Friday, March 4, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For March 4, 2016 World Prayer Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 4, 2016. Unfortunately in this leap year, still 322 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately only 1 day until the start of and my daily updates on the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth the organizers of which are bringing in trainloads of snow from the Fairbanks area so the ceremonial start of the race can occur in Anchorage which is enjoying above freezing weather which will melt the expected snow flurries Saturday. Interesting theater with less personal attacks and more discussions of issues at the Fox Theater in Detroit Thursday night with Cruz and Kasich (the only adult on the stage) giving stellar performances and Trump and Rubio not having their best nights. Still no word on what the FBI has been able to recover from her server which may be smoking guns on potential corrupt practices of her Foundation and the quid pro quo practices of her activities at Secretary of State and the millions of dollars in speaking fees paid by supplicants to Bill. The political theater will get even more interesting in the fall as the general election nears.  I trust your Friday is proving to be a great one; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Billy Graham while looking forward to enjoying a generous slice of pound cake, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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 Prayer Dayan observance started in the U.S. in 1872 and now observed in 170 countries on the first Friday in March to bring women of all cultures together and to commemorate fellowship through the power of prayer.      
2. National Dress in Blue Day—celebrating not Democrats identifying themselves as such but rather created by the Colon Cancer Alliance in 2009 to create awareness of the need for research into the cure for colon cancer and always observed on the first Friday in March.                                         
3. 1993 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1993 on a  brief run of one week in that position A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme) by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. Here is a link to Bryson and Belle performing A Whole New World:
4. National Pound Cake—celebrating the advent of the pound cake in England in 1700 a cake consisting of one pound each of butter, flour, sugar, and eggs and flavored with vanilla or lemon.
5. Like Mother Like Daughtercelebrating the birthday on this day in 1993 of the daughter of Whitney Houston who like her mother was found face down in her bath tub and who died after being in a medically induced coma for almost two years. A judge has just ordered her autopsy and toxicology reports be released to the public.  
On this day in:
a. 1917 Jeanette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  She served two terms 1916-1918 and 1940-1942 and had the distinction of the only member of Congress to have voted against our declaring war on Germany in World War I and Japan in World War II.       
b. 1933 Frances Perkins became the first female Cabinet Member by being confirmed as Secretary of Labor. 
c. 1957 the S & P 500 was introduced, replacing the S&P 90.   
d. 1974 People magazine was first published initially as People’s Weekly.
e. 1985 the FDA approved a blood test for the detection of the AIDS virus which was used to detect the virus in all blood donations.                                                                       
Reflections on prayer: “Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn’t pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him.” - Billy Graham, noted evangelist.
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