Monday, January 21, 2019

January 21, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 21, 2019 McConnell will introduce Trump’s proposal to reopen the government as outlined in his speech on Saturday (time for 7 Democrats to show some spine and put nation above Schumer and vote yes); Alyssa Milano is back in the news claiming that supporters of Trump wearing MAGA hats are the new KKK (what does that make Antifa rioters with their black face masks?); hold onto your pocket books and wave goodbye to any hope for border security as the illegal alien supporter queen Kamala Harris announced her candidacy for president (just what this country does not need, a first term senator as president); on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day more and more Blue presidential wanna-bes are addressing the issue of racism and police brutality against blacks recognizing that black turnout for them will be critical in 2020; thanks to two overtime victories and in the Rams’ case a blown pass interference call against them, the Patriots and the Rams will meet in Super Bowl LIII; the Census Bureau has announced that the Census will kick off next January 21, 2020 in the small Eskimo village on the Bering Sea, Noorvik; on the climate change front, the winter storm that blanketed the Midwest is now slamming the East with  freezing temperatures and lots of snow; cancelling hundreds of flights; on the gun control war on firearms front a Houston homeowner is lucky to be alive after five men broke into his house in a home invasion robbery 3 of whom were shot dead by the homeowner and 2 of whom were wounded and taken to the hospital; Lady Gaga interrupted her live concert to slam Pence and his wife for his defense of her and her working at a private Christian school that bans LBGT members; Freshman Congressman Neguse has alleged that there was “no question that Justice Kavanaugh committed perjury during his confirmation hearings” but failed to indicate what statements constituted perjury (investigate don’t legislate is the mantra of the Blues); an illegal alien Martin-Guzman has been arrested for the murder of 4 people in a Northern Nevada crime spree; Kathye Grffin, leftist “comic” is back in the news calling on the doxing of the Covington Catholic High School students involved in the “confrontation” with Native American activist Nathan Phillips so her ilk can hold them accountable (it looks like Phillips is the one doing the confronting loudly beating a drum in their faces).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Brandy, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your spouse or girlfriend exudes olent and a relevant quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. on the gap between what ought to be and what too often is,  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.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—created in 1983 and first celebrated in 1986 to honor the achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the struggle for civil rights and ending racism.
2.  National Day of Service—created by Congress in 1994 to promote volunteering activities to better the communities we live in.
3. 1999 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1999 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Have You Ever?” by Brandy. 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 “olent” which means fragrant which explains why men love to buy perfume for their loved ones.
5. Hip-Hop Get Shot—celebrating the birth on this day in 1965 of legendary hip-hop musician and DJ Jason William Mizell better known to his fans as Jay Master Jay whose career was cut short by an unknown killer on October 30, 2002 while recording music in a studio in the Jamaica section of Queens.
     On this day in:                                        
a. 1997 the House of Representatives voted 395-28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be reprimanded.
b. 1999 in one of the largest seizures of illegal drugs on record a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter stopped a vessel with 9,500 pounds of cocaine aboard.
c. 2009 Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip after a three week war with Hamas although both sides continued shooting at each other for weeks.
d. 2017 of President Trump’s first full day in office women’s marches were held in 400 American cities and 160 countries.
e. 2018 Rocket Lab’s Electron became the first rocket with an electric pump to launch into orbit to deploy 3 cube sats.
    Reflections on the gap between ideals and reality: “One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practise the very antithesis of these principles. How often are our lives characterised by a high blood pressure of creeds and an anaemia of deeds! We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practise the very opposite of the democratic creed. We talk passionately about peace, and at the same time we assiduously prepare for war. We make our fervent pleas for the high road of justice, and then we tread unflinchingly the low road of injustice. This strange dichotomy, this agonising gulf between the ought and the is, represents the tragic theme of man's earthly pilgrimage.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love  
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© January 21, 2019,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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