Sunday, June 23, 2019

June 23, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Widows Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 23, 2019 While Blue run cities are awash in homeless, San Diego the largest city run by a Red Mayor has seen its homeless population drop by 6% while to the north L.A.’s homeless population has soared by 16 %; another Don Quixote, retired admiral and former Congressman Joe Sestak, has announced he is running for president on the Blue ticket bringing the total to 25 ( he will have the distinction of probably being the only sane person among this pathetic group of leftists); another police officer gunned down, this time in Sacramento in an ambush that took the life of rookie officer Tara O’ Sullivan with the alleged suspect Adel Sambrano Ramos with a criminal rap sheet in custody after an eight hour standoff; in a glowing example of persistence can pay off, Wilkin Castillo, injured while playing for the Cincinnati Reds 10 years ago after a 10 year odyssey of bouncing around the minor leagues returned to the Miami Marlins to hit a winning two run double; in North Carolina lottery players were excited to learn they had won the state’s $7.8 million prize only to learn that more than 2,000 players had picked the numbers, thereby reducing their winnings to less than $3,900 each (prophetic that the numbers picked were 0-0-0-0);  Beth Chapman, the wife of Duane Dog Chapman, is in a medically induced coma battling throat cancer (she is not a smoker but Duane is a heavy one and there is speculation that her cancer is from second hand smoke; new report is out detailing that the U.S. leads the world in the amount of human sex trafficking and not just because illegals are bringing children with them to scam the asylum system and sadly law enforcement is not devoting a lot of dollars to address the problem; Mark Morgan, the acting director of ICE has proclaimed that the president’s delay of sweeps that were supposed to start this weekend and delayed to see if Congress can craft a solution will not impair his goal of deporting illegals here in the nation (given the Blues’ quest for an open border, don’t hold your breath on Congress coming to the table to solve this problem); in a reaffirmation of adage that luxury sells, Bernard Arnault of the luxury goods maker luxury goods maker LVMH Moet Hennessy - Louis Vuitton has just joined the $100 billion net worth club now populated by Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates; through June 21, 2019 1165 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. International Widows Day—created by the Loomba Foundation and celebrated since 2006 as a UN sponsored observance to highlight the plight of the hundreds of millions of widows around the globe who suffer from poverty and social stigmatization due to the deaths of their husbands.                                      
 2. United Nations Public Service Day—created by the UN General Assembly in 2003 to commemorate and honor those engaged in providing public service to their communities. 
 3. 1952 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1952 for 2 weeks in that position was “Here In My Heart” by Al Martino. Here is a recording of the song:  Considered one of the great Italian-American pop singers, his heart ran out of room for life and he died of a heart attack 6 days after his 82nd birthday on October 13. 2009.
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 “perissology” which means pleonasm or using more words than necessary which is what we often have to endure from long-winded politicians.
5. Marriage CEO:—celebrating the birth on this day in 1929 of June Carter Cash, noted singer, songwriter, and author who won 5 Grammys and was married to Johnny Cash for 33 years many of which both struggled with addiction but had a love so strong that Johnny Cash died four months after June died on May 15, 2003 from complications in a heart valve transplant surgery.
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Al Martino, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you refrain from using perissology in your speech patterns, a quote by Gwen Moore on access by females to contraception, 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. 1960 in a let the good times roll moment; the FDA announced the approval of Envid produced by Searle as an oral birth control contraceptive.
b. 1972 President Nixon and his Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman were caught on tape on using the C.I.A. to obstruct the F.B.I. investigation of the Watergate break-in.
c. 1972 Title IX of United States of Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to prohibit sexual discrimination in any educational program receiving federal funding.
d. 2013 Nick Wallenda became the first person to successfully walk over the Grand Canyon on a tightrope.
e. 2016 the UK votes 52 to 48% to leave the European Union and after almost three years finds itself not withdrawn as Theresa May’s party has frustrated the will of the people voting in favor of the referendum.
Reflections on oral contraception: “It is essential that the women's preventive coverage benefit, including contraception, be available to all women, regardless of what health plan they have or where they work - as Congress intended. Providing access to birth control just makes good sense.” Gwen Moore, Black Blue Congresswoman from Wisconsin a Whip of the Black Caucus
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June 23, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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