Monday, July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Give Something Away Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 15, 2019 The long awaited ICE raids began Sunday targeted against some 2,000 illegals out of the 20+ million already here who have already gone through the legal process and ordered to be deported (other than perhaps Biden, the other candidates are open border and insisting that the only illegals who may be deported are those who are violent felons—how safe does that make Middle America feel?); Trump can’t stop being Trump to his detriment as his tweets against the Squad suggesting that they return to their home country has temporarily united a fracturing Blue party (talk about shooting yourself in the foot); AOC is making headlines still with her diatribes that Trump and the Reds are white nationalists and Flake and Hillary both  trying to remain relevant have condemned Trump’s tweets and called upon the Republican party to condemn them;  Abby Johnson, the author of Unplanned revealed the photo op hypocrisy of the Blues who visited a detention center in McCallum, Texas by asking the politicians there for a press conference and photo op to help unload a semi loaded with donations needed by the children housed there with their mothers like diapers, baby food, formula, medicine, blankets and clothes to supplement the cheap plastic toys aides had given to the members of Congress to give to the children only to be refused by the members who were surprised they had been asked;  Trump will sign another executive order which will require the use of American made iron and steel on federal construction projects (to extent we have to pay more eliminating the requirement that union labor be used would save billions and make up for any increased costs associated with American products); Paul Thiel, an openly gay conservative Red has revealed that he is most concerned about Warren as she is the only Blue talking about the economy (given her socialist views I think his concern is misplaced as daily Venezuela becomes more of a poster child for a failed socialist economy); finally some good news, the mom who had been missing for 4 days in Inyo County has been found alive; the latest fad in the UK involves stapling bread to a tree then posting the photo on line; in Chicago through July 14, 2019, 1408 people have been shot mostly of color by mostly people of color, 250 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 Bill Withers, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact you are phlegmatic,  and  a relevant quote from Linda Ronstadt on the effect of singing, 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. National Give Something Away Day—created by Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher on July 9, 2015 and celebrated since this day on 2015 to encourage people to give something away to charity or the needy like used clothes, books or food items.      
2. National Respect Canada Day—celebrated on the 15th of July but totally clueless who created holiday but if my Canadian born mother were alive today she would be thrilled at the respect we are supposed to give our neighbor to the north.       
3. 1972 Number One Song— the number one song in 1972 on a run of 3 weeks in that position was “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers.  Here is a recording of the song:  He is still able to lean at age 81 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “phlegmatic” of a calm or unexcitable disposition, a trait members of the left and Antifa definitely lack.
5. Star Wars and Political Wars—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1946 of noted rock and pop singer Linda Ronstadt who dated Jerry Brown and was engaged to George Lucas for five years but came down with Parkinson’s Disease and lost control of her muscles controlling her vocal chords and had to retire from singing but fortunately her music lives on in 30 albums.
         On this day in: 
a. 1741 Alexsei Chirikov landed a long boat near Sitka, Alaska, becoming the first Europeans to visit Alaska. When the long boat failed to return, he sent out another which also failed to return and with no way of reaching shore to replenish water, he had to head back to Russia without setting foot in Alaska.    
b. 1918 William Boeing and George Conrad Westerfelt incorporated Pacific Aero Products in Seattle which would later become Boeing Corporation. 
c. 1959 the AFl-CIO shot itself in the foot over its calling a nationwide strike in the steel industry which led to massive importing of foreign produced steel which in many cases after the strike ended after 116 days with minimal wage increases, the lost business was never recovered.   
d. 1979 President Jimmy Carter gave what became to be known as the “malaise speech” which many have contributed to his loss in 1980 to Ronald Reagan.   
e. 2006 Twitter was founded to later become Trump’s favorite social media tool and the bane of conservatives who feel the company’s heavy hand of censorship of conservative thought.
       Reflections on the effect of singing by one of the true masters of the art: ” Music is meant to lighten your load. By singing it ... you release (the sadness). And release yourself ... an exercise in exorcism. ... You exorcise that emotion ... and diminish sadness and feel joy.” Linda Ronstadt.
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