Friday, December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 7, 2018 Comey, the disgraced FBI Director is on the Hill testifying in close session over his handling of the Clinton e-mail server with the transcript to be released in 24 hours which should make for interesting reading if Comey answered questions which he has not; Zuckerberg, the leftist head of Facebook  that all conservatives despise, has ordered an audit of alleged blocking of conservative posts but has not committed to release the results; Trump has announced that he will nominate former AG under Bush 41 William Bauer as Attorney General and Heather Nuaert former spokeswomen for the State Department to replace Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador; Qantas wants to make it impossible for workers to have funds to put another shrimp on the barbie byi asking its workers to volunteer for extra work during the Christmas season without pay; the NFL Commissioner has shown himself one more time to be incompetent by fining star Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott $13,000 after he deposited $21 in the Salvation Army bucket at the game with the Washington Redskins (what a Scrooge and Grinch); the InSight Martian probe is on the surface of Mars hard a work sending back very clear photos of the planet as it begins to analyze physical data beneath the surface;  a UNAIDS report released stated that 9 million people carry the HIV virus and do not know it increasing the risk of further infection; Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through December 6, 2018, 2801 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 474 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 Steam, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not a nupson and a relevant quote from Harry Chapin’s tombstone epitaph, 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 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day—commemorating the attack by the Japanese on this day of infamy in 1941 on Pearl Harbor that crippled our Pacific Fleet and killed 2403 Americans.
2. International Civil Aviation Day—created by the UN General Assembly to promote awareness of the importance of  civil aviation, especially international air travel, to the social and economic development of the planet.
 3. 1969 Number One Song— the number one song in 1969 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nupson” which means a simpleton or fool which is how the Blues like Hirono view Trump supporters.
5. Cats in the Cradle--celebrating the birth on this day in 1972 of noted singer songwriter and philanthropist Harry Chapin whose life was cut far too short at the age of 38 due to a semi rear ending him.
    On this day in: 
a. 1963 instant replay made its debut during the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia, Pennyslvania.
b. 1982 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. had the dubious distinction of being the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the United States.
c. 1987 a disgruntled employee on Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1671 shot his ex boss the shot the pilot and co-pilot and flew the plane into the crowd near Paso Robles killing all aboard.
d. 1993 Colin Ferguson, a passenger on a Long Island Railroad Train pulled out a pistol after leaving Garden City New York and started shooting, killing 6 and wounding 19 before being subdued by passengers. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to 315 years plus 8 months to life and is now rotting in a New York prison where he will die.
e. 1999 the Recording Industry Association of America in the case of A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster Inc. filed a copyright infringement suit against the peer to peer file sharing practices of Napster, Inc.
   Epitaph on the tombstone of Harry Chapin:
Oh if a man tried
To take his time on Earth
And prove before he died
What one man's life could be worth
I wonder what would happen
to this world
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© December 7, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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