Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of Tolerance

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 16, 2016 The media is like a school of piranha attacking a cow unlucky enough to fall into their stream over reports of dissention on the Trump transition team and outrage over the fact that Trump, his wife and members of his family went to Club 21 for a steak dinner without first notifying the press; Pence is shedding lobbyists from the Trump transition team faster than a man with terminal dandruff; ludicrous that the press who ignored the fact that Hillary for over a year refused to hold a press conference during the campaign is slamming him for not holding a press conference; in a gift that keeps on giving new reports that Obamacare’s paid for expansion of Medicaid is going to sink state budgets; finally a sense of rationality in D.C. as a Republican Congressman will introduce legislation to cut funding for universities coddling students with programs to help them overcome their “trauma’ arising from a Trump victory (‘suck it up buttercup”); in NYC students at a very prestigious high school were allowed to skip classes to attend an anti-Trump rally; in yet another example of why we need the 2nd Amendment in Georgia a 78 year old grandmother with her revolver forced three thugs bent on a home invasion robbery to flee for their lives and in Pennsylvania a customer at a pizza place encountered two thugs bent on robbing the place and after being pistol whipped pulled out his gun and shot both, one of whom will not have to be tried.
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Backstreet, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Alexander Solzhenitsyn, while looking forward to enjoying your favorite fast food, 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 Day of Tolerance—launched by UNESCO to promote awareness of the dangers of intolerance—definitely an observance that should be brought to the crybabies on campuses not able to cope with a Trump win.
2. Geographic Information Systems Day—celebrated since 1999 to promote awareness of the contribution of geographic systems to our culture and society.
3. 1996 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1996 on a run of 4 weeks in that position “No Diggity” by Backstreet. Here is a recording of Backstreet performing the song:
4. National Fast Food Day—celebrating a day you can throw your diet to the wind and load up on fat and salt but at a reasonable price.
5. Shareholders Be Damned—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1946 of Dennis Kozlowski, rose up through the ranks to become the CEO of Tyco but as a result of his lavish lifestyle needed to steal millions from the company and sentenced to up to 25 years in prison (released on parole in 2014) .
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1848 a Russian court sentenced  Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky to death for treason but fortunately for the sake of literature the sentence was changed to hard labor.
b. 1855 David Livingston became the first European to see the Victoria Falls.       
c. 1994 John Fleming received a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
d. 1914 the Federal Reserve Bank was opened.
e. 1938 to the future joy of users such as Timothy Leary, LSD was synthesized by Albert Hoffman.
Reflections on the quality of education coming out of our ivy towers given the reaction to a Trump victory: “It's a universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn, noted Nobel Prize winning Russian author who spent time in Stalin’s infamous Gulag.  Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day In History, poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.
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