Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Consumers' Rights Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 15, 2017  The drama of who will win the Iditarod is over with the winner by almost three hours over his son, 56 year old Mitch Seavey; but the agony for 61 mushers still on the trail continues including the musher in last place Cindy Abbot who has left the Kaitag checkpoint 346 miles from Nome; in a déjà vu moment when Reid lied to the American people that Romney had paid no taxes, Rachel Maddow and the biased people disguising themselves as journalists at MSNBC released a copy of Trump’s 2005 tax returns that show despite years of complaining to the contrary that Trump paid over $36 million in federal taxes (what about releasing a tax return being a felony does biased Maddow not understand?); Rex Tillerson landed in Japan today as part of a three nation tour with Japan, South Korea and China to discuss what needs to be done with North Korea; the PC insanity continues as UC Davis asserts that only whites are capable of racism (tell that to the minorities in Chicago being slaughtered by minorities while its black mayor sits on his hands and does squat); major problems looming for the bill to replace Obamacare as over ten Red Senators are voicing concerns after the CBO’s report that 24 million would lose insurance (if the mandates are removed millions would make the decision not to buy); in another example of the failure of the Obama administration to protect this nation, we now find that some 20,000 Muslim clerics were admitted into this country a good portion of whom are potentially targets to be radicalized; almost like a stuck record, the carnage in Chicago continues unabated with total shootings in 2017 through March 13 increasing to 615 and the  death toll increasing to 114 (God help those poor minorities being shot mostly by minorities when the weather gets warmer and the shooters’ aim gets really better and there is more daylight) and yet nothing, absolutely nothing, appears to be occurring to address this blight on blacks and minorities which is what racism from a black mayor really looks like.   
    As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Percy Faith, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while impressing you friends by pointing a serac on a glacier, 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 Consumers’ Rights Day—observed since 1983 to promote the rights of consumers and end the exploitation of them through deceptive and misleading practices.
2.  International Day Against Police Brutality—first celebrated in Montreal in 1997 to create awareness of the existence of police brutality; the organizers annually parade through the streets but have not filed an itinerary which in Canada makes the assembly and parade illegal with hundreds of marchers then arrested.       
3. 1960 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1980 on a long run of 9 weeks in that position “Theme from a Summer Place” by Percy Faith and his orchestra.  Here is a recording of them performing the song:  A heavy smoker, Faith’s baton was taken from his hand at the age of 67 by cancer.  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “serac” which is a pinnacle or ridge of ice on the face of a glacier.   
5. How Long Can She Last—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1933 of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an Associate Justice  of SCOTUS who judging from her appearance and physical illnesses may not have long for this world, giving President Trump the ability to appoint 2 judges to SCOTUS during his first term.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 44 B.C. Julius Caesar Dictator of Rome was stabbed to death by a group of Roman Senators led by his friend Brutus.      
b. 1875 Archbishop of New York, John McCloskey was named the first American Cardinal of the United States.
c.  1965 President Lyndon Johnson appeared before Congress in response to the violence in Selma, Alabama to announce that “We shall overcome” as he urged passage of the 1965 Civil Rights Act which would protect voting rights of  minorities.
d. 1985 the first internet domain name was registered.  
e.  2011 the agony of the Syrian Civil War began causing the deaths of thousands upon thousands of civilians and creating the largest flow of refugees into Europe since World War II.                                           
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