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 % because unlike Garcetti’s run L.A. the city is tackling the problem head on having built 3 bridge shelters, a facility for homeless to store belongings and proposing to build a 4th (with an unemployment rate at all time lows and some businesses competing for hiring released felons with an address opposed to the street, should not an effort be made to assist the homeless in finding a job?); after tooth and nail battling with the ACLU, Orange County has received the go-ahead to close down a massive tent city complete with human waste and used needles near Disneyland and move the homeless therein into a shelter for a month or vouchers for motels for a month coupled with job training, medical care and drug rehab services while L.A. and San Francisco remain inundated with homeless, needles and human waste as Blues are too occupied on the needs of the illegal aliens flooding into the nation to come to the table to address the problem; golf used to be a way to spend a pleasant afternoon riding or walking a course but not in a Santa Maria mobile home golf course where 5 golfers got into a dispute with 5 dead, including the shooter and the shooter’s home and others burnt https://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2019/06/5-golfers-shot-dead-on-santa-maria.html; Iran seems not to have gotten the message as it is touting that Iran can shoot down many more drones and must think they have bullied Trump into a nonresponsive corner over their actions against two tankers and the drone even as Trump will announce increased sanctions and Pompeo is moving forward to end the exemptions that have enabled Europe to buy Iranian oil; returning from the campaign trail to South Bend, Buttigieg was heckled at a town meeting called to discuss the shooting of a black by a South Bend white officer and in the view of Fox and Friends looked weak and detached from the community (could be for Mayor Pete his Alfred E. Newman moment:
https://alaskanpoet.blogspot.com/2019/06/alfred-e-newmans-m-1-is-town-hall.html ); the NBA may become mired in the PC movement on the issue of whether in view of the large percentage of black players the owner of the franchise can continue to be called “owner”; Mexico is auctioning off homes and safe houses used by cartel drug members and using the proceeds to assist communities marginalized by drug violence (may want to save some of the proceeds to be used on its southern border as Guatemalan refugees vow to keep coming to the United States through Mexico; on the music front great news for Rolling Stones fans as Mick Jagger announced he has recovered from heart surgery and the American portion of their tour will continue (at 75 and with a 2 year old Mick verges on superhuman); through June 23, 2019 1172 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 222 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. World UFO Day—created by the World UFO Day Organization in 2001 but UFO believers celebrate on two days, June 24 marking the anniversary of one of the first UFO sightings when Kenneth Arnold flying near Mt. Rainier witnessed 9 flying objects maneuvering at high speed on this day in 1947 and the other July 2 marking the anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident; not sure how to celebrate the event other than to on the issue of whether we are not alone in the universe, keep an open mind and look up into the heavens occasionally.
2. Museum Comes to Life Day—celebrated first on June 24, 2006 but really should be celebrated on December 19, 2006 the day of release of A Night at the Museum in which the exhibits did come alive to the consternation of Ben Stiller in the role of a night time security guard so maybe the day honors the imagination of children and those who yearn to have moments reliving their childhood imagining the exhibits at a museum came to life.
3. 1953 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1953 with 10 weeks in that position was “The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)” by Percy Faith and his Orchestra with vocal by Felicia Sanders. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPDF2ORPOFQ Considered the founder of “mood music” a beat in his heart could no longer be found at the age of 67 on February 9, 1976 and his vocalist Felicia Sanders preceded him by over a year from lung cancer on February 6, 1975.
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 “pernicious” which means destructive, ruinous or fatal which describes the effect of socialism on economies even one so robust as ours to a tee.
5. The Long or Short of It All:—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day of Brad De Long a professor of economics at UC Berkeley, who worked in the Clinton Administration’s Department of the Treasury and was a supporter of Barack Obama yet somehow claims to have been influenced by Milton Friedman.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Percy Faith and His Orchestra with vocals by Felicia Sanders, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are quick to point out the pernicious effects of socialism, a quote by George Carlin on the existence of UFOs, 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 Soviet Union blockaded surface travel between West Berlin and West Germany leading to the Berlin Airlift that in the following 321 days broke the back of the blockaders with 272,000 flights bringing in thousands of tons of supplies to West Berlin causing the Soviets to recognize failure and reopen the borders.
b. 1957 SCOTUS ruled in Roth v. U.S. that the obscenity was not protected by the First Amendment which opened the door to subsequent cases for the old men and women on the court to decide what was obscenity.
c. 1973 in the evening hours an unknown arsonist started a fire at the UpStairs Lounge, a gay bar located in a 3 story building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, killing 32 and injuring 12 others. Rodger Nunez who had been ejected earlier that day was for some time a prime suspect but was never charged as he committed suicide in November, 1974.
d. 2002 after climbing a hill called Igandu in Tanzania and believing the brakes were malfunctioning, the engineer stopped the train to inspect the brakes only to have the train roll backwards and, after picking up way too much speed, derailed, killing 281 and injuring over 600 of the 1,200 passengers on the train for the worst train accident in African history.
e. 2010 in a match that was played over three days for a total record playing time of 11 hours and 5 minutes John Isner of the U.S. defeated Nicolas Mahut in the first round of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Reflections on the existence of UFOs: “To my way of thinking, there is every bit as much evidence for the existence of UFOs as there is for the existence of God. Probably far more. At least in the case of UFOs there have been countless taped and filmed and, by the way, unexplained sightings from all over the world, along with documented radar evidence seen by experienced military and civilian radar operators.” ―
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June 24, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet