Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 16, 2019 The House in a contentious session is debating a resolution condemning Trump for his tweets and comments on the Squad; like Ike who had written an address to be delivered in the event of the failure of D-Day, President Nixon had a speech written in the event that Apollo 11 launched on this day in 1969 landed on the Moon but did not come back; AG Barr has made the decision not to prosecute the NYPD officers involved in the choke hold death of Eric Gardner during an arrest for selling untaxed cigarettes (hopefully the 5 year passage from his death will still the riot potential passions); Steve Cortes the only token conservative on the Cack No News slammed fellow CNNer Wajahat Ali for his racist and disgusting attack on him indicating anyone who supports Trump is a racist (only a question of time before advertisers pull the plug on this rating disaster masquerading as a news network); Kellyanne Conway has come out swinging against tired racist and xenophobic attacks against Trump as things if she and her husband cannot compartmentalize emotions in the Conway household must be somewhat frosty after her husband penned an OpEd that Trump was a racist to the core; while the Blues are fixated on conditions facing illegals flooding into this country, they are totally MIA on the issue of our own homeless with L.A.’s skid row the epicenter of the problem with Garcetti in essence throwing up his hands and saying this is a federal problem not L.A. (news flash Garcetti the rest of the country does not look like L.A. and you are a failure, creating major health hazards as large disease carrying rats roam and the sidewalks reek of feces and urine and are carpeted with used hypodermic needles); in Chicago through July 15, 2019, 1414 people have been shot mostly of color by mostly people of color, 251 of whom have died, a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Billy Preston, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you do not have phonasthenia, and a relevant quote from General Thomas Farrell on the atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. Holocaust Rembrance Day (France)—commemorating the round up in Paris of 13,152 Jews on this day in 1942 and their transportation to Auschwitz for extermination (a good place to be today for the Blues like the Squad who compare the detention centers to concentration camps.
2. World Snake Day—not sure of the origin or reason for this holiday other than Indiana Jones and the birds on Guam would not be celebrating and snakes have been in art and literature like the Bible for over 12,000 years and have a bad reputation of being poisonous which most are not.
3. 1973 Number One Song— the number one song in 1973 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Will It Go Round In Circles” by Billy Preston. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghj5V5cUo1s His world stopped going around in circles on June 6m 2006 when he died of kidney failure.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “phonasthenia” which means a weakness of voice which blowhard politicians rarely exhibit.
5. Fast Down the Runway—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1996 of noted model with over 100,000 Instagram followers, Alex Swift.
On this day in:
a. 1769 Father Junipero Serra founded the first mission in California, Mission San Diego de Alacala whch grew to become the city of San Diego.
b. 1941 Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games a MLB record that still stands today.
c. 1945 just before the USS Indianapolis departed San Francisco to Tinian Island with “Fat Boy” the United States successfully detonated an atomic bomb at Alamogordo, New Mexico.
d. 1979 Iraqi President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr resigned to be replaced by Saddam Hussein.
e. 1999 John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren Bisette were killed when a private plane piloted by Kennedy crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha’s Vineyard.
Reflections on the effect of the Trinity Test of the atomic bomb at Alamogordo, New Mexico: “The effects could well be called unprecedented, magnificent, beautiful, stupendous and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such tremendous power had ever occurred before.”General Thomas Farrell, Deputy to Gen. Leslie Groves, head of the Manhattan Project.
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