Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ridley's Believe It Or Not For March 16, 2016 Freedom Of Information Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 16, 2016. Unfortunately in this leap year, still 310 days to go in President Obama’s pathetic lame duck term but fortunately you can find daily updates and photos on the 40 or so mushers still on the course of the Iditarod which was won yesterday morning at 2:20 for the fourth time in five years in record time by Dallas Seavey at as you anxiously await the start of March Madness praying that you have filled out your brackets with the right teams. Great political theater last night as Trump rolls in all states but Ohio, Rubio losing his home state drops out and Clinton waxes Sanders and rolls on awaiting her biggest primary challenge yet—a very real possibility the FBI will recommend criminal prosecution of her even though the DOJ so politicized under Obama will not follow that recommendation.  I trust your Wednesday is proving to be a great one; and as always, I hope  you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Glenn Miller, factoids of interest, a  relevant quote from  Elon Musk while looking forward to enjoying a serving of artichoke hearts, 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. Book Smugglers Day (Lithuania)celebrated in Lithuania to honor the efforts of smugglers who defied from 1866-1904 the attempts of Russia to Russify Lithuania by banning the dissemination of any books not written in Russian and a chilling reminder of what might happen if Putin, emboldened by our weak, feckless president decided to move into the Baltic Republics.    
2. Freedom of Information Day—honoring the efforts of concerned citizens to extract by all means possible information that the government whether Blue or Red seems hell bent to keep from the public so as to conceal its ineptness, corruption or political bias and celebrated on the birthday of the proponent of the Bill or Rights,  President James Madison.                                        
3. 1942 Number One Song—heading back in time to flee from rap music to celebrate the number one song in 1942 on a long run of ten weeks in that position another song by Glenn Miller Moonlight Cocktail. Here is a link to Glenn Miller performing Moonlight Cocktail:
4. National Artichoke Hearts Day—celebrating the best part of the artichoke, that delectable thistle, the heart whether eaten stemmed with butter or chilled with mayonnaise or marinated in a can.
5. May Day Can Come At Any Timecelebrating the birthday on this day of model, businesswoman and Playmate Katie May who died from a stroke at the age of 34 after seeing a chiropractor for two treatments for neck pain arising from a fall at a photo shoot and sadly leaving a small daughter without her mother.
On this day in:
a. 1802 the Army Corps of Engineers was founded initially to operate the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
b. 1926 Robert Goddard launched the first liquid fueled rocket at Auburn, Massachusetts that rose to a height of 41 feet and traveled a distance of 184 feet and the race into space was on.    
c. 1942 the V-2 rocket was first test launched and like the Vanguard launched in 1957 to attempt to put a U.S. satellite into orbit exploded on launch.      
d. 1958 the Ford Motor Corporation produced its 50 millionth car, a Thunderbird. 
e. 1995 in a real better late than never moment, Mississippi, as the last state to do so, finally ratified the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery.                                              Reflections on rockets and space flight: “The odds of me coming into the rocket business, not knowing anything about rockets, not having ever built anything, I mean, I would have to be insane if I thought the odds were in my favor.” Elon Musk, billionaire entrepreneur founder of Tesla Motors, PayPal and his quote to the contrary SpaceX. Only in America can a man achieve his dreams and build up a 13 billion dollar net worth in the process.
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