Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 4, 2019 Trump had breakfast with outgoing Prime Minister May telling her to stick around to get a trade deal with U.S. but she is leaving Friday and with the U.K. still mired in the EU not very possible; the two leaders will hold a press conference later as Trump expressed admiration for American born Boris Johnson as May’s successor while taking another dig a Mayor Kahn who is as bad as Di Blasio, only shorter; Scott Peterson, the sheriff’s deputy who hid outside during the Parkland shooting rather than engage the shooter has been charged with culpable negligence, perjury, and child endangerment and if convicted faces almost 100 years in prison; James Holzauer who won 32 straight Jeopardy games and amassed almost $2,500,000 in final winnings was finally dethroned by an user experience librarian in Chicago, Emma Boetcher; probably not a connection of the homeless, trash and drug problems in Los Angeles which are located miles away from the wealthy enclaves of L.A. like Bel-Air or Hombly Hills but there is an oversupply of mega mansions for sale and being spec built; Connecticut due to its high corporate and property tax rate is seeing businesses and residents, especially those earning more than $100,000 flee the state, as it faces a $3.6 billion deficit over the next two years compounded by large pubic pension fund unfunded liabilities (when will it dawn on politicians that taxpayers can and will vote with their feet and leave); SpaceX is moving forward with its plans to launch enough SpaceLink satellites to provide internet service throughout the planet but in the process light up the night sky to obstruct astronomical space time observations;
While Blues are totally MIA in helping secure the border, the Mexicans are rightfully displeased over the tariffs to take effect on June 10 to make more efforts to secure their border with the U.S. and with Guatemala and in discussions with the United States privately indicated that counter tariffs may be imposed (Blues really need to get their heads out of sand, listen to Border Patrol and come to the table to address this flood of illegals, drugs, human traffickers and gang members); the House by huge margins passed the $19.1 billion dollar disaster relief bill passed by the Senate to send to the president (typical of the anti-secure border inanity of the Blues not a cent to deal with the border disaster); the California high speed bullet train which is in hot water for being over budget hopelessly is now in hot water over change orders increasing the amount due signed by one of its executives with a company in which he held $100,000 of stock; through June 2, 2019 980 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 192 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. Hug Your Cat Day—celebrated on this day during the month of June which is adopt a cat month to highlight the fact studies have shown that owning a cat dramatically lowers high blood pressure and lowers the risk of stroke and heart attack especially if the owner stays away from the catnip.
2. Natonal Shopping Cart Day—celebrating the invention in 1937 of the shopping cart by Sylvan Goldman for use in his Oklahoma City Humpty Dumpty stores.
3. 1935 Number One Song—the number one song on this day in 1935 is “Life Is a Song by Ruth Etting on a run of 2 weeks in that position. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw_MzEqMzWE Her song ended on September 24, 1978.
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 “peccavi” which means admission of sin or guilt which is what Avenatti should do to lessen his potential sentence
5. A Heavy Heart—celebrating the birth on this day in 1926 of Robert Earl Hughes who because of a defective pituitary gland had his weight soar to 1074 pounds to become the heaviest man in the world which resulted in his early death at age 32 on July 10, 1958.
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Ruth Etting, 5 factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are a person who is not worrying about the need to commit a peccavi, and a relevant quote from Arthur D. Divine, a civilian boat captain who sailed to Dunkirk to evacuate members of the BEF, 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. 1919 the U.S. Congress approved the 19th Amendment approving sufferage for women and sent it to the states for ratification.
b. 1939 after being denied permission to land in Cuba, the SS St. Louis carrying 838 Jewish refugees from Germany is also denied permission to land in Florida and was forced to return to Germany where ultimately over 200 refugees died in the concentration camps during the war.
c. 1940 the successful evacuation of 338,000 troops from Dunkirk ended. To rally the English for the Battle of Britain, Churchill addresses Parliament with his famous “We shall find them on the beaches” speech.
d. 1986 Jonathan Pollard pled guilty to selling military secrets to Irael and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison to be paroled was sentenced for selling military secrets to Israel and was released from prison on parole on July 28, 2015.
e. 2010 Space X successfully launched into orbit the Falcon SpaceX 9 for the first time to orbit the Earth for 300 times before falling back to Earth.
Reflections on the evacuation at Dunkirks: “The din was infernal. The 5.9 batteries shelled ceaselessly and brilliantly. To the whistle of shells overhead was added the scream of falling bombs. Even the sky was full of noise – anti-aircraft shells, machine-gun fire, the snarl of falling planes, the angry hornet noise of dive bombers. One could not speak normally at any time against the roar of it and the noise of our own engines. We all developed ‘Dunkirk throat,’ a sore hoarseness that was the hallmark of those who had been there. Yet through all the noise I will always remember the voices of the young subalterns as they sent their men aboard, and I will remember, too, the astonishing discipline of the men. They had fought through three weeks of retreat, always falling back without orders, often without support. Transport had failed. They had gone sleepless. They had been without food and water. Yet they kept ranks as they came down the beaches, and they obeyed commands.”From Arthur D. Divine, in The Story of the Second World War by Henry Steele Commager
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