Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 17, 2018 On the wildfire front the Camp Fire is now 50% contained as firefighters are slowly gaining ground and the death toll has risen to 71 with the number of people missing climbing from 600 to over a 1,000; the Woolsey Fire is now 82% contained after burning almost 100,000 acres and the death toll still standing at 3; Trump is visiting the areas devastated by the Camp Fire after complaining about forest management but heaping praise on the fire fighters and first responders and issued a call that it is time for California to come together (wonder how frosty his planned meeting with Brown and Newsome will be); Bumbling Broward had to stop the manual recount of ballots for Agricultural Commissioner after an hour when lawyers from both sides noticed that volunteers were counting the wrong ballots (DeSantes’ first act as governor must be to remove the election supervisors for Broward and Palm Beach County; Mia Love whom Trump blasted for not embracing her has regained the lead for a House seat in Utah albeit a 419 vote lead; Brenda Snipe who has a track record of violating Florida election law and the target of demands she be removed did what Blues like Pavlovian dogs has claimed that the backlash against her is racist; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 15, 2018, 2661 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 442 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 Roger Williams, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that a majority of Americans still try to be nonpareil in their daily lives and a relevant quote from Private Dennis Bunning on Mai Lai, 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 Preterm Birth Day—observed since 2011 to create awareness of the need for preterm care and the issues facing the some 15 million annual preterm babies and their families.
2. International Suicide Survivors Day—introduced into the Senate by Harry Reid whose father committed suice as a day for friends and families of suicide victims to get together for healing and support.
3. 1955 Number One Song— the number one song in 1955 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Autumn Leaves” by Roger Williams. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGwFjbyAFm4 The keyboard of this noted pianist was closed on October 8, 2011 one week after his 87th birthday.
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 “nonpareil” which means a paragon which are in short supply in government and the MSM.
5. Up In Smoke celebrating the birth on this day in 1949 of former Speaker of the House John Boehner who is a director of Reynolds Tobacco and an investor in Acreage Holdings a Canadian based cannabis corporation involved in medical marijuana.
On this day in:
a. 1970 Lieutenant William Calley went on trial for the Mai Lai Massacre.
b. 1993 at Orlando, Florida President Nixon tells 400 AP journalists “I am not a crook.”
c. 1993 the House passed a resolution establishing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
d. 1997 62 people mostly tourists were killed by 6 jihadists in Luxor, Egypt at the Temple of Hatshepsut.
e. 2000 Peruvian President Fujimori was removed from office.
Reflections on the Mai Lai Massacre: ““I would say that most people in our company didn’t consider the Vietnamese human… A guy would just grab one of the girls there and in one or two incidents they shot the girls when they got done.” Dennis M Bunning, American private Mai Lai was not one of our finest in a war that should have never been fought.
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