Friday, February 12, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For February 12, 2016 Red Hand Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 12, 2016, 343 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Interesting theater on the political front last night with Hillary and Bernie pounding each other while the DNC must be worried sick as word has it the FBI has expanded its probe into possible corruption quid pro quos involving contributions made to the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as Secretary of State. I trust your Friday is  off to a great start and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Al Green, factoids of interest, a relevant quote by a twelve year old child soldier whose name is, looking forward to enjoying a dish of plum pudding, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Valentines’ 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. Red Hand Day—protesting the despicable practice of using children as soldiers in conflicts around the world, primarily in third world countries. Children should be able to play soldiers but never should be engaged as real ones with real bullets.
2. Lincoln’s Birthday Day (U.S.)—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1809 of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, tragically assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in April of 1865.celebrating the contributions of inventors to this nation and the world.
3. 1972 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1972 on a brief run of one week in that position Let’s Stay Together by Al Green. Here is a link to Al Green performing Let’s Stay Together:
4. National Plum Pudding Day--celebrating another great desert that is loaded with iron and great for relieving constipation.
5. Twitch The Night Awaycelebrating the birthday on this day in 1990 of Scott Bund independent videogame streamer and co-host of the very popular variety show Late Night with Cry and Russ on Twitch.
On this day in:                                                                                                   
a. 1851 Edward Hargraves announced that he had found gold at Bathhurst, New South Wales, Australia, setting off the Australian Gold Rush.
b. 1909 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed.
c. 1914 the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid.
d. 1954 Lyons’ LEO (Lyons Electronic Office) produced a payroll report, the first time a computer had been used for business purposes.    
e. 2001 in an amazing feat of celestial navigation,  NEAR Shoemaker became the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid, 433 Eros. Note the craters on its surface and its non spherical shape.

Reflections on the use of child soldiers: If you join the paramilitaries [the AUC in Columbia], your first duty is to kill. They tell you, "Here you are going to kill." From the very beginning, they teach you how to kill. I mean when you arrive at the camp, the first thing they do is kill a guy, and if you are a recruit they call you over to prick at him, to chop off his hands and arms.” A age 12 ISIS routinely kidnaps young children for their Caliphate Cubs and forces them into combat. Using children as soldiers is a War Crime but ISIS is not bound by the rules of humanity which is why they must be wiped off the face of the Earth.
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