Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 3, 2019 On the Congressional front, Nadler, who is about as bipartisan as a poisonous adler ignores what by law the AG on Mueller’s report can release, has issued subpoenas demanding release of the full, classified material and sources and methods and all, totally unredacted Report (what a political hypocritical stunt beneath the dignity of Congress); lying Schiff is doubling down that he has evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians and his acts are unpatriotic and corrupt (déjà vu of McCarthy’s rants about Communists in the State Department and Army for which he was castigated for having no decency and censured-time for this lying hack to put up or shut up, resign as Chairman and fade away into deserved obscurity); in an address to Congress that Blues and the MSM does not want you to hear and under the mantra of fake news will be omitted, the NATO Secretary General indicated Trump’s approach to NATO is working and the member nations are increasing their defense spending and more nations are reaching the required 2% of GNP for defense; Beto O’Rourke gives another example of why he is perceived as a spineless dork, walking back his opposition to Sharpton’s demand for reparations, indicating he is amenable to studying the issue; Huffman and Loughlin, mothers of students involved in the college admissions scandals may be in hot water with the IRS for disguising their bribes as charitable contributions; Brunei’s feudal sharia law code includes death by stoning for adultery and homosexual sex (for once Clooney got it right urging a boycott of all hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei by celebrities); Maduro and his thug allies are ratcheting up the pressure against rival Juan Guaido by removing his parliamentary immunity (do not be surprised in Juan is assassinated in the near future and the country slides into economic oblivion due to its socialist policies); the head of the DHS has returned to the U.S. continuing to raise the alarm of a crisis as former Obama DHS officials weigh in to the same effect and Trump plans a border visit to the border as plans move forward to close the border due to Mexico’s unwillingness to stop the flow of immigrants across its southern border while the Blues with their heads in the sand supported by their MSM lackeys continue to blindly and deafly assert there is no crisis (a total bunch of hear no crisis, see no crisis and behind their walled communities and homes feel no crisis); Joe Biden whose campaign is on the verge of collapsing before even announced appeared on video acknowledged time have changed and he will in the future be much more mindful a person’s personal space; as of April 2, 2019 444 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 80 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 Daryl Hall and John Oates, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you in your acts today are largely palmary; a relevant quote from a Harry S. Truman on the Marshall Plan, 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. Global Day of Engineers--celebrated on the first Wednesday in April to honor the contributions of engineers to our society, culture and economy.
2. American Circus Day—commemorating the first performance by a circus in the United States by John Ricketts in Philadelphia in 1793. Although Barnum and Bailey closed its tents in 2017 there are still many circuses in the U.S. that tour some with animal acts and others with none. Great entertainment unless you are near the tiger cage and the animal decides to relieve itself.
3. 1976 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1977 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Rich Girl” by Daryl Hall and Rich Oates. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmHE65RAkSY
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 “palmary” which means praiseworthy, an adjective sorely lacking in describing the actions of politicians.
5. Name Is Not A Baby Game—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1971 of noted Olympic two time medal winner Picabo Street who after winning a gold in 1998 ran into a fence in the World Cup fracturing her leg in several places to come back to qualify to race in the 2002 Olympics but sadly finished 16th in her event and retired shortly thereaft.
On this day in:
a. 1948 in a diplomatic move designed to prevent the Soviet Union from expanding its influence in Europe devastated by WWII, President Truman signed the Marshall Plan committing $5 billion in foreign aid to 16 nations.
b. 2000 In the anti-trust case of United States v. Microsoft SCOTUS ruled that Microsoft had violated the anti-trust laws by keeping an oppressive thumb on its competitors.
c. 2010 Apple released the first generation iPad, a tablet computer.
d. 2016 a leak of documents which became known as the Panama Papers from a tax law firm in Panama revealed the existence of over 214,000 offshore entities created most likely to avoid taxes.
e. 2018 in a rare case of a female mass shooting Nasim Aghdam entered You Tube’s headquarters in San Bruno and shot and wounded three people before turning the pistol on herself and shooting herself to death.
Reflections on the Marshall Plan from the person who signed it into law: “I believe that, in years to come, we shall look back upon this undertaking as the dividing line between the old era of world affairs and the new -- the dividing line between the old era of national suspicion, economic hostility, and isolationism, and the new era of mutual cooperation to increase the prosperity of people throughout the world.
General Marshall will be known as one of those who brought this new era into being. But he would be the first to agree that it is more than the creation of statesmen. It comes from the minds and hearts of all the people. Our peoples are united in their determination to work together to deal with the basic problems of human life.” Harry S. Truman
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