Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For February 14, 2016 Valentine's Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 14, 2016. Unfortunately, still 341 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately only 20 days until the start of the Iditarod. The race for the presidency yesterday went from the hypothetical to the reality with the death of Justice Scalia and the fact that the next president will have the ability to nominate his successor and probably two or more justices in the following four years. I trust your Sunday is off to a great start and even if you were not romantic enough to have ordered a customized poem from the Alaskanpoet, your Valentine’s Day will be a great one.    As always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Barbara Streisand, factoids of interest, a relevant quote by Gloria Steinem, looking forward to enjoying some crème filled chocolates with your Valentine, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Valentines’ Day 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. Valentine’s Day—celebrated around the world as a special day to show your Valentine that she or he is special and that you truly love her or him.
2. V-Daycreated by the playwright Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologue fame in 2001 to protest violence and sexual abuse against women. Like so many other observances this is an observance and creed that should be observed each and every day.
3. 1974 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1974 on a surprisingly brief run of three weeks in that position The Way We Were by Barbara Streisand. Here is a link to film clips of a very young Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand from the movie of the same name with the sound track of Barbara Streisand performing The Way We Were:
4. National Crème Filled Chocolates Day--celebrating a very popular highly caloric treat perfect for Valentine’s Day although chocolate coated strawberries might be a more appropriate choices.
5. Nannies Come In All Genders Daycelebrating the birthday on this day in 1942 of billionaire Michael Bloomberg former mayor of New York famous for trying to ban the sale of sodas larger than 16 ounces and who is considering running for president if Trump or Sanders gets the nomination—would be an interesting race given his wealth.  
On this day in:                                                                                                   
a. 1849 James Polk became the first president to have his picture taken.
b. 1899 in a let the chad wars begin, voting machines are approved by Congress for use in federal elections.  
c. 1920 the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago.
d. 1989 in an act so typical of the inhuman barbaric fanatic theocrats in Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa encouraging Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, the author of The Satanic Verses.       
e. 2005 YouTube was founded by three former PayPal employees and sold a year later to Google for $1.65 billion.                                                                   
Reflections on violence against women:“ “We might have known sooner that the most reliable predictor of whether a country is violent within itself-or will use military violence against another country-is not poverty, natural resources, religion, or even degree of democracy; it's violence against females. It normalizes all other violence.” Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road  She is a noted feminist back in the news along with Albright for claiming young women are attracted to Sanders so they can attract cool men. Today on this V-Day and every day all men must observe zero tolerance for violence against women.
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© February 14, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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