Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Christmas Day, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


© December 25, 2023  Ridley’s Believe It Or Not

             While Biden sits on his hands paralyzed as Iranian backed forces launch missile and drone attacks on U.S. Bases in Syria and Iraq, Israel does not hesitate to take out Iranian commanders in the field as it did today killing  Senior adviser for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Sayyed Razi Mousavi in Syria. As 3 U.S. Servicemen are wounded in a Iran backed Hezbollah attack, Biden got up off his hands to launch air strikes with the targets or results not yet known, but at least a good first step.
              Biden is in a snit fit attacking the media for not reporting his economic successes in a sufficiently positive vein. In a recent poll only 14% of Americans say Biden’s policies have helped them. Biden’s illusions on how well he and the economy are doing will not put food on the table or pay the mortgage or rent.
               As the FBI is investigating a record number of swatting calls against Jewish institutions as  2 Red House Members, Marjorie Taylor Green and Brandon Williams (really dangerous situation as police a led to believe a crime is taking place and are likely to approach with guns drawn. 
              Harvard University supposedly the elite of the elite is supposed to live by its motto “Veritas” which means truth which its president Claudine Gay mocks. Her academic publications of plagiarism reek. Worse her appointment as Harvard President look less and less like the best and brightest which is what in presidents elite universities should seek. The Harvard Board of Governors continues to support a DEI pick that is mediocrity at its best. If they and she had any integrity or spine, they would demand and she would resign to give this scandal a rest.  
             December 25, 2023  Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Pumpkin Pie Day: Clueless of who started this holiday extoling this Native American Squash that is usually a must have for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day deserts but usually a hit for all especially if served ala mode. We had to wait until pumpkin pie filing was  introduced in 1929 in a can.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is “brabble” which means to squabble or quarrel which seems to describe to a tee how our political parties are prone to interact with each other.
              Song of the Day: Leaving the number 1 songs  on this day in 1940’s to come back to the number song in 2000 in the U.S.A.  was  “Independent Women”  by Destiny’s Child  on a run of 7 weeks to share number 1 status with 17 other songs, while 10 acts achieved their first 1st number 1 single. Here is a music video with lyrics of Destiny’s Child performing “Independent Women”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cQh1ccqu8M4
               December 25 Birthdays: “Don’t Go On TV Without Your Whiteboard”: celebrating the birthday on this day in 1950 in Denver, Colorado to become a noted Republican political adviser, consultant and pundit on election results—often appearing on TV with his trusted whiteboard, forecasting votes by certain groups, based on age, occupation, ethnicity  or income.
               December 25 Historical Events in Rhyme
               1.      On this Christmas Day in 2021 the James Webb Telescope was launched into space/To make our universe a much closer visible place/to reveal stellar bodies never seen before/To at the beginning of our universe open up its birthing doors.
               2.      On this Christmas Day in 2004 the Huygens Titan Moon space probe launched by NASA from Earth on October 15, 1997/After years traversing enroute to Saturn’s moon Titan our solar heavens/separated from its Cassini orbiter to on February 14, 2005 on Titan land/To for 54 minutes transmit data needed to the composition of Titan and its atmosphere to understand/First probe to land on a moon other than the Moon and survive impact/A testament to the mission skills our best and brightest and their computers do not lack.
                3.       On Christmas Day in 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union resigned as its President/One day before the Soviet Union into the dissolution into independent nations went/Following the passage of Ukraine’s referendum to become independent/The first SSSR to leave and the one Putin with his invasion wants to retrieve.
                4.      On this Christmas Day after previously pardoning those Confederates who were not excluded from receiving pardons due to a list of 14 exceptions/Andrew Johnson pardoned all who had participated in the Civil War Insurrection/Fulfilling Lincoln’s 2nd  Inaugural Address of “With malice toward none and charity for all /…To bind up the nation’s wounds…” that denying pardons would too long stall.

                5.      On Christmas Day in 1621 Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony in his Grinch stealing Christmas time/Banned its celebration subject to a 5 shilling fine/In his mind Christmas celebrations were vestiges of Roman pagan Saturnalia holidays/That would with worship, church service and prayers get in the way.
                Quotes on banning Christmas Day celebrations from Governor Bradford’s journal Of Plymouth Journal:
One the day called Christmas day, the Gov called them out to work, (as was used,) but the most of this new-company excused themselves and said it went against their consciences to work on that day. So the Gov told them that if they made it matter of conscience, he would spare them till they were better informed.
                So he led-away the rest and left them; but when they came home at noon from their work, he found them in the street at play, openly; some pitching the barr and some at stoole-ball, and such like sports.
                So he went to them, and took away their implements, and told them that was against his conscience, that they should play and others work. If they made the keeping of it matter of devotion, let them keep their houses, but there should be no gaming or revelling in the streets.  

              © December 25, 2023 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not
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