Monday, June 19, 2023

June 18, 2023


A Quinnipiac Poll taken after Trump’s indictment shows a statistical dead heat with Biden leading Trump by 48% to 44% which is prompting speculation that a close race between two “undesireables” could lead to a third party candidate. In the U.S. Open, Wyndham Clark was the beneficiary of the adage, the third time is the charm as after in his prior 2 U.S. Opens, he was cut, but ended up today winning the U.S. Open beating Rory McIlory by 1 stroke. Amateur Gordon Sargeant was the low amateur in the U.S. Open but will be best rememberered for having his short putt for par being rejected due to a defective cup on 18 which resulted in the cup being repaired so following golfers would not have their putts similarly affected. An Ecaudorian woman who startled those attending her wake, when she woke up and started banging on her coffin and was taken immediately to the hospital has died after 7 days with this time a very real observation. On the Trump legal front, the former president has a win as the Weschester D.A. investigating whether Trump had undervalued one of his golf courses has closed her 2 year investigation after finding no criminal activity. Biden has been claiming that LBGTQ’s members are expelled more often from dining establishments than non LBGTQ’s members which PolitiFact has factchecked to find as accurate “but needs clarification” not relying on any data of discrimination but only the data that 22 states lack statutes banning discrimination based on gender identification. Biden has consistently stated to the American public that he has never discussed with Hunter his business dealings yet a record log for him shows 3 days after Biden’s threat to withhold $1 billion in aid to Ukraine if Ukraine does not fire a prosecutor investigating Burisma, Hunter and several Burisma executives were attending a Biden Christmas party. Our military forces are failing to meet enlistment goals which do not bode well for our safety in an increasingly dangerous world and as might be expected, Army brass is blaming conservatives for attacking alleged Woke in the military and the conservatives are claiming the adoption of Woke measures make recruitment less desirable you thought that the creed of police departments was to protect and serve only humans, in the case of the Upper Wakefield Township in Pennsylvania you would be wrong as several officers from its PD spent some 90 minutes rescuing 6 ducklings in a drainpipe to return them to their flock. In the College World Series at Omaha, Number 8 Stanford after leading the game until the 8th inning and a 1 hour and 28 minute weather delay lost to Wake Forest 3-2 and will meet 1 loss Tennessee in an elimination game on Tuesday with their ace Quintin Mathews on the mound-go Stanford!
             June 18, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
             Noted Holidays: National Turkey Lovers Day: Created by the National  Turkey Federation in April of 2016 and first celebrated on this day in 2016 and thereafter on the 3rd Sunday of each June. The National Turkey Federation has be promoting the nutritional and cost benefits of turkey and encouraging the consumption of turkey on days other than Thanksgiving or Christmas.
              Word of the Day: the word of the day is “apostasy” which means a renunciation of prior beliefs which too many politicians are guilty of in order to get reelected.
              Song of the Day:  The number 1 song on this day in 1959 was “Battle of New Orleans” by the Johnny Horton on a run of 6 weeks to share with 14 other songs achieving number 1 ranking, while 9 acts, including Johnny Horton, achieved number one status for the first time. Here is a music video of Johnny Horton performing  “Battle of New Orleans”:
              June 18 Birthdays: “When Music Imitates Life” Kirsnick Khari Ball, better known to his fans as Takeoff, was born on this day in 1994 in Lawrenceville, Georgia and went on to be the youngest member of the 3 person Migo with Quavo and Offset to start rapping in 2008 and soon were releasing records which were often in the top 10’s. Takeoff’s career was cut short when on November 2, 2022, in Houston, Takeoff was shot and killed after exiting from a private party a billiard’s venue. On May 23, 2023 Patrick David Clark was indicted for Takeoff’s murder.
              June 18 Historical Events In Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 1994 in Northern Ireland at Loughinisland/members of the Ulster Volunteer Force entered a crowded pub with assault rifles in their hands/Patrons were having a great time watching the FIFA World Cup/When from the Ulste Volunteer Force a hail of bullets would erupt/When the smoke had cleared 5 Catholics were wounded and 5 were dead/Another example of why during the Troubles too much blood was often shed.
              2.     On this day in 1983, on the 7th Shuttle Flight/Americans witnessed an historic sight/Stanford grad Sally Ride became the first American in space/The class ceiling shattered as around the globe she raced.
              3.     On this day in 1981 the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk to the air/With stealth technology to fool radar that nothing was there/You can’t hit what you can’t see with radar eyes/Able to fly through heavily defended skies.
             4.      On this day in 1928, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic not as a pilot that fame would have to wait/As her fame as a female pilot grew/Across the Atlantic as a solo pilot on May 20,1932.
             5.      On this day in 1815 near the Belgium village of Waterloo/After losing the Battle at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte’s rule as Emperor for the second time was through/Exiled to St. Helena to avoid a Elba Island escape repeat/Never again would Europe tremble to under the command of Napoleon hearing the sounds of a French Army’s feet.
             Famous Quote: Sally Ride:For whatever reason, I didn't succumb to the stereotype that science wasn't for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did.” 


© June 18, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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