Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 27, 2019 When it comes to hypocrisy among politicians both sides are guilty as sin as the record shows Democrats in the Senate were doing the same thing with Clinton that McConnell is supposedly doing with Trump in terms of the impeachment trial yet from the MSM complaining only the sounds of silence; money is the mother’s milk of politics and AOC has be caught in the blatant hypocrisy spotlight after she castigated politicians who took contributions from billionaires and then it was revealed she welcomed a $2700 donation from billionaire Tom Steyer who currently like Bloomberg is trying to buy the Democratic nomination (thank God AOC does not turn 35 until October 15, 2014 but sadly her birthday means she could run for president while still 34 since she would be 35 on Election and Inauguration Day); normally this poet rarely agrees with Michael Moore but on his statement that Trump’s support has not dropped one inch in the Midwest and he is on his way to another electoral win in 2020, I agree wholeheartedly especially since Nancy Pelosi is playing the dangerous game of sitting on the Articles of Impeachment; in another we need this like a hole in the head, President Duerte of the Philippines has banned the entry of Senators Durbin and Leahy for their criticism of his jailing of a dissent Philippines Senator who has criticized his killing of suspected drug dealers and is considering requiring visas for all American visitors; new data released show that asylum acceptances under Trump are at an all time low, perhaps reflecting the end of catch, release and do not appear policies of the Obama Administrations; in what hopefully is not the tip of the ice berg 9 people in Iowa have been referred for prosecution for double voting in the 2018 election (we really to get a handle on the issue given the stakes now in the elections politically and economically on the issue of the extent of voter fraud, especially voting by illegal aliens or legal aliens); in Chicago with a new interim police chief now having to replace a fired police chief, as of December 26, 2019, 2712 have been shot, of whom, 452 have died but none on Christmas or the 26th; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in second place in 2019 not yet finished in the amount of gun deaths as 342 have been murdered, a number which has the dubious distinction of passing all of 2014’s deaths and all of 2016’s yearly total of 318 fatalities and now ties 2017’s and 2015’s record of 342 (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 Mariah Carey, the fact you rarely pule, a relevant quote on serving in Afghanistan by a Russian soldier, Vladislav Tamorov, 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. Second Day of Kwanzaa—created by Maulana Karenga, a professor of black studies at Cal State University, in 1996 to celebrate 7 principles of African Culture ending on January 1 of each year.
2. Make Cut Out Snow Flakes Day—celebrating a craft event that children will enjoy especially if they are not experiencing a white Christmas or if they are and because it’s snowing so hard they are confined indoors.
3. 2011 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 2011 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. Here is a recording of the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAkMkVFwAoo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pule” which means to whine or whimper which is a trait most men seek to avoid.
5. Pedal to the Metal--celebrating the birth on this day in 19348 of Gerhard Depardieu, a very well known and prolific French actor who has appeared in 170 films.
On this day in:
a. 1845 ether was used as an antithetic during childbirth for the first time by Crawford Long in Jefferson, Georgia.
b. 1929 Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin ordered the liquidation of the kulaks in Ukraine as a class.
c. 1979 the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan to begin its agony similar to what we experienced in South Vietnam.
d. 1985 7 Palestinian terrorists killed 19 civilians and wounded over a hundred in attacks at airports in Rome, Italy and Vienna, Austria before 4 of the terrorists were killed by El Al security forces and the other 3 captured and sentenced to long prison terms.
e. 1996 Taliban forces take Bagram Airbase, solidifying their positions around Kabul, Afghanistan.
Reflections on Soviet’s war in Afghanistan: ““He was holding his right leg, but the blood soaked through his fingers and flowed over his hand onto his sleeve. Intuition had served me again this time: my kick had knocked his automatic out of his grasp a fraction of a second before he could press the trigger. The second kick was to his face. It sent him flying about six feet. I set my sights on his head, but something stopped me, one of our guys let out a yelp behind me. Another bullet whistled by right next to me. Apparently, this Mujahadeen was not the only one here. Again, I aimed at his head, but something again stopped me. I saw how his hands were trembling. I noticed the horror in his eyes. 'He is only a boy!' I thought and pressed the trigger.”― Vladislav Tamarov, Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier’s Story
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