Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 1, 2017 California and New York have joined Virginia in refusing to cooperate with a federal probe of possible illegal aliens voting in the last election (as opposed to the fantasy of the left in their Trump Russian collusion delusion, illegal aliens voting is a real threat to our democracy that must be crushed); if you voted for Trump as this poet did, these are the times that try a poet’s soul—the idea of yet another Twitter war this time with two hack “journalists” Morning Joe and his pathetic sidekick fiancé Mika defies any logic or rationality when the president should be focused 24/7 on healthcare, the economy, tax cuts, repatriation of earnings, border security and what to do to effect regime change in North Korea; Mika once again has crossed the rhetoric line slamming Melania Trump as the worst First Lady and for being a worst mother for her son (Mika’s status as a mother of two daughters does not give her standing to attack the First Lady as an “unfit” mother); President Trump is not the only leader facing an obstructionist Blue as New Jersey due to the refusal of its Blue Speaker of the House Prieto to compromise has failed to pass a budget and has had to shut down many of its government functions; in another reminder that Mexico is no longer the Amigo Land, police and army troops in Mazatlan engaged in a shoot out with cartel members killing 19 of them (Sinaloa is definitely a place not to visit as an American tourist); Rahm Emanuel’s top priority for Chicago remains making it the premier sanctuary city in the country as the carnage continues unabated in the month of June with good news that the number shot and wounded for the month totaled 324, a 13% decline over June of 2016 but the bad news is the shooters’ aim is getting better by killing 75 a 9 % increase over June of 2016; through June 30, 1779 shot with 312 killed, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore except for those fortunate enough to own a mortuary or an emergency care center; fortunately Trump has had enough of this Plantation Owner Mayor who cares for his black constituents only until they vote for him and after that forget it until the next election cycle and is sending in a force of ATF agents (Illinois due to its unfunded liability pension crisis and deficit crisis is hobbled and cannot call out the Illinois National Guard to stop this nonsense).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Billy Preston, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by Dustin Milligan, hoping that the Jihadists are forced by Muslim clerics to adopt indifferntism, 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. Canada Day—celebrating in Canada the enactment of the British North America Act 1867 which united the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia into one colony Canada, now one our best trading partners and allies.
2. Tartan Day—celebrated in most countries with large numbers of Scots on April 6, but if lucky enough to be in Australia and in search of bagpipes and parades, it is celebrated on this day commemorating on this day in 1782 the repeal of the Act of Proscription 1746 which banned the wearing of tartans (if my mother were still alive she would be proudly wearing her tartan and playing her bagpipes).
3. 1973 Number One Song—the number one song in 1973 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Will It Go Round In Circles?” by Billy Preston. Here is a performance by him of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghj5V5cUo1s
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “indifferentism” which means a belief that all religions should have as one of their tenets namely that all religions are equally valid—what a better place this world would be with people of different faiths unwilling to kill people in the name of their God.
5. The Best Canada Had To Offer-- celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of one really attractive Canadian Pamela Anderson who would be the dream of any male swimmer drowning and in need of CPR.
On this day in:
a. 1916 on the first day of the bloodbath known as the Battle of the Somme, 19,240 British soldiers were killed and 38,230 wounded in one of the worst displays of military leadership the world has ever seen to be compounded by the fact that General Haig continued the battle into mid November with almost nothing other than the bodies of thousands more dead soldiers and wounded to show for it.
b. 1957 the first International Geophysical Year commenced with over 60 nations participating in a full range of joint scientific projects ending on December 31, 1958.
c. 1963 Zip Codes in the United States were introduced.
d. 1965 the CIA instituted the Phoenix Program designed to capture, interrogate by all means including torture, and assassinate the leadership of the National Liberation Front and its supporters; by the time it ended in 1972 some 40,000 Vietnamese had been killed many of whom more likely than not had no involvement with the National Liberation Front.
e. 2007 in a great move in support of public health of its residents, smoking was banned in all public places in the United Kingdom; sadly in the U.S. only 53% of the population lives in areas where smoking is banned in the workplace and in all bars and restaurants.
Reflections on Canada on Canada Day: “It's like Canada is the little brother to the United States and one day they are going to show the world they're just as cool as their successful big brother.” Dustin Millligan, noted Canadian actor. Had you known my mother you would agree that as a typical Canadian who immigrated to this country, Canada is cool and successful. 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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