Friday, December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Abilities Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 22, 2017 Yesterday was symbolic for the tax cut signed by Congress to be forwarded to the President for his signature today before flying to Mar-a-Lago as it was the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and like the darkness of  the pathetic growth of less than 2.2% per year during Obama’s 8 years we are now heading for more economic sunlight of growth that should be in excess of 3% or more; the drama and the over the top rhetoric of the Blues is incredible from Jackie Spier with her lump of coal to Pelosi with her Armageddon and Frankenstein to Schumer’s bald face lie that too many people will see their taxes rise and the cuts for individuals are not permanent but are for corporations thanks to arcane rules of the Senate that are an obstruction to getting anything accomplished (safe bet would be any amount of wager that when the individual tax cuts start to expire, Congress will extend them and the other safe bet will be that taxpayers will see the increase in take home pay and those out of the work force will be drawing a paycheck for the first time in years and dismiss Pelosi and Schumer as fools); we just barely dodged the bullet on a government shutdown but Schumer has thrown the gauntlet that on January 19, 2018 he wants citizenship amnesty for  the illegal aliens protected by DACA or face government shutdown ignoring the fact that to achieve a resolution there needs to be an end to chain migration, end to funding of sanctuary cities, passage of Kate’s Law, building the Wall, and an e-verify requirement for employers of aliens (once again the Blues are putting the needs of illegals ahead of the rights and needs of American citizens which if one social security check is missed the senior citizens will dump the Blues like a hot rock); when it comes to hypocrisy Hillary, fresh off her delusional book tour, takes the cake slamming the politization of the DOJ over reports that it may be looking into in a more thorough manner the Uranium One Deal and the quid pro quo of the Clinton Foundation and Bill’s speaking fees while totally ignoring the politization of the DOJ under Holder and Lynch (she probably forgot about the highly unethical meeting of Lynch on the tarmac with Bill to “compare notes on golf and grandchildren”); on the sexual harassment front 18,000 have signed online petitions demanding Matt Damon be dropped from his cameo role in Oceans 8, a film about empowering women, due to allegations of his enabling Hollywood’s number one pervert Harvey Weinstein; Apple faces a class action lawsuit by owners of older iPhones claiming Apple is deliberately slowing down functions in order to prompt holders to buy newer models; Susan Rice the discredited “It’s the video” queen slammed Trump’s America first strategy by claiming that he will lose America’s moral authority which after repeatedly lying to the American people on Benghazi she has none; Eric Schmidt, the Executive Chairman for Google worth almost $5 billion dropped a bombshell by announcing that he was resigning from the company to devote more time to philanthropy;  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 3504, 614 of whom have died.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Guy Mitchell, factoids of interest for this day in history, not being complicit in your dealings with your fellow human beings, a relevant quote by Andrew Fastow on breaking the rules, 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 Mathematics Day (India)established by India on this slow day for holidays and observances to honor the contributions to mathematics by Srinivasa Ramanujan an Indian who had no formal training in mathematics but is generally regarded as a genius but unfortunately died way too early of hepatitis at age 32.
2. Abilities Day—celebrated by those with mental, physical and/or emotional challenges and their caregivers on this day since 1999 proving that the only true disability is the disability of quitting or giving up. I you see someone today wearing a white ribbon, good chance that person is celebrating today’s observance.
3. 1959 Number One Song— the number one song in 1959 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Heartaches by the Number” by Guy Mitchell. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Year 2017—today’s word of the year as chosen by is “complicit” which is the act of choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing which the left feel Trump is guilty of as do the Reds with respect to Hillary and her Foundation and both parties agree that in the political, entertainment and news arenas, too many people are complicit in sexual harassment.
5. Off Balance Out of Mind Into Jail—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day of Andrew Fastow, the CFO of Enron, whose off balance sheet financing schemes and his taking concealed ownership positions in them was instrumental in driving the company into bankruptcy and him into prison for over five years. He was released in 2011 and speaks on the issue of fraud and what companies need to do to prevent schemes like his from defrauding them and their investors.
     On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 610 the Prophet Muhammad stated he had been visited by Gabriel and received his first revelation from God.
b. 1894 the Dreyfus Affair began in France when Dreyfus was wrongfully convicted of treason.
c. 1989 the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, closed for 30 years was reopened ending the partition of Germany between West Germany and East Germany.
d. 2001 Richard Reid boarded American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami with explosives packed in his shoes which fortunately failed to detonate after the plane had taken off. This radicalized Islamist for his efforts is now serving three life sentences plus 110 years at a federal maximum security prison without possibility of parole and will die there.
e. 2010 the 17 year old policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in the military was rescinded by executive order executed by President Obama.    

Reflections on the addendum to the old adage that you can structure but you cannot hide forever unless maybe if your last name is Clinton by the master of concealment: “There are people who look at the rules and find ways to structure around them. The more complex the rules, the more opportunities.” Andrew Fastow Sadly to the detriment of the employees at Enron who lost their pensions by investing in Enron stock only to have it become worthless, he  is right especially when greed supplants integrity, honesty and moral character.

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