Monday, April 8, 2019

April 8, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Romani Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 8, 2019 California District Court Judge Richard Seeborg, appointed by Obama and infamous for striking down a question on citizenship for the census has just issued a preliminary injunction banning Trump from returning asylum seekers back to Mexico until their petition can be heard but stayed the order until government could appeal the ruling; the pervasive hatred of the left on Trump is manifesting itself on attempts to discourage any entity from employing persons who worked for the Trump Administration; first Kirstjen Nielsen hounded and hobbled by the likes of the pro illegal alien queen Kamala Harris has resigned and now the Director of the Secret Service Randolph Ailes has announced he is resigning (reading the tea leaves indicates that Trump’s patience with the open border crisis has been exhausted); “Spartacus” Cory Booker has beat the other wanna-bes out of the block by introducing a bill to create a commission to study the issue of reparations for blacks (total pandering to obtain the black vote for an idea that will never result in any black seeing a dime of reparations); Socialist Sanders on the quest for voters wherever he can find them is now promoting the idea that felons still serving their sentences be allowed to voter (he must feel that felons will vote Blue); Joy Behar whose anti-Trump animus is all hate and no joy and Meghan McCain got into another snit fit with Meghan lashing out that part of Behar’s job was to listen to her (Behar is totally clueless on The View and its abysmal ratings confirm that fact); being able to memorize a script does not translate to competence or intelligence as Alec Baldwin proves touting he could beat Trump in 2020 (bring it on Alec with or without your Trump impersonation); Israelis go to the polls tomorrow to elect a prime minister one of whom Netanyahu has pledged to annex West Bank Jewish settlements; as of April 7, 2019 487 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 87 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 Blondie, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are a skeptical panaceist when it comes to solving gridlock; and  a relevant quote from Justice Hugo Black on presidential executive authority, 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 Romani Day—created in 1990 to promote awareness of the needs of Romanis (gypsies) and to call for an end to discrimination of them.
2. Zoo Lovers Day— celebrating a very popular place to visit with the family, the zoo which some 600 million people are estimated to visit the 2,800 zoos and aquariums located throughout the world.
3. 1981 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1981 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Rapture” by Blondie. Here is a recording of the song: The band is still going strong today.
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 “panaceist” which means a believer in panaceas which unfortunately when it comes to solving the gridlock in the Swamp are few and far between.
5. Violence Does Solve Problems—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1974 the “Devil of Ramadi” recipient of 2 silver stars and 5 bronze medals Chris Kyle who killed 160 terrorists during 4 tours in Iraq but tragically was killed by deranged former Marine on a shooting range in Texas.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1952 President Harry S. Truman called for the seizure of all steel manufacturers to end the national steel strike which he believed would adversely affect our ability to prosecute the Korean War.   
b. 1959 a group of computer manufacturers, users and members of academia met under the leadership of Grace Hopper to discuss a new computer programming language called COBOL.
c. 1975 Frank Robinson managed his first game as a manager of the Cleveland Indians, marking the first black manager in Major League Baseball.
d. 1987 Los Angeles Dodgers executive Al Campanis resigned after making racially insensitive remarks on ABC’s Nightline.
e. 2008 the Bahrain World Trade Center, the first skyscraper to incorporate wind turbines providing 11-15% of the electrical power needs of the building in its design was completed.  
        Reflections on legality of 1952 seizure of the steel companies: “[t]he President’s power, if any, to issue the order must stem either from an act of Congress or from the Constitution itself. There is no statute that expressly authorizes the President to take possession of property as he did here. Nor is there any act of Congress…from which such a power can be fairly implied.”Justice Hugo Black’s majority opinion in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, invalidating President Truman’s seizure.
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© April 8, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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