Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 19, 2017 House passed the tax cut without a single Blue vote and goes to the Senate for voting tonight where it will pass (if the economy is surging at 4-5 percent going into the 2018 midterms the video clip of Pelosi ranting that the legislation is the worse bill ever played over and over will be the death knell of the Blues); just when you thought that the rogue regime could not stoop any lower our intelligence community confirmed that the massive ransomware hacking attack in May that cost billions worldwide was a direct result of North Korean efforts (cyber attacks on a nation’s infrastructure and businesses is a declaration of war and North Korea must be held accountable even if it means nuking Kim and his military into incinerated ashes which we should do before not after he has several nuclear armed ISBMs; another story we never would have heard about if Hillary had won is surfacing that Obama sacrificed an anti-Hezbollah task force to be able to push the Iran nuclear deal through; although Mueller’s credibility is now zero, the left is hoping Trump will fire him so they can unleash thousands into the streets to protest the action; with McCain back in Arizona being treated for brain cancer, Pence has delayed his trip to Israel until next year so he can break a 50-50 tie to pass the tax cut bill tonight; Andrew McCabe will be testifying in closed session before the House as more and more it looks like a cabal of senior FBI agents and DOJ members were working 24/7 to insure Trump lost and when he did not used the anti-Trump dossier paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign to illegally obtain FISA warrants to intercept communications of Trump supporters (time to end the FBI stonewall and DOJ stonewall with subpoenas and contempt of Congress); having the FBI be guilty of such practices is unprecedented and completely unacceptable and having the DOJ doing the same thing while to be expected due to the politization under the hacks Holder and Lynch is just as unacceptable); on the teacher sex exploitation front a former Christian school teacher has been arrested after a yearlong sexual relationship with a 15 year old after having been caught in bed by her husband; the Amtrak derailment south of Tacoma, Washington probably stemmed from the fact that the train was going 80 miles an hour in a curve rated at 30 miles and hour; 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 18 increasing to 3489, 611 of whom have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to Elvis Presley and Phil Ochs, factoids of interest for this day in history, being able to impress your friends with your legerity, a relevant quote by Christopher Hitchens on the impeachment of Bill Clinton and his character or lack thereof, 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. Goa Liberation Day—in a day totally devoid of holidays if in India you could celebrate the liberation of Goa on this day in 1961 by India by force of arms or if in Portugal bemoan such naked aggression.
2. Holly Day—commemorated in song during the Christmas season as the number one plant to deck the halls with since Roman times during Saturnalia with the prickly leaves representing the crown of thorns Christ was forced to wear and the red berries His blood dripping from those pricks.
3. 1957 Number One Song— the number one song in 1957 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZJTgYzf9FE
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “legerity” which means lightness or nimbleness which is an apt description of the running style of the Stanford Heisman winner Bryce Love who hopefully has recovered from his high ankle injury and will be at 100 percent for the Alamo Bowl.
5. Stopped Marching Way Too Early—celebrating the birth of noted American protest songwriter and singer Phil Ochs who campaigned for civil rights and against the War in Vietnam but hobbled by alcoholism and bipolar disease saw his career evaporate and ended up hanging himself on April 9, 1976 in his sister house that he had moved into. Here is a link to one of his classic songs “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv1KEF8Uw2k
On this day in:
a. 1777 the Continental Army near starvation and lacking all manner of clothing goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge to be decimated by hunger, disease and misery.
b. 1946 in what would ultimately lead to the U.S. disaster in Vietnam, the First Indochina War between France and the Viet Minh, who we should have backed as opposed to later backing a corrupt Diem, commenced.
c. 1984 the Joint Declaration providing for the return of Hong Kong to China was signed by China and the United Kingdom.
d. 1998 Bill Clinton became the second president in this nation’s history to be impeached but was acquitted by the Senate on straight party lines.
e. 2016 at a Christmas market in Berlin next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Church, a jihadist inspired by ISIS from Tunisia who was turned down as an asylum seeker carjacked a large van and drove into a crowd of shoppers, killing 12 and injuring 56 others before being shot to death several days later in Milan, Italy.
Reflections on why a wife after 24 years later in many cases never falls far from the husband’s tree especially if that husband is a Clinton: “During the 1992 election I concluded as early as my first visit to New Hampshire that Bill Clinton was hateful in his behavior to women, pathological as a liar, and deeply suspect when it came to money in politics. I have never had to take any of that back, whereas if you look up what most of my profession was then writing about the beefy, unscrupulous 'New Democrat,' you will be astonished at the quantity of sheer saccharine and drool. Anyway, I kept on about it even after most Republicans had consulted the opinion polls and decided it was a losing proposition, and if you look up the transcript of the eventual Senate trial of the president—only the second impeachment hearing in American history—you will see that the last order of business is a request (voted down) by the Senate majority leader to call Carol and me as witnesses. So I can dare to say that at least I saw it through.”―Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir Looking at her years as Secretary of State and her quid pro quo for the Foundation and Bill’s speaking fees and one gets an understanding why this corrupt tag team stayed together. 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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