Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 28, 2019 On the religious liberty front, the City of San Antonio is being investigated by the Texas AG for banning Chick-Fil-A from its airport due to its owners’ aversion to the LBGT community which they believe violates their Christian beliefs; on the anti-Trump front, the Eric Holder perhaps the most politicized AG to hold the office after wisely deciding not to put his tarnished political record into the ring by joining Cuomo questioning when was America ever great (shades of Michelle Obama from a man who politicized the DOJ in a way not seen before and who has obviously forgotten the efforts of the Greatest Generation in World War II or their fathers who pulled Europe’s chestnuts out of the fire in World War II and who has been the benefit of millions of legal aliens coming to improve their life; while Schiff, Swalwell, Nadler and Waters continue to push the discredited collusion delusion narrative, Trump blasts the disgraced top brass of the FBI and vows to release the FISA warrants and applications that should prove to be a chilling abuse of power; a federal judge has ruled the FBI must turn over the documents on which it was relying upon to keep Comey’s memos of conversations with Trump secret (this two year agony we have endured can be directly traced to the false anti-Trump dossier which Comey leaked to the media which led to the appointment of the special counsel; instead of thanking his lucky stars for his get out of jail card, hoaxer in chief, Smollett, has had his lawyers demand an apology from Chicago which has responded by demanding payment of $130,000 spent in investigating the hoax (once again as the former chief of staff of Michelle Obama weighed in with Kim Foxx who recused herself but not her office, this sordid mess reveals two systems of justice, one for mere mortals and the other for those with money and political connections); in a blatant example of why blacks can be racist also, in Savannah, Georgia a campaign meeting for mayor barred the press from entering unless they were members of the black press; Trump has backed away from a funding cut for the Special Olympics, taking away another point of attack of the Blues in 2020 and proving once again how hard it is to rein in spending; in a new book revealing the snit fits on The View Barbara Walters threatened to quit if leftist Rosie O’Donnell resigned which she did not; not much chance of bipartisanship in Puerto Rice where the governor called Trump a bully and if he got close to him he would punch him in the face (classic example of what is wrong with our political discourse and the Democratic Party); in an unprecedented move every Republican on the House Intel Committee has signed a letter because of Schiff’s continued lying and leaking on the Russian collusion hoax demanding he resign as chairman (given his lack of character and integrity it will not happen but another example of the poisoned political atmosphere in the Swamp); frustrated with the delays of the Blues in the Senate, McConnell is considering the suitcase nuclear option to vote on failed votes to end filibuster whether such votes be approved which would require only a majority; as of March 27, 2019 404 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 70 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Janis Joplinl, factoids of interest for this day in history, the some paizogony with your mate; a relevant quote from Edward Teller on nuclear reactors and Jane Fonda, 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 Hot Tub Day—if you are fortunate enough to have a hot tub today is the day to turn off your cell phone and relax in it until your hands are wrinkled and let the warm waters and hydro jets soothe your stress away.
2. Children’s Picture Book Day—like we learned to crawl before we learned to walk the first step toward reading is having a picture book read to a child.
3. 1971 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1971 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXV_QjenbDw Sadly this great talented performer died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970 before the record was released in 1971.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “paizogony” which means necking, love play which is always appreciated before engaging in sexual relations with your mate.
5. Bad Deal—celebrating or bemoaning the birth of Bowe Bergdahl a U.S. Army soldier who deserted his post in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009 and was captured and held prisoner by the Taliban until being exchanged for 5 high ranking Taliban fighters being held in Gitmo; he was charged with desertion which he ultimately pled guilty to and was dishonorably discharged and reduced in rank from sergeant to E1.
On this day in:
a. 1933 Imperial Airlines City of Liverpool was sit on fire while in the air by a passenger who jumped to his death from 200 feet before crashing to the ground killing the remaining 14 on board to become the first airplane in flight to be destroyed by sabotage.
b. 1978 SCOTUS in the case of Stump v. Sparkman upheld judicial immunity of a judge who had ordered sterilization of a female minor without her knowledge or consent.
c. 1979 a coolant leak in Three Mile Island Nuclear Reactor 2 prompted a partial meltdown and evacuation of the surrounding area but fortunately no deaths or injuries; the reactor has been dormant since and is expected to close in 2036.
d. 1990 the President George H.W. Bush posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Jessie Owens who with 4 Gold Medals in the Berlin 1936 Olympics single handedly defeated the myth of Aryan supremacy.
e. 2006 massive demonstrations occurred in France to protest the First Employment Contract designed to encourage employment of employees under the age of 26 entering the job market by making it easier for employers to fire them.
Reflections on Jane Fonda and Three Mile Island:” On May 7, a few weeks after the accident at Three-Mile Island, I was in Washington. I was there to refute some of that propaganda that Ralph Nader, Jane Fonda and their kind are spewing to the news media in their attempt to frighten people away from nuclear power. I am 71 years old, and I was working 20 hours a day. The strain was too much. The next day, I suffered a heart attack. You might say that I was the only one whose health was affected by that reactor near Harrisburg. No, that would be wrong. It was not the reactor. It was Jane Fonda. Reactors are not dangerous.” Edward Teller, father of the hydrogen bomb By coincidence Three Mile Island disaster occurred 12 days after the release of The China Syndrome which garnered Fonda a Best Actress nomination.
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