Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 27, 2019 As America celebrates Memorial Day and the official beginning of summer, anti-Semites like Rashida Tlaib are pounding the impeachment drums madly claiming the House is moving toward consensus in that direction (if she is right which I believe she is not then the Blues in the House are completely ignoring the wishes of the vast majority of the Ameircan people who want nothing to do with it); Brian Stelter with his misnamed show “Relieable Sources” instead of eating crow and admitting he was in error in praising Michael Avenati as presidential candidate is defending his remarks (no wonder CNN should rightly stand for the Cack “News” Network); on the border security front, a privately funded organization We Build the Wall has announced it has started building a section of the wall in the El Paso area where the Border Patrol is apprehending almost 1000 illegals a day (the Blue party has too many monkeys claiming we see no crisis, hear no crisis and behind our walled estates feel no crisis); Meghan McCain has blasted Amy Klobacher for invoking McCain’s legacy in her campaign and tweeted her to stop; on the baseball front, Bill Buckner who played Major League Baseball for 22 years and retired with 2,715 hits and was infamous for his error in the 10th inning that deprived the Red Sox of their first World Series win since 1918 died at age 69 of dementia; on the crowded Blue presidential primary front Joe Biden already blasted by Trump has having no energy is taking some flack for his less than energetic campaign pace (is his early lead making him a déjà vu ala HRC coronation quest?); on the opioid addiction front Teva Pharmaceuticals of Jeruselum which had been sued by Oklahoma for contributing to the crisis in that state has settled two days before trial for $85 million leaving Johnson and Johnson as the remaining defendant; Trump is meeting Premier Abe in Japan and after some golf and watching Sumo wrestling will be discussing a range of issues including North Korea and Iran; Bart Starr the first quarterback to win 5 Super Bowls has died at 89; through May 26, 2019 885 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 172 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. Memorial Day—celebrated first on May 5,1866 in Waterloo, New York to honor those who had perished in the Union Army and spread to other cities and states and at the national cemetery at Arlington on May 30, 1868 where 5,000 people gathered to hear a speech by General James Garfield as flowers and flags were placed on the graves on the 20,000 Union and Confederate grave sites. After World War One the former name Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day to honor all veterans for their sacrifice.
2. National Gray Day—Voices Against Brain Cancer and observed since 2014 to create awareness of this disease and promote research for a cure; today is the day to wear gray in support of our gray matter.
3. 2013 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 2013 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewsi feat. Ray Dalton. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zNSgSzhBfM
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 “patation” which means the act of drinking which if done today at a barbecue is done in moderation.
5. The Quintuple Big Hurt Threat—celebrating the birth on this day in 1968 of first baseman and designated hitter Frank Thomas to become the only Major League player to have 7 consequtive seasons with a batting average of at least .300, at least 100 rbis, at least a 100 runs, at least a 100 walks and at least 20 home runs; he is now on TV applying the big hurt to ED as the commercial spokesman for Nutragenix.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can enjoy a patation in moderation at your Memorial Barbecue, and a relevant quote from Eric Burdon on Memorial Day, 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. 1933 to the joy of future securities lawyers the Securities Act of 1933 requiring registration of the sale of securities with the Federal Trade Commission was enacted.
b. 1967 the U.S. Carrier John F. Kennedy was launched by Jacquilin Kennedy and her daughter Caroline.
c. 1984 the Danube-Black Sea Canal, 96 kilometers in length was opened having been built primarily with jailed political prisoners at a cost of $2 billion but earns around €2 million yearly in canal revenue.
d. 1998 Michael Fortier in exchange for agreeing to testify against Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Bombing and immunity for his wife was sentenced to 12 years and released after serving 10 ½ years.
e. 2016 President Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and meet with Habakusha (residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki who were exposed to the atomic bombs dropped there).
Reflections on Memorial Day: " On Memorial Day, I don't want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.” Eric Burdon noted English singer and member of the bands The Animals and War. A great way to celebrate Memorial Day would be a few less beers at the Memorial Day barbecue and a donation of the savings to Wounded Warriors.
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© May 27, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet