Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Photo Opts on the Border Favor Blues


Ever since Janet Reno authorized armed agents of the FBI to a Miami house raid
The optics of a child separated from family members never makes the hit parade
 7 year old Elian Gonzales lost his mother trying to from Cuba flee
Maternal relatives took him in but Reno ignored their pleas
A father lived in Cuba and wanted back his son
After weeks of delay and litigation with pointed guns that was what was done
The child looked terrified and one could only imagine the screams
What about question of what being best for the child—Castro’s Cuba or chance for American Dream?
 At the border it is bad optics déjà vu illegals coming across with children playing the asylum card
Housing adults waiting trial for illegal entry with children who may or may not be theirs is now barred
Until Congress acts we have only a choice of releasing children to protective custody or letting the family unit go
Knowing that their promise to appear in court is an empty one and they will never at a hearing show
We need to change the law so unaccompanied minors are sent back
Family unit stays together and their asylum hearing put on fast track
We need more ICE, immigration judges, and detention centers and the building of a wall
Funnel the illegals to ports of entry where petitions for asylum are heard in Mexico and those coming across slowed  a crawl
The photo opts of children dragged from their parents will reach all but the most callous hearts
We cannot let the Blues seize the issue to flip House and Senate on us they are able to impart
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Stanford Commencement 2018 Shine A Light With A Purpose


Last year the climate change gods ruled supreme
Commencement at Stanford was oven like, a  perspiration scene
100 plus degrees in full academic garb
Revenge of the release of the fossil fuel carbs?
A California Supreme Court Justice in speaking in hip hop
Words of wisdom lost into the air, sweltering, stifling and hot
This year in 2018 the climate change gods were in full retreat
A gentle breeze to the grads Wacky Walk caress and greet
All manner of creativity of over academic robes to express
A day of hope and beginning of life’s journey could not be repressed
A time to the pomp and circumstance enjoy
A message from the president for grads to a life with purpose employ
Guided by a moral compass to deploy
Then capped off by Sterling K. Brown’s Commencement address for all to enjoy
Encouraging grads to shine lights on themselves and others and to not others vilify
Traits in our divisive political world we wish our leaders would defy
All good things must come to an end and degrees must be confirmed
With a rousing “Hail Stanford hail” the quest for a life with purpose to be affirmed
Led by the president and trustees down the stage out of the stadium’s parting applause and cheers
June 17, Fathers’ Day—a joyous end to another Stanford Academic Year
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June 18, Ridley's Believe It Or Not Autism Pride Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 18, 2018 Fear of a trade war with China is heating up as the Trump Administration is taking steps to levy an additional $200 billion in new tariffs against Chinese goods as the economy heats up and prompts the fed to increase its benchmark rate by 25 basis points with two more rate hikes indicated for the remainder of the year; the DOJ is appealing a federal court injunction which blocked the feds from withholding public safety grants to sanctuary cities; chaos at the border as asylum seekers who have entgered the county illegally not at a port of entry are having their children held separately in juvenile detention facilities; in Chicago, principal Mary Beth Cunat invited a radical anti-police activist to speak at a Career Day to sixth through eighth graders to the ire of parents and then abruptly retired; 20 year old rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead in South Florida while shopping for a motorcycle; Reds are demanding the names of the five unnamed biased FBI employees in the IG’s report while controversy is stirred over the IG’s conclusion that no bias occurred in the investigation; in Chicago throught June 17, 2018                                                               1251 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 203 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 All-Four-One, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you may be blessed with mathesis,  and  a relevant quote from Tmple Grandin on autism, 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. Autistic Pride Daycreated by Aspies for Freedom in 2005 to celebrate the neurodiversity of austistics throughout the autism spectrum.      
2. International Go Picnic Day—celebrating a great way to enjoy the outdoors at a park or beach.        
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number one song in 1994 on a run of 11 weeks in that position was “I Swear” by All 4 One.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25rL-ooWICU  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “mathesis” which means mental discipline.
5.  Some Like It Hot—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1915 note oil well firefighter Red Adair who successfully put out over 1,000 oil well fires.
         On this day in: 
a. 1815 British and Prussian forces defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.    
b. 1979 the U.S. and the Soviet Union signed the SAALT II Treaty. 
c. 1981  the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first plane designed around stealth technology made its first  flight.   
d. 1983 Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to orbit the Earth.   
e. 2018 a 6.1 earthquake hit Osaka, Japan.
    Reflections on autism: “What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done,” Dr. Temple Grandin, professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and autism spokesperson 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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Friday, June 15, 2018

K-9s At Overdose Risk In Line Of Duty


We are so very aware of the opioid crisis that is sweeping our towns
Too many of our youth are in OD’s going down
What we did not know is that K-9 drug sniffing dogs are also at risk of an overdose
Inhaling drugs while sniffing them out then dying is really gross
Most dog handlers do not know the overdose signs
May not reach for the Naloxone in time
Only 4 states allow an ambulance to transfer a working dog for care
Only 2 allow EMS personnel to attempt them to from an OD death try to spare
K-9s should be treated like humans when exposed to deadly opioids
All must be done to their untimely death in the line of duty avoid
Just another reason to secure the border and build a wall
A death of a K-9 should all of us really appall
© June 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Open Season on Police


The thin Blue Line and the thin Green Line are under line of duty strain
44 uniforms this year marked by deadly, bloody red stains
Open season on cops killed in the line of duty
Lives cut short before enjoying all of life’s beauty
Too often targets of open hostile scorn
Trying to protect the slim threads of civility from being shorn
To wear the badge remains a constant source of mortal danger
From a traffic stop to serving a warrant to responding to a disturbance call or even a park ranger
When a officer suits up at the station to go on patrol
Will he achieve that day coming home for dinner in one piece goal
Zero tolerance for assaults on officers as respect for law unwinds
Guilty if charged and tried must mean long prison time
Black Lives do matter
So too Blue as society’s peace is shattered
But for the thin lines of Blue and Green to protect and serve
Imagine a world where we were responsible for our safety to preserve
Armed to the teeth packing heat
Confined to our houses afraid to drive or walk in the streets
Not a pleasant thought
A society in total rot
© June 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley

Support for Mueller Probe Sinking Fast


Mueller and his band of biased warriors have been given in their minds a blank check
20 million and counting no wonder this witch hunt Americans are beginning to reject
With the bias of Strzock and Page making a mockery of any sense of objectivity
And five more unnamed FBI agents show a complete lack of protocol sensitivity
More and more cries for the witch-hunt to come to an end
So Wray can begin to clean house and end this bias trend
Flawed from the start with a false anti-Trump dossier paid for by the DNC and HRC
 While Comey was on a insubordination breach of protocol spree
While Rosenstein who will be a witness in any collusion trial
Is supervising the probe and all canons of ethics to defile
In the end HRC once again has sadly proven the Clintons are above the law
For the continuity of this fragile republic a fatal flaw
© Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

Beware of AG Report 2.0 on Collusion Probe


If HRC was dancing in the street over the IG’s report
Something on the horizon to cause her celebration to abort
There may be another IG shoe to drop
The IG should be looking at the Russian collusion probe which is proving to be a total flop
Already we have seen bias by FBI staffers displayed
24/7 attempts by Strzok and Page to derail Trump come into play
An insurance policy to insure that even if Trump were to win
He was being set up by the FBI and a false anti-Trump dossier to foster the collusion spin
Mueller’s team is biased to its very core
A great leap of faith to believe their bias they could ignore
Withholding evidence of the source of the info to a FISA warrant obtain
Any sense of honesty before the court flushed down the drain
Collusion with a foreign power may be politically stupid but not a crime
Withholding of the basis for the FISA warrant should merit impeachment of Rosenstein
Our Republic whose existence depends on adherence to the rule of law
Is at great risk when the FBI and DOJ are corrupted by deep biased flaws
Let us hope the IG investigates with all due speed
The biased role of the DOJ and FBI in the probe now that we have seen the sprouting of the bias seeds
© June 15, 2018 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet  

June 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Global Wind Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 15, 2018 The Blue wave on the political front may be fading but not on the baseball front as the Blue Congressional Baseball Team thumped the Reds 21-5; on the immigration front, Reds are in locked horns between conservatives and moderates over immigration reform which appears not to fund the wall and does not end chain migration (which Blues to a man or woman reject); on the sports front the World Cup begins today in Russia amidst threats by ISIS urging lone wolf attacks; fallout continues from the IG report on Comey’s insubordination and a pervasive practice of FBI agents leaking to the press and receiving in return gifts, dinners, tickets to events and other things of value; Pompeo is returning from South Korea and China still confident that North Korea will make significant progress during Trump’s first term in denuclearizing; FEMA is in hot water over the mess in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria by failing to stock supplies on the island before the hurricane blasted the island; on the opiod front, Kentucky has sued Walgreens for filling larger numbers of prescriptions of opioids than medically warranted; the IG’s report revealed that Obama flat out lied to the American people when he asserted that he learned of HRC’s private email server from the news media (so typical of the you can keep your plan man); in Chicago through June 13, 2018, 1183 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 191 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 Janet Jackson, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you may be masticating on a lobster on National Lobster Day,  and  a relevant quote from Abraham Lincoln on harnessing and taming the wind,  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. Global Wind Day—created by the European Wind Energy Association in 2007 to promote the use of wind energy in the creation of electricity.      
2. Magna Carta Day—celebrating the execution of the Magna Carta on this day in 1215 by King John which granted certain rights to the nobility and included the basis for guaranteeing a trail by a jury of one’s peers.        
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number one song in 1993 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “That’s the Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson.  Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpQ88a6zy8E  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “masticate” which means to chew which the IG’s report at over 500 pages has a lot to digest.
5.  Being Ernest on the Road to Success—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1949 of James Varney best known for his character Ernest Worrell who appeared in numerous commercials but unfortunately a chain smoker who contracted lung cancer and died way too early at the age of 50.
         On this day in: 
a. 1864 200 acres formerly owned by General Robert E. Lee was set aside as a military cemetery known as Arlington by Secretary of War Edward Stanton.     
b. 1916 President Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only youth organization to have a federal charter.  
c. 1970 Charles Manson went on trial for the Sharon Tate murders.  
d. 1992 SCOTUS ruled in the case of United States v. Alvarez-Machain that the United States could forcibly extradite a suspect without the consent of the country that such suspect was being extradited from.   
e. 2012 Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls.
    Reflections on wind power: “As yet, the wind is an untamed and unharnessed force; and  quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries to be made hereafter will be the taming and harnessing of it.” Abraham Lincoln 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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June 14, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Blood Donor Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 14, 2018 The long awaited and maybe watered down IG report on the HRC “investigation” was released and it paints a sad picture of Comey’s insubordination and failure to follow protocol and marked examples of clear bias by agents Strzock (who is still with the FBI) and Page, the FBI sitting on recovered HRC emails until just before the election yet to no one’s surprise found no evidence that the FBI “investigation” was compromised by such bias (believe that and you’re a candidate for buying the London Bridge); predictably the MSM touted the report as evidence of Trump’s war against Meuller and Fox is slamming the report’s failure to take various anti-Trump texts as evidence that the investigation had to biased and designed to insure HRC’s election; by mere coincidence the new New York AG has filed suit against the Trump Foundation for alledged fraudulent practices; latest polls show that support for Mueller’s witch-hunt is evaporating even among Blues; to no one’s surprise the DOJ continues to hold back on subpoenaed documents (when will Congress either impeach Rosenstein or better yet when will the president order him to comply with the subpoena?); on the illegal alien front, ICE nabbed 162 illegals in Southern California, 90 percent of whom had criminal records; Jim Acosta and Brian Karem are in a contest to see who is the better and less civil fool at White House briefing over the issue of separating children from their parents apprehended for coming here illegally; on the business front AT&T has completed the Time Warner merger; in Chicago through June 13, 2018, 1183 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 191 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 Mariah Carey, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that the economy keeps giving a reason to exercise our masseters,  and  a relevant quote from an anonymous source on donating blood,  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. Flag Day (U.S.) —celebrating the adoption of the U.S. Flag by the Continental Congress on this day in 1777.      
2. World Blood Donor Day—created by the World Health Organization in 2004 as one of its 8 Health Issue days to create awareness of the need for safe blood donations and to thank donors for their support of blood drives.        
3. 1992 Number One Song— the number one song in 1992 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “I’ll Be There” by Mariah Carey.  Here is a recording of the song:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIt3dx4an9c
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “masseter” which means a muscle used to lower the lower jaw which is getting lots of exercise as the economy seems firing on all cylinders.
5.  Youngest and Most Energetic 72 Year Old on the Planet—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1947 of Donald J. Trump, President of the United States whose first 500 days despite being dogged by scorched Earth policies of the Blues and 24/7 hostility of the press has the economy running on all cylinders and may be on track to denuclearize North Korea.
         On this day in: 
a. 1775 the Continental Army was established by the Continental Congress.   
b. 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.
c. 1966 in a what took you so long moment the Vatican announced the end of its Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Index of Prohibited Books) which was created in 1557.  
d. 2002 Near Earth Asteroid 2002 MN missed Earth by 75,000 miles which is fortunate in that the 73 meter in diameter asteroid had the same mass and velocity as a 1908 asteroid that crashed into Siberia and leveled over 800 square miles of trees. 
e. 2017 after Republican Congressman and Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others were shot by a left wing agitator who was killed by Capitol Police while practicing for a charity baseball game between Red and Blues. 
       Reflections on giving blood: “The Blood You Donate Gives Someone Another Chance At Life. One Day That Someone May Be A Close Relative, A Friend, A Loved One Or Even You.” Anon but so true. 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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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

June 13, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Random Act of Light Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 13, 2018 The ink is barely dry on the agreement between North Korea and the U.S. on the issue of North Korea’s giving up its nukes and already the Blues are in whining mode that Trump was snookered and insulting to our G-7 Allies; tomorrow the IG will release its report on the botched “investigation” by the FBI a once proud agency so politicized under Obama, Holder, Lynch and Comey (the real collusion in the 2016 elections was not between Trump and the Russians but between HRC and the DNC and Russia with the fake anti-Trump dossier that led to Mueller and illegal FISA warrants on Americans); James Wolfe former top staffer for the Senate Intel Committee pled not guilty to charges of leaking classified information to his paramour, New York Times reporter Ally Watkins (shades of Strzock and Page on steroids and another example of the reptilian brain corrupting ethics and integrity); the war on women is alive and flourishing even among the Blue hypocrites as Archie Parnell running for the House in South Carolina who beat his wife with a tire iron and won a Blue primary; Robert DeNiro unleashed a stream of F*Bombs at the Tony Awards against Trump and Alec Baldwin must be in the grip of delusions of grandeur indicating he would be a great presidential candidate; on the immigration front AG Sessions is slamming the asylum system as being scammed; on the homeless front the City Council of Seattle has rescinded due to objections of large employers like Amazon a controversial employee head tax designed to raise money to cope with the burgeoning homeless problem; in Chicago through June 12, 2018, 1191 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 191 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 Paula Abdul, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that the Pelosi’s martinet ways will not have a chance to be exercised as the Blue Wave seems to be receding for the midterms,  and  a relevant quote by from Murray Bootchin on the Exxon Valdez disaster,  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. Random Act of Light Day—created by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2017 to shed light on the need for research in finding a cure for leukemia and lymphoma.
2. Sewing Machine Day—celebrating the creation of the sewing machine the first patent for which was issued to Thomas Saint in England in 1790.        
3. 1991 Number One Song— the number one song in 1991 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Rush Rush” by Paula Abdul.  Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNPb931HqeM
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “martinet” which means a strict disciplinarian which describes Pelosi to a tee when it comes to controlling how Blues will vote and is why the Reds must not lose control of the House.
5. Center Square—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1926 of comedian and actor Pual Lynde, best known for being the center square in the game show “Hollywood Squares” but who battled alcoholism and died from a heart attack at the age of 55.
         On this day in: 
a. 1971 The New York Times began publication of the Pentagon Papers which detailed the fraud and deception of the Pentagon of getting us into and keeping us in the Vietnam War.   
b. 1981 at the Trouping of the Colour Ceremony in Buckingham Palace, Michael Sergeant fired six blanks at Queen Elizabeth II for which he spent three years in prison.
c. 1994 a jury in Anchorage, Alaska found Exxon and Captain Hazelwood reckless in the Exxon Valdez disaster in Prince William Sound enabling the victims of the oil spill to pursue $15 billion in damages.  
d. 1997 a jury sentenced Timothy McVeigh to death for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of a federal building there, which sentence was carried out on June 11, 2001. 
e. 2002 the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.    
         Reflections on the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster: “We tend to think of environmental catastrophes -such as the recent Exxon Valdez oil-spill disaster in the Bay of Alaska-as "accidents": isolated phenomena that erupt without notice or warning. But when does the word accident become inappropriate? When are such occurrences inevitable rather than accidental? And when does a consistent pattern of inevitable disasters point to a deep-seated crisis that is not only environmental but profoundly social?” Murray
Bookchin, noted American author and early ecologist.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Loving Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 12, 2018 President Trump and Premier Kim have signed an agreement committing North Korea to denuclearization following their historic summit meeting in Singapore with the details to be worked out but with sanctions to remain in place until Kim’s arsenal of ballistic missiles, nukes and production facilities have been destroyed while the U.S. is committed to insure no regime change of Kim’s regime (devil is in the details and a lot of work remains for Pompeo and his counterpart to hammer out the details especially the need for verification but at least a start);  grandstanding Jim Acosta the Cack News Network’s “star” made a typical fool out of himself at the Singapore Summit shooting out questions at Trump and Kim on how the meeting was going; the populist wave against illegal immigration that helped propel Trump into office is alive and well in Italy as that nation in defiance of the EU is closing its ports to illegal immigrants and moving forward with plans to deport some 500,000 illegals from the country; CNN’s latest “news” show Cuomo Prime Time heavily promoted was crushed by Fox and MSNBC in its debut leading to speculation that CNN’s anti-Trump bashing strategy is failing; Pelosi  is making a fool of herself with her stupid and false remarks that wages and consumer confidence is not rising (she is the best weapon the Reds have in causing higher Red turnout as most voters are terrified of the prospects on the recovery if she were to become Speaker of the House); Mt. Kilauea on Hawaii continues to spew lava and has destroyed 600 homes in the path of numerous lava flows; on the weather front Hurricane Bud some 350 miles south of Cabo San Lucas has risen in intensity to a Cat 4 as it continues toward Baja California; on the political front primaries are being held in 5 states today; in Chicago through June 11, 2018, 1172 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 191 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 Roxette, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that the Blue incoming tidal wave has disappeared from the political marigraph,  and  a relevant quote by from George H. W. Bush on America,  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. Loving Day—celebrating the 9-0 decision by SCOTUS in the 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia which ruled that the anti-miscegenation laws banning interracial marriages in Virginia and 15 other states were unconstitutional.      
2. World Day Against Child Labor—created by the International Labor Organization of the United Nations in 2002 to combat child labor which deprives children of their access to education and exposes them to unsafe working conditions and trafficking.        
3. 1990 Number One Song— the number one song in 1990 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette.  Here is a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2C5TjS2sh4
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “marigraph” which means an instrument for measuring tide levels which if used to measure the size of the Blue Incoming Tide to the dismay of Blues like Pelosi has all but disappeared.
5.  Youngest To Fly Oldest To Parachute—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1924 of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States and the youngest U.S. Navy pilot to fight in World War II at age 18 and probably the oldest ex-pilot to parachute from a plane on his 90th birthday to commemorate his first parachute jump on September 2, 1944 after being shot down by the Japanese in World War II. He is the first and only former president to reach the age of 94 and the last former president who had served in World War II.
         On this day in: 
a. 1776 The Virginia Declaration of Rights was unanimously adopted by the Fifth Convention of Virginia at Williamsburg, Virginia which heavily influenced our Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.   
b. 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev “to tear down this wall.”
c. 1994 Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were killed outside her home in Brentwood; O.J. Simpson was charged with the murder but acquitted of all charges.  
d. 2016 Omar Mateen, a son of naturalized Afghan parents, in revenge for a droning of an ISIL leader, opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and wounding 58 before being shot and killed by police.  
e. 2017 after spending 15 months in a North Korea prison Otto Warmbier returned home in a coma and died one week later.    
         Reflections on America from George H.W. Bush: “My view, is let Mike Dukakis go around there and talk about pink slips, despair, pessimism in the United States. I'll be the guy out there talking about hope and opportunity and challenge, and the fact that the United States is the best, the fairest, the most decent nation on the face of the earth. Let them apologize for America, and let me lead her to new greatness.” George H.W. Bush 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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