Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 24, 2017 The Blues remain mired in the Russian collusion delusion while new facts surface that Obama knew of Russian hacking attempts months before the election and other than a private conversation with Putin did nothing (given his feckless foreign policy no wonder Putin continued his hacking attempts but it is time for Trump to realize that hacking is not about him but about the integrity of our electoral process and the lights need to be burning late at the Pentagon to craft a cyber response and prevent hacking in the future); the Saudis and other Arab neighbors have had it with Qatar and have put forth a list of demands relating to terrorism funding, Iranian support, Turkish base and the closing of that Islamist rag Al-Jazeera; the list of Red Senators opposed to the Senate bill repealing and replacing Obamacare has risen to 5 (Trump really needs to get involved in the negotiations); on the terror front the Saudis foiled a suicide bombing attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca trapping the bomber in his apartment, forcing the Islamist to blow himself up; Trump is still working on sanctions against China to prod them to join efforts in regime change in North Korea like sanctioning Chinese companies that do business with North Korea and revoking student visas of Chinese students; Venezuela is in a downward spiral with angry protestors attacking an air base; 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 23 increasing to 1675 with the death toll increasing to 294, 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 the Beatles, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that you will not have to listen to any inaniloquent utterances, a relevant quote from Nikita Khruschev on the Berlin Blockade, 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. Army Day (Venezuela)—slow day for holidays in U.S. but if dumb enough to be visiting Venezuela due its economic and political crisis, one could celebrate the victory of independence forces led by Simon Bolivar over the Spanish at the Battle of Carabobo on this day in 1821 which led to the ultimate independence of Venezuela from Spain.
2. Armed Forces Day—celebrated since 2006 in the United Kingdom to commemorate and honor the service of past and present members of the British Armed Forces.
3. 1966 Number One Song—the number one song in 1966 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Paperback Writer” by the Beatles. Here is a performance by the band of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmVwo2DxkGg
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “inaniloquent” which means prone to foolish or empty babbling which we get far too much over from the leftist media or progressive Blues.
5. Stay Away from the Tower—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1941 of Charles Whitman, Jr., who on August 1, 1966 after killing his wife and mother entered the Texas Tower at the University of Texas, killed 3 people and then went up to the 28th floor observation desk and for the next 96 minutes shot and killed at random 11 people and wounding 31 others before being shot and killed himself by security forces. An autopsy revealed the presence of a brain tumor which may have been the cause of his suicidal behavior that horrific day.
On this day in:
a. 1314 in a great day for the Scots and a bad day for the British, the Scots led by Robert the Bruce decisively defeated the English in the Battle of Bannockburn.
b. 1880 the first performance of O Canada was held at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.
c. 1948 the Cold War became very close to a real war when the Soviets in defiance of treaty obligations stopped all surface traffic in and out of West Berlin to West Germany. Fortunately the blockade was broken by the Berlin Airlift and we did not have to go to war with the Soviets.
d. 1973 an arson attack of the gay bar The Upstairs Lounge in the French Quarter of New Orleans killed 32 people.
e. 1982 British Airways Flight 9 with 248 passengers and 15 crew aboard flew into a volcanic ash cloud from an erupting Mt. Gallunggung in West Java causing the plane to become a glider as all four engines failed; fortunately for all aboard the pilot was able to restart all engines and land safely in Jakarta.
Reflections on the Berlin Blockade ”We’re closing Berlin off. We’re going to roll out the barbed wire and the allies are going to stand there like dumb sheep.” Nikita Khrushchev Fortunately for Berliners, Truman was not a dumb sheep and the Berlin Airlift he authorized broke the back of the Soviets (can you imagine the non response of Barack Obama had he been president?). 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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