Friday, November 29, 2019

November 29, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Black Friday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 29, 2019 London Bridge may not be falling down but the terrorist wielding a knife and fake bomb shot by police is; Roger Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Network has opined that the election is Trump’s to lose due to the fact of his belief that none of the current crop of Blue presidential candidates are capable of winning; aides to Kamala Harris are recognizing reality by admitting the illegal alien supporter queen’s plunge in polls stems from her attacks on Tulsi Gabbard as a Russian agent and Tulsi’s withering responses against her (time for this “let me be clear” candidate to quit embarrassing herself and fleecing her dqindling band of donors and drop out); in a life imitates art but with consequences two Korean K-pop stars were sentenced to five and six years in prison for raping an intoxicated unconscious woman; the Charles Schwab and Ameritrade comes with an almost $ one billion break-up fee and if consummated results in the combining companies moving to Texas (thanks to California’s high tax, high regulation and anti-business environment); Starbucks is in the proverbial public relations hot water as a barista at a Starbuck’s in Glenpool, Oklahoma wrote “pig” on a police officer’s coffee order and a report surfaced that five police officers were asked to move from a complaining customer’s line of sight or leave a store in Tempe, Arizona; AOC continues to move the party to the left and is in the news for slamming Peter Buttigieg for attacking tuition free college (how many more unemployable majors like gender studies to we really need?); in Chicago with a new interim police chief as of  November 28, 2019, 2536 have been shot, of whom, 429 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in the amount of gun deaths as 312 have been murdered, a number which has passed all of 2014’s death and is closing in on 2016 yearly total of 318’s fatalities (when will Chicago and Baltimore 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 people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?).
 As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Boyz II Men,  the fact your psephology of the 2020 elections show a Trump victory and a relevant quote on the Korean War and the Vietnam War by Helen Thomas,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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. Black Friday—celebrating the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season which brings most retailers out of the red and into the black which has crept up to and passed Thanksgiving afternoon to earlier in the week in a déjà vu in 1939-41 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up to the third Thursday to boost holiday sales to help end the Great Depression.    
2. Buy Nothing Day--created by Vancouver artist Ted Dave and first celebrated on September of 1992 until moved in 1997 to the Friday after Thanksgiving to protest the consumerism foisted upon consumers by retailers anxious to achieve profitability.
3. 1993 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1994 on this day on a run of 14 weeks in the position was “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “psephology” which study of election results which the MSM had to eat crow big time in 2016 when they blew their predictions big time.
5. You Are Only As Old As You Think You Are Or Your Genes Let You Be--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1899 of Emma Morano of Italy who daily ate a raw egg and eschewed relationships until the age of 38 and lived to be 117 years old, dying on April 15, 2017. 
On this day in: 
      a. 1947 the General Assembly approved a plan for the partition of Palestine which guaranteed decades of Arab-Israeli Wars and strife still involving the Palestinians today. 
      b. 1952 President Eisenhower fulfilled a campaign promise and traveled to Korea to see for himself what could be done to end the Korean War, hostilities for which ended July 27, 1953. 
      c. 1967 Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara submitted his resignation to President Johnson shortly before the Tet Offensive in 1968 that rocked the nation and led to President Johnson not seeking reelection. 
 d. 1972 Atari released Pong, the world’s first video game which compared to today’s games was about as primitive as primitive could be.
 e. 2009 Maurice Clemons entered a coffee shop in Parkland, Washington and shot and killed four Lakewood Policemen and fled with a wound to his torso. Despite help by five friends and family members he evaded capture for two days only to be cornered, shot and killed by the members of the Seattle Police Department. The accomplices were charged, convicted and sentenced only to have the convictions overturned due to prosecutorial misconduct.
 Reflections on the Korean and Vietnam War: “Truman fired the popular Gen. Douglas MacArthur because he disobeyed orders in the Korean War. Johnson knew that he had reached the endgame in Vietnam when Gen. William Westmoreland, the top commander in Vietnam, requested 240,000 more troops in 1968 for the prolonged war that also could not be won.” Helen Thomas, noted American author and journalist, best known for her long standing tenure as a member of the White House Press Corps.
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