Friday, April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of First Human Space Flight

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 12, 2019 In another chilling reminder of why we need a wall, Jorge Rios a Honduran illegal who had been deported twice and sneaked back in has been charged with the rape and drowning of Carolina Cano as she was out for an early morning jog on March 24 of this year in Jersey City which surprise no surprise is a sanctuary city (more blood on the city council’s hands who created this idiocy); Nancy Pelosi is fuming over plans by the Trump Administration to since it does not have funding to detain illegals flooding our border and is facing a preliminary injunction from a leftist Obama judicial appointment preventing  asylum seekers to stay in Mexico until their cases are heard, to release illegals into sanctuary cities so they can choke on the chaos of unrestrained illegal immigration; New York Blues are absolutely insane in blocking tuition aid to children of Gold Star parents who have been killed during their service or disabled 1 week after passing legislation granting $27 million in tuition aid to Dreamers (another reason for New Yorkers to vote with their feet and leave the state); HRC still seething over her loss to Trump blasted Assange and praised his arrest and made another strong pitch to eliminate the Electoral College; Rep. AOC continues to vie with IIhan Omar to become the most despised idiot ever to hold office when she lambasted fellow Rep. Crenshaw, a former Seal who lost an eye in Afghanistan for not going after right wing terrorists after he slammed Omar’s characterization of 9/11 as “people doing something.” (Omar is exactly the sort of person that we never should have let into this country from the refugee camp she was wallowing in); George Conway is doing his best to get his wife Kelly Anne Conway fired by attacking Trump’s fitness to be president (Trump is right this guy must be a husband from Hell); SpaceX Heavy with 5 million pounds of thrust successfully launched into orbit a communications satellite and successfully recovered the 3 rockets used to put it into orbit; Catherine Pugh another Blue mayor of Baltimore who seems guilty of quid pro quo to enrich he pocket and who has gone on medical leave is rightfully facing growing demands to resign; as of April 10, 2019 525 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 96 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 Pink Floyd, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you will on passing be the recipient of a panegyric, and  a relevant quote from Robert R. Reilly on the Taliban and polio vaccinations, 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. International Day of Human Space Flight—created by the General Assembly on April 7, 2011 5 days before the 50th anniversary of the first human to orbit the Earth on April 12, 1961 Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gargin.
2. Big Wind Day— commemorating the highest wind velocity ever recorded on the planet on this day in 1934 on top of the Mountain Washington Observatory clocking in at 231 miles per hour until surpassed by a wind speed of 253 miles per hour generated by Cyclone Olivia on April 10, 1996.
3. 1985 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1985 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Another Brick in the Wall Part II” by Pink Floyd. Here is a recording of the song: .
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 “panegyric” which means an elaborate and poetic compliment which describes many of the Alaskanpoet’s birthday or funeral poems.
5. A Partridge and a Success Tree—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1950 of actor and singer David Cassidy best known for his role in the TV series The Partridge Family but who battle alcohol abuse and died of liver failure on November 21, 2017.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1945 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died in office from a stroke in Warm Springs, Georgia and was succeeded by Harry S. Truman who had been kept in the dark over the Manhattan Project’s development of atomic bombs.    
b. 1955 the Salk Vaccine for polio was declared safe of use by the FDA to the relief on parents throughout the nation.
c. 1983 Harold Washington was elected as the first African-American major of Chicago.
d. 1992 the Euro Disney Resort officially opened with its theme park Euro Disneyland which subsequently changed its name to Paris Disneyland.
e. 1999 President Bill Clinton in a civil lawsuit was cited for intentionally giving false statements and was fined and disbarred.   
        Reflections on polio vaccinations:  In Taliban-controlled portions of Pakistan, “Polio vaccinations have been declared haram by the ulema, and the government campaign has subsequently stalled.” Like car insurance, vaccinations are a form of presumption. Only with the expulsion of the Taliban from the Swat Valley in the late summer of 2009 was the Pakistani government able to resume vaccinations.” ― Robert R. Reilly, The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Another example of why this abomination of Islam should be wiped off the face of the earth.
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© April 12, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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