Sunday, October 1, 2023

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 30, 2023

 

             On the shutdown of the government front, McCarthy pulled the rabbit out of the hat by going hat in hand to seek Blue approval to get a CR with not budget cuts, no Ukraine military aide and $16 billion for additional disaster relief and the CR passed 335-91 to head to the Senate which after debate with 3 hours to spare passed the House’s CR 88-9. We now have until November 17 to have Congress pass a budget to avoid another repeat of what looks like a completely dysfunctional Congress which seems incapable of addressing our rapidly increasing national debt which is now 1.2 times our gross national product.
              On the strike front, the UAW has authorized another 7,000 members at a Ford plant in Chicago and a GM plant in Lansing, Michigan but Stellantis has been spared due to apparent progress being made.
               On the Ukraine War front with Reds in the House more and more reluctant to continued military aide to Ukraine evidenced by the CR Bill which has no funds for Ukraine, German and French manufacturers have begun to set up plants to manufacture weapons in Ukraine.
            On the political corruption front thankfully not here in the U.S. but in France, French President Nikolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to 1 year in prison for campaign finance violations to have the dubious distinction of being only the second French President in modern times to be sentenced more than once to prison although he may be allowed to serve his sentence at home with a monitor.
             On the inflation front, the ability of workers to bring home the bacon has become more difficult than ever as the prices for bacon have risen some 28% thanks to pandemic buying and meat processing plants being shut down due to widespread COVID-19 infection during the pandemic due in part to workers working in close proximity to each other
             Justice delayed is said to be justice denied, but for the family of Tupac Shakur, finally justice delayed was not denied as Las Vegas police have arrested Duane Davis, aged 60 and a former gang member for the South Compton Crips, for the 1996 drive by murder of Tupac Shakur. 
             On the shutdown of the government front, McCarthy pulled the rabbit out of the hat by going hat in hand to seek Blue approval to get a CR with not budget cuts, no Ukraine military aide and $16 billion for additional disaster relief and the CR passed 335-91 to head to the Senate which after debate with 3 hours to spare passed the House’s CR 88-9. We now have until November 17 to have Congress pass a budget to avoid another repeat of what looks like a completely dysfunctional Congress which seems incapable of addressing our rapidly increasing national debt which is now 1.2 times our gross national product.

              On the strike front, the UAW has authorized another 7,000 members at a Ford plant in Chicago and a GM plant in Lansing, Michigan but Stellantis has been spared due to apparent progress being made.
               On the Ukraine War front with Reds in the House more and more reluctant to continued military aide to Ukraine evidenced by the CR Bill which has no funds for Ukraine, German and French manufacturers have begun to set up plants to manufacture weapons in Ukraine.
            On the political corruption front thankfully not here in the U.S. but in France, French President Nikolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to 1 year in prison for campaign finance violations to have the dubious distinction of being only the second French President in modern times to be sentenced more than once to prison although he may be allowed to serve his sentence at home with a monitor.
             On the inflation front, the ability of workers to bring home the bacon has become more difficult than ever as the prices for bacon have risen some 28% thanks to pandemic buying and meat processing plants being shut down due to widespread COVID-19 infection during the pandemic due in part to workers working in close proximity to each other
             Justice delayed is said to be justice denied, but for the family of Tupac Shakur, finally justice delayed was not denied as Las Vegas police have arrested Duane Davis, aged 60 and a former gang member for the South Compton Crips, for the 1996 drive by murder of Tupac Shakur.  
               September 30, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
 
               
Noted Holidays:  International Podcast Day created on this day in 2014 by Steve Lee to promote the growing proliferation of podcasters as a means to disseminate entertainment and information.   
              Word of the Day: The word of the day as we end the word of the day starting with “a” to move to words starting with “b” “babeldom” which means a confused source of voices which describes to a tee the sounds from a Republican Primary debate.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1976 was “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry on a run of 3 weeks to share number 1 status with 25 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 15 acts, including Wild Cherry, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a recording  of Wild Cherry  performing with lyric “Play That Funky Music”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHcYFxU4fMo
             September 30 Birthdays: “Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Near Victory”—Richie Lymon, noted singer and songwriter,   born on this day in 1942 in Washington Heights, New York to become  a rising singer with the Teenagers and then to go solo but with a heroin addiction that doomed his singing career to disaster. He enter the U.S. Army to escape a heroin possession charge but was soon dishonorably discharged. Ultimately managed to secure a recording session with Roulette Records for February 28, 1968 but sadly on the 27th  he was found dead with a syringe of heroin in his arm.
              September 30  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2016 2 paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in art heist/Van Goghs with a high value price/The thieves were quickly caught/But for 14 years the paintings search went for naught/Finally in 2016 the paintings were discovered in a mansion owned by Raffaele Imperiale a drug cartel king/Who was hiding out in luxury in Dubai to be arrested in 2022 to  back to Italy to bring.
              2.      On this day in 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten  published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to depict/Muslims in Denmark and around the world that the cartoons were blasphemous and totally sick/Islam is strongly aniconimistic and cartoons of the Prophet are viewed as a heinous sin/By January 2006, 250 reported deaths, attacks on Danish and other European diplomatic missions, attacks on churches and Christians, and a boycott of Denmark would begin/Islam has no tolerance when it comes to it faith/Free speech acts deemed an attack on it put the speaker in a very dangerous place.
              3.      On this day in 1968 the first wide body jet the 747 was to the public shown/Lower seat costs per mile for passengers flown/Longer distances to fly nonstop/Prices to fly coach would soon drop.  
              4.      On this day in 1954 USS Nautilus was commissioned/First ship powered by a nuclear reactor it would never have to surface while on a mission/Never would it run out of fuel to propel the ship/Only restraint was food to feed the crew to be free of hunger’s debilitating grip.
              5.      On this day in 1949 the Berlin Airlift was able to come to an end/Started on June 26, 1948 USAF planes to West Berlin were able 1,783,573 tons (76.4% of total) and the RAF 541,937 tons of supplies to send/In trying to blockade West Berlin into submission the Soviets lost/But in airplane crashes 71 American, Australian and British lives were the cost.
           Quote on the 747 by Richard Branson the founder of Virgin Airlines:
           In the '80's my gut feeling was that airlines were crap. I hated spending time on planes. I thought we could create the kind of airline I'd like. So we got a secondhand 747 and gave it a go.

                              

© September 30, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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              September 30, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays:  International Podcast Day created on this day in 2014 by Steve Lee to promote the growing proliferation of podcasters as a means to disseminate entertainment and information.

              Word of the Day: The word of the day as we end the word of the day starting with “a” to move to words starting with “b” “babeldom” which means a confused source of voices which describes to a tee the sounds from a Republican Primary debate.

              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1976 was “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry on a run of 3 weeks to share number 1 status with 25 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 15 acts, including Wild Cherry, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a recording  of Wild Cherry  performing with lyric “Play That Funky Music”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHcYFxU4fMo
             September 30 Birthdays: “Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Near Victory”—Richie Lymon, noted singer and songwriter,   born on this day in 1942 in Washington Heights, New York to become  a rising singer with the Teenagers and then to go solo but with a heroin addiction that doomed his singing career to disaster. He enter the U.S. Army to escape a heroin possession charge but was soon dishonorably discharged. Ultimately managed to secure a recording session with Roulette Records for February 28, 1968 but sadly on the 27th  he was found dead with a syringe of heroin in his arm.
              September 30  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2016 2 paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in art heist/Van Goghs with a high value price/The thieves were quickly caught/But for 14 years the paintings search went for naught/Finally in 2016 the paintings were discovered in a mansion owned by Raffaele Imperiale a drug cartel king/Who was hiding out in luxury in Dubai to be arrested in 2022 to  back to Italy to bring.
              2.      On this day in 2005 the Danish newspaper
Jyllands-Posten  published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to depict/Muslims in Denmark and around the world that the cartoons were blasphemous and totally sick/Islam is strongly aniconimistic and cartoons of the Prophet are viewed as a heinous sin/By January 2006, 250 reported deaths, attacks on Danish and other European diplomatic missions, attacks on churches and Christians, and a boycott of Denmark would begin/Islam has no tolerance when it comes to it faith/Free speech acts deemed an attack on it put the speaker in a very dangerous place.
              3.      On this day in 1968 the first wide body jet the 747 was to the public shown/Lower seat costs per mile for passengers flown/Longer distances to fly nonstop/Prices to fly coach would soon drop.  

              4.      On this day in 1954 USS Nautilus was commissioned/First ship powered by a nuclear reactor it would never have to surface while on a mission/Never would it run out of fuel to propel the ship/Only restraint was food to feed the crew to be free of hunger’s debilitating grip.
              5.      On this day in 1949 the Berlin Airlift was able to come to an end/Started on June 26, 1948 USAF planes to West Berlin were able 1,783,573 tons (76.4% of total) and the RAF 541,937 tons of supplies to send/In trying to blockade West Berlin into submission the Soviets lost/But in airplane crashes 71 American, Australian and British lives were the cost.

           Quote on the 747 by Richard Branson the founder of Virgin Airlines:

           In the '80's my gut feeling was that airlines were crap. I hated spending time on planes. I thought we could create the kind of airline I'd like. So we got a secondhand 747 and gave it a go.

                              

© September 30, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 29, 2023

 

            On the shutdown of the government front, McCarthy is bringing another last minute attempt to pass a spending bill to keep the government open but the minority Freedom Caucus does not look like it will budge and the Blues want nothing to do with the Reds’ plan to cut spending and increase border security so if McCarthy does not pull a rabbit out of the hat, by midnight Saturday, its partial shutdown time.
              On the strike front, Biden’s walking the UAW picket line produced nothing but ridicule, as the UAW is looking to expand the walkouts to put more pressure on the Big Three to come to an agreement which whatever the terms will be a bonus to nonunion plants in the U.S., especially if the Big Three cave in to the UAW’s demand for a 4 day work week with 5 days of pay.
            On weather front New York City and the Northeast are facing massive amounts of rain coupled with extensive flooding.
              On the Ukraine War front with Reds increasing choosing to ignore the lessons of 1938 Munich appeasement on the Sudetenland and leaning to reduce or end military aid to Ukraine, Russia has announced a 74% increase in its military budget, complaining that U.S. and NATO countries with their military aide is at war with Russia. Ukraine is making overtures to ordinary Russians to return the 20,000 Ukrainian children it claims have be removed to Russia and Russian speaking areas of Ukraine Russia has annexed. 
             On the peace in the Middle East front, the Israeli Minister of Tourism is visiting Saudi Arabia which marks the first time an Israeli minister has visited the Saudi Kingdom which may single expanded economic ties between the 2 nations.
             On the outrage over killing a Canadian Sikh front, protestors are marching in front of the Indian Embassy demanding an expulsion of the Indian Ambassador after Prime Minister Trudeau claimed Prime Minister Modi’s Administration orchestrated the killing of a Sikh leader in Canada.
             On the Newsom veto front, in what looked like a Newsom move to the center, he vetoed a bill providing for benefits to striking workers when the California Unemployment Compensation fund is already in a deficit and a bill that would have given nannies and housekeepers workplace protection.
              September 29, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays:  World Heart Day created in 1991 by Antonio Bayés de Luna, World Health Organization and the World Heart Federation to create awareness of cardiovascular diseases and lifestyle changes to prevent them.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day is “azuline” which means the color Blue which if you are frustrated with a Blue supporter, use the world to describe him and see if he is educated enough to know what you mean.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1977 was “Best of My Love” by The Emotions  on a run  of 5 weeks noncontinuous to share number 1 status with 29 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 18 acts, including The Emotions, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a recording  of The Emotions  performing “Best of My Love”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Tb80rmPt4
             September 29 Birthdays: “Pursuing Power as a Way to Cut to the Quick in History”—Richard J. Evans, noted historian and author with an emphasis on Germany:,   born on this day in 1946 in Woodford, London to become an author of 18 books and a bitter foe of British historian, Holocaust denier and author David Irving whom he considers to be charlatan as a historian.
              September 29  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2007 the cooling towers of the Calder Hall, the world’s first nuclear power plant on the grid/ Used controlled explosions to its cooling towers rid/Had produced power since 1956 but decommissioning started in 2005/A reminder that if we are ever to become zero carbon emissions our nuclear power electricity generating plants we will have to revive.
              2.      On this day in 2004 Burt Rutan’s Space Ship One reached a 64 mile height/One more trip to reach similar distances above the Earth and eligible for the Ansari X prize for space flight/Backed by Microsoft founder Paul Allen $30 million to build the ship was spent/But on the second flight of 70 miles on October 4, 2004 only $10 million into Rutan’s pockets was sent/But knowledge gained/ Would mean that commercial space travel for long could not be restrained.
              3.      On this day in 2004 the Asteroid /Toutatis from Earth was less than 4 lunar units near/Enough to give us due to a collision some justified fear/With a diameter of 2.45 km and weighing 1.9×1013 kg a collision would cause massive and deadly devastation/Misnamed as the Celtic god of tribal protection/Don’t lose sleep as it will not approach again until 2069/To develop a defense of anti-asteroids nuke busting or deflecting missiles we have plenty of time.
              4.      On this day in 1988 with nerves on edge and fingers crossed/NASA launched mission STS 26, the first Space Shuttle Mission since the January 28, 1986 Challenger loss/Discovery launched flawlessly on the “Return to Mission Flight”/Its landing 4 days later safe and sound was a most welcome sight.
              5.      On this day in 1923 at Weequahic Park in Newark in the Garden State/To compete in a national track and field championship women no longer had to wait/11 events from the 50 and 100 yard dash, 60 yad hurdles and  4X110 relay race/To the high and long jump, discus and shotput toss and basketball and softball throw through the airspace/For women’s sports a historic moment and promotion/First steps to women’s long desire to compete in sports put in motion.
              Quote on preparation for a large asteroid striking Earth by Michio Kaku, noted American theoretical physicist and popular science writer:
              “Sooner or later, we will face a catastrophic threat from space. Of all the possible threats, only a gigantic asteroid hit can destroy the entire planet. If we prepare now, we better our odds of survival. The dinosaurs never knew what hit them.

© September 29, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Obstructed by the Freedom Caucus Saved by the Blues House Funding Bill For 45 Days Without Ukraine Aid Sails Through

 

The Gang of 21 Reds of the House Freedom Caucus stood their ground
Could care less of a disaster if the government was shut down
McCarthy in a corner had no choice but to their obstruction go around
Appealed to Blues for funding support which he quickly found
A 45 day funding bill with $16 billion additional for disaster relief
But no military aided for Ukraine which will cause them much grief
The Senate bill for funding does have money for Ukraine
Compromise between House and Senate needed or efforts go down the drain
The can so often in the Swamp has been kicked down the road
While the national debt keeps soaring for future generations a heavier load
The losers in this political mess
Must be the Gang of 21 causing such stress
Each of them should face primary challenges by budget hawks
Who while keeping principle when compromise is needed will not balk
Politics to be responsive to the peoples’ needs
Must never the siren call of my way or the highway heed
We still must pass a bill by House and Senate by midnight
But good chance 1 ½ months of continued funding are in sight

© 9/30/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

September 28, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not

 

             On the immigration front, after meeting with Texas Red Rep. Gonzales, Elon Musk is doing what our MIA President and MIA VP is doing what they have failed to do go to ground zero of the illegals surge to see the flood to understand what we must do. Ayanna Presley who like a stuck record keeps claiming the border is secure should have gone with him to remove the secure border cataracts from her eyes.
              On the diplomatic front, Travis King an American Army soldier who bolted across the DMZ to enter North Korea to be immediately detained is back on U.S. soil again although the military appears clueless on what prompted his flight and Americans are unsure of what if any sanctions he will face. A rare case of successful diplomacy between the United States and North Korea without the payment of money by the United States or release of frozen assets.
             On the potential Biden impeachment front, the House opened an informal impeachment inquiry with impending threat of a government shutdown with Blues arguing that Biden himself received no money when the statutes cover receipt by spouse or close relative individuals who have received wire transfers of funds from foreign sources in the aggregate of more than $20 million.
             On the rising gas price front, the price of oil has moved to just north of $94 a barrel and the national average price of regular gasoline has risen to $3.83 with California leading the nation with an average price of regular gas at $6.079 and Mississippi in the envious position of having the cheapest gas at $3.246.
             On the AI front, high tech companies and the general population are awaiting the expected release of an executive order which will deal with permitted uses of AI protections relating to invasion of privacy. Unfortunately, there are no laws dealing with AI and critics are complaining that executive orders as opposed to congressional action are not the preferred method of trying to regulate the use of AI.
             On the labor relations front, the WGA strike has ended while the SAG strike is still ongoing and while late night talk shows are putting writers back to work, other shows and films may not be hot to trot to bring writers back to work when there are no actors available to deliver acting services for the scripts. The auto strike against the Big Three is slowly expanding in terms of the number of workers walking off their jobs due to the strikes. Even though needs another strike like a hole in the head, thousands of health care workers are poised to go on strike.
            On the retail legal front, the FTC, having sued Google for being a monopoly, is now suing Amazon in a suit joined by 17 state AG’s for exercising monopoly power to raise prices, reduce quality and stifle competitive innovation.
           On the criminal legal front, Sam Bankman-Fried the founder of the crypto currency company F-T-X who has been confined to jail due to violating the conditions of his parole is scheduled to start trial next week.  
            On the space front after 371 days in space aboard ISS due to a Soyuz Space Craft that had developed a coolant leak, Frank Rubio was finally able to return to Earth.
              September 28, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays:  World Rabies Day created by the Global Alliance for Rabies Prevent and celebrated on this day, the anniversary the birth of Louis Pasteur, to promote and enable the vaccination of dogs and cats to prevent them from spreading the disease which is almost 100% fatal if not diagnosed and quickly treated.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day is “axilla” which means armpit an area of the body that needs liberal applications of anti-perspirant.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1978 was “Boogie Oogie, Oogie” by The Taste of Honey on a run  of 3 weeks to share number 1 status with 19 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 11 acts, including Taste of Honey, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a recording  of the Taste of Honey performing “Boogie, Oogie, Oogie”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYWkG_DI5OE  
             September 28 Birthdays: “Put a Young in Front of Your Name to Find the Fountain of Youth”—Jay Wayne Jenkins, better  known to her fans as “Jeezy” or “Young Jeezy:,   born on this day in 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina to become a noted rapper and songwriter with 10 albums released.
              September 28  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2008 after 3 failed attempts to put a satellite launched by Falcon 1 into space/With Musk claiming SpaceX had to launch again as B/K it was about to face/Quickly another Falcon 1 was assembled with spare parts/To on this into space successfully depart/To become the first satellite put into orbit with a liquid fueled rocket by an organization privately financed/NASA no longer had a monopoly and private enterprise into space commerce could now advance.   
              2.      On this day in 1995 Yitzhak Rabin for Israel and Yasser Arafat for the PLO/Signed an agreement calling for more self-government in areas of the West Bank known as the 2nd Oslo/Another step to try to bring peace in this troubled land/Their signatures expected as after signing Oslo 1, both had Nobel Peace Prizes in their hands.
              3.      On this day in 1975 in London, 3 members of the Black Liberation Front/With a sawed off shotgun and two handguns entered the Spaghetti House to the staff confront/An attempted robbery that the staff thwarted by hiding sacks of money under tables on the floor/Then herded into the basement while the manager escaped through a back door/Police called and restaurant surrounded so the BLF members tried to a political cause create/Police knew it was only a robbery and   did not take the bait/One of the BLF members shot himself in the stomach on the 6th day when hostages released and robbers surrendered to prison face/The Stockholm Principle was alive and well as one of the hostages often visited one of the robbers in his prison place.
              4.      On this day in 1941/Fans witnessed some MLB history that will never again be done/Batted .406 to end the season/Why a .400 hitter will never be seen again is this reason/Today a complete game by a pitcher is a rare event/Even if allowing few hits or walks after some 100 pitchers a reliever to the mound is sent/ A fresh arm throwing not seen before sliders, sinkers, or blistering heat/Chances for hitters to get any hits easier to swing or caught looking down to defeat.                                       5


.      On this day in 1919 the nation witnessed a racial riot and lynching in Omaha/When an arrested alleged black rapist Willie Brown was subjected to lynch law/A mob of angry whites stormed the courthouse where he was jailed/Set it on fire and tried to hang the white reform mayor but fortunately failed/Broke into pawn shops to steal some 1000 arms/ Firing at police trying to protect Brown to inflict harm/Outnumbered the mob snatched Brown and hanged him, pumping his body full of lead/Even after it was very clear this suspect was dead/Then burned to a crisp the corpse with fire/Then their mob violence sated after U.S. Army troops arrived at 3:00 A.M. to their homes to retire/A terrible stain on this nation but what followed was probably worse/120 whites from the mob were indicted for their roles in the riot but few were prosecuted and all released without in prison a single day—a sad case of violent racism on display. Brown’s burned body after hanging admired by mob.                                                     

              Quote on the lynching of Will Brown by Californian Chris Hebert, who learned in a Henry Fonda television special of Omaha’s riot and Brown’s murder and purchased a headstone for his grave with “Lest we forget” engraved:
             
“It’s too bad it took deaths like these to pave the way for the freedoms we have today. . . . I got the headstone thinking that if I could reach just one person, it was well worth the money spent.”

© September 28, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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Maher Leading the Chorus of Increasing Numbers of Blues Wanting Biden to From His Reelection Race Withdraw

 

In 1968 LBJ’s TV announcement that he would not seek reelection or accept a draft caught almost everyone in total surprise
LBJ justified intentions that his reelection was less important that bringing the divisive war in Vietnam to a demise
The Vietnam War was tearing us apart
McCarthy almost won the New Hampshire primary as a political upstart
But LBJ to even those closest to him seemed to be pedal to the metal to a second term win
To hint or even whisper he should not run for reelection would be castigated as a grievous political sin
Fast forward today unlike LBJ who was mentally alert and all energy cylinders running at full speed
We have a frail, stumbling, aging old man whose cognitive abilities are declining and have gone to seed
Even with Trump’s legal baggage and his negative numbers his chances are increasing he will win
Another fall, another McConnell like moment, never ending mental gaffs that cannot be concealed no matter how hard the spin
Now more and more voices from Blues are being heard
That the idea of an 82 year old in his condition starting a second term is absurd
Bill Maher is the latest to call on Biden to withdraw from his reelection race
Comparing his running to the damage caused by RBG’s refusal to resign and have Obama with a liberal SCOTUS Justice replace
If he does not and Harris remains on the ticket as his VP
More and more liberals believe a Red landslide they will really see
Unfortunately we may not see a déjà vu of 1968
As on October 9, 2023 RFK, Jr is expected to announce as a 3rd Party candidate
From the pool of Biden voters he will be a huge sucking sound
Almost certain guarantee Biden’s chances to win will crash down

© 9/30/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

 

RIP Diane Feinstein One of Stanford's Most Accomplished Alumni

 

The Wind of Freedom Blows Over Dianne Feinstein’s Grave 

The longest serving in the Senate has at age 90 died
In ill health, confined to a wheelchair and mentally barely holding on, her goal to serve out her term denied
The 3 Blue Reps vying to be appointed to her seat
Are moaning now their chances are doomed to defeat
Swalwell and Schiff are both white males
And Porter is a white female
Newsom, prepping the ground for a “replace Biden run”
Announce any appointed senator who is not a black female he would shun
Painful to see this senator suffering physically and mentally barely there
Wishing she could resign to enjoy what little time relishing in her stellar accomplishments as a senator and SFO mayor
Her many years in politics a tribute to Stanford that sends forth the brightest and the best
Except for the likes of Adam Schiff who totally fails all credibility tests
Will the 3 Blue Reps now be running to the appointed senator replace?
At least 2 and maybe all 3 will be out of office many Reds hope will be the case
Not sure if it must be a black woman who Newsom will chose
But if itis  Karen Bass the new mayor of L.A. all 3 Blue Reps would lose

© 9/28/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Thursday, September 28, 2023

NY Post Reduce Reds on Next Red Debate to 2 This Poet Suggests 3--Haley, De Santis and Bergum

 

This poet believes the third time is the charm
Good things come in threes so three on the stage would do no harm
 Clear 2 of the 3
 De Santis and Haley must be
And the third should be the seasoned business man on the stage
Especially as inflation and confrontation with China in all aspects will rage
Bergum is a job creator running a state
Not a career politician with over promises to his or her thirst for votes sate
May have to lighten his Addam's Family eyelashes
But he like Haley and De Santis will send Biden's campaign to crash

 © 9/28/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Ayanna Presley Blind to the Illegals, Deaf to Officials' and Residents' Pleas and Brain Useless to the Dangers Comprehend Doubles Down to Claim Border Is Secure

 

We should have compassion for those who are hit with the one two punch of being deaf and blind
But how should we feel when there is the suffering trifecta of deaf, blind and having lost one’s mind?
In the case of Ayanna Presley who on the border suffers from all three we have nothing but contempt
Who on securing the border she bashes and belittles any attempt
She keeps intoning that the border is secure and asylum is a human right
In her delusional mind having a nation is upon humanity a severe blight
Her corollary to all animals are equal but pigs are more equal is defined
All migrants are equal but asylum claimers for any reason go to the head of the line
If illegals after claiming asylum are released and let go
Then the CBP is doing what it should by speeding up the release flow
Hard to argue with an idiot whose view of reality is distorted beyond belief
And cares not one whit that her views are on us and her constituents imposing a world of grief
Blind to the flood of illegals, deaf to the pleas of towns’ social services out of money forced to end
Mind totally clogged with plague so the damage it cannot comprehend
Time to send bus after bus to her district crammed with illegals to the gills
And whether due to crime, drugs, overflowing shelters, bankrupt ER’s and schools will the border remain secure still?
When the homeless start being evicted so illegals can them replace
In the coming election watch this idiot go down in flames in her 2024 race

 © 9/28/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Murrieta Woman Leaves Cell Phone in Store After Stealing $600 Worth of Goods Returns and Demands Phone Back Which Store Owner Says OK if Goods Are Returned --Woman Attacks and She and Her Shoplifting Cohort Are Jailed

 

On the retail crime front, in Murrieta, Kaydrianna Hall, 24, and Serenadi Banks, 19, were shop lifting in Premier Nails not shopping
Left with $600 worth of goods, into their car leaving but quickly stopping
On of them had left her cell phone in Premier Nails
Returned to demand her phone back but failed
Owner would hand over the cellphone if the stollen goods were given back
The phone owner was so outraged at losing her stolen goods the owner she attacked
Police caught up with the two
With stolen goods in plain view
Bail set at $5000 each probably for the assault not the shoplifting
Pretty dumb of her to the trade resisting
With the $950 hurdle to a charge of grand theft to be met
She could have continued on her less than $950 shoplifting ways and any chance of jail time forget
But the assault is a different matter
The D.A. might charge if the victim knocked to the ground and battered

© 9/28/2028 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Polk County Near Disneyworld Arrested 219 in a Trafficking Operation, Including a Teacher and 3 Disney Employees

 

In Orlando Disney is known as the “Most Magical Place on Earth” as its tagline
Now after a massive 7 day human trafficking operation better words to define
The “Most Human Trafficked Place” in the state known for its sunshine
219 arrested for prostitution, human trafficking and assisting prostitution now in jail confined
2 illegal aliens to no one’s surprise
But a teacher and 3 Disney employees did raise some eyes
When Disneyworld was its own government
Wonder if it would have on a sting its officials sent
Doubt it as the adverse publicity is not what Disney would have sought
But Polk County Sheriff would not let a large arrest opportunity go for naught
Not sure how quickly the arrestees will be back on the streets
But a warning to traffickers that the sheriff will their trafficking attempts defeat.

© 9/28/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

September 27, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not

 

             On the Republican Primary front 7 dwarfs without Asa Hutchison were on stage at the Reagan Library with viewers wishing that in addition to Reagan’s 11th Commandment not to speak ill will of a fellow Republican, that he had a 12th Commandment that one in a debate among Republicans that one would not interrupt or speak over a fellow Republicans that occurred almost constantly tonight. Pence was more animated but basically never answered the questions poised to him. De Santis was touting his record; Haley was probably the winner and Scott while he was much more energized probably will not advance in the polls; Christie excoriated Trump for not being there to defend his record and said if he continued to pursue that course he would be known as “Donald Duck” not Donald Trump; Ramaswamy was hyper charged and forcibly advocated an end to military aid to Ukraine and Burgum touted his record as an entrepreneur creating jobs (sadly unless some more indictable offenses against Trump appear, a Don Quixote moment for those seeking the presidential nomination but not so if the quest was for a VP slot).
            On the Trump campaign front, Trump was in Clinton Township, Michigan speaking before a crowd of autoworkers pledging that if elected the future of the automobile will be “Made in America” and justified his absence with a 56 point lead and Biden’s push for more EV’s that will destroy a large number of UAW jobs. Responded to Christie by saying anyone who comes up with a “Donald Duck” nickname is not fit to be running for president.
              On the slob front, the Senate after being accused of lowering dress code standards to slob level, unanimously reinstated business attire the requirement when on the Senate floor, sending Fetterman’s Hoody, shorts and tennis shoes back to his closet.
              On the attacking members of the press, Shellyne Rodriguez a former Hunter College professor who was fired by the college for threatening a reporter with a machete and was arrested for a 3rd degree misdemeanor has been hire as an adjunct professor at the Cooper Union School of Art, teaching a 3 credit sculpture course.
             On the retail icon front, Oscar Meyer 4 months ago rebranded its famous Weinermobile the “Frankmobile” which sounds like a congressional mailing privilege or a terse no holds barred speech but quickly as opposed to the Bud Light fiasco recognized  it error and the Weinermobile is back on the streets. 
             On the substitution front, Red Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee is stepping in as the Arizona Governor for less than 24 hours due to the mysterious disappearance of Katie Hobbs but will not fill any of the 13 positions that need legislative approval while Hobbs is absent from the state.
             On the retail crime front, Philadelphia, the City of Brazen Looting endured a peaceful protest over a judge dismissed murder charges against a white police officer who shot and killed a black resident Edie Irizarry which was followed by unrelated looting of high end stores several hours later. In Oakland small business owners on crime are at the end of their rope and some 200 small businesses in protest are going on strike some for the entire day and others unable to bear the cost for 2 hours before noon. When will Newsom and the Blue dominated legislature lower the $950 hurdle to qualify as the grand theft felony?
             On the homeless front, urban cities are plagued with tent cities with drug use, urine and feces but in Denver, Jon Caldara, the president of the Independence Institute, outraged over the feces in front of his business scooped it up and deposited on the steps of city hall with this message “This is a present from the homeless to the people who have kept this homeless problem going.”  
              September 27, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays:  National Corned Beef Hash Day claimed by the Hormel Foods Company but a recipe for this dish could be found in WWII reporter Betty Watson’s 1943 cookbook Cooking Without Cans. Very easy to celebrate by making some corned beef hash and then eating it. For those who would prefer not opening a can, here is a simple recipe that even the worst cook could not blow it: https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/recipes/corned-beef-hash
              Word of the Day: The word of the day is “avinosis” which means to airsickness which those little bags in the pouch in front of you are useful for.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1979 was “My Sharona” by The Knack on  a run  of 6 weeks to share number 1 status with 21 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 10 acts, including The Knack, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording with lyrics of The Knack performing “My Sharona”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbr60I0u2Ng
            September 27 Birthdays: “The Scream Queen Going Mainstream”—Jenna Ortega, born on this day in 2002 in Coachella Valley, California  who expressed a desire to become an actress at age 6 and after her mother procured an agent was auditioning for parts soon after and was cast in her first movie in 2012 to become a sought after child actress to become an adult actress with several films in production or planned such that she will probably never again wish she had become a soccer player as opposed to an actress.
              September 27  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2019, a week after 4 million protested and struck on the need to climate change address/2 million people in 2400 locations on the planet marched to protest the lack of the need to confront climate change stress/The protestors believed that climate change was to humanity an existential threat/But absent from the protests and marches was a major carbon emitter China to reduce carbon emissions not ready yet/China from the climate change warriors gets a free pass/Oblivious to the fact that any reductions by the U.S. and the West will not last/Erased by the increase in carbon emission from China’s increasing coal plants/As party of the CCP’s focused quest to economically, politically and militarily the U.S. supplant.  
              2.      On this day in 1998 Google retroactively declared it to be its birth date/In searching for data searchers had almost no time to wait/Became the gold search standard, the browser of choice/But lately in elections Google was charged under the guise of misinformation silencing conservative voices/Now this tech giant is facing the wrath of the FTC/As it is being sued for being a monopoly.
              3.      On this day in 1975/5 terrorists shot by firing squad did not survive/Large scale protests followed and 15 European nations withdrew their ambassadors/After their deaths executions in Spain would occur no more/2 months later the autocratic dictator Francisco Franco died/A constitution was soon revived that except in rare cases the death penalty denied/In 2012 the Basque Government found that the 2 executed Basque terrorist’s convictions were illegally obtained/And compensation to the families of the 2 Basques was attained.
              4.      On this day in 1962 the mosquitoes were flapping their wings with joy/A new environment sheriff was in town to slow the use of insecticides to deploy/Rachel Carson published her earth shattering Silent Spring/ Which would launch a crusade to protect the environment and a new federal agency Environmental Protection bring/With the use of DDT curtailed the Pelicans could now lay eggs thick enough not to break their shells/But malaria raised its deadly head turning tropical and semitropical areas of the planet into a  deadly malaria Hell.
              5.      On this day in 1956 a Bell X-2 Rocket Plane was from a B-50 dropped/to see if the plane would Mach 3 speed top/It did and speeding at 3.2 Mach it started to make a banking turn to prevent it from its landing site going past/Then seconds later his controlled smooth flight would not last/Went into an uncontrolled violent spin that was a death trap/The ejection capsule was ejected carrying the pilot USAF Captain Milburn Rapt/But disabled by the spinning he could not from the capsule leave/Could not open his parachute to his safety from death achieve.
              Quotes on the detachable capsule of the Bell X-2
              New York Times quoting Lieut. Col. Frank K. Everest, an experienced X-2 pilot,:  “Colonel Everest told reporters in Buffalo that a pilot using the detachable device would be thrown against the instrument panel with terrific force when the parachute braked it. He said some safety had been sacrificed in preference to delaying the X-2 flight tests while the escape mechanism was modified.”
              Scott Crossfield, NASA test pilot: “way to commit suicide to keep from getting killed.”

© September 27, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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Hank Johnson of "Guam will sink to too many people came" Inanely Believes No Border Crisis--Send the Buses to His District!

 

Blue Georgia Representative Hank Johnson infamous for his claim
That the island of Guam would tip over if too many people to it came
Is now asserting that there is no crisis on our Southern border
He must have either a vision or severe mental disorder
Or given the number of illegals crossing daily, he believes
There is no crisis since this is what the Blues want to achieve
His Georgia Congressional District should be on Abbott’s and De Santis’ list
To send bus load after bus load of illegals to show him that a crisis does exist
When shelters are overwhelmed and treasury coffers for social safety nets become bare
Then maybe this delusional Representative will realize we have a crisis there
Ludicrous for him to blast a reporter who has visited the border at lot
That she was talking to the wrong people instead of the no crisis believers to be sought
On the border there are no residents Blue or Red who feel a crisis is not present
Another reason why as many busloads of illegals possible to his district should be sent

© 9/27/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Search Warrants on Hunter's FARA Crimes Order by DOJ to Contain No Reference to Biden

 

On the Biden/Hunter Biden coverup front
And the politicization of the DOJ which is a major affront
The search warrants prepared by the DOJ on Hunter’s FARA crimes
Specifically in order to protect Biden big time
No mention of documents that to him pertained
From the public any release of damaging info on the “Big Guy” refrained
When James Biden was interviewed the investigators were ordered to not ask
Any question on Biden’s involvement with Hunter’s CEFC Energy tasks
AUSA Lesley Wolf kept the Hunter investigators on a very short rope
Despite investigators believing evidence of campaign finance violations AUSA Wolf ruled that investigation was beyond their scope
The emails and logs clearly show that Biden knew Hunter’s activities very well
And yet he lied continually to the American people his no contact try to sell
Obstruction of justice is what forced Nixon to resign
The same may be present in Hunter’s case with Biden involved big time

© 9/27/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Hillary Clinton at the State Department to View Her Official Portrait That Should Hang Next to the Photo of Ambassador Chris Stevens Killed in Attack on Benghazi on September 11, 2012lle0 e S

 For her official portrait as a former Secretary of State, HRC looked regal in her green dress
Wonder why it took so long after she left office—was it due to her not accepting 2016 loss facial stress?
That it took until now to no longer show up on her face
When the portrait will the hall of the State Department grace
To be complete another portrait or photo should next to it be placed
The smiling face of Ambassador Chris Stevens so the memory of his death is not erased
Why was he was sent to Benghazi without an American security detail
Instead of the Libyan “guards” of questionable reliability who quickly bailed
The blood Chris Stevens is on her hands
Along with the 3 outnumbered Americans who tried to the attacks withstand

9/27/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 



House Passes Bill 424-1 to Revoke Biden Administration Regulation Banning Federal Funding to Schools with Hunter Safety and Archery Programs

 

Bipartisanship needed in Congress so badly to address our problems is on the endangered species list
When party loyalty trumps needed solutions mere mortals in anger call on their Reps to partisanship resist
Biden knowing he can’t get his leftist agenda passed in the Senate or House has become the Executive Order and Regulatory king
With each stroke of his pen or crushing regulation posted in the Federal Register, closer to autocracy in this nation he brings
An out of touch and incorrect interpretation of a 2022 gun control bill
Blinded by its distaste of the 2nd ruled that if a school had an archery or hunter safety class it would federal funding kill|
The House voted 424-1 to pass the Protecting Hunting Heritage Act to Biden’s regulations revoke
The Senate, almost guaranteed, will join to prove that when it comes to our cherished liberties and tradition Biden is a dangerous joke.

© September 27, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

September 26, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not

 

              On Trump’s legal front bad news for the ex-president as the judge in the civil law suit brought by the New York AG Letitia James who ran for office on a promise to “get Trump” issued a partial summary judgment on the over stating asset valuations in applying for credit and forfeited the Trump organization’s ability to do business in New York. The ruling puts a damper on the latest WAPO’s poll showing Trump leading Biden 52% to 42%.
              On the Biden canine front the adage that a dog is a man’s best friend seems no longer applicable if the dog is Commander or if the man is Biden as a new report out that Commander has bitten a Secret Service Agent in the White House for the 11th time (we know that Secret Service Agents vow to take a bullet to protect the president but taking a vicious dog bite is not in the job description).
             On the football front, Colin Kaepernick with Aaron Rogers’ season ending injury must be jumping for joy as he is trying to be signed by the New York Jets who have Zach Wilson who is not impressing anyone. He is trying to get his foot in the door by offering his services as a veteran QB for the scout team to help prepare the Jets’ defense.
             On the argument for gun control front on the night of March 3 Pedro Ramos picked up his pregnant wife and 6 year old child at the Houston Airport and drove to a nearby Jack-In-The Box and ordered a combo meal from Alloniea Ford  who got into an argument over whether the curly fries had been delivered which escalated despite a failed attempt to calm Ford down as she started throwing ketchup packages at Ramos and he started throwing things back; she pulled a handgun and he sped away as she fired several shots as he sped away all captured on surveillance film. Ford was fired and was released from probation in June of this year which begs the question why wasn’t Ford charged with attempted murder and why was she not schooled in the idea that the customer is always right by her employer. Jack-In-The-Box is being sued for the acts of its employee and failure to vet her.
              On the retail crime front Philadelphia once known as the “City of Brotherly Love” should now be known as the “City of Brazen Looters” as roving gangs of large numbers of teenaged looters attacked at Foot Locker, Apple Store and Lululemon in the city’s City Center with the outnumbered police only able to arrest 10-15 and what is also very frightening confiscate 2 handguns (this sort of behavior should rise to the level of felonies and perhaps become easier to hold parents culpable for their kid’s violent thieving actions.
            On the failed Bidenomics front, Miami Heat superstar Jeremy Butler who is guaranteed $146,396,031 filled up his gas hogging Bentley and was outraged it cost $145 which he claimed to be “highway robbery.” He can afford the cost and better yet to be more environmentally friendly buy a Tesla to avoid “highway robbery” each time he needs to fill up.
             On the Keystone Kops front the Reds finally got their act together to pass a procedural vote to have 4 funding bills come up for vote with some concern that Marjorie Taylor Green is dead set against funding for Ukraine. Sadly this right wing zealot must not have read anything on Sudetenland Appeasement and its emboldening of Hitler to invade Poland and kick off WWII. She needs to substitute Ukraine for the Sudetenland, Putin for Hiter and the Baltic Republics and Poland for Poland which would move us into Article 5 of NATO and nuclear obliteration.
             On the porous southern border front, over the weekend the CBP apprehended some 16,500 illegals as the surge continues unabated. In a we can believe it Mexico has announced it will start deporting some illegals to their home countries. It is mindboggling that Biden was oblivious to the fact that that his executive order on almost 500,000 Venezuelans would cause a surge among that group who are appearing more and more in those crossing illegally.
             On the celebrity tax evasion front, noted Singer Shakira is being charged again for tax evasion for income earned in 2018 with Spanish authorities claiming she owes $7.1 million.
              September 26, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays: National Meso Day: Created by Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation in 2004 and celebrated on this day since then and recognized by Congress in 2010 to create awareness of this cancer caused by exposure to asbestos to promote early diagnosis to give victims a far better survival chance. Some 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year with the pleural form being the most common and sadly the most deadly with a 5 year survival rate after diagnosis of only 12%.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day is “averruncate” which means to ward off something  not enjoyed like a shark attack.
             Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1980 was “Upside Down” by Diana Ross on  a run  of 4 weeks to share number 1 status with 16 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 6 acts, including John Lennon who was the 4th artist to achieve that status posthumously, achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a recording of Diana Ross performing “Upside Down”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDHW5wXBvLw
            September 26 Birthdays: “Doing What He Loved to Do”—Lt. Colonel Michael V. Love, born on this day in 1938 to become a USAF and NASA test pilot after combat tours in South Vietnam. Flying the unpowered reentry vehicle the XB-24 on 11 flights to establish that an unpowered craft like the future Shuttle could reenter the atmosphere and safely land. Sadly flying a RF-4C (Phantom) he attempted an emergency landing instead of bailing out an died flying a jet which is what he loved to do on March 1, 1976.
              September 26  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2008 Swiss Inventor and aviation enthusiast Yves Rossy became the first person to gravity defy/And after stepping off from a plane with a jet pack with wings across the English Channel fly/After a 9 minute flight came to an end/Pull his rip cord and to the ground his parachute would him safely send.   
     
         2.      On this day in 1984 the idea of perpetuity for British rule in Hong Kong came to an end/Without the water supplies of the New Territories back to Chinese rule the Hong Kong by the Brits must send/ An agreement was signed to turnover Hong Kong in 1997 to China ruled by the CCP/Those living in Hong Kong were condemned to under the CCP losses of freedoms to see. 
              3.      On this day in 1981 Nolan Ryan set MLB record with his 5th no hitter/ But when it came to pitching records Ryan was no quitter/Threw 2 more no hitters before his career was done/The record for most strike outs at 5714 was easily won/Batters facing his 100 m.p.h. fastball speed and dropping 90 degree curveball would be stunned/But the best statistic that would show his domination/The batting averages against him were .204 to send batters to minor leagues damnation.
              4.      On this day in 1973 the Concorde made its first crossing across the Atlantic to New York/In supersonic speed that business travel it hoped would support/ But sonic booms over land killed  the L.A., SFO and Chicago planned routes/Only New York and Washington D.C. since sonic booms were over the ocean did not give the Concorde the boot.
              5.      On this day in 1960 Americans watched the first televised debate between Nixon with his 5 O’clock shadow/And a youthful well prepared JFK that to Nixon’s image of the seasoned leader was a death blow/Images to the eyes always trump words heard by the ear/Although it would be a close election, chances of a Nixon victory disappeared/Not helped by his campaign that went to all 50 states/While JFK on states with large electoral votes would concentrate.
              Quote on the First Televised Debate Between Nixon and Kennedy by Susan Estrich, noted American lawyer, professor and campaign manager for Michael Dukakis’ failed campaign for president: “John Kennedy won the first televised presidential debate among those watching it, while Richard Nixon won among those listening on the radio.”
© September 26, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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September 25, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not

 

              On the strike fronts, Biden is going to Detroit to walk in a picket line with striking members of the UAW probably oblivious to the fact while supporting his Bidenomics that the UAW demands for a 40% pay increase and a 4 day work week are highly inflationary. At the press briefing KJP was bobbing and weaving big time as the press was tossing hardball not softball questions on why he was going when previously he has argued that he should not be taking positions on the strike.
             On the porous southern border front, over the weekend the CBP apprehended some 16,500 illegals as the surge continues unabated. In a we can believe it Mexico has announced it will start deporting some illegals to their home countries. It is mindboggling that Biden was oblivious to the fact that that his executive order on almost 500,000 Venezuelans would cause a surge among that group who are appearing more and more in those crossing illegally.
             On the 2024 presidential front at Wednesday night’s second Republican debate, Asa Hutchinson who was on the first failed to meet polling criteria and will not be on stage. Trump has elected to skip this debate also to focus on the  UAW members on strike (probably will warn them that Bidens rush to EV’s will mean fewer jobs as less labor is needed to make an EV).
             On the Maui fire front, Lanai residents are being allowed to return to their burnt out dwellings but warned not to aggressively dig or search for possessions due to the amount of toxic materials and ash on site.
             On the crime front, the El Paso Walmart shooter Patrick Crusius, pled guilty to killing 23 Walmart shoppers and wounding 22 and has also agreed to pay over $5.7 million to those killed or wounded in his shooting spree. A great victory against the perpetrators of hate crimes but high unlikely the victims will receive any funds.
            On the COVID-19 although the pandemic is over and we seem to be returning some sense of normalcy, long COVID symptoms for some 7% of those who have been infected with COVID-19 continue to suffer symptoms of the disease for three months or more.
             September 25, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Ataxia Day: Created by National Ataxia Foundation in 2000 and celebrated since inception on this day to raise awareness of Ataxia which is a neurological disorder that affects motor skills, balance and speech and raise funds seeking a cure or medications to alleviate this disease which often makes the sufferer look and act like he or she is severely intoxicated.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day is “avalement” which means allowing the knees to be bent while skiing which enables a skier to turn or stop to avoid skiing into another skier or worse and immovable thick tree like the one that killed Representative Sonny Bono.
             Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1981 was “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie a run  of 9 weeks to share number 1 status with 16 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 10 acts, including Lionel Richie, achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording of Diana Ross and Lionel Richie performing “Endless Love”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsqDoz2Co4o
            September 25 Birthdays: “Opposites May Attract But Same Day Birthdays Are Like Geese”—Michael Douglas, born on this day in 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and Catherine Zeta-Jones, born on this day in 1969 in Swansea, United Kingdom and married to each other since  November 18, 2000 and have two children together.
              September 25  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2018 SCOTUS nominee Brent Kavanaugh/Accused by Chritine Blassey Ford of throwing her on top of a bed and trying to remove her clothes with his paws/Spoke for the first time after Feinstein released Ford’s claims she sat on for  days/To deny vehemently and forcibly all the accusations Ford chose to say/ All but Manchin, the Blues swayed by Hirono’s pleas that women must be heard and believed voted not to confirm/So by a vote of 50 to 48 Kavanaugh’s confirmation was affirmed.
             2.      On this day in 2018, noted comedian and actor Bill Cosby after years of numerous sexual abuse claims/By many women whose claims all sounded the same/Drugged to them pass out to be exposed to sex/Unable to have the ability to his advances resist or reject/His way too active reptilian brain was sentenced to 3 to 10 years/His victims could now breathe easier with his advances no longer to fear. 
            3.      On this day in 1977 the first Chicago Marathon was run/Big controversy between the race organizers and the parks director before the race had begun/Parks director did not want his lawns crushed by thousands of running feet/Mayor Daly agreed to let the runners run in the streets/4200 runners started the race/But only 2128 finishers could keep up with the grueling pace.
             4.      On this day in 1974 Tommy John after tearing his ulnar ligament in his pitching arm of July 17, 1974/Went to see Doctor Frank Jobe to see if he could his career restore/Jobe performed the first ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery that bears the pitcher’s name/After 2 years of rehabilitation Tommy John was able to 18 more years of pitching claim/And to pick up this nick name/”The Bionic Man” to go with his pitching fame.
            5.      On this day in 1944 in what would be one of the worst British defeats in Europe during the war/The surviving members of the British 1st Airborne who had jumped to take the Arnhem Bridge across the Rhine/With X Corps attempt to reach them stalled were running out of ammo and time/In the dark of night silently under the noses of the Germans who were closing in/Retreated in boats back across the Rhine in a battle they thought they would win/Of the 10,000 who jumped or rode gliders into Arnhem only 2200 were able to return/The rest were dead or captured due to  a “Bridge Too Far” and jumping into armor the presence of which was not until on the ground learned.
            Quote on Operation Market Garden by Cornelius Ryan from A Bridge Too Far: ...the unasked question remained: how much longer should they hold out? At that time, in the early hours of Sunday, September 24, after eight days of battle, Urquhart's forces were estimated at less than 2,500 men. And for all of them there was only one question: when will Monty's forces arrive?

© September 25, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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