Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 29, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Memorial Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 29, 2017   On this Memorial Day, great speech by Trump at Arlington honoring those who have fallen as Pence led a bike ride fund raiser for vets suffering from PTDS; California’s f*bombing junior Senator has finally tweeted something positive about veterans while blasting Trump’s defense budget which restores years of cutting under Obama’s misguided policies; Texas governor has signed into law SB4 which bans Santuary Cities and levies jail time for officials and law enforcement who do not cooperate with ICE (ironic you have to pass a law requiring law enforcement to enforce the law); Tiger is not out of the Woods after being arrested for a DUI  at 3:00 a.m. today; we all know that police work is dangerous but the story out of Pennsylvania adds a new twist as an officer searching a DUI’s suspect car was exposed to a white powdery substance and almost passed out; sad news out of the VA where every dollar needs to count, the number of criminal investigations involving theft of opioids and other drugs by VA employees  has risen to 108; in the real world away from the delusion of PC academia in the University of Chicago, almost a stuck record or a remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated in May with total shootings in 2017 through May 28 increasing to 1336 and the death toll increasing to 228, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Ted Weems, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping your paintings are all idiochromatic, a relevant quote from Pete Hegsethsecure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day, 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. International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers—celebrated since 2002 to honor the sacrifice of those over the years who have worn the blue helmet trying to act as a buffer between warring sides.
2. World Digestive Health Day—another UN observance; this one designed to promote sanitary food habits and awareness of digestive diseases. 
3. 1947 Number One Song—the number one song in 1947 on a run of 12 weeks in that position was “Heartaches” by Ted Weems. Here is a recording of him performing the song: https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=weems+heartches#id=3&vid=476648c587e89ef677e3752442fe2c0b&action=click
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “idiochromatic” which means to possess a distinctive color pattern or design.         
5. Camelot RIP—celebrating the birth on this day in 1917 of John Kennedy who had he not been assassinated in Dallas in 1963 would have been 100 today leaving us to wonder how different the world might have been had his life not been cut short.
 On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1852 the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind departed from New York City after a two year singing tour of the United States.
b. 1914 the RMS Empress of Ireland after colliding with another ship in the fog in the Gulf of St. Lawrence sank with the loss of 1,012 (less than 20 percent of the passengers in 2nd and 3rd class survived as opposed to 70 percent in 1st class and 59 percent of the crew).  
c. 1932 veterans of WWI began assembling to march on Washington, D.C. to demand payment of bonuses promised to them for their service but deferred to 1945.      
d. 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first persons to reach the summit of Mount Everest.       
e. 2001 SCOTUS ruled that disabled pro golfer Casey Martin could utilize a golf cart when competing in PGA golf tournaments.    
Reflections on Memorial Day: “Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, it’s honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that's a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It's a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it." 
Pete Hegseth, army veteran and Fox News contributor  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.   © May 29, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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