Sunday, April 17, 2016

April 17, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Haiku Day

               Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 17, 2016.    
   Unfortunately still 278 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but political theater is alive and well as Cruz sweeps the Wyoming delegates in a nonprimary selection and our former president on the stump for his wife “jokes” that Sanders’ supporters believe that if every third member of Wall Street were shot everything would be all right. The Pacific Rim is in earthquake mode as Ecuador joined Japan with a massive earthquake—only hope all these massive quakes are reducing the stress on the San Andreas Fault. I trust your Sunday is proving to be a great one; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, an original Haiku, a music link to MFSB, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from President John F. Kennedy while looking forward to enjoying a cheese ball with friends, 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 Hemophilia Day—observed since 1989 to raise awareness of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders and to raise funds for prevention and cures.
2. International Haiku Day—commemorating that unique form of poetry of briefness that may have spawned Twitter with its 140 bytes limit, Haiku with its three lines, 5/7/5 syllable format as demonstrated here: Sunday crossword morn/Word answers so quickly born/Senior moments shorn.                                
3. 1974 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1974 on a run of two weeks in that position TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) by MFSB. Here is a link to MFSB performing TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia:     
4. National Cheese Ball Day—celebrating a really great way to enjoy cheese with one’s wine; consistent with being the site that always brings value, here is a link to a great recipe for a pimento, salted pecan cheese ball for you to enjoy. 
5. Always Wear A New Pair Of Shoes To The UN—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1894 of Nikita Khrushchev, premier of the Soviet Union from 1958 to 1964 who ushered in a deStalinization era in the Soviet Union who might be best remembered for during a UN General Assembly meeting for taking his shoe off and pounding the table in protest for what he was hearing.
On this day in:
a. 1905 SCOTUS in one of its more controversial decisions in  the case of Lochner v New York, applying the “due process” clause of the 14th Amendment, ruled that a New York law limiting the number of hours a baker could work was unconstitutional.
b. 1907 the Ellis Island Immigration Center processed a record number of 11,747 immigrants in a single day. 
c. 1961 the ill-fated Bay of Pigs Invasion financed by the CIA and designed to overthrow Castro began which failed due to the fact that the Cuban people did not rise up as the CIA had been led to believe and American air power was not used to support the invasion. The disaster was not a great way to start President Kennedy’s term of office and led to Castro’s turn to the Soviet Union and the Cuban Missile Crisis which brought the world closer to nuclear war than it has ever been.      
d. 1964 the Ford Mustang, one of Ford’s most successful models went on sale to the public.
e. 2014 the space observatory Kepler discovered the existence of the first planet within the habitable zone of a star outside our solar system.   
Reflections on the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion “The message of Cuba, of Laos, of the rising din of Communist voices in Asia and Latin America – these messages are all the same. The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history. Only the strong, only the industrious, only the determined, only the courageous, only the visionary who determine the real nature of our struggle can possibly survive.” John F. Kennedy speaking a day after the Bay of Pigs Invasion had failed. What a difference in leadership and view of the world between Kennedy and Obama; it is almost impossible to believe both would be Democrats if Kennedy were alive today.   
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