Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 14, 2020 In a when it rains it pours moment, Michael Avenatti was arrested by IRS agents during a break in his hearing with the State Bar on whether he had embezzled large sumes of money from a client; hard to believe but the lure of the Oval Office has caused the two socialists Sanders and Warren to violate Reagan’s 11th Commandment and speak no ill will toward a member of your party as the two of them are attacking each other on the near eve of the Iowa primary (maybe not a complete breach because Sanders is technically an Independent running as a Blue); now that Iran PR agent Pelosi has announced she will release Articles from hostage status this week, news out is that Trump has assembled a stellar legal team to contest impeachment (Jim Jordan has indicated he would so serve if asked); in another example of how intolerant the Hollywood left is, Vincent Vaughn was excoriated for the sin of talking to President Trump and shaking his hand during the LSU Clemson NCAA Football Championship Game (yet the left expects the 63 million deplorables to like sheep go to movies featuring leftist directors and performers); Trudeau is off base heaping blame on Trump for the downing of the Ukrainian jet loaded with Canadians but sadly so typical in this hyper anti-Trump atmosphere; Prince Harry may have taken his first step to become financially independent as Burger King is reported to have offered him a new crown; given the poor ratings for the Blue debate is the flare up between Sanders and Warren, like a wrestling match, a choreographed effort to attract viewers?; in Chicago, as of January 13, 2020, 63 people have been shot of whom 10 have died but none on the 12th; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths has pulled ahead of Chicago and suffered 13 murders by shootings (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 Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman and His Orchestra, the fact your oakus is reasonably full;, a relevant quote on the Summer of Love by Paul Krassner, 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. Ratification Day—celebrating the ratification of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War on this day in 1784.
2. National Poetry at Work Day—celebrated on the 2nd Tuesday in January by bring a copy of your favorite poem to share at work or better yet go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot and print one of his to share with fellow co-workers or if pressed for time go to https://twitter.com/alaskanpoet?lang=en to enjoy and honor the contributions made to our culture and society by poets.
3. 1933 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1933 on this day on a run of 10 weeks in the position was “Night and Day” by Fred Astaire and Leo Reisman and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eM5PI6YINAM. Leo and his Orchestra recorded over 80 hits until his death on December 18. 1961.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “oakus” which means a pocket billfold or wallet, hopefully the credit cards in which have availability.
5. Death Ends the Life of Riley--celebrating the birth on this day in 1906 William Bendix noted actor best known for his portrayal of the “Bambino” in the Babe Ruth Story and the lead character in the Life of Riley who died for pneumonia and malnutrition due to a stomach ailment on December 14, 1964.
On this day in:
a. 1943 in the first major battle between Japanese and American forces in the Pacific, Japan realizing it had lost in Guadalcanal, initiated successfully Operation Ke and successful evacuated literally under the nose of American forces their forces on Guadalcanal.
b. 1952 NBC’s long running morning news program Today debuted with anchorman David Garroway and is still going strong today.
c. 1967 the first Be-In took place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park as a forerunner to the Summer of Love in California (doubt if the event could be replicated today with San Francisco awash in feces and used hypodermic needles)..
d. 1969 the USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear career was racked by a series of explosions and fires that killed 28 sailors and wounded 311 others but did not sink the ship.
e. 1973 Elvis Presley’s live concert Aloha from Hawaii was broadcast live by satellite around the globe was watched by more persons than any other performance by an entertainer.
Reflections on the Summer of Love: ”It was sex, drugs and rock and roll, and those were all fun. But at the core of the counterculture was a spiritual revolution, in a sense of leaving the western religions of control, and exploring the eastern disciplines of liberation. There was meditation. There were workshops in advanced breathing. The counterculture represented a certain economic threat, because here were several people sharing a car, or not getting insurance, but taking care of each other, making their own clothes, using less electricity, making candles. The Justice Department was trying to infiltrate communes. I spoke to a friend of an ex FBI guy who said they had the FBI hippie squad. And they had to learn how to roll joints, the better to infiltrate with." Paul Krassner an American author, journalist, comedian, and the founder, editor and a frequent contributor to the freethought magazine The Realist, first published in 1958. He became a key figure in the counterculture in the 1960s as a member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Prankster and a founding member of the Yippies. His summer of love with his second wife lasted 32 years until he died of a neurological ailmanent on July 21, 2019 at the age of 87.
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