Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 7, 2019 On the 78th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl, the Navy and the nation mourn another attack on a naval base at Pensacola, Florida where a Saudi pilot undergoing training on U.S. military aircraft opened fire with a handgun and killed 3 and wounded 8 others but not before 1 of the mortally wounded managed to tell first responders where the gunman was before they could engage in a shoot out and punch this scumbag’s one way ticket to “Paradise” (may be premature to label this shooting as a terrorist attack but the scumbag posted anti-American and anti-Israel tweets and watched videos of mass shootings and maybe the 6 Saudis also arrested might shed light on the shooter’s motivations); Justice Ginsburg has dismayed liberal supporters by delaying the Circuit Court of Appeals order requiring the release of Trump’s financial records until December 13, 2019 the day SCOTUS will determine whether to take up the case; Lying Schiff is potentially in hot water after revelations of his obtaining phone records of Nunes (really frightening ends justifies the means and Nunez promised he will sue but Barr should be conducting a criminal investigation on Schiff’s activities); former acting solicitor general under Obama and who is promoting his book on impeachment is touting his belief that if the Senate acquits Trump which seems a foregone conclusion, the House should impeach him again if he wins reelection which he should (looks like double jeopardy does not apply except in the minds of what would be totally outraged voters); Nancy Pelosi is never one to let an hypocrisy stand in the way of a fund raising moment as her office is selling T-Shirts with “Don’t Mess with Nancy” logos after her testy exchange with Jim Rosen over whether she hates Donald Trump; in Chicago with a new interim police chief now having to replace a fired police chief as of December 6, 2019, 2576 have been shot, of whom, 436 have died but in a miracle of sorts no one has died in two days on the 5th and 6th ; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 316 have been murdered, a number which has passed all of 2014’s death and is closing in on 2016’s 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 Mary J. Blige, the fact you are not swayed by superficially psychagogic arguments, a relevant quote on Pearl Harbor by Diane Watson, 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 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day—commemorating a day of infamy on this day in 1941, Japan’s attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor and surrounding Army Air Bases that brought the U.S. into World War II..
2. National Rhubarb Vodka Day—celebrating on the first Saturday of December since December 4, 2013 of vodka made from rhubarb although this poet has heard of rhubarb wine, he is clueless as to vodka made from this source.
3. 2001 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 2001 on this day on a run of 6 weeks in the position was “Family Affair” by Mary J. Blige. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znlFu_lemsU.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psychagogic” which means attractive or persuasive which if you review its tenets carefully socialism is not.
5. Ignore It And You Die--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1969 of Patrice O’Neal, an American standup comedian who developed diabetes at the age of 23, did not watch his diet or exercise and died from a stroke on November 29, 2011 brought on by the disease.
On this day in:
a. 1963 to the joy of fans, instant replay was instituted for the first time in the Army/Navy Game.
b. 1964 in a better late than never moment Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras cancelled the excommunication of each other that had been in place since 1054.
c. 1982 Charles Brooks, Jr. had the dubious distinction of being the first person in the United States to be executed by lethal injection for a murder committed on December 14, 1976.
d. 1987 a disgruntled passenger on a Pacific Southwest Airlines flight near Pasco Robles shot and killed his former boss and then both pilots and flew the aircraft into the ground, killing all 43 passengers and crew aboard.
e. 1993 on the Long Island Railroad Colin Ferguson pulled out a handgun and shot and killed 6 passengers and wounded 19 others before being subdued by passengers. He was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced to 315 years and is now rotting in a New York State Prison where he will die.
Reflections on Pearl Harbor: “The parallels between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor are striking. In each instance there were warning signs before the attack, and in each instance our government failed to connect the dots.” Diane Watson, 86 year old former Congresswoman from California.
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