Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 27, 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 Marlene Dietrich, with a smile on your face, knowing that after a Christmas feast with friends and family you have the will power to avoid a slice of fruitcake even though it is National Fruitcake 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. Constitution Day —make sure you are sitting down when you read that today celebrates the Constitution of North Korea enacted in 1998 that among other Koreaspeak grants the right of free expression, freedom of religion and a fair trial limited of course by Article 81 which requires citizens to "firmly safeguard the political and ideological unity and solidarity of the people," and Article 82, which requires that citizens observe "the socialist standards of life." What a crock!
2. National Fruitcake Day—celebrating the food often soaked in brandy to preserve it so it can be given back to someone else as opposed to eating it not those mentally challenged.
3. Bombshell Day—celebrating not a new bomb but rather the birthday on this day in 1901 of the original blonde bombshell Marlene Dietrich, born in Germany but who became an American citizen who was a staunch anti-Nazi and who during World War II is reported to have sold more war bonds than any other celebrity and who performed before more than 250,000 troops.4. 1968 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1968 I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye—another classic.
On this day in
a. 1929 in a reminder moment that Vladimir Putin is an evil person Joseph Stalin as head of the Communist Party ordered the liquidation of the kulaks as a class of people.
b. 1945 the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were created by 29 nations.
c. 1978 Spain becomes a democracy after 40 years of Franco’s dictatorship.
d. 2001 China was granted normal trade relations with the United States despite its persistent currency manipulation, theft of traded secrets, price dumping, and infringement of trademarks all designed to create the huge trade deficit we now face.
e. 2004 radiation from the largest extrasolar explosion ever witnessed on this planet from magnetar SGR 1806-20 reached Earth.
Reflections on a better way to conduct one’s self: “Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.” Marlene Dietrich Maybe that’s why we have so much adultery, pornography and prostitution.
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