Thursday, January 16, 2020

January 16, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Religious Freedom Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 16, 2020 The Impeachment Circus has begun with the ringmaster barely able to hold her glee as she signed the Articles and then passed out pens to her lackeys as Justice Roberts swore in the 100 Senators who with straight faces on the Blue side of the aisle intoned their impartiality (believe that especially those who ran or are running for his job and fear like Rep Green admitted “We can’t beat him so we must impeach him as you believe in the tooth fairy); “trial” starts tomorrow and be alert for the sound bites making a case for or against impeachment; the inane policy of sanctuary cities has claimed another victim, this time in NYC as an illegal alien released despite a detainer request from ICE is back in custody for the murder of a 92 year old woman (wonder in that cowardly idiot De Blasio will show his face at her funeral?); in a potentially damaging report to Trump the IG for the GAO indicated that by withholding funds to Ukraine, the Trump Administration broke the law a contention the OMB has strongly opposed; while Ilhan Omar continues to bite the hand that lifted her out of Somali refugee camp, an Iraqi refugee, Dalia al-Aqidi, is running as a Red to replace her joining a field of 5 other Reds and 2 Blues seeking to replace this anti-Semite BDS incumbent (RNC should remain neutral in primary but hopefully open war chest to defeat Omar if she wins her primary; Trump needs to add as a corollary to “Keep America Great Again” “It’s the unemployment rate stupid” (with apologies to Clinton) as the average unemployment rate during his first 35 months has been better only by George Bush in his first term; President Trump must have heard Sanders intone after being sworn in the Senate must walk and chew gum at the same time as Trump always working to better America will be attending the economic summit at Davos (probably will enjoy the envy as the markets closed to all time highs as the Dow has it sights on 30,000); in Chicago, as of January 15, 2020, 74 people have been shot of whom 13 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths is still ahead of Chicago and suffered 15 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 Roy Noble and His Orchestra with Al Bowlly vocals,  the fact you do not normally exhibit obduracy, a relevant quote from the Columbus mission in orbit by Mission Specialist Laurel Clark,  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. Religious Freedom Day—celebrating the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom written by Thomas Jefferson on this day in 1786 which formed the basis for our 1st Amendment.
2. National Without a Scalpel Day—created in 2015 to promote minimally invasive procedure without surgery to deal with such illnesses as heart disease, stroke, aneurysms, and uterine fibroids and to promote the procedures due to much lower costs and recovery time.
   3. 1934 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1934 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “The Old Spinning Wheel” by Roy Noble and His Orchestra with vocals by Al Bowlly. Here is a recording of the song:  Roy lived to the ripe old age of 75 before succumbing to cancer and Al after recording some 1000 songs was killed by a Luftwaffe parachute bomb on April 16, 1941 in London.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “obduracy” which means stubbornness or persistence which describes to a tee the Blues’ resistance to the Trump Agenda. 
5. Götterdämmerung in the Evergreen Statebemoaning the birthday on this day in 1953 of Robert Jay Matthews the founder of a white supremacist group known as the Order. members of which were wanted for bank robbery and counterfeit; he was surrounded by 75 agents at his home on Whidbey Island who after a brief standoff and in response to over 1000 assault rifle rounds fired at them, shot flares and tear gas into his house on December 8, 1984 killing him by smoke inhalation when the house caught fire.
On this day in:               
     a. 1919 Nebraska became the 36th to ratify the 18th Amendment implementing Prohibition in one year.    
     b. 1964 the play Hello Dolly opened on Broadway for the first of 2684 performances.
     c. 2001 in a symbolically better late than never moment, President Bill Clinton awarded posthumously Teddy Roosevelt the Congressional Medal of Honor.                                            
d. 2003 the Space Shuttle Columbia successfully was launched only to on its return 16 days later disintegrate on reentry, killing all aboard.
e. 2020 the trial phase of the impeachment of Donald Trump moves to the trial phase in the Senate.
 Reflections on space travel before the disaster:”Hello from above our magnificent planet Earth. The perspective is truly awe-inspiring....I have seen some incredible sights: lightning spreading over the Pacific, the Aurora Australis lighting up the entire visible horizon...the crescent moon setting over the limb of Earth... Every orbit we go over a slightly different part of the Earth... Whenever I do get to look out, it is glorious. Even the stars have a special brightness. I've seen my ‘friend' Orion several times. ... I feel blessed to be here representing our country and carrying out the research of scientists around the world. ...Thanks to many of you who have supported me and my adventures throughout the years. This was definitely one to beat all. I hope you could feel the positive energy that beamed to the whole planet as we glided over our shared planet. Love to all, Laurel." Mission Specialist Laurel Clark e-mail to family and friends during STS-107 before its reentry disaster. 
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