Sunday, December 3, 2017

December 3, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day For Persons With Disabilities

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 3,2017 The Senate Reds may not be dancing in the streets but in high SALT states like California already there are protestors at least for now peacefully in the streets urging their rare Reds in Congress to vote to defeat any bill coming out of  conference to defeat; the ICBM that the North Koreans just launched that may be capable of hitting any target in the United States evidently broke up on reentry but the threat of war as McMasters reiterated again grows each day (sadly due to China and Russia not realizing or refusing to believe that a nuclear armed North Korea is not in their best interests and their corresponding refusal to get on board in closing North Korea’s borders, the only military option to avoid a carnage in South Korea may be a massive nuclear one on military targets, including wherever Kim may be located—God help us); the MSM needs to take a deep debias breath and realize that all of the anti-Trump rant including the meltdowns by Morning Joe Joe Scarborough that Trump is medically unstable and suffering from dementia (where did this biased advocacy “journalist” receive his advanced medical training) emboldens Kim in furthering his nuclear ambitions; a new stench is emanating from the Swamp and it is coming from the FBI as the senior aide FBI agent Peter Strzok dismissed by Mueller for his anti-Trump texts participated in the interview with Hillary Clinton and may have been a key person in the receipt of the false anti-Trump dossier funded by the DNC and HRC Campaign that led to the investigation of the Russian collusion delusion and led to the FISA warrants justifying intercepting communications of Trump supporters and transition team members. The FBI has been stonewalling efforts of the House to get to the bottom of this real obstruction of justice and threat to our democracy by an institution most Americans thought we could trust and may soon face contempt of Congress; the Pontiac Silverdome, home of the Detroit Lions survived a demolition implosion blitz and is still standing; in Atlanta the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons since 1992, was successfully imploded to be replaced by the $1.6 billion Mercedes Benz Stadium next door; the PAC-12 other that USC that was hoping for a long shot bid to the Championship Playoffs are breathing easier in terms of recruiting next year as Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Ohio State, all with higher rankings than USC prevailed in their respective conference championship games; on the party hearty to excess, front employees arriving to open up Cash’s Liquor Store in Fort Walton Beach Florida found a female opossum lying drunk as an opossum skunk and an empty broken bottle of bourbon; 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 1 increasing to 3368  of whom 586 have died while nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Mills Brothers, factoids of interest for this day in history, being pleased with your largition during the Christmas season, a relevant quote by Teri Garr on MS, 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 Day For Persons With Disabilitiescreated by the UN in 1992 to promote understanding of the issues faced by persons who may be physically, mentally or emotionally challenged and to create awareness of the benefits to society in their integration with it.
2. National Hug Day—a hug for someone in grief or troubled by what may seem to be insurmountable issues is the welcome wonder drug without side effects other than perhaps its addictive qualities of both hugger and huggee to welcome another.   
3. 1943 Number One Song— the number one song in 1943 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “PAPER Dolls” by the Mills Brothers. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “largition” which is a word perfect to describe one’s hopeful qualities during the Christmas season as it means an act of generosity.    
5. Keep It Simple--celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of noted French director and screen writer Jean-Luc Godard whose movies enjoyed great commercial success until in the 70’s and 80’s ala Michael Moore his movies became too ideological and convoluted for fans to understand which is ironic since he is often known for his observation that “all you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
       On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1800 the Electoral College vote ended up in a tie between Thomas Jefferson running for president and Aaron Burr who was running for vice president due the fact that one elector who was to have abstained from casting a vote for Aaron Burr failed to do so, sending the election into the House of Representatives who on the 36th ballot elected Thomas Jefferson which doomed Hamilton to an early death but spared the nation of perhaps having his murderer in a duel, Aaron Burr as president.
b. 1910 to the future joy of visitors to Las Vegas and its icon Strip, modern neon lighting was demonstrated by George Claude at the Paris Auto Show.
c. 1971 Pakistan launched preemptive air strikes against India who invaded East Pakistan in support of the Bengali Independence Movement calling for independence from Pakistan. The war ended with Pakistani surrender on December 17, 1971, over 300,000 civilians killed and the creation of a new independent nation, Bangladesh (now that both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers frightening to imagine what would happened in another war broke out in that region).
d. 1982 a soil sample taken in Times Beach, Missouri revealed concentration levels of dioxin of 300 times more than the legal limit from years of spraying the towns roads with waste oil contaminated with the deadly chemical, an environmental disaster of the worst magnitude.
e. 1992 in a moment that parents would come to regret as the beginning of the end of conversation with their children by phone, Neil Papworth sent a text message to a colleague at Vodafone saying “Merry Christmas.”     
Reflections on perceptions of disability: “When you hear the word 'disabled,' people immediately think about people who can't walk or talk or do everything that people take for granted. Now, I take nothing for granted. But I find the real disability is people who can't find joy in life and are bitter.” Teri Garr, noted now retired actress who copes with MS and is a National Ambassador for the Multiple Scelerosis Society. 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 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.
© December 3, 2017 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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