Friday, May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Military Spouse Appreciation Dayaps

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 10, 2019 Comey’s sanctimonious tirades against Trump are rising the ire of Americans who believe they are pure baloney (Comey should enjoy his remaining days of freedom as he is looking at major criminal problems which could not happen to a more appropriate target); Comey is in a bridge burning mode mocking Deputy Rod Rosenstein and even worse defending Obama’s non involvement in the Russian attempts to subvert our 2016 elections; Kimmel’s “humor” is usually too politically biased but on his view of leftist politicians pursuing Trump’s tax returns as a waste of time, I have to agree with him that such efforts are a waste of time as a majority of Americans could care less;  Joe Biden has taken the inane position that illegal aliens have the right to have the government provide them with free medical care (what part of the scene of illegals being housed in shelters while American citizens are sleeping outdoors in the rain on sidewalks and parks does this failed has been not understand?); former three term Maryland Representative John Delaney has praised Joe Biden but has asserted that his centrist ideas are better; adult film star Taylor Jackson demonstrated Tesla’s dividend of autopilot by demonstrating sex acts while on auto pilot prompting Elon Musk to tweet that evidently there were some additional benefits for Tesla’s auto pilot that had not been contemplated; Louis Farrakhan incredulously indicated he does not hate Jews but his ideas are dangerous because they can be researched; Uber is going public today at $82 billion valuation largest IPO valuation in five years; through May 8, 2019 739 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 146 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).
1. Golden Spike Day—celebrating the driving of a golden spike to indicate the joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads on this day in 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah to create the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.
2. National Military Spouse Appreciation Day--Created by Ronald Reagan to call attention to the importance of military spouses to the defense readiness of the nation on May 23, 1984 which holiday was standardized by making it the Friday before Mothers’ Day.
3. 2006 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 2006 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter. Here is a recording of the song:  
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 “parlous” which means full of danger or risk which describes the issues we are facing today on the world scene.
5.  You Don’t Need a Pistol When a Knife Will Do—celebrating the birth on this day in 1957 of not singer and bassist John Simon Ritchie, better known to his fans or detractors as Sid Vicious whose career was hobbled by drug use and a second degree murder charge for the murder of his girlfriend fellow drug user Nancy Spungen by his knife whose murder spiraled him into depression and more drug use and a fatal drug overdose on February 2, 1979.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Daniel Powter, factoids  of interest for this day in history, the fact that your day is not a parlous one, and a relevant quote from Jason Mraz on not giving up, 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.
    On this day in:                                        
a. 1924 J. Edgar Hoover was appointed the first Director of the FBI and served in that capacity until his death in 1972.
b. 1962 Marvel Comics published the first edition of The Hulk.
c. 1975 Sony introduced the Betamax recorder in Japan.
d. 2005 a hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian at George W. Bush while giving a speech in Tibilisi, Georgia landed 20 meters from him but malfunctioned and did not explode; Arutyunian is serving a life sentence without possiblity of parole.  
e. 2013 One World Trade Center became the tallest office building in the Western Hemisphere almost 12 years after being destroyed on 9/11. 
Reflections on trials and tribulations of being a military spouse: “I won’t give up on us, God knows I’m tough enough, We’ve got a lot to learn, God knows we’re worth it – Jason Mraz, noted American singer
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© May 10 , 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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