Monday, June 3, 2019

June 3, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Bicycle DayM

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 3, 2019 Trump has arrived in London to receive the royal red carpet treatment from Queen Elizabeth II, an English monarch with true class and bearing as opposed to the Mayor of London who Trump labeled a “stone cold loser” like di Blasio only shorter and who comes across as a petulant immature temper tantrum calling Trump a global threat (totally delusional when he ignores real global threats like radical Islam, North Korea and Iran and Chinese expansion; new Baltimore Mayor Young who replaced quid pro quo disgraced Catherine Pugh has come up with a strange solution to Baltimore’s soaring crime and gun violence involving gangs—have members put on gloves in boxing matches (better idea might be to have mock town surrounded by walls and have gangs engage in mortal combat with winner getting a disputed corner to sell drugs for a weekend, freeing up neighborhoods of shooting and reducing gang population—just kidding); Trump has suggested a favorite ploy of the left—a boycott of businesses that do not support the left’s goals and beliefs—by calling on a boycott of AT&T, the owner of the Cack News Network, CNN becomes more objective in its coverage of the news (dangerous idea which given the continued plunge in CNN ratings probably not needed; Apple already exposed in the trade dispute with China is expected to discontinue iTunes; Boeing already reeling under the crashes of two 737 Max8 planes has just received bad news that some 300 737 may have faulty wing parts requiring airlines with the planes to inspect them; Pelosi already caught between a rock and hard place on the issue of impeachment is facing more controversy over whether Mueller, who turned the idea that a person is innocent until proven guilty on its head with the idea that he could not exonerate Trump and therefore must be guilty, should testify before Congress; on the food front, Leah Chase, the “Queen of Creole Food” has died at the age of 96; Pelosi, who publicly has urged caution in proceeding to impeachment, has her deputies stating the process has already begun (even if enough Blues in Red districts or Purple districts worried about relection in 2020 do not break rank and vote against impeachment, it will fail in the Senate and retribution in 2020 will be swift and unforgiving); in a tribute to the love of a father as we approach Fathers Day, a father jumped into the water in North Carolina to attack a shark with his bare hands punching it 5 times until it released his 17 year old daughter who will live but lose several fingers and her leg above the knee; through June 2, 2019 972 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 191 have died (what makes the Smollett case so frustrating 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 Bicyling Day—created by the UN in April 2018 and first celebrated on this day in 2018 to promote the use of bicycles as a clean, healthy transportation alternative.
     2. World Clubfoot Day—created by the Ponseti International Association and celebrated since June 3, 2013 to promote awareness of a congenital condition that affects 1 in 1000 live births and to promote awareness of the Ponseti method of treatment.
3. 2019 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 2019 currently on a run of 8 weeks in that position was “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X feat. Billy Rae Cyrus. Here is a recording of the song:
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 “peccable” which means liable to sin a trait only most honorable and righteous of us do not have.
5. Beat Goes On—celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of noted Beat Generation poet Alen Ginsberg, a life long smoker whose “Howl” ended on  April 5, 1997 at age of 70 due to liver failure not caused by alcohol consumption but rather from hepatitis contracted from an infected needle in the tropics many years earler.  
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Lil Nas X feat. Billy Rae Cyrus, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are a person who is not peccable, and a relevant quote from Al Waxman on the Zoot Suit Riots, 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. 1943 the 5 day Zoot Suit Riots involving sailors and U.S. Marines against Latino youths wearing Zoot Suits commenced on this day and resulted in some 150 injuries and 500 arrests mostly of Latinos but fortunately no deaths.
b. 1980 an explosive device was detonated at the Statute of Liberty, the perpetrators of which were suspected by the FBI of be Croatian nationalists.
c. 1989 the Chinese government sent troops to remove protestors from Tianamin Square after 7 weeks of occupation.
d. 2012 the Diamond Jubilee Pageant for Queen Elizabeth II took place on the River Thames, London.   
e. 2013 the trial of Chelsea Manning (born as Bradley Manning) for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks began which resulted in a conviction and sentencing of Manning for 35 years which Obama commuted to time already served. 
Reflections on the Zoot Suit riots: “Four boys came out of a pool hall. They were wearing the zoot-suits that have become the symbol of a fighting flag. Police ordered them into arrest cars. One refused. He asked: “Why am I being arrested?” The police officer answered with three swift blows of the night-stick across the boy’s head and he went down. As he sprawled, he was kicked in the face. Police had difficulty loading his body into the vehicle because he was one-legged and wore a wooden limb. Maybe the officer didn’t know he was attacking a cripple.” Al Waxman editor of the Eastside Journal, an East Los Angeles community newspaper.
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© June 3, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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