Sunday, March 15, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 15 History World Consumers Rights Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 15, 2015 Trust your weekend is proving to be a good one. In the lead after leaving the Kaltag checkpoint on the Yukon less than 400 miles from Nome with a 2 hour 9 minute   lead over Jeff King is Aliy Zirkle. In a great testament to gender equality in this race, Jessie Royer is in 5th place 3 hrs. and 12 minutes behind Aliy. DeeDee Jonrove, the youthful 61 year old who has raced the Iditarod 33 times has dropped back to 27th and Cindy Abbott has climbed up to 71st. Check out why you do not need a TV for entertainment at Huslia when the Northern Lights are in their full glory—no wonder mushers and their dogs like this race after dark.

As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest and a relevant quote from Julius Caesar on the anniversary of his death, enjoying a pears Helene, blessed  with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like 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 Consumer Rights Day—creating awareness of the rights of consumers when dealing with the providers of goods and services whether purchase in bricks and mortars or on line.
       2. World Contact Day—created by the International Flying Saucer Bureau in 1953 to encourage its members to contact extraterrestrial beings by telepathy; no word on how successful the effort has been.
       3. 1982 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1982, as part of a 7 week run I Love Rock ‘n Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Joan is considered by some to be the Queen of Rock and Roll and is an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Here is a link to her performing the song.   
        4. National Pears Helene Day—great desert poached pears, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
        5. Stagger If You Swagger Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1935 of Jimmy Swaggart, a televangelist whose ministry was rocked by his dalliances with prostitutes.                                                                             
On this day in
     a. 44 B.C. Julius Caesar is assassinated in the Roman Senate by Roman Senators including his friend Brutus alarmed over Caesar’s threats to the Roman Republic. 
     b. 1493 Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to North America.
     c. 1916 President Woodrow Wilson ordered 4,600 U.S. troops to cross the border into Mexico to pursue Poncho Villa who had been attacking U.S. border towns.
     d. 1935 in a move to promote highway safety at night Percy Shaw formed his company Reflecting Roadstuds Limited to make cat eyes.
     e. 1965 in response to Selma’s Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson told the Congress “We shall overcome,” and advocated the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was passed and signed into law on August 6, 1965. 
Reflections that even a Caesar is not always infallible: “Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true…If you must break the law, do it to seize power; in all other cases observe it.” Julius Caesar He, after watching President Obama’s foreign policy for six years was right on the first statement and watching the executive orders of this administration was wrong on the second.
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