Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 13, 2019 Governor Newsom has stayed the executions of the 735 people on death row disregarding the will of the people who narrowly defeated a proposition repealing the death penalty; the test preparation industry and the firms creating the college entrance exams are reacting very strongly to the $25 million admissions scandal that has charged 50 people with bribery and other crimes (a survey of 400 college admissions officials revealed that a quarter of them felt pressured in the case of applicants that did not meet academic standards but were connected to influential people); Don Lemon is terminally infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome by linking Trump to the $25 million admissions scandal; the police chief of San Diego has slammed the policy of sanctuary cities after the murder of Bambi Larson by an illegal alien with a long rap sheet and subject to 6 ignored ICE detainer requests; 70 million are in the path of late storm heading into the central part of the country that is expected to bring blizzards, freezing temperatures and high winds; CNN’s 24/7 anti-Trump animus is causing its ratings to sink like a stone; the sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Catholic Church was back in the news as France’s most senior cardinal was found guilty of failing to report sexual abuses by priests; Paul Manafort in a wheel chair was sentenced to serve 81 months in conjunction with his lobbying activities and witness tampering then learned he had been indicted on state charges; released transcripts of Lisa Paige’s testimony revealed that the FBI agents wanted to have HRC prosecuted but were ordered to stand down by Loretta Lynch’s DOJ which Trump blasted as corrupt; as of March 12, 2019 316 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 51 have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Elvis Presley, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you do not have much outrecuidance; a relevant quote from Susan Orlean on military dogs 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. K-9 Veterans Day—commemorating the formation of the K-9 Corps on this day in 1942.
2. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day—created by the Academy of Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists and first celebrated on March 13, 2008 and on the second Wednesday thereafter to promote sound nutrition and diet.
3. 1958 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1958 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “I Beg of You/Don’t” by Elvis Presley. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10dxzM5JOB0
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 “outrecuidance” which means overwhelming arrogance which is what the denizens of the Swamp exhibit in dealing with mere mortals outside the Beltway.
5. Dodge the Bullet—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of noted film and TV actor best known for his role in Fargo and who must be thanking his lucky stars that he has not been arrested with his wife Felicity Huffman in the college admissions bribery scandal.
On this day in:
a. 1933 banks in the U.S began to reopen after FDR’s declaration of a bank holiday.
b. 1954 Viet Minh forces under General Võ Nguyên Giáp kicked off the Battle of Điện Biên Phủ with a massive artillery barrage in which the French were soundly defeated.
c. 1991 the Department of Justice announced that Exxon had agreed to pay $1 billion to clean up the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound in Alaska.
d. 1997 India’s Missionaries of Charity appointed Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa.
e. 2008 Gold prices hit $1000 an ounce for the first time on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Reflections on K-9‘s: “Dogs really are perfect soldiers. They are brave and smart; they can smell through walls, see in the dark, and eat Army rations without complaint.” -Susan Orlean, noted journalist and author and staff writer for the New York Magazine
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