Monday, November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Pneumonia Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 12, 2018 The death toll from the California wildfires has risen to 31 with the town of Paradise literally burned off the map; like ants converging on a picnic basket, 3 dozen Blues including our illegal alien supporter queen Kamala Harris have floated the idea of running for president in 2020 easily exceeding the initial field of 17 Reds who announced to fill Obama’s seat in 2916; the caravan of illegals is still heading north but has split into three (before they arrive the lame duck Congress should ram through legislation requiring any amnesty seekers to apply for status at a American Embassy or Consulate in his or her home nation and without applying and obtaining status be subject to immediate deportation on arrival to the U.S.); the news out of North Korea reveals that Kim may be conning us as satellite photos appear to reveal more missile bases being constructed to replace the missile base that was removed with great fanfare; Stan Lee the creator at Marvel Comics of superheroes Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four has died at 95; Nancy Pelosi may be touting a confident tone that she will be the next Speaker of the House even as a new poll shows that 56% of the Democrats in the House do not want her as Speaker (as much as I disagree with her she is a great lightning rod to energize Reds is Nancy Pelosi); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 11, 2018, 2610 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 435 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 Sammy Kaye, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not hobbled by nolition in facing the problems that face you  and a relevant quote from Nadia Comaneci on the secret to winning, 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. World Pneumonia Day—created in 2009 to create awareness of the scourge of childhood pneumonia that sickens millions each year.
2. World Orphan Day—created by the Stars Foundation to raise awareness of the plight of the estimated 159 million orphans that exist due to the loss of parents through diseases like AIDS, wars and armed conflict, and malnutrition.
3. 1950 Number One Song— the number one song in 1950 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Harbor Lights” by Sammy Kaye. Here is a recording of the song: “Swing and sway with Sammy Kaye” ended at the age of 77.
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 “nolition” which  means unwillingness which when it comes to compromise in the Swamp describes Congess to a tee.
5. Savor the 10—celebrating the birth on this day in 1961 of Romanian born gymnast Nadia Comaneci who made history in the 1976 Olympics by scoring a perfect 10 in a gymnastic event. In two Olympics she garnered 5 Gold Medals and 3 perfect 10’s.
    On this day in: 
a. 1969 independent journalist Seymour Hersh broke the story on the My Lai Massacre by U.S. troops  yjsy lo;;rf 347 unarmed civilians mostly women and children..
b. 1979 in response to the seizure of the U.S. Embassy by Iranians in Tehran, President Jimmy Carter suspends all imports of Iranian oil.
c. 1990 Tim Berners-Lee published a proposal for the creation of the world wide web. 
d. 1997 Ramzi Youseff was convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and is serving life without possibility of parole in prison.
e. 2001 Taliban forces abandoned Kabul ahead of advancing Northern Alliance Forces.
    Reflections on what it takes to obtain a Gold Medal: “Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.” Nadia Comaneci Amen to that observation.
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