Wednesday, May 17, 2023

May 16, 2024 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


At her daily press briefing we were once again treated to a show of incompetency by Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre who was not briefed on how to answer questions concerning the 300 page Durham Report blasting the FBI’s failure to validate allegations to instead rely on information from the Clinton Campaign. When asked about the White House’s reaction to the report she deflected to the Justice Department and when follow up questions were raised, she folded up her briefing book and left the podium, upset that the tweets she made in 2016 claiming Trump was colluding with the Russians have been debunked by the Durham Report.  In the Kentucky Red Primary for Governor, the race has turned into a proxy battle between competing endorsements of Trump, De Santis and Ramaswamy with Trump’s candidate Daniel Cameron winning the right to face the Blue incumbent. North Carolina Reds over road the governor’s veto of a bill banning abortion after 12 weeks. Riley Gaines testified before Congress on her harrowing experience trying to speak San Francisco State and having retreat to a classroom when pro transgender protestors were trying to hold her hostage. Former AG Bill Barr has stated the Durham Report reveals a grave injustice to  Trump but he remained firm in his belief that Trump at the head of the ticket in 2024 would be a disaster to down ballot Reds. Comparing Fetterman in his questioning of witness to Biden makes Biden look like a proverbial genius as Fetterman was struggling big time trying to frame coherent questions to witnesses testifying before the Senate on the Silicon Valley Bank collapse. The Nanny State is alive and well at the USDA in its role of menu selections for food grants at public schools as it is considering banning chocolate and strawberry milk to fight obesity among students. Elon Musk who has already sounded the alarms on AI is now warning that the economy is facing strong recessionary headwinds and that the Fed after 10 consecutive interest rate increases may not be able to reduce rates quick enough  to prevent a recession. The only thing that may save Bud Lite is that Miller Lite’s ad boasting that women were the first brewers and without them there would be no beer industry and bemoaning the ads with women in bikinis which has gone viral and causing rumblings of another boycott (the folks at Coors Lite with the images of the clean and pristine Rockies must be high fiving all day long). In NBA playoffs, the Lakers down almost the whole game at one point down 23 fought back in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter to get within 3 only to fall short and lose to the Denver Nuggets 132-126. In the Eastern Finals the Celtics and the Heat will play on Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. PDT.
           May 16, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
           Noted Holidays: International Day of Light: Created by UNESCO on Congress on September 16, 2016 and first celebrated on May, 16, 2017 which is the anniversary of the first successful laser operated by Theodore Maiman and to promote awareness for the importance of light in all aspects of our life and society and to fight light pollution which interferes with our observance of the heavens.
           Word of the Day: the word of the day is “anhelation”  which means shortness of breath which is what one will experience after sprinting or running long distances.
           Number 1 Song: The number 1 song on this day in 1991 was “Joyride” by Roxette, a Swedish pop duo of Marie Fredriksson and Per "Pelle" Alsingon a run of 1 week to share with 26 other songs achieving number 1 ranking, while 14 acts achieved their first number 1 ranking. Here is a music video with lyrics of Roxette performing “Joyride”: Marie Fredriksson died from a brain tumor on December 9, 2019 at the age of 61 and Per “Pelle” Alsing followed on December 19, 2020.
           May 16 Famous Birthdays: Janet Jackson, noted singer and the youngest of the Jackson Family born on his day in 1966 in Gary, Indiana who has sold over 100 million records but is probably best remembered for her wardrobe malfunction during her half time performance at the 2004 Super Bowl which exposed her breasts on national TV.
            Noted Events on May 16:
            1.    1868—By 1 vote the Senate failed to convict Andrew Johnson in his impeachment as 7 Republicans broke from their party and voted against convicting him.
             2.   1929—The first Oscars were awarded on this day.
             3.   1988—The Surgeon General Edward Koop released a report that the addictive qualities of nicotine are similar to heroin and cocaine. 
             4.   1991
—Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to address the United States Congress.
             5.   2011—STS-134  launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the 25th and final flight for the Space Shuttle Endeavor as the Space Shuttle program was winding down.
             Famous Quotes on Events and Issues:
            Aaron Astor, Professor of History at Marysville College on Andrews Johnson’s view of African Americans: “Johnson believed in what's called "herrenvolk democracy" — the idea that the lowest white man in the social hierarchy should be above the highest Black man.”
            Andrew Johnson On the issue of slavery on the Senate Floor: “Press this question [freeing the slaves] to its ultimatum, and the non-slaveholder will unite, heart and hand, in subjugating the Africans, and if resistance be made, in extirpating the Negro race; and that is where this question will end."
            Republican Senator from Iowa on not voting to convict Johnson: “I cannot agree to destroy the harmonious working of the Constitution for the sake of  getting rid of an Unacceptable President.”

© May 16, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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