Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 21, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of Yoga

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 21, 2018 Today is the first day of summer as Trump has cancelled the annual Congressional picnic to force Congress to work on immigration legislation; as Trump has blinked on the issue of separating children from their families illegally entering this country seeking amnesty and being arrested, Peter Fonda another poster child for the leftist over the top anti-Trump rhetoric has issued a lame apology for calling on Barron Trump to be kidnapped and placed in a cage with pedophiles (wonder if the Secret Service was knocking on this idiot’s door); the fact is that discourse and civility on the issue of immigration is dead as the left wants nothing but open borders open to all regardless of skills, background or desire to assimilate, a fact put in clear focus as the head of the Department of Home Land Security was heckled incessantly at a public restaurant in the Swamp by a group of activists including one socialist Allison Hrabar who is a paralegal working at the DOJ; the scandal at the FBI keeps getting worse as Mark Meadows, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, has claimed that FBI agents altered their witness reports and the FBI misled the IG over the status of agents who were unnamed but cited for anti-Trump bias (MSM is totally MIA on reporting on the IG’s report and the bias of the FBI); in Israel, the wife of the Prime Minister Netanyahu has been indicted for fraud and misuse of public funds; the UN has blasted Trump for contempt of poverty in the U.S. but used data from 2016 the last year of the Obama Administration and relied on survey data which significantly understates the amount of benefits received; another poster child for divisiveness, Brian Sims in Philadelphia welcomes Mike Pence with the bird (when will this rabid nonsense from the left be toned down so people can intelligently discuss issues and try to find solutions as opposed to vilifications?); in Chicago through June 19, 2018, 1273 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 206 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 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you did not experience matutolypea this morning,  and  a relevant quote from Rolf Gates on yoga, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like 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. International Day of Yoga—created by the UN to promote the spiritual, emotional and physical effects of practicing yoga.      
2. World Hydrography Day—created by the World Hydrography Organization in 2005 to promote awareness of the contributions of hydrographers to navigation and marine environment.
3. 1996 Number One Song— the number one song in 1996 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “matutolypea” which means getting up on the wrong side of the bed which is not the way to start one’s day.
5.  Family Ties That Bind—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1947 of noted actor Michael Gross best known for his role on Family Ties and being part owner with his wife of the Santa Fe Southern Railway.
         On this day in: 
a.a. 1942 a Japanese submarine surfaced at the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon and fired 17 shots at Fort Stevens in one of the few attacks on the contiguous 48 states.    
b. 1982 John Hinckley was found not guilty of shooting President Reagan by reason of insanity. 
c. 1989 SCOTUS in the case of Texas v. Johnson held that the burning of the American flag was protected by the First Amendment.   
d. 2004 Space Ship One, the first privately funded spacecraft which was designed by Burt Rutan made its first flight into space.    
e. 2005 Edgar Killen who had not been convicted of the 1994 murders of three civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner was tried for and convicted of manslaughter and died on January 11, 2018 in prison 6 days before his 93rd birthday.
    Reflections on yoga: “Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” — Rolf Gates, noted yoga instructor and author.   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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