Saturday, November 26, 2016

November 26, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Anti-Obesity Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 26, 2016 The world has a chance of being a better place as one more brutal repressive dictator, Fidel Castro, bites the bullet and dies at age 90 (unfortunately his policies live on to the disappointment of the Cuban people in his Brother Raul); finally the era of the T-Ball team in the area of national security as J.T. McFarland has been named as deputy national security advisor to join Flynn (not having to rely on the likes of Susan Rice will be a welcome relief); as suspected HRC’s lust for power has gotten the better of her as she has joined the recount demand Wisconsin (what next announcements by her of who she will name in place of the appointments already announced by Trump—too bad she never read the Making of a President and Nixon’s refusal to pursue allegations of massive voter fraud coming out of Mayor Daly’s corrupt political machine due to his desire to do what was best for the country and not provoke a Constitutional crisis when we faced a menacing Soviet Union  and the Cold War was in a full court press mode; Stein’s demand for a recount having received less than one percent of the vote can be condemned as a scam to raise money for the Green Party but HRC’s joining in addition to her lust for power raises questions of whether she is doing this not because she believes Trump will be a disaster for the country but rather to protect her felonious hide from a special prosecutor which Trump has indicated he has no desire to name while certain conservatives like Issa are opening their mouths destroying any chance of compromise with the Blues to get this country moving again; on a real sad note and why on-line shopping on this Black Friday Weekend, a Good Samaritan trying to stop a man assaulting a woman in a Wal-Mart parking lot in San Antonio was shot and killed by the assaulter; and on a final note Elizabeth Warren of “I never met a regulation that we should not make more onerous on business” is calling for an investigation of the President-Elect’s Transition Team.
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Mills Brothers, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from an anonymous source, while looking forward to enjoying some leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal (killer recipe for turkey soup 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. Small Business Saturday—instead of being trampled, getting into fisticuffs over the last must have widget, driving for hours in the mall parking lot look for a space, or as seen above getting shot in a mall parking lot, today might be a good day to skip the malls and the crowds and shop in your neighborhood small business stores; after all small businesses are the backbone and driving job creating force of this nation.
2. Anti Obesity Day (International)—created in 2011 to promote awareness of the adverse effects of obesity which causes heart attacks, diabetes, strokes, and kidney failures to name just a few and surprisingly is not just a problem here in the U.S. and the developed world but globally. Why this day is observed on the second day after one’s 8,000 calorie Thanksgiving meal as opposed to a few days prior is a mystery to this poet.
3. 1944 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1944 on a run of 5 weeks in that position “You Always Hurt the One You Love” by the Mills Brothers. Here is a recording of the Mills Brothers performing the song:
4. National Cake Day—celebrating a day that a parent can say let the kids eat cake and not lose one’s head over the wish.   
5. Peanuts Into Dollars—celebrating the birth on this day in 1922 of noted syndicated cartoonist Charles Schultz who finally saw the Great Pumpkin and tried to kick a football with Lucy holding for the last time in 2000.                                                       
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1789 a national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by President Washington as requested by Congress to be observed off and on until 1863 when President Lincoln perhaps influenced by the victory at Gettysburg, declared that it would be celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday in November.
b. 1842 the University of Notre Dame, whose football team today is getting waxed by the Trojans on a wet day in Los Angeles, was founded.      
c. 1922 the Toll of the Sea the first general release motion picture to use two tone Technicolor was released.
d. 2000 George W. Bush was certified by Florida Secretary of State Kathleen Harris as the winner of Florida’s electoral votes to go on to win after a Constitutional Crisis decided by the Supreme Court the exact place we potentially find ourselves today do in part to the inanity of the Green Party and the lust for power of Hillary Clinton. 
e. 2003 an era of supersonic commercial air travel came to an end as the Concorde made its last flight. 
Reflections on the irony of obesity when millions a facing hunger each and every day: “Close to a billion people - one-eighth of the world's population - still live in hunger. Each year 2 million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity. We are eating too much while others starve.” Jonathan Sacks, noted British rabbi and scholar. If that observation of that behavior does not disgust you this observation really will:  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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