Sunday, March 13, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For March 13, 2016 National Good Samaritan Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 13, 2016. Unfortunately in this leap year, still 314 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately you can find daily updates and photos on the Iditarod at  Really scary theater in Ohio yesterday with a protestor charging up to the podium at a Trump rally and four Secret Service agents becoming human shields for Trump as police and Secret Service arrested the man and dragged him away. Not a word from the left troika of Obama, Clinton and Sanders condemning such behavior or the repression of free speech at the cancelled Trump rally in Chicago. Cruz, Rubio and even Kasich are implying the repression of free speech is Trump’s fault because of his rhetoric.  I trust that even with the loss of an hour, your Sunday is proving to be a great one; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Destiny’s Child, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from an Molly Friedenfeld while looking forward to enjoying a slice of coconut torte, 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. National Good Samaritan Daycelebrating the contributions of good Samaritans to people in need and observed this day to commemorate the murder of Kitty Genovese on this day in 1964 in New York City near her home while some 40 people heard her screams as she was being stabbed but none called the police.
2. National Jewel Day—celebrating the beauty and artistry of jewelry and unfortunately the great dents they can make in our wallets.                                          
3. 2000 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 2000 on a run of three weeks in that position Say My Name by Destiny’s Child. Here is a link to Destiny’s Child performing Say  My Name:
4. National Coconut Torte Day—celebrating another great way to end a meal. 
5. A Sure Way to Take the Peaches and Cream Out of Lifecelebrating the birthday on this day in 1989 of Peaches Geldof, an English model and journalist who unfortunately became addicted to heroin and like her mother before who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41 died of a heroin overdose at the age of 25, leaving behind a husband and two sons aged one and two. 
On this day in:
a. 1862 the U.S. Government banned U.S. Army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus overriding the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.      
b. 1933 banks began to reopen after President Roosevelt had declared a bank holiday in an effort to halt panic in the financial sector as the Great Depression continued to worsen. 
c. 1962 General Lyman Lemnitzer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered a report to the Secretary of Defense called Operation Northwoods which advocated attacks on installations and personnel at Guantanamo Bay by operatives posing as Cuban soldiers to justify an attack by the United States on Cuba to overthrow Castro. Fortunately sane heads prevailed and the operation was scrapped and President Kennedy fired General Lemnitzer.     
d. 1991 the DOJ announced that Exxon had agreed to pay $1 billion in clean up costs arising out of the oil spill caused by the Exxon Valdez running on to the rocks in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
e. 2003 the journal Nature reported the existence of human footprints approximately 350,000 years old had been found in Italy.                                                                        
Reflections on good Samaritans: “A Spiritual Samaritan lives knowing that if we were to leave this world tomorrow, we were the best humans we could be and we touched the lives of as many souls as possible. We are not asked to be perfect. We are asked to make a difference.” 
―Molly Friedenfeld, noted inspirational and motivational speaker, Angel of Light and author.
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