Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 26, 2014: Trust Santa visited your home with gifts that you do not want to take back and not lumps of coal and your heart and soul received the gift of peace. As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and a relevant quote from Mao Tse Tung, with a smile on your face, knowing that after a Christmas feast with friends and family you have the will power to avoid candy canes even though it is National Candy Cane Day, blessed with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for a memorable event, 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. Boxing Day —celebrated in England and most nations that were former members of the British Commonwealth; it is a day when servants and trades people receive gifts from their employers usually encased in a box that once contained a gift that the employer opened on Christmas Day.
2. DACS Day—celebrating another great American event of retailing ingenuity—the Day After Christmas Sales. I you missed being jostled and pummeled in the malls and frustrated over not finding a parking place after enjoying the peace and tranquility of Christmas with your family and friends, this day is for you.
3. Leap Forward Then Two Leaps Back Day—celebrating not a new rave dance step but rather the birthday on this day in 1893 of Mao Tse Tung, long time leader of the Chinese Communist Party whose 5 year economic plan known as the Great Leap Forward was a disaster and abandoned in 1960.4. 1967 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1967 Hello Goodbye by the Beatles.
5. National Candy Cane Day—celebrating a means to get rid of all the excess candy canes that were used as tree decorations or stocking stuffers and not consumed.
On this day in
a. 1799 4,000 mourners attended the funeral of George Washington, eulogized as “first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of Americans.”
b. 1846 the Donner Party trapped in the high snows of the Sierra Nevada mountains started to cannibalize their members who had died, a act of desperation followed many years later when an Argentinean rugby team’s plane crashed into the Andes.
c. 1862 in another black mark on this country’s race relations with its Native American population, 38 Native American were hanged at Mankato, MN, the largest mass hanging in U.S. history. Abraham Lincoln pardoned over 300 Sioux even as there was a clamor not to even though the Republican Party would lose votes in Minnesota, stating, “I could afford to hang men for votes.”
d. 1963 the Beatles released in the U.S. I Want to Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There launching Beatlemania on an international level.
e. 1982 for the first time Time’s Man of the Year was a nonhuman, the personal computer.
Reflections on when even leaders with dictatorial powers need to admit they were wrong and not blame the weather: “The chaos caused was on a grand scale, and I take responsibility. Comrades, you must all analyze your own responsibility. If you have to fart, fart. You will feel much better for it." Mao Tse Tung Unfortunately, the ability to take responsibility is a trait our President seems in most cases to lack.
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