Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Great American Smoke Out

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 16, 2017 After successfully transmitting over 1.5 billion barrels of oil through the Keystone Pipeline since 2010, TransCanada reported a leak of some 5,000 barrels; we have suspected for some time that Al Franken is a joke who has not business being in the Senate a feeling that has been confirmed by L.A. radio host Leeann Tweeden who charged him with trying to kiss her and fondle her breasts during a USO tour in 2006 and worse fondled her when she was asleep on the plane returning home (what a pathetic pervert apology notwithstanding); Schumer on Franken belatedly got his act together and followed McConnell in calling for a ethics probe of this pervert (Congress needs to pass the Spieir Bill calling for mandatory sexual harassment avoidance training for its members and remove the barriers to filing a claim by a sexually harassed aide); despite more women coming out to join the parade of minors harassed by Moore, Moore is defied calls from the RNC and a growing list of Republican Senators that he withdraw from the race (the casualty of this pervert is that millions upon millions may not see a tax cut if the Democratic candidate who is surging in the polls wins); on the celeb sexual harassment front, Sylvester Stallone has by charged by a women that he molested her when he was 40 and she 16 in a Hilton Hotel room in Las Vegas; the House passed a tax reform and cut bill to send to the House where due to the obstructionism of the Blues will face an uncertain future (if living in this Blue state time to write the Bobsey Twins of the left Feinstein and Harris);the trial of Senator Mendez has ended in a mistrial with the jury voting 10-2 for acquittal; almost a stuck record or a gruesome  remake of Groundhog Day, Chicago style,  the carnage in Chicago continued unabated with total shootings by mostly minorities against mostly minorities in 2017 through November 14 increasing to 3253  of whom 567 have died while nothing is being done to hinder or prevent the killings of minorities by minorities.
      As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Owl City, factoids of interest for this day in history, hoping our police are able to find any lamisters, especially the one who ambushed a Detroit police officer yesterday, a relevant quote from the American Cancer on the dangers of smoking and second hand smoke, 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—created by UNESCO in 1995 to promote tolerance of different races, cultures and religions as a means of making the world a safer, less violent place.
          2. Great American Smoke Out—celebrated first on November 16, 1976 to call upon smoker to forgo cigarettes for one day and then to build on that one day at a time until all 40 million smokers give up the habit which is the leading preventable cause of death, causing lung cancer, strokes, and heart attacks both to the smoker and those unfortunate enough to be near them when they are puffing away. 
          3. 2009 Number One Song—the number one song in 2009 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “Fire Flies” by Owl City Here is a recording of the song:
  4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “lamister” which means a fugitive.   
           5. Greed Is a Terrible Magnet—celebrating or rather bemoaning the birth on this day in 1946 of Dennis Kozlowski, who rose up from the ranks to become CEO of Tyco but even a salary of $8.8 million in 1997 increasing to $170 million was not enough to sate his greed and he was convicted of 38 fraud counts of pocketing $170 million plus another $400 million in tainted stack sales. He was released on parole after serving almost nine years in prison.
On this day in:                                                                                   
           a. 1904 English inventor John Fleming received a patent for the thermionic valve (vacuum tube).
                 b. 19914 the Federal Reserve Bank was founded.  
          c. 1938 Albert Hoffman working at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland synthesized LSD to the future joy of Timothy Leary.
             d. 1969 Richard Nixon went to Robert F. Kennedy Stadium to become the first sitting president to attend a NFL football game pitting the Dallas Cowboys against the Washington Redskins.
   e. 1973 after years of delay brought by environmental groups and Native American tribes, President Nixon signed the Trans Alaskan Pipeline Authorization Act of 1973 which ended all litigation blocking the construction of the pipeline which is still in use today.       
         Reflections on smoking and second hand smoke: “Smoking does not make you a KILLER per se, but your heart will drown in GUILT if second hand smoke gave someone in your own family a life-threatening disease. Save a lifetime of regret – quit today.” American Cancer Society How very astute and why it is so important to observe this day by not smoking.
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