Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February 27, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World NGO Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 27, 2019 While Trump is in Hanoi trying to move Kim forward tomorrow on the issue of giving up his nukes which is of utmost importance to most Americans, the Blues are making a spectacle of themselves by calling as their first witness convicted felon and serial liar Michael Cohen to testify before the House Oversight Committee which disregarded its own rules requiring committee members receive opening statements and supporting documents 24 hours prior to a witness’ appearance (very contentious partisan questioning lacking  only as props fire extinguishers to put out pants’ fire); good news out of Hanoi as billions in new aircraft deals with Boeing in the billions; India and Pakistan are in a mini-skirmish in Kashmir which is what this Earth in that part of the world does not need; the Cack News Network is in the doghouse again by stacking a town hall meeting with Sanders with attendees with deep roots to the Democratic Party and D.C. Lobbyists whom Sanders detest (déjà vu again for the DNC establishment candidate); FOX News dominated the cable airways in February with MSNBC finishing a distant 2nd and CNN a really distant 6th ; 300 Venezuelan soldiers frustrated by Maduro’s orders to block humanitarian aid coming in to the country have defected and fled into Columbia; Northern California is being pounded by heavy rain and snow making air flights in and out of the Bay Area problematic at best; the United Methodist Church may become disunited as delegates to its General Conference voted to strengthen the ban against same sex marriages and the ordination of LBGTQ clergy; watch the supply of housing hit road blocks as progressive Oregon is ready to pass legislation that would block rent increases state wide to 7% plus inflation; to the surprise of many conservatives who had hoped her last bout with lung cancer would cause Ruth Bader Ginsburg to retire at her return to the court she appeared strong and alert.  
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Count Basie and His Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are an orthographer and a relevant quote from John Sayer on the Wounded Knee Siege shooting,  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 NGO Day—created by the UN in 2014 to promote the activities of NGOs in conjunction with the public and private sector to address and promote awareness of problems facing our societies today around the globe.
2.  National Retro Day—commemorating the good old days before the internet, smart phone and self driving cars while still living in the present with all of its technological advances.
3. 1947 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1947 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Open the Door Richard” by Count Basie and His Orchestra. 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 “orthographer” which means a correct speller a trait rendered somewhat no longer needed with spell check in Word.
5. Nothing Shows But Increasing Sales—celebrating the birth on this day in 1971 of Sara Blakely the founder of the undergarment and shape ware company Spanx which has made her a billionaire and whose company was in the free publicity news as Susan Hyland revealed she was wearing a double Spanx to conceal the bulge from a recent kidney transplant.
     On this day in:                                        
a. 1922 SCOTUS in the case of Leser v Ganatt rebuffed an attempt by plaintiff to declare the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote illegal.
b. 1939 SCOTUS ruled that sit down strikes violated a property owner’s rights and were illegal.
c. 1951 the 22nd Amendment limiting the president to 2 terms was ratified.
d. 1964 the government of Italy requested aid to keep the leaning Tower of Pisa from falling over which resulted in 26 years of extensive studies on how to prevent it from falling over but keeping its distinctive lean. The Tower of Pisa was closed to publice in 1990 while work began to stabilize the lean and was opened in 2001 with stability assured for another 300 years.
e. 1073 the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee to protest treatment of American Indians by the federal government and  remained in occupation for 71 days before surrendering to federal authorities.
        Reflections on federal overkill during the siege of Wounded Knee: “The equipment maintained by the military while in use during the siege included fifteen armored personal carriers, clothing, rifles, grenade launchers, flares, and 133,000 rounds of ammunition, for a total cost, including the use of maintenance personnel from the national guard of five states and pilot and planes for aerial photographs, of over half a million dollars" John Sayer chronicler of the Wounded Knee siege.
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© February 27, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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