Monday, December 26, 2016

december 26, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not First Day of Kwanza

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 26, 2016 May your credit cards still have availability for the Day after Christmas bargains; the carnage in Aleppo is finally over with Syrian and Russian forces occupying a totally devastated city (hard to believe the barbarity of Assad and the fecklessness of this administration; Israel summoned its UN Ambassador home for consultations as a result of the Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements (if Trump wants to start saving money, a reduction in the $8 billion we contribute to the UN would be a great place to start); Obama is on feeding frenzy hobbling our ability to become energy independent moving full speed ahead with pardons, commutations and releases of Gitmo detainees and is being urged by some Blues to recognize a Palestinian State before leaving office; another music legend George Michael passed away in his sleep at the age of 53; cause of death no announced; Kim Jong Un revealed his wackiness today in demanding that all North Koreans celebrate the birth on December 24, 1919 of his grandmother (if there ever is someone who deserves to die from diabetes Kim Jong Un is the perfect candidate); in what has to be one of the unbelievable news items of the day, Solano County is prosecuting a man for a DUI with zero alcohol in his system only a trace a amount of caffeine (wonder is the lights are burning late in Starbucks over this); Carrie Fisher is reported to now be in stable condition after a heart attack on a flight to L.A.
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to George Harrison, factoids of interest for this day in history, relevant observations from Mao Tse Tung, looking forward to enjoying a few candy canes from your Christmas tree, 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. First Day of Kwanza—a weeklong celebration to enable African-Americans to reconnect with their cultural heritage that was started in 1966 by Maulana Karenga.
          2. National Thank You Note Day—since a thank you note is always appreciated by the people who have given you Christmas presents today would be the perfect day to send out thank you notes even if you intend to take the gift back.
          3. Number One Song in 1970—celebrating the number 1 song in 1970 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “My Sweet Lord’ by George Harrison. Here is a link to George Harrison performing the song: Note the cigarette that ultimately killed him in one of the photos of him as a very young man.
          4. National Candy Cane Day—now that Christmas is over a time to celebrated the removal of any edible candy canes so they can be enjoyed now as opposed to when the tree is taken out in several days such that they are not as edible as they should be.
          5. Easier to Overthrow the Government Than to Rule—celebrating the birth on this day in 1893 of Mao Tse Tung who ousted Chiang Kai-Scheck but almost destroyed China with the Great Leap Forward which resulted in mass deaths from famine in the millions and the Cultural Revolution which decimated China of its intellectual human capital.
            On this day in:
1. 1776 in a daring move George Washington’s Continental Army with morale sinking due to earlier defeats crossed the Delaware River and attacked a force of Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey, soundly defeating them with almost no casualties to the Americans.
2. 1861 the U.S. released two Confederate envoys to England that it had illegally removed from a British ship on November 8, 1961 after England indicated it would declare war if they were not released (what a disaster that would have been if England had allied itself with the Confederacy to break the naval blockade.
3. 1898 Marie and Pierre Curie announced the isolation of radium.
4. 1919 the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New Yankees and the “Curse of the Bambino” was born marking a drought of 86 years from the last World Series won by Boston in 1918 of 86 years.
5. 1963 the Beatles released in the United States “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There" marking the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.  
Reflections from the birthday boy on war, guns and politics: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun. Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.” Mao Tse Tung. Sadly he is right on the second and third observation but in the case of the first in the U.S. save for the exception of Donald Trump, power grows out the funds of the SuperPacs and in Trump’s case also out of the power of social media. 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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