Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Repudiation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 23, 2016 President-Elect Trump has broken the glass ceiling by appointing Governor Niki Haley of South Carolina as UN Ambassador; Robert DeNiro must have been handed a new script as he departed from his despicable preelection rants on Trump of “he's a punk, he's a dog, he's a pig, he's a con, a bulls--- artist, a mutt who doesn't know what he's talking about,” to a more positive one of hope (no wonder why the forgotten men and women despise the Hollywood elite for their views yet praising their talent); Merkel in a tough reelection fight in Germany primarily over her opening the flood gates to Syrian refugees expressed great disappointment over Trump’s rejection of the TPP which he calls a “disaster”; at the University of Arkansas Law School, the dean whose response to the election of Trump was to offer counseling sessions to coddled law students has resigned due to the storm of protests but insanity still remains in the ivy towers as Hampshire College refused to fly our flag from its flag pole after lowering it to half mast only to see it burned--; Trump’s signal that he does not want to pursue the felon he defeated is a good sign for not being distracted from his pledge to make America great again but may cast a shadow of political meddling over an already highly politicized DOJ; in another example of our legal system gone amuck, eight minors have filed suit in Washington State to force the state to adopt rules to lower carbon emissions to aid in the war against climate change (case under advisement to see if it will proceed); on a sobering thought as we approach Thanksgiving, law officials across the nation on high alert for possible terrorist attacks. For your Thanksgiving Day enjoyment to enhance Grace:
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Glenn Miller Band, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Boss Tweed, while looking forward to enjoying some cranberries, 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. Repudiation Day (Frederick County Maryland)--created in 1894 as a half day bank holiday to commemorate the repudiation of by judges in the county in 1765 of the Stamp Act.
2. Blackout Wednesday—given the fact that most Americans do not work on Thursday and many have to brace for an afternoon of being confined in a house crammed with relatives they might detest, a sick excuse for a night of binge drinking.
3. 1941 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1941 on a run of 9 weeks in that position “Chattanooga Choo Chooy er” by the Glenn Miller Band. Here is a recording of the Glenn Miller Band performing the song:
4. National Eat a Cranberry Day—celebrating that tart berry now in season and loaded with Vitamin C.
5. Receive the Gift of Compromise and Term Limits—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader of the Senate that takes office on January 1, 2017 and wishing him the ability to really compromise with President-Elect Trump as opposed to following the path of the Banana Republic Dictator Harry Reid.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 534 B.C. Thespis of Icaria became the first actor to portray a character on stage (you now know the derivation of the word “thespian”).
b. 1876  The king of political corruption, Tammany Hall leader William “Boss” Tweed was delivered to New York City authorities after having been captured in Spain (thanks to Ogden Nast’s cartoons against him in the New York City papers and magazines, he was recognized by Spanish authorities).      
c. 1936 Life magazine is resurrected as a photo magazine and enjoys instant success.  
d. 1992 the first smartphone, IBM’s Simon, was introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas; comparing Simon  to the smartphones of today would be like comparing the capabilities of a hand held calculator to those of a Cray supercomputer. 
e. 2015 Blue Origin’s rocket Blue Shephard became the first unmanned rocket to be launched into outer space and return to Earth in a vertical landing—commercial manned flights for tourists are scheduled to begin in 2018.
Reflections on the power of the press from a political felon: “I don't care a straw for your newspaper articles, my constituents don't know how to read, but they can't help seeing them damned pictures.” Boss Tweed Never underestimate the power of the press if it remains free and objective and not captive to the siren song of advocacy journalism.

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