Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 27, 2020 Amidst allegations set forth by former NSA John Bolton in a manuscript created by him to secure a book deal that he was pressured by Trump to delay aid to Ukraine, the Impeachment Trial recommenced with the president’s legal team presenting its case; SCOTUS has brought some sanity to the immigration debate by allowing Trump’s ban of immigrants who pose a risk of public charge until the issue has been decided at trial which is how immigration worked when we had Ellis Island screening immigrants; outpourings of grief for Kobe Bryant who was killed with 8 others including his daughter continue to pour out as flags in Los Angeles are being flown at half mast as the NTSA begins the slow process of trying to determine why the helicopter crash occurs; on the coronavirus front, the number of cases and deaths in China continue to grow as China desperately tries to quarantine the spread of a disease that has risen to some 3,000 cases and killed 81 people (the mayor of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak has claimed responsibility and offered to resign); the markets, especially travel and destination resorts, are being hit hard by the fears of a coronavirus pandemic; WAPO’s political reporter Felicia Sonmez won the prize for insensitive reporting on her tweets on Kobe Bryant’s 2003 rape case as the story of his death was unfolding and paid the suspension price (would be nice if same standard would be applied to some of the false “bombshells” of a political nature against Trump; if it’s not drugs from China, we have to face counterfeit currency as the CBE that AOC detests so much announced the seizure of $900,000 in counterfeit bills from a shipping container from China in Minnesota; Prince Andrew, already in Queen Elizabeth’s doghouse, may have crawled further in as reports are surfacing that he is not cooperating with authorities probing Epstein’s sexual misadventures; on the caffeine front, new study out that suggests we are grinding our beans too fine and using too much of them, producing inconsistency, waste and too much acidity; as the homeless problem in California keeps getting worse despite millions of dollars poured on it, anecdotal evidence that the problem is grating the souls of homeowners as a homeowner’s association in Lakewood, near Feces by the Bay, was charged $20,000 to clean up a homeless encampment which evidently was on its property although the association probably was lacking legal authority to remove the filth and waste; in Chicago, as of January 25, 2020, 132 people have been shot of whom 22 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 23 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 Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, the fact you are enjoying some oblectation, a relevant quote on the Richard Nixon on the Paris Peace Accords, 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 Holocaust Remembrance Day—created by the UN General Assembly on November 1, 2005 to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust that killed over 6 million Jews and 12 million other victims and observed on this day which in 1945 marked the liberation of the largest death camp of the Nazis, Auschwitz, by the Red Army.
2. Vietnam Peace Day—commemorating the execution of the Paris Peace Accords by President Nixon, ending for the U.S. the nightmare known as the Vietnam War but not for South Vietnam that would have to endure some two years of further bloodshed before being conquered by the North Vietnamese.
3. 1940 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1940 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “All the Things You Are” by Tommy Dorsey and and His Orchestra with Jack Leonard as vocals. Here is a recording of the song: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-mnet-001&hsimp=yhs-001&hspart=mnet&p=all+the+things+you+are+tommy+dorsey#id=1&vid=630d2272993b4cbd7d483d07010e4c75&action=click Jack had the misfortune of having to interrupt his singing career with service in the U.S. Army in World War II to be replaced by Frank Sinatra and passed away on June 17, 1988.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “oblectation” which means enjoyment or pleasure which hopefully you are looking forward to today.
5. You Are Here Too Soon—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1933 of Jerry Buss, former owner of the Los Angeles Lakers who won 10 NBA Championships with the likes of Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaq O’Neal and of course Kobe Bryant and after dying at age 80 on February 18, 2013 is probably welcoming Kobe with an astonished look that his soul is here way too early.
On this day in:
a. 1916 in response to the casualties of the trench warfare bloodbaths of World War II, Great Britain passed legislation instituting a draft.
b. 1944 after 872 days, the siege of Leningrad was lifted by the Red Army.
c. 1967 on the launch pad of an Apollo Rocket, Gus Grissom, who had the dubious bad luck distinction of having a Mercury 7 Capsule sink on landing in the Atlantic Ocean, Ed White and Roger White were burned alive.
d. 1967 the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and United States signed the Outer Space Treaty banning nuclear weapons from outer space, the Moon and other celestial bodies.
e. 1980 6 American diplomats in hiding in Iran with the aid of Canada were able to secretly escape Iran after the American Embassy had been seized by Iranian militants.
Reflections on a forlorn hope of self-determination following the Paris Peace Accords: “The people of South Vietnam have been guaranteed the right to determine their own future, without outside interference." Richard Nixon addressing the Paris Peace Accords.
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