Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Firefighters Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 4, 2016 Unfortunately still 261 days to go in President Obama’s   pathetic lame duck term; political theater in high gear as Cruz after getting trumped by Trump in Indiana faced reality and suspended his campaign and Kasich is expected to do the same later today; HRC was waxed by Sanders but is leading in the delegate count due in large part to the super delegates (mindbogling that the coronation queen has not been able to shut down a socialist which should have some delegates realizing they are backing a potentially flawed candidate). As always, I hope your Wednesday is off to a great start and that  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Amy Grant, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Euripides, while looking forward to enjoying a glass of home brew, 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 Firefighters Day—honoring the contributions of firefighters who put their lives on the line to protect us and observed on this day as May 4th is the day to honor St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters.  
2. World Give Day—created by Give Forward in 2010 to promote a day in which all people regardless of income or wealth should contribute to a cause of their choice.
3. 1991 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1991 on a run of two weeks in that position Baby Baby by Amy Grant. Here’s a link to Amy Grant performing Baby Baby:
4. National Home Brew Day—celebrating a tradition that goes back over 10,000 years and is probably why early men ceased being hunters and became farmers so they could grow grain to have the ingredients to  brew beer.
5. You Don’t Have to Be a Jock to Be a Sportscaster—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1978 of Erin Andrews, a sportscaster for Fox and voted by Playboy in 2008 as the sexiest sportscaster and also famous for getting a multimillion dollar judgment against Marriot for revealing to David Barrett her room number and dates of attendance so he could film her in the nude through a peephole in an adjacent room. 
On this day in:
a. 1775 Rhode Island became the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
b. 1904 the U.S. began construction of the Panama Canal and completed it nine years later. 
c. 1953 Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea which was memorialized by a movie starring Spencer Tracy.                                                
d. 1970 Ohio National Guard troops sent to Kent State to quell demonstrations by students protesting the invasion of Cambodia opened fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others; sad day in our history made even worse by the fact that no one was ever charged for this murderous act. The silver lining in this tragedy was that for the next four days students across the campuses of the nation’s colleges and universities demonstrated against the killings and the Vietnam War, bringing us closer to ending a war we could not win and a war we should never have entered into.
e. 1998 a federal court judge sentenced the “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski to four life sentences plus 30 years without possibility of parole for mailing bombs that killed three people and injured twenty three others over a a 17 year period.
Reflections applicable to Kent State, Governor Rhodes and Richard Nixon although written over 2000 years prior to the killings: “Again, where the people are absolute rulers of the land, they rejoice in having a reserve of youthful citizens, while a king counts this a hostile element and seeks to slay the leading ones, such as he deems discreet, for he feareth for his power." --from the Greek tragedy, The Suppliants, by Euripedes 
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