Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Green Monday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 11, 2017 Akayed Ullah, a man from Bangladesh inspired by ISIS, detonated a suicide pipe bomb in New York City this morning near the Port Authority Building that fortunately for intel purposes did not kill him and left him and 3 other people  with minor injuries (first question to ask is how did this deranged fanatic, his sister and parents  get into this country) while the terrorist attack was unfolding, the Cack News Network was focusing on how many diet Cokes Trump consumes daily; NBC (“Nothing But Coverup” when it comes to sexual harassment of one of its perverted stars Matt Lauer) is taking well deserved flack for its refusal to appoint an independent investigator to investigate sexual harassment claims against it (Nothing But Cover-up was the network that refused to run the exposé on the sexual misconduct of Harvey Weinstein); on the ivory tower front, Gibson’s Bakery is suing Oberlin College for slandering the bakery as being racist for calling police when three black Oberlin College students were caught trying to steal wine and pled guilty to attempted theft (also signed an admission that the store was not racist); on the sexual harassment front, celebrity chef Mario Batali has been accused by four women of improper sexual advances and is stepping down from The Chew; strong Santa Ana winds have caused the Thomas Fire in Ventura County expand rapidly near Montecito and Carpeteria to put thousands of homes in danger including those belonging to A-List celebrities; more and more women are coming out claiming they were molested by Trump in the early 2000’s which Trump has forcefully denied (having gotten nowhere on the argument that Trump is mentally unfit or suffering from dementia, watch the Blues attempt to leapfrog with their new and shallow Puritanism and resignations of Franken and Conyers to press for Trump’s resignation to nullify his election); 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 10 increasing to 3427, 594 of whom have died.
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Phil Harris Lane, factoids of interest for this day in history, an absence of latria with respect to our politicians, a relevant quote by Bernard Madoff scamming the system which for him he did not heed,  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 Mountain Daycreated by the UN General Assembly in 2003 to create awareness of the importance of sustainable economic development in mountain communities.
2. Green Monday—celebrating the propensity of retailers to devise during the Christmas season another reason to separate money from consumers’ wallets with an online buying day similar to Cyber Monday which follows Thanksgiving falling on the last Monday in which there are at least 10 days (the drop dead date for most shippers to insure that gifts arrive before Christmas) left before Christmas.   
3. 1950 Number One Song— the number one song in 1950 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “The Thing“ by Phil Harris. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “latria” which is the highest degree of veneration which is assigned to God over the next in line the saints; fortunately except in the Hermit Kingdom with its cult of personality politicians will never be held in latria.
5. Great Things Can Come In Small Packages—celebrating the birth on this day in 1944 of 4’9” Brenda Tarpley better known to her fans as Brenda Lee, still singing strong and still married to her 6’4” husband.  
       On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1941 in what would prove to be the dumbest move ever made, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States to guarantee given the productive capacity of the U.S. that they would lose World War II.
b. 1946 UNICEF was founded.
c. 1972 Apollo 17 became the sixth and last spacecraft to land on the Moon.
d. 1980 the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (aka  Superfund) was enacted by Congress.
e. 2008 Bernard Madoff was arrested by federal authorities in conjunction with his creation and selling to investors a $50 billion Ponzi Scheme.      

Reflections on the need to heed one’s own advice as opposed to disregarding it: “In today's regulatory environment, it's virtually impossible to violate rules ... but it's impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time.” Bernard Madoff Doubt if it is a comfort to someone who will die in prison due to old age, but at least Madorf when he does leave this world will know that he was right. 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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