Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Water Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 21, 2016. Unfortunately still 304 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 beat South Dakota State last night in a thriller by winning in the last eight seconds. Great political theater Arizona and Utah vote today; wonder if Trump and his stand on border security will benefit from the terrible jihadist attacks in Brussels this morning and wonder if Obama will pass on the baseball game and return to the U.S. as a result of those attacks. I trust your Tuesday is proving to be a great one; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Peggy Lee, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Mosab Hassan Yousef while looking forward to enjoying a serving of coq au vin, 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. World Water Day—another UN observance celebrated since 1993 to promote awareness of the need to preserve and protect fresh water supplies.
2. American Diabetes Association Alert Day—promoting awareness of the causes and symptoms of type 2 diabetes, a disease that is on the rise as more and more Americans are obese and fail to exercise. Here is a link to a quick test to see what your risk factors are-- http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/?utm_source=Offline&utm_medium=Print&utm_content=risktest&utm_campaign=RISK?referrer=http://adap-old.pub30.convio.net/in-my-community/programs/alert-day/r                                                
3. 1948 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1948 on a long run of nine weeks in that position Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me) by Peggy Lee. Here is a link to Peggy Lee performing  Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64qYKrJNt6c
4. National Coq Au Vin Day—celebrating a great way to spice up an otherwise boring meal of chicken, compliments of the French—bon appétit!
5. Beam Me Up Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1931 of William Shatner best known for his role of Captain James Kirk of the spaceship Enterprise and now still going strong as the pitchman for Priceline.
On this day in:
a. 1630 in a bad day for pleasures, the Massachusetts Bay Colony banned the possession of cards, dice and gaming tables.     
b. 1765 in a step that moved the colonies closer to rebellion, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act placing a tax on paper and paper products that was payable with English currency. The Act was highly unpopular producing protests in the streets and was repealed on March 18, 1766.   
c. 1871 William Woods Holden, governor of North Carolina, became the first governor in American history to be impeached, convicted and removed from office. In 2011 the North Carolina Senate by a vote of 48-0 rectified the error of its ways and posthumously pardoned him.
d. 1972 SCOTUS in the case of Eisenstadt v. Baird ruled that unmarried individuals could purchase and use contraceptives, striking down a Massachusetts law that made it a felony to distribute contraceptive materials to unmarried individuals.   
e. 2016 at least 34 people were killed and almost 150 were wounded in Brussels in jihadist terror attacks at the Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek Metro Station.
Reflections on Islamic terrorist as the smoke clears from the two bombings today: “The biggest terrorist is the God of the Quran. I know this is very dangerous and this will offend many people. The more you follow the steps of the prophet of Islam and the God of Islam, the more you get close to being a terrorist.” Mosab Hassan Yousef, a Palestinian who was an undercover agent for the Israelis who penetrated Hamas, converted to Christianity and was granted asylum in the United States.  
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