Thursday, December 20, 2018

December 20, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Go Caroling Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 20, 2018 Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at odds over President Trump’s decision to withdraw our forces from Syria has resigned effective February 28, 2019 another example of the insanity in California of its sanctuary city policies as a twice deported scumbag illegal alien Gustavo Garcia who went on a crime spree killing one person, injuring five others and leading police on a dangerous car chase that started because sheriffs were prohibited from cooperating with ICE to detain and deport this dangerous illegal (fortunately this scum bag crashed and died in a truck he had stolen); Secretary of Homeland Security has announced an agreement with Mexico that asylum seekers will be detained in Mexico till their asylum petitions are heard (great news but Congress needs to act to curtail asylum seekers seeking asylum based on economic considerations); in an et tu Brute moment Republican leaders like McCain evidently leaked the false anti-Trump dossier to Buzz Feed; in another reason to subject Silicon Valley to some scrutiny over its bias against conservative thought, Linkedin cofounder Harry Reid is suspected of contributing $100,000 to a disinformation program designed to link falsely link failed Republican Senate Candidate Judge Moore to the Russians; the Cack News Network is in the spotlight with revelations that a journalist of the year named by it, Claus Relotius, a writer for Der Spiegel was guilty of fabricating a large number of his stories; Acting Attorney General Whitaker will not recuse himself from the Russian Special Counsel Probe (also known as the Mueller partisan witch-hunt); Trump may veto the continuing resolution since it contains no funding for his wall (read my lips déjà vu if Trump wants to have a second term he needs to veto the funding bill since there are no funds for a wall but Ryan should be thoroughly castigated for not passing appropriations months earlier); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 19, 2018, 2880 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 486 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 Kenny Rogers, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from oblivesence and a relevant quote from Suzy Kassem on honor killings, 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 Day of Solidarity—created by the UN to promote solidarity and the eradication of poverty and disease.
2. Go Caroling Day—celebrating that great event during the Christmas season—getting a group of friends and neighbors to go caroling in the streets or to a nursing home or assisted living center.
3. 1980 Number One Song— the number one song in 1980 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Lady” by Kenny Rogers. 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 “oblivescence” which means forgetfulness which is a trait more and more baby boomers are experiencing.
5. Even a Bullet Can’t Outrun Alcohol--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1942 of Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes noted Olympic sprinter and wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys who battled alcohol abuse after retirement from football and was sentenced to 5 years in prison for selling drugs to an undercover narcotics agent and whose sprinting speed ended forever at the age of 59 due to prostate cancer.
    On this day in: 
a. 1957 the world became a much smaller place with the first flight of the production run of the Boeing 707.
b. 1971 the international aid group Doctors Without Borders was founded by Bernard Kouchner and a group of journalists in Paris, France.
c. 1989 the U.S. invaded Panama to depose its dictator Manuel Noriega.
d. 1991 a Missouri court sentenced Muslim fanatics Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palistina who had committed the sin of listening to R&B music, getting a job without their permission and dating an African-American; the father died from diabetes while awaiting execution and the mother had her sentence change to life without parole and died in prison.
e. 1999 Macau was handed over to China by Portugal.
   Reflections on the despicable practice of honor killings: “Cultural and religious traditions that forbid cross-cultural unions prevent peace on earth. Instead of rejoicing that our sons and daughters are heart-driven and love other humans outside of their familiar religious, social or cultural domains, we punish and insult them. This is wrong. Honor killings are not honorable by God. They are driven by ignorance and ego and nothing more. The Creator favors the man who loves over the man who hates. If you think God will punish you or your child for allowing them to marry outside of your tribe or faith, then you do not know God. Love is his religion and the light of love sees no walls. Anybody who unconditionally loves another human being for the goodness of their heart and nothing more is already on the right side of God.” ― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem Asture observation on the problems facing Western societies facing Muslim immigration and the difficulties of assimilation of immigrants.
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