Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 2, 2017 Good news for the government of the Philippines engaged in a two week fight with Muslim terrorists in the city of Mirawi is that the attack on the Resort World Casino in Manila was not terrorist inspired but the bad news is that the gunman set several fires with gasoline that killed at least 36 patrons before taking his own life; Al Gore, the hypocritical eco-crusader with probably one the biggest individual carbon footprints in the nation. slammed President Trump for pulling us out of the job choker known as the Paris Climate Accord; Trump has filed an emergency appeal with SCOTUS to reverse two lower court rulings restraining the Trump travel ban from being implemented; in another example of the growing reach of terrorism, the DHS is seriously considering a ban on lap tops on certain flights coming into the United States amidst speculation that ISIS bomb makers are developing bombs to be carried in lap top computers; Al Franken a rabid anti-Trumper and friend of disgraced “comedienne” Kathy Griffin has reversed course at will not appear with her at a book promotion event in Beverly Hills due to the criticism she received over the  Trump head video; 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 31 increasing to 1387 and the death toll increasing to 238, 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, music links to Les Paul and Mary Ford and the Beatles, factoids of interest for this day in history, vowing to maintain the capacity for ignoscency, a relevant quote from Queen Elizabeth IIsecure 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. National Gun Violence Awareness Day—celebrated since 2015 to protest the thousands of deaths and shootings suffered in America each year; a difficult issue given the 2nd Amendment and legitimate concern that since the bad guys will always find a way to arm themselves law, abiding citizens need to protect themselves also.
2. Hug an Atheist Day—created by William Berundez in 2009 as a parody to a growing Facebook trend creating groups or classes of people to be hugged; a great tribute to this nation that allows freedom of religion as opposed to a good part of the world where Sharia reigns where Christians and apostate Muslims are fair targets to be slaughtered.   
3. 1951 Number One Song—the number one song in 1951 on a run of 9 weeks in that position was “How High the Moon” by Les Paul and Mary Ford. Here is a recording of them performing the song: The duo had 16 top ten hits in the early years of the 50’s and were the Hewlitt Packard equivalent in the music business, creating a music studio in their garage. Both have passed but due to alcohol abuse Mary Ford died way too early of alcoholism at the age of 53.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ignoscency” which means forgiveness, a characteristic totally lacking in the American polarized scene.         
5. Busy as a Beaver—celebrating the birth on this day of Jerry Mathews in 1948 but better known to his fans for his role as “the Beaver” on the TV series Leave It to Beaver. Still going strong in business at 69 and a strong advocate in the fight against diabetes. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1919 anarchists managed to set off simultaneously bombs in 8 American cities which prompted the Red Scare of 1919-1920 with its roundup of some 10,000 people and ultimate deportation of over 500 resident aliens.   
b. 1924 President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act granting American citizenship to all Native Americans born in the United States and its territories like Alaska.    
c. 1953 Queen Elizabeth II, following the death of her father was crowned Queen and still rules, the longest serving monarch in the history of Great Britain with, to the disappointment of Prince Charles, no signs of slowing down or wanting to abdicate.       
d. 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in the United States by the Beatles; here is a link to one of the classic songs in the album, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”:        
e. 1979 Pope John Paul II began his official visit to his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a communist country.     
Reflections on loss on the anniversary of the ill-fated Quartering Act which was instrumental toward pushing the 13 Colonies on a path toward the Revolutionary War: “We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the right time and the manner of yielding what is impossible to keep.”Queen Elizabeth II   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.                                                                                          © June 2, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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