Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Stand Up to Bullying Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 18, 2016 Obama on his farewell tour in Europe had a great chance to decry the violent protests over Trump’s election but given his narcissist anger over his legacy soon to be flushed down the drain failed to condemn the violence and instead encouraged protesters to march on; Blues in revolt over the tyrannical Botox lady as a Blue Ryan rises up to challenge Pelosi; Trump moving quickly to form his cabinet while reaching out to those like Romney who opposed him; Ford may be coming to its senses by announcing that its Lincoln SUV plant would be remaining in Kentucky as opposed to moving to Mexico (UAW has to get its act together with car companies to see how we can reduce costs to manufacture cars here); in yet of another feckless adherance to the PC mold the Lincoln, Nebraska public schools announced that students should not display the American flag (fortunately after a massive outcry that directive was rescinded); in a light at the end of the jobs report, Apple is considering moving the production of its iPhones back to the United States; on the sports front Stanford travels to Cal to play in the Big Game but unfortunately in the climate of the winds of Political Correctness Blow, the Stanford Band will not appear at Cal.
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Lauren Hill, factoids of interest for this day in history, a relevant quote from Raini Rodriguez, while looking forward to enjoying a bowl of vichyssoise, 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 Day—observed since 2008 across many schools to protest bullying which has no place in our society and should not be tolerated in any manner, shape or form. If you see someone wearing a pink shirt, thank that person for taking a stand against the vial practice.
2. National Push Button Phone Day—commemorating the commercial introduction of the push button phone on this day in 1963 which made it quicker to reach out to a busy signal or years later voice mail.
3. 1998 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song in 1998 on a run of 2 weeks in that position “Doo Wop” by Lauryn Hill. Here is a recording of Lauryn Hill performing the song:
     4. National Vichyssoise Day—celebrating a great chilled soup but this poet is clueless why it is celebrated during the fall as opposed to a hot summer July day.                       
      5. Settle for More—celebrating the birth on this day in 1970 of noted Fox journalist Megyn Kelly and author of a newly released book Settle for More.
On this day in:                                                                                   
a. 1878 soprano Marie Selika Williams became the first black artist to perform at the White House.
b. 1883 Canadian and American railroads divide the two nations into five time zones.      
c. 1916 after suffering some 620,000 casualties for almost no gains General Douglas Haig called off the 1st Battle of the Somme which had raged since July 1, 1916 (talk about reinforcing failure what about losing over 57,000 men on the first day did Haig not comprehend and cease the offensive then).
d. 1978 Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana led his followers to a mass murder-suicide claiming 918 lives, including 270 children.
e. 2003 the Massachusetts Supreme Court in the case of Goodrich v. Department of Public Health declared the state's ban on same sex marriages to be unconstitutional,
Reflections on bullying: “Bullying is never fun, it's a cruel and terrible thing to do to someone. If you are being bullied, it is not your fault. No one deserves to be bullied, ever.” Raini Rodriguez, noted American actress and singer.
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