Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 19, 2019 L.A. is awash in homeless, needles, feces and despair but the L.A. Council has more important things to air, namely like the Soviets of old who airbrushed out of photos of fallen from grace former leaders, voting to remove Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame; AOC keeps opening up her mouth to defend her indefensible remarks on comparing the border detention to concentration camps to stick her foot in it and receive heaps of justified scorn (what about the death camps during the Holocaust not understand and why has this “expert” on history not seen it fit to go to the border and see the chaos we are facing—simple she is blind and deaf the waves of illegals and does to be exposed to reality); Blues really need to open their eyes to the public safety issues caused by illegal immigration as in 2018 256,000 illegals were arrested and deported, of whom 146,000 were convicted criminals and almost 6,000 were known or suspected gang members or terrorists (the Blue elites living in their gated communities often protected by armed security is a luxury mere mortals in this nation do not have and if Blues have their way will probably be stripped of lawfully purchased firearms to protect themselves); the House is holding raucous hearings on the issue of reparations for descendants of slaves while polls indicate overwhelming majorities of Americans oppose it (if some Blue candidates do not ape William Jennings Bryan by urging that the Blues not be crucified on the cross of reparations, the Blues chance of regaining the presidency and retaining the House are going to be flushed down the drain; as Trump opened his campaign in Orlando, new polls indicate that like the purchase of fireworks by HRC, the popping the corks by the Blues may be a bit premature as the economy keeps firing on all cylinders; the South Carolina Democratic Party is giving the Mostly Slanted Bias Negative Coverage exclusive coverage of its convention featuring those paragons of objectivity A; Sharpton and Joy Reid (the sound of clicks of Independents changing channels will be deafening); FOX News with its mantra of “fair and balanced” is crushing the biased advocacy anti-Trump networks of CNN and MSMBC big time (when will the advertisers tired of paying big bucks for time on networks very few people watch continue to run ads to support the bias shown?; the death toll of Americans dying under mysterious circumstances now up to 9; while thousands upon thousands of Americans are living on the streets, the Senate committee approved a $4.6 billion appropriation which has be denuded of any funding to deal with securing the border (shame, total shame as what ever happened to the adage that charity begins at home?); through June 18, 2019 1130 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. World Sickle Cell Day—created by the Sickle Cell Disease Association in 2009 to create awareness of a disease that impacts 4.5 million people worldwide, mostly blacks and promote funding to cure the disease.
2. National Free BSD Day—celebrated since 2017 to commemorate a free open source architecture created at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993 and used today in many services like Netflix we use today.
3. 1948 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1948 for 7 weeks in that position was “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq0XJCJ1Srw . A heavy smoke, this king lost his crown to lung cancer on February 19, 1965.
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 “perficient” which means actually able to achieve results which both Blue and Reds are not when it comes to compromise.
5. Takes One to Play One to Win One:—celebrating the birth on this day of 1972 of noted French actor Jean Dujardin who became the first French actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Artist.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Nat King Cole, 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. 1910 the first Fathers Day was celebrated in at the YMCA Spokane, Washington thanks to the efforts of Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father a Civil War veteran had raised six children as a single parent.
b. 1949 the first NASCAR race was held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.
c. 1978 Garfield, the longest running comic strip in newspapers debuted in 41 newspapers.
d. 2012 Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, fearing incarceration for leaking photos of U.S. Army troops killing Vietnamese civilians, asked for asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
e. 2018 the 10,000,000th patent was issued by the U.S. Patent Office.
Reflections on Sickle Cell Anemia: “For the most part I have been able to meet all my goals, but I always strive for bigger goals in life so everything's not complete just yet. My first aspiration was to be known as a singer and also as an advocate for sickle cell disease. I try to be that inspiration, you know. It's not as bad as people try to make it seem. I mean, it is, but it's not. People don't have to be afraid of it; they don't have to be held down by it. Try to find triumph in the situation.” A.J. Green, noted wide receiver for Georgia and the Cincinnati Bengals
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June 19, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet