Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 20, 2017 The tax cut bill is finally heading to the president for his signature as already the party of obstruction and economic destruction is beating the drums that it is a tax cut for the rich paid for by the middle class (the first tangible sign of the benefits of the tax cut came from AT&T announcing as a result of the bill its 200,000 employees will receive a $1,000 bonus and it will be spending a $1 billion more in capital expenditures when it is signed by Trump as the Reds have doubled down and hopefully the economy will take off and such take off heralded to the public to sweep the midterms); who polices the police as McCabe was grilled for almost 8 hours on the bias of the FBI in the form of anti-Trump bias and in the form of pro-Hillary bias with subpoenas expected soon to be served on the anti-Trump, pro-Hillary cabal (write your member of Congress and demand his testimony be made public as any involvement by the FBI and/or the DOJ to influence an election is outrageous and should merit long prison sentences for the guilty so involved); the Marvin K Moody of the pervert club, Al Franken, announced he will leave the Senate on January 2, 2018—good riddance pervert; once again proving the reptilian brain excesses knows no party line, Florida State Senator Lavala who is running for governor has resigned after a report was made public detailing his sexual harassment and possible quid pro quo sex for legislation after Red Governor Scott and AG Bondi demanded he resign; Kim has just given us another reason to annihilate his regime as news out that his military is testing the insertion of anthrax into missile warheads; Rosie O’Donnell must be breathing easier as she will not have to fork over the $2,000,000 promised if Red Senators would vote against the tax cut bill; 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 19 increasing to 3493, 612 of whom have died.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Teddy Bears, factoids of interest for this day in history, not being leguleian in your dealings with people, a relevant quote by Suzy Kassem on “honor” killings, 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 Human Solidarity Day—established by the UN General Assembly to promote solidarity among those who benefit the most and suffer the least with those who suffer the most and benefit the least by promoting programs to eradicate poverty around the globe.
2. Go Caroling Day—celebrating one of the great aspects of Christmas singing Christmas carols, especially putting together a group of singers and going to nursing homes and senior assisted living centers. Even if you can’t carry a note across the room, the cold night air outside will turn anyone into a Bing Crosby incarnate.
3. 1958 Number One Song— the number one song in 1958 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “To Know Him Is To Love Him” by the Teddy Bears. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCnUsInBQws The song was recorded for a low cost of $75 and stayed on the top 100 list for 23 weeks but the group never replicated its commercial success and disbanded after two years.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “leguleian” which means like a lawyer or underhanded which describes most representatives and senators to a tee in that too many are members of the bar and almost are or after a few terms will become underhanded.
5. Some Things Are Faster Than A Speeding Bullet—celebrating the birth of Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes on this day in 1942. He was an Olympic Gold Medalist and NFL Hall of Famer and considered to be one of the fastest humans on the planet but whose speed could not outrun prostate cancer which killed him in 2002.
On this day in:
a. 1946 the movie It’s A Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart was released; if you are one of the few people who have not seen it, have no fear as you will surely get another chance on TV in the coming days.
b. 1951 in Arco, Idaho the EBR-1 nuclear plant became the first reactor to generate electricity but before one could pop champagne corks, reality set in as the amount of electricity generated could only power 4 light bulbs.
c. 1957 in a death knell to transatlantic passenger ships and propeller driven passenger planes, the initial production version of the Boeing 707 jet made its first flight and would go into commercial service in October of 1958.
d. 1989 the U.S. invasion of Panama deposed Panamanian dictator and drug trafficker Manuel Noriega and brought him to the U.S. for trial and conviction to release him for good behavior after serving 17 years of his 40 year sentence, releasing him to France to be sentenced to 7 years for money laundering but quickly extradited to Panama to be sentenced for murder in 2011; he was diagnosed with brain cancer in March, 2017 and the poster child for acne died two months later.
e. 1991 in another example of the difficulties in assimilating Palestinian militants, Palestinian born Zein Isa and his Brazilian born wife were convicted and sentenced to death for the “honor” murder of their 16 year old daughter who was dating an African American and against her parents’ wishes had a job at Wendy’s and liked music and dancing. Fortunately because of his membership in a jihadist group, the FBI with a warrant had planed listening devices in the home and his daughter’s screams were recorded along with Zein’s cries of “Die daughter die.” Both scumbags cheated execution and died of natural causes while in prison.
Reflections on the complete absence of honor in “honor killings”: “Cultural and religious traditions that forbid cross-cultural unions prevent peace on earth. Instead of rejoicing that our sons and daughters are heart-driven and love other humans outside of their familiar religious, social or cultural domains, we punish and insult them. This is wrong. Honor killings are not honorable by God. They are driven by ignorance and ego and nothing more. The Creator favors the man who loves over the man who hates. If you think God will punish you or your child for allowing them to marry outside of your tribe or faith, then you do not know God. Love is his religion and the light of love sees no walls. Anybody who unconditionally loves another human being for the goodness of their heart and nothing more is already on the right side of God.” Suzy Kassem Rise Up and Salute the Sun:The Writings of Suzy Kassem. She is a noted American author and poet of Egyptian descent that mullahs and imans in the Muslim world ought to be extolling her thoughts to their faithful. 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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