Thursday, October 25, 2018

October 25, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For October 25, 2018 On the pipe bomb front more packages delivered to prominent Democrats and anti-Trump critics like De Niro as the FBI is on an all hands on deck effort to uncover who has been sending the devices while the MSM with absolutely no facts has ignored Trump’s condemnation and jumped on the blame Trump bandwagon for the violence (do not be surprised if since the devices were not designed to explode that this may be a classic false flag designed by the left to damage Reds in the midterm); as the caravan which has swelled to 14,000 illegals trudges toward our southern border, the Pentagon has ordered hundreds of troops to the border (what is needed is an emergency session of Congress with the nuclear option in the Senate to reform our asylum law to require petitions for asylum to be file in seekers’ home countries at our consulates and if not immediate deportation or we will face even larger massive caravans from Central America); on the political correctness front, Megyn Kelly is in hot water with NBC for defending people who wear blackface masks on Halloween and may be yanked from her NBC morning show (she should have never left Fox and is looking at a $23 million annual salary loss); the New York Times that once was the paper that lived up to its logo of “All the News That’s Fit to Print” has stooped to new lows with its upcoming publication of a short story of Secret Service complicity with a Russian in the assassination of President Trump (no wonder Trump uses the charge of Fake News in criticizing the MSM); CIA director Gina Haspel has listened to the audio recording of Khashoggi’s murder in the Saudi consulate in Turkey and will brief the president (look for a dicey twist in the U.S. Saudi relations and possible push to have the Saudis remove the Crown Prince); on the sports front the Dodgers’ bull pen failed them once again as the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through October 23, 2018, 2505 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 414 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not niddering individual  and a relevant quote from Judith Lewis Herman on domestic abuse, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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. Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day—celebrated on the third Thursday of the third full week in the month of Thursday since 2010 to promote awareness of the disturbing fact that one in three women will be the victim of domestic abuse and one in four men will share the same fate and to promote means to end this tragedy.
2. International Artists Day—celebrating since 2004 the contributions artists have made to society, making the world a better place.
3. 2018 Number One Song— the number one song in 2018 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 feat Cardi B. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “niddering” which means to exhibit shameful fear or timidity which Reds must not show in the face of Blue attacks to keep control of the House and Senate.
5. Butcher of Lyon—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1913 of Klaus Barbie who rose to infamy as the head of the Gestapo in Lyon, France where historians calculated he was directly responsible for the deaths of 14,000 Jews and French resistance fighter; spirited out of Europe by the CIA to Bolivia to spy on Communist infiltration, he was finally extradited to France after the overthrow of Bolivian dictator Tejada where he stood trial, was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison where he died from leukemia on September 25, 1991.
    On this day in: 
a. 1918 the SS Princess Sophia after being grounded on Vanderbilt Reef 46 miles north of Juneau, Alaska sank with the loss of all 346 aboard.
b. 1962 Adlai Stevenson exposed Soviet lies when he displayed photographs at the UN Security Council showing the existence of intermediate range missiles being installed in Cuba.
c. 1971 the UN seated the Peoples Republic of China and expelled the Republic of China.
d. 1977 Digital Equipment Corporation released operating system Open VMS 1.0.
e. 1983 the U.S. and several of its Caribbean Allies invaded the island of Grenada after a communist led coup overthrew tha government of Maurice Bishop and killed him and several of his supporters.
    Reflections on domestic violence: “The guarantee of safety in a battering relationship can never be based upon a promise from the perpetrator, no matter how heartfelt. Rather, it must be based upon the self-protective capability of the victim. Until the victim has developed a detailed and realistic contingency plan and has demonstrated her ability to carry it out, she remains in danger of repeated abuse.”
― Judith Lewis Herman, Trama and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence-From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror No woman should ever have to be abused and stay in an abusive relationship.
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