Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 17, 2018 the Trump Putin summit is over and Rand Paul has come to the rescue claiming it is ludicrous not to sit down and talk with our adversaries and trying to shame Russians by calling them liars would have been counterproductive; Chris Wallace interviewed Putin after the Summit and his probing questions casted doubt over his assertion that Russians were not meddling in the election; the new rising leftist/socialist star of the Democratic Party Ocasio-Cortez has raised a firestorm claiming Israel has occupied Palestine then backing down by admitting she is not an expert on the Middle East; MGM International, the owner of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas has filed suit in federal court to seek the dismissal of litigation brought by the victims of the mass shooting that occurred there; on the racist front Theresa Lund, the Executive Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative was caught on tape asking the mother of a biracial toddler if she lived in affordable housing (she has since apologized for the question); in a glaring example of the quality of education in our inner cities, an eighth grader who was raped while waiting for a school bus is suing her school after she reported it and the school counselor told her to move on with her life; through July 15, 2018, 1528 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 244 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 Post Malone, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you do not suffer from metrophobia, a relevant quote from Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on the International Criminal Court, 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. World Day for International Criminal Justice—created in 2010 to celebrate on the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome which created the International Criminal Court to prosecute crimes against humanity like genocide.
2. World Emoji Day—created by Jeremy Burge, the founder of Emojipedia, in 2014 to promote the use of emojis to spice up email and social media messages.
3. 2018 Number One Song— the number one song in 2018 on a current run of 5 weeks in that position was “Rockstar” by Post Malone feat. Savage. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UceaB4D0jpo
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “metrophobia” which means a fear of poetry which fortunately the Alaskanpoet is free from.
5. Open Borders—celebrating the birth on this day in 1954 of Andrea Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany whose government is surviving by a slender thread due to her immigration policies of admitting hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East who are not assimilating in Germany.
On this day in:
a. 1902 Willis Carrier created the first air conditioner in Buffalo, New York.
b. 1984 the national drinking age in the U.S. was raised from 18 to 21.
c. 1996 TWA Flight 800 on a flight from New York to Paris exploded over the Atlantic 12 minutes after takeoff killing all 230 people aboard.
d. 2001 the Concorde returned to service after it ran over debris on July 25, 2000 while taking off from Paris, puncturing a fuel tank which burst into flames causing the plane to crash into a hotel, killing all 109 aboard and 4 people on the ground.
e. 2014 Malaysia Flight 17, a Boeing 777, was shot down by Russian backed Ukrainian rebels killing all 298 aboard.
Reflections on the International Criminal Court from an African perspective: "Instead of promoting justice and reconciliation and contributing to peace and stability, (the ICC) has degenerated into a political instrument targeting Africa and Africans. This is totally unacceptable and that is why Africa has been expressing its serious reservation against the ICC." - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in his role as chairman of African Union, as told to the U.N. General Assembly.
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