens supporters that they are, neither Schumer nor Pelosi would meet with them); anti-Semite and rabid profanity laced impeachment queen Rashida Tlaib has been denied a seat on the Appropriations Committee; Cack News Network host Areva Martin attacked Fox reporter Daniel Webb for his white privilege ignoring the fact that he is black; it is time for the Blues to come to the table and end this nonsense of a government shutdown as the White House is now estimating that the each week of the shutdown will cost a .1% drop in GNP (Senator Scott has introduced legislation that prohibits payment of salaries to members of Congress while the shutdown continues—good move); my daily source for murders and shootings has stopped publishing so this feature will no longer appear in Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History.
     As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Boyz II Men, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that it is easy to sate one’s desires as an oenophile and a relevant quote from Ronald Reagan on religious liberty,  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.  National Religious Freedom Day—celebrating the adoption by the legislature of Virginia Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on this day in 1786 which formed the basis for the establishment clause in the First Amendment.
2.  National Without a Scalpel Day—created by Interventional Initiative to promote awaresness of non surgical alternatives to the treatment of diseases like uterine fibroids, strokes, and aneurysms.
3. 1995 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1995 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men. 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 “oenology” which means the study of wines and a good reason to go wine tasting today while shopping at Trader Joe’s in Costa Mesa.
5. No Fly Zone—celebrating the birth on this day in 1979 of noted teen singer phenom Aaliyah Dana Haughton who had the misfortune of being flown back from a music video shoot in the Bahamas in an overloaded private plane which was being flown by an unlicensed pilot with traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system and crashed 200 feet after takeoff on August 25, 2001 killing her and the other 8 members aboard.
     On this day in:  
a. 1883 the Pendelton Civil Service Act was signed into law by President Arthur creating the U.S. Civil Service.
b. 1964 the musical Dolly opened on Broadway for the first of its 2844 performances.
c. 1979 the last Iranian Shah fled Iran with his family and relocated in Egypt, ending 2500 years of rule by Iranian monarchy.
d. 2001 President Bill Clinton posthumously awarded Teddy Roosevelt a Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish-American War.
e. 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia was successfully launched on what would become its last mission as it disintegrated on reentry 16 days later.
    Reflections on Religious Freedom: “To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions and everyday life, may I just say: The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.—Ronald Reagan, Address to Alabama State Legislature Astute observation and warning to the left who assault religious freedom at every opportunity.
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