Friday, March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Good Friday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 25, 2016. Unfortunately still 301 days to go in President Obama’s dancing with the stars pathetic lame duck term but fortunately March Madness is in full swing for both men and women, but as Brussels proved so is the war practiced by Radical Islam on us and many of us after seeing Obama dancing the night away in Argentina are not comforted by his statement that fighting ISIS is his “top priority.”
Stanford women face tonight at 6:00 P.M. a very tough Sweet 16 game against Notre Dame who lost only one game during the season. We face the most challenges we have ever faced since World War II but Trump continues to demonstrate why women in large numbers will not support him by his unfounded and unjustified attacks on Cruz’s wife. Will the Bern be back this weekend by winning Alaska, Hawaii and Washington? I trust your Good Friday is proving to be a great one and your Easter will be also; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Perry Como, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Harriet Beecher Stowe while looking forward to enjoying a plate of lobster Newburg, 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. Våffeldagen (Sweden)a celebration observed in Sweden by eating waffles; the day is also observed in the U.S. but celebrated on August 24, the anniversary of the patent issued for the waffle iron.
2. International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade—observing since 2007 one of humanity’s darkest stains on its moral fiber which affected upwards of 15 million men, women, and children uprooted from their homes in Africa and sent to the Americas as slaves.                       
3. 1951 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1951 on a run of six weeks in that position If by Perry Como. Here is a link to Perry Como performing If:
4. National Lobster Newburg Day—celebrating a great way to clog your arteries—lobster chunks smothered in a sauce from butter, cream, egg yolks, sherry and seasonings and created by the chef at Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City and originally named after a patron Mr. Wenburg but after a quarrel on his demand the “Wen” was replaced with “New.”  
5. Go Daddy—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1982 of one very fast woman, Danica Patrick a race car driver who also appeared in numerous Go commercials.  
On this day in:
a. 1807 the Slave Trade Act, abolishing the slave trade (but not slavery itself which was banned 26 years later) in the British Empire, was enacted; too bad it took another 58 years and the Civil War for us to follow Great Britain’s lead.      
b. 1948 the first successful prediction of a tornado strike was made which predicted that a tornado would touch down near Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.    
c. 1957 in a blow to the First Amendment, the U.S. Customs Office seized 520 copies of Alan Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” on grounds of obscenity.
d. 1969 on their honeymoon to protest the Vietnam War, Yoko Ono and John Lennon commended their bed in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton which lasted until March 31st.    
e. 1995 WikiWikiWeb the world’s first wiki was made available to the public by Ward Cunningham.
Reflections on slavery from the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin: “So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to the master — so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil — so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best-regulated administration of slavery.” Harriet Beecher Stowe,
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