Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 28, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Amnesty International Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 28, 2016 Finally less than 237 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. The political theater is heating up violently in the case of another mini riot of a 1,000 against a Trump campaign rally in San Diego yesterday complete with at least 35 arrests,  Mexican flags flying and stones and bottles being thrown at the police( are we looking at a repeat of the 1968 Democratic Convention at the Republican Convention in Cleveland?); HRC continues to insist that the IG’s report will have no impact on the election;  Trump alleging that the DNC has rigged the system against Sanders and will not allow him to become the nominee withdrew his debate offer—too bad it would have been nice to expose Sanders’ socialist ideas to ridicule. On the medical front, the dreaded “super bug,” bacteria resistant to any existing antibiotic has made its first appearance in the U.S. and the WHO is calling for moving the Summer Olympics to another venue due to the Zika virus. As always, I hope your Saturday is proving to be a great one and that  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, music links to Elvis and Credence Clearwater Revival, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Peter Benenson,  while  looking forward to enjoying a hamburger or two, 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. Menstrual Hygiene Day—initiated by WASH United in 2014 to promote menstrual hygiene globally and is sponsored by some 270 organizations.  
2. Amnesty International Day—always celebrated on May 28 to advance and promote the cause of human rights and political prisoners around the world.    
3. 1957 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1957 on a long run of eight weeks in that position All Shook Up by Elvis Presley.  Here’s a link to Elvis performing All Shook Up:
4. International Hamburger Day—celebrating the perfect meal for a Memorial Day Weekend, especially if you marinate your burger and cook it to your taste on a barbecue.
5. Good Songs Rising--celebrating the birthday on this day in 1945 of John Fogerty who formed the band Credence Clearwater Revival at the age of 14 whose songs included such hits as Bad Moon Rising and Proud Mary                                                                            
On this day in:
a. 1588 the Spanish Armada with 130 ships and 30,000 set sail for its rendezvous in the English Channel with disaster against the English and storms.  
b. 1830 President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act resulting in the removal of southern Indian tribes to federal lands west of the Mississippi River and marked the beginning of decades of treachery and breaking of numerous treaties by the U.S.—not a period of high morality on our part.  
c. 1892 in San Francisco John Muir founded the Sierra Club.                                              d. 1996 President Clinton and Hillary Clinton who managed to escape indictment in typical Clinton fashion watched their business partners in the Whitewater Land Scandal, Jim and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas governor Jim Guy Tucker be convicted of  fraud. In a real war on women so typical of the Clintons, Susan McDougal spent 22 months in jail as a result of her refusal to answer three questions on whether Bill Clinton lied to the grand jury. At least he pardoned her in the remaining hours of his term showing he still possessed a very minute sense of conscience.    

e. 2002 NATO declared Russia to be a limited partner in the western alliance—amazing how far relations have changed under the Obama/Clinton “leadership” with Putin announcing that Romania and Poland are now in Russias’s “crosshairs.”    

  Reflections on Amnesty International from its founder: “Those who today still feel a sense of impotence can do something: they can support Amnesty International. They can help it to stand up for freedom and justice.” Peter Benenson, British journalist who founded Amnesty International 
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