Tuesday, March 5, 2019

March 4, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Grammar Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 4, 2019 the federal agency that was overseeing federal funding for the bloated over budget Bullet Train that Newsom has partially pulled the plug on from L.A. to Bakersfield has filed a two week notice to terminate the almost $1 billion in funding for the Bullet Train and exploring means to recover the $2.5 billion of federal funds already spent on this boondoggle; Rep AOC has been caught in the Federal Election Law cookie jar with news that her campaign manager moved almost a $1 million into a private non PAC corporation which is illegal and hopefully merit jail  time for him and a large fine for her; she is also in favor of impeaching Trump and demanding that Congress investigate his finances as opposed to collusion with Russia; Hillary has  finally accepted the fact that she is an unliked lousy candidate and will not join the crowded field of Blue candidates for president but unfortunately thinks we care what she thinks as she “is not going anywhere; Alabama is recovering from tornadoes that killed 23 people; Rand Paul indicated he will vote against the Declaration of National Emergency along with three other Republicans which means it will fail to face certain Veto which will not be overturned in either the Senate or House; as the market concerned over the Sino-American trade war tanked on Monday, growing belief that we are closer than ever to a trade deal; Vale, Brazil’s largest mining company fired auditor who refused to certify the tailings dam that collapse January of this year and found a certification firm that would instead of taking steps to solve the underlying problem that at least 30 people lost their lives with 300 missing; Trump has announced the end of preferential trade status with India and Turkey in 60 days to the displeasure of Turkey but not India what has stated that the program was far underdeveloped nations which India is not; Ben Carson has announced he will be leaving HUD at the end of Trump’s first term.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Perry Como, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you never forget to osculate your spouse on leaving for work and a relevant quote from Richard Corliss on texting and grammar,  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 Grammar Day—created by Martha Brockenbrough the founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar in 2008 to promote good grammar.
2.  Holy Experiment Day—commemorating a day to do something religious like pray, invite someone to your church, mosque or synagogue or consider a new religion.
3. 1951 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1951 on a run of 1 week in that position (but returned to number 1 ranking for 5 weeks on March 17 was “If” by Perry Como. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPqhvhlhCcs
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 “osculate” which means to kiss which is good thing to do with one’s spouse or significant other.s
5. In Perils—celebrating the birth on this day in 1889 of the “Queen of the Silents” Pearl White who started acting at age six and best known for her Perils of Pauline and retired to France in 1923 and retired from films in 1924, dying at the age of 41 from liver failure.
On this day in:                                        
a. 1966 John Lennon in an interview with the London Evening Standard declared that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus now.”
b. 1985 the FDA approved a blood test to detect the presence of the HIV virus which has been used to detect the virus in blood donors.
c. 1998 SCOTUS in the case of Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services ruled that the laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace applied to harassment between two persons of the same sex.
d. 2009 the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan for crimes against humanity committed in Darfur to obtain the dubious distinction of being the first sitting leader of a state to be so charged since the court was formed in 2005; sadly this thug has yet to be arrested much less tried.
e.  2018 former MI6 spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are infected with the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury, England causing a diplomatic uproar resulting in the expulsion of diplomats the U.K. and Russia.
        Reflections on texting and the decline of good grammar: “Texting has reduced the number of waste words, but it has also exposed a black hole of ignorance about traditional - what a cranky guy would call correct - grammar.” Richard Corliss Noted film critique and editor for Time Magazine
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© March 4, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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