Friday, May 24, 2019

May 23, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Turtle Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 23, 2019 On divisive front, Pelosi must be under great stress from her progressive wing which is clamoring for impeachment as she came out claiming Trump is engaged in a cover up and obstructing justice and calling for the president’s family and friends to perform an intervention (ironic that she uses a term used in the treatment of alcoholics when Trump is a nondrinker); sadly the anti-Trump animus of the Blues has become so all consuming and toxic that nothing concerning the issues Americans want solve will merit attention; after being labeled a felon for obstructing justice by Pelosi, Trump walked out of a scheduled infrastructure meeting (turn the rhetoric down Nancy and start legislating on a bipartisan basis); on the impeachment front, Wells Fargo has turned over reams of financial records of Trump’s financial records to the impeachment queen  Mad Maxine Waters; in another move to restore sanity to our broken immigration system, Trump is moving to enforce existing law that requires a sponsor of an immigrant to reimburse the government for any aid like Medicaid that immigrant received; Julian Assange has been indicted by a  federal grand jury for conspiring  with Chelsea Manning to leak thousands upon thousands of classified documents; scientists have discovered a large reservoir of ice one mile beneath the planet’s surface as NASA continues its progress on a manned expedition to Mars by 2030; in an Op-Ed The New York Times has castigated many Blue led cities as being unlivable with homeless and drug problems out of control; on the democracy front the votes of over 600 million Indians have finally been counted and Narendra Modi has been reelected by a  landslide; the Senate has passed a $19 billion disaster relief bill for states and Puerto Rico ravaged by hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and other natural disasters (sadly no money for a human disaster the flood of illegal aliens across our border);  through May 22, 2019 844 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 167 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating is that it forced the city of Chicago to allocate scarce detective resources when in only 9% of the shootings resulting in murder have a suspect being charged this year).
1. World Turtle Day—created by American Tortoise Rescue to promote awareness of the problems faced by turtles and tortoises.
 2. World Chrons and Colitis Day—observed since 2007 to promote awareness of Chrons Disease and colitis and to promote research for a cure.
3. 2012 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 2012 on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra. Here is a recording of the song:   
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “passus” which means a section of a poem or story.
5. The Few The Proud The Marine Laughter—celebrating the birth on this day in 1958 of game show host and comedian Drew Carey who served in the Marines and performed as a comedian which shows Marines do have a sense of humor.  
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Gotye feat. Kimbra, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can enjoy a passus of your favorite work, and a relevant quote from Frank Hammer on the slaying of Bonnie and Clyde by police, 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.
    On this day in:                                        
a. 1934 infamous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by police and killed.
b. 1945 after being arrested by British troops Heinrich Himmler who had hidden a suicide pill in his mouth bit on it and died.
c. 1995 the first version of Java was released.
d. 2013 At Mount Vernon, Washington, one span of the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River collapsed fortunately with no fatalities. 
e. 2014 7 people including the perpetrator and misogynist Eliot Rodger died in a Santa Barbara shooting spree and 14 were wounded. 
Reflections on the police fatal ambush of Bonnie and Clyde: "I hate to bust the cap on a woman, especially
when she was sitting down, however if it wouldn't have been her, it would have been us".FRANK A. HAMER (After slaying Bonnie in ambush).
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© May 23, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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