Friday, December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Festivus

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 23, 2016 In a chilling reminder on how porous Europe has become and what kind of problems the U.S. may face due to Obama’s reckless refugee policy, Anis Amri, the jihadist who killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin, after traveling through Germany, France and Italy was shot and killed by Italian police in Milan; the A-list performers are snubbing President-elect Trump’s Inauguration (time for the 62 million deplorables to boycott such pampered leftists like Elton John, Celine Dion and others who have refused to perform for political reasons); the new sheriff in town Donald Trump is slamming Lockheed for the outrageously bloated F-35 program and asking Boeing to bid a replacement at lower cost (in addition to swamp draining in Washington, Trump is bringing the pumps to the defense industry); the Sun Bowl has lost a reason to watch it as Christian McAffrey announced he will not be playing in it in order to concentrate on the upcoming football draft (bummer if you are football fan); Joe Biden ripped his own party for its growing elitism (are you listening Pelosi and Schumer?) and ignoring the working class and even that swamp creature in chief Harry Reid charged that the DNC was “useless” (will be interesting to see if Nation of Islam supporter Rep. Ellison will be elected by his fellow Blues to head the DNC); when all else fails in the war against radical Islam, bring in the lawyers for the families of those killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting who have sued Google, Twitter and other social media site for providing aid to ISIS; on a final note and a glaring example of what is wrong with this nation’s higher education system, George Washington University has just eliminated for its history majors a requirement to take any courses in U.S. History (how can you defend a country if you are clueless as to how it arrived at where it is today)?
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Marvin Gaye, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Corey Haim, looking forward to enjoying a few pfefferrnuesses (killer recipe below), 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. HumanLight Day—created by Humanist Society of New Jersey in 2001 to celebrate secular Humanism for those agnostics and atheists that feel left out during Christmas and Hanukah.
2. Festivus—celebrating an alternative to the commercialism of Christmas and popularized by an episode on Seinfeld.
3. 1968 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1968 on a run of 7 weeks in that position “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.  Here is a recording of Marvin Gaye performing the song:
4. National Pfefferrnuesse Day—celebrating the hard spicy cookies which despite meaning pepper nuts have no nuts in them. Here is a recipe to make these delicious cookies:
5. Prescription for Disaster—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1971 of Corey Haim, noted teen actor who was best known for his role in The Lost Boys but who struggled with prescription pill addiction and managed to circumvent the system using multiple pharmacies and doctors to abuse his prescriptions and died too early on March 10, 2010.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1572 showing that Christianity has not been free from religious intolerance in Heidelberg, theologian Johann Sylvan was executed for heresy for his antitrinitarian beliefs.
b. 1913 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Federal Reserve Act creating the Federal Reserve System that Ms. Yellen heads up today.
c. 1947 the transistor was first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories and the Electronic Age was soon upon us.
d. 1954 the first successful kidney transplant was performed by J. Hartwell Harrison and Joseph Murray.
e. 1979 in what would prove to be the Soviet Union’s almost ten year Vietnam like nightmare costing them 14,453 killed and almost 54,000 wounded Soviet troops occupied Kabul.   
Reflections on abuse of prescription drugs from one who knows about it first hand: “But one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 a day - the doctors could not believe I was taking that much. And that was just the valium - I'm not talking about the other pills I went through.” Corey Haim No wonder he died early.  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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