Friday, December 6, 2019

December 5, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Soil Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 5, 2019 The academic equivalent of the Three Stooges made a mockery of their law school profession due to their bias and anti-Trump views  and in Karlan’s case besmirched the reputation of my alma mater with her sick scripted quip about Barron not helped by her later half backed apology (fortunately the lone objective professor Hurley demolished their reasonings in the same way a Ram running back Gurley would flatten most defenses); Biden seems to be getting a bit testy in Iowa due to his dropping standings in the polls as he called a voter a “damn liar” and challenged him to a push up contest; Pelosi announced the House will be moving forward to draft Articles of Impeachment and snapped back with a straight face to the press that she is not motivated by hate against Trump (may not be now but impeachment could very well mean that she will be the first Speaker of the House removed from the position twice); while the Blues are on a fast track to impeach Trump, Trump today was working as president meeting with the members of the permanent members of the Security Council; just when you thought that lying Schiff could go no lower, revelations that this total scum bag has released personal phone records of the ranking minority member on his Intel Committee David Nunes, two of Trump’s personal attorneys and an investigative reporter that Schiff detests (at the Senate trial for Trump, this pathetic liar must be called along with his staff and the “whistle blower” to expose his lies and the degree of collusion); while impeachment trial may still be dragging on next year as Americans face the daunting task of completing their tax returns, they will enjoy having the 4th lowest tax rates in the world while the Blues’s 2020 ideas could raise taxes to the highest in the industrialized world (Blues have trouble realizing people vote with their wallets); Iran may have killed over 1,000 protestors in the recent round of demonstrations and suffered the seizure of large quantities of missile parts en route to Yemen (and the mullahs are dumb enough to demand that crippling sanctions against them be lifted); Starbucks is yielding to the fashion times by consenting to baristas wearing one item of facial piercing no larger than a dime;  in Chicago with a new interim police chief now having to replace a fired police chief as of December 4, 2019, 2568 have been shot, of whom, 435 have died; Baltimore ith a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 316 have been murdered, a number which has passed all of 2014’s death and is closing in on 2016’s yearly total of 318’s fatalities but 2017’s record of 342 looks like it won’t be broken (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 Santan feat. Rob Thomas,  the fact you do not yet and maybe never have psilosis, a relevant quote on Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Jeanne Theoharris,  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 Volunteerism for Social and Economic Developmentcreated by the UN General Assembly to promote volunteerism to further social and economic development.
2. World Soil Day—created on December 20, 2013 by the UN General Assembly and celebrated on this day since 2015 to promote the awareness of soil to food security, agriculture and the mitigation of climate change and poverty.
3. 1999 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1999 on this day on a run of 12 weeks in the position was “Smooth” by Santana feat. Rob Thomas. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psilosis” which means a loss of hair often leading to baldness.
5. Little in Size Not Talent--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1932 of Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as one of the icons of Rock ‘n Roll, Little Richard, still alive today at 87 after beating an earlier cocaine addiction but no longer performing.   
On this day in: 
      a. 1952 a cold fog descended on London and in the weeks and months that ensued claimed the lives of over 12,000 people.  
      b. 1955 E.D. Nixon and Rosa Parks began the Montgomery Bus Boycott due to rules requiring blacks to sit in the rear of the city’s buses.
     c. 1964 Lloyd J. Old discovered the linkage between the major histocomplexity complex and disease—in this case mouse leukemia, opening up an understanding between MHC and the immune response.  
  d. 2007 19 year old Robert Hawkins shot and killed 8 people and wounded 4 others before killing himself at the Von Maur Department Store in the Westlands Mall, Omaha, Nebraska.
  e. 2017 the International Olympics Committee banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics due its doping of athletes during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
     Reflections on the Montgomery Bus Boycott: “Rosa Parks drew solace & sustenance from the long history of Black resistance before her time, placing her action & the Montgomery bus boycott in the continuum of Black protest. Her speech notes during the boycott read: 'Reading histories of others--Crispus Attucks through all wars--Richard Allen--Dr. Adam Clayton Powell Sr. & Jr. Women Phyllis Wheatley--Sojourner Truth--Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune. For Parks, the ability to keep going, to know that the struggle for justice was possible amidst all the setbacks they encountered, was partly possible through reading & referencing the long Black struggle before her.”― Jeanne Theoharis, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History
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