Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 20, 2019 Stacey Abrams infamous for her refusal to concede defeat has stock her foot in her mouth with her false claim that the RNC will be intimidating black Blue voters;the illegal alien supporter queen, Kamala Harris, has seen her numbers dive down to 5%, tied with Mayor Pete as gaffer Joe without a full deck may not be doomed to a primary defeat; the all you need is love candidate Williamson has announced plans for a Department of Peace (good luck trying to sell that to our allies and intimidate our foes!); Biden is unleashing his first TV commercial attacking Trump as a vicious bully and claiming his 8 years with Obama were years Americans could be proud of (Uranium One, Fast and Furious, weaponizing the IRS against conservatives, abysmal economic performance to mention but a few failures); Oregon is looking in to investigating journalists who are contacting elected and appointed officials on their person email and phones after hours while investigating alleged improprieties; the former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is ripping the Blues for advocating open borders and Medicare for all as Reds hope the numerous wanna-bes are not listening so they can go down in flames next November; Angela Rye should be making the Cack News Network proud as she spewed her bias and hate against white men who had the audacity to clam that Tlaib and Omar have hijacked the Blues from Pelosi and therefore are dangerous terrorists (what a crock but so typical of the death of discourse coming from CNN’s lap dogs); Stallone with his iconic Rocky and Rambo seems to have found the fountain of youth released the trailer for another and final Rambo; NYC and three more states have filed law suits trying to block Trump administration rules banning green cards to legal immigrants who seek public assistance (shades of rules at Ellis Island that barred admission to those who could not support themselves); the once beautiful city by the bay is awash in drugs and feces with homelessness up 30% with city and state officials with their heads buried in the sand; in Chicago through August 19, 2019, 1774 have been shot of whom 294 have died and in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 217 have been murdered in Baltimore ( 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 Brandy and Monica, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not use platitudes and a relevant quote from Ronald Ross on mosquito transmission of malaria, 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. World Mosquito Day—commemorating Doctor Sir Ronald Ross’ discovery that malaria is transmitted to humans by female mosquitoes.
2. International Day of Medical Transporters—created by the Royal Army Medical Corps to commemorate the work of field ambulances during World War I bringing wounded soldiers from the front to medical treatment facilities in the rear and now applying to both civilian and military transport of sick and injured.
3. 1998 Number One Song— the number one song in 1998 on a run of 13 weeks in that position was “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBmkCoiHC2c
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “platitude” which is a commonplace or trite remark uttered as if it were important and describes most of what we hear from politicians to a tee.
5. Playing Notes Trumps Counting Beans—celebrating the birth of singer and songwriter Robert Plant of the band Led Zeppelin on this day in 1948 who left the profession of accounting to become an iconic musician and is still going strong in a solo career.
On this day in:
a. 1940 Leon Trotsky in Mexico City was attacked by Ramon Mercader, a communist and NKVD agent with an ice axe and dies the next day; his killer was caught, tried and sentenced to 20 years and was released to Cuba where he died on October 18, 1978.
b. 1986 at a U.S. Post Office facility in Edmond, Oklahoma, Edward Sherrill shot 20 of his co-workers, killing 14 before killing himself resulting in the adoption of the phrase “going postal.”
c. 1988 after 8 years of war a cease fire was signed in the Iraq-Iran War.
d. 1998 the U.S. launched cruise missile attacks against Al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and chemical weapons plant in Sudan in retaliation for bombing attacks at American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzinia.
e. 2002 a group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein seized the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin and occupied it for five hours before surrendering.
Reflections on mosquitoes and malaria: “I have failed in finding parasites in mosquitoes fed on malaria patients, but perhaps I am not using the proper kind of mosquito.” » Ronald Ross, doctor who discovered the transmittal of malaria by mosquitoes.
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