Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 27, 2017 Brace yourself and your wallet having survived Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, today is Cyber Monday as internet shopping is on a roll; Mt. Agung in Bali erupted again on Saturday which has prompted authorities to warn residents to flee as a larger eruption with lava flows is a growing concern; although Conyers has resigned his minority chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee, the Congressional Bobsey twins of sexual abuse, Conyers and Franken, are refusing to resign (so typical of the Swamp); hopefully Santa was not looking to stock up on reindeer for Christmas in Norway as tragically 106 of the animals were killed in a collision with a freight train while migrating; the Consumer Finance Protection Agency attacked by banks and financial agencies as an oppressive rogue agency with no Congressional oversight is in the litigation docket news today as Obama appointee Corday appointed English, a Democrat, as his deputy director and then resigned thwarted by Trump by naming Mick Mulvaney as interim director and prompting a law suit by English to block the appointment (God help us if bureaucrats can scam the powers of the duly elected commander in chief by appointing their successor—just another example of why Trump needs to tweet less and concentrate more on removing from office Obama appointed lackeys); Senator Claire McCaskill after being castigated for charging taxpayers for her use of a private plane had her husband sell it but when it comes to fleecing the taxpayers, her husband purchased a more expensive private plane and immediately moved to block tracking of its use by the public under moves made by Obama to remove as a requirement the credible threat of a terrorist attack on the plane (watch this issue dog this Senator in her reelection fight in 2018 as it should); the sexual abuse scandals continue unabated and claim the latest perpetrator Richard Branson who is alleged to have stuck his head between two breast of a singer partying on his private island and motorboating them; Trump is meeting with the four leaders of Congress including the Blues top Grinches on the issue of tax cuts before Christmas and not shutting the government down; on the over the top dog whistle rhetoric that really needs to end, Morrisey was ranting that if he had the chance he would “kill Trump for the sake of humanity” (those of us who bemoan the rancor from leftists idiots like Morrisey should boycott all of his records and any advertisers who place ads on any performance in which this loose cannon appears and urge the Secret Service pay him a visit on the issue of inciting an assassination of the president); almost a stuck record or a gruesome remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style, the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings by mostly minorities against mostly minorities in 2017 through November 25 increasing to 3319 of whom 579 have died while nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Adele, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you can find a cure to the growing languor of the Swamp gridlock, a relevant anonymous quote on shopping, 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. Cyber Monday—celebrating the growing importance to a retailer’s bottom line of on line sales which continue to expand as the number of brick and mortar retail outlets continues to decrease due to closures or bankruptcies.
2. National Four Hugs Day—today is the day to find four souls who could use the warmth of a caring and spirit uplifting hug although why only four is a mystery unsolved by this poet.
3. 2015 Number One Song—the number one song in 2015 on a run of 10 weeks in that position was “Hello” by Adele. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQHsXMglC9A
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “languor” which means listlessness or weariness which is what more and more Americans are feeling about the gridlock that grips the Swamp.
5. Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword But Not the Cigarette—celebrating the birth on this day in 1909 of James Agee, film critic for Time Magazine, screen play writer for the African Queen, and Pulitzer Prize winner for his autobiography A Death in the Family (awarded posthumously as he was a heavy drinker and chain smoker and died at the age of 45 ironically in a cab enroute to a doctor’s appointment.)
On this day in:
a. 1835 John Smith and James Pratt had the dubious distinction of being the last persons to be executed by hanging for the then crime of sodomy.
b. 1895 in Paris at the Norwegian-Swedish Club Alfred Nobel executed his will transferring his entire estate to fund the Nobel Prizes following his death.
c. 1924 the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City.
d. 1945 CARE was founded to send CARE food relief packages to a Europe devastated by WWII; the organization still exists but has expanding its efforts outside of Europe to other poverty stricken areas of the globe.
e. 1973 in a high water mark for bipartisanship the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald Ford pursuant to the 25th Amendment as Vice President of the United States an act which the House would also confirm a month later by a vote of 387-35.
Reflections on shopping whether it be on Black Friday or Cyber Monday: “After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Buyer’s Remorse Tuesday and Hide From My Creditors Wednesday.” Anon. 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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