Friday, June 10, 2016

June 10, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not AA Founders Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 10, 2016 Finally only 224 more days to endure President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term which HRC wants to extend another four years and will be helped by Obama who will be leaving his pen in Washington and moving to the campaign trail to try to deceive the American public on the absolute worst economic recovery in our history under his failed policies. On the political theater front the White House confirmed despite HRC’s repeated claims to the contrary that the FBI is pursuing a criminal investigation of HRC’s use of a private email server while latest polls reveal that a large majority of Americans believe rightfully so that she has and is continuing to lie to the American public on the issue; Warren is meeting with Clinton over speculation that she will be named as her VP pick; the Don Quixote delusional wing of the Republican party led by Mitt Romney whose pathetic campaign resulted in another four years of misery will be hosting a Never Trump summit; look to Trump next week slam Hillary and the Clinton Foundation for turning the State Department into the quid pro quo Wal-Mart of favors. On a nonpolitical front, the nation mourns the death of hockey great Gordie Howe and the iconic venture capitalist Tom Perkins while burying today The Greatest.
As always I trust your Friday is off to a great start with your weekends set and that you will enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to the Beatles, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Doctor Bob,  while  looking forward to enjoying a glass of iced tea, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that, if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like FATHERS’ DAY, GRADUATIONS, 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. AA Founders’ Day—celebrating the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in Akron, Ohio on this day in 1935 when co-founder Dr. Bob Smith took has last drink.       
2. National Marriage Day—celebrated on the second Friday in June to honor the institution of marriage which but for too many divorces is the surest way to insure financial stability for a couple and any children resulting from the union.         
3. 1969 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1969 on a run of five weeks in that position “Get Back” by the Beatles.  Here’s a link to the Beatles performing the song:
4. National Iced Tea Day—celebrating a great way to cool down on a summer day especially if you have a Starbucks Gold Card such that the refills are not $.50 but free  to complement your free Wi-Fi.
5. Speed Not On the Yellow Brick Road-- celebrating the birthday on this day in 1922 of Ethel Gumm, better known to us as Judy Garland who will be forever immortalized as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz who despite her acting and singing talent had great personal difficulties (5 marriages) and used copious amounts of prescription drugs like amphetamines and died of an accidental overdose at the age of 47.  
On this day in:
a. 1692 in real blow against tolerance and why we have the First Amendment, Bridget Bishop became the first person to be hanged in the Salem Witch trials; sadly she would be joined by 19 others.
b. 1963 President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act which abolished discrimination in pay based on gender; according to the gender card platform of HRC women are still being discriminated in terms of pay based on their gender.     

c. 1964 after a filibuster of 75 days the Senate invoke cloture to end it and passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   

d. 1977 the Apple II was introduced to the public for purchase.    

e. 1980 in a beginning of the end to apartheid moment, the African National Congress published a letter from their imprisoned leader Nelson Mandela calling for a fight to end apartheid which sadly did not end until 1994.                                                        

Reflections on AA from Dr. Bob, its co-founder at the first International Convention of AA held in Cleveland, Ohio on July 30, 1950 before his death on November 16, 1950 from colon cancer: “ There are two or three things that flashed into my mind on which it would be fitting to lay a little emphasis. One is the simplicity of our program. Let's not louse it all up with Freudian complexes and things that are interesting to the scientific mind, but have very little to do with our actual A.A. work. Our Twelve Steps, when simmered down to the last, resolve themselves into the words “love” and “service.” We understand what love is, and we understand what service is. So let's bear those two things in mind."
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