Saturday, November 11, 2017

November 11, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Veterabs' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 11, 2017 Today we honor our vets for their service and sacrifice not with just applause and ovations but hopefully also with a job if an employer, contributions to such groups as Wounded Warriors and other veterans’ support groups, and outrage over the callousness of the VA Hospitals to their medical and psychological needs; Trump conversed with Putin in Vietnam and indicated again that Putin denied any attempt by Russia to interfere with our presidential election as the two issued a joint statement that they would continue the fight against ISIS until it was defeated in Syria; on the sexual harassment front Judge Moore vehemently denied the allegations of sexual abuse against a 53 year old woman who was 14 at the time but has remained silent for almost 40 years and we find that another woman who dated him and kissed him when she was 17 and he 34 worked as a translator for HJC’s campaign and several other Blue candidates; while President Trump remained in Asia, Melania stopped at Elmadorf Air Force Base in Anchorage and visited a children’s center to see what the children were making and joined them in playing with Playdough (what a class act); once again when it comes to offense the Beatles were proved right that “All You Need Is Love, Love is all you need” as Bryce Love against the Huskies at Stanford ran for 166 yards and three tds against a defense that had only allowed three tds the whole season prior to the game as Stanford knocked off the Huskies 30-22;  almost a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings by mostly minorities against mostly minorities in 2017 through November 10 increasing to 3224  of whom 560 have died while nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Usher and Alicia Keys, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that you are generous with your lagniappes,  a relevant quote from Nick Lampson on veterans and Veterans’ Day, 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. Veterans’ Daycommemorated first on this day in 1919 as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I and made a federal holiday in 1938. 
 Wine Tourism Day—commemorating since 2014 the contribution of wineries to our economies and the tourism industry, especially in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys which sadly were exposed to major wildfires recently. 
3. 2004 Number One Song—the number one song in 2004 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “My Boo” by Usher and Alicia Keys. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lagniappe”  which is a fancy word for tip or gratuity.   
5. Ideologue with all the wrong causes—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your point of view, the birth on this day of Barbara Boxer a leftist Blue Senator who in retiring has been replaced by a clone who is further to the left than she is—Kamala Harris.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1919 members of the International  Industrial Workers attacked and Armistice Day Parade in Centralia, Washington resulting in the deaths of five people.
b. 1923 President Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. 
c. 1926 it became easier to navigate one’s motor vehicle in the U.S. when it designated its Highway Numbered System.   
d. 1967 in a propaganda stunt so typical of the left Tom Hayden, who was to marry Hanoi Jane Fonda, in Phnom Penh received three American prisoners of war released to him by the Viet Cong to return to the United States.
e. 1993 a statute honoring the contributions of women who served in the Vietnam War Theater was unveiled at the Vietnam War Memorial.       
Reflections on the veterans and Veterans’ Day: “But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.” Nick Lampson, former Blue Congressman from the State of Texas   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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