Monday, February 6, 2023

Biden Administration's Explanation of the 8 Day Delay in Shooting Down Spy Balloon Lacks Any Credibility


When it comes to facing the existential Chinese threat
Biden’s monkey response is have not seen, heard or need to evil speak yet
Waiting until over the ocean after a lollygagging spying flight
Leaving our military scrambling to keep visible sensitive data out of sight
Foolishly thinking that like the blackout curtains in WWII targets the bombers could not find
Biden has come up with two explanations for the delay that blow one’s mind
First with a debris path 7 miles wide too much danger to civilians on the ground
Ignoring the fact that in Alaska, Montana and other states in its path for miles upon miles not a human to be found
The second which is even more flawed
That once again a feckless Biden is grasping for straws
A claim we, while they were spying, on their balloon we were spying
So hard to believe this is the quality of our intel services we are relying
With debris falling some 11 miles high into an ocean with currents and tides
The idea we will find debris with useful intel is an idea to deride
Why the F-22 did not fire a micro burst over land to the balloon hole
Then leaking lift to crash gently to the ground would have met our intel goal
Hunter’s corrupt deals with the Chinese and the Big Guy’s 10% created appearance of Manchurian Candidate
But Biden’s handling of the spy balloon like military aid to Ukraine invasion too late
On the Biden’s lack of competence ends any debate
And a judgment for history far, far worse than Carter or any other president rate

© 2/6/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

February 5, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The Chinese “weather balloon” is no longer drifting across the U.S. with cameras clicking and gathering all manner of data but we are now finding out that some 4 months earlier another Chinese spy balloon crashed off the coast of Hawaii and other spy balloons may have crossed southern portions of the nation for a brief period of time which was discovered after Trump left office but the excuse of collateral damage against really sparsely areas of the nation like Montana and Alaska is being ridiculed. In the war against the 2nd Amendment a District Court in Oklahoma has ruled that a federal law banning users or addicts of controlled substance from owning firearms is illegal. Since federal law banning the use, possession and sale of marijuana is illegal most banks will not allow the use of credit cards which means legal dispensaries of marijuana have become a magnet for thugs wanting to rob  stores with large amounts of cash on the premises, incentivizing big time anyone working there to be armed. Tonight the Grammy Awards will be handed out and we wonder whether Woke announcements in favor of leftist causes will overshadow the artists’ performances. Add gas stoves to the list of products that the Biden Administration wants to ban that users are outraged  so bad that Senators Cruz and Manchin have introduced a bill to prevent the Biden Administration from banning gas stoves or imposing new regulations that would significantly increase their cost. The Stanford Women were upset by the University of Washington in a close game with numerous lead changes. I hope you enjoy today’s Ridley's Believe It Or Not  and find it worthy to read and if not reply “Unsubscribe” to be removed.  
Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 5, 2023
          Noted Holidays: California Western Monarch Butterfly Day created in 2004 by the California Legislature and celebrated on February 5 of each year marking the migration of the huge clouds of Monarchs that despite their frail gossamer wings head some 2500 miles to Mexico and then return to sites on the Central Coast.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “affreux” which means frightening which should describe how taxpayers must feel when they learn the size of our national debt which keeps growing at a staggering rate.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1967 was “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees on a run of 6 weeks following 1 week in December 1966  to share with 18 other songs achieving number 1 status, while 8 acts achieved their first number 1 song. Here is a recording with lyrics of The Monkees performing  “I’m a Believer”:
           Noted Birthdays: Barbara Lynn Herzstein, better known to her fans as Barbara Seagull (adapted as a result of her in the film Endless Summer having to toss a seagull into the air to teach it to fly which had to be redone numerous times until the seagull’s neck was broken) and Barbara Hershey, a noted actress who has been in the silver screen and TV business since 1965 and whose early career was wallowing during her 6 year relationship with David Carradine but blossomed after they broke up.          Notable Events that occurred on February 5:
                   1.     1958—A B-47 bomber carrying a thermonuclear warhead from Homestead Air Force in Florida on a training bombing run collided near Savannah  with an F-86 Fighter that crashed after the pilot ejected and the bomber remained aloft but was granted authority to land at the nearest military airport but to first jettison the bomb which it did over the waters off the coast of Tybee Island. The bomb had its thermonuclear material but it is not clear whether the plutonium capsule which would be needed to create a thermonuclear blast had be installed. We do know the bomb did not detonate after falling into the waters of Tybee Island. The bomb has never been found which would provide the answer to that question despite extensive searches for it.
          2.     1971—After overcoming in flight some technical problems that would have terminated the landing and with the prior failure of Apollo 13 potentially resulting in a termination of the Apollo Program, Alan Shephard and Edgar Mitchell in Apollo 14 landed on the Moon while Stuart Roosa remained in the Command Module and orbited the Moon. Apollo 14 is probably best remembered for Alan Shepard smuggling two golf balls and the head of a Wilson 6 iron on board the command module and then after  landing and in full view of the TV cameras hitting two golf balls with a makeshift 6 iron which despite the Moon’s week gravity flew only 27 and 40 yards due to the movement limitations in his space suit.
          3.      1985—In a better late than never and what took you so long moment, Ugo Veter, the mayor of Rome, and  Chedli Klibi mayor of Carthage, a suburb of Tunis, Tunisia, met in Tunis to sign a treaty of friendship officially ending the Third Punic War which had lasted 2.131 years.
          4.     1997—The Swiss National Bank, UBS and Credit Suisse aka the Big Three of Swiss banking announced the formation of a $71 million fund earmarked to assist Holocaust survivors and their families.
          5.     2020—President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate in his first impeachment trial with 52 Red Senators voting against impeachment for the charge of abuse of power and Mitt Romney voting in favor to become the first senator to vote in favor of removing a president of his own party and all 53 Red Senators voting against for the charge of obstruction of justice.
          Quotes of the DayMajor Howard Richardson, the pilot of the B-47 that collided with the F-86 reading from the receipt he signed when bomb was loaded abroad: “During this maneuver I will allow no assembly or disassembly of this item while in my custody, nor will I allow any active capsule to be inserted into it at any time.”
Lieutenant Colonel Derek Duke, USAF (retired), author of Chasing Nukes that quotes Howard H. Dixon a former Air Force crew chief who loaded nuclear weapons onto planes at Hunter Airforce Base in Savannah from 1957 to 1959 “Never in my Air Force career did I install a Mark 15 weapon without installing the plutonium capsule.”

Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Commissioned unique poems

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Crisis on Public Safety as Thin Blue Line Gets Thinner Each Day


Across the nation the thin Blue line we rely upon to serve and protect
Is getting thinner every day as overworked, understaffed and unappreciated cops retirement and resignation elect
Who in their right mind would want a job where the mayor and council did not have your back
And Blues in the Swamp and across the nation want cops to qualified immunity lack
A split second decision to use force and live
In a society that almost any use of force on men of color will not forgive
From when you call 911 you’re on hold or are told to wait
When felons are arrested released on no cash bail to their criminal thirst sate
More and more crimes that used to put a person in jail to his future crimes curtail
Now either misdemeanors that D.A.’s won’t prosecute or become citations instead of jail
When a NYC off duty cop answers an ad to buy a used car
Instead shot clinging to his life pretty clear we have gone too far
Thugs are not smashing and grabbing for necessities to live
 If so many of us might want to help or at least forgive
No, crimes made easier with less cops and more soft on crime legislators and Soros financed D.A.’s
Destroy the 2nd Amendment through curbs and our safety goes away
© 2/4/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


Saturday, February 4, 2023

February 4, Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The Chinese “weather balloon” is no longer drifting across the U.S. with cameras clicking and gathering all manner of data whose path seems not completely controlled by the wind as it was shot down by a sidewinder missile over the Atlantic Ocean 6 miles off the coast of South Carolina in water believed to be 47 feet deep with a debris field of what the balloon was carrying estimated to be 7 miles wide making searching and recovering debris with a USN recovery ship 2 days away challenging to say the least. As might be expected China is protesting the fact that its “weather balloon” was shot down after being blown into U.S. airspace by a force majeure event that the protest omitted forced it to fly over U.S. ICBM bases. The U.S. already struggling to meet the pleas from Ukraine and Taiwan for weapons had better immediately start ramping up weapons production as too many signs point to a war with China. At least the Super Bowl LVII and its Super Bowl parties are only 8 days away.. I hope you enjoy today’s Ridley's Believe It Or Not  and find it worthy to read and if not reply “Unsubscribe” to be removed.  
Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 4, 2023
          Noted Holidays: International Pisco Sour Day, created in 2003 by the Peruvian government to honor Pisco, the amber brandy which is the national liqueur of Peru and celebrated on the first Saturday of February.   The drink was invented in the early 1920s in Lima, Peru, by American bartender Victor Vaughen Morris, who developed it as a variation of the whiskey sour. In July of 1924, Mario Bruiget began bartending at Morris', and added egg whites and Angostura bitters to the drink, making it what it is today.   
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “afflated” which means inspired a trait not found by most mere mortals after meeting one of  our political “leaders."     
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1968 was “Hello Say Goodbye” by the Beatles on a run of 2 weeks following 1 week in December 1967  to share with 16 other songs achieving number 1 status, while 10 acts achieved their first number 1 song, including Otis Redding for “(Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay” as the first number 1 song awarded posthumously  Here is a recording with lyrics of The Beatles performing  “Hello, Goodbye”: 
          Noted Birthdays: Oscar Del La Hoya, noted boxer and promoter, born on this day in 1973, who won in the 1992 Summer Olympics a Gold Medal in the lightweight boxing division and as a professional boxer has won 11 world championships in 6 weight classes.
          Notable Events that occurred on February 4:
          1.     1941—The United Services Organization (USO) was created to provide social services to and entertainment for the troops until terminated in 1947 but then restarted during the Korean War and has continued in that mission since then.
          2.     1976A 7.5 Richter Scale earthquake hit Guatemala and Honduras in the early morning hours, killing some 23,000 people, injuring some 76,000 and thanks to the adobe construction of many dwellings in the  130 mile length of the Montagua Fault destroyed 230,000 dwellings, leaving some 1.2 people homeless.
          3.     2000—
The World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium, Charter of Paris was signed by French President Jacques Chirac and UNESCO’s Director General Koichiro Masuura, creating World Cancer Day which is celebrated annually on February 4.
          4.     2004—Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Severin.
          5.     2020—COVID-19 pandemic in Macau causes all casinos there to close for 15 days.
          Quotes of the DayFranklin Foer, Staff Writer for The Atlantic and Former Editor of  New Republic on the negatives of social media like Facebook:  “The biggest problem is that Facebook and Google are these giant feedback loops that give people what they want to hear. And when you use them in a world where your biases are being constantly confirmed, you become susceptible to fake news, propaganda, demagoguery.”
Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Commissioned unique poems

U.S. Raptor Shoots Chinese "Weather Balloon" Down with a Sidewinder Instead of Holing it with Cannon Fire to Have it Slowly Crash with the Payload that Could Be Examinedwnu> >


The Chinese “weather balloon” like in earlier times the U-2 “weather plane”
Have both been shot down--the balloon streaming gas, the U-2 in flames

The Chinese like a rug it’s a “weather balloon” lied
Like in 1960 Ike aped in order to save a summit he tried
At least weather planes can alter their path but weather balloons are slaves to the winds
The Chinese “weather balloon” moved from ICBM silos to silos miles apart and its claim did not rescind
Unauthorized entry into a nation’s airspace is an act of war
Shooting the intruder down as across the skies it soars
Is the response that’s predictable and right
That’s why Soviet bombers near Alaska but after seeing the scramble reverse their flight
Biden trying to appear strong and resolute
Touted he wanted the military to at the balloon shoot
But the Pentagon worried about civilian casualties in the West wide open space talked him out of it
Watching the spy balloon on its photographic tour of missile did not with us well fit
Finally when 6 miles off shore a F-22 Raptor shot it down
Over 47 feet of water and a payload crash that will spread debris 7 miles wide

With salt water already starting to the pieces corrode
With a navy salvage ship 2 days away to divers unload
That our military shot it down we cheer
That they used a sidewinder we jeer
Using it cannon it would been able to create lots of holes
Losing lift it would have slowly drifting down which should have been a goal

No terminal velocity crash of the payload so no civilians would die
In one or several large pieces our discovery of its secrets could not be denied

© 2/4/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


Friday, February 3, 2023

February 3, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The Chinese “weather balloon” is still drifting across the U.S. with cameras clicking and gathering all manner of data whose path seems not completely controlled by the win with Reds and hopefully Blues wondering when are we going to bring the balloon down. Elon Musk is a happy man today as a jury has ruled in a lawsuit against him by Tesla shareholders that he is not liable for his tweet in 2018 on his intent to take Tesla private at $420 a share. The 6 week of additional winter forecasted by Punxsutawney Phil is getting a head start as massive winter cold fronts are hitting the Midwest and Northeast but not hard enough to rattle the climate change warriors. Number 2 Stanford Women Basketball head north to play the Cougars tonight at 7:00 P.M. and the Huskeys on Sunday noon unfortunately televised only on the PAC 12 Network which almost no Sports Bars in Southern California subscribe to. I hope you enjoy today’s Ridley's Believe It Or Not  and find it worthy to read and if not reply “Unsubscribe” to be removed.  
Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 3, 2023
          Noted Holidays: Wear Red Day,  an observance to wear red not in support of the Reds but created by the American Heart Association in 2003 and first celebrated on February 6, 2004 and on the first Friday in February thereafter to create awareness that heart attacks are the leading cause of death among women and promote exercise and diet healthy for hearts.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “affabulation” which means the moral of a fable or story which explains why Aesop’s Fables are still very popular today.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1969 was “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye on a run of 4 weeks following 3 weeks in December 1968  to share with 16 other songs achieving number 1 status, while 814 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a recording with lyrics of Marvin Gaye performing  “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”:
          Noted Birthdays:
 Elizabeth Holmes, noted entrepreneur and fraudster, born on this day in 1984, who left Stanford after her freshman year to found Theranos, a medical device company that fraudulent touted to investors that the technology could determine a variety of diseases with one drop of blood. From a net worth of $9 billion based on the valuation of company from private rounds of financing of millions of dollars, she went down to 0 when the fact the technology did not work was finally exposed she was charged with multiple counts of wire fraud, convicted and sentenced to 135 months in prison starting when she arrives in a federal prison on April 27 of this year.
          Notable Events that occurred on February 3:
          1.     1959— In what would become known as “The Day the Music Died” Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson aka “The Big Bopper” took off after performing in Clear Lake Iowa heading to Moorhead, Minnesota only to crash and kill all aboard less than 6 miles from the airport.
          2.     1961—The “Doomsday” plane able to control all U.S. bombers and missiles in the event that SAC Headquarters was destroyed took off and before it landed another “Doomsday” plane would replace it for the next 30 years.
          3.     1984—Doctor John Buster and a research team from the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center made the first transfer in history of a live embryo from one woman to another resulting in a live birth.
          4.     1995—Eileen Collins became the first female captain of a Space Shuttle mission when the Space Shuttle Discovery docked with Russia’s MIR Space Station.
          5.     1998—Approaching the cable car servicing the Cavalese Ski Resort near Trento, Italy, a Marine Corps EA-7 Prowler flying too low so pilot and navigator could get a better view of the mountain and skiers hit a cable supporting the car, sending 20 skiers to their deaths after a fall of 80 meters. Surprisingly the plane made it back to base with wing and tail damage. The two Marines were acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide but expelled from the Marine Corps.
          Quotes of the Day: Bob Dylan on Buddy Holly:  “When I was 16 or 17, I went to see Buddy Holly play and I was three feet away from him… and he LOOKED at me… Buddy Holly was a poet – way ahead of his time.”

Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Commissioned unique poems

Biden Refuses to Shoot Down Chinese Spy Balloon but Assures Us All Options Are on the Table


The Pentagon claims that it can bring down the Chinese spy balloon
But held back to prevent injuries to civilians which sounds like an excuse from a buffoon
Biden living in his Corn Pop world of saving the pool with a chain
Calms Americans by telling us our response will be safe and sane
Speaks of the myth that all options are on the table
Which rivals the Chicken Little “Sky is Falling” fable
Biden’s problem is that his reality is viewed through tough fighter eyes
Where Ukraine on Burisma/Hunter special prosecutor firing could not deny
When the real reality is that he is frail and on policy and physically weak
Perceptions of foe and friend enhanced by his acts and when he speaks
There is no reason to allow this balloon spy to continue its spying windblown drift
With cameras clicking away creating photos as a useful Chinese intel gift
Shoot if down, remove the cameras and film and then decide what to return
Withholding all that a threat to our security we are able to discern
Sadly since Biden is the champ of the lead from behind
While each day losing more and more of the neurons in his mind

© 2/3/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet