Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 21, 2017 Blues poured millions upon millions of dollars into the special election in Georgia and even sent in the Botox of youth queen Nancy Pelosi and still managed to lose in their failed anti-Trump no tax cuts message (Blues are now 0-4); the death spiral for Obamacare continues as Anthem, the second largest healthcare insurer announced it plans to pull out of Obamacare in Wisconsin and Indiana next year on the heels of an announcement earlier this month that it was exiting Ohio (meanwhile back in the Swamp, the Blues are doing everything they can to delay the Senate’s repeal and replace bill); the rogue nation led by an obese lunatic appears to be readying for more nuclear tests while China is still dragging its feet on helping us to shut this nation completely down (the clock is ticking down for us to eliminate Kim Jong-Un, his family and its nuclear and ICBM program by any means necessary); the depravity of North Korea for in essence giving 22 year Otto Warmbrier a death sentence for removing a poster from his hotel room is horrific beyond belief (makes you wonder what the IOC is smoking with reports of a possibility of North Korea co-hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics with South Korea); while the Blues continue to wallow in the Russian collusion delusion no action from the Swamp to address the issue of what to do about future attempts by Russians and others to hack into out voting machines as they appeared to have done in 21 states (even if we have to return to paper ballots or offline voting devices and delay the results this potential problem has to be solved); on the terror front an airport cop in Flint was stabbed by an assailant in what preliminary but not conclusive reports indicate as a terrorist attack; on the political front where delusion among the Blues is the norm, reports surfacing that Eric Holder is thinking of running for president; Rahm Emanuel’s top priority for Chicago remains making it the premier sanctuary city in the country as the carnage continues unabated in June with total shootings in 2017 through June 20 increasing to 1637 and the death toll increasing to 290, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore except for those fortunate enough to own a mortuary.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Kyu Sakamoto, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that our politicians will listen to our importunes to cut taxes, repeal and replace Obamacare and increase jobs; a relevant quote from Amit Ray on the benefits of yoga, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. International Hydrography Day—promoting the creation of hydrographic information and the dissemination of it on a global basis.
2. International Yoga Day—celebrated since 2015 to promote the practice of and the benefits of yoga; maybe before each committee hearing or meeting, the members of Congress participating ought to be required to practice ten minutes of yoga to promote flexibility of thought and elimination of angry rhetoric.
3. 1963 Number One Song—the number one song in 1963 on a run of 3 weeks in that position proving that music transcends national borders and language was “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto. Here is a performance by him of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUA-DcW1lFc Regret not being able to speak Japanese so I found a link to translated lyrics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc This crooner joined 508 passengers and 15 crew members in dying in a Japanese Air plane crash on August 12, 1983, the deadliest single plane crash in history.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “importune” which means to press or urge someone with repeated requests which when it comes to compromise Congress turns a deaf ear.
5.The Man Who Will Be King—celebrating the birth on this day in 1982 of the man who will be king as opposed to his father, who hopefully for the good of the British people will not, Prince William.
On this day in:
a. 1900 as part of the Boxer Rebellion, China declared war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan.
b. 1915 SCOTUS handed down its decision in Guinn v. United States invalidating Oklahoma’s grandfather clauses that had the effect of eliminating the ability of black voters to cast their ballots.
c. 1964 three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, Mickey Schwerner and James Chaney were murdered by members of the Klu Klux Klan and in a first for its time, an all white jury convicted several of the perpetrators of violated the victims’ civil rights but the ring leader’s trial ended in a hung jury and he was not retried.
d. 1989 SCOTUS in the case of Texas v Johnson ruled that burning of the American flag was protected by the First Amendment.
e. 2005 in a reaffirmation that the wheels of justice often move slowly but at least they move, Edgar Ray Killen, the mastermind of the murders back in 1964, was convicted of manslaughter for the murders of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney and sentenced to 60 years and is now serving that sentence and at age 92 will die in prison.
As one goes into the half lotus for one’s yoga session, reflections of the benefits of yoga: “Exercises are like prose, whereas yoga is the poetry of movements. Once you understand the grammar of yoga; you can write your poetry of movements.” Amit Ray, 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.
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