Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 29, 2016 Talk about a one two punch—first Carrie Fisher at 60 from a heart attack and then her mother Debbie Reynolds at 84 from a stroke most likely caused by the grief of having her daughter die; Alec Baldwin whom the silent and forgotten men and women who elected Trump is rightfully being slammed by the left and the right for his pathetic tweet that death comes in threes—Fisher, Michael and integrity of the Oval Office (long since dead under Obama); 23 days left in this lame duck’s term and unfortunately he shows no signs of writer’s cramp as he sets designates 1,650,000 acres of land in Utah and Nevada as National Monuments and should announce shortly sanctions against Russia for hacking during the election (anything to foster the impression that Hillary and Obama’s policies didn’t lose but had the election stolen due to Russian hacking); the new sheriff in the Middle East Russia announced with Turkey that there will be a cease fire in the Syrian Civil War (another byproduct of Obama’s failed foreign policy-- http://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2016/12/us-and-syria-excluded-by-russia-iran.html); top Democrats other than Ms. Irrelevant Nancy Pelosi are slamming Kerry’s speech yesterday which like Obama shows he is blinded by delusional cataracts even worse than Obama (one can hardly wait to see what evidence the Israelis have of the Obama’s collusion in moving the UN Resolution forward (hopefully Trump and the Congress will want to spend $3-4 billion more on infrastructure and a like amount less on supporting the UN; the winter weather in Chicago must be affecting the gangs’ aim as on Wednesday 12 people were shot but only one killed (where is the mayor, where is the governor and where is the National Guard to stop this mostly black on black carnage?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances of which there is only one and its replacement is a great word to know and use as most people that you insult with it will not have a clue what it means, a music link to Jim Croce, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant observation from Edward Hoagland, looking forward to enjoying a bowl of pepper pot soup, 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. Tick Tock Day—time to look back on what one did or did not accomplish before the wave of New Year’s Resolutions blur what was done (zero holidays and observances of note).
2. Word of the Day--Barmacide—since Barack Obama’s first name starts with “B” it is only proper the word of the day filling in for a complete lack of holidays and observances should be “barmacide” which describes our president perfectly—a person who offers benefits that are disappointing or illusory, from the Islamic Arabic Prince Barmaki who provided a feast to a beggar to be served on ornate serving dishes that contained no food. Great image when you thing about “hope and change”, “nothing but shovel ready jobs” or “if you like your plan you can keep it” to name but a few examples.
3. Number One Song in 1973—celebrating the number 1 song in 1973 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Time In A Bottle” by Jim Croce. Here is a link to Jim Croce performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO1rMeYnOmM
4. National Pepper Pot Day—celebrating a hearty beef or tripe soup with potatoes and selected vegetables and ground pepper, George Washington’s and FDR’s most frequently requested soup.
5. Hogs, Hogs, And More Hogs—celebrating the birth on this day in 1880 of William S. Harley co-founder of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company, still going strong since its formation in 1903.
On this day in:
1. 1845 the Republic of Texas independent since 1836 was annexed by the United States and became the 28th state (wonder if the Texans ever believed Washington, D.C. would become the swamp it is today with its tentacles reaching into the states whether they would have consented).
2. 1860 the HMS Warrior with its screw propeller, iron armor and iron hull was launched and very quickly rendered all other warships obsolete.
3. 1934 in a chilling omen that war was bound to be on the horizon at least in the Pacific Japan, renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930 limiting the size and numbers of warships the signatories to such treaties could build.
4. 1997 in a bad day for chickens, Hong Kong began to kill all of the nation’s 1.25 million chickens in an attempt to stop the spread the Bird Flu.
5. 2013 in what had to be a chilling reminder to Russia that it is more at risk to the danger of radical Islam than Europe or the United States in the city of Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) due to its large and growing Muslim population and Muslim majority former Soviet Republics that border Russia to its south and east, a suicide bomber detonated his bomb at the Volgograd Train Station, killing 18 people and wounding 44.
Reflections on the residents of our 28th state: “Many people have believed that they were Chosen, but none more baldly than the Texans.” Edward Hoagland, noted American writer best known for his writings on nature and travel and still kicking at age 84. 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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