Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 4, 2019 On the time to chill out on the food front, a patron was stabbed to death at a Popeye’s Restaurant in Maryland over a fight to get a chicken sandwich; on the absurd Political Correctness front Pamela Anderson, who turns heads when she enters any room, has been slammed for cultural appropriation for wearing an American Indian costume for Halloween (where is the outrage when Warren appropriated a false Cherokee identity so she could become a Harvard Law School professor?; an axiom in politics is that that head of the ticket in a presidential election year have coattails to help the down ticket but in Warren’s case Wall Street donors not bemused with her attacks on Wall Street have chosen to shun Blue Senate candidates (that shunning should increase over the inanity for her Medicare for All Plan that is clearly unfinanceable and will cost some 2,000,000 jobs); the hostess of The View, Joy Behar is generally clueless in her positions save apparently one which as O’Dork’s dropout reinforces as she advises Blues not to tell Americans they want to take away their guns (nice try Behar but Americans are smarter than you think and will see through the scam); seems like only yesterday that Michelle Obama was touting that when Reds go low we go high as claiming whites left Chicago because blacks were moving in and still running (exposed by two black conservatives as totally lacking any factual basis and the good news as she pedals her book is that she will not run); good news in the case of the refrigerated truck found with 39 Vietnamese illegals in the U.K. is that Vietnamese have arrested 10 people in Vietnam involved in the smuggling (as long as illegal smuggling does not have severe jail time and financial tragedies, the world will continue to witness such tragedies); Ilhan Omar should not be surprised given her anti-American stance to receive Twitter death threats but should be surprised that Ted Cruz is at the forefront of condemning such threats as should be AOC who has received praise from him for calling for a ban of former members of Congress being hired as lobbyists (no matter how much the left wants to tear down this country and its conservatives, we are a nation of good people); in Chicago as of November 3, 2019, 2380 have been shot, of whom, 408 have died; in Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 287 have been murdered (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 Stevie Wonder, the fact you are able to exercise proairesis on acts to take in life and a relevant quote on the Hungarian Revolution by Albert Camus, 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 Chicken Lady Day—celebrated since 2001 to commemorate the community development and outreach work done by Doctor Martineria “Tiny” Dupree who worked for a large chicken restaurant as head of community development and known as the “Chicken Lady” who as a result of her community activities was invited to meet with President George W. Bush.
2. Job Action Day—celebrated on the first Monday of November since 2008 to commemorate the union of efforts of job seekers and career development officers to match seekers with jobs appropriate to their skill and desires.
3. 1974 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1974 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” by Stevie Wonder. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uQCJ6PzRdA . This great singer and songwriter overcame blindness shortly after birth to become a music icon and is still going strong at 69.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “proairesis” which is the act of choosing which when it comes to a new term for the president, the voters, assuming he is not impeached and convicted, the voters will have to exercise that act as to him in a year.
5. A Leader Without A Costello--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1957 of Tony Abbot, the Prime Minister of Australia.
On this day in:
a. 1956 Soviet troops crossed into Hungary to ruthlessly put down the Hungarian Revolution which had started on October 23, killing thousands of civilians and causing hundreds of thousands to flee.
b. 1966 the Arno River flooded submerging parts of Florence with over 22 feet of water, rendering thousands homeless and destroying untold numbers of art and other masterpieces.
c. 1973 in response to the OPEC oil boycott, the Netherlands introduced the first car free day limiting access to highways and roads to bikes and roller skates or pedestrians.
d. 1979 in a move that would sound the death knell of Jimmy Carter’s Presidency, a mob of Iranian students seized the American Embassy in Tehran and began the holding of 90 Americans as hostages.
e. 1995 Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a an ultra nationalist Israeli, Yigal Amir who was caught, tried, convicted and now serving life plus 14 years in an Israeli prison.
Reflections on the Hungarian Revolution that we may have encouraged then did nothing when the Soviet tanks rolled in: “Hungary conquered and in chains has done more for freedom and justice than any people for twenty years. But for this lesson to get through and convince those in the West who shut their eyes and ears, it was necessary, and it can be no comfort to us, for the people of Hungary to shed so much blood which is already drying in our memories.” – Albert Camus, noted French author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
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