Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Blood Donor Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 14, 2016. Unfortunately still 240 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term as this country was rocked by the worst mass shooting in its history in Orlando early Sunday morning by Omar Makeen who was calling 911 while killing 49 proclaiming his allegiance to ISIS and yet Obama still cannot proclaim the violence as Radical Islam but Hillary facing a tweet last fall by her that Muslims have nothing to do with terrorism finally uttered the words in an abstract concept but not against Omar Makeen; Trump slammed her today big time on her stance, while our commander in chief like Nero is clueless looking to strum the chords of gun control with his lap dog chorus of Pelosi when Makeen formerly investigated by the FBI broke no laws in buying the guns he used leading one to ask the question what more background checks would have prevented this jihadist attack. Watch the theater in the coming months of the Blues scrambling to divert attention to a failed policy of combating radical Islam to the need for more gun control.
As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Sammy Davis, Jr., factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Daniel Ellsberg while looking forward to enjoying some cool cucumbers, 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. Flag Day—celebrating the adoption by the Second Continental Congress on this day in 1777 of the stars and stripes as our national flag; today is a great day to fly the flag but even if over your home as opposed to a government building one might break protocol in view of the jihadist slaughter in Orlando to fly it at half mast.
2. World Blood Donor Day—commemorating one of the World Health Organization’s public health awareness day to promote the need for safe blood donations and to appreciate the blood donors who made that possible. Ironic that on the day prior to this day residents of Orlando were lined up in streets in lines blocks long to donate blood for the 53 that this jihadist fanatic wounded in Orlando.                    
3. 1974 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1974 on a run of two weeks in that position “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods. Here is a link to Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods performing “Billy Don’t Be a Hero.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qlK9TJvuSk
4. National Strawberry Shortcake Day—celebrating another one of those great summer treats made even better with the following easy recipe to make your own shortcake leaving you time to go to the market a pick up some delicious strawberries: http://blog.thenibble.com/2014/07/06/tip-of-the-day-easy-shortcake/  bon appétit! 
5. Here’s A Great Birthday Present Idea—what do you get as a birthday present for the billionaire that has everything? In this case for this man very easy--an indictment of Hillary and a book of quotations by former presidents other than Obama and Clinton on how to act and appear presidential. Happy Birthday to Donald Trump who turns 70 today and whose energy level like Sanders and Warren makes Hillary look like a woman in her late 80’s.  
On this day in:
a. 1975 the Continental Congress established the Continental Army, marking the birthday of the U.S, Army.
b. 1846 30 Anglo residents in Sonoma, California revolted against Mexico, proclaiming the Bear Republic which lasted until U.S. Army forces operating in California due to the Mexican American which had commenced in April, occupied the town on July 9, 1846.
c. 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill adding “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.
d. 1966 the Vatican announced the end of the Index  Librorum Prohibitorum (“index of prohibited books”) which was first published in 1557.
e. 1996 the an accident occurred on the Mindbender, the world’s largest indoor roller coaster at the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta where winter temperatures are well below zero, killing three people.
Reflections on donating blood: “The Blood You Donate Gives Someone Another Chance At Life. One Day That Someone May Be A Close Relative, A Friend, A Loved One,  Or Even You.” Redcrossblood.org. Painless, saves lives and gives you a chance to lie down in the bloodmobile watched over by pretty nurses who insist you take in some of the snacks offered.
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