Monday, January 4, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For January 4, 2016 National Trivia Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 4, 2016, 382 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term. Trust your weekend was a good one and as the market is tanking today you have no margin positions, and your Monday is off to a great start with all your  New Year’s Resolutions still being observed; as always, I hope you enjoy Monday’s holidays and observances,  a music link to Madonna, factoids of interest, a relevant quote from Alexis de Tocqueville, looking forward to enjoying a plate of spaghetti, 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 Trivia Day--celebrating the impact of having trivia knowledge whether it is used in Trivial Pursuit or just a way to impress strangers at a cocktail party—a great way to be on top of the trivia game is to review Ridley's Believe It Or Not-This Day In History each day.                            
2. Black Monday—following the end of the pro football regular season, a day dreaded by many coaches wondering if this would be the day their record would result in an audible of a pink slip.
3. 1985 Number One S ong—celebrating the number one song in 1985 on a run of six weeks in that position Like A Virgin by Madonna. Here is a link to Madonna performing Like A Virgin:
4. National Spaghetti Day—celebrating one of the great ways to load up on carbs to fight the winter cold especially if topped with a great sauce.
5.  An Apple A Day Keeps You Grounded—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1742 of the iconic scientist Sir Isaac Newton who among his other great accomplishments according to popular myth discovered gravity by being hit on his head by an apple falling from a tree.
On this day in:  
a. 1847 Samuel Colt sold his first revolver pistol to the U.S. Government.
b. 1887 to the future joy of socialists like Bernie Sanders, the Fabian Society was founded in England.
c. 1965 in his State of the Union Address, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed plans to create the Great Society.                                                            
d. 1974 President Richard Nixon refused to turn over the Nixon Tapes to the Senate Committee investigating the Watergate break in.
e. 2007 Nancy Pelosi, perhaps the most dictatorial, biased and politically divisive person to wield a gavel, was elected as the first female to serve as the Speaker of the House.                       
Reflections on democracy and socialism from a noted 19th Century French political observer: “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” Alexis de Tocqueville Obviously, Bernie Sanders has never read the observations of de Tocqueville or if he had given his age has long since forgotten his astute observations.
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