Sunday, July 1, 2018

July 1, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Canada Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 1, 2018 Maxine Waters was in the limelight Saturday at an anti-Trump rally  in Los Angeles vowing to impeach the president (she obviously has not read the Constitution as she ignores the fact that her dislike of him does not constitute high crimes and misdemeanors); Trump railed on social media of the need to elect more Republicans to the Senate and/or end the 60 vote filibuster rule and blasted Blues for running on a platform of abolishing ICE; Mexicans are voting today and leftist AMLO is expected to win with his pledge to not support the U.S. fight against drugs and to not block the flood of migrants through his country from Central America; Tulsi Gabbard has been caught with her hypocrisy pants down as she is dodging any debates in the Democratic primary to be held in Hawaii on August 11 although she roundly criticized the DNC for not arranging enough debates in the presidential 2016 primary; in Boise, Idaho at an apartment complex housing many refugees, Charles Kinner of Los Angeles has been arrested for stabbing nine residents there; annual airline ratings are out and not a single U.S. airline ranked in the top twenty which should come as no surprise given the lack of leg room and absence of any food service in coach; on the refugee front, some encouraging news as almost 500 Syrian refugees currently in Lebanon have been cleared to return; Reuters Breaking News Editor Rob Cox who blamed Trump for the shooting of the five journalists at The Capital Gazette has since apologized but still may face disciplinary action; in Chicago through June 30, 2018, 1392 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 219 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 Carrie Underwood, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are not suffering from megrim; a relevant quote from Ralph McGehee on the CIA’s Phoenix Program in South Vietnam, 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. Canada Day—celebrating the merging of the provinces of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia to form Canada on July 1, 1867.       
2. American Zoo Day—celebrating the opening of the Philadelphia Zoo, America’s first zoo on this day in 1874.
3. 2005 Number One Song— the number one song in 2005 on a run of 1 week in that position was “Inside Your Heaven” by Carrie Underwood. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “megrim” which means dizziness or a migraine which describes to a tee what the scorched earth obstructionism of the Blues is causing Main Street.
5.  The Magnificent Seven—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1952 of Dan Akroyd, noted Canadian born actor and comedian who was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live.
         On this day in: 
a. 1968 the Central Intelligence Agency introduced the Phoenix Program in South Vietnam.
b. 1979 Sony introduced the Walkman.
c. 1987 the radio station WFAN, the world’s first all sports radio station, was launched in New York City.
d. 2002 the International Criminal Court was established to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and acts of aggression.      
e. 2007 smoking is banned in all public indoor places in England.
    Reflections on the CIA’s Phoenix Program: “From 65-68 U.S. and Saigon intel services maintained an active list of VC cadre marked for assassination. Phoenix Program for 69 called for "neutralizing" 1800 a month. About one third of VC targeted for arrest had been summarily killed. Security committees established in provincial interrogation centers to determine fate of VC suspects, outside of judicial controls. Green Berets and navy SEALs most common recruits for Phoenix Program. Green Beret detachment B-57 provided admin cover for other intel units.” Ralph McGehee “CIA and Operation Phoenix Vietnam” Sad chapter in our nation’s history in a war we could not win that tore this nation apart. 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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