Friday, June 21, 2019

June 21, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Summer Solstice

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 21, 2019 President Trump acknowledged he call off a retaliatory strike that was in the air heading toward Iranian missile sites and radars 10 minutes before bombs would be falling over concerns it would cause 150 casualties (wise move or reaction of the Blues urging caution but raising question of whether inaction will incite bolder strikes by Iran?); United Airlines has rerouted flights to Middle East away from Iranian airspace in response to Iran’s actions; anti-Trumpster Joe Scarborough while expressing relief that Trump called off his air strikes seems to be advocating the failed Obama idea of leading from behind by indicating we should not institute military action unless our allies are standing shoulder to shoulder with us; Gorsuch and Kavanaugh disagreed in a 7-2 SCOTUS reversal of a death sentence after six trials in which the prosecutor seeking the the death penalty excluded 41 or the 42 prospective black jurors ( while the State of Georgia try this accused killer again?); as the death toll of American tourists in the Dominican Republic has risen to 11, Dominican Republic tourist officials are slamming the media for its reporting while the world is still waiting for toxicology reports conducted by FBI (high stakes as tourism is a big component of that country’s economy); the new McCarthy on the left AOC continues to prove she needs to take her idiocy and go back to bartending as the man she defeated Joe Crowley is backing in a New York primary race for District Attorney the opponent of the candidate she supports (wonder if Crowley would run again to oust her in 2020 Blue primary?); cell phone texting has forever altered communication between teens as it replaces face to face and phone conversation but evidence is appearing that it is beginning to alter the human anatomy urging the growth of bone spurs on the back of teens’ necks; Biden’s past is catching up with him in the Blue primary race for the Oval Office as he touted in the past the 1992 crime bill as doing everything but hanging for jaywalking; Fox is being chastised for her mishandling of the Smollett case as a special prosecutor has just been appointed; must be interesting times in the Conway household as Kellyanne’s husband is slamming Trump, demanding he resign; through June 20, 2019 1149 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 216 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating and why the appointment of a special prosecutor should be applauded,  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. International Yoga Day—created by the UN General Assembly to be first celebrated on this day in 2015 to promote and publicize the helpful effects of Yoga.                                      
 2. Summer Solstice—celebrating the first day of summer which began at 8:54 a.m. today in Costa Mesa, Ca. 
 3. 1950 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1950 for 11 weeks in that position was “The Third Man Theme” by Anton Karas. Here is a recording of the song:   Anton the man who introduced the zither to millions zithered no more on January 10, 1985 at the age of 78.
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 “peripatetic” which means itinerant which describes military families to a tee and why we should respect the idea that they serve also.
5. Suit Up and Show Up with Class:—celebrating the birth on this day of 1951 of Craig Sager, a noted TV sportscaster noted for his colorful and flamboyant suits who was diagnosed with leukemia in April, 2014, had it go into remission following a bone marrow transplant from his son only to be deflated by its return from remission in late March 2015 prompting another bone marrow transplant but dying on December 15, 2016.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the zither king Anton Paras, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that your life is not peripatetic; a quote from Gary Zukav on the two solstices, 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. 1915 SCOTUS in the case of Guinn v. U.S. struck down a grandfather clause exempting certain persons from taking voter literacy tests which had the impact of disenfranchising black voters.
b. 1970 Penn Central filed for bankruptcy, the largest industrial bankruptcy filing at that time.
c. 1982 John Hinckley was found not guilty of the attempted assassination of President Reagan by reason of insanity and was sentenced to institutional psychiatric confinement un September 10, 2016 when he was released.
d. 1989 SCOTUS ruled in the case of Texas v. Johnson that burning of the American flag was protected by the First Amendment and invalidated the laws of 48 states prohibiting the desecration of the American flag.
e. 2005 in a the wheels of justice move slowly but they move moment, KKK organizer Edgar Ray Killen unsuccessfully tried 41 years ago for the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Mickey Schwerner in Mississippi was tried and convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison where he died on January 11, 2018 6 days before his 93rd birthday.
Reflections on comparing the two Solstices: “At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness. At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, trees are bare and all lies in stillness beneath blankets of snow.” Gary Zukav, noted American spiritual teacher and best selling author.
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June 21, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 

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