Sunday, March 20, 2016

March 20, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Great American Meatout Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 20, 2016. Unfortunately still 306 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately March Madness is in full swing for both men and women, including the Stanford women who last night at Maples crushed USF coached by former Stanford star and Olympic Gold medalist Jennifer Azzi. Sadly the Iditarod is over with Mary Helwig winning the Red Lantern by being the last musher to arrive in Nome in a time of 13d8h51m and 30s in her first Iditarod—talk about perseverance and not quitting and why although the Iditarod is known as the Last Great Race on Earth, to this poet it is also known as the Loneliest Race on Earth. Great political theater as Trump in Utah whether Mitt Romney is really a Mormon because he is supporting Ted Cruz while Hillary takes a day off but brings out Bill, while the four Obamas are jetting off to Cuba on Air Force One.  I trust your Sunday is proving to be a great one; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  music links to Frank Carle and Vera Lynn Sisters, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Andy Rooney while looking forward to enjoying some ravioli washed down with a serving of Bock beer, 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. Great American Meatout Day—an observance in response to the U.S. Senate’s declaration of National Meat Week in 1985 to encourage people to be meat free on this day; the cows, pigs, sheep, and poultry are in full support of the day.      
2. International Day of Happiness—created by the UN General Assembly by unanimous vote on June 28, 2012 to promote happiness through sustainable economic development and the eradication of poverty—another meaningless resolution that sometimes makes you question all the millions we contribute to support the UN.                                            
3. 1946 Number One Song—heading back in time to flee from rap music to celebrate the number one song in 1946 on a run of six weeks in that position Oh! What It Seemed To Be by Frank Carle. Here is a link to Frank Carle  performing  Oh! What It Seemed To Be:
4. National Bock Beer/Ravioli Day—celebrating if a beer connoisseur a great example of German brewing and a tasty pasta. If you want to enjoy ravioli but want to observe the Great American Meatout,  here is a link to a peanut butter and jelly ravioli.
5. There Will Always Be An England—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1917 of iconic English singer, songwriter and actress Vera Lynn who turned 99 today and in a tribute to her talent and longevity became the oldest performer to have a number song at the age of 92. Here is a link to Vera Lynn’s recording of There Will Always Be An England:
On this day in:
a. 1854 the Republican Party was formed at Ripon, Wisconsin—One can only imagine what those founders would have thought if they had known of the future rise of Donald Trump.    
b. 1883 the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the first international agreement covering the protection of intellectual property was signed by 13 nations; the Convention has been amended several times and now has 176 signatories, some of whom like China are believed to be engaged in illegal exploitation of the intellectual property of other nations.   
c. 1985 Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the Iditarod, the Last Great Race On Earth which began this year on March 5 and finally ended at a few minutes before midnight on the 19th when the last musher Mary Helwig arrived in Nome.        
d. 1987 the FDA approved the anti-AIDS drug AZT.   
e. 2003 in one of the worst military decisions this country has ever made, in the early morning hours the United States and its allies Great Britain, Poland and Australia began military operations in Iraq.
Another definition of a vegetarian that will bring a smile to your face: “Vegetarian—that’s an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter.” Andy Rooney great commentator on CBS’ Sixty Minutes by ending the program with his last word segment   
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