Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Nanking Massacre Memorial Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 13, 2018 Maxine Waters is making a fool of herself on the impeachment trail thanks to the platform of MSNBC so willingly given to her by the Mostly Slanted News Broadcasting Company (she needs to read what happened to Reds after they impeached Clinton after he was acquitted by the Senate and just maybe her rants would disappear); Theresa May’s thread just got a little thicker as she survived a no confidence vote yesterday but she still has not pulled a rabbit out of the hat for a Brexit deal with the EU that Parliament will support; Schumer and Pelosi have opted to take the insanity path in dealing with Trump over the issue of the wall and border security as opposed to compromise (pass a funding bill in the House send it to Senate after invoking the nuclear option); MSM still going ballistic over Cohen’s sentencing and allegations that the hush payments were illegal campaign contributions which they were not; interesting interview with Trump by Harris Faulkner in which Trump admitted in hiring Cohen he had made a mistake (Trump has rarely if ever admitted to making a mistake in the past); Mika of Morning Joe has rightfully been slammed for her calling Pompeo a dictator’s butt boy over our dispute with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the killing of Khashoggi; French police have shot and killed the suspect wanted in the shooting spree at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France; on the bio sciences front researchers have proven that viruses can eavesdrop on the chemical communications of bacteria perhaps paving the way to utilize viruses in the battle against bacteria; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 12, 2018, 2842 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 479 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 Carl Douglas, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not subject to obedible in dealing with issues and a relevant quote from Iris Chang on the Nanking 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.  Nanking Massacre Memorial Day—created in 2014 to commemorate a six week orgy of rape, murder and violence committed by the Japanese army against civilians and surrendering Chinese soldiers following the capture of Nanking by the Japanese on this day in 1937 that resulted in the deaths of upwards of 300,000 Chinese.
2. National Violin Day—celebrating the contribution of violins to our music culture but totally clueless of the creator of the holiday or the date the holiday was created.
3. 1974 Number One Song— the number one song in 1974 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “obedible” which means docile or capable of obedience which describes to a tee the Blues’ exploitation of black voters.
5. No Triskaidekaphobia To Be Found--celebrating the birth on this day in 1989 of noted singer and songwriter Taylor Swift whose favorite number is 13.
    On this day in: 
a. 1962 the Earth became a smaller place as NASA successfully launched Relay 1, the world’s first active repeater communications satellite.
b. 1972 Apollo 17 Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt began the third and final “Moonwalk” on the lunar surface to become the final human beings to explore the surface of the Moon.
c. 1988 PLO Chairman Yassar Arafat gave a speech to the General Assembly meeting in Geneva after the U.S. refused to issue him a visa to address the General Assembly in New York City.
d. 2003 former president of Iraq Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces near his hometown of Tikrit, Iraq after which he was tried, convicted and hung on December 30, 2006.
e. 2011 a jihadist at a Christmas market in Liege, Belgium killed six shoppers and wounded 125 before killing himself with a revolver.
   Reflections on the Massacre of Nanking: ““Perhaps the most fascinating character to emerge from the history of the Rape of Nanking is the German businessman John Rabe. To most of the Chinese in the city, he was a hero, “the living Buddha of Nanking,” the legendary head of the International Safety Zone who saved hundreds of thousands of Chinese lives.” ― Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II.
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