Friday, June 17, 2016

June 17, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Day To Combat Drought And Decertification

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 17, 2016. Unfortunately still 237 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term as he appears more petulant every day as his complete lack of any strategy against radical Islam and his delusional failure to identify it as a major problem to our way of life continues to pile up bodies; the DHS, that oversees the totally inept group worse than the Keystone Cops the TSA, released a report that requires total scrubbing of the terms “jihad” and “sharia” to avoid offending Muslims; Omar and his wife were texting while he was butchering 49 innocents; Obama’s and the Blues’ “strategy” for combating radical Islam appears to be limited to gun control—too bad no one at the Pulse would have been packing heat to have killed this pathetic jihadist in his tracks and saved lives; Howard Stern is not my favorite radio personality but on Obama’s idiocy he is right on point blasting the administration on its folly of focusing on gun control as opposed to radical Islam.
On the nonpolitical front ironic that as we observe World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, a massive heat wave is striking a large part of the South and Southwest with temperatures up to 116 degrees; Venezuela continues to implode as a result of its socialist policies, and last but not least as a result of growing evidence of massive doping by Russian athletes in the London Olympics, the IOC upheld a ban on the entire Russian track and field team from competing in the Summer Olympics in Rio (given the threat of the Zika virus many Russian athletes may be saying  “Da, Da, Da!”)
On a light note, as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Fleetwood Mac, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Dwight Morrow, while looking forward to enjoying a several large servings of vegetables, 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 Day to Combat Desertification and Drought—created by a UN General Assembly Resolution on January 30, 1995 of the need to utilize  water resources carefully and conserve the use of water to prevent crop failure and the turning of vast amounts of land into useless desserts.
2. National Work at Home Dad’s—celebrating the contribution to the well- being of the children of those dads on the Friday before Fathers’ Day that that are not running a business out of the home but rather acting as the stay at home parent.                   
3. 1977 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1977 on a brief run on one week in that position “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. Here is a link to Fleetwood Mac performing “Dreams.”
4. National Eat All Your Veggies Day—celebrating the need to eat more vegetables in one’s diet—great way to save money and lose weight!  
5. Where Does the Illustration Begin, When Does It End?—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1898 of Dutch illustrator M.C. Escher whose unique illustrations are priceless as Day and Night exemplifies:
On this day in:
a. 1631 Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth prompting her grief stricken husband Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan I to spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.
b. 1775 waiting until the could see the whites of their eyes, American colonists at the Battle of Bunker Hill inflicted tremendous casualties on British troops in a losing cause at the Battle of Bunker Hill.   
c. 1901 to the bane of future high school seniors, the College Board introduced the first standardized college entrance exam, the forerunner to the SAT.
d. 1963 SCOTUS ruled 8-1 in the case of Abington School District v. Schempp that requiring the reading of the Lord’s Prayer or Bible at the beginning of school was unconstitutional.
e. 1994 following a televised low speed chase, O.J. Simpson was arrested for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.  
Reflections on drought: “Any party which takes credit for the rain must not be surprised if its opponents blame it for the drought. Dwight Morrow, noted American Diplomat and Ambassador to Mexico credited with improving Mexican-American relations.  
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