Tuesday, November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Giving Tuesday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 27, 2018 The mid terms will officially end today as voters in Mississippi are going to polls in a runoff for senator after Trump held two rallies yesterday for the Republican candidate (if she wins the Republicans will have picked up two seats); Jim Acosta is back and still up to his old antics, sparring with Sanders argumentatively and violating the one question rule promulgated by the White House; GM’s closing of plants and laying off thousands due to its discontinuance of its Impala and Cruze lines has raised the ire of President Trump who has raised the possibility of terminating subsidiaries; former Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane has been ordered to report to jail to start serving her 10-23 month prison sentence for leaking grand jury material then lying about it (pretty despicable breach of the public trust); Putin is back to his old aggressive tricks as Russia has fired on Ukraine’s ships and seized 24 sailors prompting Trump to threaten to cancel his upcoming meeting with Putin; on the pc censorship front Twitter was raked over the coals for permanently banning Iraq vet Jesse Kelly on the Tucker Carlson Show last night and surprise Twitter reinstated him (this sort of censorship has got to come to an end and the only tweets that should be banned are those inciting violence); the leftist MSM and Blues continue to go ballistic over the fact that the Border Patrol after being pelted with rocks and bottles used tear gas to disperse and angry mob of asylum scammers trying to rush the border; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 26, 2018, 2723 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 457 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 the Four Seasons, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you have no need to bring a noxal action against someone today and a relevant quote from Caroline Kennedy on kindness, 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. Giving Tuesday—created by the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact in response to the commercialism celebrated by Black Friday and Cyber Monday; giving to those less fortunate is a great way to enjoy the gift of peace.
2.National Electric Guitar Day—celebrating the contribution to music of this unique instrument popularized by the late great Jimi Hendrix who was born on this day in 1942 but despite his talent was a heavy drug and alcohol user and had his cord unplugged for good after taking 18 times the normal dose of sleeping pills on September 18, 1970.
3. 1962 Number One Song— the number one song in 1962 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Big  Girls Don’t Cry” by the Four Seasons. Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8yvnqHmFds
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 “noxal” which means of, like or pertaining to a wrongful injury by an object or animal of another.
5. Last of Camelot--celebrating the birth on this day in 1957 of Caroline Kennedy the last surviving child of President Kennedy and former ambassador to Japan.
    On this day in: 
a. 1965 in a reinforcing a lost cause the Pentagon advised President Johnson that to succeed in South Vietnam, American troop strength would have to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000, advice which sadly the president followed and exceeded.
b. 1968 Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play in a professional men’s basketball game for the Kentucky Colonels against the Los Angeles Stars inbounding a pass to a teammate who immediately called a time out as the 5’3” Early returned to and remained at the bench.
c. 1975 after announcing a £50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of IRA members responsible for shootings and bombings in the U.K. Alan Whirter, the co-founder of The Guinness Book of Records, was assassinated by the Provisional IRA. 
d. 1978 San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk were shot and killed by Dan White who used the Twinkie defense to escape being convicted of murder to receive a 7 year sentence for manslaughter.
e. 2015 Robert Dear, Jr. entered a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado and shot and killed 3 people and wounded 9 others before surrendering to a SWAT team; a judge ruled he was incompetent to stand trial and ordered him to be confined to a state mental hospital where he remains today.
    Reflections on what this nation needs in addition to prosperity: “As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency.” Caroline Kennedy. Wise advice from someone who has known tragedy in her family on something in our divisive society is totally lacking. 
     Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to www.Alaskanpoethistory.blogspot.com for just This Day in History.
© November 27, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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