Sunday, January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Customs Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 26, 2020 Kobe Bryant whose standing as third place all time scoring leader was just broken last night by Lebron was killed in helicopter crash; Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest and fortunately the Impeachment Trial in the Senate has the day off but unfortunately we are not spared on MSM from Schiff ranting to agreeing nodding host heads that without witnesses there is no fair trial and without documents there can be no exoneration (Schiff gives great credence to the question when can you tell when a lawyer is lying?—When he moves his lips); on the coronavirus front, the number of cases in Wuhan has almost broken the 2,000 mark with 56 fatalities and more troubling to us here, the third case of coronavirus has been reported in Orange County involving a person who had returned from Wuhan (as the cases increase and their dissemination continue to cross national borders hopefully a silver lining will be that nations come together in a common struggle to fight this virus productively as opposed to what happened in Hong Kong where protesters burned down a building earmarked to quarantine coronavirus victims); AOC probably emboldened by her endorsement of Sanders is in the news and being attacked by Holman for her vile attacks on ICE and calling for Americans to “tip off” illegals of impending ICE raids; interesting survey on Instagram of what states residents of each of the 50 states hate most and to no one’s surprise as California residents and businesses are leaving to go to Texas, Texas tops the list in Caliornia while in the 9 western states nearest to California and who are the recipients of Californians fleeing the high taxes, feces, and regulations the top detested state is California; in a third poll in New Hampshire, Sanders is in first place topping Biden (who remains under relentless attack by Trump for his fitness and corruption of his son Hunter while vice president) with Buttigieg and Warren trailing in that order; Portland, another Blue run city which is struggling with a wave of homeless, made tragic news as a homeless woman sleeping in front of an apartment garage door was run over by a resident backing up to go to work and later died in a hospital (when do our government officials realize the extent of the homeless epidemic?); in Chicago, as of January 25, 2020, 125 people have been shot of whom 21 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 has remained in the death lead and suffered 22 murders by shootings to remain in the dubious distinction of being in the lead (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 Al Donahue and His Orchestra,  the fact you do not deserve to be objurgated,  a relevant quote on the Lewinsky Scandal by Julie Klausner,  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 Customs Day—created by the World Customs Organization to promote awareness of the efforts of custom agencies to border security, revenue collect and interception of counterfeit goods.
2. Child Labor Day—celebrated on the fourth day of January to promote awareness of the plight of millions of children who must work to assist in their families’ survival and thereby condemned to a life without meaningful schooling.
3. 1939 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1939 on this day on a run of 6 weeks in the position was “Jeepers Creepers” by Al Donahue and His Orchestra with Paula Kelly as vocals. Here is a recording of the song: Al had hjis baton removed permanently on February 20, 1983 and Paula Kelly followed him on April 2, 1992.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “objurgate” which means to scold, chide or rebuke which our political parties deserve in spades for the amount of polarization that seems to worsen every day. 
5. Too Bad There Is Not Another Remake of the Longest Yardbemoaning the birthday on this day in 1944 of long term assistant coach of football at Penn State who was convicted of numerous counts of child sexual abuse and at 73 is rotting in prison for 30-60 years where he will die.
On this day in:               
     a. 1863 in the first step toward desegregation of our armed forces, the Governor of Massachusetts received permission from the Secretary of War to raise a militia of African-Americans to fight in the Civil War which was always the South’s worst nightmare.    
    b. 1945 Audie Murphy in combat in France displayed bravery that would win him a Congressional Medal of Honor and serve as a launching pad for an acting career.
     c. 1950 the Constitution of India came into effect and Rajendra Prasad was sworn in as the republic’s first president.                                            
d. 1980 after 33 years of intermittent war and strife, Egypt and Israel established diplomatic relations.
e. 1998  President Bill Clinton went on national television to lie to the American people about his sexual relationships with “that woman” Monica Lewinsky.
 Reflections on the Lewinsky Scandal: “ I look forward to the day when being called ‘another Monica Lewinsky’ refers to the hard work behind a master’s degree in social psychology from the London School of Economics, after spending the first act of one’s entire life deflecting the shame of a scandal that should have rested on the shoulders of a man old enough to have known better” Julie Klausner, noted American actress
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