Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 26, 2017  True to form the liberal 9th Circuit was stuffed by SCOTUS 9-0 in lifting the stay of the Trump travel ban with some leeway for refugees with sufficient connections to this country (sadly as Thomas pointed out a litigation magnet); on the SCOTUS front the Court also ruled 7-2 in favor of a church that operated a preschool and was barred from a state program to use recycled tires on playground surfaces, voted to hear the case against a couple that refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, and the left is going into conniptions on speculation that Justice Kennedy may soon retire (if Justice Ginsburg who seems asleep during many oral arguments dies or retires Trump going into running for a second term will have appointed three justices); on the college PC front the adjunct professor at the University of Delaware who posted a rant on her Facebook that Otto Warmbier “got what he deserved” will fortunately not be returning to teach (news flash Ms. Dettwyler—stealing a banner should not subject someone to torture and death); on the North Korea delusion front, reports coming out that Kim Jong Un wants to expand tourism to a million visitors a year and ape the partying attractions of Benidorm in Spain (after seeing what happened to Warmbier only a complete idiot would step foot onto North Korea); even though the MSM remains fixated on the Russian collusion delusion, Lynch may find herself in felonius hot water for obstruction of justice (she must be scratching her head with worry that there are no emails out there between her and the DNC re Hillary’s email probe); 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 25 increasing to 1706 with the death toll increasing to 296, 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, a music link to Herb Albert, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that you incrassate your gravy free of lumps, a relevant quote from William Hague on torture, 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. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Traffickingcreated by the UN in 1988 to promote efforts to curtail drug abuse and the flow of illegal drugs, which given the opioid epidemic gripping this nation and many nations of the world is obviously not much of a success.   
2. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture—an observance created by the UN to campaign against torture which sadly as we have seen in the case of Otto Warmbier or the numerous victims of ISIS is alive and well.        
3. 1968 Number One Song—the number one song in 1968 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “This Guy Is In Love With You” by Herb Albert. Here is a performance by him, after introduction by a very thin and gaunt looking Karen Carpenter, of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “incrassate” which means to thicken which is something that the plot of Lynch’s possible obstruction of justice is doing.              
5. Grand Lady, Grande Songs—celebrating the birth on this day in 1993 noted singer-actress Ariana Grande who has had the misfortune of having a suicide bomb detonate at the venue of her concert in Manchester, England which killed 22 and injured a 100 fans.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1870 to the joy of retailers everywhere, Christmas became a federal holiday.     
b. 1886 to the joy of dentists and the bane of conspiracy theorists, Henri Moissan isolated elemental flourine.         
c. 1934 President Roosevelt signed into law the Federal Credit Union Act which created credit unions.          
d. 1948 William Schockley filed a patent application for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor and the Electronic Age was off and running.    
e. 2015 SCOTUS in the case of Obergefel v Hodge ruled 5-4 that banning same sex marriages was unconstitutional.                 
Reflections on the consequences of torture: “Governments that block the aspirations of their people, that steal or are corrupt, that oppress and torture or that deny freedom of expression and human rights should bear in mind that they will find it increasingly hard to escape the judgment of their own people, or where warranted, the reach of international law.” William Hague, former British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs  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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