Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May 7, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Asthma Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 7, 2019 A group of Red Senators met with President Trump to discuss border security and an immigration plan being developed; the bias chickens are coming home to roost as CNN which is seeing its ratings drop like a hot rock is witnessing staffers leave the sagging network (when will this Cack News Network realize that advocacy bias in lieu of objective news turns people off?); Hillary becomes more delusional each day claiming the election in 2016 was stolen from her (what stole the election was her abysmal coronation campaign devoid of ideas); Taqeer Boyd of Newark was caught on video urinating on a police car which citizens turned over to the police department and he was arrested; finally the Resistance in Chief has gotten his act together as Chuck Schumer is tweeting in support of Trump’s plans to impose 25% tariffs on Chinese goods; as the measles outbreak in the U.S. continues to expand, states are considering revoking the religious exemptions that exist to escape vaccinations; in a chilling report the U.N. has released a report warning that a million plant and animal species are facing the threat of extinction; Jill Biden like a good wife is writing in her new book that Joe Biden’s missteps with Anita Hill in the Clarence Thomas confirmation proceedings need to be dropped in order to move on (wonder what she will say in conjunction with the quid pro quo activities involving Hunter Biden and the Ukraine and China?); Iran is rattling sabers and giving signs of military action against U.S. in the Middle East prompting the U.S. to send a carrier strike force into the Persian Gulf (end of waivers to purchase Iranian oil must be killing the mullahs in Iran); great reporting by Fox’s Laura Ingram on the crisis of thousands of illegals entering on our Southern Border while the Blues have their heads in the sand claiming the crisis is manufactured by Trump; while Nadler continues in his melt down mode over the Russian collusion delusion debunked by Mueller, Senator Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor has intoned the game is over and it’s time to start legislating; through May 6, 2019 730 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 Usher feat. Lil John and Ludacris, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you use parciloquy in your communications in the Swamp, and a relevant quote from Steve Allen on asthma, 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. World Asthma Day—created by the Global Initiative for Asthma in 1998 to promote awareness of the disease and research in medications to relieve it.
2. Poem on a Pillow—celebrating the act of placing a poem on a loved one’s pillow to wake up to in the morning: To place a poem on a pillow/So soft it calms hair like a pad of brillo/ The words come alive/ Into REM sleep the dreams to thrive/ Through the night/ In dreams the rhyme makes sleep right/ So in the morning’s first light/ Bounce from bed refreshed and full of might. 
      3. 2004 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 2004 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “Yeah!” by Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxBSyx85Kp8 
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 “parciloquy” which means laconic speech, a trait rarely found in politicians or bureaucrats.
5. 15 Oh My Lord—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1968 of noted actress Nora Louise Kuzma better known to her fans as Traci Lords who scandalized the porn industry by appearing in numerous adult films while only 15 with a fake ID but who evolved to become a serious actress on the silver screen and TV by quitting the adult film industry 2 days after becoming 18.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1952 the concept for the integrated circuit, the basis of all modern computers, was published by Geoffrey Dummer.
b. 1976 the Honda Accord was officially launched.
c. 1998 Mercedes Benz bought Chrysler for $40 billion in the largest industrial merger ever and then formed Daimler Chrysler.
d. 2000 to the bane of the United States Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as President of Russia.
e. 2004 American businessman Nick Berg was kidnapped in Iraq and beheaded on May 7, 2004 on video by Islamic jihadists in retaliation for the abuse and torture committed by U.S. troops at the Abu Ghraib detention facility. 
        Reflections on asthma: “Asthma doesn't seem to bother me any more unless I'm around cigars or dogs. The thing that would bother me most would be a dog smoking a cigar.” Steve Allen, noted comedian and talk show host.  
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© May 7, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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