Saturday, December 9, 2017

December 9, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Anti-Corruption Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 9, 2017 Trump signed an order declaring a national emergency in Ventura County due to fires raging out of control which needs to be expanded to include San Diego County; Mueller’s investigation is looking more and more corrupt each and every day especially when the head of the FBI refused to tell Congress if the fake anti-Trump dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign and DNC was used by the FBI to obtain FISA warrants to intercept communications involving Trump supporters ( bring him back to Congress and hold him in contempt of Congress if he hides behind the excuse that the matter is being investigated—this is really serious stuff in terms of an attack by what looks like political corruption at the top police agency trying to influence the election); Trump endorsed Moore and claimed Jones is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet (Pelosi claiming tax cut bill is Armageddon is so hypocritically ludicrous); Civil Rights Movement icon John Lewis like his boycott stunt of the inauguration boycotted the opening of the Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi because Trump who wants to be president for all Americans is attending and praised the sacrifices of those involved in the Civil Rights Movement; in yet another example of what is wrong with academia, five students wear MAGA hats were forced to leave an on campus coffee shop because the hats in the view of the manager violated the university’s nonexistent safe space rule; Andrew Cuomo the leftist governor who has declared in over the top rhetoric that Red lawmakers in the state who support the tax cut bill as being guilty of treason and who has delusional dreams of being president is in hot water as the FBI is investigating his hiring practices as he has been named as an additional defendant in a sexual assault case by one of his appointees for failing to respond to the victim’s complaints; on the sexual harassment front the third actress has come out alleging Dustin Hoffman sexually assaulted her in 1983; on the hero front, a substitute teacher, Katie Potter earned that status by locking down her classroom and barricading the door with a sofa and keeping her 17 students silent when she heard gunfire in the New Mexico school attacked by a suicidal gunman who killed two students; 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 7 increasing to 3416, 591 of whom have died.
          As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Frankie Lane, factoids of interest for this day in history, an absence of loud latration, a relevant quote by Jimmy Carter on liberal doublespeak,  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 Anti-Corruption Daycreated by the UN in 2003 to create awareness of the damaging effects of corruption in society and to promote activities to expose and fight it, albeit in developing countries often with little success.
2. Anna’s Day (Finland Norway and Sweden)—celebrating the preparation of lutefish (dried or salted whitefish soaked in lye and then cold water to remove the lye leaving a gelatinous fish to heat and serve with butter) to be consumed on Christmas Eve.   
3. 1949 Number One Song— the number one song in 1949 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Mule Train“ by Frankie Lane. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “latration” which means the act of barking made famous by Hillary during her campaign while insulting all canines by imitating a small barking dog.
5. 51 Reasons to Fear—celebrating the birth on this day of one of the most feared middle linebackers to play the game of football, Dick Butkus whose number 51 could always be found near a ball carrier, quarterback or pass receiver playing against the Chicago Bears; he was a Hall of Famer also known for suing the Bears and settling for $600,000 over improper medical treatment following a knee injury on the football field.   
       On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1965 to the joy of children everywhere in America A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first of a series of Peanuts Christmas specials debuted on CBS.
b. 1968 Douglas Englebart gave what become known as the “Mother of All Demos” by demonstrating the mouse, hypertext and the bit-mapped graphic user interface using the oN-Line System and the internet age was upon us.
c. 1979 the eradication of the smallpox virus was certified making it the first and only human disease which had killed millions and disfigured countless others to be eradicated.
d. 1996 in a blow for women’s equality Gwen Jacob was acquitted by the Ontario Court of Appeals of the charge of indecency by going topless on a very hot day that many men were doing the same thing.
e. 2008 in a new low typical of Illinois politicians, the governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich was arrested for trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Trump and other corruption charges; this Blue scumbag was tried and convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison and will be eligible for release for good behavior in May of 2024. He is the fourth governor of Illinois to serve time in prison for crimes committed while in office.      

Reflections on the eradication of smallpox and what disease may be next in line: “The Carter Center has the only existing international task force on disease eradication. Which means a total elimination of a disease on the face of the Earth. In the history of the world, there's only been one disease eradicated: smallpox. The second disease, I think, is gonna be guinea worm.”Jimmy Carter  Proof positive that Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History is a fountainhead of knowledge is that the guinea worm is spread to humans by drinking water contaminated with water fleas that have eaten the worm larvae; not usually deadly but the worm can grow to a meter in length before it starts to migrate out of the human body which is a very painful and lengthy process. 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.

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