Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 5, 2016. Only 290 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but if a Villanova fan you must be totally stoked after a buzzer beater by the Wildcats to beat North Carolina and if a Syracuse fan time to pray for a miracle against the UConn women tonight. Great political theater today as the voters are voting in Wisconsin with Hillary most likely to lose another state and Trump scrambling to close a narrowing gap between him and Cruz as Kasich like an actor from a Monty Python film “I’m not dead yet.” Sanders and Clinton ended their snit festival on debate schedules and will debate on April 14. As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Shelley Fabares, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Booker T. Washington, Jr. while looking forward to enjoying a raisin and spice bar, 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. SAAM Day of Action—April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and today is the today to promote awareness and activities to combat sexual assaults. The most cowardly act a man can do is to sexually assault a woman. 2. Bell Bottoms Pants Day—celebrating a fashion fad of the 60’s when bell bottom pants moved beyond the practical venue of seamen who found them easy to roll up when swabbing decks and easy to get out of when a sailor fell overboard.
3. 1962 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1962 on a run of two weeks in that position Johnny Angel by the Shelley Fabares. Here is a link to Shelley Fabares performing Johnny Angel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwIYSofgpY0 Thanks to a liver transplant in 2000 she is still going strong at 72.
4. National Raisin and Spice Bar Day—celebrating a snack this poet has never tried but will do so today in honor of the day since the other observance is for caramel which given its propensity to stick on one’s teeth, is not liked.
5. Up From Slavery Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1856 of Booker T, Washington, noted African-American educator, orator and adviser to President Teddy Roosevelt who was the director of the Tuskegee Institute and who advocated that blacks should progress through education and entrepreneurship rather than openly defied Jim Crow.
On this day in:
a. 1792 President George Washington for the first time in our history exercised his authority to veto a bill passed by Congress.
b. 1900 archeologists at Knossos, Crete discovered clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing of Mycenaean Greek, which is the oldest form of Greek going back to 1400 B.C.
c. 1922 the American Birth Control League, the forerunner to Planned Parenthood was incorporated by Margaret Sanger an activist who believed in eugenics and bemoaned the fact that the “unfit” like African-Americans were having children. With a founder like that it is a total mystery why Planned Parenthood is the darling of the left.
d. 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt signed two executive orders 6101 which established the Civilian Conservation Corps to put the unemployed back to work and 6102 which banned the hoarding of gold coin, certificates and bullion by Americans.
e. 1998 In Japan, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge linking Awaji Island with Kobe, Honshu and costing approximately $3.8 to build opened for traffic becoming the longest suspension bridge in the world with a center span of 1.237 miles which went public in 1995.
Reflections on the idea of entitlements as the way to bring prosperity: “Among a large class, there seemed to be a dependence upon the government for every conceivable thing. The members of this class had little ambition to create a position for themselves, but wanted the federal officials to create one for them. How many times I wished then and have often wished since, that by some power of magic, I might remove the great bulk of these people into the country districts and plant them upon the soil – upon the solid and never deceptive foundation of Mother Nature, where all nations and races that have ever succeeded have gotten their start – a start that at first may be slow and toilsome, but one that nevertheless is real.” Booker T. Washington in Up From Slavery If this highly accomplished man were alive today he would thrilled at the racial progress made but appalled by the entitlement mentality and dependency that grips many in the African-American community.
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