Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 14, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Monkey Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 14, 2016 It’s High Noon at Trump tower as large number of tech CEOs from America’s largest tech companies, most of whom supported the failed candidacy of HRC, are converging on Trump Tower to meet with the President-elect Trump, his chief of staff and adviser Paul Thiel with Trump focusing on these companies bringing jobs back to America and using technology to streamline government (talk about a cleaning of the Aegean Stables like task); Rick Perry has been named to head the Department of Energy, a department he once vowed to dismantle (hope he holds true to that vow as we are still suffering from the crony capitalism of DOE deals like Solyndra); when it comes to green, Jill Stein and the Green Party really know how to spend it as almost $1 million of the $7.4 million raised for the pathetic recount effort went to staff, administrative and consultants plus another $1.6 million to fill the voracious as usual legal trough; whereas Obama has proven to be the great divider, Trump’s moves to reach out to the black community represent promising signs that he will be the great unifier; if the left wing media and pathetic celebrities on The View think that President–elect Trump lacks the temperament to have access to the nuclear codes they should be going ballistic (no pun intended) over the drunken rants of Kim Jong Un as North Korea moves closer to nuclear weapon launch capability to hit South Korea, Japan and American bases in the Pacific (at some point in time unfortunately sooner than later we and the Chinese are going to have to come to the conclusion that this unstable dictatorship needs to be wiped out to the last family member and their nuclear facilities destroyed regardless of the collateral damage); in an “I left my sanity in San Francisco” moment, San Francisco is doubling down on its defiance to remain a Sanctuary City by committing taxpayer dollars to defend deportation proceedings against illegal aliens (the city is putting itself at risk of losing millions upon millions of federal funds); in a “I should have stayed in rehab a bit longer moment” Jamal Goodwin checked himself out of rehab, took a cab to a Malvern bank, robbed it of $5,000 and sped off in the cab but left a duffel with $2700 in cash and his ID in the cab and was quickly arrested thereafter (drugs, alcohol and robbing banks definitely do not mix).
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances (sadly another bottom of the barrel day),  a music link to the Marvelettes, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Kathleen Brehony, while looking forward to enjoying a bowl of bouillibaisse (killer recipe for it 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. Monkey Day—created on this day in 2000 by MSU art students Casey Sorrow and Eric Mullikin to create awareness of and appreciation for those primates genetically so very much like us.
2. Roast Chestnut Day—created by Holiday Insights in 2015 to create and excuse to take a deep breath and relax in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts (remember to with a knife create a cross on each one before placing in oven or it will explode rather than opening up) to prepare for the chaos of juggling Christmas party invitations with the need to shop for gifts and the need to complete projects that must be completed prior to year end for business and tax reasons. 
3. 1961 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1961 on a run of 1 week in that position “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes.  Here is a recording of the Marvelettes performing the song:
4. National Bouillabaisse Day—celebrating a great seafood soup that originated in Marseille that contains a variety of fish, shellfish, vegetables (celery, leeks, onions, potatoes and tomatoes) and spices and Provencal herbs. Here is a killer recipe patterned after the bouillabaisse created by Guillaume Sorrieu, at L'Épuisette, in Marseille, France.
5. Lottery of Death—celebrating the birth on this day in 1916 of Shirley Jackson a noted American author who wrote The Lottery and who heavily influenced Stephen King but lost in the lottery of life as she was a heavy smoker and overweight and died at the early age of 48 from heart failure in her sleep. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1836 the bloodless confrontation between Michigan and Ohio known as the “Toledo War” involving disputed claims to 468 square mile strip of land near Toledo known as the Toledo Strip came to an end with Michigan ceding it to Ohio and receiving in exchange statehood and 3/4 of the Upper Peninsula from the federal government.
b. 1902 the Pacific became a smaller ocean for communications as the Pacific Commercial Cable Company laid the first telegraph cable between San Francisco and Honolulu.
c. 1903 the Wright Brothers failed in their first attempt to fly the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk as it stalled after three seconds barely taking off, causing minor damage to the aircraft.
d. 1964 SCOTUS in the case of Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States ruled that Congress could use the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to prevent discrimination in lodgings. e. 2012 in a dark day for American elementary school education, 20 year old Adam Lanza after killing his mother went to the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Sandy Hook, Connecticut and killed 20 children aged 6 and 7 and six staff members before killing himself as first responders started to arrive.
Reflections on the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary on the 4th anniversary of the carnage of young lives: “Bullying is a factor in many, if not all, of these incidences of school violence. If I hear of a shooting at a school, I can immediately describe the shooter because they are predominately white males, have access to guns and they feel unconnected, shut out, left out.” Kathleen Brohony, noted American writer and clinical psychologist The link to being bullied is another reason that schools should have zero tolerance for that activity.  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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