Monday, November 5, 2018

November 5, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Guy Fawkes Night

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 5, 2018 The U.S. has levied sanctions on Iran that should impose a world of economic pain; in another example of the evils of big government, after the votes have been counted in the midterms, the candidates will have spent a record  $5 billion trying to get elected; Obama who has broken precedence by campaigning against Republicans is still trying to claim credit for the Trump recovery and is mocking Trump on the issue of the illegal alien caravan heading toward our Southern border; anti-Semite Farrakhan who has yet to be condemned by Democratic leaders was in Iran leading a crowd of Iranians in “Death to America” chants; the Nothing But Cack network is living up to its name by blocking a disabled vet’s access to a disabled parking spot and alleging on SNL that a former Seal’s eye patch made him look like a “hit man in a porno movie”; U.S. troops are putting up barbed wire at the Mexican border; in a sad till death do us part moment, a Texas couple married for less than two hours was killed after leaving in a helicopter from the site of the wedding in Texas; Washington may become the first state to impose a tax on carbon emissions that would raise billions if proposition 1631 is passed by the voters tomorrow; on the criminal justice front, Louisiana has a ballot measure to eliminate a provision that allows juries to convict with less than a unanimous vote;  Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 4, 2018, 2603 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 430 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 Perry Como, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are hoping for a niveous Christmas  and a relevant quote from Spc Meagan Martinez on the Nidal Hasan and the Fort Hood massacre, 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. Bank Transfer Day—created by Kirsten Christian in 2011 in protest of fees charged by Bank of America to own a credit card by urging card holders to switch to credit union credit cards.
2. Guy Fawkes Night—celebrated in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Labrador and Newfoundland to commemorate the arrest of Guy Fawkes who was guarding explosives planted under the House of Lords on this day in 1605.
3. 1945 Number One Song— the number one song in 1945 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “Till The End Of Time” by Perry Como. Here is a recording of the song:
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 “niveous” which  means white or snowy which describes a perfect Christmas to a tee.
5. Paper Moon—celebrating the birth on this day in 1963 of Tatum O’Neal who is the daughter of Ryan O’Neal and who for her role in Paper Moon became the youngest performer to win an Academy Award but struggled with drug addiction after her marriage to John McEnroe collapsed but after a ten year struggle marked by an arrest for possession of crack cocaine is clean today.
    On this day in: 
a. 1990 after giving a speech in New York City, Rabbi Meir Kahane, the founder of the right wing Kach Movement that advocated mass migration of American Jews to Israel, restricting citizenship in Israel to Jews only and the annexation of the West Bank, was shot and killed.
b. 2006 Saddam Hussein and two co-defendants were convicted of the massacre of 148 Shi’a Muslims in the city of Dujail in 1982.
c. 2007 the Android operating system was unveiled by Google.
d. 2009 jihadist U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan shot and killed 13 adults plus and unborn child and wounded 32 at Fort Hood, Texas before being shot and wounded by one of his fellow soldiers whose shots permanently paralyzed Hasan from the waist down. Hasan was court martialed, founded guilty of murder and sentenced to death.
e. 2017 Devin Kelly entered a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas to shoot and kill 26 and wound 20 others before being wounded himself twice by an armed NRA member causing him to crash his fleeing car whereupon he took his own life.
    Reflections on the Fort Hood massacre from on the witnesses there: “I got down on the ground, just laid there and watched him shoot very consistently and it didn’t even sound like he was reloading and just calculated motion and I laid there and I watched him. I didn’t see his name but I saw his face as I watched him and it was just a cold, calculated hard stare as he just shot everything that moved.” Spc. Meagan Martinez
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