Monday, March 26, 2018

March 25, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Medal of Honor Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 25, 2018  On the 2nd Amendment front, hundreds of thousands across America participated in the March for Our Lives demonstrations (deju vu moments of  protests by Americans against the Vietnam War); on the sky is falling front the 19,000 pound Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 with which China lost contact in 2016 is expected to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere and crash if it does not disintegrate somewhere in Western Europe next week; on the nonassimilation front Iraqi Abdulah Hishwami and his wife Hamdiyah Hishwami have been arrested for torturing their 16 year old daughter with hot oil, broomstick beatings and choking for refusing to accept an arranged marriage for which the parents were to receive $20,000 (the only silver lining in this sordid tale is that the teenager and her 5 very young siblings were placed in protective custody and the story may put dampers on the urging of the left to admit more unvetted refugees who will not assimilate into our culture); on the war against drugs front, a man was arrested in a White Castle restaurant in New Jersey making meth in soda bottle (very dangerous way to do it as it is prone to explode or burst into flames); on the storm front, the Daniels one not the meteorological one, Stormy Daniels, the porn star who has alleged a relationship with President Trump will be on 60 Minutes tonight; in Chicago through March 24, 2018, 482 people have been shot, of whom 91 have died.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Harry James and his Orchestra; factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you can change channels when the airways are filled with lutaceous political ads and a relevant quote by Danica Patrick on how to be remembered,  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. National Medal of Honor Day—promoting this nation’s highest award for military valor established by the Navy on December 21, 1861 and the Army on July 12, 1862 and first awarded by the Army on this day in 1863. Of the 3,517 that have been awarded through October 2017, 621 have been awarded posthumously.
2. International Day of the Unborn Child—established by Pope John Paul II as “a positive option in favor of life and the spread of a culture for life to guarantee respect for human dignity in every situation.” Obviously not observed by the left as they blocked the defunding of the abortion factory aka Planned Parenthood.
3. 1943 Number One Song— the number one song in 1943 on a run of 13 weeks in that position was “I’ve Heard That Song Before” by Harry James and his Orchestra.  Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lutaceous” which means of, like or pertaining to mud which in the upcoming midterms you count on filling the political ads on TV.
5. Fast Woman, Sip Your Dreams—celebrating the birth on this day in 1982 of Danica Patrick, trail blazing female race car driver, Go Daddy model and aspiring vintner with her Somnium Vineyards.
         On this day in: 
a. 1965 thanks to federal court orders, Civil Rights marchers led by Martin Luther King, Jr. completed their 50 mile 4 day march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital at Montgomery.  b. 1969 during their honeymoon in Amsterdam, Yoko Ono and John Lennon commenced their Bed-in-for-Peace which lasted until March 31.

c. 1979 the first Space Shuttle, Columbia, was delivered to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be readied for launch on April 12, 1981.
d. 1995 WikiWikiWeb the world’s first wiki was made public by Ward Cunningham.
e. 1996 the European Union bans the import of beef from Britain due to widespread mad cow disease among its cattle herds.
Reflections on leaving legacies:”I don't want to be remembered for the things that didn't go as well, I want to be remembered for the things that went well.” Danica Patrick Spot on but to leave a legacy of things that went well, one always needs to learn from the things that did not. Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.             
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