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June 25, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The revolt against Putin by the head of the Wagner Group is over and done as they are headed to the sanctuary of Belarus, leaving us to wonder what will the armed force of some 25,000 soldiers on Ukraine’s Northern border do next and given Putin’s proclivity for rivals dispatching how long its leader will remain alive. This may come as a surprise as the number Red voters supporting him after Trump’s not guilty plea has risen to 51% while Biden and Trump remain in a statistical dead heat with Biden leading 49-45%, 68% surveyed said Biden’s physical and mental condition caused them severe/moderate concern. On a trip to the woodshed or a strategy session to allay the increasing concern over bribery claims of the “Big Guy” Joe and Hunter are off to a weekend at Camp David. While Biden too often is seen falling down Air Force 1 ramps or from a stationary bicycle, Robert Kennedy, Jr. is posting videos of him doing pushups getting ready to debate Biden (something the DNC will move heaven and Earth to prevent). Austin, Texas which has the misfortune of being run by Blues and saddled with a soft on crime Gascon like D.A. Jose Garza is trying to revitalize its downtown which has become a shooting gallery on a downward death spiral to make it “family friendly” (when what is needed is to make the area “criminal unfriendly”).  China was quick to pronounce its support of Putin as the Wagner Group’s protest quickly evaporated. In NYC in the annual Drag Queen March, hundreds marched including the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence chanting “We are here for your children” which should have raised the hackles on any parent’s head who heard such rants. On the marijuana front LAPD busted a drug lab disguised as a pizzeria making illegal THC concentrate and in South Carolina black 25 year old Trevor Raekwon Seward, expecting a marijuana delivery found a note instead that he should contact the Post Office, prompting him to catch up to the Post Office mail carrier and kill her when she refused to hand over the package, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.
             June 25, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: International Day of the Seafarer: Created by the International Maritime Organization and  first celebrated on this day in 2011 to honor the contributions to our global economy and recreational enjoyment of the sailors who ply the oceans, seas, rivers and lakes of this world.
             Word of the Day: the word of the day is “archidadascalos” which means principal as is an example of using words that most people have never heard of to try to convince one’s listener that the speaker is very erudite.
              Song of the Day:  The number 1 song on this day in 1952 was “Here In My Heart” by Al Martino on a run of 3 weeks non continuous to share with 9 other songs achieving number 1 ranking. Here is a recording of Al Martino belting out: “Here In My Heart”:
              June 25 Birthdays: ”One of Last of Hollywood’s Golden Age” June Lockhart, daughter of a noted actor and actress, who first appeared on stage at age 8, was born on this day in New York City and is alive and well at the spry age of 98.
              June 25 Historical Events In Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 1998 at attempt to rein in spending was dealt a mortal blow/SCOTUS in the case of Clinton v. New York ruled that the Line Item Veto Act was not able to constitutionality show.
              2.     On this day in 1981 Microsoft was beginning to rake in sales/But getting needed programmers to move to Albuquerque too often failed/A lesson to high tax Blue run states the spenders cannot seem to learn/Instead of moving to Silicon Valley off to Washington where there is no corporate income tax on profits earned.
              3.     On this day in 1978 during the Gay Freedom Day Parade in the City by the Bay/The multicolored rainbow flag was first displayed/Not a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow/But tolerance and acceptance and pride that others would their being gay know.
             4.      On this day in 1950 after Dean Acheson had earlier announced that South Korea was not in our defense line/And fearing Rhee would the North invade the arms to the ROK Armed Forces were to defensive weapons confined/The North Koreans streamed across the 38th Parallel pushing the ROK and the Japan occupation soft GI’s to the Pusan perimeter to hang on by a slender thread/When MacArthur in a daring move landed at Inchon and soon the North stopped invading and were fleeing back north instead.
             5.      On this day in 1910 in an effort to curtail prostitution Congress passed the Mann Act that made it illegal to transport females across state lines/“For prostitution, debauchery and other immoral purposes” which was not in the statute clearly defined/Adults crossing state lines for consensual sex cheating on their spouses fell under the Mann Act’s bullseye/In a what if moment Charles Manson was arrested for transporting prostitutes but charges were dropped instead of his future acts of “Helter Skelter” due to prison being denied.
             Famous Quote on the Korean War:
             Harry S. Truman: “In my generation, this was not the first occasion when the strong had attacked the weak. [...] Communism was acting in Korea just as Hitler, Mussolini, and the Japanese had acted ten, fifteen, and twenty years earlier. I felt certain that if South Korea was allowed to fall, communist leaders would be emboldened to override nations closer to our own shores.”

© June 25, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

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