Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For Decenber 12, 2015 International Shareware Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 12, 2015, 405 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your weekend is off to a great start and your college football team is off to a decent bowl game and the voters for the Heisman Trophy will recognize the incredible accomplishments of Christian McCaffrey and will have voted for him; as always, I hope you enjoy Saturday’s  holidays and observances,  a link to Bobbie Vinton singing  Mr. Lonely, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Father Flanagan looking forward to enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, blessed with a positive attitude and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event 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. International Shareware Day—commemorating the work of thousands of programmers who are frantically coding away to create the next killer app for our smart phones and computers.                             
      2. Poinsettia Day—celebrating that beautiful plant that is associated with Christmas and celebrated on the day on which Joel Poinsett died. Poinsett was a botanist and doctor who in 1837 sent some plant cuttings from Mexico to his home in South Carolina. The poinsettia is the most popular potted plant in the U.S. with sales of $250 million.
           3. 1964 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1964 on a brief run of one week in that position Mr. Lonely by Bobbie Vinton. Here is a link to Bobbie Vinton Nun performing Mr. Lonely:
          4. National Cocoa Day—celebrating a perfect way to beat the cold on a winter day—a cup of hot cocoa.
           5. Truth or Consequences If the Price Is Not Right—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1923 of long time game show host Bob Barker who is still alive and well at the ripe age of 92.
On this day in:  
         a. 1901 Marconi received the first transatlantic radio message sent in Morse Code at Signal Hill, St.John’s, Newfoundland. 
       b. 1917 Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys.
            c. 1937 an American gunboat, the USS Panay, was attacked by Japanese planes and sunk on the Yangtze River.                                                          
         d. 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Bush v. Gore  which enabled the Florida Secretary of State to certify that Bush had won Florida’s 25 electoral votes and enabled Bush to win the election.         
        e. 2012 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief was held in Madison Square Garden and broadcast around the world, raising millions for aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.                                   
Reflections on the proper way to address delinquency and the path to jail: “There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, bad thinking. 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 who also said that “without God in the beginning there is only confusion at the end.”
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