Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 22, 2018 On the political corruption front news that finally the Deep State of Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Yates and Rosenstein may soon be adding a new member, legacy protecting at all costs Obama, as reports surface of another agency trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign (it is hard to believe that Obama did not know of these efforts and approved them and the question becomes how much longer will the American people allow our government to try to take down a political party and bury the evidence that Congress has a Constitutional duty and obligation to see?); as lava flow nears the Geothermal Plant property, new fears that any wells impacted will cause the release of deadly hydrogen sulfide gas; grasping for straws, Pelosi is now encouraging voters to vote for Blues so they can drain the Swamp realizing that their better deal slogan is a complete dud and their vow to repeal the tax cuts will be a disaster for them as the economy continues improve; another thin blue line casualty this time in Baltimore, Maryland as a female officer was shot and killed investigating a home burglary; the Holy Grail of shipwrecks the San Jose believed to be carrying treasure worth $17 billion has been found of the coast of Columbia; Hillary Rodham Clinton continues her can’t believe she lost tour with a commencement speech at Yale University; sanity has just returned to another California city, Carlsbad, as the city council voted 4-1 to tell Moonbeam to take a hike and opted out of sanctuary city status; in Chicago through May 21, 2018, 955 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 156 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 Deniece Williams, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that despite Trump feeling a manqué in his efforts to drain the Swamp he is proceeding forward and a relevant quote by Pat Buchanan on the Great Society, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, 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. U.S. National Maritime Day—created by the Congress on this day in 1933 to honor the contributions of our maritime service to our economy, defense and leisure; the day was chosen to commemorate the sailing by the USS Savannah, the first steamship to sail across the Atlantic.
2. World Goth Day—first celebrated in the U.K. in 2009 to then spread into other countries to include fashion and music.
3. 1984 Number One Song— the number one song in 1984 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI7YHZVc7mM
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “manqué” which means having an unfilled ambition which Trump must feel every day he starts out trying to drain the Swamp.
5. Hard to Best the Bottle—celebrating the birthday on May 22, 1946 of noted European soccer player George Best whose partying lifestyle led to a way too early exit from the sport and his death from alcoholism on November 25, 2005.
On this day in:
a. 1964 Lyndon Baines Johnson launched his Great Society which was a costly failure.
b. 1968 the USS Scorpion, a nuclear powered submarine sank with 99 officers and crew aboard some 400 miles off the coast of the Azores, killing all aboard.
c. 1998 a federal judge ruled that Secret Service Agents could be compelled to testify against Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
d. 2002 in a wheels of justice move slowly but they move event, a jury in Birmingham, Alabama convicted Bobby Frank Cherry of the murder of 4 African American girls in the 1963 bombing of a Baptist Church on 16th Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama. Cherry was sentenced to life in prison and died in prison at the age of 74.
e. 2017 23 people were killed and 139 wounded at a Manchester Arena concert held by Ariana Grande when a jihadist Salman Abede of Libyan descent detonated a suicide bomb as people were leaving the concert venue.
Reflections on the Great Society and its failure:” Lyndon Johnson, his 44-state landslide in 1964 and Great Society notwithstanding, was by 1968 a failed president being repudiated in the primaries of his own party.” Pat Buchanan, noted conservative author, commentator and adviser to Republican presidents. 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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