Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 28, 2016 After seeing the mini riots in 9 different malls across the nation, online retailers must be licking their chops as who in their right mind would want to go to a mall and be greeting by a bunch of rioting teenage thugs; after the carnage over the long Christmas weekend, the gangs must have depleted there ammunition as in Chicago only one person on Tuesday was shot to death and only four others wounded (where is the mayor, where is the governor, and where is the Illinois National Guard?); the Rip Van Winkle of diplomacy with three weeks before he is kicked out of Foggy Bottom is going to deliver his vision of what is needed for peace in the Middle East (what took Kerry so long to wake up—a threat that Israel has solid evidence that the U.S. colluded with members of the Security Council to prepare and present the resolution condemning the settlements as illegal?); President Obama is still in denial as he continues to insist he has the right vision for the country that voters would have accepted (his vision whatever in might be for eight years was devoid of action and clearly today is clouded by major delusional cataracts); Congress up in arms over Obama’s last minute stab in the back move against Israel appears to be planning to cut funding to the UN and possibly expel Palestinian diplomats from U.S. (President Obama for better or worse is the only president we have until noon on January 20, 2017 but his foreign policy move is unprecedented and will hand over to President Trump another major set of problems in that chaotic region); finally some good news on the battle to recover Mosul—the last bridge controlled and used by ISIS into the city has been destroyed; Echo may be the best thing since sliced bread but all sounds are recorded and with a warrant may convict someone charged with murder in a house with Echo (another example of further erosion of privacy); DHS is joining the social media age and will now be asking certain foreigners entering this country for their social media information; the celebrities in Hollywood may be bashing Trump but the forgotten Americans, the American consumers, after his election have pushed consumer confidence to a 15 year all time high.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Billy Paul, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant observation from Jay Innis, looking forward to enjoying a few chocolate candies, 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. Pledge of Allegiance Day—commemorating the recognition of the Pledge of Allegiance written in 1892 by Congress on this day in 1892 (given the antics of spoiled athletes like Kaepernick with respect to the National Anthem wonder when the left will mount a full scale assault to have in banned from schools due to “one nation under God) and the reference to “liberty and justice for all” which the BLM fringe believe is a lie).
2. National Card Playing Day—celebrating the myriad of card playing games from solitaire to bridge that bring great enjoyment in an era of computer video games and in the case of cribbage are excellent to teach set theory and counting skills to children; have no idea why December 28 has been chosen as March 23 would be more appropriate as on that day in 1631 Puritans in Massachusetts banned playing cards on penalty of punishment.
3. Number One Song in 1972—celebrating the number 1 song in 1972 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “Me And Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul. Here is a link to Billy Paul performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45jjVZVQwLI Billy Paul joined the list of entertainers who left us in 2016 by dying of pancreatic cancer on April 24 at the age of 81.
4. National Chocolate Candy Day—after enduring a slice of fruit cake if you are a chocoholic today is your day to upgrade to your favorite chocolate candy.
5. Music Is Color Blind—celebrating the birth on this day in 1921 of Johnny Otis, often called the “Father of Rhythm and Blues” who was born to Greek immigrants but grew up in a black neighborhood and chose to live as a black musician and DJ.
On this day in:
1. 1065 Westminster Abbey in London although not yet completed until 1090 was consecrated and King Edward the Confessor who died on January 5, 1066 and was buried in the Abbey a week thereafter.
2. 1832 with less than three months remaining in his term as vice president, John C. Calhoun resigned to replace another Senator who had resigned to become governor of South Carolina and become a Senator to better represent the state in the Nullification Crisis. He was the first vice president to resign and we would have to wait until Spiro Agnew resigned as part of a plea bargain to escape prosecution for bribery and tax evasion, proving that no party Red or Blue has a monopoly on corruption.
3. 1918 in a feat that Hillary did not get a chance to emulate, Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway Prison, become the first woman to be elected as a MP to the British House of Commons, but in line Sinn Fein’s policy she did not seat herself.
4. 1973 to the consternation of builders everywhere the Endangered Species Act was passed which unfortunately did not include moderate Blues who really are an endangered species.
5. 2010 as part of the Arab Spring, popular protest began against the government of Algeria.
Reflections on the Endangered Species Act: “What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? What is an Endangered Species Act without any enforcement mechanism to ensure their habitat is protected? It is nothing. Jay Inslee, Democratic governor of the State of Washington, agreed but you have to have balance and under Obama’s EPA particularly in the West and especially Alaska, the EPA has become a lawless rogue agency that with Trump will be reformed. 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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