Monday, June 26, 2017

June 25, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Catfish Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 25, 2017  Senator Sanders and his wife have hired legal counsel as new reports surface that she fudged donor levels at Burlington College where she was president and Senator Sander’s office put improper pressure on People’s United Bank to loan the college $10 million to buy 33 acres of land; high drama over the weekend on Obamacare repeal and replacement as 5 Reds are not backing the bill as it stands (art of the deal master really needs to meet with the Reds and the rarest of all senators a few moderate Blues and get a deal crafted); on the saber rattling front, the Russians have warned the U.S. they will target U.S. planes if they cross the Euphrates River into Syria; the Blues having been totally scorched with the Russian collusion fiasco are bracing for a second shoe to drop—the obstruction of justice is not with Trump but rather with Loretta  Lynch’s clear messages to Comey make it a probe not a criminal investigation and her failed secret meeting with Bill Clinton on the tarmac (anyone who believed that HRC would have been indicted and thereby destroyed Obama’s chance to preserve his legacy is someone who believes in the trinity of myth—tooth fairy, Easter Bunny and the leprechaun with a pot of gold); gay pride marches in cities across the land occurred on this day; 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 24 increasing to 1691 with the death toll increasing to 294, a major tragedy that the powers to be in Chicago seem to completely ignore except for those fortunate enough to own a mortuary or an emergency care center.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to the Association and Carly Simon, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that you incede to your goals, a relevant quote from Charles Rangel on diplomacy, secure 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. National Catfish Dayproclaimed by President Reagan in 1987 to promote consumption of this unique American fish which is the third ranked fish consumed in terms of pounds and from a sustainability goal, 99 percent of which is farm raised.  
2. World Vitilgo Day—an observance in the making to create awareness of a condition causing a person to lose his or her pigmentation on parts of that person’s body with the date of June 25 chosen as it is the day in 2009 that one of the most famous sufferers of the condition Michael Jackson died.        
3. 1967 Number One Song—the number one song in 1967 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Windy” by the Association. Here is a performance by the band of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “incede” which means to advance majestically which is something Hillary wanted to do all the way to the White House but failed due to her unlikeability.              
5. Sing a Song of Vanity—celebrating the birth on this day in 1945 of noted singer Carly Simon who is best known for her hit song “You’re So Vain” linked forever to the total eclipse of the Sun on March 7, 1970 witnessed by this poet in New Haven, Connecticut without the need for a Lear Jet:
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1876 in a bad day for the 7th Cavalry, Custer and his men were wiped out to a man by the Sioux led by Crazy Horse at the Little Big Horn River in Montana.     
b. 1910 in a let the good times no longer roll Congress passed the Mann Act which prohibited the transportation of females across state lines for immoral purposes; the ambiguous language was used for decades to selectively prosecute politically undesirables.         
c. 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea (67 years later the world is still plagued with a third generation fanatical thug starving his people to pursue nuclear weapons).          
d. 1978 the rainbow flag representing gay pride was flown for the first time at a San Francisco Gay Pride Day Parade.   
e. 1998 SCOTUS in the case of Clinton v. City of New York ruled that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 was unconstitutional, removing a really effective tool to reign in runaway government spending that is killing our future generations with unsustainable debt levels.         
Reflections on a course of action with respect to North Korea we may not be able to follow as the sands run out: “As a Korean War Veteran, I know too well the troubling nature of war. This is why I will always support a diplomatic answer before military intervention.” Charles B. Rangel, former long term Blue Congressman from Harlem. Sadly with respect to Kim Jong Un diplomacy unless China steps up to the plate and closes its borders and joins the U.S. in a blockade of North Korean ports and issues an ultimatum that this lunatic and all members of his family are deposed, diplomacy will not work and we will be forced to exercise a military option to terminate his autocratic and ruthless rule.   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.  
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