Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 21, 2016. Unfortunately, still 334 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately only 13 days until the start of and my daily updates on the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth. Interesting theater in South Carolina and Nevada yesterday with Hillary barely defeating Sanders and Rubio besting Cruz for second place while Jeb Bush, the candidate who raised the most money and at the beginning of this theater was the odds-on favorite, suspended his campaign. I trust your Sunday is off to a great start and as always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music links to Dolly Parton, factoids of interest, a relevant quote by Carl Bernstein looking forward to enjoying a few sticky buns, blessed with a positive attitude and 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. International Mother Language Day—promoted by the UNESCO since 1999 to create awareness of linquistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism.
2. National Card Reading Day—commemorating the practice of sending out ecards and snail mail cards to friends and family---another scheme by the Hallmarks of the world to increase revenue.
3. 1981 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1981 on a run of two weeks in that position 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton. Here is a link to Dolly Parton performing C9 to 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbxUSsFXYo4
4. National Sticky Bun Day—celebrating another snack that appeals to one’s sweet tooth.
5. Secret to Long Life Is in the Diet—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1875 Jeanne Calment who ate copious amounts of olive oil and chocolate (1kg a week) and drank port wine and who lived to the ripe old age of 122; she was the oldest documented person in history.
On this day in:
a. 1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto.
b. 1878 the first telephone directory in the U.S. was distributed to residents of New Haven, Conn. The directory was a single page with only 50 names.
c. 1947 Edwin Land demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera to the Optical Society of America in New York City and introduced the camera to the marketplace in the following year.
d. 1975 in a reminder that all politicians should take note of that they are not above the law, former Attorney General John Mitchell and former Nixon advisers H.R. Haldeman and John Erhlichman were convicted and sentenced to prison for their roles in the Watergate cover-up and scandal.
e. 1995 Steven Fossett became the first person to fly solo in a balloon across the Pacific Ocean taking off from South Korea and landing in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada. Reflections on Watergate: “The great thing about Watergate is, is that the system worked. The American system worked. The press did its job. We did what we were supposed to do.Carl Bernstein, noted journalist who with Bob Woodward broke the Watergate scandal which led to Nixon’s resignation Unfortunately when it comes to Hillary Clinton and Obama, the media other than Fox seems to have completely forgotten what the press is supposed to do.
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