Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 15, 2017 With news that North Korea may have an IMRBM capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, Russia is stepping up to the plate indicating it was willing to play a constructive role in dealing with North Korea (time for the nuclear powers to summon Kim Jung Un to appear and inform him he has run out of time and unless his program is dismantled and his missiles destroyed, those facilities will be nuked and he and his immediate family will be destroyed); the massive cyber attack that began on Friday was still spreading Monday to over 200,000 victims; the integrity of our electoral process took another hit as SCOTUS refused to hear an appeal of a North Carolina ruling striking down that state’s law requiring a photo ID to vote and a federal district court judge Ms. Ramos struck down Texas’ voter id law as discriminatory to minorities (amazing that you need id to fly, buy a train ticket, enter most office buildings but not to enter the polling place); newly crowned Miss USA Kara McCullough is taking flack for stating health care is a privilege not a right and advocating equalism as opposed to feminism; in another example of a world gone PC mad, Mothers’ Day was attacked as being a gendered holiday offensive to transgenders; in another sign of a growing disgust of the Swamp and the federal government 10 states have called for a Constitutional Convention (only 24 more needed) to rewrite our Constitution with some great ideas like requiring balanced budgets, term limits, ability of states to overturn Supreme Court decisions, etc. almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style, the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May with total shootings in 2017 through May 14 increasing to 1164 and the death toll by increasing to 204, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Whiz Khalifa and Charlie Pugh, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that you don’t stub your hallux, a relevant quote from Jessica Watson, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Mothers’ Day, 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. Peace Officers Memorial Day—honoring since 1962 all of the federal, state and local police officers who have fallen or became disabled in the line of duty. Sadly being a police officer is becoming a more dangerous profession but at least as opposed to Obama, police officers know they have a supporter in the White House.
2. International Conscientious Objectors Day—commemorating the right of conscientious objectors to avoid military service on grounds of religion, conscience, or morality and recognized by the UN since 1998.
3. 2015 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2015 on a run of 12 weeks in that position “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth. Here is a recording of the two of them performing the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgKAFK5djSk
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “hallux” which is a big or great toe which one hopes one never stubs or has a heavy weight fall on it.
5. To Build A Billion Dollar Website Takes Real Talent—celebrating or bemoaning as the case may be the birth on this day in 1948 of Kathleen Sebelius, the inept head of the DHS under whose reign Obamacare made its catastrophic debut with a poorly designed but really expensive website that was prone to crash and crash frequently in a classic example of federal government lack of accountability and competence.
On this day in:
a. 1252 Pope Innocent IV issued a papal bull ad extirpanda7 authorizing the torture of heretics but limiting its use to prevent death or loss of limb and requiring that the official was certain of a heretic’s guilt.
b. 1718 British lawyer James Puckle patented the Puckle Gun capable of firing 6-11 shots before reloading for use on ships; the gun was not a commercial success but was referred to as the first machine gun.
c. 1862 proving that even a war for a nation’s survival will not prevent the growth of government, President Lincoln signed a bill creating the Department of Agriculture’s predecessor the Bureau of Agriculture.
d. 1988 after 8 years of aping the American experience in South Vietnam, the Soviet Union admitted defeat and began withdrawing its 115,000 soldiers from Afghanistan.
e. 2010 after leaving Sydney Harbor on October 18, 2009, Jessica Watson returned to Sydney Harbor on this day, three days before her 17th birthday to become the youngest person to sail around the world, non stop, solo without assistance.
Reflections on how to succeed big time from an amazing young woman which compliments the quote of Mark Zuckerberg yesterday: “For me... it was always about the challenge of making this voyage... It was always a calculated risk, but life is a risk.” Jessica Watson. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History. © May 15, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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