Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 28, 2019 Iran is probably shaking in its boots as the Senate voted 50-40 not to approve a resolution requiring Trump seek approval before military action against Iran; the body of MacKenzie Lueck has been found and Aoola Ajayi has been arrested (a handyman has come forward and revealed that Ajayi had contacted him to build a concealed room complete with hooks); Harris played the race card in spades on Biden and a man who has fought for racial justice looked like a gutted fish after Harris attacked him relentlessly all the way to the bank (second best day fund raising day for her); while the Blues running for president as expected continue to hold on for dear life to the collusion delusion, former President Jimmy Carter who really should know better has thrown his 94 year mind into the ring by claiming Trump is illegitimate because of Russian intervention (the years of being involved in nuclear submarines may have finally impacted his mind); in only the 4th time in history astronomers detected an asteroid the size of a car before it blew up entering the atmosphere with a force of 6,000 tons of TNT; while Venezuela is being plunged into total economic darkness, the path of the total solar eclipse expected July 2, 2019 will hit South America far to the south; the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team beat France 2-1 by Rapinoe’s two goals in the quarterfinals today; SCOTUS has agreed to hear the Trump Administration’s attempt to end DACA next term (will be heard during the 2020 election race which should be a polarizing event in the race); at the G-20 Trump will be meeting with Putin and with Chinese President Xi Jinping (markets are waiting with baited breath to see what progress if any on trade issues will develop); through June 27, 2019 1197 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 225 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 has a suspect being charged this year).
1. Insurance Awareness Day—have no idea where, why or who originated this day but must have been either an insurance company or broker who wanted to create awareness of the need to protect life and property with insurance.
2. International Body Piercing Day—celebrated on the birthday of the “Granddaddy of Body Piercing,” Jim Ward who was born on this day in 1941 but I am clueless as to when or who created it only that in promotes the use of body piercing as an essential element of fashion in a growing number of people.
3. 1957 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1957 with 4 weeks in that position was “Love Letters in the Sand* by Pat Boone. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ENzT9k1LRs The noted singer, actor and writer is still going strong at 85 which he celebrated on June 1 of this year.
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 “perspicacious” which means astute or clear minded which is what we need in our leaders but sadly too often find lacking.
5. Receiver Cross:—celebrating the birth on this day in 1961 of hard throwing quarterback for Stanford and the Denver Broncos John Elway whose receivers often had small crosses on their chests after catching a bullet from Elway.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Pat Boone, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you avoid are perspicacious in your dealings with issues; at work, a quote by John Kasich on affirmative action, 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. 1969 the Stoneham riots between police and gay attendees at a gay nightclub began in New York City, marking the beginning of the Gay Pride Movement.
b. 1978 SCOTUS ruled in the case of Bakke v. The Regents of the University of California that admissions based on quotas was unconstitutional.
c. 1987 for the first time in modern history a civilian target was targeted with chemical weapons, mustard gas, when Iraqi warplanes bombed the Iranian town of Sardasht.
d. 1997 Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of a Heavyweight Championship Fight.
e. 2001 Slobodan Milosevic was extradited to stand trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and after undergoing a 5 year trial died in his cell from a heart attack without a verdict.
Reflections on affirmative action: “Affirmative action has a negative effect on our society when it means counting us like so many beans and dividing us into separate piles.” John Kasich, former governor of Ohio and sadly so right on this issue.
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June 28, 2019 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet