Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 25, 2019 A shooting spree starting in a bar near the Penn State campus has resulted in the deaths of 4 people including the shooter; in a chilling moment of prosecutorial over kill Roger Stone’s home in Florida was assaulted by a SWAT team with guns drawn to be arrested in the early morning hours today to be arrested on numerous counts of obstruction of justice and lying to investigators (defiantly after being released on bail amidst heckling chants of Lock Him Up” he slammed the political nature of the arrest and swore he will not be a false witness against Trump which means he has indicated that Mueller can take a hike in his quest to flip him); hit with a growing sick out at LaGuardia and Newark International Airports of TSA and flight controllers, Trump signed a bill to fund the government until February 15 but no funding for a wall to allow both sides to negotiate funding of border security (Nancy and Chuck need to get their act together an come to grips with the fact anyone with an IQ higher than room temperature recognize the need for physical barriers as Trump has thrown the gauntlet down that failing a compromise he will declare a national emergency an move forward to build a wall); Pelosi is being rightfully slammed for appointing Blue anti-Semite Muslim Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee despite her rabid anti-Semite views.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Eminem, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are subject to obrophilous but wishing you would have the chance to use the characteristic and a relevant quote from Vincent Bugliosi on murderers like Manson, 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 Preschool Health and Fitness Day—promoting a healthy life style and physical fitness at an early age during preschool to instill habits that will last a life time.
2. Macintosh Computer Day—commemorating the commercial introduction of Apple’s Macintosh computer, the first successful computer with a mouse and graphic interface.
3. 2003 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 2003 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yhyp-_hX2s
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 “ombrophilous” which means tolerant of large amounts of rainfall which is what you have to be if you live in Southeastern Alaska or the Olympic Rain Forest in Washington.
5. Matriarch of R&B—celebrating the birth on this day in 1938 of Etta James, noted Grammy Award winning singer, who battled drug addiction for a good part of her career and died from leukemia on January 20, 2012.
On this day in:
a. 1971 Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten were convicted of murder in the Tate-Labianca murders and sentence to death later commuted to life in prison where Manson and Atkins have died and where Krenwinkel and Van Houten will be eligible for parole in 2022.
b. 1995 the Soviet Union almost launched its ICBMs after it mistook a Norwegian 4 stage sounding rocket for a missile launched by a Trident submarine; Russia’s nuclear football was activated and delivered to President Boris Yeltsin who must not have been drinking that day and elected not to retaliate.
c. 1996 after spending 16 years on death row for killing two people, Billy Bailey had the dubious distinction of becoming the last person in the U.S. to be executed by hanging.
d. 1998 Pope John Paul II made a historic visit to Cuba demanding political reform and urging the release of political prisoners while condemning the U.S. for its attempts to isolate the island.
e. 2011 the first wave of violent demonstrations, riots, acts of civil disobedience and labor disruptions known as the Egyptian Revolution began throughout Egypt due to increasing police brutality and state of emergency laws which ended with the overthrow of President Mubarak.
Reflections on hideous murders like Manson: “Since we place so much value on human life, why do we glorify, in a perverse sort of way, the extinguishment of life? The answer to that question, whatever it is, is at least a partial answer to why people continue to be fascinated by Hitler, Jack the Ripper—Manson.” ― Vincent Bugliosi the district attorney who tried the case that won convictions in the Tate Labianca murders and author of Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders He passed away on June 6, 2015 after successfully prosecuting 105 out of 106 felony trials including 21 murders. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
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