Monday, July 22, 2019

July 22, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Spoonerism Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 22, 2019 Great video of that master of civility and dropper of the “mother#####-bomb Rashida Tlaib being ejected from a 2016 Trump speech to the Detroit Economic Club (she belongs in the gutter not the Halls of Congress); former governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford whose political career crashed following an affair out of the country with a woman in Argentina is considering a primary run against Trump not because he believes he can beat him but rather to refocus Reds on the soaring deficit; Joyce Vance, a contributor to the Mostly Slanted “News” Biased Cack network, who is probably worried about her salary as ratings fall, falsely tweeted that the Mueller hearings would not be aired on Fox (caught with her hands in the lying cookie jar, she took down her tweet); Biden in a recent interview with Mika from Morning Joe once again came across in unprepared and gaff mode (he seems out of touch and mentally sluggish); with Mexico doing what our head in sand Blues will not—work on border security—illegal alien crossings are falling at the border though the BP is still in crisis mode, a situation that may be alleviated by a bill introduced by a Texas Congressman to require DNA testing for illegals with children (trafficking with children posing as sons or daughters is common ploy among illegals to scam our asylum laws); on the feline front, a woman in Scotland trying to break up a fight between stray cats in her back yard, was infected with cat scratch fever, ending up in the hospital and lost a finger; Equifax and the feds have settled a law suit over a data breach of 150 million of its credit files for $750 million (when does hacking of this magnitude become a capital offense and if by a government worldwide economic sanctions?); Wyoming Valley School District in the coal producing area of Pennsylvania is threatening parents with foster care if their unpaid lunch money debts are not settled (another example of Blue focus and concern over the welfare of illegal alien children at our border detention while ignoring the needs of American residents);  in Chicago through July 21, 2019 (another miracle with 23 people shot in last 2 days but no fatalities), 1479 people have been shot mostly of color by mostly people of color, 256 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 the Andy Gibb, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are free from phrenesis  and  relevant quotes from Malca Fein and an unnamed British operator on the King David Hotel Bombing, 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. Ratcatcher’s Day—commemorating the myth of the rat catcher in Hamelin, Germany who after not being paid for piping the rats in the waters to be drowned piped all of the children out of the town.       
2. Spoonerism Day—commemorating the birth on this day of Archibald Spooner who was a student at Oxford and an Anglican priest, blessed with great intellect and poor eyesight whose mind was ahead of his speech creating words misformed or not in order which became known as Spoonerisms like this example:”I have in my bosom a half-warmed fish" (half-formed wish—it is believed he said this in a speech Queen Victoria). He may have been the blueprint for the premier gaffer in politics Joe Biden.       
3. 1978 Number One Song— the number one song in 1978 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb.  Here is a recording of the song: . The shadows of drug addiction and depression ended the dancing of this talented young singer at age 30 on March 10, 1988.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “phrenesis” which means frenzy or delirium which describes the left’s Trump Derangement Syndrome to a tee.
5. Newest Jeopardy —celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of noted game show host and the host of a revived Jeopardy since 1984, Alex Trebek, who was diagnosed this year as having Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer but is fighting it and hopes to be on this year’s season this fall.
     On this day in: 
     a. 1946 the Irgun, a Jewish paramilitary group fighting for an independent Jewish Palestine, bombed the King David Hotel, the headquarters for the British military and administrative services in Palestine, killing 91 people.    
     b. 1976 Japan completed its last payment for reparations totaling $550 million for war crimes committed by it in the Philippines during World War II.
c. 1992 Columbian Drug Lord Pablo Escobar escaped from a luxury prison near Medellin, Columbia due to his fears of extradition to the U.S. After a search lasting 16 months and costing hundreds of millions of dollars he was discovered near Medellin and shot and killed in a gunfight with Columbian security forces.    
d. 2003 members of the 101st Airborne and Special Forces attacked a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay and Qusay’s 14 year old son.   
e. 2011 right wing anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik detonated a car bomb in Oslo, Norway, killing 8 people and injuring over at least 110 then took a ferry to a youth camp on Otoya Island and shot and killed 69 and wounded at least 209 others and was captured, tried, convicted and sentenced to 21 years which is the maximum penalty which can be extended indefinitely if he is deemed to be a threat to society.
       Reflections on the bombing of the King David Hotel from  participants who was there: “I brought the bombs and ammunition. I transferred the TNT — we all did. Our goal was to destroy the records the British were using to round people up. The Irgun were geniuses at explosives.” Malca Fein  Unnamed British operator at the hotel who received a warning to evacuate due to an impending explosion 30 minutes before it occurred: “We don’t take orders from the Jews.” 91 people including 15 Jews wished he or she had relayed the warnings.
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