Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 2, 2019 William Barr told adler the snake Nadler to shove it and rescinded his offer to testify before the House (since the report is out with minor redactions his summary of it letter is meaningless and the Blues are in full political theater mode to their discredit); Nadler in meltdown mode with an empty chair and chicken prop is like a 2 year old in a temper tantrum; Nadler ranted that Trump and Barr are dictators as he cut off the mic on Representative Gaetz in midsentence questioning procedures (Nadler does it take one to know one?); Schumer is having almost no success in recruiting stars to run for the Senate in 2020 as Stacey Abrams, Joaquin Castro, and Cindy Axne have declined to enter the 2020 Senate races and popular Montana governor is expected to run for president as opposed to running for senator; The New York Times has reported that the FBI sent a female agent to meet with Papadopolous to probe him without identifying herself as an FBI agent on Trump campaign ties to Russia; Kim Foxx the disgraced State Attorney in the Smollett case is fighting tooth and nail to prevent a special counsel to probe her dismissal of Smollett’s charges even though the judge assigned to the case has his son working for her (pretty obvious conflict wouldn’t you agree?); quid pro quo Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh under FBI and state investigation has announced her resignation effective immediately; the Texas House has just passed legislation that would allow unlicensed gun owners to carry firearms in public in times of disaster (makes sense as looting too often occurs); on the opioid war front a Boston jury has found John Kapoor, the founder of Insys Therapeutics and his 4 co-defendants guilty of bribery (the case should send chills down the backs of CEO’s of opioid manufacturers); St.Lucia has quarantined a cruise ship carrying 300 passengers due to an outbreak of measles; Guaido’s movement to topple Maduro may be losing momentum as Maduro led a military parade in Caracas, thanking the soldiers for their loyalty while a court issued an arrest warrant for Leopoldo Lopez, an opposition leader who with his family has sought asylum in the Spanish Embassy; through May 1, 2019 685 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 134 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 Janet Jackson, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not paratonic in your quest for knowledge, and a relevant quote from David Willis on prayer, 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. National Day of Prayer—created by Congress in 1952 and celebrated on the first Thursday of May to encourage people to turn to God to seek solutions to their needs and problems.
2. Life Insurance Day —commemorating the formation of the nation’s first life insurance company the Corporation for the Relief of Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers on this day in 1759.
3. 2001 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 2001 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “All for You” by Janet Jackson. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cxG2TDGw2s.
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 “paratonic” which means arresting growth which is the bane of many youth who thought they would grow up to play basketball but were paratonic.
5. It’s My Party—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1946 of noted singer Lesley Sue Goldstein better known to her fans as Lesley Gore who although a non smoker had her party end at the age of 68 from lung cancer.
On this day in:
a. 1982 the British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sank the Argentine light cruiser ARA General Belgrano with the loss of over 300 men.
b. 2000 President Bill Clinton announced that GPS would no longer be restricted to use only by the military.
c. 2008 Cyclone Nargis made landfall in Burma, killing some 138,000 people and rendering millions homeless.
d. 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was shot and killed by U.S. Special Forces.
e. 2018 the Basque separatist terrorist band ETA announced it was disbanding and ending all activities.
Reflections on Prayer: “When you feel like worrying, try praying instead. Worrying only creates more stress, but prayer creates more peace. God is bigger than whatever is stressing you out.” Dave Willis, noted American voice actor, writer, producer and musician.
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