Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For December 19, 2015 Super Saturday

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 19, 2015, 398 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your Saturday is off to a great start and your weekend plans are set; as always, I hope you enjoy Saturday’s  holidays and observances,  a music link to Melanie, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Johann de Kalb, looking forward to enjoying a few oatmeal muffins, 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. Super Saturday or Panic Saturday—observed by most retailers to snare last minute shoppers with one day only sales as it is the last Saturday before Christmas.                             
      2. Holly Day—honoring that essential plant to deck the halls with, the 400 members of the Aquifoliaceae family but keep holly away from pets as the leaves and berries are lethal.  
           3. 1971 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1971 on a run of three weeks in that position Brand New Key by Melanie. Here is a link to Melanie performing Brand New Key:
        4. National Oatmeal Muffin Day—celebrating what has to be one of the tastier ways to get one’s fiber in a diet.
           5. Final Blocks—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1961 of one of the best pass rushers and sackers in NFL history, Reggie White whose rush to life was blocked by a heart attack at the age of 43.
On this day in:  
         a. 1977 George Washington led his 12,000 man Continental Army into the agony of winter quarters at Valley Forge, losing over 2,500 due to disease, malnutrition and freezing temperatures. 
         b. 1924 in London the last Rolls Royce Silver Ghost produced was sold.
         c. 1974 Nelson Rockefeller was sworn in to become the Vice President of the United States to fill the vacancy created by Vice President Gerald Ford becoming President due to the resignation of Richard Nixon.                                                          
       d. 1998 President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives but due to the Blues voting against impeachment, President Clinton was not convicted and remained in office.  
      e. 2012 UBS bank was fined $1.5 billion for its role in manipulating the Libor rate.                              
Reflections on how bad it was in Valley Forge for the troops of the Continental Army:  “…it is very certain that half the army is almost naked, in a great measure bare-footed.” Letter from Johann de Kalb to Comte de Broglie, Valley Forge, Christmas Day 1777 Tough to be barefooted in the snow and cold.
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