Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 12, 2017 On the National Anthem kneeling controversy, the NFL players finally showed some class by not kneeling on Sunday as fans continue to show their disgust by fleeing from the TV sets due to many of these millionaires taking a knee; just when you thought the Mueller witch-hunt could not get more bizarre and needing to be reigned in, news out that he has found a new coven of witches involving Flynn, but not Russia or Ukraine but Flynn and Turkey and a plot to kidnap Turkish moderate Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and turn him over to Turkey (vehemently denied by Flynn and Turkey); on the drunk driving front, several days ago a Florida woman made news by being arrested for DUI while riding her horse on a highway with animal endangerment charges thrown in which idiocy may have been topped by Kenneth Alleshouse of Florida arrested with a blood alcohol level of.24, three times the legal limit for driving a lawnmower on a busy highway (in addition to probably swerving the case of Budweiser on the mower might have been a dead giveaway of intoxication); on the Hollywood sexual harassment front Wonder Women Gal Gadot will not make a sequel unless accused sexual harasser Brett Ratner is terminated from any financial involvement with the sequel (the film grossed $400M); the California Blues have got caught with their proverbial zippers down as the President pro temp of the California Senate seeking to replace an aging Diane Feinstein is under investigation for sexual harassment of a young female employee; in the homestretch of his Asia trip, Trump held a joint press conference with the President of Vietnam and was on the Twitter warpath indicating Russia could help in solving the North Korea nuclear issue and called ex-Intel officers under Obama as political hacks; SNL put Trump bashing Baldwin on hold as they went after Blues, Brazille and HJC (nothing like a little fair and balanced comedy to spiff up the ratings among the deplorables); while the Hollywood sex scandals are spreading faster than bacteria can multiply, the Oscar season kicked off with the Governor’s Award to those in the business who have been performing for decades with excellence but with business as usual, ignoring the sexual predators in the business; on the hacking front 800 school websites were hacked by pro ISIS groups and for hours were corrupted with pro ISIS jihadist material (the sooner the civilized world realizes that we and an overwhelming number of Muslims are at war with this ideology, the sooner we will be able to wipe it off the face of the Earth like small pox; 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 11 increasing to 3221 of whom 562 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 Kannye West, factoids of interest for this day in history, knowing that here in the U.S. is a word never heard but is, albeit translated, in many Sharia ruled countries, relevant quotes from three participants in the tragedy at Mai Lai, 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. World Pneumonia Day—observed since 2009 to bring numerous health organizations together to create awareness of the deaths inflicted on children under five by pneumonia and to promote research in ways to stop the dreaded disease in its tracks.
2. International Tongue Twister Day—commemorating a word game that has fascinated people for centuries and produced great amounts of laughter when participants’ tongues are truly twisted as the phrase is said faster and faster—try this one on your tongue: “The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick.”
3. 2005 Number One Song—the number one song in 2005 on a run of 10 weeks in that position was “Gold Digger” by Kannye West. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vwNcNOTVzY
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lairwite” which must be a word that given our morals has faded into oblivion as it means a fine given to a woman who commits adultery (could not find a similar word involving for the man).
5. All’s Fair In Love And Skating—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your point of view, the birth on this day in 1970 of Tonya Harding who was the first female skater to complete a triple axel but ruined her career by having her husband hire a hit man to attack Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 Olympics Trials which resulted in her being banned from the sport for life.
On this day in:
a. 1927 Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party of the Soviet Union leaving Joseph Stalin in charge.
b. 1936 the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was completed.
c. 1948 the International Military Tribune for the Far East sentenced 7 high ranking civilian and military officials to death for war crimes.
d. 1969 in a testament to the need for a free press, investigative journalist Seymour Hersch broke the story of the Mai Lai Massacre which the U.S. Army was trying to conceal from the American people.
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 Mai Tai from one American who tried to halt the massacre, one American who was in charge and one Vietnamese survivor and yet President Trump was warmly welcomed in Vietnam: 1. “[Hugh] Thompson landed again… walked over to this lieutenant, and I could tell they were in a shouting match. I thought they were going to get in a fist fight. He told me later what they said. Thompson: ‘Let’s get these people out of this bunker and get ’em out of here.’ Brooks: ‘We’ll get ’em out with hand grenades.’ Thompson: ‘I can do better than that. Keep your people in place. My guns are on you.’ Hugh was outranked, so this was not good to do, but that’s how committed he was to stopping it.” Lawrence Colburn, a member of Thompson’s helicopter crew 2. “The only crime I have committed is in judgement of my values. Apparently I valued my troops’ lives more than I did the lives of the enemy.” William Calley, ‘C’ company lieutenant 3. “It’s why I’m old before my time. I remember it all the time. I’m all alone and life is hard. Thinking about it has made me old… I won’t forgive as long as I live. Think of the babies being killed, then ask me why I hate them.”A Vietnamese survivor of the My Lai massacre No matter how just a war may be at the start as the casualties mount the battles fought may become crimes against humanity. 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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