Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 25, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Vitiligo Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 25, 2016. Unfortunately still 209 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term as Biden joins the lambasting of the Brexit vote claiming it was racist—just another example of how disconnected our career politicians are with a very angry population; news that really is unbelievable and demonstrates how out of touch D.C. is Carroll B. Correll, a co-chair for Ted Cruz in Virginia has just filed a class action lawsuit claiming Virginia law which requires delegates to vote for the winner on the first ballot; pundits are now weighing in on whether the dominoes of exit from the EU will be soon falling; HRC’s scandals will not go away as her official calendar has not recorded some 75 meetings of lobbyists, corporate executives and others with business before the State Department for the obvious reason of not creating the quid pro quo corruption paper trail; in another case of corruption which is really troubling, Arizona Democratic State Representative Velasquez who voted against legislation that would have made it easier to detect food stamp fraud has just been indicted for food stamp fraud-no wonder we mere mortals think politicians are crooks; going to is a great way to start your day along of course with
       On the gun control front, breaking news is that 26 of the Blues who participated in the pathetic fund raising publicity sit in stunt on the floor of the House own guns—nice double standard as usual; on a really sad and tragic note, 23 people have lost their lives in the flooding in West Virginia.
      As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Duran Duran, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from George Orwell while looking forward to enjoying some grilled catfish (killer recipe below), blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. World Vitiligo Day—created to create awareness for a skin disease that creates depigmentation in some 100 million people around the globe and observed on this day which is the day in 2009 that perhaps the most famous person suffering from the disease, Michael Jackson, died.  
2. Leon (Noel Spelled Backward) Day—another whimsical observance that demonstrates one must never underestimate the ability of retailers to devise new ways to separate shoppers from their money; today is the halfway point to Christmas Eve, meaning it is time to start shopping for those on your Christmas gift list.                     
3. 1984 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1984 on a run of two weeks in that position “The Reflex” by Duran Duran. Here is a link to Duran Duran performing “The Reflex.”
4. National Catfish Day—celebrating a tasty sustainable fish millions of pounds of which are raised in fish farms; here is a recipe from the chef of the famous Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York City: appétit! 
5. All Animals Are Not Equal—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1903 of Eric Arthur Blair better know to us as George Orwell, noted English author of such classics as 1984 and Animal Farm who died way too early from tuberculosis at the age of 47.  
On this day in:
a. 1876 George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry were defeated by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
b. 1910 Congress passed the Mann Act which prohibited the transportation of females across state lines for “immoral purposes.”
c. 1948 in response to a blockade of all land and water routes into and out of Berlin by the Soviet Union, the U.S. authorized the launch of Operation Vittles, the Berlin Airlift, to bring in supplies to the people of Berlin. The operation was successful and on May 12, 1949 the Soviets came to their senses and lifted the blockade.  
d. 1950 the Korean War began with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.      
e. 1998 SCOTUS ruled in Clinton v. The City of New York that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 was unconstitutional thereby gutting the ability of the President to control spending on a line item basis. .    
Reflections on a revolution that Hillary Clinton has absolutely refused to join:“In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell Watching the Clintons weave and deceive, very astute and appropriate comments by George Orwell on his birthday.
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