Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For December 31, 2019 In a hope this is not a Tehran Embassy or Benghazi disaster, Iraqis incensed over the bombing of several sites in Iraq operated by Iranian backed Iraqi militia have breached the gate of the American Embassy in Baghdad and are occupying the grounds promising not to leave until the U.S. withdraws its forces from Iraq, including those who are fighting ISIS remnants (Trump has blamed Iran and demanded Iraq fulfill its obligations under international law to protect our embassy as an additional 100 Marines have been sent in—dangerous situation because Trump is no Carter and no Obama/Hillary); the Strozk and Page lovebirds are in the news again with Strozk suing the federal government for releasing his “personal property” text messages to Page conspiring to prevent Trump’s election and seeking to remove his afterwards while Page was being softballed by Maddow defending the FBI’s counter intelligence operation and her role in it against Trump while breathing a sigh of relief as Maddow asked not one question on the 17 abuses in the FISA process; in a moment of candor, Don Sedgewick, the Mayor of Laguna Hills in an interview that he does not blame people from moving or wanting to move from high tax, high cost of living areas like California and New York; in a bite the hand that feeds you moment literally, it was revealed that the Fort Worth Church shooter had grown angry that although he received food when he visited the congregation he did not receive money; videos are the ruin of many a politician Joe Biden is on tape lambasting and ridiculing Texas’ law that went into effect in September allowing concealed guns into churches while the parishioners at the Fort Worth Church endured 6 seconds of terror and two deaths as opposed to dozens that would have been incurred before police responded (nice viewpoint Joe from someone who must have armed guards watching his every move; in Chicago with a new interim police chief now having to replace a fired police chief, as of December 30, 2019, 2750 have been shot, of whom, 459 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 348 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 A Big World and Christina Aquilera, the fact you do not purloin, a relevant quote on Marshall Plan by Robert Dallek, 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. First Night—celebrating in North America on Christmas Eve the artistic and cultural strengths of communities across the land.
2. Sixth Day of Kwanzaa—celebrating creativity which is the 6th of 7 African principles celebrated in Kwanzaa by leaving the community you inherited in a better place when you leave it.
3. 2013 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 2013 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2U0Ivkn2Ds
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “purloin” which means to steal or filch which describes what many of us feel free spending Blues do to a tee.
5. Like Father Like Son--celebrating the birth on this day in 1977 of Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump, Jr. who is an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, an author of the book Triggered, and dating Kimberly Guilfoyle while working on Trump’s reelection campaign.
On this day in:
a. 1951 the Marshall Plan expired after distributing $13.1 billion in aid to war ravaged Western Europe.
b. 1983 following years of litigation, AT Bell System was broken up by the United States Government.
c. 1999 in what may go down as the first step in the resurrection of the Cold War, Boris Yeltsin resigned as President of Russia to be replaced by Vladimir Putin.
d. 1999 pursuant to the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties, the United States handed over the Panama Canal and the Panama Canal Zone to Panama.
e. 2000 the last day of the 20th Century and the 2nd Millennium along with the collapse of the predictions of Y2K disaster in the computer world.
Reflections on the collateral benefits of the Marshall Plan: “Truman is now seen as a near-great president because he put in place the containment doctrine boosted by the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan and NATO, which historians now see as having been at the center of American success in the cold war.” Robert Dallek, noted American historian focusing on American Presidents.
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