Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Body Piercing Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 28, 2017  The Senate’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is on life support as McConnell announced the vote will be delayed while the president is mounting a full court press to convince Republicans to support it and pointing out the obvious that Schumer has no interest whatsoever in negotiating and is only interested in obstruction; Susan Rice who has zero credibility threw out the race and gender card due to the outrage over her role in unmasking Trump transition team officials and Trump supporters (probably did so knowing that the Obama Presidential Library informed Judicial Watch that Susan Rice’s documents pertaining to her role in unmasking will be sealed for five years—what are they trying to hide?); the New York Times, once a respected newspaper and now an anti-Trump advocacy rag like the Washington Post has been sued by Sarah Palin for defamation by editorializing that she incited the shooting of Gabby Gifford (Sullivan v. New York Times may need a revisit and this may be the case for that visit given the growing perception that the press has become totally immersed in advocacy and bias shielded by “unnamed sources?” as opposed to objective reporting); on the PC front complaints that in the movie Dunkirk there are no actors of color because the BEF was probably all white; on the real war on women front, papers have been filed in Santa Clara to collect signatures to recall Judge Persky due to his slap on the wrist six month sentence of Brook Turner for assaulting an unconscious woman; 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 27 increasing by 18 to 1738 with the death toll increasing by 4 to 305, 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 the Jackson Five, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping that the issues you face today are not implex ones, a relevant quote from Elon Musk, 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 Body Piercing Daya new observance to promote body piercing and honor the accomplishments of one of the pioneers of the art, Jim Ward who was born on this day in 1941.
3. 1970 Number One Song—the number one song in 1970 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “The Love You Save” by the Jackson Five. Here is a performance by the group segmented over the years of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “implex” which describes health care reform to a T—not simple, complicated, involved.               
5. On to Mars While We Still Have Time—celebrating the birth on this day in 1971 of Elon Musk, multibillionaire who founded Tesla and SpaceX and who will be a driving force in sending humans to Mars and better yet through underground tunnels send them where they want to get far faster than they are able to travel today on our traffic clogged streets.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1902 Congress passed the Spooner Act authorizing President Roosevelt to acquire from Columbia rights in Panama to build the Panama Canal.     
b. 1914 Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated by Serbian nationalists in Sarajevo which led to World War I which was ended five years to the day of the assassination by the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.          
c. 1950 despite blowing the bridges over the Han River stranding the South Korean 5th Division on the other side, Seoul was captured by North Korea and retreating South Koreans started to execute some 100,000-200,000 communist sympathizers or suspected sympathizers in what became known as the Bodo League Massacre.  
d. 1969 following a raid by police on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, rioting broke out for two days; the riots known as the Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the Gay Pride Movement.   
e. 2004 the U.S. led coalition handed over civilian rule to the Iraqis.                 
Reflections on how to solve environmental problems from the birthday boy that Obama’s EPA should have listened to: “  “I'm very pro-environment, but let's figure out how to do it better and not jump through a dozen hoops to achieve what is obvious in the first place.” Elon Musk  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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