Wednesday, March 29, 2023

March 29, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


On the Alex Baldwin legal front, the actor now faces 3 new civil suits from film workers on the set of Rust who claim they were injured by the blast from his discharging the gun which killed one person and wounded another and the District Attorney for Sant√© Fe County announced she is stepping down from prosecuting Baldwin after appointing 2 special prosecutors with more experience.  As the nation continues to suffer under surging violent crime which many believe is due in part to lack of police due to the defund the police movement and prosecutors who either dismiss cases or hand out lenient sentences, causing more and more residents to come to the realization their safety is dependent on them as 3 cases in Houston exemplify—1. a  man in a wheel chair armed with a handgun shot and wounded a teen who was trying to steal his back pack; 2. an burglar had kicked in the door of a home triggering the alarm with the homeowner inside, causing the burglar to turn around and flee to where an off duty policeman had exited his home after hearing the noise to engage in a gunfight in which both were wounded but will survive and 3. a would-be robber pointed his gun at 2 food truck workers but it jammed and the grandmother who owned the truck pulled out her licensed gun and shot the would-be robber dead. On the nutrition front Chick-fil-A will be discontinuing is its salad side of mixed greens topped with shredded Monterey Jack and Cheddar chesses and grape tomatoes on April 3.
Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 29, 2023
          Noted Holidays: Texas Love the Children Day:  Clueless as to who created or when it was first celebrated but the observance was started to promote awareness of child abuse and how to refrain from performing it which some 600,000 children a year suffer from child abuse.
          Word of the Day:  The word of the day is “aliphatic” which means of or pertaining to fat which is with the rise of obesity and Type II Diabetes a word Americans should pay attention to.
          Number 1 Song: The number 1 song on this day in 1940 was “When You Wish On a Star” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with Roy Eberle on vocals on a run of 5 weeks  to share with 19 other songs that achieved number 1 status. Here is Glenn Miller and His Orchestra  with Roy Eberle on vocals performing “When You Wish on a Star”:
          March 29 Famous Birthdays: Eugene McCarthy, born on this day in 1916, a former Minnesota Senator who came to oppose the Vietnam War and ran against LBJ in 1972 where he captured 42% of the New Hampshire vote in the Democratic Primary to LBJ’s 49% which was the straw on top of Tet that broke LBJ’s desire to run for reelection. After Robert Kennedy, who entered the race after McCarthy’s showing, won the California Primary against him, it looked like he had the momentum to gain the nomination only to be shot in the head by Sirhan Sirhan moments after he left the stage after thanking his supporter. McCarthy ran for President 5 times often as an independent and finally returned to the Democratic Party which after he had died from Parkinson’s disease on December 10, 2005 paid tribute to him during their 2008 convention in memoriam segment to prominent Democrats who had died but in the portrait slide omitted his first name and used his middle name “Joseph”, a disgraced Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy.
           March 29 Notable Events
           1.     1971—Lieutenant William Calley, Jr. was convicted of premeditated murder 22 South Vietnamese Mai Lie residents in which troops under his command killed between 347 and 504 men, women and children. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, reduced on appeal to 10 years but commuted to 3 ½ of house arrest by President Nixon.
           2.     1974 The Terracotta Army consisting of some  8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained in situ in the pits near Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum in Shaanxi Province was unearthed by Chinese farmers.
           3.     1999—In the economic equivalent of Pickett’s Charge the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a peak of 10,006.75 before starting its decline as the bubble started to burst.
           4.     2004—Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia were admitted into NAT0 to the dismay of Russia.
           5.     2017—British Prime Minister Theresa May commenced Brexit by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union to commence the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Famous Quotes on Events and Issues
          Vivek Wadhwa, noted entrepreneur, author, and academic on the bubble: “During the dot-com days, one could take just about any company public and reap fortunes. All you had to do was to make sky-high projections for growth, say you were in the Internet space, and go along with unscrupulous investment bankers and their analysts”.

© 3/29/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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