Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 27, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Easter

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 27, 2016. Only 299 days to go in President Obama’s  pathetic lame duck term but fortunately March Madness is in full swing for both men and women and the Stanford women advanced to the Elite Eight as did unfortunately for them UConn who demolished Mississippi State by a record setting 60 points 98-68. The last Pac 12 men’s team, Oregon, was eliminated and the women's Pac 12 even with the loss yesterday of UCLA still has three teams in the Elite Eight and if Oregon State wins its game the Pac 12 will one team in the Women's Final Four. I trust your Easter is proving to be a great one leaving you at peace and spiritually refreshed; as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Patti Paige, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Charles Stanley while not bemoaning the fact that your Easter brunch or dinner will not include most likely a serving of Spanish paella, 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. International Whiskey and Whisky Daycelebrating since 2009 on this date, Scottish, Canadian and Japanese whiskies (no e) and American and Irish whiskeys. The day is to be observed by toasting Michael Jackson, a noted British reviewer of beer, whisky and whiskey who was born on this day in 1942 and died from Parkinson’s Disease in 2007, and then making a donation to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
2. World Theater Day—created by the International Theater Institute in 1961 to celebrate the contribution of theater to our culture; worthy celebration but pales to the theater on the Red and Blue campaigns we are witnessing or, depending on your point of view, enduring today.                       
3. 1953 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1953 on a long run of eight weeks in that position (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window by Pattie Paige. Here is a link to Pattie Paige performing How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window: You now know where Hillary picked up her ridiculous barking imitation.
4. National Spanish Paella Day—Since Easter does not normally fall on March 27, more likely than not you will not be enjoying this Spanish dish for brunch or dinner with family and friends.   
5. Hateful With Violence—observing the birthday on this day in 1963 of Quentin Tarantino an American director whose films like Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill and exuded violence and whose last film, Hateful for 8 bombed in the U.S. as it  was boycotted by police and their supporters after his prolonged rant on police being murderers
On this day in:
a. 1794 after disbanding the Continental Navy due to lack of funds, in a very wise move the President Washington signed the Naval Act of 1794 establishing a permanent U.S. Navy and authorizing the construction of six frigates, one of which the USS Constitution is still commissioned and can be visited while in Boston.      
b. 1836 in a slaughter far outweighing the magnitude of the Alamo, the Mexican Army executed outside of Goliad, Texas Colonel Fannin and the 341 men under his command who had surrendered.      
c. 1915 Mary Mallon, aka “Typhoid Mary” a healthy carrier of the deadly typhoid virus was quarantined for the second time after being released after three years of confinement five years earlier but contrary to her promises not to return to cooking did. She would remain in quarantine until her death in 1938.
d. 1964 Good Friday the strongest earthquake ever to strike the U.S. at 9.2 struck South Central Alaska 78 miles east of Anchorage. It lasted almost 5 minutes and caused massive damage to Anchorage and Valdez, killing 139 people, including 12 killed by the tsunamis generated in Crescent City, California near the Oregon border.    
e. 1975 finally after years of delay due to litigation, the construction of the Trans Alaskan Pipeline began starting in Prudhoe Bay and terminating in a relocated Valdez which was destroyed by the Good Friday Earthquake.
Reflections on Easter: “There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you'll stand firm if you stand on His love.” Charles Stanley, senior pastor at the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and founder of the In Touch Ministry Happy Easter to all!
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