Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 18, 2019 AOC has just given her constituents yet another reason to send her back to bartending next fall after her idiotic remark that Trump is operating concentration camps on our southern border (what about the reality of the Holocaust does this anti-Semite not understand and how long before she is condemned by members of her own party for her remarks?); Patrick Shanahan who was the Acting Secretary of Defense withdrew his name form consideration as Secretary of Defense after spousal abuse charges have arisen during a 2010 incident between his now ex-wife and him in which she was charged with hitting him, charges which he dropped, and an incident involving his son striking his ex-wife with a baseball bat in self defense; the Secretary of the Army has been named as Acting Secretary of Defense; thousands of Trump supporters have waited days in the sweltering Florida Sun to await Trump’s formal kickoff of his campaign today amidst early polls showing him trailing many of the Blue wanna-bes (hopefully this is a déjà vu of 2016 when pollsters completely misread the electorate); on the Blues’ push to create an open border and nullify our immigration system, riders attached by them to pending legislation will gut our ability to keep out and remove illegals from this country (while the Blues are totally MIA compared to Mexico in trying to secure our border, the head of the DHS testified before a Senate Committee that 90 % of asylum seekers miss their hearings never to be seen again unless they run afoul of the law in a nonsanctuary city—what an outrage); Rachel Maddow whose ratings have tanked over her over the top anti-Trump bias to the point the New York Times has banned its reporters from appearing on her program is praising the paper big time; the ultra-left hosts on the leftist partisan The View have shot down Biden’s claim that if elected he will be able to compromise with the Reds; in a case of the deep divide affecting this country former Arkansas State Senator Collins who changed her affiliation from Democrat to Republican was murdered and her former staffer and “friend” has been charged and faces the death penalty if convicted; that once beautiful city San Francisco which is now awash in discarded needles, homeless and human waste on its sidewalks is moving to ban all sales of e-cigarettes (nothing like forcing nicotine addicts to go back to smoking cancer sticks to feed their habit); Ilhan Omar’s ability to expose her stupidity knows no bounds as she is blaming Trump for the attack on two oil tankers because he pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal (when will the voters in her district who have to endure this blithering idiot come to their senses and vote her out?); Google has announced plans to build 20,000 affordable housing units in the Bay Area to help in the homeless crisis (good news from a company that is making billions);
through June 17, 2019 1127 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 213 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. Autistic Pride Day (International)—created by the Aspies for Freedom to promote awareness that people with autism are unique people not just cases for treatment.
2. International Picnic Day—life may not always be a picnic but a picnic at the beach or a park brings new life to life and should be enjoyed although I have no idea why the day is celebrated today or when it was first celebrated or who created it.
3. 1947 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1947 for 2 weeks in that position was “Mam’selle” by Art Lund. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikjl6wRe8A. This popular baritone died at age 75.
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 “perfervid” which means ardent or eager which sadly describes the base of both Trump and the Left which explains the death of compromise and the birth of gridlock.
5. Is There a 22 in His Future?:—celebrating the birth on this day of 1942 on noted singer and songwriter Paul McCartney of Beatles and Wings fame to go along with a storied solo career with 21 Grammy Awards.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Art Lund, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you practice moderation as opposed to being perfervid in your daily pursuits; a quote from Janet Frenchette Held on having an autistic child, 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. 1948 Columbia Records introduced the long playing record at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
b. 1979 the world became a safer place when on this day the Soviet Union and the United States signed the SALTII treaty further reducing nuclear arsenals.
c. 1981 the Lockheed F-117 incorporating stealth technology to make it almost invisible to radar made its first flight.
d. 1983 Sally Ride, a Stanford grad, became the first American women to orbit into space as a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle flight.
e. 1983 Mona Mahmudnizhad aged 17 and nine other women of the Baha’i were tried, sentenced to death and ignoring pleas of Ronald Reagan were hanged on this day in 1983.
Reflections on Autism: “This is a FOREVER journey with this creative, funny, highly intelligent, aggressive, impulsive, nonsocial, behavioral, often times loving individual. The nurse said to me after 6 hours with him ‘He is a gift’ INDEED he is,” Janet Frenchette Held, Parent of a autistic child
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June 18, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet