Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World AIDS Vaccine Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 18, 2016 Unfortunately still 247 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Very exciting political theater as HRC with the entire Democratic Party behind her barely eked out a victory of less than 2,000 votes over Sanders (recount possibility?) in Kentucky while Sanders cleaned her clock in Oregon; it is beginning to look more and more that the only way this potential felon wins her party’s nomination is due to the superdelagates not chosen by the voters ignore the polls showing HRC and Trump in a statistical dead heat while Sanders beats Trump easily. HRC released disclosure documents showing $1.5 million in speaking fees in 2015 before announcing her candidacy in 2016 although everyone knew it was a foregone conclusion she would run while the potential First Dude, no slouch, garnered $5 million. Speeches in almost all cases were before corporations and associations seeking favors or contracts with the federal government. No wonder Sanders continues to demand release of the transcripts and if HRC wins the nomination due to the superdelegates, watch the energized Sanders’ supporters desert her in the fall like rats leaving a sinking ship. As always, I hope your Wednesday is proving to be a great one and that  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link as we have fled rap to Les Paul and Mary Ford, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Anthony Perkins, while  looking forward to enjoying a generous serving of cheese soufflé (recipe below), 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 AIDS Vaccine Day—celebrated since 1998 to commemorate a speech made by then President Clinton on May 18, 1997 calling for a concerted campaign to create an AIDS vaccine within a decade against a disease that, at least in the industrialized world, is no longer the automatic death sentence it once was but in third world countries close to a million adults and children die of the disease.   
2. International Museum Day—created by the International Council of Museums and its 30,000 museums and observed since 1977 to  support and promote museums as they are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples of the world.
3. 1951 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1951  on a long run of nine weeks in that position How High the Moon by Les Paul and Mary Ford. Here’s a link to that dynamic duo performing How High the Moon:
4. National Cheese Soufflé  Day—celebrating another great way to enjoy the intake of calcium; here is a recipe the perfect cheese soufflé srry cobbler that will amaze you and your friends.
5. How to Shoot the Career Mooncelebrating the birthday on this day in 1970 of the actress and comedian Tina Fey who is praying each night that Trump selects Sarah Palin as his running mate so she can impersonate her again, and again, and again during the campaign joined  by her friend Amy Poehler’s hilarious impersonations of Hillary Clinton.                                                                      
On this day in:
a. 1291 the city of Acre fell to the Muslim Manluks, ending Crusader control of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. 
b. 1652 Rhode Island became the first English speaking colony in North America to outlaw the practice of slavery.
c. 1896 SCOTUS in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson  in what has to rank as one of its worst decisions of all time upheld the doctrine of “separate but equal” which condemned Afro-Americans for the next 58 years to segregated schools, public facilities and the abuse of Jim Crow race laws in the South until SCOTUS finally came to its senses on May 17, 1954 and reversed itself unanimously in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.          d. 1933 as part of his “New Deal” program, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed legislation creating the Tennessee Valley Authority to bring electricity, flood control, and economic development to the Tennessee Valley which had been devastated by the Great Depression.      

e. 1980 at 8:32 a.m. Mt. St. Helens erupted killing some 53 people and causing $3 billion in property damage and sending .7 cubic miles of ash and debris into the air, making it the costliest and most destructive volcano in American history.     

     Reflections on AIDS from one who died from it at the age of 60 two years after being diagnosed as having been infected:   "I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life.” Anthony Perkins best known as Norman Bates in Psycho and its three sequels. 
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