Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 15, 2018 Palestinians start to bury their 59 dead many of whom were used as cannon fodder and human shields for bomb throwing Hamas and Iranian backed terrorists in the protesting crowd; North Korea is threatening to cancel summit talks with Trump over regularly scheduled joint American South Korean military exercises (not good news but typical of past behavior of North Korea); Trump is fuming over the leak by his aide Kelly Stadler’s comment that McCain’s views on Haspel don’t matter since he is dying anyway (not a joke and she must be fired to end this story that continues to overshadow Trump successes); on the Haspel confirmation front 4 Blues have put country above party and in the case of 3 of them also wanting to get reelected have announced they will support her; Seattle is hell bent on killing the Golden Geese by adopting an employee head tax that will cost Amazon and Starbucks millions but not Boeing that was smart enough to have relocated from Seattle (Seattle has a major homeless and spending problem with outrageous salaries for public employees and officials); in another failure of Obama’s misguided policies in Syria and Iraq, guns designated for Syrian rebels have ended up in al Qaeda’s hands; shades of the Freedom Bus riders that rolled through the South to protest Jim Crow laws in interstate commerce, a Red candidate for governor in Georgia, Michael Williams, is rolling a Deportation Bus through sanctuary cities in Georgia (every time an illegal commits a crime or takes a job or lowers wages on a job, it makes the attempt to create a workable immigration policy based on what the country needs and how to create a path to citizenship for those who have and will provided needed skills to the country so much more difficult); in Chicago through May 14, 2018, 844 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 144 have died with complete returns on Mother’s Day showing that 7 mothers will have learned their child has been shot of whom 2 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Peaches and Herb, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that Trump will not mammer when it comes to border security and a relevant quote by Aarron Carroll on the disastrous roll out of Obamacare and Kathleen Sebelius, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, birthdays, 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—created by Congress in 1961 to honor the police officers who have died in the line of duty protecting civilians and celebrated today with President Trump emotionally meeting some family members of fallen officers.
2. International Conscientious Objectors Day—created by the United Nations in 1985 to recognize conscientious objection to military service and with the draft ended in the United States perhaps a trend to object to service in the military industrial complex as 3000 employees at Google have signed a petition that Google not enter into AI contracts with the Pentagon that have nothing to do with weapons or cyber warfare, only the analysis of threat data.
3. 1979 Number One Song— the number one song in 1979 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Reunited” by Peaches and Herb. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26J0uDIGErM
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mammer” which means to waver which when it comes to the need to have a secure border Trump has never been guilty of.
5. Waste Not, Want Not, Not There—celebrating or bemoaning depending on your political views the birthday on this day in 1948 of Kathleen Sebelius former governor of Kansas but better known as the poster child of waster and lack of accountability as the Secretary of DHHS who presided so ineptly over the roll out of Obamacare and the disastrous creation of the Obamacare website.
On this day in:
On this day in:
a. 1941 Joe DiMaggio began his 56 game hitting streak, a record that still stands.
b. 1972 Arthur Bremer after failing in his original plan to assassinate Richard Nixon, he shot four times and paralyzed Alabama Governor George Wallace who was running for president at a Wallace rally in Laurel, Maryland; he was tried convicted and sentenced to 53 years for attempted murder and was released on November 9, 2007 after serving 35 years and will be on parole until 2025.
c. 1988 after 8 years of fighting in Afghanistan against guerrillas now armed with U.S. Stinger missiles shooting down Soviet helicopters like flies, the Soviet Union started to withdraw its troops.
d. 1987 the United States acknowledged the existence of the “Secret War” in Laos and dedicated the Laos Memorial to Hmong and other “Secret War” veterans.
e. 2008 California became the second state to legalize same sex marriage after its Supreme Court ruled the previous ban to be unconstitutional.
Reflections on the disaster of the Obamacare roll out and Kathleen Sebelius: “If we were talking about a company having mismanaged things so badly, you could be sure that heads would roll. Many would be fired, and there would be a change in management. But that may not be possible here.Were Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to go, President Barack Obama couldn't get someone else vetted and through the Senate nomination process in an expedient manner. He's likely stuck with his current team, or no team at all.” Aaron Carroll, CNN reporter Moral of the report is that if in government if you are going to screw up screw up like Sebelius big time so your job is safe. 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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