Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 30, 2019 The Fort Worth Church shooter was not very smart as in Texas lots of law abiders carry concealed guns and before killing and wounding more he was shot down in six seconds by an armed parishioner; like a puppet De Blasio blamed the most pro Jewish president ever for the anti-Semite attack by a machete wielding black on Donald Trump (when will the residents of the Big Apple realize they have a rotten one in their midst and dump him?); in an annual poll, Trump has tied Obama as the most admired man in America but including Adam Schiff in the list of most admired albeit with only some 2 percent, raises some questions as to the poll’s veracity; in an attempt to allay fears that lurk beneath the service as to his ability to serve, Sanders’ doctor has released his medical report following his heart attack, giving him a clean bill of health; in a potential death blow to ratings, Trump will be holding a campaign rally in Wisconsin the same night the Democrats are holding a presidential debate among some of the candidates; given his ratings that continue to fall, it is a mystery why Brian Stelter consumed by his anti-Trump rhetoric still has a job with the Cack News Network; Hunter Biden whom many believe will become the equivalent of the private server of HRC is back in the news with a private investigator firm investigating his finances in his ongoing child support case has claimed it has obtained access to his financial records which show participation in a multimillion dollar counterfeit scheme (after having to walk back his refusal to obey Senate impeachment trial, Biden needs this new scandal like the proverbial hole in the head); in another example of polarization and PC culture a photo showing 18 out of 30 of a West Virginia Correctional Officers Training Class giving what appears to be the Nazi salute with the caption Hail Byrd (their instructor) which prompted the governor to indicate they should be fired along with some instructors who did not report the incident; time to pity Uncle Joe facing hecklers of “Quid Pro Quo Joe in New Hampshire campaign stop (pity the poor Blues tied to a loser who if against Trump will flop); in Chicago with a new interim police chief now having to replace a fired police chief, as of December 29, 2019, 2747 have been shot, of whom, 458 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, is coming in first place in 2019 not yet finished in the amount of gun deaths as 343 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 2017’s and 2015’s record of previous 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 Bruno Mars Carey, the fact you are usually punctilious, a relevant quote on executing Saddam Hussein by Richard Dawkins, 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. Fifth 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 of which today’s is “purpose.”
2. Bacon Day—celebrating that food that probably gives cardiologists great headaches and was created by Danya Goodman and Jeff Leonard in response to Homer Simpson’s question on the “I Love Lisa” episode “Is It Bacon Day?”
3. 2012 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 2012 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars. Here is a recording of the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-fA-gBCkj0
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “punctilious” which means scrupulous and exact, traits which are found lacking in most politicians expecially when seeking your vote.
5. Out of the Woods Into the Masters--celebrating the birth on this day in 1975 of one of the truly great golfer Tiger Woods who after a 14 year hiatus from the Green Jacket wore one again this year.
On this day in:
a. 1916 Russian mystic and advisor to the Tsarina Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was murdered by a loyalist group led by Prince Felix Yusupov. His frozen, partially-trussed body was discovered in a Moscow river three days later. As Russia continued to lurch to revolution as its troops were being slaughtered in the trenches in World War I.
b. 1936 the United Auto Workers staged its first sit down strike at General Motors’ Plant in Flint, Michigan which lasted for 40 days and resulted in recognition of the UAW Union.
c. 1965 Ferdinand Marcos became President of the Philippines and remained so until 1986, having ruled as dictator under martial law from 1975 to 1981.
d. 2005 Tropical Storm Zeta disproved the adage “last but not Least” tied the record for the latest tropical storm formed in the North Atlantic Basin and after limping into 2007 faded quickly away never making landfall or causing any damages.
e. 2006 former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, was executed for mass murders by hanging.
Reflections on Saddam Hussein’s execution: “The obvious objections to the execution of Saddam Hussein are valid and well aired. His death will provoke violent strife between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and between Iraqis in general and the American occupation forces.” Richard Dawkins, noted English eholigist and author and whose predictions of chaos following Hussein’s execution seemed to be right on point.
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