Saturday, January 4, 2020

January 4, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Braille Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 4, 2020 In a shocker the New England Patriots are upset by the Tennessee Titans at home and on the sports front Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr should stick to basketball and not accuse Pence of lying about Soleimani and 911 (even coaches seem to be infected with Hollywood elitism); the lying Benghazi it’s a video queen Susan Rice is on the tweet airways slamming Trump for killing Soleimani and distorting the reasons for his death; while anti-Semitism hate crimes seem to be on the rise, Elizabeth Warren whose fund raising seems to be stalling Elizabeth Warren announced the new support of anti-Israel “comic” Maysoon Fayid who is a vitriolic anti-Trumper but once called Warren a “weasel”; every time Colin Kaepernick opens his mouth he manages to move further away from his goal of returning to the NFL as he condemned the US for terrorist attacks on blacks and browns due to killing of Soleimani (one would have to be a general manager with the patience of Job to sign Kaepernick and his taking a knee antics; the United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination, has announced a split into two entities, one favoring same sex marriages and LBGTQ clergy and the other not; the FDA troubled by a wave of vaping fatalities and hospitalizations has issued a ban on most flavored vaping products (smokers unable to quit face a Sword of Damocles choice— keep smoking and risk dying from lung cancer in 30 or so years or begin vaping and run the risk of dying after one vaping); Chris Hayes, a MSNBC “journalist” whose bias rivals Rachel Maddow, has accused Trump of lying over Soleimani’s planning attacks on the U.S. (given the fact that Soleimani was guilty of involvement in attacks that killed hundreds of U.S. forces, Chris is splitting hairs as this killer deserved to be taken out); in Chicago, as of January 1, 2020, the new year ended with 6 people but do not yet have updated data as of January 4, 2020; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population, has started 2020 with 2 deaths and came in first place in 2019 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, 2016’s  318 deaths and 2017’s and 2015’s  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 Adele,  the fact you dispose of putrilage, a relevant quotes on eugenics and socialism by E.A. Samaan,  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. World Braille Day—celebrated for the second time in 2020 to commemorate the importance of blind and visually challenged persons to communicate using a series of dot arrangements.
2. National Trivia Day—created by Robert L. Birch of the Puns Corps to commemorate the importance of trivia in human curiosity, science and fun that explains the popularity of Trivial Pursuit.
3. 2016 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 2016 on this day on a run of 10 weeks in the position was “Hello” by Adele. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “putrilage” which means products or remnants of rotting which describes to a tee what most Reds think of the House’s Articles of Impeachment.
5. Perfect Season Perfect Steak--celebrating the birth on this day in 1930 of noted professional football coach on the Miami Dolphins, Don Schula, who won 2 Super Bowls and coached his team through a perfect 18-0 season and also founded a chain of steakhouses known as Schula’s noted for having a 48 oz Prime Porterhouse Challenge to finish the steak and its sides which this poet did at their since closed outlet in Portland, Oregon.
On this day in:               
      a. 1884 the Fabian Society formed to advance socialism by evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary means was formed in London where it still exists with less than 7000 members, influences the Labor Party and has learned apparently nothing from the failure of socialism in most parts of the world where it has been tried like Venezuela.    
       b. 1951 Chinese and North Korean forces recaptured Seoul from United Nation forces.
      c. 1958 the first man made object to orbit the Earth Sputnik I launched in October of 1957 back to Earth. 
 d. 1999 former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was sworn in as the Reform Party Governor of Minnesota. 
 e. 2007 the 110th Congress convened and elected Nancy Pelosi as the first female speaker a position which she would hold until January 3, 2011. 
 Reflections on the failure of Fabian Socialism: “Certain American Progressives and British Fabian Socialists are very lucky that Adolf Hitler was a plagiarist, and that he did not cite their work on eugenics when writing Mein Kampf. Otherwise, history would remember them differently.”― A.E. Samaan, professor of anthropology and eugenics.
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