Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 17, 2015 Wright Brothers Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 17, 2015, 400 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your Thursday is off to a great start; as always, I hope you enjoy Thursday’s  holidays and observances,  a music link to Peter, Paul and Mary, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from William McKinley, looking forward to enjoying anything covered with maple syrup, blessed with a positive attitude 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. National Regifting Day—celebrating the observations that many office parties are held on this day and 40% of the gifts given at office parties are regifted unused suggesting that a better idea would be to donate to charity and give a card indicating that a gift to that charity in that recipient’s name.                             
      2.Wright Brothers’ Day—celebrating the first  four flights of a heavy than air aircraft in 1903 on December 17th at Kittyhawk, North Carolina by Orville and Wilbur Wright with the first flight covering 120 feet and the final flight increasing that distance to 852 feet.
         3. 1969 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1969 on a brief run of one week in that position Leaving On A Jet Plane by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Here is a link to Peter, Paul and Mary performing  Leaving On A Jet Plane:
     4. National Maple Syrup Day—celebrating what has to be one of the greatest topping for pancakes and one of the best uses for maple trees which after harvesting the sap are still standing ready to produce more.
         5. Let’s Play Softball Unless Against Reds—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1945 of Chris Matthews, host of Hardball on MSNBC, who, name of show notwithstanding, pitches nothing but biased softball questions if questioning Blue guest.
On this day in:  
      a. 1862 in a not good moment for tolerance, General Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order 11 requiring Jews to be expelled  from parts of Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee due to Grant’s belief that Jews were involved in the black market of Southern cotton. Fortunately, another stain on our tolerance history under pressure from Lincoln was wiped clean and the Order rescinded on January 17, 1863. 
         b. 1892 the first issue of Vogue was issued.
         c. 1935 a DC-3, one of the most iconic transport planes still in operation today, made its maiden flight.                                                          
         d. 1969 the United States Air Force closed Operation Blue Book, its study on the existence of UFOs.  
         e. 2014 the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations after 55 years.                                   
Reflections on an observation true when made and true over a hundred years later:“Cuba ought to be free and independent, and the government should be turned over to the Cuban people.” William McKinley, former president during the Spanish American War. He was then speaking about Spain, but the comment has great validity when applied to the dictatorial communist regime of the Castros which has ruled with an iron repressive fist for almost 55 years.      
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