Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Adult Autism Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 18, 2019 Mueller Report is out, lightly redacted and as might be expected disappointing partisan zealots on both sides with Nadler personally attacking Barr and the MSM touting the fact that the Report did not exonerate the President on the issue of obstruction; real question is whether the Blues in their hatred of Trump will commit political suicide by filing for impeachment which will fail and ala Clinton be political suicide or whether they will hamstring the president with hearings on supposed obstruction and prevent any movement on solving problems Americans care about like immigration; Schiff who for over two years has alleged that the evidence of collusion was in plain sight has egg on his lying face as we are still waiting from him proof of such collusion; the percentage of voters interested in the 2020 election is running at levels usually seen only in the later stage of the campaign; the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral appears to have started in an electrical short circuit; on the feudal Muslim front a Bangladeshi female teen who reported sexual abuse by the head of a madrasa had fellow pupils pour kerosene on her and then burned her to death; on the copycat front Patrick Lamparello, a college professor, was arrested for attempted arson at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for bringing into the church two cans of gasoline; in a scene out of Anima House, 10 students at Westhill High School in Stamford, Connecticut were arrested in a massive food fight that hospitalized a security officer and a teacher; after serving a 41 month sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud Joe Giucide, the husband of actress Teresa Giucide of “Real Housewife of New Jersey” has lost his deportation hearing; the leftist 9th Circuit has upheld California’s sanctuary city law and provisions requiring employees to be notified of pending immigration inspections (hopefully SCOTUS will reverse); through April 17, 2019 570 have been shot in Chicago of whom 108 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 Tommy Page, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are panurgic, and  a relevant quote from President Kennedy on the Bay of Pigs, 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 for Monuments and Sites—created by the General Assembly UNESCO to promote the preservation and restoration of monuments and sites of historical and cultural significance.
2. Adult Autism Awareness Day— celebrated since 2009 to promote awareness and understanding of the needs of autistic adults and the issues they face,
3. 1990 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1990 on a run of 1 week in that position was “I’ll Be Your Everything” by Tommy Page. Here is a recording of the song: Everything stopped for him on March 3, 2017 from an apparent suicide.
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 “panurgic” which means good at all tasks which does not describe most bureaucrats or politicians.
5. Bubba J--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1962 of Jeff Dunham, noted comedian and ventriloquist, best noted for his beer guzzling puppet Bubba J.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1912 the RMS Carpathia brought 705 survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic to New York City.
b. 1942 in the dark days of WWII, James Doolittle led 16 B-25’s on a bombing raid of Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama,  and Nagoya, Japan.
c. 1944 Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was shot down and killed by U.S. P-38 fighters over the island of Bougainville in the Pacific.
d. 1983 a suicide bomber destroyed the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 83 people.
e. 1988 American and Iranian air and naval forces clashed in Operation Praying Mantis in response to Iranian mine laying operations in the Persian Gulf.    
        Reflections on the Doolittle Raid: “One of the pilots asked what Doolittle would do if his plane were hit. “Each pilot must decide for himself what he will do and what he’ll tell his crew to do if that happens,” he answered. “I know what I’m going to do.” A silence hung over the men before the pilot asked the logical follow-up. “I don’t intend to be taken prisoner,” Doolittle replied. “I’m 45 years old and have lived a full life. If my plane is crippled beyond any possibility of fighting or escape, I’m going to have my crew bail out and then I’m going to dive my B-25 into the best military target I can find. You fellows are all younger and have a long life ahead of you. I don’t expect any of the rest of you to do what I intend to do.”
― James M. Scott, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor
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© April 18, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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