Friday, January 4, 2019

January 4, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Braille Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 4, 2019 Nancy Pelosi’s concept of transparency and civility went quickly down the drain when new Blue Rashida Tlaib called for Trump’s impeachment and labeled him a mother###er (showing her true colors of hate and anti-Trump animus our new Speaker of the House did not condemn her); Blues are moving to reopen the government by funding appropriations for all level of government but only a temporary funding without a wall for the Department of Homeland Security (deaf ear and blind eye for Pelosi and the Blues from the pleas of the Border Patrol on the need for a wall and increased border security funding); House is moving forward with proposed legislation to eliminate the Electoral College which would eliminate the role of smaller states; the president and Blue and Red leaders met today to try to resolve the funding of the wall and reopening the wall without success (what is so bad is that years ago the Blues voted in favor of building fencing to secure the border and given the animus against Trump will not support efforts to build a wall to secure our borders (how many more Americans have to be killed by illegals and sanctuary city policies that put American lives at risk before sanity returns to the Swamp?); while idiots like Sherman and Waters want impeachment, the U.S. economy fueled by the Trump agenda added 312,000 jobs in December (if the Blue anti-Trumpers would stow their anti-Trump animus and work with him, economic growth would prevail even stronger); the panel that investigated the Parkland school shootings has released a report which among other recommendations has advocate arming trained teachers to carry concealed weapons (unless one is motivated to have a suicide attacking a place where people might be packing heat is a great deterrent); Chicago slightly improved on the grisly toll in 2017 with the year ending in 2018 with 2962 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 495 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the George Michael, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your New Year’s goals are not being obverted and a relevant  quote from Carl Karcher on the use of Braille, 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.  World Braille Day—celebrating the birthday of Louis Braille on this day in 1809 who was blinded by an accident as a child but went on to develop the Braille language to enable the blind to read with their fingers.
2. National Trivia Day—created by Robert Birch, Grand PunScorpion of the Puns Corp to create awareness and appreciation for the importance of trivia in our curiosity, culture, science and fun.
3. 1988 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1988 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Faith” by George Michael. Here is a recording of the song: The bisexual HIV positive English singer died too early in his sleep of December 25, 2016 of an apparent heart attack.
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 “obvert” which means to turn or alter which describes the movement of the Blues to the left.
5. Undefeated Is the Way to Go--celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of Don Shula, coach of the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins who he led to the only team to end with an undefeated season and is the winingest coach in NFL history and who after retirement created the Shula Restaurant Chain famous for its 48 ounce Porterhouse challenge which this poet took and successfully completed at a Shula’s in Portland, Oregon several years ago.      
    On this day in:                              
a. 1958 Sputnik 1 the world’s first satellite fell back into the Earth.
b. 1974 President Nixon in a march to impeachment or resignation moment refused to turn over documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
c. 1999 former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as the governor of Minnesota.
d. 2006 Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon suffered a second more serious stroke resulting in power being transferred to Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
e. 2007 the 110th Congress elected Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House, a vote which the 116th Congress repeated yesterday.
   Reflections on the use of Braille: “We have developed overlays for the keys of the cash registers with the help of the Braille Institute, so that blind crew members can take orders and help our guests.” Carl Karcher, founder of Carl’s Junior
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© January 4, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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