Tuesday, December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Migrants Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 18, 2018 Flynn’s sentencing was delayed until March and the transcript of disgraced and sanctimonious Comey revealed his admission that he broke protocol in going to the White House to interview Flynn without prior notification to White House Counsel and that the FBI had been wiretapping Flynn and knew exactly what he said to the Russian Ambassador; Comey is still railing at the Reds for their attacks on the mishandling of the “investigation” of the Clinton e-mail server; Jim Acosta of CNN has competition in the White House Press Corps rude behavior derby as Breakfast Media Andrew Feinberg shouted at Sarah Sanders to ”Do your job Sarah!” (fortunately the press corps roundly slammed his behavior on Twitter); Penny Marshall of “Laverne and Shirley” has passed due to complications from diabetes; the complaints filed against Justice Kanvanaugh for misconduct during his confirmation hearings to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court have been dismissed; former Seal and Rep-elect Ben Crenshaw who was mocked by SNL Peter Davidson called him with words of encouragement after Davidson posted what looked like a suicide plan Instagram (total class act on his part); the Clintons are still on the Marvin K. Moody tour trying to rewrite history appearing in almost empty arenas (when will this farce come to an end and this couple retire to their Chappaqua home to fade away); the government is facing a partial shutdown over the Democrats refusal to spend a penny on constructing a wall (what an outrage; shame on the Democrats putting the concern for illegals over the security of Americans; the Justice Department has issued new regulations banning the sale and possession of bump stocks which convert semi-automatic weapons to automatic; Arizona’s governor has appointed Martha McSally to the remainder of former Senator McCain’s term; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 17, 2018, 2870 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 482 have died but none in the past three days which must be a record as cold weather makes aiming more difficult (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 Chic, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are experiencing oblectaton and a relevant quote from Father Greg Boyle on migration, 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. International Migrants Day—created by the UN General Assembly to promote the protection of migrants’ human rights in a world in which civil wars and poverty have set in motion large numbers of migrants while at the same time a growing resistance to the admission of migrants many of whom are unskilled and a drain on welfare services.
2. UN Arabic Language Day—created by the General Assembly to recognize Arabic as one of the six official languages of the UN.
3. 1978 Number One Song— the number one song in 1978 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Le Freak” by Chic. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1qQ1SKNlgY
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 “oblectation” which means enjoyment or pleasure which is a good thing to wish for.
5. Even Legs Don’t Trump Smoking—celebrating the birth on this day in 1916 of noted actress and pin up Betty Grable who was a smoker and like so many celebrities died way too early from lung cancer at age 56.
    On this day in: 
a. 1917 the resolution containing the 18th Amendment to implement Prohibition was passed by Congress.
b. 1932 the Chicago Bears in the first NFL Championship game defeated the Portsmouth Spartans (now known as the Detroit Lions).
c. 1958 Project Score, the world’s first communications satellite was successfully launched by NASA.
d. 1972 President Richard Nixon announced that once again the U.S. would be sending B-52s back to bomb North Vietnam after peace talks in Paris with the North Vietnamese collapsed which forced the North back to the table and to sign the Paris Peace Accords.
e. 2002 Governor Gray Davis of California has won reelection to a second term announced that the state would face a $35 billion deficit, double what was predicted in the campaign which led to his recall and the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
   Reflections on migration: "Abject poverty, political instability, torture, and other abuses push thousands across our border. There is not a deterrent imaginable that equals the conditions that force their migration.” Father Greg Boyle, Jesuit Priest and founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and reentry organization in the world.
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