At the End of the Rainbow

They say that at the end of the rainbow one might find a pot of leprechaun’s gold.  If that’s true, I must have been at the wrong end of the rainbow each time!!!  But, it is fun to contemplate, isn’t it?  I mean, wouldn’t it be fun to actually find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?  (Just this week, a couple people split a mega-millions jackpot of something like $658 million dollars, right?  That’s not a bad pot of gold…even if there was no rainbow!)

Well, the end of the rainbow can be far from where one finds themselves when they see the rainbow.  If we choose to believe there’s gold at the end, the journey to reach the end of the rainbow may be worth it.  If we choose to not believe, well, there’s not point even attempting the journey, is there?

I may have never found a pot of gold, but we just recently made a long journey…and today’s photo shows what we found at the end of the journey.  Is it a pot of gold?  Hardly.  In my estimation, it is something worth far more than any pot of gold, diamonds or precious stones.  It is my two youngest grandchildren.  Like the rest of my family, the are priceless and far more precious to me than anything else in this world.

_MG_8156ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1975, In Vienna, Austria, Carlos the Jackal led a raid on a meeting of oil ministers from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). German and Arab terrorists stormed in with machine guns, killed three people, and took 63 people hostage, including 11 OPEC ministers. Calling his group the “Arm of the Arab Revolution,” Carlos demanded that an anti-Israeli political statement be broadcast over radio, and that a bus and jet be provided for the terrorists and their hostages. Austrian authorities complied, and all the hostages were released in Algeria unharmed. OPEC did not hold another summit for 25 years.

In 1949, Ilich Ramírez Sánchez was born the son of a millionaire Marxist lawyer in Caracas, Venezuela, and attended Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where he became involved with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. During the 1970s and early 1980s, he acted as a freelance terrorist for various Arab groups and is suspected to have killed as many as 80 people in a chain of bombings, hijackings, and assassinations.

Nearly apprehended on several occasions, Carlos the Jackal managed to evade international authorities until 1994, when French agents captured him hiding in the Sudan. Secretly extradited to France, he was sent to a French prison, where he lived for three years before being put on trial in 1997 for the 1975 Paris murders of two French counterintelligence officers and a pro-Palestinian Lebanese who had turned informant. On December 23, 1997, a French jury found Sánchez guilty and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  The nucleus of Halley’s comet is a peanut-shaped object, weighing about 100,000 million tons, and measuring about 9 miles by 5 miles.



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