Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 23, 2019 HRC continues to play the role of Marvin K. Moody and will not leave the political scene indicating that nothing could be clearer than Trump obstructed justice (if anyone can assert that anyone else would have been indicted it would be this nonindicted felon for her handling of classified material on her server and her destruction of emails subpoenaed); Sanders has expanded his call to let felons vote while in prison and included the Boston Bomber currently on death row (Sanders as the face of the new Democratic Party has lost his mind on this issue); Blues had their conference call yesterday as Pelosi is trying to put a damper on calls for impeachment of Trump which zealots like Maxine Waters and Elizabeth Warren (whose campaign seems to be going nowhere) are clamoring for (given what happened to the Reds after their failed impeachment of Bill Clinton this pro Trumper hopes that the Blues impeach Trump and then crash and burn in the 2020 elections); AOC’s delusions continue to defy any test of sanity as she defended the VA’s health care at a town hall (she obviously has not talked to any whistle blowers or the families of vets who had to bury a vet because of delay in seeing a doctor causing a disease to become fatal or a delay causing a suicide); AOC’s inane remarks have prompted three Red challengers in her district who are reputed to have the back of a wealthy donor (I am sure that Pelosi would leap for joy if AOC gets tossed in 2020); the city by the bay has become the city of feces, urine and used needles with a map showing their location in parks, sidewalks and streets to prove it; the death toll in Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings has risen to 321 and the number arrested now totals 40 as the government warned there are people with explosives still on the run (sadly the heinous ideology of radical Islam is still alive and well and defying all efforts to eradicate it https://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2019/04/sri-lanka-easter-bombings.html; on the measles epidemic front in New York City, five parents have filed a law suit to block the city’s requirement that children under the age of 18 be vaccinated before entering public places; Mohammed Zahran, a radical Muslim cleric whose on line sermons include the call that non-Muslims be eliminated, is being identified as one of the suicide bombers and the mastermind behind the eight bombings on Easter in Sri Lanka; Smollett is still in the adverse legal news was the two brothers involved in the hoax have sued his attorney for defamation; on the legal front the 6th Circuit has ruled that chalking a vehicle of a public street as a basis for determining whether the vehicle has exceeded time restrictions on parking violates the 4th Amendment and questions from SCOTUS in oral argument suggest that the court will overrule the 9th Circuit and allow the Census Bureau to include questions on citizenship (California with the largest number of illegals will be hit the hardest if illegals are tossed out from the calculation in determining population and thereby determining the amount of federal aid a state receives and given the fact that illegals are costing the nation $100 billion in federal aid, reversal would be a good step in reducing the incentive to come here); through April 22, 2019 622 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 118 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 Snow, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are free from parablepis if you are a scribe, and a relevant quote from Frank da Cruz on the occupation of Columbia by students protesting the Vietnam War, 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 Pixel-Stained Techno-Peasant Day—created by author Jo Walton on this day in 2007 to promote the posting on the internet of professional quality writings for free.
2. UN English Language Day— created by the UN to promote the usage of English as one of the organization’s six official languages.
3. 1993 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1993 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Informer” by Snow. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNsDDYY-C-o This Canadian reggae artist is still going strong at 49.
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 “parablepsis” which means an error by a scribe in copying text because of a mistake in skipping over it or looking to the side.
5. Induction May Kill You--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1936 of noted singer and song writer Roy Orbison best remembered for “Pretty Woman” and “Only the Lonely” who was a heavy smoker after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 died of a heart attack on December 6, 1987.
On this day in:
a. 1914 the Chicago Cubs played their first game at Wrigley Field then known as Weeghman Park.
b. 1941 King George II and the Greek government evacuated Athens ahead of the invading Wehrmacht.
c. 1968 students protesting the war in Vietnam took over the administration building at Columbia University and shut down the university for a week before being violent ejected by the NYPD with over 700 being arrested.
d. 1985 in a reaffirmation of the adage “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” Coca Cola changed its recipe in a move that was not well received by consumers and was forced to pull the new product off the shelves in three months.
e. 2005 the first YouTube Video “Me at the Zoo” was released by user “jawed.”
Reflections on the occupation of Columbia University by a student who was there: “I spent the week in Low Library. There was a carnival atmosphere the first day, with press photographers and reporters from magazines, the local newspapers, etc (the Post was fair, the News was atrocious, but the Times was beyond belief – small wonder, considering the connections. There was an unforgettable, Felliniesque visit from a faculty member who swooped the window in full academic regalia Batman like, to "reason" with us. Security guards and office workers brought us snacks.Life magazine (May 10, 1968) ran a cover story featuring pictures taken in Low, including my favorite: a group of us seated on the carpet, each with a Grayson Kirk face, complete with pipe (from President Kirk's desk drawer, which was stocked with dozens of 8x10 glossy book-jacket poses).” Frank da Cruz, student at Columbia in 1968
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