Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ridley's believe It Or Not for December 2, 2015 Special Education Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—December 2, 2015, 415 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic term. Trust you survived yet another assault on your wallet on Cyber Monday in the comfort of your office or home office; as always, I hope you enjoy  Wednesday’s  holidays and observances, a link to Guy Mitchell singing Singing The Blues, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Philip Zimbardo, looking forward to enjoying a plate of fritters, 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. International Day For The Abolition Of Slavery—observed since 1986 to create awareness that slavery and the trafficking of young men and women for prostitution.                                    
         2. Special Education Day—celebrating since 2005, the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Individuals With Disabilities Act, which insures that children with special needs receive public education.
         3. 1956 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1956 on a run of nine weeks in that position Singing The Blues by Guy Mitchell. Here is a link to Guy Mitchell’s recording of Singing The Blues:
         4. National Fritters Day—celebrating another really great way to use the canned pumpkin left over from Thanksgiving that did not get opened and into pie tins.  
         5. Too Bad There Are No Designer Kevlar Clothing Lines—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1946 of Gianni Versace, fashion designer to celebrities and royalty who built a $400 million fashion empire but was gunned down in 1997 while walking his dog in Miami.
On this day in:  
         a.  1823  President James Monroe announced the Monroe Doctrine which held       that the United States would not allow foreign intervention in Latin America and would be neutral in any European conflicts.
         b. 1845 President James Polk, to the dismay of our Native American population, announced that it was the “Manifest Destiny”  of the United States to aggressively expand into the West.
         c. 1859 John Brown was hanged for his October 16, 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia.
      d. 1930 President Hoover in his State of the Union Address proposed a $150 million ($2.125 billion in 2015 dollars) public works program to combat The Great Depression.         
         e. 2001 previously high flying Enron filed for bankruptcy with its CFO sentenced to 6 years for accounting fraud and its president sentenced to 24 years for similar charges and its founder and chairman escaped prison time after being convicted of similar charges by dying before his sentencing hearing.                                 
Reflections on when it is not a great idea to be a team player: “Most of the evil of the world comes about not out of evil motives, but somebody saying 'get with the program, be a team player; this is what we saw at Enron, this is what we saw in the Nixon administration with their scandal.” Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University  
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