Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 27 If the Pentagon is to be believed we have just received news confirming what a complete disaster Obama has been in term of the war on ISIS which poured out of Syria and into Iraq after our feckless president turned tail and ran while micromanaging the gnat air strikes to render them almost useless as in less than a year of Trump being in office the murderous and barbaric Caliphate has shrunk to two percent of the territory it once held and the number of fighters still too stupid enough to read the handwriting on the wall and leave number less that 1,000; on the Peace on Earth Good Will to Men Front a family of 4 was travelling a bit fast to get to Grandma’s house for Christmas and were pulled over by Officer Delacruz but instead of a traffic ticket in the Christmas spirit he told them he had previously pulled over Santa who had told him that he would meet a car describing the car he pulled over and that it would be carrying two small boys who would receive the toys he pulled out and gave to them—nice gesture indeed and a reminder that police are humans also with family especially when they are not being shot at; passengers on a flight to Tokyo on ANA were treated or condemned to a Yo-Yo flight as the plane turned around after four hours into the flight because the person had a United Airline ticket for a flight also going to Tokyo (so much for the scanning of tickets to board); 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 3533, 620 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 the Tokens, factoids of interest for this day in history, finding that the issues you face are easy to lenify, a relevant quote by Khaled Hosseini on Islamist mistreatment of women, 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. Constitution Day (North Korea)—have not read North Korea’s Constitution but to the extent it grants any rights to the people other than the right to starve due to its nuclear program it has to be as far removed from the rule of law as Pluto is from Earth.
2. Cut Out Snowflakes Day—with a good part of the U.S. covered in snow making driving difficult; rather that go romping in the snow with your kids bring the snow to you in the form of cutting out paper snowflakes and add them to your Christmas Tree and avoid the huge puddles of melting snow on floors and carpets.
3. 1961 Number One Song— the number one song in 1961 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQlByoPdG6c
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lenify“ which means to mitigate or assuage which when it comes to tax and regulatory burdens on business Trump has accomplished in spades.
5. A Lousy Bias Poker Face—celebrating the birth on this day in 1971 of “journalist” Samantha Guthrie, cohost of The Today Show with the now fired pervert Matt Lauer and who had the unpleasant task of informing her audience that Lauer had been fired for alleged sexual misconduct. Attractive and smart lady but her face exudes advocacy bias journalism so typical when she queried Ryan about what reality world he lived in in conjunction with the tax cut that is now law.
On this day in:
a. 1845 journalist John O’Sullivan writing in the New York Morning News opined that the United States had the right to occupy the entire Oregon Country as it was “our manifest destiny to do so” which thrilled the British not one iota and almost led to war before a compromise was reached on the border between what would become the states of Washington, Idaho and parts of Montana and British Columbia and Alberta.
b. 1927 the first American musical, Showboat, opened at the Ziegfield Theater on Broadway in New York City.
c. 1929 in an act of genocide that killed millions of peasants in Ukraine, Joseph Stalin ordered the liquidation of millions of “kulaks” by starvation which is one of the reasons the Wehrmacht was welcomed with flowers and bread when it invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 once it entered Ukraine shortly thereafter.
d. 1945 the world from a currency and monetary standpoint became a much smaller place with the creation of the International Monetary Fund with 29 nations signing agreements to create the IMF.
e. 1979 in a move the Soviets would learn to regret, the Soviet Union invaded the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and after a little over 9 years of fighting Afghan guerillas and dodging Stinger missiles which brought down Soviet helicopters like flies, limped back across the border having suffered over 14,453 dead and 53,753 wounded but leaving a country with an estimated 2,000,000 civilians dead.
Reflections on a noted Afghan writer who was able with his family to immigrate to the U.S. to escape the violence and killing there: “I am always revolted when Islamic leaders, from Afghanistan or elsewhere, deny the very existence of female oppression, avoid the issue by pointing to examples of what they view as Western mistreatment of women, or even worse, justify the oppression of women on the basis of notions derived from Sharia law.” Khaled Hosseini, author of the The Kite Runner.
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