Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Advent Sunday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 27, 2016 The world has a chance of being a better place as one more brutal repressive dictator, Fidel Castro (who to the amazement of people who fled his repressive failed regime is being praised by many of mainstream media and the left like Stein who tweeted Fidel was a symbol for the struggle for justice in the shadow of an empire-U.S.),  bites the bullet and dies at age 90 (unfortunately his policies live on to the disappointment of the Cuban people in his Brother Raul); H(hypocrite)RC after sanctimoniously blasting Trump during the campaign for alleging the results of the election might be rigged joins the Green Party fund raising device to demand a recount of three swing states she lost because of her dishonesty and untrustworthiness; after the media has been up in arms over the “disarray” in the transition team, David Axelrod who was instrumental in Bill Clinton’s transition team has admitted that Trump is further ahead in the process that they were at the same time after the election; Wells Fargo is not yet out of the woods over its sales practices which forced its president John Stumpf to resign as another class action law suit has been filed which Wells Fargo is trying to force into binding arbitration; protests continue at the Dakota Access Pipeline as protestors are ignoring an eviction order and have turned tragic as one female protestor is facing major surgeries to save her arm either from a police concussion grenade or a propane canister she was holding (I shudder to think of the protests of the much longer Keystone XL that Trump should approve on day one of his administration; on a final note, I hope you still have credit availability after Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to further go into debt on Cyber Monday.
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Harry James and his Orchestra, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Caroline Kennedy, while looking forward to enjoying a slice of Bavarian Creme Pie, 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. Advent Sunday—celebrating the first day of the liturgical year and the beginning of Advent to prepare for the birth of Christ.
2. National Electric Guitar Day—celebrating the contribution of the electric guitar to music thanks to the joint effort by George Beauchamp, a musician, and Adolph Rickenbacker, an electrical engineer, in 1932 to create it and celebrated on this day as it is the birthday of Jimi Hendrix, considered by many to be the most influential electric guitarist of all times even though his short-lived career ended at age 28 from and overdose.
3. 1945 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1945 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “It’s Been a Long, Long Time” by Harry James and his Orchestra.  Here is a recording of Harry James and his Orchestra with Kitty Kallen ( died in January of this year at 94) on the vocals performing the song:
4. National Bavarian Crème Pie Day—celebrating another high caloric desert created by the French consisting of a mixture of pourable custard sauce combined with gelatin, beaten egg whites and lightly whipped cream poured into a pie crust then topped with one’s favorite toppings such as fruit, berries, or liquers.   
5. Last One Standing—celebrating the birth on this day in 1957 of Caroline Kennedy, the last surviving child of JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy who is serving as the Ambassador to Japan.                                                     
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1835 James Pratt and John Smith have the dubious distinction of being the last people in England to be hanged for sodomy.
b. 1924 the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City.      
c. 1945 in another example of the generous nature of most Americans, CARE was founded as a means for Americans to donate food and hardware to war ravaged Europe.
d. 1973 thanks to the 25th Amendment and in a display of bi-partisanship rarely seen today following the resignation of Spiro Agnew as Vice President due to his plea bargain on charges of bribery and tax fraud that required him to do so, the Senate voted 95-3 and the House 385-37 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President. 
e. 2015 in another chilling reminder of the passions that exist in some segments of our society on the issue of abortion, Robert Lewis Dear, Jr. opened fire in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, wounding 6 police officers, one of whom later died and wounding 6 civilians, two of whom later died; after 5 hours he surrendered, found incompetent to stand trial and is now incarcerated in a Colorado psychiatric facility. 
Reflections on what else other that making America Great Again in terms of the economy is also needed: “As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.” Caroline Kennedy How right she is especially since both sides during the campaign found their kindness and decency accounts totally overdrawn with both Obama and Clinton still wanting to write insults knowing they are NSF.    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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