Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 21, 2020 As Schumer makes his final obfuscation that McConnell is destroying the Constitution and engaging in a cover-up by not allowing witnesses to supplement a botched biased impeachment circus in the House led by lying Adam Schiff, while Trump is heavily engaged in the people’s business at Davos, impeachment proceedings begin today in the Senate (Schiff must be passing bricks as House members who will correct his lies during the House’s kangaroo court have been added to Trump's defense team; in a it takes one to know one, Hillary in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, an icon of political reporting integrity, slams one time rival Bernie Sanders as someone no one likes to work with (certainly the same would be true with respect to HRC but Sanders should be more concerned over the trillions upon trillions of dollars his far left plans will cost and the negative impact on our economy such plans will entail); if you were hoping that HRC would fade into the sunset, think again as HULU is premiering a document on her, the trailer for which looks like a campaign ad for her to be nominated to run again for president; the gasping sounds you may be hearing are those of ObamaCare on its last breaths as SCOTUS has refused to expedite an appeal in essence striking it down due to unconstitutionality of the individual mandate without a penalty which was removed by Congress (concern Reds should have is that they do not have a viable replacement and voters loath losing subsidies); don’t pop the corks yet in the belief that Iran is going to join the ranks of civilized nations as an Iranian law maker, Ahmad Hamzeh, from Kernan, the birthplace of Soleimani, has announced a $3 million bounty on Trump and demanded Iran pursue development of ICBMs capable of carrying nuclear weapons (if Britain, France, and Germany are on the fence on jointing the US in imposing additional economic sanctions on Iran, such threats should get them off it; in the Iranian version of the Texas two step, Iran admitted that a Russian made missile took down the Ukrainian passenger jet but then refused to turn over the black box from the doomed airplane; Virginia’s Blues’ attempt to characterize an anit-gun control regulations protest as a state of emergency failed miserably as the protest by demonstrators many of whom were displaying was totally peaceful; China’s coronavirus outbreak has the world jumpy that a new pandemic is about to be released with deadly consequences as the first case has been reported in the U.S.; in Chicago, as of January 20, 2020, 105 people have been shot of whom 18 have died but none on MLK Day; 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 dropped to a tie with Chicago and suffered 18 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, the fact you do not normally exhibit a obedible personality, a relevant quote from John DeLorean on General Motors' failings, 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. Rid the World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day—celebrated on the Tuesday of Healthy Weight Week to promote shying away from the latest fad diet which may result in loss of weight which is quickly reacquired and replace it with a diet that is balanced with an exercise program that is maintainable.
2. National One Liners Day—created to memorialize famous one liners in films like from Lauren Bacall to Humphrey Bogart “If you want me just whistle.”
3. 1935 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1935 on this day on a run of 7 weeks in the position was “The Isle of Capri” by Roy Noble and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: Roy lived to the ripe old age of 75 before succumbing to cancer.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “obedible” which means docile or subject to obedience which definitely does not describe our president.
5. Moon No Longer There For Howling—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1938 of Robert Westin Smith, better known to his music fans as Wolfman Jack, noted radio disk jockey with a gravelly voice who was the inspiration for American Graffiti but who loved his Camels too much and died in his driveway after hugging his wife on July 1, 1995 at the way too young age of 57.
On this day in:
a. 1950 in a scandal that put Richard Nixon on the political map, Alger Hiss, an American lawyer and government official was convicted of perjury following his testimony before HUAC on his membership and involvement with the Communist Party.
b. 1981 production of the stainless steel, gull winged DeLorean sports car commenced and continued until 1983 when the last of the 9000 cars had been produced.
c. 1997 the U.S. House of Representatives in a rare case of true bipartisanship voted 395-28 to reprimand Speaker of the House Newt Ginrich for ethics violations involving the tax exempt status of a college course taught by him, something the House had never done before.
d. 1999 in an example of the magnitude of the drug smuggling problem facing the U.S., a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter intercepted a ship with almost 5 tons of cocaine aboard it bound for the U.S.
e. 2017 in the first display of what many would call Trump Derangement Syndrome, protesters in over 400 cities across America and 160+ countries worldwide participated in a large-scale women’s march on President Trump’s first full day as President of the United States.
Reflections on what the automobile industry’s leader General Motors could have done to make the world a better place: …Our corporation has lost credibility with the public and the government because each new emissions standard has been greeted by our management’s immediate cries of “impossible,” “prohibitively expensive,” “not economically responsible” — usually before we even knew what it involved. The remarkable thing is that with all of our resources and the amount we tell the government we are spending on emissions research that most of the significant developments in this field have come from someone else … When we tell government about our large expenditures for emissions controls we don’t bother to tell them that very little is being spent on R and D and that most of our money is spent on adapting hardware to our wide variety of engines.” John DeLorean in a non responded to memorandum to his boss which lead to his resignation and starting of DeLorean Motors.
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