Wednesday, November 21, 2018

November 21, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Television Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 21, 2018 On the wildfire front, the Camp Fire is now 80% contained as firefighters are slowly gaining ground and the death toll has risen to 81 with the number of people missing has increased to 870 with heavy rains forecasted for Wednesday which should help firefighters but hinder the search for victims and result in mudslides; the House will hold hearings on the state of the DOJ’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation which has been heavily criticized for the pay to play scandal of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; on the war on women front, a federal judge has ruled that a Michigan law banning female genital mutilation is unconstitutional as it infringes on the freedom of religion clause (where in the Koran does it condone this barbaric practice?); on the political correctness front, Rider University in New Jersey notwithstanding an overwhelming desire of its students to have Chick-fil-A on campus has refused to allow the chain due to its corporate values (school alumni should boycott giving a single penny to this school); Massachusetts has opened two dispensaries for recreational marijuana; the House has passed a farm bill that imposes increased work requirements to receive SNAP assistance but the Senate bill has left the existing rules unchanged (with the unemployment rate as low as it is why the Senate is not following the House is a complete mystery recipients able to work should be required to do so); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 19, 2018, 2692 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 452 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 Bobby Darin, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are fortunate enough to not be subject to nugament and a relevant quote from Richard Nixon on Reagan and the Iran-Contra affair, 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 Television Day--created by the UN to promote awareness of the contribution of television to our daily lives.
2. Alaskattalo Day—created by writer Steven Levi to promote Alaskan humor and named after the fictitious animal the alaskattalo a cross between a moose and a walrus. The day is marked by a one block parade down an alley in Anchorage, Alaska.
3. 1959 Number One Song— the number one song in 1959 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin. Here is a recording of the song: His switchblade was permanently closed at the age of 37 on December 20, 1973 following open heart surgery to repair a damage heart valve.
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 “nugament” which  means nonsense which describes sadly what goes on too often in the Swamp.
5. Sock It To Me--celebrating the birth on this day in 1945 of actress Goldie Hawn who is best noted for her being a cast member of Laugh In and the socialite recruit in Private Benjamne. She is still going strong at age 73 and still with Kurt Russell after 35 years.
    On this day in: 
a. 1967 in a pre Tet delusional moment General Westmoreland told reporters that “Today I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing.” How wrong he was as Tet would prove in 1968.
b. 1969 the first permanent ARPANET link was established between UCLA and SRI.
c. 1970 a joint U.S. Army and Air Force special ops team landed at the Son Tay prisoner of war camp near Hanoi but found that the prisoners had been previously moved. 
d. 1985 Jonathan Pollard was arrested for spying on behalf of Israel and transmitting classified information on Arab nations to Israel. He pled guilty and became the only person sentenced to life for releasing classified material to an ally of the U.S. He was granted parole and released on November 20, 2015.
e. 1986 Oliver North and his secretary start to shred documents allegedly linking them to the Iran-Contra affair.
    Reflections on Iran-Contra by one whose own scandal ended his presidency: “Reagan will survive, because, when all is said and done, Reagan can get up and say 'I am an idiot and therefore I can't be blamed,' and everyone will agree.I never had that option.” Richard M. Nixon
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© November 21, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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