Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For February 26, 2016 International Stand Up To Bullying Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 26, 2016. Unfortunately, still 329 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately only 8 days until the start of and my daily updates on the Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth. Interesting theater at last night’s Red debate with the troika going at each other nonstop while Kasich and Carson put positive spins of their plans and on the Blue race Hillary is pulling out as many race cards as she can and lambasting Obama’s early pick for Supreme Court Justice who wisely wanted no part of what will be polarized process.  I trust your Friday is off to a great start and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Mr. Mister, factoids of interest, a relevant quote by Henry Ford looking forward to enjoying a handful of pistachios, blessed with a positive attitude and  secure in  the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events 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 Stand Up To Bullying Dayobserved on the last Friday in February since 2008 to protest bullying in our schools although given the bullying personality of Donald Trump evidenced last night, the other candidates and members of audience should have worn the symbol of those who protest bullying, a pink shirt.    
2. Levi Strauss Day- celebrating the birthday on this day of Levi Strauss, born at Buttenheim, Bavaria, Germany on February 26, 1829 who immigrated to the United States and created the world’s first jeans, complete with metal rivets for California gold miners in 1850.                                        
3. 1986 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1986 on a run of two weeks in that position Kyrie by Mr. Mister. Here is a link to Mr. Mister performing Kyrie:
4. National Pistachio Day—celebrating a tasty delicious nut, especially when it already has been shelled. 
5. Honeymoon Cut Short By the Big Ccelebrating the birthday on this day in 1916 of Jackie Gleason, that overweight four packs a day smoker noted for the iconic TV Series The Honeymooners and such movies as the Hustler of cancer at the age of 71.
On this day in:                                                                                                   
a. 1616 Galileo Galilei was formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching that the Earth revolved around the Sun as opposed to vice versa.   
b. 1917 the first jazz records, Dixie Jazz Band One Step and the Livery Stable Blue, were recorded by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company.
c. 1971 Secretary General for the UN U Thant issues a proclamation designating the vernal equinox as Earth Day.  
d. 1993 in a chilling precursor to 9/11 jihadists parked a van loaded with explosives in the parking garage of the North Tower of the World Trade Center which detonated, killing 6 and wounding over a 1,000 but failed as planned to topple the North Tower into the South Tower and bring both crashing to the ground.
e. 1995 Barings Bank, the U.K.’s oldest investment banking institution collapsed after securities trader Nick Lesson lost $1.4 billion in speculating in futures on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange.                                                                      
Reflections on why Nick Lesson should have read more writings of Henry Ford: “Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.” Henry Ford
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