Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 17, 2019 Trump held a rally in Dallas before 30,000 rabid fans, slamming Blues on the impeachment witch-hunt and specifically targeting Bozo O’Dork for his calls to confiscate guns of law-abiding citizens and deprive churches of their tax exempt status if they contest same sex marriage; despite being savaged by the Blues who have changed overnight to become hawks blasting Trump for withdrawing a minimal trip wire of soldiers put in great harm’s way, the administration has brokering a short cease fire between the Turks and Kurds (this is very complicated situation that has been festering for years and Trump’s ability to deal with it has to be hampered with the impeachment threat hanging over his head as behind closed doors Banana Republic like depositions are taking place); grasping for issue straws, the Blues are focusing on the proposed use of Trump’s Doral Resort as the site of the G-7 conferences next June (the optics may look bad, but the U.S. may be getting a great deal on its attendance); in a be careful what you wish for moment, Ben Shapiro, a noted conservative, is speculating that Hillary Clinton should jump into the race as in his view, many Blues are becoming more and more dissatisfied with the current field of Blue candidates; Medal of Honor winner USMC Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter who jumped on a grenade in Afghanistan to save a fellow Marine has written a book You Are Worth It describing the reasons for his sacrifice; Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has informed Trump he intends to resign (if AOC has her way the fossil fuels section of the department will be greatly downsized); assuming the data coming out of China is accurate, China’s growth rate due to the tariff war with the U.S. has sunk to a 26 year low coming in at 6%, a rate most countries would die for but not adequate for China’s growing population; as of October 16, 2019, 2232 have been shot, of whom, 387 have died but in a minor miracle no one added to the death toll on the 16th; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 274 have been murdered in Baltimore (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Manfred Mann, the fact that the females in your life are not suffering from presbyophrenia and a relevant quote on being a daredevil by Evel Knievel, 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. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty—designated by the UN in 1992 to promote steps to eradicate poverty wherever it is found.
2. National Mammography Day—created by Congress in 1993 to promote education on the need of women to regularly to have a mammogram to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages and to promote access to them.
3. 1964 Number One Song— the number one song in 1964 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Doo Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrOUTtJmP_E. The founder of the band is still active at the ripe old age of 78 coming up on his 78th on October 21.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “presbyophrenia” which means senility in a female evidence by loss of memory which is a couple’s worst nightmare.
5. Bone Man—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1938 of noted daredevil Robert Craig Knievel known to his fans as Evel Knievel who earned the moniker from the Guinness Book of Records as the man with the most broken bones but ran out of stunts and died from a pulmonary disease enroute to the hospital on November 30. 2007.
On this day in:
a. 1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
b. 1989 the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area causing massive damages and killing 63 people.
c. 1992 Yoshiro Hattori, a Japanese exchange student went to the wrong address for a Halloween party in Baton Rouge and was shot and killed by the homeowner who was tried and found not guilty.
d. 2005 the Colbert Report premiered on Comedy Central (it was announced yesterday that the show had been extended to 2023 to the delight of his fans and to the bane of conservatives who are regularly skewered on this show.
e. 2018 the recreational use of cannabis was legalized in Canada.
Reflections from the Last Gladiator on being a daredevil: “You can't ask a guy like me why I performed. I really wanted to fly through the air. I was a daredevil, a performer. I loved the thrill, the money, the whole macho thing. All those things made me Evel Knievel. Sure, I was scared. You gotta be an ass not to be scared. But I beat the hell out of death. [...] You're in the air for four seconds, you're part of the machine, and then if you make a mistake midair, you say to yourself, "Oh, boy. I'm gonna crash," and there's nothing you can do to stop it, not at all.” Evil Knievel in an interview with Maxim Magazine.
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