Ridley's Believe It Or Not—December 12, 2014: Trust your Friday is going well one and that you are bracing for another round of Christmas parties with a house full of Poinsettias. As always I hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and quotes from Father Flanagan, with a smile on your face, knowing that this may be the day to mingle with the Gods by enjoying an ambrosia, 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 a memorable event or the coming Christmas, 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. National Poinsettia Day—created by the House of Representatives in July of 2002 to commemorate the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and minister to Mexico who in 1828 sent cuttings of the plant he'd discovered in Southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima but named after him.2. National 12 Hour Fresh Breath Day—if you have a lot of Mistletoe hanging in your house great idea to celebrate this day through Christmas.
3. National Tough Guys Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1893 of the classic silver screen tough guy, not James Cagney, but Edward G. Robinson.
4. 1975 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1975 Fly Robin Fly by Silver Convention.
5. National Ambrosia Day—finally we mere mortals have a desert fit for the Gods.
On this day in
a. 1901 Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal by Morse Code being the letter “S” at Signal Hill, St. John’s, Newfoundland and the world again became a bit smaller.
b. 1917 Father Edward J. Flanagan founded Boys Town in Nebraska as a village for way wayward boys which act was memorialized by the movie of the same name starring Bing Crosby.
c. U.S. Copyright Law was amended to include copyright protection of computer programs.
d. 1991 the Russian Federation gained independence from the USSR.
e. 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore affirmed the election of George Bush over Al Gore thereby ending in Bush’s favor the great chad controversy in Florida (one can only imagine the response of Gore to 911).
Reflections on the true meaning of juvenile delinquency: “When parents fail to do their job, when they allow their children to run the streets and keep bad company, when they fail to provide them with good examples in the home, then the parents and not the children are delinquent.” Father Flanagan Amen to that especially when the child is born out of wedlock which happens all too frequently I the black community and the father disappears, condemning the family to poverty and the child to a greater chance of gang affiliation.
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