Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 26, 2019 Hope you still have credit availability this Boxing Day to take advantage of the Day After Christmas Sales to warm the cockles of retailers hearts; it may be symbolic and unrelated to Seattle’s leftist drift but last Friday the city recorded the darkest day in its recorded history; Pocahontas got caught with her tomahawk down in the hypocrisy race after news reports revealed that she too had in the past hosted a fund raiser at an expensive restaurant that included a private wine cave; the Christmas Truce was short lived to say the least as Trump came out swinging against Pelosi for pushing the narrative that Trump was a security risk requiring immediate impeachment then sitting on the Articles to dictate to McConnell how she wants the impeachment trial to take place in the Senate (total shame on this hypocrite who caved to the likes of Green, Waters and AOC and put two kangaroo masters in charge of the Impeachment circus); love may be blind but not in the case where money is involved as 26 year old Israeli national Lin Halfon was arrested for trying to steal $1,000,000 from her 77 year old husband of 4 months, Richard Rappaport; the once darling of the MSM and potential presidential candidate Michael Avenatti is facing felony embezzlement and extortion charges and disbarment proceedings as prosecutors revealed he was $15 million in debt when he tried to extort Nike (prisons need jailhouse lawyers but those with reputations of stealing from their clients might not receive the best of treatment from their new convict clients); California’s war on jobs continues relentlessly with a new law making it next to impossible for many workers to be independent contractors thereby forcing those cash strapped businesses who use them to become employers and pay increased social security taxes or hire independent consultants out of state (dumb move by Blue state legislators and Newsom but sadly so typical); if the socialist Blues had any brains, they would look at Venezuela where the currency has become worthless and people are being forced to barter goods for essentials; on the wage front 24 states and numerous cities and counties will raise their minimum wage by the end of the year; in Chicago with a new interim police chief now having to replace a fired police chief, as of December 25, 2019, 2707 have been shot, of whom, 452 have died but none on Christmas Day; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 339 have been murdered, a number which has passed all of 2014’s deaths and all of 2016’s yearly total of 318 fatalities and is very close to passing 2017’s and 2015’s record of 342 2019 (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 Katy Perry, the fact you appreciate the pulchritude in life, a relevant quote on Kwanzaa by President William J. Clinton, 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. Kwanzaa—created by Maulana Karenga, a professor of black studies at Cal State University, in 1996 to celebrate 7 principles of African Culture ending on January 1 of each year.
2. Boxing Day—celebrating a tradition since the 17th Century in the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth of employers giving a gift to their servants and others who provided services to them during the course of the year.
3. 2010 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 2010 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Fire Work” by Katy Perry. Here is a recording of the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pulchritude” which means beauty and describes the decorations and ornaments present during the Christmas Season to a tee.
5. Voice No More--celebrating the birth on this day in 1933 of Carroll Spinney noted puppeteer who was the voice of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch who just died of natural causes on December 9, 2019.
On this day in:
a. 1976 in a Boxing Day gift they did not want to receive, after successfully crossing the ice flow clogged Delaware River the Continental Army in a surprise attack routed the Hessian garrison at Trenton, New Jerseyey.
b. 1941 President Roosevelt signed legislation making the 4 Thursday in November Thanksgiving.
c. 1948 the last Soviet Troops withdrew from North Korea while ours still remain in South Korea.
d. 1975 the Soviets introduced the TU-144, the first passenger jet capable of achieving Mach 2 speeds into service, which service lasted until 1978 when it was discontinued.
e. 2012 China opened its high speed rail network of over 1400 miles linking Beijing to Guangzhou.
Reflections on Kwanzaa: “The seven principles of Kwanzaa - unity, self-determinat ion, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith -- teach us that when we come together to strengthen our families and communities and honor the lesson of the past, we can face the future with joy and optimism.” President William J. Clinton
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