Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 2, 2019 Jimmy Carter our oldest living ex-president is back in the hospital again, this time for an urinary tract infection (hang in there Jimmy—Habitat for Humanity needs you!); Bloomberg News which has in an insult to a free press indicated it will not investigate its owner, Mike Bloomberg and all Blue candidates only Trump has rightfully been banned from all Trump campaign events (shades of Pravda imitating a free press in the form of Bloomberg News); Trump while boarding Marine 1 to head for Air Force 1 and a NATO meeting in London slams Nadler for scheduling his committee impeachment hearing while he is attending a meeting the time of which had been set a year ago (nothing like trying to diminish the U.S. in front of its NATO allies by having impeachment hearings while he is meeting with them); Mayor Lightfoot of Chicago who is anything but a supporter of the Chicago Police Department has fired Chicago’s retiring Police Commissioner Johnson for ethical lapses following a day with 10 people shot but no one killed; Google has reaffirmed its political Iron Curtain status by removing Trump 2020 campaign ads (blocking access to social media is a clear and present danger to the 1st Amendment that the left gives only lip service to); Lisa Page the love struck anti-Trump FBI agent for Peter Strzok on the eve of the IG’s Report that will most likely be devastating has tried to pre-empt the release with hyper rabid anti-Trump “journalist” Molly Jong-Fast of the Daily Beast in a forlorn attempt to convince a skeptical public and a doubting Mrs. Strzok she did nothing wrong; Ruffalo may not win an Oscar but he wins the hypocrite of the decade award with his $30 million + net worth for slamming the capitalist system than made him wealthy; in Chicago with a new interim police chief now having to replace a fired police chief as of December 1, 2019, 2556 have been shot, of whom, 432 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 313 have been murdered, a number which has passed all of 2014’s death and is closing in on 2016 yearly total of 318’s fatalities but 2017’s record of 342 looks like it won’t be broken (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 Toni Braxton, the fact you avoid pseudologia, relevant quote on online retailing by Patrick Curtis, 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. Cyber Monday—coined by Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation in 2005 to acknowledge and promote the importance of online shopping which continues to grow each year and in a small way aids in the curbing of greenhouse gas emissions as shoppers can forego the endless circling in a parking lot looking for parking spaces.
2. Special Education Day—celebrated since 2005, the anniversary of the passage of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act which prevents children with special education needs from being frozen out of our public education system.
3. 1996 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1996 on this day on a run of 11 weeks in the position was “Un-Break My Heart” by Toni Braxton. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Rch This record selling artist and songwriter still going strong but slowed a bit by a diagnosis of Lupus.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pseudologia” which means lying in speech or writing, a trait along with hypocrisy that politicians have mastered to the tee.
5. A Bullet Proof Vest Not Part of His Designs--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1946 of noted fashion designer Gianni Versace whose award winning fashions were cut on July 15, 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan with a .40 caliber gunshot to the chest while returning to the steps of his mansion in Miami Beach. We never learned of his motive as he committed suicide on his houseboat 8 days later.
On this day in:
a. 1954 the United States Senate voted 65-22 to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate in to dishonor and disrepute.”
b. 1962 after being asked to visit South Vietnam, Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield became the one of the first to speak out against our involvement in South Vietnam but sadly no one seemed to listen and over 58,000 lives were wasted in a war we could not win.
c. 1982 Barney Clark received the first artificial heart that required him to remain in a hospital bed where he died 112 days after insertion.
d. 2001 Enron filed for Chapter XI Bankruptcy.
e. 2015 in a glaring example of the dangers of Islamic radicalism of American citizens and loose criteria of admitting Muslims on fiancée visas, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Milik went to a San Bernardino county Christmas Party and shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in 4 minutes before fleeing and later being shot and killed by police.
Reflections on Cyber Retailing this Monday: “Clothes, shoes, glasses and just about everything we thought would never move fully online will all be online. The reason is simple: why leave the comfort of your own home when you can get something custom made to your exact size for less? I believe this is the future.” – Patrick Curtis, wallstreetoasis.com Add to that free shipping and free return shipping and you will hear the sound of taps being played for many brick and mortar retailers.
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