Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 22, 2019 Senator Ernst has filed for divorce alleging that her husband was abusive and revealed that she did not pursue the vice president slot because of the abuse in her marriage (Pence is a solid guy but having Ernst on the ticket would be a big plus in 2020 and likewise with Nikki Haley); on the war of women front the “investigation” of Keith Ellison of assaulting his girlfriend in 2016 has cleared him; on the Covington Catholic School front, most of the early vitriol has disappeared but celebs like Debra Messing and John Cusack are still lambasting the students and Kathy Griffin is making the ludicrous demand that they be doxed; Representative and poster child for the left AOC demonstrated once again how far she is from reality, claiming that if we do not address climate change the world in 12 years will end (we could end all fossil fuels and the CO2 from India and China would into the atmosphere would wipe out our reducing trend); Trump’s compromise to end the shutdown goes to the Senate this week for a vote (are there 7 Blues who will put country ahead of part and tell Schumer to take a hike by voting yes to send the plan to the House to put pressure on Pelosi to do the same thing); former acting director of ICE has ripped Chuck Schumer for putting his hatred of Trump ahead of the nation’s security (this pathetic tyrant confuses legal immigration with illegal immigration that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose); Pelosi still has not indicated whether Trump will be able to give his SOTUS in the Capitol on the 29th but the White House is moving forward even if it has to have the speech in another venue (Pelosi comes across on this like a spoiled two year old and her behavior shreds any credibility that she will negotiate in good faith on the wall and border security); Philippine President Duterte who demands the death penalty for drug use is backing a bill that would lower the age for juveniles to be tried as adult from 15 to 9; the teacher strike continues in Los Angeles with the union demanding more money when its members are failing completely to educate students with only 40% of the students meeting standards for literacy and only 30% in the case of math (talk about a need to have more charter schools.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Cristina Aguilera, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that we do not have an oligarchy other than perhaps in the realm of campaign financing and a relevant quote from Seth Godin on Steve Jobs and the Macintosh, 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. Roe v. Wade Day—commemorating the landmark decision by SCOTUS striking down laws banning abortion as unconstitutional, a decision that to this day has polarized this nation between the pro choice movement and the right to life movement.
2. National Polka Dot Day—celebrating the use of polka dots on clothing which started to appear in the 19th Century and on the cartoon character Minnie Mouse in the 20th Century.
3. 2000 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 2000 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “What A Girl Wants” by Cristina Aguilera. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpspGHeLOPE
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 “oligarchy” which means government by the few which describes Russia to a tee given the influence of wealthy oligarchs.
5. King Of Soul Not On A Roll—celebrating the birth on this day in 1931 of noted singer Sam Cooke aka the King of Soul who after a night of drinking took a woman to a motel room in Los Angeles who escaped from him and after he entered the motel office to demand where she had gone entered into a altercation with the manager and ending up being shot and killed by her.
On this day in:
a. 1946 the U.S. created the Central Intelligence Group, the forerunner to the Central Intelligence Agency.
b. 1979 the 747 purchased by Pan American Airlines flew its first commercial flight from New York to London’s Hathrow Airport.
c. 1947 KTLA the first TV broadcaster west of the Mississippi River began broadcasting in Hollywood.
d. 1984 during a commercial at Super Bowl XVIII Apple introduced the Macintosh, the first consumer computer with a mouse and graphical user interface.
e. 2002 Kmart became the largest retailer to file for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11.
Reflections on the Macintosh and the creative genius of Steven Jobs: “One of the talents of the [late] great Steve Jobs is that he [knew] how to design Medusa-like products. While every Macintosh model has had flaws (some more than others), most of them have has a sexiness and a design sensibility that has turned many consumers into instant converts. Macintosh owners upgrade far more often than most computer users for precisely this reason.” (p.98) ― Seth Godin, Unleashing the Ideavirus: Stop Marketing AT People! Turn Your Ideas into Epidemics by Helping Your Customers Do the Marketing thing for You.
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