Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 2, 2019 On the judicial front, judges appointed by Republicans will soon constitute a majority of the very liberal 9th Circuit as Senator Feinstein is fuming that Trump is not consulting with her on Judges to be appointed to California District Courts (after her sitting on Christine Ford’s accusations of sexual misconduct decades ago against Kavanaugh and ambushing him, she is delusional in expecting to have Trump consult with her); Sarah Palin who was McCain’s running mate revealed that not being invited to McCain’s funeral felt like a gut punch worsened by the fact that the noninvitation came from an intermediary as opposed to the family; every time AOC opens her mouth there is a great chance to show that she is an idiot especially when it comes to the Constitution which has probably never read when in a town hall she touted the achievements when the Democrats held the Congress and the Presidency such that the Constitution was amended to prevent FDR from another term (news flash AOC the 22nd Amendment limiting terms of the President was passed two years after FDR had died); both the Nothing But Cack and the Mostly Slanted News Broadcasting Cack were slammed when there managing editor of political analysis tried to bully Yasar Ali from publishing the dates of the Blue Presidential Primary Debates (nothing like a “journalist” being at the beck and call of the DNC); AOC’s town hall pushed by MSNBC and NBC was crushed by Tucker Frederickson in the ratings; Deborah Norville of “Inside Edition” is thanking her lucky stars that a viewer spotted a tumor on her neck and called in prompting her to go to a doctor who determined it to be cancerous and will operate this week; as the Sultan of Brunei is doubling down to implement Sharia Law, celebrities led by George Clooney are demanding a boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan including the Beverly Hills Hotel; IIhan Omar, the Somali that refuses to assimilate and thumbs her nose at America is in hot water for allegedly using campaign funds of $6,000 for personal expenses including for her divorce lawyer (this zealot really needs a full court press to defeat her in 2020 along with impeachment queen Rashida Tlaib); the NHTSA has opened an investigation involving non collision fires on 5 Hyundai and Kia models made in 2010-2015; another Blue Mayor, Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, hits the conflict of interest quid pro dust for not abstaining in the awarding of contracts for medical services to Kaiser Permanente and the University of Maryland Medical Systems who had purchase 1000’s of her book Healthy Holly and has gone on indefinite medical leave; as of April1, 2019 439 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 79 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 The Four Seasons, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you in your affairs you use palinola; a relevant quote from a Amy Gravino on autism and bullying, 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 Children’s Books Day—created in 1967 by the International Board for Books for Young People and celebrated on the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen to promote the creation of and reading of children’s books as a means to inculcate a love of reading to last a lifetime.
2. World Autism Day—adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 7, 2007 to promote awareness of the issues faced by people on the Autism Spectrum and their caregivers.
3. 1976 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1976 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night” by The Four Seasons. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDxhugRKZ8g
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 “palinola” which means repetition of an act until it is perfect validating the adage that practice makes perfect.
5. The Prince of Soul—celebrating the birthday on this day of noted singer Marvin Gaye, Jr. who battled substance abuse and who tragically after moving back into his parent’s house while on the music comeback trail, got into a dispute with his father who killed him on April 1, 1984.
On this day in:
a. 1917 President Wilson who campaigned in 1916 on a slogan of “He kept us out of war,” asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany.
b. 1973 computerized legal search firm Lexis Nexus commenced doing business for lawyers needed to research cases.
c. 1986 4 term governor of Alabama best known for his stand in the schoolhouse door announced that he would not seek a 5th term.
d. 1992 John Gotti, the Teflon Don, was convicted of multiple counts of murder and racketeering and sentenced to life without possibility of parole; he died in prison on cancer on June 10, 2002.
e. 2012 One L. Goh a former student at Oikos University in Oakland, CA went on campus and opened fire, killing 7 and wounding 3; he was apprehended 5 hours later after stealing one of the victim’s cars and pled no contest to multiple murder and attempted murder counts and was sentenced to life without possibility of parole. He died while in prison on March 20, 2019.
Reflections on autism which too often is the target of bullying: “ believe that inside every person who is bullied there is a strength and a tenacity to survive. You don’t always know that this strength exists, but if you make it through those dark times, you become aware. You become a survivor, someone whose courage and spirit is far stronger than all of the hate and cruelty of their bullies. The one thing that I want to impart to children with autism is knowledge of their own inner strength, and the belief that one day at a time, they, too, can get through this.” Amy Gravino, noted author, public speaker, autism advocate and sufferer of Asperger’s Syndrome.
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© April 2, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet