Friday, November 24, 2017

November 24, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Black Friday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 24, 2017 Retailers have fingers crossed on Black Friday (the day that the cumulative losses suffered by retailers during the course of the year have turned positive at the end of Black Friday which started at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evening) as shoppers with bellies full of turkey skipped the sofa and charged into the big box stores credit cards ready; in another bloody reminder that Muslims are more likely than not to be the victims of Radical Islam, jihadists attacked a mosque in Northeastern Egypt, killing at least 235 worshippers during evening prayers; WaPo reporter Janelle Ross secretly attended and spoke at a Democracy Alliance meeting in California on how to get the alt-left’s economic narrative right and in so doing proved what we have known all along that she along with most of her colleagues have not an objective bone in their leftist bodies (the group is funded by billionaire alt left supporter George Soros who at 87 hopefully will not be on this planet much longer to sponsor his alt-left dribble that has driven countries like Venezuela to the brink of chaos and bankruptcy); Seattle’s income tax on the wealthy residents of Seattle has been struck down by a Superior Court Judge but the city instead of seeing how it can reduce spending will appeal (if successful watch the high earners voting with their feet and moving out of Seattle); Kaepernick who reportedly has a book deal for a million dollars led an Unthanksgiving day at Alcatraz (why he is not grateful for that remains a mystery other than the fact his protest has nothing with racial injustice but rather to impress his leftist Muslim girlfriend whose racist tweet comparing the owner of the Ravens to a plantation owner sank discussion with the Ravens on signing him); possible trouble for Trump on the Mueller witch-hunt front as Flynn’s legal team has ceased cooperating with Trump’s legal team but is now cooperating with Mueller; finally some great news that reveals the charitable nature of the American people—a homeless Marine Corps vet with only $20 to his name gave it to a stranded women who had run out of gas (the woman and her boyfriend created a Go Fund Me account with a goal of raising $10,000 to help the vet and viewers responded with over $380,000 in contributions—kindness does pay); 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 23 increasing to 3293  of whom 575 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 Taylor Swift, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you do not suffer lancinations over the drama in the Swamp, a relevant quote from Lois Kronenberger on the lack of poetry, 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. Evolution Day (International)celebrating the publication on this day in 1859 of Darwin’s On Evolution of the Species.
2. Black Friday—the term was first used by the New York Times and for retailers since 2005 the busiest day of the year with people camping out in front of stores awaiting openings and often total pandemonium when the doors open with shoppers racing through the aisles and sometimes fights breaking out over sale items. 
       3. 2014 Number One Song—the number one song in 2014 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lancination” which is a sharp shooting pain which most conservatives feel when ever Nancy Pelosi takes the stage.   
         5. Anatomy of a Successful Career—celebrating the birth on this day in 1978 of Katherine Heigl, who started modeling at a very early age and evolved to a very successful child actress and managed to bring the gap between child stars and adult actresses by landing an Emmy winning  role in Grey’s Anatomy.  A mother of three she has successfully balanced the demands of career and being a parent.
On this day in:                                                                                   
        a. 1917 9 members of the Milwaukee Police Department were killed when a bomb believed to have been planted next to a church was discovered and brought to the police station for examination but shortly thereafter exploded; until 9/11 the deaths represented largest number of police killed in any single attack and sadly the perpetrators were never caught.
b. 1932 the FBI crime lab opened in Washington, D.C.  
c. 1963 in a really bad day for the Dallas Police Department, on black and white live TV, Lee Harvey Oswald in police custody was shot and killed by Jack Ruby while being transported to an armored car to take him to the county jail.  
d. 1971 during a thunderstorm, Dan Cooper aka D.B. Cooper parachuted from the rear entry of a Boeing 727 with $200,000 of ransom money; neither him nor the money was ever seen again.
e. 2013 in perhaps one of the low points in American diplomacy and reflecting American weakness on the world stage, the Iranians signed an agreement with the 5 permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany that lifted the sanctions in existence on Iran due to its illegal nuclear weapons program, an agreement many believe has created a path to deliverable nuclear weapons status by a nation that continues to sponsor terror in the Middle East and continues to assert that Israel be wiped off the face of the Earth.       
        Reflections on spending during this Black Friday:”The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.” ~Louis Kronenberger, noted 20th Century literary critic and author He is right on point as ads have only one purpose, not to inform, entertain, or kindle discussion but rather to induce someone to buy something not needed and at a price one cannot afford.   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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