Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not May 28 History Amnesty International Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 28, 2015 Trust your Thursday (Thankful Thursday to one of my good friends) is proving to be a great one and better yet let us hope that Oklahoma and Texas are dry today and we in California are not.  As always, I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video by Usher and, a relevant quote by Geraldine Brooks, looking forward to enjoying a juicy hamburger with all the trimmings, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event like Fathers’ Day, 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. Amnesty International Day —commemorating the formation of Amnesty International, U.S. in 1964 to promote amnesty for persons convicted or held in prisons without the benefit of fair trials or sentences that are not linked to the severity of the crimes and/or the political nature of those offenses.
       2. Sierra Club Day—celebrating, or perhaps if a developer with a short sided view as to profits bemoaning, the formation of the Sierra Club on this day in 1882 whose 128 original members elected John Muir as its first president. The group has grown to become a powerful force in protecting the environment and the ecosystems, including us humans, that are found therein.  
        3. 2010 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2010 on a three week run OMG  by Usher featuring  rapper, another hip hop/ rapper of the late 90’s and 2000’s. Here is a link to Usher and performing OMG:
       4.  National Hamburger Day—definitely the American classic to put on the grill—if in Coeur d’Alene, stop at Hudson’s Hamburgers still going strong after over one hundred years; if in Costa Mesa stop at Tom’s Place on corner of 17th and Placentia for their 1/3 pound mushroom burger.
       5. Dancing with the Mayors Day—celebrating not a new competitor to Dancing with the Stars but the birthday on this day in 1969 of the very colorful, crack smoking mayor of Toronto who often danced in City Council meetings, probably still high, and is now recovering from cancer.
On this day in:                                           
       a. 1588 the ill fated Spanish Armada with 130 ships of the line and 30,000 men began setting sail from Lisbon, Portugal for its ultimate destruction in the English Channel.
       b. 1934 the Dionne quintuplets, the first quintuplets to survive infancy, were born in Canada two months premature and two of them are still alive today. After four months with their parents after leaving the hospital, they were made wards of the King and exploited by the government and not returned to parental custody until nine years later only as disclosed in 1995 to have been sexually molested during their teenage years by their father.    
        c. 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge after one day of pedestrian only traffic was officially opened to automobiles by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
        d. 1964 the Palestine Liberation Organization was founded.                         
        e. 2002 the last steel girder from the rubble of the World Trade Center was removed and the official clean up duties came to an end.
Reflections on the inhumanity exposed by Amnesty International: “Even the classics that we read to our young children are full of wolves' fangs and burning ovens and bloody feet and ice shards piercing hearts. Even the New Testament climaxes with an act of unspeakable torture. Might as well just read to our kids from the Amnesty Annual Report and be done with it.” Geraldine Brooks, noted Australian American author and journalist and 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner. Sad but given the torture and imprisonment throughout the world, a true observation of horror.        
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