Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 27, 2016 May your credit cards still have availability after you have gorged on after Day after Christmas Sales bargains; the carnage in Chicago continues and all we hear from the major are the sounds of silence and from the police the need for more gun control in a city that has the strictest gun control laws in the nation (Chicago needs a surge of National Guardsmen or a declaration of national emergency so the Military Police can be called in to supplement the Chicago PD who must be demoralized beyond belief; after reports that she was in stable condition, Carrie Fisher has died; the final numbers are in on Obama’s effect on the Democratic Party during his two terms in office—1042 Senators, House Representatives, state legislative seats, governors, and the big prize the presidency; in yet another example of the complete failure of socialism, Venezuelan women since contraceptives have all but disappeared from the shelves are resorting to sterilization in record and increasing numbers (who in their right mind would want to bring a child into the world in such an economically dysfunction country, oil reserves not withstanding?); Japanese Prime Minister Abe will be visiting Pearl Harbor but will not deliver an apology for the attack on December 7, 1941.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to Marlene Dietrich (both in German and English), factoids of interest for this day in history, relevant observations from Marlene Dietrich, looking forward to enjoying or enduring a few slices of fruit cake, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, 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—if a servant or tradesman this is your favorite holiday to receive the Christmas box from your employer which normally falls on the 26th unless Christmas falls on a Sunday to postpone the gift receiving celebration to the 27th.
2. National Visit A Zoo Day—since most students are on Christmas Break, today would be a great day to bundle up the family and take them to a zoo and relive a tradition that dates back to 1500 B.C. when the first zoo was established in Egypt.
3. Number One Song in 1971—celebrating the number 1 song in 1971 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “Brand New Key” by Melanie. Here is a link to Melanie performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5LzOlNZPCc A bouncy song that should make you want to dance.
4. National Fruit Cake Day—now that Christmas is over and you are wondering what to do with the fruit cakes you received as gifts, could be a day to donate them to the local food bank or bite the bullet and have a few slices and drop a note or video to the person who sent it to you thanking them profusely, even if you do not like fruit cakes.
5. Lili Marlene Enjoyed by All—celebrating the birth on this day in 1901 of Marlene Dietrich, iconic German born actress and singer whose career spawned over 50 years who had the sense to leave Germany in the late 30’s as she detested Hitler and entered American troops during World War II, often singing the song that American, British and German troops thoroughly enjoyed—“Lili Marlene”. Here is a recording of Marlene Dietrich singing the song in both German and English (I think the German is far more tear jerking): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q56QzGcAKZc in German https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR-nGIJAaw4 in English. In addition to being a great actress and singer, she had great longevity genes; despite smoking and being dependent on alcohol and pain killers in later life, she passed away on May 6, 1992.
On this day in:
1. 1703 to the joy of wine connoisseurs and woolen manufacturers in England the Methuen Treaty aka the “Port Wine Treaty,” Portuguese wine primarily port could be imported into England at a tariff of one third that levied on French wines and English woolen cloth would be admitted to Portugal free of tariff.
2. 1845 Irish journalist John L. O’Sullivan displaying his bias against the English wrote in the New York Evening News that the U.S. had the right to take over the entire Oregon Country by virtue of its “manifest destiny.” Fortunately saner heads prevailed and Britain and the U.S. in 70 years and the Oregon Treaty was signed creating the border between Washington, Idaho and Montana as it exists today.
3. 1929 Joseph Stalin cemented his path to becoming the dictator who is responsible for more deaths than any human being in history by ordering the elimination of the “kulaks as a class”.
4. 1945 the International Monetary Fund was established.
5. 2001 in a let the trade deficits with China soar off the charts, China was granted permanent normal trade relation status with the United States while the U.S. received nothing but currency manipulation and closing of Chinese markets to American goods made here in the U.S.
As the countdown to 800 homicides in Chicago continues committed mostly by black gang members against other black gang members or innocents in the wrong place and the wrong time, reflections from the birthday girl on a major root of the problem—the absence of fathers: “A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.” Marlene Dietrich Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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