Monday, March 25, 2019

March 25, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Seward's Day (Alaska)

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 25, 2019 Schiff, Nadler and Waters continued to deny reality despite Mueller’s finding of no collusion and no finding of obstruction of justice (total liars who need to be replaced in 2020); predictably the celebrity market is in a huge snit fit of denial over the summary of the report; media speculation of whether Trump will dial back on his attacks on the media and focus on his agenda or whether he will go after Obama and the FBI leadership for its role in the FISA abuses and the Russian collusion delusion (Comey and McCabe need to be held accountable); classic theater as Maddow was in tears and Mathews was absolutely livid over the Report’s lack of a collusion finding; Bette Midler made a fool of herself by claiming Trump has gotten away with crimes, conveniently blind to the fact that the criminal who got away with crimes with her server and destruction of e-mails was Hillary Clinton; Netanyahu has cut short his trip and Washington, D.C. and is returning to Israel after rockets fired from Gaza wounded 7 civilians; the Earth dodged a meteor bullet in December when a meteor with 10 times the force of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima exploded 15 miles above the planet over Japan; the Viking Sky cruise ship after hundreds of passengers were helicoptered off it was able to restart its engine and made port at Molde; British Prime Minister Theresa May has until the end of next week to get a Brexit deal though Parliament and may be facing the resignation of key Cabinet members to force her to resign;  as of March 24, 2019 379 people have been shot in Chicago of whom 65 have died.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Otis Redding, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact your parents were skilled in paedotrophy; a relevant quote from Jon Krakauer on his job as a commercial fisherman, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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. Seward’s Day (Alaska)—celebrated on the last Monday in March to commemorate the signing of the signing of the Alaska Purchase Treaty with Russia on March 30, 1867.
2. Medal of Honor Day—created by an act of Congress in 1990 and first celebrated on March 1991 to honor the acts of Medal of Honor recipients.
3. 1968 Number One Songthe number one song on this day in 1968 on a run of 4 weeks in that position was “(Sittin’ On) The Dock in the Bay” by Otis Redding. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “o” to words beginning with “p” is “paedotrophy” which means the act of rearing children which single moms often face challenges in performing.
5. Better When Short—celebrating the birth on this day in 1925 of noted short story author Flannery O’Connor who sadly after battling lupus for 10 years died on August 3, 1964.
       On this day in:                                        
a. 1965 Civil Rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. successfully completed their 4 day 50 mile march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama.
b. 1969 during their honeymoon John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their Bed-in for Peace  at the Amsterdam Hilton which ended on March 31.
c. 1979 the first functional Space Shuttle, Columbia, was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida to be prepared for launch.
d. 1995 WikiWikiWeb, the world’s first wiki was released to the public by Ward Cunningham.
e. 1996 the European Union Veterinarian Committee banned the export of British beef due to mad cow disease.  
        Reflections on commercial fishing in Alaska:”I've had a lot of crappy jobs, but one of my favorites was working as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. What I loved about it was, you got paid for what you caught.” Jon Krakauer, noted American author of non-fiction books. As a former commercial salmon seiner in Alaska for six summers can readily agree with Karkauer’s feelings.
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© March 25, 2019  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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