Sunday, April 24, 2016

April 24, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Fashion Revolution Day

     Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 24, 2016 Unfortunately still 271 days to go in President Obama’s   pathetic lame duck term; political theater continues unabated with five Northeastern states voting this Tuesday with Trump in double digit leads and quickly shedding his pledge to be more presidential; Sanders continues to hammer HRC for pandering to Wall Street and despite increasing pressure from more and more Blues, HRC refuses to release transcripts of her speeches that generated millions of dollars of fees most likely for access and future favors. This woman with her husband is the epitome of quid pro quo corruption and one would hope the FBI probe will recommend her indictment and put this nation out of its misery of having a potential felon running for president. I trust 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 Hall and Oates, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Leon Kass  while looking forward to enjoying a plate of pigs in a blanket (recipe included), 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. Fashion Revolution  Day—first observed in 2014 to commemorate the 2013 Rana Plaza Building collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1130 garment workers and  injured another 2,500  making it the deadliest garment factory disaster in history. 
2. World Day for Laboratory Animals—observed since 1979 to protest the use of animals in research and to promote humane treatment of animals while research is being performed on them.                                    
3. 1981 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1981 on a run of three weeks in that position Kiss on My List by  Hall and Oates. Here is a link to Hall and Oates performing Kiss on My List:
4. National Pigs in a Blanket Day—celebrating one of the more popular cocktail fare—cocktail franks wrapped in dough and then baked and here is a recipe to make it easy to enjoy this great snack that will spice up any cocktail party:
5. Funny Girl, Great Voice, Lousy Politics—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1942 of Barbara Streisand who won a an Oscar for Best Actress in the move Funny Girl and who has sold almost 250 million records but whose politics might be to the left of Bernie Sanders.  
On this day in:
a. 1704 the first regular newspaper in the American colonies, The Boston News-Letter was published for the first time; it was in continuous publication until the British evacuated Boston in 1776.                                                                
b. 1800 the Library of Congress was established when President John Adams signed legislation authorizing the federal government to spend $5,000 to acquire books.                               
c. 1895 Joshua Slocum sailed out of Boston Harbor to begin a solo circumnavigation of the world which he completed on June 17, 1898 by returning to Newport, Rhode Island.      
d. 1980 in a really bad day for the U.S. Military, eight servicemen were killed in the Iranian dessert during Operation Eagle Claw which was a failed attempt to rescue American Embassy personnel being held hostage in Tehran.
e. 2005 Snuppy, an Afghan hound was cloned by a team of 45 South Korean scientists. Time Magazine called the cloning the “Most Amazing Invention of 2005.”
Reflections on cloning: “Cloning represents a very clear, powerful, and immediate example in which we are in danger of turning procreation into manufacture.” Leon Kass, noted American physician, educator and scientist and opponent of cloning.  
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