Monday, February 16, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not February 16 History Presidents' Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—February 16, 2015 Trust your weekend was a  great one and your Presidents’ Day holiday on this fine Monday is off to a fine start and you are anxiously awaiting the start of the Iditarod in 21 days. As always, I  hope you enjoy the holidays and observances, factoids and relevant quote by Elizabeth Clausen with a smile on your face, enjoying a handful of almonds, raw or toasted, blessed  with a positive attitude even though you know you will have to wade through tons of spam in your inbox, and secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable event 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. Presidents’ Day—celebrating the birthdays in February of the best two presidents that this country has been blessed with—Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
       2. Kyoto Protocol Day—commemorating the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to in the developed countries but not emerging countries like China to control the emission of CO2 gasses which protocol became effective on this day in 2005.
       3. 2015 Number One Song—celebrating until we go back to the 60’s and 70’s rock and roll starting tomorrow the number one song on this day in 2015 and still on the charts today Uptown Funk  by Mark Ronson, a three time Grammy Award winning singer from England.  
        4. National Almond Day—celebrating those great nuts whether raw or in a candy bar.
        5. Why Vasectomies Are Great Ideas Day—commemorating the birthday of Kim Song II who has given the world the best example of why idiots should not have children Kim Jong-un, his son and current leader of North Korea. 
On this day in
     a. 1804 Stephen Decatur led a raid of United States Marines to burn the USS Philadelphia previously captured by Barbary Pirates in Libya  which is why the Marine Corps Hymn has the words “To the shores of Tripoli.”
     b. 1959 Fidel Castro became Premier of Cuba following the overthrown of Battista
     c. 1968 to the relief of many future victims of disaster and medical emergencies, the first 911 service goes into effect in Haleyville, Alabama. 
     d. 1985 in a sad day for the residents of Gaza and the Israelis living within range, Hezbollah was founded.
     e. 2006 the last MASH medical hospital was decommissioned; thank God we were able to enjoy the movie and the TV series before then.
Reflections on the Kyoto Protocol before commiserating with the residents of Boston in this era of “global warming” who are after 7 feet of snow are facing another one foot: “It is becoming increasingly clear that the targets in the Kyoto Protocol cannot and will not be met on the established timetable in the United States and elsewhere.” Eileen Clausen, founder of the Pew Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and like most D.C. bureaucrats has never worked in the private sector. ,
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