Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 26 Today is one of the largest shopping days of the year and people flock online and to the malls for Day After Christmas Sales or to with refunds in hand for unwanted gifts use them to buy something more desirable or in the eyes of the retailers more expensive; the War on Coal may be over but the war on junk science justifying many of the EPA’s job killing regulations (which under Obama, the EPA refused to hand over many of the scientific reports justifying the regulations) is picking up steam as is Pruitt’s requirement that no scientist may sit on an EPA investigation panel who has also been the recipient of an EPA grant; although Trump has indicated time and time again that despite the stench of bias coming from the 7th Floor of the FBI, he has no intention of firing Mueller; so the MSM is still in a state of rabid lather claiming dire consequences if he does (time for the House to get serious and subpoena documents from the FBI pertaining to Uranium One, Hillary’s private server, the anti-Trump dossier and its use in obtaining FISA warrants and its role in trying to subvert Trump’s election and if the FBI and DOJ refuse to comply due to their lame excuse of the existence of an ongoing investigation by the IG’s office, the House must start holding the recipients of those subpoenas in Contempt of Congress); an obese rabid non funny Rosie O’Donnell displayed the rhetoric that is systematic with the partisan gridlock by launching a Twitter storm alleging Ryan will go straight to Hell for his role in getting the tax cut bill passed ( nothing like giving back to taxpayers a larger portion of their money to provoke the wrath of ideologues like Rosie); in another example of why actresses and actors should not be listened to when they speak their minds as opposed to wanting mere mortals to believe that because they can play someone whose opinions we should listen to, actress Jenna Fischer was rightfully Twitter slammed when she carped that the tax bill banned deductions for teachers deducting the cost of school supplies they bought out of their own pocket which it clearly does not as the current deduction of $250 remained unchanged; on the better late than never front, Ambassador Niki Haley announced a reduction of the UN budget by $285 million in a step in the right direction; despite a rabid party before country obstruction, Trump has had 19 of his appointees to the federal courts confirmed compared to only 12 during Obama’s first year with the possibility of 143 vacancies being filled not counting 1 (Kennedy) or 2 (Ginsburg) openings up on SCOTUS; 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 25 increasing to 3530, 619 of whom have died which gruesome as it may be represents a very slight year to date decrease.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Elvis Presley, factoids of interest for this day in history, not being lendrumbilating over what you hear or read in the MSM, a relevant quote by Chris Rose on diversity in holidays like Kwanzaa, 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. Boxing Day—celebrated in England and the British Commonwealth since the 1830’s by Lords and their Ladies by giving to postmen, errand boys and their servants of all kinds, a Christmas Box of presents and gifts.
2. First Day of Kwanzaa—celebrated first in this country in 1996-1997 by African-Americans for a festival that lasts one week honoring each day one of the seven principals common to the African American heritage like unity or improving one’s community.
3. 1960 Number One Song— the number one song in 1960 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cS5aCozhcA
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lendrumbilate“ which means to gullibly believe in a word’s veracity which is another reason to always have access to a large dictionary.
5. Out of the Pot and Into the Frying Pan—celebrating the birth on this day in 1936 of Kitty Dukasis, the wife of Governor Dukakis who unsuccessfully ran for president against George H. W. Bush; during the campaign she revealed that she had a long term addiction to diet pills and after her husband’s loss turned to alcohol but fortunately for her and her marriage was able to move from the ranks of a functioning alcoholic to that of a recovering alcoholic.
On this day in:
a. 1941 in a bad day for turkeys, President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation creating the 4th Thursday in November as the Thanksgiving Day.
b. 1944 in a move that sounded the death knell on Hitler’s rash double down attempt to win the war, General George Patton’s 3rd Army broke the siege by the Wehrmacht and SS of the town of Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.
c. 1963 “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I Saw Her Standing There” were released by the Beatles marking the beginning of Beatlemania that swept the nation.
d. 1972 in the bombing straw that broke the camel’s back, 120 B-52s, each carrying 26 tons of bombs attacked Hanoi, the largest number of planes in a sortie ever performed by the Strategic Air Command to force the NVA and Viet Cong back to the negotiating table in Paris.
e. 2009 China opened the longest high speed rail route between Beijing and Guangzhou with speeds as high as 220 miles an hour; when the line is extended to Hong Kong the total distance will increase to almost 1400 miles.
Reflections on celebrating holiday and observance diversity, especially in December and January: “ Do what you do. This Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve, Twelfth Night, Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, St. Paddy's Day, and every day henceforth. Just do what you do. Live out your life and your traditions on your own terms. If it offends others, so be it. That's their problem.” Chris Rose, noted New Orleans writer and journalist.
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