Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 28, 2019 A very Happy Thanksgiving to all even those impeachment zealots like Schiff, Nadler and Pelosi who will after the Schiff Circus will be feasting on crow; President Trump aped former President H.W. Bush with a surprise visit to the troops in Afghanistan; former Blue governor Martin O’Malley must have been celebrating Black Wednesday with too much to drink as he launched into a loud tirade against Ken Cuccinelli and his hard line illegal immigration stance causing Ken to leave the Dubliner Restaurant (if you can’t reason with someone with whom you disagree, the Blue way is to shout them down and in this case out); as a result of Trump’s efforts to build the wall, and return illegals to Mexico and their country of origin while awaiting a hearing on their asylum status, illegal border crossings have been cut by half; in another example of why the Blues need to pull their heads out of the sand and join with Reds to pass Kate’s Law, ICE arrested Olga Franco del Cid, a Guatamalian bus driver who killed 4 people in 2008 and served 8 years before being deported for illegally reentering the United States; in an ongoing sting operation, ICE has arrested another 90 illegals, mostly from India seeking to attend bogus Farmington University in Farmington, Michigan; Governor of Texas Greg Abbott responded eloquently to a mean spirited tweet that God put him in his wheel chair by responding that God gave his the strength of overcome his handicap to succeed and become governor of Texas; Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval has resigned from office effective January 1, 2020 due to an FBI bribery and corruption probe; although Chicago gun violence is still raging, Chicago police announced that they had seized more than 10,000 guns in 2019 (how many of these were used in crime or were possessed by law abiding citizens for protection in this battle ground city was not disclosed); in what should rank in chutzpah award of the year, Jussie Smollett has sued the city of Chicago for malicious prosecution for its trying to recover the costs of investigating his false police report of being racially attacked; UPS in Arizona may have to change its name to United Peyote Service as 4 out of the 11 in Tucson arrested in a decade old drug smuggling ring were UPS drivers and supervisors; in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of November 27, 2019, 2529 have been shot, of whom, 429 have died but none on the 27th ; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 312 have been murdered, a number which is closing in on 2016 yearly total of 318’s fatalities (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Meat Loaf, the fact you do not suffer from psellium and a relevant quote on Thanksgiving by President Abraham Lincoln, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, 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. National Family Health History Day—commemorated since 2004 in recognition of the importance that genes play in susceptibility to disease by assembling your family health history to be able to take necessary steps to minimize diseases.
2. National Day of Mourning—created by the United Native Americans of New England to create awareness of the genocide resulting from the European settlement of this nation and the treaties broken by Washington, D.C.
3. 1993 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1993 on this day on a run of 5 weeks in the position was “I Will Do Anything for Love (But I won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X_ViIPA-Gc
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psellium” which means a defect in pronunciation which is not a good trait to have if you are a public speaker.
5. When It Comes To Estate Planning Age Never a Hindrance--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1967 of Vicki Lee Hogan better known to her admirers as Anna Nicole Smith who was Playmate of the Year in 1993, married 89 year old billionaire J. Howard Marshall who died the following year creating litigation that went all the way to SCOTUS and back and ultimately ended up with Smith’s estate receiving nothing and died on February 8, 2007 from an overdose of prescription drugs.
On this day in:
a. 1942 a fire broke out in the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub which killed 492 (30 more than authorized to be present there by building codes) and injured 130 others. Barney Wellansky, the owner was charged with and convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years, serving only 4 but dying from cancer nine weeks after his release.
b. 1943 President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill and Prime Minister Stalin met in Tehran, Iran to discuss strategy against the Axis Powers.
c. 1965 heeding President Johnson’s call for more flags in South Vietnam, President-Elect Ferdinand Marcos announced that he would send a little over 2000 troops to South Vietnam.
d. 1972 Claude Buffet and Roger Bontems had the dubious distinction of being the last two convicts guillotined in Paris at the La Santé Prison for the murder in 1971 of a prison warden and prison nurse they took hostage while both were serving prison sentences at a high security prison, Clairvaux Prison.
e. 1990 the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, resigned as head of the Conservative Party and therefore Prime Minister of the UK to be succeeded by John Major.
Reflections on Thanksgiving Day: “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him…they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.” Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863.
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