Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 29, 2019 Unicorn LYFT has gone public and will begin trading today at approximately 7:45 EDT; just when you thought that Pelosi might try to govern her unruly divided flock by telling them impeachment was not worth it, she reverted to her true form, praising and defending lying Schiff for his work as chair of the House Intel Committee as all Republicans on it demanded his resignation for his lying on the issue of collusion and slammed AG Barr’s summary for being condescending and arrogant (ironic that Barr has committed to release all of the material in the Report he can subject to holding back on sources and methods, grand jury material and classified material so why is she on the attack?); San Francisco awash in used needles, urine and feces in the street and homeless on the sidewalks is facing a NIMBY backlash to a proposed homeless shelter in the form of a crowd funding effort to fight it that has already raised $60,000 (naturally this effort is in Pelosi’s Congressional District); on the public school brainwashing front, an unnamed Houston school teacher of 7th graders has given the students an assignment to review several essays critical of Trump and then check multiple choice conclusions that include that Trump responses that he should be impeached with none complimentary or objective or neutral (needless to say parents are outraged and this peudo teacher has sadly received death threats); Harry Reid is suing the maker of a fitness device for causing him to fall, losing his eye sight and forced to retire from the Senate and is also in the news for failing to endorse Elizabeth Warren and blasting AOC 70% tax on the wealthy proposal saying Americans will not support quick radical change (bring the temperature to boil slowly so the lobster dies before it’s too hot to escape the pot); Nicolas Cage after being married and divorced three times has come up with the perfect minimize the alimony strategy-move to annul 4th marriage after 4 days; Elizabeth Warren is praising the resignation of Wells Fargo CEO Allan Sloan and demanding an investigation of crimes committed under his leadership at Wells Fargo (shareholders may have to brace themselves on this news); many Blues are replacing POW/MIA flags with Transgender Equality flags in their offices to protest Trump’s ban of transgenders serving in the military; as of March 27, 2019 405 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 America, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that we need more action and less palabra in the Swamp; a relevant quote from Vivek Wadhwa on the dot.com bubble 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. Vietnam War Veterans Day—honoring the service of Vietnam War Veterans since March 29, 1974 in a miserable war in which over 58,000 Americans lost their lives and hundreds of thousands were wounded before the last combat and support troops were withdrawn on March 29, 1973.
2. No Homework Day—celebrated on the last Friday to give all students a respite over the weekend from homework assignments.
3. 1972 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1972 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “A Horse With No Name” by America. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSAJ0l4OBHM
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 “palabra” which means word or idle talk which probably describes most politicians, all palabra and no action.
5. In the Genes—celebrating or bemoaning the birth of Billy Carter on this day in 1937 who became the poster child of why presidents in some cases need to be only children and who while during Jimmy Carter’s presidency he gained notoriety by starting a beer company Billy’s Beer and was involved in a scandal with Libya which may have tanked Carter’s reelection bid against Reagan. Sadly like his father and sister he contracted and died from pancreatic cancer on September 25, 1988.
On this day in:
a. 1961 the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution, giving residents in the Swamp the right to vote in presidential elections was ratified.
b. 1974 the Terracotta Army, a collection of terracotta sculptures of soldiers and horsemen buried with Qui Shin Huang in 210-209 B.C., the first Emperor of China, to protect him in the afterlife was unearthed in Shaanxi Province, China (definitely should be on one’s bucket list if it is ever again on exhibit here).
c. 1984 the Baltimore Colts loaded up their possessions and sneaked out of Baltimore in the night to move the team to Indianapolis.
d. 1999 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 10,000 at 10,006.78 for the first time during the dot.com bubble.
e. 2010 two female jihadists from Dagastan detonated suicide bombs during morning rush hour in the Moscow Metro Subway 40 minutes apart, killing 40 and wounding 100.
Reflections on the dot.com bubble that was doomed to be popped:” During the dot-com days, one could take just about any company public and reap fortunes. All you had to do was to make sky-high projections for growth, say you were in the Internet space, and go along with unscrupulous investment bankers and their analysts.” Vivek Wadhwa noted technology pundit and entrepreneur.
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