Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas 2017

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 18, 2017 On the transportation disaster front, Atlanta’s airport, the busiest in the nation which was shut down yesterday due to a power outage is back in business and on the ground an Amtrak train between Portland and Seattle derailed on an overpass over the Southbound I-5 with at least 6 fatalities and 77 people taken to local hospitals; Trump is unveiling an America First strategy that will discard in inane PC stance by our former feckless president refusing to identify radical Islam as an existential threat; at NBC the only “Hardball” practiced is its refusal to acknowledge how many more settlements for sexual harassment by its “star” Chris Matthews it has entered into to protect him and the network; ESPN  slammed for introducing left wing bias in its sports coverage and rocked last week by a damming report on sexual harassment of its female employees was hit today with the resignation of its CEO for substance abuse (addiction like alcoholism is an equal opportunity disease); the MSM and Holder are up in arms over the “attempts by Trump and his supporters to discredit Mueller” when in reality Mueller and his cabal of biased rabid Hillary supporters and anti-Trump warriors are discrediting him better than Trump could ever do and sadly taking down the integrity of the FBI and the DOJ (what little it has left after the politicization by Holder and Lynch); Dershowitz who is by no means a bastion of conservative thought but an esteemed constitutional scholar has slammed Mueller’s complete flouting of the 4th Amendment in obtaining Trump Transition e-mails and mail without warrants (more and more this “investigation” really known as a witch-hunt is looking like a Trump lynching that should have been headed by the former chief lyncher at the DOJ Loretta Lynch); on the sexual harassment front Judge Kozinski of the liberal 9th Circuit after 15 women had filed complaints announced his retirement and Linda Sarsour, the pro-Palestinian activist who organized the Women’s March on Washington has been charged by a women she supervised as being an enabler to encourage sexual harassment;  as the market is again taking off today due to this week’s expected passage of a massive tax cut and if the economy takes off as most economists expect it will as a result assuming the Reds can focus on message “ look at your paycheck, 401k and IRA balances, and the figures for unemployment, growth and wage growth and remember that not a single Blue voted in favor,” the Blues will not do very well in 2018 and Schumer and Pelosi will be eating crow;  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 December 17 increasing to 3481, 609 of whom have died.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Guy Williams, factoids of interest for this day in history, being able to impress your sailing friends with knowledge of what a leech is, a relevant quote by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe missing completely the depth of support to recall Gray Davis, 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. International Migrants Daycreated by UN General Assembly in 2000 to promote rights for the increasing number of migrants fleeing from civil war, radical Islam and economic deprivation but unfortunately doing nothing to curtail the spread of radical Islam or remove tyrants like Assad.
2. Arabic Language Day (United Nations)—created by UNESCO to promote multiculturalism and promote the equal use of its six official languages of which Arabic is one.   
3. 1956 Number One Song— the number one song in 1956 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Singing the Blues” by Guy Mitchell. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “leech” not the blood sucking animal Vietnam War veterans learned to hate but here the vertical edge of a square sail.
5. From The Land Down Under—celebrating the birth of noted Australian stage and screen actress Rachel Griffiths.
     On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1977 the United States celebrated its first Thanksgiving to honor the defeat of British forces under General Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga in October which was instrumental in convincing the French to start providing aid to this country.
b. 1917 the Congress passed a resolution for the 18th Amendment to establish Prohibition once three fourths of the states had ratified it.
c.  1958 the U.S. successfully launched into orbit the SCORE satellite, the world’s first communications satellite with an Atlas rocket and was popularized by President Eisenhower’s Christmas message sent up to it and relayed back to Earth.
d. 1972 in a move to force the North Vietnamese back to the negotiating table, President authorized the resumption of Linebacker 2 B-52 bombings of North Vietnam, including Hanoi and Haiphong Harbor, a major entry point for arms from China and the Soviet Union.
e. 2002 Governor Gray Davis announced that the State of California was facing a record budget deficit of $35 billion, almost twice what had been reported during his election campaign that had ended which along with the increased car tax, the brown out electricity crisis and the bursting of the bubble led to his being recalled in October 2003, only the second governor in American political history to bear that dubious distinction.    

Reflections on why we mere mortals should not listen to pundits and pollsters in the Swamp bubble who completely blew it by forecasting an easy Hillary win: “ didn't see a groundswell of support for a recall. I saw a crowd that would add credence to the governor's claim that it is a partisan movement.” — Sherry Bebitch Jeffe a liberal pundit who led the chorus of political experts who downplayed early recall campaign efforts and most likely was predicting a Hillary win while being unable to see the real world through her ivy covered lenses.

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