Saturday, December 29, 2018

December 29, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Pepper Pot Soup Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 29, 2018 On the FLOTUS fashion front Michelle Obama basking in her new ranking as the most admired woman trouncing long time occupant of that role Hillary Clinton and sporting $4,000 thigh length designer boots on her book tour was fawned over by the fashion media while former model Melania Trump was mocked for wearing Timberlake boots on her visit to Iraq (just another symbol of how divided this country has become); on the infectious disease front a passenger contagious with measles from Brussels arrived at Newark’s International Airport and may have exposed numerous passengers on the plane and in the terminal to the disease and in New York City a measles outbreak has prompted school officials to ban children who have not been vaccinated from attending school; on the what to give someone who has everything front, Kanye West surprised his wife Kim Kardashian with a $14 million condo in Miami as a Christmas gift; on the Syrian front the Defense Department is defending the withdrawal of U.S. forces is well thought out and organized; on the political correctness front, the town of Hempstead on Long Island has organized a toy exchange encouraging kids to exchange their toy guns for safer alternatives; New Years Eve Times Square Celebration organizers have announced that they will honor journalism and the free press; Maine’s outgoing governor added the comment that the Democratic winner of a House seat had stolen the election due to Maine’s preference voting where second and third choice preference are reallocated if no one initially garnered more than 50% of the vote; Richard Overton  at age 112 the oldest veteran of World War II and a lover of ice cream, whiskey and cigars has just died; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 28, 2018, 2938 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 493 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 Madonna, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not an obsequious person and a relevant quote from an unnamed Khmer Rouge official on genocide justifications, 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.  National Pepper Pot Soup Day—commemorating the serving of pepper pot soup to the soldiers of the Continental Army ten days after arriving in their winter encampment of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on this day in 1777.
2. Still Need to Do Day—celebrating a lull in work and the holidays by accomplishing what you want to accomplish in the waning days of 2018.
3. 1984 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1984 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “Like a Virgin” by Madonna. 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 “obsequious” which means to fawn over which is what the MSM is doing 24/7 when it comes to liberal politicians and celebrities.
5. Justice Moves Slowly But It Moves--celebrating the birth on this day in 1923 of Doctor Sam Shephard who was convicted of killing his wife, sentenced to life in prison but released to face a retrial thanks to the efforts of F. Lee Bailey and was acquitted at the retrial; sadly saddened by the loss of his wife, he turned to alcohol and died of liver cancer in 1970. His case prompted the TV series The Fugitive and the movie of the same name.     
    On this day in: 
a. 1934 in a march to war moment, Japan renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930..
b. 1949 Station KC2XKA in Bridgeport, Connecticut became the first Ultra high frequency TV station.
c. 1975 a bomb exploded in LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 and injuring 74. The perpetrators were never caught.
d. 1997 Hong Kong began the slaughter of all of its 1.25 million chickens to halt the spread of the deadly bird flu.
e. 1998 in a better late than never moment, leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologized for the genocide in Cambodia that claimed over a two million lives but only two leaders of the Khmer Rouge have been convicted of genocide and are serving life sentences.
   Reflections on the Cambodian genocide:  “To build a democratic Cambodia by renewing everything on a new basis, to do away with every reminder of colonial and imperial culture… To rebuild a new Cambodia, one million men is enough. Prisoners of war, people expelled from the cities and villages controlled by the government, are no longer needed, and local chiefs are free to dispose of them as they please.” An unnamed Khmer Rouge official, January 1976 Sadly the world like too many genocides stood idly by.
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© December 29, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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