Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 22, 2019 The Dominican Republic is reaping the results of that nation’s stonewalling of the mysterious 11 deaths of American tourists there under mysterious circumstances as flights to the island are suffering massive cancellation of flights; 7 motorcyclists were killed and 3 injured when a pickup truck ran into them on a rural highway in New Hampshire; Trump who called off a retaliatory air strike against Iranian missile sites over concerns of Iranian causalities is still getting no slack from MSM in a classic he’s damned if he bombs and damned if he doesn’t moment while Blues are gloating that pressure from the Blues in Congress thwarted the strike (Iran has not learned its lesson and if Americans are killed by Iranian military action, God help them as the response will be massive and lethal); despite the howls of Blues wanting open borders and protecting violent illegal alien criminals, Trump has pushed back on Blue criticism as ICE raids will be removing illegals from many sanctuary cities in this country and be deported (sadly, due to Blue resistance on the wall and to passage of Kate’s Law many of them will be back to practice their criminal activity) but in what probably be a vain, failed attempt to gain border security consensus will postpone the raids for two weeks; Bill Maher is pushing the idea the Oprah Winfrey is the only person who can beat Trump in 2020 although she disclaims any presidential aspirations; Oregon with its State Police on the hunt to arrest Republican State Senators who have fled the state to prevent a quorum to pass a job killing green deal, has closed the Senate due to a right wing militia threat against the Capitol; in a reverse Goldilocks scene, a black bear broke into a home in Butler Creek, Montana and was sleeping in the closet before police and fish and game personnel were called to tranquilize and remove the bear; on the PC Wars front the University of Santa Clara was forced to remove a bell marking the El Camino Real that connected the 21 Catholic Missions in California (almost like the Soviet Union airbrushing photos of disgraced leaders overlooking Red Square); a study has just come out that all college students and their parents should read which shows highest and lowest unemployment rates https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/these-are-the-college-majors-with-the-highest-and-lowest-unemployment-rates; Connecticut realing under a massive budget deficit has unveiled a new basket of increased taxes including a conveyance tax of 2.5 on sales of homes over $2.5 million if and only if the seller then moves out of the state to escape its crushing tax burder; through June 21, 2019 1162 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 220 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. Windrush Day—celebrated in the U.K. since 2018 to commemorate the contributions of West Indies residents who migrated from the West Indies following World War II and is so called since the troop ship HMT Empire Windrush after docking in Jamaica with ads promising reduced fares to the U.K. on this day in 1948 disembarked 802 migrants.
2. National HVAC Tech Day—created by ARS/ Rescue Services, a national provider of home services on 2016 to honor the efforts of those who keep us cool during late spring, summer and early fall and warm during late fall, winter and early spring.
3. 1951 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1951 for 5 weeks in that position was “Too Young” by Nat King Cole. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaFtsqU2V6U Prophetic title for a song as this heavy smoker who died of lung cancer at age 45 on February 15, 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 “peripetia” which means a sudden change in fortune which is something all liberal and progressive Blues are praying for in 2020 but not by moderate Blues and independents who are relishing in the Trump economy.
5. Pollen Kills:—celebrating the birth on this day in 1981 of noted self-taught animator Monty Oum who sadly went into a coma following an allergy maintenance shot on January 22, 2015 and died without regaining consciousness on February 1, 2015.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Nat King Cole, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are looking forward to a peripetia, quotes by Hitler and Stalin on the invasion of the Soviet Union, 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. 1941 in a move that would doom the Third Reich, Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa and invaded the Soviet Union..
b. 1944 President Roosevelt signed the bill that led at an explosion of college students, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 or as more commonly known, the G.I. Bill.
c. 1969 the Cuyahoga River running through Cleveland once again caught fire drawing the nation’s attention to the growing problem of water pollution and aiding in the passage of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
d. 1984 Virgin Atlantic Airways took off with its inaugural flight from Gatwick Airport in London.
e. 1990 Checkpoint Charley manned by U.S. troops in Berlin was dismantled.
Reflections on the fact that Hitler listened only to himself and not Stalin and was therefore doomed to failure in his invasion of the Soviet Union: “You only have to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down,” Adolf Hitler, June 1941. Sadly for the Germans it did not as they had dismissed Stalin’s hold over his troops “In the Soviet Army it takes more courage to retreat than to advance,” as Political Commissars in the rear lines executed Soviet soldiers who retreated in the face of the German onslaught.
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June 22, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet