Thursday, June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Random Acts Of Kindness

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 13, 2019 Trump announced that after praising her profusely, Sarah Sanders, the much MSM maligned White House Press Secretary will be leaving the White House on the end of the month; Iran may have advanced past the rattling sabers stage to sewing mines as two oil tankers were hit by what is believed to be Iranian mines in the Gulf of Oman, damaging but not sinking them (what is striking about these attacks is that they come while President Abe of Japan is in Tehran seeking to cool tensions that have arisen between the U.S. and Iran as the world holds its breath to see what if any military response the U.S. will make if Iran was the culprit while here in the U.S. we should thank our lucky stars of our energy independence the Blues want to abolish); Trump has made potentially a major gaff by indicating he would listen to hearing dirt of opponents from foreign governments without necessarily informing the FBI (even Fox has indicated he needs to explain that remark or he will expose himself to major political attacks); Adler the Snake Nadler is holding AG Barr and Secretary of Commerce in contempt on refusing to provided documentation on the citizenship question on the census prompting a blast from Trump that the Democrats have gone loco; after holding a press conference with the President of Poland, Trump announced plans to send 1,000 troops to Poland and sell F-35 fighters to the nation’s air forces; Adam Schiff who is about as honest as the day is long on December 21 announced subpoenas for Flynn and Gates to grill them on what they testified to Mueller and probably very fearful over what classified documents will reveal with respect to the corruption of the FBI and DOJ blasted Trump for moving to declassify (for Blues like Schiff transparency is a one way street that should be invoked only if it favors Blues and discredits Reds); Klein a former top aide to Clinton and Obama has written an op-ed in the leftist advocacy only Washington Post attacking it as a radical right roadblock to the progressive agenda; as measles cases rise in California, actress Jessica Biel went off script and testified before our one party California State Senate against a bill that would tighten exemptions against vaccinations (when will celebrities come to the conclusion that a movie script or the ability to memorize it does not make you a policy expert to be listened to?); through              June 11, 2019 1080 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 203 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. Random Acts of Light—created by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association to bring the light of kindness to the darkness cancer patients often face in the treatment seeking remission from this deadly disease.                                      
 2. National Career Nursing Assistants Day--celebrating the first line of defense to the problems the elderly, frail or chronically challenged residents in nursing homes and other long term care facilities. 
3. 1944 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1944 for 3 weeks in that position was “I’ll Get By As Long As I Have Yo” by Harry James and His Orchestra with vocals by Dick Haymes. Here is a recording of the song:  James was married three times once to Betty Grable who was also a smoker and died of lung cancer at at age 56 on July 2, 1973 but was a heavy smoker and died of lympathic cancer at age 67 on July 5, 1983. Dick Haymes also a smoker died from cancer at the  age of 61 on March 28, 1980. 
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 “peracute” which describes a disease that is very acute, short and often fatal.
5. Round Peg In a Square Hole—celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of actor, comedian, voice actor and game show panelist who had to keep his homosexuality in the closet and struggled with alcohol until the early 80’s; he was best known for being the center square on The Hollywood Squares and died in his sleep on January 11, 1982 from a heart attack.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Harry James and His Orchestra with Dick Haymes,  5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you not in or facing penury; a quote by Justice Potter Stewart on the Pentagon Papers, 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. 1966 in the case of Miranda v. Arizona  SCOTUS ruled that police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them of a crime they are suspected of committing.
b. 1971 the New York Times began the publication of the Pentagon Papers which revealed the Pentagon’s lies and deceptions to the American people to deceive and mislead the American people over the rationale and justification for the war and touting the “progress” being made by U.S. forces.
c. 1981 a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, at a Trooping of the Colors Ceremony, fired six blanks at Queen Elizabeth II; he was tried under the Treason Act of 1942, convicted and sentenced to five years, three of which were served before he was released and changed his name to start a new life.
d. 1994 a jury in Anchorage, Alaska found Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelton reckless in the grounding of the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound outside of Valdez, Alaska, paving the way for plaintiffs to seek $15 billion in damages.
e. 2002 the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
Reflections on the U.S. government’s failed attempt to stop publication of the Pentagon Papers: “For when everything is classified, then nothing is classified, and the system becomes one to be disregarded by the cynical or the careless, and to be manipulated by those intent on self-protection or self-promotion."  Concurring opinion of Justice Potter Stewart New York Times v. United States
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June 13, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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