Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 28, 2017 Schumer and Pelosi are acting like spoiled children and canceled a scheduled meeting with the president along with McConnell and Ryan to discuss tax cuts and keeping the government open (totally pathetic Chuck and Nancy, totally pathetic; when will you start earning your pay by compromising and seeking common ground as opposed to our way or the highway?); Elizabeth Warren is on the warpath, literally and figuratively, over the theater at the Consumer Finance Protection Agency that has two dueling heads, one appointed by Trump and the other named as a deputy head by the resigning head appointed by Obama and the press is on the warpath over Trump’s label of Pocahontas for Warren who falsely claimed Indian heritage to obtain a teaching job at Harvard; MSM is on a a frenzy to dish FLOTUS over her taste in dress and Christmas decorations at the White House which this poet believes both are stunning (you be the judge: http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2017/11/28/first-lady-melania-trump-trolled-over-white-house-christmas-decorations-outfit.html); the Rocket Man is at it again with another ballistic missile launch over the Sea of Japan—when does the president and the Pentagon wake up to the reality that China is going to do squat against the rogue regime and we are going to be forced to launch a preemptive strike with all weapons including nuclear to eliminate this obese lunatic and his entire family followed by an opening of the border to allow anyone who wanted to migrate into South Korea to do so; on the sexual relations front former Hiawatha High School biology teacher Gabrielle Bauman pleaded no contest in her six month birds and the bees extracurricular romp with one of her minor students, another staffer of Conyers has come forward to detail his sexual abuse, and 180 women have come forward to complain of being sexual abused by massagers with evidently large, active reptilian brains at Massage Envy, a national chain of massage parlors; on the good news Christmas Spirit front and so appropriate to report on this Giving Tuesday, while most Black Friday shoppers were fighting over vanishing stock of bargain priced goods, a Good Samaritan in Cherry Hills, New Jersey known only as Charlie K, wrote a check for $10,732 to pay off the balance due on 62 lay-away orders; 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 27 increasing to 3333 of whom 581 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 Rae Sremunnd, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping you leave any Laodician attitudes at home in trying to face issues that many confront you, a relevant quote by Oprah Winfrey on giving, 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. Giving Tuesday—celebrated first at the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y in New York City in 2012 and supported by such philanthropic organizations as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a way the survivors of the orgy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday can atone for their gluttony by giving money, gifts and their time to those less fortunate.
2. Turkey Leftover Day—since tomorrow is Throw Out Leftovers Day, today is appropriately the last day to celebrate this observance by serving up what turkey remains from one’s Thanksgiving Day meal.
3. 2016 Number One Song—the number one song in 2016 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmund. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8m9zhNAgKs
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “Laodician” which means lukewarm or halfhearted which when it comes to attacking Trump the MSM is anything but Laodician.
5. Rice Had Too Much Spice—celebrating the birth on this day in 1936 of former Senator Gary Hart who managed George McGovern’s disastrous campaign against Richard Nixon and so emboldened ran for the Democratic nomination for president against Walter Mondale only to be sabotaged by his reptilian brain with rumors of an affair with Donna Rice which ended his candidacy.
On this day in:
a. 1942 in the deadliest nightclub fire in our history the Coconut Grove in Boston caught fire killing 492 patrons and employees (32 more than the authorized capacity of the building) and injuring 100’s more; the owner of the club Barney Welansksy notorious for bricking up and hiding exits to prevent people from leaving without paying was charged with numerous code violations and 19 counts of manslaughter, convicted, and sentenced to 12-15 years in prison and then pardoned after serving 4 years; on his release, suffering from cancer, he told reporters that he wished he had died with the 492 victims, which he did 9 weeks later due to the spreading cancer.
b. 1964 members of the National Security Council met with President Johnson to recommend a two stage plan for escalating the bombing of North Vietnam that never achieved the objective of blocking the flow of men and material into South Vietnam or forcing the North to come to the peace talks table but did achieve the goal of having the Hanoi Hilton and ten other prisons achieve 100 percent occupancy.
c. 1972 Claude Buffet and Roger Bontems had the dubious distinction of being the last persons executed in France by being guillotined at the La Sante Prison in Paris.
d. 1989 in the face of growing protests the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced it was giving up its political monopoly in the country.
e. 1990 the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher announced her resignation as the head of the Conservative Party and as Prime Minister to be replaced by John Major.
Reflections on why Giving Tuesday should be a daily regime throughout the year: “To move forward, you have to give back.” Oprah Winfrey. So very true as none of us are Pharoahs with all our possessions taken to the grave with us. 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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