Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 6, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Take A Poet To Lunch Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 6, 2019 For those of us who harbored hope that a return of Blues to control the House might bring a sense of civility and compromise to the People’s House that hope looks to be forlorn when followers of the socialist darling of the Blues, Ocasio-Cortez’s followers responded to a twitter debate with Scalise on her economy wrecking idea of taxing high income taxpayers at 70% with tweets like “snipe his a—“ which prompted Scalise to terminate the discussion (can’t debate with an ideologue whose followers support violence); Pelosi did not condemn Blue Representative Rashida Tlaib’s calling for impeachment of Trump and labeling him a mother f##k while Ocasio-Cortez defending the call and the profanity; Trump hauled out verbatim quotes from Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Biden supporting a wall that they now consider immoral (what changed their mind as the flow of illegals and drugs and terrorists continues? Animus for Trump trumping what is needed by the country); another Red Kansas Senator Pat Roberts has announced he will not seek reelection in 2020; government shutdown continues with Pelosi firm on her pledge that not one dollar will be appropriated and Schumer indicating the government must be reopened before Blues will even discuss the issue (Blues really need to listen to the Border Patrol and look at the evidence that walls work instead of closing their ears); Costa Rica an oasis of safety and magnet for tourism is losing that reputation with an increase in crime including crime against tourists; the House introduced HR-1 For the People Act which would impose requirements on ethics, campaign finance, voting, redistricting and social media disclosure of political ads over $500 and tighter restraints on social media use by foreign entities (since it also mandates that the president and vice president but not members of Congress disclose their tax returns good chance that even if passed by the Senate, it will be vetoed); in Chicago on the first day of 2019, nine people have been shot at least two of whom have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Poisonn, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that this government by and large is not a oblocracy and a relevant  quote from President
Roosevelt on our goals in the beginning of 1941, 
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 Take a Poet Out to Lunch Day—since most poets do not make a lot of money but enhance the quality of our lives, a great observation to celebrate by taking a poet out to lunch.
2. National Take Down Your Christmas Tree Day—all good things have to come to an end especially when the needles start to fall and the tree is getting drier by the moment and more of a fire hazard.
3. 1989 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1989 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison. 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 “ochlocracy” which means a government by mobs which is what we have seen two often with the antifa protests.
5. The Prophet--celebrating the birth on this day in 1883 of Lebanese-American Khalil Gibran essayist, art and poet who wrote The Prophet but while the pen is mightier than the sword, the bottle is not and he died in 1931 of cirrhosis of the liver from his alcoholism.      
    On this day in:                              
a. 1912 German geophysicist Alfred Wegener presented his theory of continental drift.
b. 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union with its “Four Freedoms—of speech, of worship, from fear and from want.”
c. 1950 the United Kingdom recognized the People’s Republic of China causing the Republic of China of Taiwan to sever relations.
d. 2005 Edgar Killen, a member of the Klu Klux Klan, was arrested for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights volunteers, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, in Mississippi. He was found guilty, sentenced to 60 years and died in prison on January 11, 2018 6 days prior to his 93rd birthday.
e. 2017 Estaban Santiago-Ruiz opened fire with a pistol in a terminal at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida killing 5 and wounding 6 others; he was arrested within 90 seconds of starting to shoot, was diagnosed as schizophrenic and plead guilty, receiving 5 life sentences.
   Reflections on America’s goal in the beginning of 1941: “We Americans are vitally concerned in your defense of freedom. We are putting forth our energies, our resources and our organizing powers to give you the strength to regain and maintain a free world. [...] This is our purpose and our pledge." Franklin D. Roosevelt 1941 State of Union Speech.
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© January 6, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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