Wednesday, December 26, 2018

December 26, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not First Day of Kwansaa

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 22, 2018 Ocasio-Cortez, the darling poster child for the left is back in the news claiming Jesus was a refugee and angling for a position on the House Ways and Means (putting this incompetent anywhere near tax legislation would be a disaster); at a time when many Americans are having a hard time making ends meet, Instagram is flush with photos of kids of the rich and wealthy enjoying lavish vacations, expensive and a total disdain for their fellow American citizen mere mortals; the $1.5 Billion Mega Lottery was not won and will continue to grow Bezos and Trump are in a mutual snit fit over Trump’s charge that Amazon is getting a sweetheart deal over the 62% of its packages that the Post Office delivers; Trump is digging in his heels over the failure of the Blues in the Senate to appropriate funds for the wall and has vowed the government will not reopen if the wall is not funded (Pelosi on this with her inane comment that the wall is immoral, ineffective  and expensive is coming across as total partisan hack willing to sacrifice national security due to her animus against Trump); after suffering the largest Christmas Eve loss ever, equity futures are trending higher to the relief of investors; President Trump has accelerated James Mattis’
departure date has been accelerated from February 28 to January 1; Lebron James suffered a groin pull in the third quarter of the Lakers’ game with the Warriors and will be  undergoing an MRI to determine the extent of injury; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 23, 2018, 2921 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 490 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 Daryl Hall and John Oates Newton-John, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are seeking to accomplish your goals with obnixely and a relevant quote from Maulana Karenga on Kwansaa, 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.  Boxing Day—celebrated the United Kingdom and countries that are or were part of the British Empire since the 17th Century marked by the wealthy giving their servants a Christmas box containing gifts and a Christmas bonus.
2. The First Day of Kwansaa--celebrating in the African Diaspora to honor African culture and traditions culminating on January 1.
3. 1982 Number One Song— the number one song in 1982 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Maneater” by Daryl Hall and John Oates. 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 “onixely” which means strenuously which in the game of life often differentiates between success or failure.
5.Play With Explosives and Die--celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political views the birthday on this day in 1943 of William Ayers an anti-war activist and founder of the Weathermen who advocated violence as a means of getting the U.S. out of Vietnam and who lost three members when a bomb they were working on exploded prematurely. He is still active in the academic world exposing college students to his leftist ideology.                 
    On this day in: 
a. 1919 the owner of the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees giving rise to the curse of the Bambino Superstition.
b. 1963 the Beatles two hit records “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I
Saw Her Standing There” were released in the U.S. sparking Beatlemania.
c. 1991 the Supreme Soviet met and voted to dissolve the Soviet Union bringing an end to the Cold War which under Putin has been heating up.
d. 1998 a Iraq announced its intention to fire upon U.S. and British planes patrolling the no-fly zones put in place to to protect the Kurds in Iraq following the end of Desert Storm.
e. 2009 China opened the world’s longest high speed rail line linking Beijing and Guangzhou.
   Reflections on Kwanzaa: “The [Kwanzaa] holiday, then will of necessity, be engaged as an ancient and living cultural tradition which reflects the best of African thought and practice in its reaffirmation of the dignity of the human person in community and culture, the well-being of family and community, the integrity of the environment and our kinship with it, and the rich resource and meaning of a people's culture.” Maulana Karenga who as chair of the Black Studies Department at Cal State University Long Beach created the celebration in 1966.
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© December 26, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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