Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 12, 2019 At a commencement address, Mike Pence slammed the “tolerant left” for its intolerance of Christianity and warned graduating students they would be attacked by the secular left which is unprecedented in American history; Pete Buttigieg in Las Vegas described his feelings on coming out as a gay and blasted social conservatives for their views on the LBGTQ community; the nickname “Alfred E. Newman does not fit well with him as it evokes images of Michael Dukakis with an oversized helmet riding in a M-1 Abrams Tank; in a portent of the future, AOC at age 29 became the youngest member of the House to wield the Speaker’s gavel for a brief period of time; San Francisco is reeling under an avalanche of homeless on the sidewalks, feces and urine on sidewalks and thousands of used hypodermic needles but NYC whose mayor wants to run for president has subway trains which are more like smelly and disgusting trash cans on rails; Cory Booker may be out of touch with Middle America for his leftist views but he is in like Flynn with 40 year old actress Rosario Dawson who posted a nude Instagram photo to celebrate her 40th birthday; the booming economy means that Mothers Day will mean average gifts to mom going from $180 last year to $196 this year for an anticipated aggregate of $25 billion; Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Saudi government are supposedly withdrawing from three ports to enable humanitarian aid to reach the country which is in great need for the same; HUD is proposing to end the magnet of subsidies for illegal aliens by denying illegals including mixed units in which some are legal residents and others in the family are not from receiving subsidies for housing (a cold hearted response or a realization that our obligations is first and foremost to our own citizens, 100s if thousands of which are homeless); Chris Darden who had been one of the lawyers prosecuting OJ Simpson has terminated his representation of the man accused killing rapper Nipsey Hussle, citing death threats; through May 10, 2019 760 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 150 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. International Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day—promoting awareness of a long term chronic disease marked by fatigue and the inability to perform normal functions of life due to fatigue.
2. Mothers’ Day—created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother who had died in 1905 to honor motherhood and the contributions of mothers in the development and nurturing of children which expanded to become a state holiday in all states in the U.S. in 1911 and proclaimed to be a national holiday on the 2nd Sunday in May by President Wilson in 1914.
3. 2008 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 2008 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vzo-EL_62fQ This British born singer has become the first female solo to have 8 singles in the top 5, breaking Olivia Newton John’s record of 7.
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 “parturition” which was chosen for Mothers’ Day as it means the act of giving birth.
5. Better To Make Bean Dishes Than To Count Beans—celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of noted ex-accountant who has become a top chef and panelist on The Chew and has her own line of artisan cookies purchased on line.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Leona Lewis, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that on Mother’s Day you have experienced parturition, and a relevant quote from Erich Fromm on a mother’s love, 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. 1846 the Donner Party left Independence, Missouri for its rendezvous with hardship and cannibalism trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains trying to reach California.
b. 1949 stymied by the Berlin Airlift, the Soviets lifted the blockade of Berlin.
c. 2002 former President Jimmy Carter began a 5 day visit of Castro’s Cuba, becoming the first president in or out of office to visit the island after Castro’s successful revolution.
d. 2008 in Pottsville, Iowa agents from ICE conducted a raid arresting 400 illegals for document fraud and identity theft.
e. 2017 a ransomware attack worldwide infected 400,000 computers.
Reflections on mother’s love: “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” Erich Fromm, noted German-American social psychologist
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