Friday, December 16, 2016

December 16, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Boston Tea Party Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 16, 2016 The post election theater keeps getting more and more bizarre as the head of WikiLeaks swears the Russians did not hand over the leaks of DNC officials and Obama draws another red line this time in cyberland after being the cyber security Rip Van Winkle for eight years by indicating the U.S. will responds to Russian cyber attacks (another if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor promise?); President-elect Trump hit the nail on the head at a thank-you rally when he stated to the effect that if Obama’s administration allegedly knew about Russian knew about Russian influence why did they wait until HRC lost and the light bulbs went on that Obama’s legacy would be shredded did they spring into action?; Trump Trauma continues as the left is down to its last and short straw to keep President-elect Trump out of the oval office with a rabid, bitter and in some cases death threats to have electors go rogue and not vote for Trump by claiming he is unfit and using as an example he “wasn’t nice to Mitt Romney” (what is this world coming to?); on the sports front the entire Minnesota football team is threatening to boycott its Holiday Bowl game with Washington State after the university suspended ten players over an alleged sexual assault in which police declined to arrest; Bowe Bergdahl is in court on pretrial court martial matters on pins and needles waiting for Obama to respond to his request for a pardon; tonight and tomorrow are the last two nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Parade—an event that one would not want to miss as the decorated boats are spectacular.
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to the Singing Nun, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Ayah Bdeir, while looking forward to enjoying any item of food covered with chocolate, 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. National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day—created by unknown creators to line the bottom of the barrel for holiday and observances; wear that ugly sweater you received for Christmas last year but if you do you may not be able to return it on the 26th.
2. Boston Tea Party Day—celebrating one of the iconic protests against Britain and the East India Company when colonists dressed as Native Americans   on this day in 1773 boarded three ships loaded with tea in Boston Harbor and tossed 343 chest of tea into the waters—the fuse to the Revolutionary War was now lit to explode at Concord and Lexington in 1776. To celebrate the day, dump the contents of on bag of English Breakfast Tea into your toilet and flush.
3. 1963 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1963 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “The Singing Nun” by Dominique.  Here is a recording of Dominique performing the song:
4. National Chocolate Covered Anything Day—celebrating a great way to feed the chocolate addiction beast—I vote for almonds or macadamia nuts.
5. Always Good to Have a Second Career to Fall Back on—celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of Billy Gibbons noted American guitarist and founder of ZZ Tops but best noted for his full and long beard which means if not playing in a gig, he could always this time of year play Santa Claus. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1811 in a reminder that there are very few places on this planet immune to earthquakes, the first two of four very severe earthquakes, the most powerful in the continental United States east of the Rockies. hit New Madrid, Missouri.
b. 1907 in a display of growing American naval might, The Great White Fleet with its sixteen battleships began its circumnavigation of the globe.
c. 1947 William Shockley, John Bardeen and William Brattain built the first practical point-contact transistor and the electronic age was about to begin in spades.
d. 1978 Cleveland became the first major American city since the Great Depression to default on its bond obligations.       
e. 2014 in another chilling reminder that the most likely victims of radical Islam are fellow Muslims Tahkit-i-Taliban fanatics attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan and slaughtered 145 people mostly children.
Reflections on the transistor: “The transistor was a small plastic unit that would take us from a world of static bricks piled on top of each other to a world where everything was interactive.” Ayah Bdeir, founder of LittleBits an open source modular library that snap together with magnets.
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