Saturday, May 9, 2015

Ridley's Beleive It Or Not May 9 History National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—May 9, 2015 Trust your Mothers’ Day Weekend is proving to be a great one and your tasks have been completed and you are now ready for the weekend. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids of interest, a music video of Joyride  and a  relevant quote from Rabbi Sacks, looking forward to a few butterscotch brownies, 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 any memorable event like Mothers’ 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. National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Day—jokes about snail mail in the hyper speed world of emails notwithstanding, the Post Office does get it right some time and today is one of those times as the letter carriers will pick up food left next to the mailbox for sorting and delivering to people in need. Definitely a great cause!
       2.  National Babysitters’ Day—commemorating on the Saturday before Mothers’ Day the indispensable contributions that babysitters make to the joy and happiness of couples with young children living far from parents or siblings with children. Without them we might have a few fewer numbers of mothers.  
       3. 1991 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1991 on a brief one week run Joyride by Roxette, a Swedish duo formed in 1986 that has sold over 60 million records worldwide.   Here is a link to a music video of Roxette  performing Joyride.      
       4. National Butterscotch Brownie Day—scelebrating a great snack that has been around since the 19th Century long before chocolate brownies and worthy of respect for Blondes as dumb blonde jokes notwithstanding they have a brownie named after them—“blondie.”  
       5. And the Good News Is--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1972 Dana Perino, cohost of my favorite news program, The Five, best selling author of a book worth reading-And the News Is—, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, who set the standard the press secretaries for President Obama have failed to meet, and more importantly the owner of one very good looking dog—Jasper. 
On this day in
       a. 1887 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show opened in London, England.

       b. 1960 in a let the good times roll, the FDA approved Searle’s Enovid as the world’s first oral contraceptive pill.  
       c. 1961 Newton Minow the chairman of the FCC appointed by President Kennedy gave a speech of the quality of television programming in which he called television the “great wasteland.” It still is and growing worse with more commercials every day.  
       d.  1980 in what could have been a Fast and Furious movie but sadly not; at Norco, California 5 masked gunmen tried to rob a Security Pacific National Bank. In the shootout and chase that followed, two gunmen and one officer were killed and thirty three police and civilian cars damaged.
       e. 2001 in a riot that makes fights at a hockey game look like a picnic a soccer game in Accra, Ghana 123 fans were killed in a stampede to escape tear gas fired by police to break up a riot cause by a bad call by the referees.
Reflections on ending hunger: “Close to a billion people – one-eighth of the world’s population – still live in hunger. Each year 2 million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity. We are eating too much while others starve.” Jonathan Sacks, noted rabbi and philospher born in 1948. If you replaced Great Britain with “the United States” his quote would be even more damning of our dietary habits while the less fortunate go hungry; hope you pup out some nonperishable food for the letter carrier today.    
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