Friday, April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Dog Fighting Awareness Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 8, 2016. Only 287 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Political theater is getting more and more exciting as BLM protesters and Bill Clinton dueled at a campaign rally in Philadelphia; Sanders doubled down that Hillary is not qualified but for the wrong reason  and not to be left out of the ongoing drama of the $6 million Trump claimed to have raised for veterans only $2.4 million has been received by charities supporting veterans.  As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Freddie and The Dreamers, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Arthur Ashe whose birthday is noted, while looking forward to enjoying some tasty empanada, 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 Feng Shui Awareness Daycelebrating that ancient art the Chinese have practiced for over 3000 year—position of buildings to insure the inhabitants thereof enjoy a proper flow of energy.
2. National Dog Fighting Awareness Day—participating in a dog fight with dogs trained under inhuman conditions for that purpose is a felony in all 50 states, thousands of sadistic viewers enjoy and practice this crime, one of the more famous of which was Michael Vick who pled guilty to operating an illegal dog fighting ring and served 21 months in prison.  
3. 1965 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1965 on a run of two weeks in that position I’m Telling You Now by Freddie and The Dreamers. Here is a link to a young Merv Griffin smoking a cigarette and introducing Freddie and The Dreamers performing I’m Telling You Now:
4. National Empanada Day—celebrating those delicious Spanish and Latin American pastries stuffed with a variety of filings like beef, pork or cod then fried or baked.
5. Never Know When Your Time  Up—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1974 of Chris Kyle, a American sniper who served and multiple tours in Iraq only to be gunned down by a vet he was trying to help on February 2, 2013. He and set the record for confirmed kills trying to protect American troops; his life was portrayed in American Sniper and guarantee the motorcade to his burial and the pounding of the tridents onto his casket will bring tears to your eyes.
On this day in:
a. 1820 one of the most famous statues of ancient Greece the Venus de Milo believed to a depiction of Aphrodite was discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.       
b. 1904 Longacre Square in New York City was renamed Times Square after The New York Times.            
c. 1906 Auguste Deter became the first person to die from Alzheimer’s disease.  
d. 1918 War Bonds were being sold on the streets of New York by Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin.       
e. 1992 retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announced he had acquired AIDS from blood transfusions needed in one of his two heart surgeries; he died from complications of the disease on February 6, 1993.  
Reflections on the nature of heroism: “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe
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