Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 16, 2017 Just when you thought Mueller’s credibility and impartiality could not go lower, Trump’s lawyer is now claiming he illegally obtained unredacted documents from the Trump Transition Team (when does this nation come to its senses and continue this investigation including a real investigation of collusion involving the DOJ, Clinton and the FBI with an unbiased team without a McCabe or any other Clintonites?); even though Trump rightfully believes that top members of the FBI objectivity lack, he appeared before new recruits yesterday to tell them he will always have their back; we now know why Hillary had such a low energy campaign, saving herself for her delusional and lengthy book tour that in Seattle has finally come to an end—thank God!; Corker and Rubio are now on board and the Red tax bill should soon be passed without a single Blue vote (for the midterms Reds should start now with the message “look at your paycheck and balance in 401ks and remember every Blue voted against the tax cut”); McCabe the FBI official in charge of the “investigation” of Hillary’s private email server will be grilled in front of Congress next week in what should be a contentious session (if he like the deputy director hides behind the smokescreen that the FBI Inspector General is conducting an investigation, he should be found in contempt of Congress); we now know that sexual harassment in addition to crossing party lines also crosses gender lines as a rising liberal star of the Blues, Andrea Ramsey has dropped her campaign to replace a Red incumbent in the 3rd District of Kansas due to a sexual harassment suit filed in 2005 by a male she supervised; 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 14 increasing to 3454, 603 of whom have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Chordettes, factoids of interest for this day in history, being able to avoid cow pies if walking through a lea, a relevant quote by Malcolm Gladwell on the importance of transistors, 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. National Wreath Day—created by Merrill Worcester, a wreath maker who on this third Saturday in December had 5,000 unsold wreaths that he then had placed on headstones in Arlington National Cemetery which tradition went viral in 2005 to expand to 50 states and 1,000 locations to honor veterans.
2. Boston Tea Party Day—celebrated to commemorate the protest by the Sons of Liberty on the tea tax imposed on the colonies by King George III by boarding three British ships and tossing into Boston Harbor 342 chests of tea most likely from the same countries that celebrated International Tea Day yesterday.
3. 1954 Number One Song— the number one song in 1954 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Mr. Sandman” by the Chordettes. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNUgsbKisp8
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lea” which means arable land left fallow or for pasture.
5. Not Science Only Fiction—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1928 of noted science fiction writer Phillip Dick many of whose novels like Blade Runner and Total Recall made it to the silver screen. Unfortunately he struggled with meth usage and died of a stroke at age 54.
On this day in:
a. 1907 as part of Teddy Roosevelt’s policy of projecting strength, the American Navy’s Great White Fleet began its circumnavigation of the world with many ports of call and ended on February 22, 1909.
b. 1937 Ralph Roe and Theodore Cole attempted their escape from Alcatraz never to been seen again except as portrayed in Escape from Alcatraz, starring Clint Eastwood.
c. 1944 the Germans began the Battle of the Bulge, catching the Americans completely off guard.
d.1947 William Shockley, Wilbur Braittain and John Bardeen built the world’s first practical contact point transistor and the Electronic Age was off to the races.
e. President Truman declared a national state of emergency after Chinese troops entered the Korean War on the side of North Korea.
Reflections on the transistor and its impact on society: “We tend to credit those who create an idea, not those who perfect it, forgetting that it is often only in the perfection of an idea that true progress occurs. Putting sixty-four transistors on a chip allowed people to dream of the future. Putting four million transistors on a chip actually gave them the future.” Malcolm Gladwell, noted writer and author of five books. 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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