Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not March 21 History World Poetry Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—March 21, 2015 Trust your weekend is proving to be a great one. As of 9:10 a.m. this morning there were 24 mushers still on the course from Safety (22 miles from Nome) to Koyuk (171 miles from Nome) Cindy Abbott, who unlike last year when she broke her Pelvis not far from Willow but still managed to mush 600 miles, is still in the race in last place after leaving the Koyuk checkpoint a little after 5 this morning.                                                             
As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, music videos, and a relevant quote from the Cornerstone Speech,  enjoying some corned dogs while watching your favorite team play in the NCAA Tournaments (both men and women), 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 Poetry Day—created by UNESCO in 1998 to promote poetry—one of the few activities of the UN that are truly worthwhile.
       2. World Puppetry Day—celebrating the use of puppets since 2003. Given the fact that too many of our politicians in their quest to remain in office seem to be mere puppets of the lobbyists and PACs, it should also be a day of mourning.
      3. 1988 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1988, as part of a 2 week run Man in the Mirror by the one and only Michael Jackson. Here is a link to the song being performed by him after a short ad.
      4. National Corn Dog—observed on the first Saturday of the NCAA March Madness Tournament starting in Corvallis, Oregon. The observance was expanded to include tater tots and beer and is celebrated throughout the country probably because of the link to basketball.
      5. Bach Around the Clock Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1685 of Johann Sebastian Bach prolific composer and performer to King Frederic II of Prussia. Here is a link to some of his works (preceded by short ad).  
On this day in
     a. 1804 Code Napoleon became the civil law of France.
     b. 1861 Alexander Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederacy, gave what is known as the “Cornerstone Speech” justifying the secession from the Union.
     c. 1925 in an example of the evolution of knowledge going the wrong way, the Butler Act prohibiting the teaching of evolution in public schools was enacted into law in Tennessee.
     d. 1952 Alan Freed presented the Moon Dog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert which was held in of all places, Cleveland, Ohio.
     e. 2006 the social media site Twitter was founded. 
     From “All men are created equal” to the Cornerstone Speech in less than one hundred years: “Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.” Alexander Stephens With idiotic thoughts like that no wonder it has taken us so long at such a high cost in lives and lost minds to improve our racial climate.
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