Sunday, November 18, 2018

November 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Push Button Phone Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 18, 2018 On the wildfire front the Camp Fire is now 55% contained as firefighters are slowly gaining ground and the death toll has risen to 76 with the number of people missing climbing from  over a 1,000 to 1276; the Woolsey Fire is now 88% contained after burning almost 100,000 acres, destroying 1130 structures and the death toll still standing at 3; Nelson has conceded to Scott in sharp contrast to Blue Abrams whose “concession” speech in Georgia admitted she did not have enough votes to require a runoff and threatened a federal lawsuit claiming voter suppression (the real threat of voter suppression is the voting by illegal aliens cancelling out Red votes by citizens); the Argentine submarine San Juan that disappeared on November 15, 2017 has been discovered imploded on the ocean floor almost 3,000 feet below the surface; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 17, 2018, 2676 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 444 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 Elvis Presley, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are fortunate enough not to need nootropics and a relevant quote from Ben Shapiro on same sex marriage, 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 Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims—observed since 1993 to create awareness of the magnitude of death and injury on our roads and highways to the tune of some 50 million injured and 3,500 daily killed and to promote highway safety due to driver education and in terms of construction and safety features on vehicles.
2. Push Button Phone Day—celebrating the commercial introduction of the push button phone on this day in 1963. 3. 1956 Number One Song— the number one song in 1956 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley. Here is a recording of the song by the man who was awarded posthumously a Medal of Freedom by Trump for which he received a lot of flack for being a racist award: .
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 “nootropics” which  means a cognitive enhancers which sadly appear lacking in the Swamp but experience increasing demand in an aging population.
5. It’s All In The Name celebrating the birth on this day in 1945 of Wilma Mankiller, a women’s activist and the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation whose teepee was taken down for good at the age of 64.
    On this day in: 
a. 1961 the seeds of the tragedy that would become the Vietnam War were planted when President Kennedy sent 18,000 military advisers to South Vietnam.
b.  1978 Jim Jones at Jonestown, Guyana led 909 followers, including over 270 children, of the Peoples Temple, in a mass murder-suicide.
c. 1991 after 1763 days of confinement by Shiite kidnappers in Lebanon, Terry Waite was released. 
d. 1999  at Texas A&M University the Aggie bonfire collapsed killing 12 students and injuring 27 others.
e. 2003 the Massachusetts Supreme Council ruled that the state’s ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional and gave the state 180 days to implement appropriate legislation to make Massachusetts the first state to permit same sex marriages.
    Reflections on same sex marriage:  “Same-sex marriage is not the final nail in the coffin for traditional marriage. It is just another road sign toward the substitution of government for God. Every moral discussion now pits the wisest moral arbiters among us - the Supreme Court, President Obama - against traditional religion.” Ben
 Shapiro, noted conservative speaker and commentator.e
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