Saturday, March 30, 2019

March 30, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Bipolar Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 30, 2019  Schumer and Pelosi and all the other Blues with their heads in the sands claiming that there is no border crisis and that Trump’s Declaration is manufactured need to open their ears and eyes and listen to Obama’s head of DHS Jeh Johnson who claims “By anyone's definition, by any measure, right now we have a crisis at our southern border. ” as the U.S. is on track to have 100,000 apprehensions of illegals this month; current and former engineers at Boeing are alleging that Boeing and the FAA rushed to approve of the security system on the 737  Max and ignored design flaws that may have contributed to the two crashes; on the war on religion front Buffalo airport has joined San Antonio airport in banning Chick-fil-A over the perception of its owners’ anti LGBTQ views (totally outrageous to bar a business from a public space on anti-religious grounds and those of faith out to flock out in droves to protest and better yet eat more chicken); Judge Gleason an Obama appointee has just thrown out Trump’s reversal of Obama’s drilling ban in the Arctic (difficult to become energy independent when judge’s step in to insert their bias); Bozo O’Rourke who wants to tear down the existing barriers along the border and personifies the open border mentality of the Blues opened his campaign with a rally in El Paso seeking to become the illegal alien supporter king; TGI Fridays has been sued for $5 million for selling potato skins that are not potato skins; after rightful indignation over Kim Foxx’s decision to not prosecute Smollett, she has indicated she is open to an independent investigation of her decision; as of March 29, 2019 416 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 73 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 Roberta Flack, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not prone to palaver; a relevant quote from Carrie Fisher on bipolar disorder, 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 Doctors Day—honoring the contribution of doctors to our public health and well being and celebrated on this day as it marks the anniversary of the first surgery in this country under general anesthesia on this day in 1842 by a Doctor Crawford Long who used ether to anesthetize his patient and remove a tumor from his neck.
2. World Bipolar Day—created to promote awareness of the disease that causes rapid mood shifts and to promote research in finding cures and treatments of a disease that is believed to be the 6th leading cause of disabilities.
3. 1973 Number One Songthe number one song on this day in 1973 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Roberta Flack. Here is a recording of the song: Slowed down by a stroke several years ago, she is still going strong at 82.
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 “palaver” which means to talk idly or profusely which is too often the norm among politicians.
5. In the Genes—celebrating the birth on this day in 1937 of Warren Beatty, noted younger brother of Shirley MacLain, who is best known for his role in Bonnie and Clyde.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1870 Texas is readmitted to the Union following Reconstruction. 
b. 1961 the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs which outlawed narcotics and other drugs with similar effects except for prescribed purposes was signed in New York City.
c. 1972 North Vietnamese forces in large numbers crossed the DMZ to begin the Easter Offensive into South Vietnam to enhance their position at the Paris Peace Talks.
d. 1981 President Reagan was shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley< Jr. whose bullets also wounded three others and who was confined to institutionalized psychiatric care until September 10, 2016.
e. 2017 SpaceX launched the world’s first successful reflight of an orbital class rocket.  
        Reflections on being bipolar from one who suffered from the disorder: “’m fine, but I’m bipolar. I’m on seven medications and I take medication three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have. I’m never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It’s like being a diabetic.” Carrie Fisher who died on December 27, 2016 after 4 days in intensive care with cocaine and heroin in her system after experiencing a medical emergency on a plane coming back from Europe 15 minutes before landing in Los Angeles four days earlier.
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© March 30, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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