Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 11, 2019 The Blues may be running on climate change but in Illinois they are shooting themselves in the foot proposing legislation that would raise the cost of registering an electric car to $1,000 an year (watch the exodus from a high tax state continue along with jobs); you can tell are fast approaching an election year when Trump’s plans to give a speech on the 4th of July and move the celebrations in D.C. to accommodate more people are drawing the wrath of Democrats; the Red Sox were invited to the White House as World Series but the Great American Pastime proved itself not to be above the divisiveness that is plaguing this nation as white players attended and black players boycotted while at Fenway Park, intolerant liberals tore down a “Trump 2020” sign from the balconies moments after it was displayed; Rudy Giuliani has cancelled his trip to the Ukraine to meet with officials who were blackmailed by Joe Biden to fire a prosecutor investigating involvement with the HRC campaign or lose $1 billion in U.S. aid and a lucrative deal with Biden’s son Hunter (prediction is that Biden ‘s quid pro quo with his son Hunter with China is going to be a problem for him); AOC and Sanders are pushing a plan to curb interest rates charged by banks at 15% ignoring the fact that banks facing higher credit risks not offset by higher rates will cut back on issuing credit (it would be much more palatable if banks were forced to reduce overdraft fees charged on small amounts usually cured by deposits in a few days); in a sign that the Democratic Party is hopelessly split, AOC has slammed Biden’s middle of the road climate change plan as being a “deal breaker” for progressives; Muslim London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced he will boycott Trump’s State Dinner in London and has charged that Trump is not in the class of Bush and Obama (true observation as Trump stands head and shoulders above both of them); the dreaded Trump nickname has Peter Buttigieg in his sights calling him “Alred E. Newman”; there is disgust and shame in avian land for the stork that had the misfortune to deliver Bozo O’Rourke as he outlines his plan to tax the wealth of white Americans and transfer the same to blacks; through May 10, 2019 755 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 147 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. Cornelia de Langue Syndrome Awareness Day—creating since 1989 awareness of a relatively rare genetic disease with a multitude of symptoms from autistic like behavior to premature graying to digestive problems and vomiting and to promote research in finding a cure.
2. Native American Day—commemorating the contributions to our culture and society of Native American first by the State of New York in 1915.
3. 2007 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 2007 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Girlfriend” by Avril Ligande. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg59q4puhmg This Canadian born phenom is the third ranked Canadian female singer after Celine Dion and Shania Twain.
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 “paroxysm” which means a fit of passion which describes the feelings in favor of or against Trump and explains the divisiveness that is gripping this nation.
5. No Glee in Getting High Only Chance for OD—celebrating the birth on this day in 1982 of Canadian born actor Cory Montieth star of a very successful TV series Glee but who battled drug addiction and fatally suffered an overdose at 31 years old on July 13, 2013.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Avril Ligande, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that any paroxysm is under control, and a relevant quote from Cory Monteith on drugs and dropping out of school, 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. 1943 U. S. forces invaded Attu Island in the Alaskan Aleutians to begin a successful attempt to expel the Japanese forces that had landed before the Battle of Midway Island.
b. 1960 4 Mossad agents in Buenos Aires kidnapped Adolf Eichmann who was living there under the alias of Ricardo Klement to be smuggled out of Argentina for return to face trial and execution.
c. 1973 citing improprieties by the U.S. Government, charges against Daniel Ellsberg for disseminating the Pentagon Papers which revealed the deception and lying to the American people on the Vietnam War were dismissed.
d. 1995 170 nations voted to extend indefinitely the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty without conditions..
e. 1997 IBM’s Deep Blue became the first computer to defeat a Chess Master Gary Kasparov.
Reflections on school and drugs that were not listened to: ““I don't want kids to think it's O.K. to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too. But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.” Cory Monteith
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