Monday, June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National HIV Testing Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 27, 2016. Unfortunately still 207 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term as the financial markets are being slammed in the aftermath of the Brexit vote with the Dow down over 300 points in early trading on Monday (some improvement over Friday’s 600 plus point plunge); Hillary and Warren made a joint campaign appearance today with Hillary praising the firebrand as “a person who tells it like it is,” which coming from someone who throughout her career tells it like it’s not seems very strange and the both of them in matching blue pant suits looking like a duo of smurfs with one Warren energetic and the other Clinton looking old and tired; SCOTUS struck down Texas’ restrictions on access to abortion clinics that did not meet standards of surgicare center standards 5-3; West Virginia is facing more flooding and on the West Coast California is fighting desperately raging out of control wildfires; Reds are still committing political suicide with the latest bickering requiring Cruz and Kasich to support Trump if they are allowed to speak at the convention in Cleveland; more red flags being raised that the Trump fund raising campaign is like a true JV or Freshman team in total shambles. 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 Patti LeBelle and Michael McDonald, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from Michael Templet while looking forward to enjoying a drink of orange blossom water (killer and simple recipe below for café blanc), 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 recipicient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National HIV Testing Day—created to by the Association of People with AIDS in 1995 to create awareness of the need to test to determine if one has been infected with the HIV virus—an estimated 1. 2 million Americans have been infected and one in eight is not aware of that infection.   
2. National PTSD (Post Trauma Stress Disorder) Day—created in 2010 to create awareness of the problems and issues facing Americans with PTSD, many of whom are combat veterans from the Vietnam War, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the wars on terror but in many cases have had the VA turn its back on them in terms of delay in receiving care.                     
3. 1986 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1985 on a run of three weeks in that position “On My Own” by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald. Here is a link to Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald performing “On My Own.”
4. National Orange Blossom Day—celebrating a tasty elixir produced as a byproduct of distilling orange blossoms for perfume oil all by itself or in gin fizzes and café blanc. Treat yourself to a café blanc with this easy, simple recipe: 
5. Why We Need Term Limits—bemoaning the birthday on this day in 1940 of Barbara Boxer, a true leftist ideologue who for the last 33 years has been in the House and Senate representing California but finally is retiring. Unfortunately under California primary law the top two finishers are on the ballot which means a real leftist Kamila Harris will be facing Loretta Sanchez—tough to be a Republican in this very Blue state hell bent to tax us and spend us to death and doing an effective job of that.    
On this day in:
a. 1556 in a sad day for religious tolerance and understanding that is the bedrock of Christianity, 11 men and 2 women were burned at the stake for not recanting their Protestant beliefs
b. 1844 almost three hundred years later and even with a First Amendment, religious intolerance was still alive and well as Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob who broke into the jail at Carthage, Illinois where they were being held.  
c. 1971 after only three years in business to the dismay of fans of rock and roll, rock promoter Bill Graham closed Filmore East, also known as the “Church of Rock and Roll.”
d. 1985 on a sad day for nostalgia fans, Route 66 was officially removed from the U.S, National Highway System—no more getting one’s kicks on Route 66.
e. 2007 Prime Minister Tony Blair resigned after ten years in office.  
Reflections on PTSD: “Always remember, if you have been diagnosed with PTSD, it is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is proof of your strength, because you have survived!” Michael Templet author of “White Rose”
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