Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 9, 2019 On the immigration front and why birthright citizenship needs to be eliminated, Paul Peterson, an immigration lawyer and assessor for Maricopa County, Arizona has been charged with smuggling 40 pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to deliver and then put their children up for adoption; after Trump unilaterally moved our token forces back from Kurdish positions in Syria, our “ally” Turkey unleashed air strikes against Kurdish positions in Northern Syria and appears to be posed to move against one of the more pro U.S. forces in the region, the Kurds (in addition to possible civilian bloodshed, there is a real danger of ISIS prisoners held by the Kurds being released to return to the battlefield in the Middle East); Trump is taking flack for his decision from Reds but he defends it as part of his promise to end our involvement in endless wars in the Middle East as he questions our role as policeman to the world); you have to feel some pity for HRC an her inability to accept the fact that she lost in 2016 as she is touting that in a rematch against Trump she could beat him “again” completely ignoring the fact that a popular vote win does not determine the election only the vote of the Electoral College and that letting the big liberal states like California and New York determine the winner is exactly the danger the Founding Fathers were concerned about; in a thumb your nose at regulations prohibiting 501(c) (3) organizations from conducting political activity Planned Parenthood announced it would spend $45 million to election pro abortion candidates; Warren tired of being castigated as Pocahontas is acting like a new Caesar promising free bread and gladiatorial contests by pledging $1 trillion to low income communities damaged by “environmental pollution”; Biden whose campaign seems to have lost all momentum and now slightly trails Warren in the polls panders to the left and intones impeachment of Trump now should be our goal (Joe should be looking into the mirror as allegations on his involvement with his son Hunter should cause him great fear); the reptilian brain of Matt Lauer is trying to defend him from the latest accusation of a former colleague Brooke Nevils set forth in Ronan Farrow’s new book Catch and Kill claiming that his anal sex with Brooke Nevils was consensual; the “It’s a Video Queen” Susan Rice and Megan McCain got into a snit fit comparing Trump’s and Obama’s responses to Syrian aggression while Rice revealed in a new book her frustration of having to appear on the Sunday talk shows following the Benghazi attack (covering up for a deceptive lying Hillary Rodham Clinton would leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth; in Chicago through October 8, 2019, 2176 have been shot of whom, 373 have died but none on the 8th for the second day in a row which really is a miracle; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, 263 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 Elvis Presley, the fact that your praxis is worthy of praise, and a relevant quote on the Chicago Eight Trial by Ron Kon Kuby from his eulogy of William Kunstler, 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 Post Day—created by the Universal Postal Union in 1969 to commemorate the creation of the Universal Postal Union on this day in 1874 which made possible the mailing of letters between citizens of two or more nations.
2. National Nanotechnology Day—celebrated mainly in the United States to pay homage to the importance of nanotechnology in our lives and commerce and celebrated on the 9th of October as it represents the size of a nanometer 10 meters.
3. 1956 Number One Song— the number one song in 1956 on this day on a run of 11 weeks in the position was “Hound Dog/ Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley. Here is a recording of the songs from his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “praxis” which means customary practice or conduct which when it applies to the denizens of the Swamp usually means despicable.
5. On the Streets of New York--celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of one very talented singer and songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles who was tragically murdered on the sidewalk outside his apartment by Mark David Chapman after earlier signing an autograph for him. Chapman is rotting in prison and has been denied parole 10 times with another parole hearing set for August 2020..
On this day in:
a. 1969 the Illinois National Guard was called into Chicago as demonstrations broke out against the trial of the Chicago Eight for activities occurring at the Chicago Riot (many would call in the Chicago Police Riot) during the 1968 Democratic Convention.
b. 1986 The Phantom of the Opera opened at London’s West End Theater to become the second longest running play there.
c. 1995 an Amtrak Sunset Limited Train was derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona, killing 1 sleeping car attendant and injuring 78 people, 12 of whom were injured seriously. The perpetrators have never been found.
d. 2003 Mission: Space opened to the public at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
e. 2006 to the displeasure of the civilized world, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test.
Reflections on the trial of the Chicago Eight: “While defending the Chicago Seven, [Kunstler] put the war in Vietnam on trial—asking Judy Collins to sing “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” from the witness stand, placing a Viet Cong flag on the defense table, and wearing a black armband to commemorate the war dead.” Ron Kuby in his 1995 eulogy of William Kunstler
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