Thursday, February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Spit Out Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 21, 2019 Jussie Smollett has gone from victim to being charged with a Class 4 felony in Chicago for filing a false police report and from all the celebs who rushed to judgment to condemn Trump for the “attack” only the sounds of silence; Sharpton who rose to fame as a spokesman for Tawana Brawley who falsely claimed that she had been raped by 4 white men has met with Kamala Harris urging that if the allegations agains Smollett are true he should be punished to the full extent of the law (with her Trump Derangement Syndrome she is losing some of her luster); MSNBC the Mostly Slanted News Broadcasting Company finally broke silence on the Smollett arrest by implying that it was due to the bias of Trump supporting Chicago police (what an absolute crock which explains why that network has zero credibility); Stephan Ruhle whose anti-Trump animus makes her look like a fool is in hot water for her relationship with the CEO  of Under Armor; UC Berkeley the home of the Free Speech Movement is anything but when it comes to conservatives as a recruiter for Turning Point USA was punched in the face and his recruiting table overturned (very disturbing trend of the rise of the violent left); in North Carolina the elections board for the 9th Congressional District has ordered a reelection due ballot fraud; in a true silver lining moment a furloughed federal employee who had purchased a lottery ticket several days before the shut down has come forward to claim a $29.5 million prize.   
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, a music link to Harry James His Orchestra with Helen Forrest, factoids of interest for this day in history, the fact if traveling in an orogen you remembered to pack chains in the truck and a relevant quote from an unnamed tobacco company executive on smokeless tobacco,  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. Great American Spit Out Day—created to promote abstinence of smokeless tobacco that filthy habit that is highly cancerous with a host of chemicals that are not good for human beings.  
2. National Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day—celebrated since 2001 to promote girls entering engineering.  
3. 1943 Number One Song— the number one song on this day in 1943 on a run of 2 weeks in that position was “I Had the Craziest Dream” by Harry James and His Orchestra with Helen Forrest aka the Voice of the Big Bands. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move from words beginning with “n” to words beginning with “o” is “orogen” which means a mountain pass which when traversed during the winter should be in a car with chains in the trunk.
5. Infinite Jest—celebrating the birth on this day in 1962 on noted author and writer of such books as Infinite Jest who sadly despite his critical and financial success suffered from depression and committed suicide on September 12, 2008.
      On this day in:                                        
a. 1937 the League of Nations banned “foreign volunteers” in the Spanish Civil War, a ban that was largely ignored.
b. 1948 NASCAR, certainly to be on AOC’s hit list in her green new deal, was incorporated.
c. 1972 President Richard Nixon visited Chine to normalize relations with that nation.  
d. 1974 the last Israeli soldiers left the west bank of the Suez Canal after a truce with Egypt ending the Yom Kippur War.
e. 1975 former Attorney General John Mitchell and White House Advisers H.R. Haldeman and John Ehlrichman were sentenced to prison for their role in the Watergate Scandal.
        Reflections on smokeless tobacco: “Many people felt that younger chewers would be attracted to products with less tobacco taste. For example, it was suggested that we investigate the possibility of borrowing switching study data from the company which produces "Life Savers" as a basis for determining which flavors enjoy the widest appeal.”  1979 memo from a tobacco company executive The only thing favorable about smokeless tobacco is that there is no second hand smoke to cause cancer in bystanders.
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