Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 20, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Refugee Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 20, 2017 A sweltering but great week at Stanford watching my youngest son join over 500 fellow Stanford students to receive his diploma in computer science; unfortunately as befitting a former Trustee I was clothed in academic robes that were like a solar heat magnet; on the security front HRC and her bungling aides still have access to classified material and finally the State Department is getting around to investigating why that access has not been removed (anyone with a last name other than Clinton would be in prison garb); on the political front close race in Georgia to see who will replace Tom Price who left to join Trump’s Cabinet (if Blues lose no matter how close it could have devastating effect on their ability to get donors to throw money down their failed rat hole); on the terror front in Brussels police shot and killed a Islamist terrorist after he detonated a small suicide vest; on the tragic PC front plaguing our schools, June Chu, the Dean of Pierson College at Yale has left due to being exposed for having posted inflammatory anti-white views on Yelp; take an aspirin before reading this--the Regents running the University of California have implemented a policy to limit out of state students to 18% while imposing no limits on illegal aliens (when is someone going to ask why are any illegals allowed on campus?); while Scalise was fighting for his life, the Queen of Bias Joy-Ann Reid was slamming Scalise not the  gunman who tried to kill him and four others (like blaming a rape victim for wearing a provocative outfit); Rahm Emanuel’s top priority for Chicago remains making it the premier sanctuary city in the country as the carnage continues unabated in June with total shootings in 2017 through June 19 increasing to 1627 and the death toll increasing to 286, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore except for those fortunate enough to own a mortuary.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Ray Charles, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that our politicians will not be impignorating our future, a relevant quote from Jeff Duncan on the refugee crisissecure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like  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 Refugee Daycommemorating the adoption by the General Assembly on December 4, 2000 and observed on this day since 2001; unfortunately the resolution has done nothing to slow the rapid growth of refugees and of the frustration and anger over governments’ lack of ability to assimilate and protect their citizenry from attack. 
2. Summer Solstice—although from an astronomical standpoint, the Summer Solstice occurs at 12:24 a.m. EDT tomorrow, today is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight. Enjoy it but with sun screen of course.      
3. 1962 Number One Song—the number one song in 1962 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles. Here is a performance by him of the song:  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “impignorate” which means to pledge, pawn, or mortgage which is what our leaders are doing to our children’s and grandchildren’s future by a continuing increase of the national debt.            
5. She Did Not Lose Without Cruise—celebrating the birth on this day in 1967 of Nicole Kidman, noted actress and former wife of Tom Cruise who starred in such hits as Moulin Rouge.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1819 in a the world just got smaller moment, the USS Savannah became the first steam powered vessel to cross the Atlantic.    
b. 1877 in another the world just got smaller moment, Alexander Graham Bell installed the world’s first commercial telephone system in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.      
c. 1895 in yet another the world just smaller moment, the Kiel Canal, connecting the North Sea and Baltic Sea by cutting through the Jutland Peninsula and shaving almost 300 miles off the trip opened.          
d. 1991 the German Bundestag voted to return the capital of Germany to Berlin.
e. 2003 in another example of the world of knowledge getting really, really smaller, Wikimedia Foundation was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida.             
Reflections on the refugee problems that will get exponentially worse not better: “We need to hit pause, and possibly reset, as we think about this whole Syrian refugee resettlement issue.” Jeff Duncan, noted Red Representative from South Carolina. Hopefully SCOTUS will agree and uphold Trump’s ban until we have a chance to figure who we should or should not admit into this country for security purposesPlease 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.  
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