Sunday, November 5, 2017

November 5, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Guy Fawkes Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 5, 2017 Tragedy at a First Baptist Church in the small Texas town of Sutherland Springs with at least 26 people killed and dozens wounded by a gunman who walked into the church during services today and opened fire (over 6 percent of the town’s population gone); Donna Brazile’s revelations about the rigged Democratic primary elections in favor of HJC have the Democrats in disarray as she claimed that the Clintonites made her feel like a slave (typical Democratic strategy—take the black vote and run away after the elections) as the Blue once leading in Virginia by 7 points in the race for governor has seen his lead evaporate to a dead heat; Trump was roundly cheered by the U.S. military at an air force base in Japan and then met with Prime Minister Abe during a round of golf with him and admitted that he will be meeting with Putin later in the Asian trip to discuss North Korea; on the sports front in New York City, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years beating a three time winner from Kenya by one minute and finishing behind the men’s winner from Kenya by 13 some minutes; heavy police presence along the route prevented any problems; Stanford’s hopes of revenge against USC in the PAC 12 Championship Game and Bryce Love”s dreams of a Heisman were both  dashed  yesterday in Pullman by Washington State 24-21 in the rain and light snow; on the business front, Sprint and T-Mobile have called off their merger; almost like a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings in 2017 through November 4 increasing to 3189 and the death toll increasing to 555 and still 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 relevant quote from that radicalize scumbag Nidal Hasan, a music link to Monica, factoids of interest for this day in history, while hoping that your day is not filled with unproductive lacunae, while secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like birthday, 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. Guy Fawkes Day—observed in the United Kingdom, New Zealand,  and the Canadian Provinces of Labrador and Newfoundland to commemorate the arrest of Guy Fawkes on this day in 1605 who was guarding the gunpowder placed under the House of Lords to be used to assassinate King James I.
2. Bank Transfer Day—celebrating a consumer activist movement to transfer funds from big banks and their outrageous fees to nonprofit credit unions.
3. 1998 Number One Song—the number one song in 1998 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “The First Night” by Monica. Here is a recording of the song to enjoy:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lacuna” which is a blank or missing space.   
5. Five Time Loser—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your point of view the birth on this day in 1855 of Eugene V. Debs noted American socialist who ran for President of the United States 5 times from 1900 to 1020 and lost each time (no wonder Bernie Sanders though a socialist ran as a Democrat.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1916 in a sad day for labor relations police and members of the Industrial Workers of the World clashed at Everett, Washington in a shootout that left 2 police and 5 IWW members dead and scores from both sides wounded.                                                          b. 1940 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first and only person to be elected to a third term as president.
c. 1990 Rabbi Meir Kahane, leader of the right wing Kach Party was shot and killed after giving a speech in a Manhattan hotel.
d. 2007 Google introduced its Android operating system.
e. 2009 Major Nidal Hasan, who had been radicalized, shot and killed 13 soldiers and wounded 32 others at Fort Hood in the deadliest shooting at a U.S. military installation; true to form Obama could not call it for what it was and instead used the euphemism “workplace violence.”
Reflections on what we are up against in confronting radical Islam: “I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State. It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.” –Nidal Hasan, was sentenced to death for his crimes but unfortunately still has not been executed. 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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