Wednesday, December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Holly Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 19, 2018 Vogue is toeing the attack FLOTUS line by slamming her taste which is awesome in decorating the White House; the Fed playing the role of the Grinch raised interest rates 25 points while indicating only two rate hikes will be targeted in 2019 (Grinch is right term as the market was up over 200 points only to fall back in the red after the announcement); Judge Sullivan who could not control his anmus for Flynn has seen it fit to order the Trump Administration to bring back asylum seekers that had been deported (another example of the open border mantra that seems to be infecting the judiciary in addition to the Blues and the MSM); Amy Schumer, the leftist comedian who is not funny, is patting herself on the back for getting fellow leftist celebs to boycott the halftime show for this year’s Super Bowl to protest the NFL’s treatment of players who take a knee; during the National Anthem; it looks like the government will not shut down but Trump continues to insist he will find a way to fund the construction of a wall (shame on Schumer and Pelosi for their insane opposition to securing the border); Paul Ryan who was more like a lamb than a lion in his farewell address as a pathetic Speaker of the House lamented in his farewell address on the failed nature of politics with its divisiveness (if he thinks it is failed today watch what happens when the “wall is immoral” Pelosi takes the helm and unleashes her minions to investigate Trump as opposed to legislating); that noted anti-Semite purveyor of hate the Nation of Islam is on the federal trough soaking up thousands of dollars to teach federal inmates “religious” studies; Johnson and Johnson has lost its appeal to set aside an over $4 billion punitive damages verdict in a law suit brought by women who claimed their ovarian cancer was caused by baby powder contaminated with asbestos; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 18, 2018, 2876 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 484 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 Rupert Holmes, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not experiencing obluctation today and a relevant quote from Charles River Editors on the sinking of the General Slocumsecure 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. Holly Day—celebrating the plant which along with the poinsettia is the symbol of Christmas.
2. Look for an Evergreen Day—celebrating the Christmas tree which are sold by the millions to be decorated and serve as a magnet for wrapped presents beneath its boughs.
3. 1979 Number One Song— the number one song in 1979 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Escape (Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes. 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 “obluctation” which means resistance which describes the game plan of the Blues to a tee.
5. All That Jazz—celebrating the birth on this day in 1918 of Henry Byrd better known to his fans as Professor Longhair, noted New Orleans jazz pianist who died too early from a heart attack at the age of 61.
    On this day in: 
a. 1912 President Taft pardoned Captain William Van Schaick, the captain of the steamship General Slocum which caught fire, killing 1,000 people, after he had served 3½ years in Sing Sing Prison in New York.
 b. 1974 Nelson Rockefeller was sworn in as Vice President under the provisions of the 25th Amendment.
c. 1984 Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xioaping signed the Joint Sino-British Declaration providing that Hong Kong would revert to China on July 1, 1997.
d. 1998 President Bill Clinton became the second president to be impeached by the House of Representatives but was acquitted on a straight party line vote by the Senate.
e. 2016 Anis Amri, a Tunisian failed asylum seeker, drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin killing 12 and wounding 56; he was shot and killed 4 days later in Milan, Italy.
   Reflections on heroism by a survivor of the General Slocum disaster:  “Louise Galling was on board the Slocum as a baby nurse caring for her employer’s young children, and she survived on basic instinct: "I had no thought, of what might happen to me. I had never swum a stroke in my life, and I didn't know the slightest thing about how I should begin. I only knew one thing, and that was that I must save the babies. So I took one in each arm and jumped overboard and kicked out with my feet and held them up as best I could. I did not care whether I could swim or not. I only knew that if I didn't I would not save the children. I struggled on through the water and got to the shore. I didn't know how, and I guess I never will, but I saved the babies.” ― Charles River Editors, The Sinking of the General Slocum: The History of New York City’s Deadliest Maritime Disaster 
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