Monday, November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For November 19, 2018 On the wildfire front the Camp Fire is now 66 2/3% contained as firefighters are slowly gaining ground and the death toll has risen to 7t6 with the number of people missing has dropped to 993 with heavy rains forecasted for Tuesday which should help firefighters but hinder the search for victims; the Woolsey Fire is now 91% contained after burning almost 100,000 acres, destroying 1130 structures and the death toll still standing at 3; DHS has claimed that the caravan is not mostly women and children but young males of whom 500 are criminals (not sure how they came up with the number but any criminal is one too many and once again points up the need for a wall and to condemn the Blues for their resistance); on the Never Nancy front 16 Blues have signed a letter indicating that their majority was due to a pledge not to vote for her and they would not vote for her (how ironic would it be if she does not have enough Blues for a majority and has to cut a deal with Trump for the wall to get Republican support to be Speaker of the House?); thanks to Michelle Wolf’s crude anti-Trump performance the organizers of the White House Press Corps Dinner have deleted comedy from the event (predictably Michelle Wolf the “comedian” who is not funny, only a biased hack who performed last year, called them cowards); the White House indicated they will not appeal the judge’s ruling on Jim Acosta, the showboating pseudo-journalist from CNN, but indicated they were preparing rules of decorum and respect which Trump indicated that if Acosta violated he would be removed; Bill de Blasio who can’t manage a small snowfall was calling out for the government to own more of NYC in order to control where buildings go, how high, who lives or works there and the rent to be charged (when are the voters of NYC going to vote this leftist idiot out to pasture?); Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek reelection has not curbed the gun violence as through November 18, 2018, 2679 people mostly of color have been shot by mostly people of color, of whom 444 have died (when will Chicago get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of mostly people of color by mostly people of color).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Elvis Presley, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact that you are fortunate enough to avoid nostrum and a relevant quote from David Scott on social media, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like college graduations, 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. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day—created by Wendy Diamond in 2014 and observed by 144 nations to honor the accomplishment of women entrepreneurs and promote entrepreneurship among women.
2. World Toilet Day—created by the World Toilet Organization in 2001 to address the issue of lack of sanitation forcing almost a billion to defecate in the open. The observance was made an official UN observance in 2013.
3. 1957 Number One Song— the number one song in 1957 on a run of 7 weeks in that position was “Jail House Rock” by Elvis Presley. Here is a recording of the song by the man who was awarded posthumously a Medal of Freedom by Trump for which he received a lot of flack for being a racist award:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we moved from words beginning with “m” to words beginning with “n” is “nostrum” which  means quack medicine which could describe the idea of single payer medicine the left like Ocasio-Cortez is pushing.
5. Where Would Trump Be Without Him--celebrating the birth on this day in 1976 of Jack Dorsey the co-founder of Twitter and the online payment company Square. Trump would not be Trump without his access to and use of Twitter but Jack may be facing head winds over his perceived stifling of conservative tweets.
    On this day in: 
a. 1863 President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
b. 1985 Pennzoil won a $10.53 billion judgment against Texaco for its interference with Pennzoil’s contract with Getty Oil to but the company making the civil judgment the largest in U.S. history and probably dooming the careers of the lawyers who advised Texaco that what the company was doing was acceptable.
c. 1998 the House Judiciary Committee began impeachment hearings against President Clinton who became only the second president to be impeached but escaped conviction as the Senate voted on straight party lines not to convict him (which would happen if the House is dumb enough to impeach Trump with the resulting loss of the House by the Blues in 2020). 
d. 1998 Vincent Van Gough’s Portrait of an Artist Without Beard was sold at auction for $57.1 million.
e. 2004 in the waning seconds of a game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons a fight broke out which really escalated to a mini riot when a fan threw a drink at Ron Artest who charged into the stands where a fight broke out between fans and players resulting in Artest being suspended for the rest of the season and four players being charged with assault and sentenced to one year probation and community service.
    Reflections on social media like Twitter:  “You can buy attention (advertising). You can beg for attention from the media (PR). You can bug people one at a time to get attention (sales). Or you can earn attention by creating something interesting and valuable and then publishing it online for free.” –David Meerman Scott, best-selling author & speaker Twitter is even more powerful now that the 140 character limit has been increased to 280 but hindered by the proclivity of Twitter to stifle conservative tweets.
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© November 19, 2018,  Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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