Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 20, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Universal Rights of Children Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 20, 2016 The violence in Syria continues unabated as hospitals and other civilian targets in Aleppo are relentlessly bombed by Assad’s pilots; Trump has met with Romney and the speculation is that Romney may be asked to be Secretary of State (after 8 years of the combination of a felon and someone totally incompetent in the position it would be a breath of fresh air to have someone with business experience in the position); Chuck Schummer the new Senate Minority Leader who like many of the swamp has never held a private sector job has indicated there may be room for compromise with Trump but when it comes to Obamacare he will fight him “tooth and nail” (this denizen of the swamp is a walking example of the need for term limits); on the thin Blue Line Front, another police officer this time in San Antonio was executed while writing a traffic ticket near police headquarters; Melania Trump and Barron will remain in New York until the end of the school year (talk about sacrifice for the good of country and children); in a shocking display of ungrateful and disgraceful behavior, the family of Sgt. Perry who was killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber was booed when the pilot of the American Airlines flight they were on instructed everyone to remain in their seats so they could make their connection to Washington, D.C. for the burial of their son at Arlington National Cemetery; in another display of despicable behavior Kanye West at a concert where people were paying up to $250 per ticket sang for less than 20 minutes and went on a ten minute rant against Hillary, Beyonce, Zuckerberg and others before walking off the stage.
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Destiny’s Child, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Bo Derek, while looking forward to enjoying some peanut butter fudge (easy, killer recipe below), blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. Universal Rights of Children Day—observed first in the United Kingdom in 1954 and by the UN in 1959 to promote awareness of the need for policies to promote the welfare of children around the globe.
2. Transgender Day of Remembrance—founded by Gwendolyn  Ann Smith, a transgender woma, in 1999 to memorialize the deaths of those transgenders that have lost their lives due to transphobia.
3. 2000 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2000 on a long run of 11 weeks in that position “Independent Women-Part 1” by Destiny’s Child. Here is a recording of Destiny’s Child performing the song:
4. National Peanut Butter Fudge Day—celebrating a another great way to end any meal; here is a killer, easy recipe to make peanut butter  fudge:     
5. She Will Always Be a Ten—celebrating the birth on this day in 1956 of  Mary Cathleen Collins better known to her fans a Bo Derek, whose romp along the beach is an absolute classic in the movie “Ten.“
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1789 New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
b. 1805 Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio premiered in Vienna.       
c. 1945 trials of 24 Nazis charged with war crimes commenced at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany.
d. 1962 the world stepped back from the closest it has ever been to nuclear war as the Soviet Union agreed to withdraw its nuclear IRBMs from Cuba and President Kennedy end the quarantine of Cuba.
e. 1969 The Plain Dealer published explicit and horrifying photos of South Vietnamese villagers massacred in cold blood by U.S. troops at Mai Lai.
Reflections on happiness from a ten: “Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping.”  Bo Derek.  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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