Wednesday, January 23, 2019

January 23, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Handwriting Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 23, 2019 In a childish temper tantrum, Nancy Pelosi has cancelled President Trump’s SOTUS scheduled for the 29th in the Capitol and the Senate votes tomorrow on two competing bills to open the government, one with wall funding which Trump supports but is problematic of getting 7 Blue votes and the other which has no funding and funds DHS until the 9th of February which Trump will veto (shutdown will continue because the only phrase Schumer and Pelosi can mouth is “dead on arrival” or “it’s a nonstarter” even as another massive caravan of illegals from Honduras is headed our way); chaos in Venezuela as the President of the National Assembly has named himself interim president, the U.S. has withdrawn recognition of Maduro as the lawful president and warned him that he will be accountable for death and destruction inflicted on citizens (as the largest customer for Venezuelan oil we have the ability to make good on that threat)  and he has severed diplomatic relations with the U.S. and ordered all Americans and diplomats out of the country within 72 hours (AOC really needs to bone up on the chaos of socialism there with the astronomical inflation rate that has destroyed people’s ability to buy basic necessities); Samatha Gutherie of the Today Show was slammed by leftist tweets for having Nicholas Sandman on the show as well as being slammed by conservatives for biased and aggressive questioning (the rush to judgment against the Covington students was not warranted especially when a full video surfaced showing that they were not disrespectful but the targets
of profanity laced insults); Twitter has suspended the account of @2020fight that promoted the viral video claiming the Covington students were harassing a Native American activist; Andrew Cuomo is in seventh heaven after signing a bill in New York that legalizes abortion right up to birth (no wonder the Catholic Church is publicly questioning his faith); on the reptilian brain front, evidence that the reptilian brain does not respect race, gender or party as it claimed another victim, Sheila Jackson Lee who announced she is resigning as chairperson of the Black Caucus Foundation due to a former staffer’s lawsuit against her for firing her after she had been raped by one of Lee’s supervisors.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Destiny’s Child, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from oligophrenia and a relevant quote from the Pearl family on Daniel Pearl,  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 Handwriting Daycreated by the National Writing Instruments Manufacturers Association on this day in 1977 to celebrate the importance of handwritten notes and messages that with the advent of texting, computers and emails are becoming a lost art.
2.  National Library Shelfie Day—created by the New York Public Library on this day in 2014 to promote awareness of the importance of libraries in our culture, commerce and education.
3. 2001 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 2001 on a run of 11 weeks in that position was “Independent Women Part 1” by Destiny’s Child. 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 “oligophrenia” which means feeble-mindless which seems to characterize too many of our senior bureaucrats and politicians.
5. Hero on the Hudson—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of noted pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger who after 29 years as a commercial airline pilot on January 15, 2009 shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York City ran into f flock of geese, knocking out both engines and forcing him to ditch safely in the Hudson River but loosing no passengers; his feat was memorialized in the movie Sully starring Tom Hanks.
     On this day in:                                        
a. 1945 Admiral Karl Donitz launched Operation Hannibal a massive sea lift to enable 350,000 soldiers and between 800,000-900,000 civilians to Denmark and Germany to escape the advancing Red Army.
b. 1986 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the induction of its first members Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and Little Richard.
c. 1997 Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State.
d. 1998 Netscape announced Moziilla with the intention to release Communicator code as open source software.
e. 2002 journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Pakistan and several days later executed by beheading.
    Reflections on the beheading of Daniel Pearl: “"We would like him to be remembered for what he was in his life, a passionate American and humanist who rose above political, religious and cultural divisions, and used his pen ... to connect people of all backgrounds."
Pearl Family statement after Dick Cheney invoked Pearl’s name in attacking John Kerry for his stance on attacking terrorists.
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© January 23, 2019,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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