Friday, August 4, 2017

August 4, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Coast Guard Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For August 4, 2017 The left is going ballistic and berserk over the Raise Act which finally after basing immigration on uniting family members no matter how distantly related to some already here will be based on the needs of the country (10 countries use a merit based system, 7 of which are predominately white and 3 of which are not—Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea);  lost in the furor of the left is the fact that Los Angeles in two years has paid out $1.3 billion in benefits to illegal aliens who now soak up a quarter of the city’s welfare benefits; the Senate is out of town for its August recess, not having passed healthcare reform or tax reform with the rear guard Blues finally confirming 70 Trump appointees but going into minisessions while enjoying the good life to block a recess appointment to fill the vacancy at DHS created by Kelley becoming Trump’s Chief of Staff or replace Sessions or Mueller (Trump received 6% of the Swamp residents in the election so guess where Mueller’s grand jury has been impaneled--Washington D.C. where given the bias of the residents President Trump runs the great risk of becoming the proverbial ham sandwich—what a political witch-hunt); whoever leaked the transcripts of President Trump’s telephone calls with the Presidents of Mexico and Australia should be uncovered and thrown in jail (what foreign government, friend or foe, can trust us to maintain confidentiality to the detriment of our national security?)—typical of the rags the NYT and the WAPO have become (anything to sell a paper most Americans outside the Beltway want nothing to do with); Susan Flowers our former UN Ambassador is in the news again as part of the unmasking scandal that should be investigated by a truly independent prosecutor as it represents a very chilling overreach of government suppression and intimidation (since Sessions has recused himself that has to happen); in another case of the barn door left open, a top ranking Red member of the House is demanding the DOJ move to freeze $300,000 wired by Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT consultant to Pakistan (good luck on that one); in yet another example of why one should not drink and drive, an exotic dancer and former school principal in a  drunken stupor crashed into a Pearland Texas patrol car killing the officer and was sentence yesterday to 32 years in prison; on the economic front Toyota and Mazda are set to announce a joint venture to build a $1.8 billion plant in the U.S. to build 300,000 cars a year, creating some 4,000 jobs  (good chance Trump was involved and certainly the deal would not happen unless there is a strong expectation that tax reform will pass despite Blue obstructionism);  through August 2, 2017, 2221 people have been shot in Chicago 385 of whom have died.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to NSYNC, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote by the birthday girl Meghan Markle on being biracial, wishing needed bipartisanship is so irredivivous,  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.
1Coast Guard Day—commemorating the founding of the U.S. Coast Guard on this day in 1790 by Alexander Hamilton to primarily enforce the tariff laws of the United States; today they are on the first line of defense against drugs coming in by sea.
2. International Beer Day—not sure where this one came from but with rise of large numbers of micro breweries the choice of drinkable products for the consumer is endless; even though on a triple digit heat, drink in moderation particularly if you are going to drive.  
3. 2000 Number One Song—the number one song in 2000 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “It’s Going To Be Me” by NSYNC. Here is a performance by the band of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “irredivivous” which means incapable of being revived which if applied to bipartisanship in Congress describes both sides of the aisle to a tee.
5.  A Tiara That Sparkles—celebrating the birth on this day in 1981 of Meghan Markle, noted biracial actress, blogger, dating Prince Harry and at a very early age an advocate of empowerment of women in the political and economic arean.    
On this day in:                                                                                 
a. 1821 the Saturday Evening Post was published for the first time as a weekly newspaper. 
b. 1891 the Great Fire of Spokane destroy 32 blocks of the city’s commercial district but fortunately killing only one person.             
c. 1964 in what most likely was an attack that never was two destroyers, USS Maddox and USS C. Turner Joy, in the Gulf of Tonkin claimed they were attacked North Vietnamese gunboats which created the basis for Congress passing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which propelled this nation into the disaster known as the Vietnam War.
d. 1987 the FCC rescinded the “Fairness Doctrine” which required radio and TV broadcasters to present issues fairly (a great amount of the polarization and demonization present in the media on both sides can be linked to the FCC’s actions.
e. 1993 a federal judge sentenced Laurence Powell and Stacey Koon to 30 months in prison for brutally violating the civil rights of Rodney King by beating him viciously after a traffic stop (the acquittal of the four officers involved in 1992 of excess force by a Los Angeles County jury prompted the Los Angeles Riots which lasted for six days, killing 55 people, injuring some 2,000 and making large parts of South Central L.A. look like war torn Beirut with large numbers of fires.        
Reflections on being biracial: “My mom is a yoga instructor, 100% Black with dreadlocks. And when people find out ‘that girl’ on 'Suits' is her daughter, there is often this disconnect and sometimes disbelief. It took me a long time to find myself.” Meghan Markle. Wonder in a growing age of intermarriage how many generations before we identify as not black, white, Indian, Asian Hispanic, or any other ethnicity but only as humans that happen to be Americans. 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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