Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 8, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Oceans Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 8, 2017 In less than two hours the long awaited fireworks will begin as Director Comey will be walking a very fine line to testify before the Senate at 7 a.m. PDT (watch for major sound biting especially from the likes of 2020 presidential hopefuls like Senator Kamala Harris whose witness badgering behavior yesterday was beneath the dignity of a Senator); Alan Dershowitz, that very liberal Harvard Law professor, threw a bucket on ice water on the Green and Sherman plans to file Articles of Impeachment by indicating that the president has the constitutional authority to stop an investigation of anyone; hopefully, the Reds will ask about the existence and content of any memos about Comey’s conversations with Obama and Lynch over the Clinton email investigation; the leaking loser Reality Winner pled not guilty as the MSM completely ignored a slew of her social media postings containing vitriolic anti-Truman statements (the Trump Administration is filled with Obama appointed Trojan Horses with axes to grind against Trump); as the Brits go to the polls to vote in the snap election, May’s once insurmountable lead has largely evaporated in view of the two recent deadly terrorist attacks and her role while serving Cameron’s administration in cutting back police by 20,000; the ranking Blue member of the Swamp blasted the White House over claims its nominees were being subject to obstruction delays by erroneously claiming of the 63 nominees put before the Senate, 39 had been approved but the facts are that 102 nominees have been put before the Senate with only 39 being approved (sure looks like obstruction to me); North Korea thumbed its nose at the world by launching multiple shore to ship missiles as it presumably is working 24/7 to perfect an ICBM capable of reaching the U.S. with a nuclear warhead; President Trump sent a message of condolence to Iran for the terrorist attack on Iran’s Parliament which Iran labeled as repugnant; 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 6 increasing to 1455 and the death toll increasing to 257, 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 Pat Boone, factoids of interest for this day in history, walking along the shore while the tide is in immanation, a relevant quote on World Oceans Day from Jacques Cousteausecure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Fathers’ Day which is right around the corner, 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 Brain Tumor Daycreating awareness of the need for more research into the cause of brain tumors, the leading cancer in children and advance detection and treatment whether originating in the brain or migrating there from other parts of the body.
2. World Oceans Day—created by the United Nations to promote awareness of the dangers of pollution, over fishing and  beach erosion.     
3. 1957 Number One Song—the number one song in 1957 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Love Letters in the Sand” by Pat Boone. Here is a performance by him of the song: 
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “immanation" which means the act of flowing in, like a river or tide unto the shore.           
5. Cool Running--celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of Willie Davenport winner of a gold medal and bronze medal in three Olympics and the first African American to compete in the Winter Olympics (four man bob sled and because of the boycott of the Moscow Summer Olympics by the U.S. the only track and field contestant with 1980 Olympic experience. He failed to answer the starter’s gun in 2002 at the age of 59, dying of a heart attack at O’Hare airport. 
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 632 the Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, died in Medina.    
b. 1789 James Madison introduced 12 amendments to the Constitution in Congress; number 3 through 12 known as the Bill of Rights were ratified by the required number of states on December 15, 1791 and number 2 which prohibited the increase or decrease of salaries of members of Congress until the next term commenced was ratified as the 27th Amendment to the Constitution on May 5, 1992. Amendment number 1 dealing with apportionment of Representatives is technically still pending but the size of the House has been capped by legislation at 435.     
c. 1949 George Orwell’s 1984 was published.         
d. 1953 SCOTUS ruled that Washington, D.C. restaurants could not refuse service to black patrons.          
e. 1967 during the Six Day War Israeli jets attacked the USS Liberty, an electronic spy ship in international waters in the Mediterranean, killing 34 sailors and wounding another 171.     
Reflections on World Oceans Day: “Water and air the two essential fluids on which all life depends have become global garbage cans.” Jacques Cousteau, noted scuba diver and underseas explorer. Take a walk on most beaches around the world and as the tide is in its immanation stage and you will witness the appropriateness of Cousteau’s remark. 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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