Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 28, 2020 Pseudo journalist Don Lemon of the Cack News Networks sheds any vestige of objectivity blasting Trump supporters as “illiterate rubes” (wonder if his statement validates the adage “takes one to know one”; although the market has bounced back from coronavirus fears inflicted on it yesterday, the number of victims keeps rising to over 4,500 with deaths now at 106 (for reasons that must have to do with face or the desire to obfuscate the extent of the epidemic, China has refused the help of our CDC); Trump may have pulled a decades old rabbit out of the hat in welcoming Netanyahu to the White House and revealing a new peace plan which involves a contiguous Palestinian state and large amounts of economic aid (biggest question is whether the Palestinians hobbled by Iran backed Hamas will buy into it and whether zealots like Squad member Rashida Tlaib will swallow her anti-Trump prided and support the deal); Trump’s legal time ends its defense today while the Blues remain fixated on Bolton and the need for witnesses, ignoring the simple fact that the House after listening to Trump’s legal time has not made its case for an impeachable crime (questions that we should be asking is whether there are any Blues, especially those in the Senate still in the race to replace him and who have a conflicted vested interest in not having to face him, able to ape Ford’s pardon of Nixon in order to not further divide the nation and vote to acquit; in New Jersey, a solid Blue state, a massive crowd is awaiting Trump who has a rally planned there; stepping back to feudalism in Indonesia, a female flogging force has been introduced in one province to punish women who violate Sharia by flogging; in one looks like a pro Clinton déjà vu that has Sanders supporters up in arms, key Clinton supporters have been put in place to manage the Democratic Convention (HRC simply cannot let go and must be in a huge delusional state believing that she can be the savior of the Blues by having her selected by the delegates in a brokered convention); six months after Oakland had announced it was closing down a homeless encampment in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Oakland, the city is finally doing just that; in Chicago, as of January 27, 2020, 138 people have been shot of whom 23 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 dropped back to a tie with Chicago with 23 murders by shootings (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 Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, the fact you are not in the grips of oblivesence, a relevant quote by Nick Mancuso on “We Are the World”, 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. National Data Protection Day—finalized by the U.S. Senate on this day in 2009 to promote and enhance the ability of people to protect against the unwanted dissemination of their personal data, a worthy goal but difficult in the era of Google and Facebook to achieve.
2. International Lego Day—commemorating the filing of a patent for Legos on this day in 1958 to the joy of parents watching their children be creative in building structures followed by the bane of those in bare feet running to the nursery on hearing their child crying and then stepping on one of them.
3. 1941 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1941 on this day on a run of 12 weeks in the position was “Frenesi” by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlVCCENmT_I Artie’s performances thrilled thousands, especially U.S. Forces serving in the South Pacific where he performed during World War II as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, until his retirement from music in 1954. Married 8 times, he died on December 30, 2004.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “oblivesence” which means forgetfulness which is the scourge of too many baby boomers as they start to move into their mid 70’s.
5. Drink and Paint But Not Drink and Drive—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1912 of noted painter Jackson Pollock who struggled with alcoholism and sadly after drinking too much in the prime of his career crashed his car one mile away from his home, killing himself and one passenger.
On this day in:
a. 1915a to the joy of boaters and to the bane of future drug smugglers, Congress passed legislation creating the United States Coast Guard.
b. 1960 to the joy of professional football fans the NFL announced the expansion of the league to Dallas in 1960 and Minneapolis-St. Paul for the 1961 season.
c. 1985 USA for Africa, an ad hoc group of 42 famous singers recorded “We Are The World” to raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BNoNFKCBI for an amazing tribute to the creative genius of our artistic community coming together to face suffering.
d. 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly on takeoff, killing all 7 astronauts on board.
e. 1988 the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of R v. Morgantaler struck down Canada’s anti-abortion laws.
Reflections on “We Are the World” “We are the world. We are the people and we deserve better not because we're worth it but because no worth can be put on the incalculable, on the infinite, on life.”Nick Mancuso, noted Canadian actor
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