Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Vietnam Veterans Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 29, 2017  While both the Senate and the House appear loath to conduct any inquiry of the quid pro quo of Russia and the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton’s outrageous speaking fees in Russia while HRC was Secretary of State while 20 percent of our uranium assets ended up in Putin’s hands, it’s pedal to the metal time with respect to Russian influence in the elections and possible interaction by Trump campaign with Russia (lurking in the background and not getting as much attention is the involvement of Obama holdovers in government on why Trump Transition Team and Campaign members were being swept up by incidental monitoring and then unmasked which is a felony); Pierce College joined the ranks of the PC tyranny over free speech by preventing a student from handing out copies of the Constitution outside the school’s “free speech” zone and is now being sued by that student (let’s hope he wins big time to end this nonsense); while Christie dodged the bullet over the Bridgegate scandal and is slotted to head Trump’s commission on opioid addiction, two of his aides did not and they were sentenced to go to prison, one for 18 months and the other for 2 years plus 500 hours of community service; in yet another example on the growing spread of anarchy on the issue of illegal immigration, Massachusetts Representative Michelle DuBois got wind of an upcoming ICE sweep in Brocton and posted on her Facebook a warning to illegals in the area (she pulled the notification but continued to defend her actions); in North Carolina a Red state representative released a report that 320 illegals were licensed by the Secretary of State as notary publics with the power among others to attest to absentee ballots; on the refugee front news that individuals on the 9th Circuit, Washington, and Hawaii masquerading as judges should take to heart, the FBI has ongoing terrorism investigations on 300 refugees many of whom are from the countries Trump wants to ban and those investigations represent 30% of the active terrorism investigations (even more frightening is that the FBI is becoming stretched very thin by the magnitude of the investigations); in yet another example of incompetence in vetting, three Iraqi refugees applying for citizenship have been arrested for immigration fraud for failing to disclose that two of them were brothers of a kidnapper who held an American hostage in Iraq for a year in an underground bunker; almost like a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 28 increasing to 711 but the death toll remains stuck at 123 for the last two days (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight to find and shoot victims) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, including a poem in honor of Vietnam Veterans Day,  a music link to the Temptations, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Zack Wamp, while bemoaning the fact that bi-partisanship has flatlined in the Swamp, 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.  National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day—celebrating the backbone of our economy and the driver of job creation, small business, and the dedication of small business owners to their employees and their community. Celebrate the day by shopping at a small business.
2.  Vietnam Veterans Day—honoring the service of the almost four million veterans who served in the Vietnam War, especially the 58,164 whose names are etched on the Wall.
3. 1971 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1971 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Just My Imagination” by the Temptations.  Here is a recording of the band performing the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “flatline” which means to die and which perfectly describes what has happened to compromise and bi-partisanship in the Swamp.
5. Pedal to the Metal—celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of Eric Idle, noted British actor, comedian and co-creator of Monty Python and the Flying Circus still going strong, idle and definitely in the words of an English knight on the bridge “I’m not dead yet,” as he gets slowly hacked to pieces.  
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1806 construction began on the Great National Pike, the first federal highway better known as the Cumberland Road was authorized to run 620 miles from Cumberland, Maryland on the Potomac River to Vadalia, Illinois.
b. 1847 American forces led by General Winfield Scott took Veracruz after a siege 20 days.
c. 1867 Queen Victoria gave her Royal Assent to the British North America Act which established the Dominion of Canada on July 1 of that year.  
d. 1961 the Twenty Third Amendment was ratified which allowed residents of the District of Columbia to vote in presidential elections.  
e. 2014 the first same sex marriages were performed in England and Wales.    
Reflections on the disgraceful conduct of anti war protestors demonstrating not only against Vietnam War but also against those in uniform coming back from their tour of duty: “Thank you for the sacrifices you and your families are making. Our Vietnam Veterans have taught us that no matter what are positions may be on policy, as Americans and patriots, we must support all of our soldiers with our thoughts and our prayers. Zack Wamp, former Republican member of the House from Tennessee. The Ridley Corollary is that in addition to thoughts and prayers we must unlike our former feckless president support them with our wallets. 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 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.
© March 29, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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