Saturday, May 20, 2023

May 19, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The FBI should no longer be called the Federal Bureau of Investigation but rather the Federal Bureau of Intrusion  as an unsealed FISA Court document revealed the FBI conducted 278,000 warrantless searches in the year ending in November, 2021. At the Nebraska State Capitol, protestors in the visitors’ balcony tried to disrupt and prevent the State Senate from voting on a bill banning abortion after 12 weeks and gender transitioning before age 19, resulting in 6 being arrested and the balcony cleared the  bill passing. Red Representative Lauren Boebert blasted Senator Fetterman for appearing at a Senate Press Conference dressed in a hoodie and shorts while his staff is being crucified for editing the transcripts of his speeches to make him more intelligent as more concerns are being voiced on his mental fitness to serve as Pennsylvania’s Senator. Alton Mills, who was serving a life sentence for incurring a third strike for violating federal drug laws and had his sentence commuted by Obama in 2015 has been arrested again for attempted murder by shooting from his car and hitting a passenger in another car. Target is in the Woke news again by introducing a line of women’s swimsuits for transgenders who still possess male genitalia. In a lawsuit filed by the DOJ against the partnership of American and Jet Blue Airlines to coordinate schedules in the Northeast and allow frequent miles earned to be used by each other, a District Court ruled it to be an unreasonable restraint of trade and enjoined the defendants from continuing the partnership. In the 100 mile Desert Gravel Co3Ut bicycle race, transgender Leslie Mumford who transitioned in 2017 won, prompting the second and third place female winners to not stand on the award ceremony podium. No pot of gold was found by the Celtics again on their home court as they lost to the Heat 111 to 105 after leading at the end of the third quarter 83-75, raising grave doubts that fans will be treated to another classic Lakers v. Celtics finals as in 21 7 game playoff series the Lakers have only won 2 series after being 0-2 after the first two games.
           May 19, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
           Noted Holidays: World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day: World IBD Day, led by patient organizations representing over 50 countries and coordinated by  . by the European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations  was created in 2010 during Digestive Disease Week in the United States and celebrated on May 19 of each year to create awareness of the disease affecting the 10 million people around the globe who suffer from the disease.
           Word of the Day: the word of the day is “animadvert”  which means to comment critically or censure which Representative Santos who was guilty of embellishing and falsifying big time his record and has been indicted by a grand jury on  seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives is probably hoping the only penalties he receives is a censure as opposed to being found guilty or removed from the House.
           Number 1 Song: The number 1 song on this day in 1988 was “Anything For You” by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine on a run of 2 weeks to share with 31 other songs achieving number 1 ranking, while 17 acts, including Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, achieved their first number 1 ranking. Here is a music video with lyrics of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine performing “Anything For You”:
           May 19 Famous Birthdays: Archie Manning, noted College Hall of Fame football quarterback for Ole Miss, pro quarterback for the Saints for  11 seasons, Houston for 2 and the Vikings for 2 to end his pro career was born on this day in 1949. He has three sons, Payton in the NFL Hall of Fame after playing 18 seasons, Eli with 2 Superbowl victories in playing 16 seasons with the Giants and Cooper whose football career ended prior to his senior year in high school due to spinal stenosis  but who is the father of Arch Manning, considered one of the premier high school quarterbacks in the nation who has committed to Texas to the probable dismay of his grandfather and uncle Eli.
           Noted Events on May 19:
           1.  1848—Mexico ratified the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty ending the Mexican- American War and ceding  California, Nevada, Utah and parts of 4 modern day states to the United States on payment of $15 million.
            2.  1961—The Venera space probe launched by the Soviet Union flew by Venus to become the first man made object to fly by another planet but the Soviets had lost contact with the probe a month earlier and received no data from the planet.
            3.  1986—The Firearm Owners Protection Act (“FOPA”) which was aimed at curtailing the abuses of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents prosecuting lawful private owners of firearms in violation of the 2nd Amendment and banning the purchase and sale of automatic weapons manufactured after the passage of FOPA.
            4.   2015—Near Refugio State Park on the Gaviota Coast in California a 28 year old pipeline 901 owned by Prairie All American Pipeline Company used to transfer oil from offshore oil well platforms inland to another pipeline to transfer oil to a refinery located in Santa Maria started leaking oil which started to flow into the Pacific Ocean. It took hours for workers to find the source of the underground leak in the pipeline which resulted in 3400 barrels of oil leaking from the pipeline with 500 barrels being emptied from a culvert into the Pacific.
            5.   2018—In what will probably be the height of his popularity with the general population of the United Kingdom and the British Royal Family, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in a ceremony estimated to be watched by 1.8 billion people around the world.
            Famous Quotes on Events and Issues:
            Matthew Preusch, an attorney from Keller Rohrback L.L.P., which represented the plaintiffs in their suit against Plains All American Pipeline for damages arising out of the Refugio Oil Spill: “This settlement [$230 million] should serve as a reminder that pollution just can't be a cost of doing business, and that corporations will be held accountable for environmental damage they cause."   

© May 19, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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