Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Black Wednesday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 22, 2017 The sexual abuse scandal in the Swamp has infected both Reds and Blues and is growing like a cancer with John Conyers, long term high ranking Blue of the House Judiciary the target of sexual harassment claims brought by a female staffer and secretly settled at taxpayer expense and reported as severance pay and Texas Red Representative Bob Barton’s nude photo and lewd message going viral, prompting in Conyer’s case demands by the press he resign (we may be a nation of laws but not in the minds of many legislators that write the laws that either exempt them or they feel that they do not apply to them) and in Barton’s case an apology; Sessions has announced that so far this year 1200 MS-13 gang members have been convicted and 4000 arrested (just another reason to build the wall, increase border patrol agents and end the nonsense of sanctuary cities); the Black Caucus is trying to do something positive by having its members attend two days of training on sexual abuse (contrast that with the idiotic tweet by Teen Vogue columnist Emily Lindin who asserted that false claims causing men to lose their jobs is a price she will accept); the Cack ”News” Network is living up to its reputation as one of its columnists Dylan Byers bemoaned in a tweet that the accusations of sexual abuse are causing a drain of talent in the entertainment and media (sounds like he believes that only perverts like Weinstein can be creative and that people with morals who respect women have not a creative bone in their body—such BS); on this Thanksgiving Eve to on Thanksgiving to celebrate and hopefully share the material and spiritual bounty of this great land I hope you enjoy and share my annual Thanksgiving Day Poem at your dinner table; the fallout from the spiking of the Weinstein Sex Scandal continues for Nothing But Cack “News" as CNN’s top investigative reporter Ronan Barrow who broke the Weinstein story is rumored to be in talks with ABC (Also Biased Cack); like 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 19 increasing to 3282  of whom 573 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 the Taylor Swift, factoids of interest for this day in history, comforted by the fact that your sweater is a lanate one, a relevant quote from Sarah Hepola on blackout drinking, 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. Blackout Wednesdaycelebrated by mostly college students returning from college to spend Thanksgiving with their parents to get together with friends in their home town and engage in a “little” partying.
       2. Humane Society Anniversary Day—celebrating an animal’s best friend the Humane Society which was founded on Wednesday November 24, 1954. 
       3. 2014 Number One Song—the number one song in 2014 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lanate” which means wooly which should describe the sweater you are wearing on a cold day.
         5. Good Reason to Take Up Yoga When Not Skiing—celebrating the birth on this day in 1961 of Mariel Hemingway, noted actress and granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway who also owns a yoga studio in Sun Valley.
On this day in:                                                                                   
         a. 1869 the clipper Cutty Sark, one of the last clipper ships ever built and the only one still surviving today was launched from Dumbarton, Scotland, its image forever immortalized on the label of Cutty Sark Scotch.
          b. 1935 the China Clipper launched trans-Pacific service between Alameda, California and Manila, Philippines for approximately $700 for a one way fare ($12,612 in today’s dollars).  
        c. 1963 President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas in an open limousine and Texas Governor John Connolly wounded.  
d. 1995 the first animated movie completely created by computers, Toy Story, was released.
e. 2002 religious zealots rioted over  a Nigerian newspaper editorializing that Muhammad if he were alive would have selected one of his many wives as a winner in the  Miss World Contest being held in Nigeria, killing some 200 people.       
          Reflections on this Blackout Wednesday why blackout drinking is not a good idea: ““Addiction was the inverse of honest work. It was everything, right now. I drank away nervousness, and I drank away boredom, and I needed to build a new tolerance. Yes to discomfort, yes to frustration, yes to failure, because it meant I was getting stronger. I refused to be the person who only played games she could win.” Sarah Hepola Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.”  
Only problem in addition to the obvious that a blackout drinker is a threat to him or herself and any person on the same road is that the problems one tries to forget are waiting for you on steroids when you wake up.
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© November 22, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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