Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Ranger Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 31, 2019 Cummings has been caught on a past video moaning about drugs in Baltimore and the fact that its residents are “walking around like zombies” (sound very similar to what Trump said and does it suggest Cummings is a racist to himself?); the first night of the second round of the Blew debate is over with the 3 rabid progressives shooting down the 6 moderates on stage (Marianne Williamson defies characterization) but in so doing showed the complete hypocrisy of Sanders who railed against conditions in Baltimore 3 years ago but called Trump a racist for expressing the same comments today; CNN which was in a frenzy for over 2 years with the false Mueller Russian collusion delusion narrative asked the candidates not one question concerning the Mueller report or for that matter whether any supported impeachment; the Blues with Nadler the poisonous adler are looking more and more like lemmings ready to jump over the proverbial electoral cliff with nearly half of them wanting to proceed with an impeachment inquiry (short memories ala impeachment of Clinton and what happened to the Reds in the election following the impeach by House and acquittal by the Senate on party lines which will happen if Trump is impeached); CNN also took a lot of flack from Planned Parenthood supporters over a lack of questions concerning abortion; this poet usually disagrees with the leftist rants out of Scarborough’s mouth but on single payer Medicare for all, he is right as rain in condemning Sanders and Warren for their plan to take away union health plans; the Fed cut interest rates for the first time in a decade by 25 basis points in a move to bolster the continuation of this nation’s economic expansion; on the drug war front former American Idol contest Antonella Barba pled guilty to possession of 2 pounds of fentanyl with intent to sell and now faces up to 10 years in prison (fentanyl is so deadly that a dose of heroin contained only 250 micrograms of it equates to a high risk of dying); Loughlin’s and Giannulli’s 2 daughters Olivia Jade and Isabel involved in the college admissions scandal have both been kicked of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at USC for their involvement in the scandal (now that is punishment that will scar them for life while potential incarceration of their parents will be mere slaps on the wrist); the illegal alien supporter queen, like all politicians in not refusing any contribution regardless of the source unless caught, is facing a revelation Donald Trump after being urged by disgraced New York AG Eric Schneiderman’s suggestion that he contribute $5,000 to Harris’ campaign to be re-elected as the California AG in fact did so; in Chicago through July 29, 2019, 1577 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, 269 of whom have died ( a rarity in that two days of shootings and no one died), a fraction of those dead from murders in Cape Town, South Africa but barely leading the 196 murdered in Baltimore (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 Prince, factoids of interest for this day in history, a performance of your favorite pibroch and a relevant quote from Patrick Reeden Keefe on The Troubles, 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.  World Ranger Day—created by the International Ranger Federation in 2007 to honor those Rangers who protect national parks and wildlife refuges including those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.       
2. National Mutt Day—created animal advocate Colleen Paige in 2005 and celebrated on this day and December 2 to encourage pet adoption from shelters in which mutts outnumber substantially pure breeds.      
3. 1984 Number One Song— the number one song in 1984 on a run of 5 weeks in that position was “When Doves Cry” by Prince.  Here is a recording of the song: This very accomplished singer and songwriter suffered regicide from fentanyl on April, 2016 at the too early age of 57.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pibroch” which means a piece of music for this poet’s favorite musical instruments, the bagpipe, aka the stepping on the tails of cats symphony.
5. Drink Like A Fish Swim Don’t Drive—celebrating the birth on this day in 1992 of Jose Fernandez, a phenom pitcher for the Miami Marlins who was rookie of the year and destined for greatness after recovering from Tommy John Surgery but who after a night of drinking and using cocaine with two friends piloted a boat at over 50 mph into a jetty in Miami and was killed at the age of 24, leaving a yet to be born daughter behind.
     On this day in: 
    a. 1874 Doctor Patrick Francis Healey became the first African American to be appointed president of a predominantly white university Georgetown University.     
     b. 1970 the British Navy ended the practice of issuing a daily rum ration which had started in 1665, the quanities of which had be decreased over the years due to discipline problems and concern over the effects of alcohol.
  c. 1991 the U.S. and the Soviet Union both sign the Start I Treaty, which was the first treaty in which the parties agreed with verification to reduce a portion of their nuclear arsenals.    
  d. 2007 Operation Banner for the British Army in Northern Ireland came to an end after 38 years, the longest operation in British Army history which makes the long war in Afghanistan look like a short engagement.    
  e. 2012 Michael Phelps broke the record of 18 Olympic medals won by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina and went on through the 2016 Olympics to win 28 medals total and with his retirement after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 will add no more medals to his total.
  Reflections on The Troubles in Northern Ireland: “Who should be held accountable for a shared history of violence? It was a question that was dogging Northern Ireland as a whole.” ― Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
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