Monday, December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Goa Liberation Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 19, 2016 The Fat Lady that really counts is singing today as I type voting as members of the Electoral College to end the nonsense of the celebrities’ temper tantrums threatening to leave the U.S. on Trump’s election (given his tax cut they at least will be able to buy a bigger mansion, have more security guards and staff and upgrades on their clothes, wine and brie), the childish rants of Diane Pelosi, and the hollow promises of a pathetic, obese director to pay their fines if they flip; President Obama in hopefully his last public display of delusion announced during his press conference that the United States is viewed in the world as stronger and more respected that when he took office—can hear the laughter from Beijing, Moscow and Tehran despite the distance;  in Turkey, a jihadist shouting “ Remember Aleppo Allah Akbar” shot and killed the Russian Ambassador visiting an art exhibition on video and was then killed by Turkish security forces (too bad they were not able to wound him and take him prisoner to extract information); in what looks like another jihadist inspired Nice copycat killing, a truck ploughed through a Berlin Christmas market killing nine and injuring many others but the driver escaped and is on the run (really hope the police capture him alive to extract useful intel); the Clinton blame game continues on all cylinders with Bill Clinton ignoring his role in meeting Lynch on her private jet but blaming “angry white males” and FBI Director James Comey while other insiders to the campaign are heaping blame on Huma Abedin (when will they ever acknowledge the reason for the loss—Hillary Clinton and her ongoing baggage of deception, disdain and lies and her penchant for secrecy evidenced by her private email server); never let it be said that the job killing EPA did not go down swinging as it released proposed regulations that would decimate mining in this country (hopefully day one those proposed regulations are thrown into the trash by the Trump Administration); Christine LeGarde, the head of the IMF, was found guilty of negligence while serving as Finance Minister of France in 2008 but dodged a fine and jail sentence; on a final note but somewhat bizarre if true (have to be careful in the era of fake news) a woman in Australia found a highly venomous three foot tiger snake in her Christmas tree hiding out with the tinsel, lights and ornaments.
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  music links to the Dave Clark Five and Phil Ochs, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Phil Ochs, while trying to ignore the warnings of you dentist to enjoy some hard candy, blessed with a positive attitude and the ability to absquatulate from a difficult or embarrassing situation  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. Goa Liberation Day—celebrating if in India and condemned if in Portugal the ending on this day in 1961  of 451 years of  Portuguese rule of Goa by military force in a war that lasted 36 hours but still  killed less than 60 members of the Portuguese and Indian military.
 2. In Desperation Word of the Day—since there are no holidays and observances on this day worthy of note other than Goa Liberation Day today a new entrant “Word of the Day” which will add to your erudition and be permanent in 2017 replacing the daily food holidays: “Absquatulate” which is the act of leaving a place suddenly and quickly which is something that Trump supporters can hardly wait to see when it applies to the denizens of the swamp.
3. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1965 on a run of 1 week in that position “Over and Over” by the Dave Clark Five.  Here is a recording of a very young and clean cut the Dave Clark Five performing the song:
4. National Hard Candy Day—celebrating the creativity of confectioners that started to appear in the 17th Century in Europe to satisfy our inherent sweet tooth to the joys of dentists everywhere.  
5. He’s Not Marching Anymore—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of noted American singer Phil Ochs who was a prolific song writer and protester of the Vietnam War who sadly battled mental illness and alcohol abuse and hanged himself in 1976.
Here is a recording of him performing one of his noted songs “I Ain’t Marchin Anymore”:  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1606 the Susan Constant, Discovery and Godspeed departed from England with settlers who would later land at what become known as Jamestown, Virginia.
b. 1977 George Washington’s Continental Army went into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to endure a winter of misery, starvation, disease and death that came close to breaking the back of the American Revolution.
c. 1974 Nelson Rockefeller was sworn in as Vice President of the United States pursuant to the 25th Amendment to serve with President Gerald Ford who had been elevated to President of the United States following the resignation of Richard Nixon.
d. 1984 the joint Sino-British Declaration transferring Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997 was executed.   
e. 1998 President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives but saved by the Blues in the Senate from being found guilty.
Reflections on an observation that is close to being right but not quite:”The fortunes of the entire world may well ride on the ability of young Americans to face the responsibilities of an old America gone mad.” Phil Ochs Change “young” to “deplorable” and “old” to “establishment and swamp denizens” and go the head of the class.
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