Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 20, 2016 The Fat Lady that really counts sang with gusto as the Electoral College voted to elect Trump with the attempt by the left to flip electors a total disaster with Trump losing two delegates and Clinton five with three more prevented from joining the defection (if HRC and the Blues were not in such a blaming snit, nice symbolism would have been in those states where electors are not bound to vote according to who won the state to call upon her electors to vote for Trump); you have to pity Obama as it seems every time we see a video of him playing golf yet again, in some place in the world like Ankara, Jordan or Berlin, there is a horrific radical Islamist attack, murdering the Russian Ambassador in Turkey, in Berlin killing 12 German shoppers at a Christmas market and injuring 48 with a lorry, ala Nice, France and in Karak, Jordan at a very popular tourist attraction killing 10 people and wounding 34 others before Jordanian security forces killed the 4 members of the Obama designated JV team; in what has to be the ironies of ironies or the hypocrisy of all hypocrisies, President Obama is cautioning President-elect Trump against the overuse of executive orders (a bit of legacy elimination panic on his part?); in yet another example of fraud that is pervasive in federal entitlement programs, the GAO has just conducted another sting of Health.gov revealing continuing failure to follow mandates on verifying information and income levels before enrolling people with false information in the ACA and approving subsidies; President-elect Trump invited billionaire Carlos Slim, the largest investor in The New York Times to his Florida estate for dinner (would have liked to be in that room when the discussion turned to the construction of the wall and the bias of the paper).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to the New Vaudeville Band, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Gary Zukav, looking forward to enjoying a plate of fried shrimpy, 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. International Human Solidarity Day—created by the UN General Assembly in 2005 to promote global solidarity with efforts to eradicate poverty, encourage economic development and promote peace, all lofty goals in an age of increasing tension and stress from globalization.
2. Winter Solstice Eve—celebrating the day most of us sun lovers have been looking forward for most of 2016 since the summer solstice, the eve of the shortest day of the year as after tomorrow the days start getting longer and longer.
3. 1966 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1966 on a run of 3 weeks in that position “Winchester Cathedral” by the New Vaudeville Band. Here is a recording of a the New Vaudeville performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv_RfFmJ5nA
4. National Fried Shrimp Day—celebrating another way to load up on calories when you are enjoying shrimp that have been rolled in batter and then lowered into a pot of boiling cooking oil.
5. Faster Than a Speeding Bullet—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of the second man to win an Olympic Gold Medal and be inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame, Bob “Bullet Bob” Hayes who was one of the fasted men ever to play the sport, but even with his phenomenal speed, he could not out run alcohol and drug abuse and died at the age of 59 from prostate cancer and liver failure.
On this day in:
a. 1924 in a we wished we would have kept him here longer moment, Adolf Hitler was released from Landsberg Prison in Bavaria after serving 264 days for leading the failed Munich Beer Hall Putsch the prior year.
b. 1946 one of the most acclaimed films of all times, It’s A Wonderful Life, starring Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart, was released to enjoy not box office success but six Oscar nominations, only one of which an Oscar for Technical Achievement was awarded for of all things a method of using artificial snow.
c. 1971 the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders was founded by Bernard Kouchner and a group of journalists in Paris.
d. 1987 in the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history, the ferry Dona Paz sank after hitting the oil tanker Vektor in the Tablas Straits in the Philippines, taking an estimated 4,000 passengers and crew to Davey Jones Locker with her.
e. 1991 in a chilling reminder of how difficult but how critical it is to get radical Islamists to assimilate into our society, a Missouri court sentenced Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their 16 year old daughter Palestina who in their culture had become too Westernized because she had taken a part time job without their permission, listened to rap music and dated an non Muslim. These fanatics were sentenced to death but diabetes beat the state executor with respect of Zein and Maria’s sentence was commuted to life without parole and she died in prison in 2014 at the age of 70.
Reflections on the Eve of the Winter Solstice of the soon to begin winter: “The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory. Gary Zukav, noted American spiritual teacher and author of four New York Times Best Sellers 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 www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com 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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