Friday, June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Global Wind Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 15, 2018 The Blue wave on the political front may be fading but not on the baseball front as the Blue Congressional Baseball Team thumped the Reds 21-5; on the immigration front, Reds are in locked horns between conservatives and moderates over immigration reform which appears not to fund the wall and does not end chain migration (which Blues to a man or woman reject); on the sports front the World Cup begins today in Russia amidst threats by ISIS urging lone wolf attacks; fallout continues from the IG report on Comey’s insubordination and a pervasive practice of FBI agents leaking to the press and receiving in return gifts, dinners, tickets to events and other things of value; Pompeo is returning from South Korea and China still confident that North Korea will make significant progress during Trump’s first term in denuclearizing; FEMA is in hot water over the mess in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria by failing to stock supplies on the island before the hurricane blasted the island; on the opiod front, Kentucky has sued Walgreens for filling larger numbers of prescriptions of opioids than medically warranted; the IG’s report revealed that Obama flat out lied to the American people when he asserted that he learned of HRC’s private email server from the news media (so typical of the you can keep your plan man); in Chicago through June 13, 2018, 1183 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 191 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Janet Jackson, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you may be masticating on a lobster on National Lobster Day,  and  a relevant quote from Abraham Lincoln on harnessing and taming the wind,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, 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. Global Wind Day—created by the European Wind Energy Association in 2007 to promote the use of wind energy in the creation of electricity.      
2. Magna Carta Day—celebrating the execution of the Magna Carta on this day in 1215 by King John which granted certain rights to the nobility and included the basis for guaranteeing a trail by a jury of one’s peers.        
3. 1993 Number One Song— the number one song in 1993 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “That’s the Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson.  Here is a recording of the song:  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “masticate” which means to chew which the IG’s report at over 500 pages has a lot to digest.
5.  Being Ernest on the Road to Success—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1949 of James Varney best known for his character Ernest Worrell who appeared in numerous commercials but unfortunately a chain smoker who contracted lung cancer and died way too early at the age of 50.
         On this day in: 
a. 1864 200 acres formerly owned by General Robert E. Lee was set aside as a military cemetery known as Arlington by Secretary of War Edward Stanton.     
b. 1916 President Wilson signed a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only youth organization to have a federal charter.  
c. 1970 Charles Manson went on trial for the Sharon Tate murders.  
d. 1992 SCOTUS ruled in the case of United States v. Alvarez-Machain that the United States could forcibly extradite a suspect without the consent of the country that such suspect was being extradited from.   
e. 2012 Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls.
    Reflections on wind power: “As yet, the wind is an untamed and unharnessed force; and  quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries to be made hereafter will be the taming and harnessing of it.” Abraham Lincoln 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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