Tuesday, June 13, 2023

June 12. 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


Gavin Newsom appeared in the Hannity Lion’s Den to have a spirited discussion on a wide range of issues and was refreshingly honest in his appraisal that California has not made progress on the homeless crisis in the state and also that he was “sad” that Trump had been indicted. In an interview to many persons’ surprise Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a very successful businessman and entrepreneur is claiming that Woke policies make good sense as the latest examples Target and Anheuser Busch for Bud Light seem to prove that observation is clearly erroneous. The United Methodist Church continues to see churches leave over leftist leaning principles especially in the area of human sexuality. In an example of how divided the country continues to be a recent ABC/Ipsio poll shows 48% think he should be indicted and 35% that he should not with 17 % undecided but 47 % think the charges are politically motivated which is most troubling when justice here is supposed to be blind. In what has to be a Don Quixote like quest in futility, a Red member of the House has introduced Articles of Impeachment for such dereliction of duty as weaponizing our justice system and failing to secure the border (total loosing distraction that consumes time and oxygen on issues that really concern all Americans, Red, Blue or Indie. King Charles will reinstitute a royal tradition that was in hiatus since 1986—trooping the colors by the reigning monarch. On the sports front in a close game in Denver the Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat 94-89 to win their first NBA Championship. In the elimination game, after Texas tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the 8th, in the bottom of the 9th with 2 out and Stanford with runners on 2nd and 3rd with the fans previously jumping for joy thinking Rios had hit the pitch out of the stadium only to find it was only a double to the left field wall, Bowser hit a high fly ball catchable until it was lost in the lights by the right and center outfielder and an infielder to fall untouched to the turf to send Stanford to the World Series.
             June 12, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: World Day Against Child Labor: celebrated on this day since June 12, 2002 after its creation by the International Labor Organization to create awareness of the problems relating to the 218 million children globally trapped in child labor, denied schooling, exposed to hazardous materials and illicit activities such as prostitution and human trafficking with an ambitious goal of eliminating the practice by 2025.
              Word of the Day: the word of the day is “apiculture” which means beekeeping a vocation needed to produce honey and critical in the pollination of crops.
              Song of the Day:  The number 1 song on this day in 1965 was “Back In My Arms Again” by The Supremes on a run of 1 week to share with 26 other songs achieving number 1 ranking, while 13 acts achieved number one status for the first time. Here is a recording of  The Supremes performing “Back In My Arms Again”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmSbQYNaaho
              June 12 Birthdays: “A Terrible Way to Die”: Kevin Turner, a fullback who played for Alabama and8 years in the NFL, 3 with the Patriots and 5 with the Eagles, was born on this day in Prattville, Alabama was a superb blocker but perhaps best remembered as a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in 2012 by 4,500 players, spouses and representatives against the NFL for brain damage suffered by players from  concussions. The lawsuit was settled for $765 million. In 2010 Turner was diagnosed as having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) resulting from numerous concussions suffered. He died on March 24, 2016 in Vestavia Hills, Alabama and to no one’s surprise, his brain donated Boston University Brain CTE Center to be examined showed significant damage from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which had led to his death.
              June 12 Historical Events In Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 2018 in an attempt to sate North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons thirst/ President Trump and Kim Jong Un met in Singapore—a first/Symbolic but in reality a mere photo opt/Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program he would not stop.
              2.     On this day in 2017 Otto Warmbier was released in a coma vegetative condition/After serving 17 months in a North Korea prison perdition/His crime? Attempting to a propaganda poster steal/His coma started in prison April of 2016 which not until June 6, 2017 reveal/Never regained consciousness before on June 19, 2017 so the cause of the coma we will never know/Only that no American in their right minds would to North Korea want to go. 
              3.     On this day in 1997 Queen Elizabeth II opened a reconstructed Globe Theater near the original Globes site/Which in 1642 had been closed due to the Puritans’ opposition to theater and actors fight/Now audiences can attend Shakespeare plays as if being in a time machine/
Taken back to the Globe before 1642 only now young boys are not playing females in a play’s scenes.
             4.      On this day in 1987 in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate/President Reagan the world would no longer wait/In a speech he demanded “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!/But the world would have wait until November 9, 1989 before it began to fall.
             5.      On this day in 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark  starring a young 38 year old Harrison Ford/To win an Oscar for best picture to go with 8 other Academy Awards/On June 30 of this year/Harrison Ford at age 80  as Indiana Jones will appear/ In Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny for Indiana’s last Oscar attempt/While his numerous fans wonder why the Academy as Oscar potential holds him in such contempt.
             Famous Quote on Settling the Concussion Lawsuit against the NFL
             Kevin Turner: “
I thought five years would be great and maybe I could live to see that. There will always be people who said there should have been more, but they are probably not the ones with A.L.S. and at home. This settlement is a very important step for ensuring that future generations of football players do not suffer the same way that many in my generation have. 

© June 12, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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