Friday, July 12, 2019

July 12, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Simplicity Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 12, 2019 Federal prosecutors trying to keep Epstein in jail until trial have claimed the pervert paid $350,000 to potential witnesses concerning his guilty pleas and the first victim of that plea deal is Acosta who announced he is stepping down as Labor Secretary; AOC and the squad are in sound bite heaven demanding to be at a hearing on treatment of children on the border being sworn in and she and the Squad demonize the Trump Administration over the treatment of children illegally brought here by their parents or illegally by nonrelatives’ coyotes while Blues ignore the fact that until shamed into action by the Senate the House has not appropriated sufficient funds to build facilities address the border crisis (sadly in a time of funding priorities while they open the nation’s heart to the illegal aliens’ plight at the border, the plight of American citizens who are homeless and suffering badly is ignored); the Border Patrol is having trouble filling vacancies and Warren comes up with the idiotic anti recruiting tool warning immigration officials they will be held accountable (for enforcing the law when Blues and their sanctuary cities flout our immigration laws—what a crock Warren!); the congregation of liberal Riverside Church in Manhattan has come to its sense and forced  senior minister Amy Butler, a rabid anti-Trumpster, from the pulpit for taking fellow ministers on a sex toys shopping spree (kudos to the congregation!); when it comes to reporting on conditions on the border Blues lie as Russell Black, pastor and president of Latin Ministries and volunteer at Homestead pointed out; at a time when more so than ever we need to be perceived by Iran and the rest of the evil cast of characters in this world, the Blues in the House are joining the wimp parade and worse convincing a small number of Reds to join them to tie Trump’s hands in any military response to Iranian aggression like blocking ships or shooting down planes (dangerous games the Blues are playing); South Africa alarmed at the impact a flood of murders will have on tourist trade in Cape Town has sent the army in to try to curb the murder rate that has claimed over 1600 victims (maybe Chicago and Illinois can learn from the results if positive and consider sending in the National Guard); in Chicago through July 11, 2019, 1365 people have been shot mostly of color by mostly people of color, 241 of whom have died, a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color?)
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Zagan and Evans, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are not an over excessive  plilodox,  and  a relevant quote from Dave Barry on the Rolling Stones, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, 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.
1. Simplicity Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1817 of Henry David Thoreau although not a clue as to who or when created this day but could have been the United States Navy which proclaimed the principle of “Keep It Simple Stupid” as simplicity is the preferred method of getting people to accept complicated ideas.      
2. Collector Car Appreciation Day—created by Senate Resolution on July 9, 2009 and celebrated on the second Friday in July to highlight the uniqueness of collector cars in a era today when it is next to impossible to differentiate models in appearance and performance.      
3. 1969 Number One Song— the number one song in 1969 on a run of 6 weeks in that position was “In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)” by Zager and Evans.  Here is a recording of the song:    Both are still alive but these one hit wonders are no longer performing.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “philodox” which means a lover of his or her own opinions which explains in part the gridlock in our political system today.
5. Laughter Sometimes Stops Early—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1951 of comedian and brother of Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy who died too early of leukemia at the age of 57.
         On this day in: 
a.  1862 Congress authorized the Congressional Medal of Honor.    
b. 1917 in a dark day in labor relations, Phelps Dodge orchestrated the Bisbee Deportation which deported 1300 striking miners from Bisbee, Arizona and evicted them to New Mexico to end the strike.. 
c. 1948 Israeli President David Ben Gurion ordered the expulsion of Palestinians from the towns of Lod and Ramala.   
d. 1962 in a testimony to musical longevity and physical fitness the Rolling Stones performed their first public concert at London’s Marquee Club (they are still touring today after Mick Jaeger has recovered from open heart surgery).   
e. 1973 a fire destroyed the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States resulting in the loss of millions of military personnel records none of which had been copied or microfilmed in a classic example of federal government ineptness in disaster recovery.
        Reflections on the Rolling Stones and the fact they are still touring today with a dose of salt after starting in 1962: I have been a gigantic Rolling Stones fan since approximately the Spanish-American War.” Dave Barry, noted author, columnist and humorist.
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