Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 29, 2019 Governor Newsom has been hit by the Perfect Storm—raging wildfires in Northern and Southern California that have evacuated hundreds of thousands of residents, power blackouts to prevent further fires starting that have put millions in the dark, homelessness that strews our streets and sidewalks with feces and spent needles, and rising gas prices too far above the national averaged but true to his out of touch illegal alien concern focus has turned to slamming PG&E for decades of profit before safety greed (good chance that PG&E shareholders will be wiped out in bankruptcy including California’s public pension funds that are huge shareholders of it); after rightfully characterized as a Banana Republic dictator for the complete absence of due process impeachment inquiry, Pelosi has been forced to call a formal vote to launch a formal impeachment inquiry (House members in strong Republican Districts like Harley Rouda who ran and won as not being a Pelosi puppet which he has proved to be should be sweating blood which will turn into a flood when the expected partisan vote to impeach occurs); on the challenged marital front George Conway, husband of White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway, is ranting that Reds need to stop defending Trump and that he belongs in prison (can only speculate the degree of frost in that household but if their marriage stays together they could be the poster family that the need to compromise transcends political beliefs which we desperately need in these troubled times); Biden, beset by quid pro quo allegations now including Romania involving Hunter, has seen his support in the polls in the first primary state fall from a commanding lead to being third and in desperation is slamming Trump for almost letting Baghdadi escaping killing by U.S. Special Forces because he removed our meager trip wire out of the way of the Turks ; Mark LIndell, founder of My Pillow, Inc and whose face appears constantly selling his wares on line, came out with a warning that Amazon will turn American towns and cities into ghost towns and is calling for an internet tax to level the playing field (love it when Bezos gets push back either from Trump or even AOC); in another example of how desperate the Blues are to seize control of the Senate, Blue Sara Gideon, running to replace Susan Collins, is being sued for illegal making contributions to the Maine Democratic Party for use against Collins (another case of ends justify the means by Blues who are terrified that Trump will win reelection and nominate one or more SCOTUS appointees); the war between the dwindling moderate wing of the Democratic Party and the growing progressive wing continues unabated as SQUAD members endorse progressive candidates in Texas and Illinois running against moderates; in Chicago as of October 28, 2019, 2341 have been shot, of whom, 402 have died but in a minor miracle none on the 28th; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 283 have been murdered (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 the Temptations, the fact that if a preterist you enjoy the number one songs you hear on Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History and a relevant quote on the internet by Tom Green, 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. National Cat Day—created by Colleen Paige to honor cats and promote awareness of the need to adopt shelter cats as after all cats are the most popular pets outnumbering even dogs and have been around humans for over 12,000 years and among Egyptians and Romans revered.
2. International Internet Day—celebrated on this day since 2005 to commemorate the first computer to computer transmission from a computer at UCLA to a computer at the Stanford Research Institute and the Internet era was to begin.
3. 1969 Number One Song— the number one song in 1969 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “I Can’t Get Next to You” by the Temptations. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYn_xGp-GWA. The band is still going strong and recording and touring.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “preterist” which means a lover of the past which when dealing with music of the 60’s and early 70’s it is easy to be one.
5. Up Into the Wild Blue Yonder in a Paint Brush--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1942 of Bob Ross who spent 20 years in the Air Force as an enlisted man and developed a love of and skill for painting and was known as the “Television Artist” but had his paint brush removed permanently on July 4, 1995 from lymphoma.
On this day in:
a. 1994 Francisco Martin Duran fired over two dozen shots at the White House in an attempt to kill President Clinton who was inside, was tried, convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison where he now resides with a projected release date in 2029.
b. 1998 in a you are only as old as you think you are moment Space Shuttle Mission STS-95 also carried on board John Glenn who at 77 was the oldest person to be launched into Earth orbit.
c. 1998 ATSC HDTV service commenced with the launching of Space Shuttle Mission STS-95.
d. 2008 Delta Airlines merged with Northwest Airlines, creating the world’s largest airlines and reducing the number of legacy airlines to five.
e. 2015 after 35 years and a declining percentage increase in population, China ended its one child per family policy.
Reflections on the internet 50 years after its first appearance on the American scene: “The dirty little secret that nobody likes to talk about is that things just might have been better before the Internet. We had more time to ourselves before cell phones and text messaging and Facebook consumed our lives.” Tom Green, noted Canadian born comedian who is now an American citizen.
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