Monday, June 27, 2016

June 26, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture4

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 26, 2016. Unfortunately still 208 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term as the financial markets brace for tomorrow’s opening and potential fallout from the Brexit vote; Hillary proves once again that she has experience in one area fund raising by offering tickets to Hamilton for $10,000 and the ability to be totally nonassessable to the press by not having a press conference for 204 days; Sanders and his failed socialist ideas that have decimated Venezuela may be exiting from the national political scene but news indicates that thousands of his supporters may be running for state and local offices; events in Somalia proving once again that radical Islam, the threat Obama and Hillary refuse to name or strategize on how to defeat, is alive and well by a hotel attack there killing 14 innocents; the Reds continue in disunity mode with the latest defection George Will announcing he is no longer a Red due to Trump (who cares what he thinks; fires still raging in California but at least flooding has ceased in West Virginia after racking up a tragic body count; going to is a great way to start your day along of course with
       As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Bryan Adams, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Edgar Allen Poe while looking forward to enjoying a bowl of chocolate pudding (killer recipe below), 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 Day Against Drug Abuse And Illicit Trafficking —created to by the UN in 1988 to mobilize measures to combat illegal drug use; sadly at least in the U.S. with its porous border with Mexico, this is another one of those UN observances that has had little if any success. 
2. International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture--another UN observance created in 1997 to raise awareness of torture and to speak out against it in whatever form it is found; as radical Islam continues to grow and ISIS continues to chop off heads, throw people off buildings and burn them alive, another observance that has had little success.  
3. 1985 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1985 on a run of two weeks in that position “Heaven” by Bryan Adams. Here is a link to Bryan Adams performing “Heaven.”
4. National Chocolate Pudding Day—celebrating a tasty desert that it easy to make; here is a cool recipe for chocolate pudding with a strawberry rose.   Bon appétit! 
5. The Good Earth Day—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1892 of Pearl S. Buck who grew up in China with her missionary parents and won the Pulitzer Prize for The Good Earth was very instrumental in creating a favorable impression of China and its people in the United States.   
On this day in:
a. 1843 the Treaty of Nanking which ceded Hong Kong to the British went into effect.  
b. 1870 to the joy of retailers throughout the country, Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the U.S.
c. 1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Federal Credit Union Act which created credit unions.  
d. 1945 the UN Charter was signed in San Francisco by 50 of the original 51 members creating the United Nations effective  October 24, 1945; this time history did not repeat itself and unlike the League of Nations, the U.S. was a member.       
e. 1997 SCOTUS ruled that the Communications Decency Act violated the First Amendment of the Constitution.     
Reflections on drug use and abuse from the mind of a raven never more: “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”  Edgar Allen Poe.
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