Thursday, June 6, 2019

June 6, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not D-Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 6, 2019 Moving ceremony at Normandy today with Trump (great speech by him) and other leaders paying homage to the brave and courageos troops that fought there on D-Day 75 years ago; in a you need to be sitting down moment or you might fall down, both Jim Accosta and Joe Scarborough, harsh and combative critics of Trump, paid him compliments for his address at Normandy (wouldn’t it be great if those compliments could be the seeds of compromise that would sprout into getting something done on the issues we need to address as a nation like immigration and infrastructure); looks like Cummings wife has been caught with her hand in the ethics jar as her charity was paying substantial funds to her for profit corporation; Dana Loesch is a spokesman for the NRA and she weighed in on the arrest of Scott Peterson claiming he was not the only failure blaming the Sheriff Israel for a lack of training of his officers (Peterson was a coward but a man with a pistol against a man with a semiautomatic rifle is facing tough odds); Trump Derangement Syndrome has reached new highs in Palmetto, Florida in a woman stabbing herself three times because she was tired of living in a country under Trump; in Germany Niels Hogel, a nurse, was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing  85 patients because it was a rush to try to rescucitate them after inducing cardiac arrest that often failed (talk about a lack of hospital quality control); Insys Therapeutics has admitted to bribing doctors to prescribe its opioids and has agreed to a $225 million fine (executives guilty of such behavior should go to jail and serve long time); despite howls from leftist Blues like Kamala Harris, the illegal alien supporter queen, citing funding shortages and the astronomical increase in illegals, DHS is cutting back educational and recreational services for unaccompanied minors; through June 4, 2019 988 people  have been shot in Chicago of whom 194 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. D-Day—celebrating the parachuting and glider landings in Normandy by airborne units of the Brits and Americans and the landing of 6 divisions of Americans, British and Canadians on Omaha, Utah, Sword and Juno Beaches on this day in 1944 brought to France by the largest armada in history.
     2. UN Russian Language Day—created by the UN in 2010 along with the 5 other official working languages of the UN to promote diversity and equal useage of the 6 officials languages with date chosen for Russian to be the birthday of  Pushkin, the poet considered by many to be the father of Russian literature.
3. 1937 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1937 is “September in the Rain” by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians on a run of 4 weeks in that position. Here is a recording of the song:  Guy passed away from a heart attack on November 5, 1977.
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 “peculation” which means embezzlement, a really heinous crime.
5. The Builder Always Wins--celebrating the birth on this day in 1917 of Kirk Kekorian who was instrumental in shaping the face of Las Vegas with large casinos and whose roulette wheel of life ended on June 15, 2015 at 98.  
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are not subject to any peculations, and a relevant quote from Holger Erkhertz on D-Day from German eyes, 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. 1933 the first drive-in theater in the United States opened in Camden, New Jersey.
b. 1942 in a battle that doomed the Japanese Navy, the U.S. Navy dive bombers sank four Japanese carriers and the Japanese cruiser Mikuma.
c. 1946 the Basketball Association of America, the precursor to the National Basketball Association was founded in New York City.
d. 1971 a midair collision near Duarte, California between a U.S. Marine Corps Phantom F-4 and a Hughes Airwest Flight 706 claimed all 49 members of the crew and passengers on Flight 796 and the pilot but not the radar officer.  
e. 2005 SCOTUS in the case of Gonzales v. Raich upheld the ban of marijuana including medical marijuana.
Reflections on D-Day from the side of the Germans: “I was astonished at this sight. I wondered if I was hallucinating, or if this was a delirium of some kind. I had never seen such an assembly of ships, and I’m sure nobody will ever see such a thing again, perhaps not in human history. The sea was absolutely solid with metal, that is no exaggeration.”
― Holger Eckhertz,  D Day Through German Eyes 2 Just as astounding had to have been unlike the German Army that used 1000s upon 1000s of horse nary a nag was used on D-Day
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© June 6, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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