Tuesday, January 31, 2023

At Squared Pizza in SFO a pizza trainee on 3rd day of the job fired for telling cops they are not welcome here


Is it another example of Woke in our schools that will not go away?
A pizza worker trainee on her 3rd day on the job was heard to a cop customer say
As police officers at Squared Pizza you are not welcome here
Probably the sight of officers would cause her fellow leftists’ diners fears
Believing her views from criticism were immune
Was dumb enough to tell the cops and seal her firing doom
When businesses are leaving cities due to robberies and assaults too violent
Having a cop as a customer would an attack possible prevent
News item did not the race of the worker reveal
Only a anti-police bias not concealed
She must be so biased to a simple fact ignore
When you are working at a Squared Pizza and a robber comes through the door
If the unwelcome cops don’t soon come you may be lying dead on the floor
When cops are not welcome what can be sadly for you in store

© 1/31/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

22 Year Old JV Girls Team Puts On Absent Team Member's Jersey and Plays to Ultimately Be Fired Along with JV Head and Varsity Head CoachesbPlkat earamF


In wars and in politics for years almost as a requirement “the ends justify the means”
In order to win a battle or war or an office from all honesty and rules adherence one must be weaned
But adhering in all manners of life “ends justify the means” is a slide on a slippery slope
To win as a matter of course cheating, lying, and illegal acts one must do to cope
Destroys the value of a victory in politics or in war
If the vanquished know they have been cheated resentment and plans for revenge will soar
Look only to WWI where Germans retreated across the Rhine
Peace without Victory was Wilson’s discarded 14 Points design
Created the rise of Hitler leading to WWII
And some 50 million dead armed forces and civilians when finally through
Now this deadly virus to all manner of society has spread
Including the field  of sports where sportsmanship was once placed ahead
In Portsmouth School District Churchland’s girls’ JV basketball was set to play
For reasons not known one player at a club basketball tournament game was away
22 yr. old Arlisha Boykins the assistant JV coach played wearing her jersey number 1
Have not seen the Box Score so do not know how well playing against young teens she had done
But the parents of the girl who was not there were shocked to learn of their daughter impersonator on the court
Then quickly contacted WAVY TV to the impersonation report
Boykins, the JV head coach and the varsity head coach were all fired
While the parents and players of the JV team voted the season had expired

© 1/23/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Monday, January 30, 2023

80 year old with a FOID and a permitted gun shot home invasion robber in the chest now in critical condition


Wonder when the felons and wanna-be felons will get the word
More and more the idea a homeowner is not armed is absurd
In Chicago an 80 year old who a felon would think to be too frail
And who against a couple’s home invasion robbery an ineffective defense to avail
Must not have been aware
Of FOID cards that meant a gun would be there
The wanna-be’s knock on the home’s door
And were sadly let in to knock the owner to the floor
Battered and bruised he was able to draw his gun and fire
The male felon was hit in the chest but did not expire
Managed to somehow flee and to a hospital in critical condition go
At the ICU seeing an obvious bullet wound and blood flow
Personnel must have called the police who came to arrest
Homeowner went to the hospital also injured but not a critical condition test

© 1/30/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Nero Played His Fiddle While Rome Burned, Lightfoot Dances While Chicago Shot to Pieces

 Photos of Lori Lightfoot dancing may indicate she’s aptly surnamed
ble and light footed as her city by violent crime is claimed
Dancing the night away
Oblivious to numbers each day the felons slay
Maybe she is able to be nimble and dance so high
Because there is so few neurons’ weight to focus on problems deny?
Better if she put her dancing shoes in the away
Attack the crime problem in Chicago without delay
Work to replace D.A.’s that believe Soros’ ideas are the only way
Work to replace judges who are silent when probation rules felons do not obey
Violent color on color crime off the charts
Any support and backing 4 the CPD she has long since from departed
A skin so thin it is almost not there
Any criticism is attacked with all weapons brought to bear
Any suggestion however helpful must be ignored as a mortal sin
Pity the pure residents cowering in their homes if she again wins
Why have the citizens of Chicago have not yet seen the light?
Imposed term limits when entrenched officials can no longer do it right

© 1/30/2030 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Brock Tore His UNL in Loss to Eagles and Will Need Tommy John Surgery and Long Post Op Recovery


A bird cannot fly on one wing
A baseball pitcher cannot pitch if his UNL sufferers a major ding
Likewise too for a football QB whose passes will have no zing
With only soft 5 yard tosses no chance to victories bring
Purdy went down with what would latter prove to be a UNL tear
Replaced by veteran QB Jimmy Johnson whose skills were no longer there
And soon in a collision a concussion to the head
The 49’ers could by him due to concussion protocols be led
With the only other QB on the sidelines with a foot broken
And the Eagles’ offense smokin’
Running back McCaffrey as QB tried to the position play
Dropped back and a perfect spiral to display
Only problem the intended receiver went the other way
Purdy came back to hand off in running plays
Like playing football before Knute Rockne and the forward pass
With run only even with McCaffrey bobbing and weaving dreams of a win could not last
Post game the prognosis was worse
Purdy would have to head to Tommy John Surgery with a long post op rehab to the damage reverse
Before Brock slips into a career ended despair
Know that Tommy John won more than ½ his wins after surgery on ULN tear

January 30, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

January 30, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


Brock Purdy aka Mr. Irrelevant for being picked last in the draft showed how relevant he was in the NFC Championship Game after he was injured and replaced by veteran backup and ineffective Johnson who was later removed by a concussion with Purdy forced to return but limited due to elbow injury to short passes as the 49’ers went down to defeat 31-7. In the AFC Championship the Chiefs topped the Bengals 23-20  following a 29 yard run back in which a block in the back was not called and a vicious hit on a barely hobbling Mahone out of bounds put the Chiefs in easy field goal range for the Chiefs to return the favor of losing last year to a closing seconds Bengal field goal. In good news for Stanford alums, the Stanford women basketball team ended their sweep of the Oregon schools, beating Oregon State 63-60 and Oregon 64-52 with Brink getting a triple double of 16 points, 11 rebounds and a Stanford game record of 10 blocks. 1000’s of protestors this weekend over the death of Tyre Nichols but to the relief of many not accompanied by the level of rioting and looting we witnessed after the death of George Floyd (could it be the cold weather or the fact that cops beating him were all black?). 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 January 30, 2023
          Noted Holidays: School Day of Non-Violence and Peace, created Majorca in 1964 and celebrated on this day which is the anniversary of the death by assassination of Mahatma Gandhi  by the Spanish poet Llorenc Vidal to promote and support pacifying and non-violent education, as the first step in an educational path to build  a permanent character based on the principles of tolerance, harmony, solidarity, respect for human rights, peace, and non-violence.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “aerophobia” which means a fear of flying or drafts which covers both the fear of crashing and the fear of being couped up in seat in coach with no leg room.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1973 was “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder on a run of 1 week to share with 26 other acts achieving number 1 status, while 14 acts achieved their first number 1 song with Jim Croce being the third person to receive his posthumously.  Here is a recording of Stevie Wonder performing “Superstition”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CFuCYNx-1g 
          Noted Birthdays: Khaleed "Khleo" Leon Thomas, born on this day 1989 in Anchorage, Alaska who started appearing in commercials at the age of 6 after his family moved to Southern California. Ironically his first big break in acting came being casted in “Holes” a comedy set in the dessert and since then has roles in 21 movies, 15 TV roles and touring with rappers such as Snoop Dog and Ice Cube.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 30:
          1.     1835—In the first attempt of assassination of a U.S. President, Richard Lawrence tried and failed to shoot President Andrew Jackson but but guns misfired to damp powder which caused Jackson to attack him with his cane and bystanders including Representative Davy Crocket to subdue him. Lawrence was found to be insane unfit for trial and confined to a mental institution for the rest of his life, dying June 13, 1861 at the supposed age of 61.
          2.     1920—The Japanese car company Mazda was founded as a cork producing company.
          3.     1959—In a back to the drawing boards moment the MV Hans Tedtoft, a Danish freighter designed to operate in iceberg infected waters on her maiden voyage with 55 passengers and 40 crew hit an iceberg off the coast of Western Greenland to have the dubious distinction of having no survivors and the only evidence of its existence was a buoy washed ashore days later. The ship is the last known ship sunk by an iceberg.
          4.     1968—After being assured by the likes of General Westmorland that we were winning the Vietnam War, to the surprise of the American and South Vietnamese Military, the Viet Cong and NVA troops launched launched the Tet Offensive across the nation attacking 100 village and towns, including 36 of 44 provincial capitals and Saigon, where American viewers were horrified to see the American Embassy under attack. Although the Viet Cong and NVA were decisively defeated, the Tet Offensive signified the beginning of the end for American support of the Vietnam War and resulted in LBJ not running for a second term.
          5.     2020—The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
          Quotes of the Day: Walter Cronkite, noted and respected CBS News Anchor February 1968 :"To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe, in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past. To suggest we are on the edge of defeat is to yield to unreasonable pessimism. To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory conclusion. On the off chance that military and political analysts are right, in the next few months we must test the enemy’s intentions in case this is indeed his last gasp before negotiations. But it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honourable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy and did the best they could.”
Tran Van Tra, Viet Cong general who led the attacks on Saigon during the Tet Offensive, writing in 1978: “[The Tet Offensive] failed because we underestimated our enemies and overestimated ourselves. We set goals which we realistically could not achieve.”
 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Saturday, January 28, 2023

The Memphis PD Scorpion Unit Disbanded, 2 Cops Who Watched and Did Squat on Administrative Leave and So Far Memphis Not BuriningoAOhp ho cScopion Unitrio


Memphis should be counting its lucky stars that parts of Memphis have not gone up in flames
But here thank God racism charge the so far peaceful protestors cannot claim
The 5 cops involved were all black the 2 watching who also should share blame
For watching the beating and it not declaim
They merit at least dismissal and total shame
Charges may be likely for doing squat to it further prevent
Their race is not yet known at this heinous event
Were they white and a racist charge of interfering with a cop because he was black
Not wanting to be himself subject to a racist attack?
All who have seen the video of a man in the process of being killed
Are outraged and disgusted that filling the chasm between minorities and police is nowhere near fulfilled
The left unable to toss the racist card has a new label for the act
Police culturism is the new danger we now must track
Street Crimes Operations to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods Division aka Scorpion
Have been disbanded, its work is now done
Leaving to wonder why their officers on a routine traffic stop routine
Were summoned to the soon to be cop assault scene?
Another check the box question that because of it will result in a racist condemnation
Were these 5 black officers among the brightest and the best or suited to the bottom of the barrel designation?

© 1/28/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


New York Rangers Slammed for Decision to Replace Gay Pride Logo on Jerseys During Gay Pride Week


Most fans when shelling out big dollars to see a sporting event
want to see how many goals, runs, baskets, aces, and T.D.’s to their eyes are sent
Not to advance a political narrative that has zero to do with a sport
Pushing fan woke on a team will cause many fans to watching or attending to abort
No one should be upset that given closets in the past
Gays concealed their sexuality so their jobs and careers could last
So having Gay Pride Week and marches should not make straights aghast
Unless they are compelled or shamed to join instead of just being asked
During Gay Pride in NYC that venerable team the Rangers of New York
Changed their mind about Gay Pride Jerseys to the outrage bottle uncork
The gay community in an uproar was appalled
As if a gay player was wrongfully because he was gay body checked against a rink wall
In seeking to redress the prior decades of repression the gays crossed the line
If we finally trash discrimination, tolerance must be the politically correct party line
If one choses or identifies as a gay
Total outrage if an adult to get in the way
And likewise just as strong if we are forced to choose the gay path
Which will and should for a majority release the grapes of wrath

© January 28, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


Friday, January 27, 2023

Lying Schiff Cannot Be Trusted Already Breaching Ethics Rules and Campaign Is Only 1 Day Old


Schiff’s campaign to replace Di-Fi in the Senate is only one day old
And already we get to a sense of his lack of integrity behold
The House has ethics standards against campaigning for Congress on the House floor
Already a complaint against him with the ethics committee the rule he ignored
Schiff in speaking at the House used a video clipping
Of him during Trump impeachment trial Trump ripping
Immediately this psychotic liar tried to split hairs
Since he was recorded speaking on the Senate floor was not fair
Voters may not know the ins and outs of the Ethics Committee rules
But they know the intent because most of them are not fools
Schiff is running on his opposition to Trump that he will to the Senate bring
His voice as a Senator will be needed big time if Trump wins the election brass ring
The Senate is supposed be a more deliberative body where reflection and reasoned debate are to be displayed
With Schiff’s proclivity for lying hard to believe a Red Senator will believe him in anyway
Ditto for Blue Senators who would want to believe a Blue colleague’s word is sacrosanct
If when based on typical lies will be quickly discarded by the wayside into the tank

© 1/27/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


A Friday Afternoon at Starbucks Blessed By a 9 Seabees From Ensign


In a Starbucks near the Beach Hut preparing Ridley’s Believe It or Not
When a band of Ensign students burst through the door and space at my table sought Such a breath of fresh air
Of course my space I was honored to share
A girl in a White Fox logo and one in a sweat shirt of USC
Several of the young girls wearing braces waiting for Valentine’s Day for their teeth to be free
So much energy I cannot imagine how high the hurdles would have to be
To somehow block their goals and dreams bolstered by  their vim and esprit
One with a mother who lived in Kodiak near Prince William Sound
Where Grizzlies rule and reign when the salmon abound
Another a potential soccer wizard
This Stanford alum hopes she chooses another ball to drop threes in a blizzard
Seniors who worry our schools are not turning out the right stuff
Should be pleased by a chance encounter to know with them the schools are doing more than enough

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

January 27, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


When President Wilson had his stroke, his wife Edith was instrumental in keeping that fact and the stroke’s effect on his physical and mental faculties from the American public. Jill Biden from the day Biden announced and made his rare excursions from his campaign bunker basement and continuing from the day he took office has done yeoman’s duty in protecting him from the press and having to answer questions that expose his cognitive difficulties. Finally and maybe because of the obfuscation from the Karine Jean-Pierre over the classified documents revealed in non-secure locations, the press is showing its frustration and outrage over Jill’s efforts. The body cams of the Memphis Police arrest and alleged beating of Tyre Nichols which resulted in his death are expected to be released soon and Memphis and cities across the nation with memories of the riots caused by the death of George Floyd are bracing for what they hope will not be a déjà vu (Brian Kemp having seen violent demonstrations against police after an environmental activist shot at one of Atlanta’s officers and was killed by return fire has declared an emergency order and called out 1000 members of the Georgia National Guard). I hope you also 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 January 27, 2023
          Noted Holidays: International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust, created by the United Nations General Assembly on November 5, 2005 and first celebrated on January 27, 2006 and annually on that date thereafter as January 27th marked the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, liberated by the Red Army in 1945. What should be troubling to us as the day is observed and we pledge “Never again!” is the rise of antisemitism and mass shootings in synagogues in this nation.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “aeolistic” which means long winded which when used to describe speeches or lectures describes acts that will put most of the listeners to sleep.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1974 was “You’re Sixteen” Ringo Starr on a run of 1 weeks to share with 34 other acts achieving number 1 status (a record also reached in 1975), while 25 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video of pre knighted Ringo Starr performing “You’re Sixteen”: 
          Noted Birthdays: “The Oxford Bond Girl” aka Rosamund Pike born on this day in 1979 who is the only actress to have graduated from Oxford who appeared in a Bond film “Live and Let Die” whose role was that of a double agent whose is killed in a sword duel in a plane soon to crash by C.I.A agent Hallie Berry working with Bond and whose acting career to date has resulted in 34 motion picture roles.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 27:
          1.     1967—Astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee on board Apollo 1 in a launch verification test of a launch scheduled for February 21, 1967 were killed when a fire broke out in the space capsule due to an electrical short. Since the rocket was unfueled NASA wrongly assumed the hazard of a fire was negligible.
          2.     1973—With the signing of the Paris Peace Accords the Vietnam War for the United States came to an end with Army Colonel William Nolde gaining the dubious distinction of being the last America combat casualty and the South Vietnamese doomed to fight on until Saigon fell on April 30, 1976 as two Marines on the American Embassy’s security detail Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge were killed in a rocket attack as the Embassy was being evacuated but 18 servicemen would later join them in the Mayaguez seizure and rescue to be the final 18 names added to the Vietnam War Memorial.
          3.     1996—Germany first observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
          4.     2010—Apple Corporation announced the first generation of iPad, a tablet computer.
          5.     2011—16,000 Yemeni’s took to the streets of Yemen’s capital to signal the start of the Yemen Revolution with protestors protesting poverty, corruption, and the over 30 year rule of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and would come to a conclusion 13 months later with President Saleh leaving office.
         Quote of the Day: David Vergun Associate Editor and Writer, Department of Defense and Contributor, Freelance  reviewing Charles Lamb’s review of conduct of the Mayaguez incident: “Mission command, the military’s current doctrine of conducting warfare, relies heavily on decentralization and operating on commander intent, he [Charles Lamb] said. ‘As good as that is, you have to provide [adequate] oversight.’ Instead, commanders in the Mayaguez incident assumed subordinates would arrange requisite air support for ground operations, which did not happen, and subordinates assumed they had the same intelligence their superiors were using, which was not true. Questioning commander intent in light of operational challenges would have quickly revealed these false assumptions, but that kind of give and take was largely absent in the Mayaguez Crisis. Three Marines were left behind on the island and were believed to have been executed, he said. Their names are the last ones on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.”

 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Thursday, January 26, 2023

2022 Had the Greatest Percentage Drop in Personal Disbosable Income


From a definitional standpoint the U.S. economy dodged a recession in 2022
GNP was up which is always a good sign but dig deeper and the future may be blue
Not since the Great Depression has personal disposable income decreased by such a large percent
Some $1 trillion of income in 2022 did not into our wallets be sent
But to avoid in our life style such a massive dent
We have depleted our cash and added to credit card debt to not reduce what we spent
If we were in an noninflationary environment it would be easier to reduce spending
But here as prices go up, the amount of necessities of life purchased is reduced in a manner never-ending
We have reached our national debt ceiling and instead of curtailing spending
What is feared to be the Biden response is to the brake imposed by debt ceiling be ending
To fight a recession with fiscal policy with a debt ceiling maxed out
Only monetary policies of more money or lower interest rates can we bring about
2023 will be a tightrope across the economic widening chasm
And the chaos of China/Taiwan or Russian/Ukraine deadly spasms

© 1/26/2003 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


Karine Jean-Pierre Personifies the Peter Principle in Spades and Should Be Dismissed


Listening and watching the W.H. Press Corps have to Karine Jean-Pierre endure
Praying that before Klain departs as Biden’s Chief of Staff, he applies to her the proper incompetency cure
When it comes to integrity, honesty and competence for Jean-Pierre
Those cupboards including intelligence are completely bare
You know how bad her job performance is when Kirby slams her performance
When will Blues ever learn that check the box hiring does not the needs of the nation advance
It is easy to pity her because unlike Carney and Psaki dealings with the press
Their acting like reporters to with hardball quest find truth was save for Fox suppressed
At least those two had smarts and were prepared and had anticipated questions that would be asked
She has failed in those requirements and clearly not suitable for the press secretary task
Biden sadly is so cognitively diminished he probably is incapable of evaluating
But Klain and his team must be and why they have not acted is really frustrating

© 1/26/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

The More Blue Reps Than Join Porter and Schiff Running For Di-Fi's Senate Seat More Blue Seats In House Will May Be Lost


Senator Di Fi, at 89, has not indicated she will seek to run again in 2024 to keep her seat
But many Blues believe her fading cognitive abilities would lead to her certain defeat
Both Swalwell and Schiff earlier were hoping she would resign before her term’s end
Avoid a certain primary fight with Newsom picking either one to the Swamp as her replacement send
If she does not run but stays Porter and Schiff already in the race
May be joined by Swalwell and Bass and other sitting Rep Blues to Di-Fi replace
While birds cannot fly on only one wing
A Rep faces a barrier that to political aspirations will bring
A Rep can only run in one primary race and must elect
A Senate seat or a Rep seat but one he or she must reject
Di-Fi’s seat in this Banana Republic is a safe senate seat that no Red could a Blue  replace
Doubt any Red in the primaries would get enough primary votes to be in second place
All of the Blues with hats in the ring are worthy only of a negative vote
But Reds should hope that more Reps decide to join Porter and Schiff
More would from their House seats by a senate run be stiffed

© 1/26/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


January 26, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


Memphis has arrested 5 black discharged officers of its police department for 2nd degree murder for allegedly using excessive force on a 29 year old black Tyre Nichols who they stopped for reckless driving and then tried to flee and died 3 days later after the confrontation and is girding for likely violence when the body cam videos are released along with the autopsy; the MSM pundits who jumped the gun and declare the Monterey Park mass shooting as another example of anti-Asian bias have egg on their face as very quickly after making such allegations the shooter who committed suicide was found to be an Asian. Hope you will be in front of the TV to watch the NFC Championship Game between the Eagles and the 49’ers and the AFC Championship Game between the Chiefs led by a limping Patrick Mahone and the Bengals led by Jeff Burrows and if a hoopster fan the Stanford Women play Oregon State at Maples on Friday. I hope you also 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 January 26, 2023
          Noted Holidays: Spouse’s Day Clueless who created this holiday or when first celebrated but a day show the amount of your love for your marital spouse, significant other, common-law marriage, domestic partnership or domestic union and on a daily basis at least convey the idea you love your “spouse.”
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “aegis” which means the protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization which it seems today this nation has a tendency to lead from behind and look to others for its protection.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1975 was “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by Elton John on a run of 2 weeks to share with 34 other acts achieving number 1 status (a record also reached in 19740), while 18 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video with lyrics of pre knighted Elton John performing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJtAAg_jAjk
          Noted Birthdays: “The Great One” born as Wayne Gretzky on this day in 1961 was a professional hockey player for 21 years for 4 different teams and holds records for most goals, points and assists and the dubious distinction of being undrafted and becoming the hockey equivalent of famed bank robber Willie Sutton by going to a position where the puck is to score like going to a bank to rob where the money is.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 26:
          1.     1863—John Albion Andrews, the governor of Massachusetts, received permission from the U.S. Department of War to raise a militia of soldiers of African descent.
          2.     1926—John Logie Baird, named as one of Scotland’s ten top scientists in 2006, gave the first demonstration of television in London to members of the Royal Institution and a reporter from The Times.
          3.     1998—With a straight face President Clinton went on national TV and denied that had had had any “sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.
          4.     2009—Nadya Suleman the mother of 6 children conceived with in vitro  fertilization, was able to conceive with 8 more of her embryos previously frozen and gave birth to 8 very tiny babies who spent months in the ICU and who are now all home and alive.
          5.     2020—A Sikorsky S-76B carrying nine people, including Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna and one of her basketball teammates, took off from John Wayne heading to Camarillo Airport to land and drive to a basketball game involving Gianna’s team at Kobe Bryant’s Mamba Basketball Academy ran into dense fog and crashed near Calabasas, killing all on board.
         Quote of the Day: Noah
 Conan, radio host of Talk of the Nation and Talk of the Nation and Doctor Thomas Murray, a bioethicist and president of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan research group: Noah Conan: “…But there is also a question, no matter how the pregnancy was caused, the woman could have been offered, and again, according to her mother, was offered, the option of selective abortion, saying, look, it's really - might not be safe to have all these children at once. And she declined the offer.
          Dr. Murray: “Yes. It's a classic lifeboat problem, right? You imagine a group of people that are stranded on a lifeboat, and they realize that probably, unless the number of people on the lifeboat is reduced, they're not all going to survive. Now, if you're looking for a quick and easy ethical answer to that, I don't have it. I mean, lifeboat problems are ethical dilemmas, and when she was faced with this, she opted - she made the decision to attempt to have all eight - well, she thought it was seven...”
          Conan: “At the time. The eighth was a surprise, yeah.” 
          Dr. Murray: “She thought that she would go with all seven. She said for her, you know, because of her religious convictions, I understand. That, you know, that's traditional in a case of a high-order multiple pregnancy, that the caring obstetrician would offer the option of reduction in number. And sometimes the parents accept it and sometimes, they turn it down. And I don't think any of us are in a position where we can say for sure what the right decision was there. But there should never have been eight there in the first place.” Interesting observation on in vitro fertilization and comparison to the U.S. as a lifeboat for the millions upon millions of poverty stricken people that are claiming asylum in order to come here.

 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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January 25, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The CDC has not fared well in shifting pronouncements on C0VID-19 nor has social media in banning doctors who raised concerns over the vaccines’ safety and efficacy but Newsom’s Banana Republic seems to have crossed the line passing a bill punishing doctors with loss of license if they question “consensus medical judgment” and a California judge has issued a preliminary injunction preventing its enforcement (seems like only yesterday that bleeding was the recommended treatment of many ailments). The 49’ers must be thanking their luck stars that they ignored negative scouting reports and drafted “Mr. Irreverent” to start against the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday. I hope you also 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 January 25, 2023
          Noted Holidays: National Irish Coffee Clueless who created this holiday or when first celebrated but Irish coffee as the perfect Ying and Yang drink was believed to have been first created at Foynes Restaurant in Foynes, Ireland where the flying boats across the Atlantic docked and on one flight a flying boat took off but the weather was so bad it returned to a closed terminal which was opened to accommodate the frustrated but relieved passengers who asked chef Joe Sheridan for something warm which prompted him to serve coffee with a bit of whiskey calling the drink Irish coffee. The drink migrated to the Buena Vista Bar in San Francisco after Joe Sheridan was induced to leave his job at Shannon Airport to replicate the right amount of cream. Only in an Irish coffee can you mix stimulant of caffeine with the depressant of alcohol.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “adynamia” which means weakness or a lack of strength which is what our president projects and will really project if he is foolish enough to run in 2024.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1976 was “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You Are Going To)” by Dianna Ross on a run of 1 week to share with 26 other songs achieving number 1 status, while 15 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video of Dianna Rose performing “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You Are Going To)”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aFXN7Yrx7g
          Noted Birthdays: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine who was born on this day in 1978, whose birthday wish list is pretty short—Have Putin and his Russian war criminals leave his country and receive the weapons from NATO to give his forces the ability to force them to leave.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 25:
          1.     1971—Charles Manson and 4 “Manson Family” members were convicted of 6 murders in Los Angeles on two nights in August, 1969 known the Tate-La Bianca murders.
          2.     1996—Billy Baily of Delaware had the dubious distinction of being the last person hanged in the United States at the grounds of the Delaware Correctional Center at Smyrna for killing in cold blood a senior husband and wife in their home in 1979 and convicted in 1980. He had the choice of hanging or lethal injection and chose hanging.
          3.     1998—Pope John Paul II visited Cuba demanding political reform and release of political prisoners while condemning U.S. attempts to isolate the island nation.  
          4.     2003—50 peace activists left London heading through Europe to encourage people to join them as “human shields” to prevent the attack on Iraq by the U.S. and its coalition forces ultimately swelling to 500 who realized that the number was not sufficient and started to leave with 80 remaining at selected sites none of which were destroyed or damaged and none of the 80 were killed or wounded but the invasion was not stopped and Hussein was overthrown and executed.
          5.     2011—In what would be known as the “Egyptian Revolution”, millions of Egyptians took to the streets to protest the abuses of President Mubarak, rioting, and going on strike in numbers that defied the attempts by police to halt the protests and violence which ended after 17 days with the resignation of Mubarak, family members and top government officials.
         Quote of the Day: Judith Butler, Distinguished Professor at  the Graduate School at the University of California at Berkeley on the Egyptian Revolution: “ I am sorry to be so blunt, but I do not see much ambiguity here. [Barack] Obama was late to affirm the Egyptian revolution as a democratic movement, and even then he was eager to have installed those military leaders who were known for their practices of torture. And now he is quick to make allies with the Muslim Brotherhood for tactical reasons as well (though earlier that same administration stoked Islamophobic fear about that very political party).”

 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

January 24, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


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Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 24, 2023
          Noted Holidays: National Lobster Thermidor Day Clueless who created this holiday or when first celebrated but given the massive increase in lobster due to Chinese demand and the assault on lobster fisherman that their pots are decimating the Right Whale population, celebrating the day by having some lobster thermidor will be difficult.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “advocaat” which means a Dutch liqueur containing brandy, egg yolks, sugar or honey and aromatic spirits and is yellow in color.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1977 was “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder on a run of 1 week to share with 29 other songs achieving number 1 status, while 18 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video of Stevie Wonder performing “I Wish”:
          Noted Birthdays: Neil Diamond, noted American singer songwriter who started writing and performing his songs after going to a summer camp where  Pete Seeger performed and some of the campers performed for his benefit songs they had written. Diamond attended New York University on a fencing scholarship but was writing more and more songs and with 10 units needed to graduate as a premed, he was offered  a 16 week job writing songs as $50 a week which he accepted, dropped out and the rest is history with over 130 million records sold, 10 number 1 singles and 38 top ten songs; still performing but announced in January 2018 that he had stopped touring due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 24:
          1.     1935—The Gottfried Kreuger Brewing Company started selling the first canned beer instead of bottles.
          2.     1961—A B-52 carrying 2 H-Bombs aborted a midair fueling over the skies near Goldsboro, North Carolina when the tanker notified the pilot of the B-52 that it was leaking fuel from one of the wings which caused the plane to immediately try to land at a nearby Air Force base. As it descended the crew bailed out as the pilot continued to fly the plane which then proceeded to break up releasing its two H-bombs which failed to detonate due to the fact that all the arming switches had not switched to arm.
          3.     1984—Apple Corporation placed the Macintosh on sale in the United States to reach 70,000 in sales on May 3, 1984 and when its successor Macintosh 512k was introduced it was rebranded Macintosh 128
          4.     2003—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially opened for business.
          5.     2018—Larry Nassar, the former medical doctor to the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team after being pleading guilty to child pornography and sentenced to 40 years in a federal prison he pled guilty to the rape of 7 minors and was sentenced to an additional 40-175 years to run consecutively in a Michigan State Prison. He is currently rotting away at Coleman II Federal Penitentiary near Orlando.
         Quote of the Day: Hannah Morrow, one of Larry Nassar’s numerous sexual abuse victims addressing him during the sentencing process:
“Life’s handed me lemons and you’d best believe that I am prepared to make lemonade"

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January 23, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


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Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 23, 2023
          Noted Holidays: National Handwriting Day Created on this day in 1977, the anniversary of the birth of the writer of the most iconic signature in American history-John Hancock-to promote handwriting which given the use of computers and texting is probably a dying skill.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “adventitious” which means occurring by chance or by accident which describes the occurrence of a good number of scientific discoveries like penicillin or in hopefully the Trump, Pence and Biden classified documents scandals.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1978 was “Baby Come Back” by Player on a run of 3 weeks to share with 21 other songs achieving number 1 status, while 11 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video of Player performing “Baby Come Back”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-enjcgV1o
          Noted Birthdays: Michael Brim, noted NFL cornerback born on this day in 1996 who played 8 years in the NFL ending his career with the Cincinnati Bengals and who proved that no matter how good, a cornerback cannot tackle a bullet as he was killed in a shootout in an argument involving a woman on April 19, 2005.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 23:
          1.     1945—German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz implemented the beginning of the 15 week evacuation of military forces and civilians to Germany and Denmark which resulted in the successful evacuation of 800-900,000 civilians and 350,000 military personnel at the cost of over 160 military vessels in the largest military evacuation in history that dwarfed the British evacuation from the Dunkirk beaches.
          2.     1968 in a flagrant act of war that LBJ failed to respond to North Korea seized the USS Pueblo in International Waters and held the officers and crew hostage subject to abuse and torture and only after the U.S. “admitted it was spying, apologized and promised not to spy again” did the North Koreans release the officers and crew less the member who had been killed during the seizure (sad day for the US Navy and American prestige.
          3.     1986—The Rock and Roll of Fame inducted its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley
. The absence of any women was rectified on January 3, 1987 when “The Lady of Soul" Aretha Franklin was inducted.  
          4.     2002—Stanford graduate and journalist Danial Pearl was kidnapped on this day by Islamist terrorists while he was in Pakistan investigating the link of the “Shoe Bomber” to terrorist training camps in Pakistan and was beheaded on video on February 1, 2022 leaving a wife and son born 4 months after his death.
          5.     2018—As part of a growing trade war with China and frustration with their proclivity to steal our intellectual property, President Trump announced the levy of tariffs on solar panels and washing machines (if we are going to discontinue fossil fuels like natural gas which we are blessed with, we have to expand our production of products and materials needed to produce renewable energy).
         Quote of the Day: Mitchell Lerner, Ohio State historian and Korean expert:
The Pueblo was a good symbol of America's Cold War myopia. (The crew members) were sent out there because the U.S. military said the Soviets run similar operations against us and we accept it and they accept it and no one ever said, 'Wait a minute, you're sending this ship to North Korea. That's not the Soviets.' "

 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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January 22, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 22, 2023
          Noted Holidays: Roe v. Wade Day/National Sanctity of Human Life Day, Two dueling and diametrically opposed holidays that continue to stoke the divisive fires of this nation, the first created by the SCOTUS decision on January 22, 1973 and the second created by Presidential Proclamation by President Reagan on January 13, 1984 and celebrated on the Sunday in January closest to January 22. On a little known or remembered by the pro-choice movement is that Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff Jane Roe in Roe v.Wade due to delay in SCOTUS reaching a final decision gave birth to a third child like her first two was also adopted, Shelly Lynn Thornton, who is married and the mother of three children (the two Blues who broke ranks with their
Blue caucus and voted with the Reds to pass Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act might want to encourage their Blue colleagues to read Joshua Prager’s article on Shelly Thornton in the September 9, 2021 issue of The Atlantic.”
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “adust” which means burned or scorched which describes what happens when one fails to apply sunscreen before spending the day outside in the Sun.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1979 was “Le Freak” by Chic on a run of 3 weeks following to share with 23 other songs achieving number 1 status, while 9 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video of Chic performing “Le Freak”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXgSHL7efKg
          Noted Birthdays: Linda Blair, noted American actress, child model, and animal rights activist, best remembered for her Academy Award Nomination head spinning role in The Exorcist.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 23:
          1.     1957—George Metesky, aka The Mad Bomber, a ConEd employee who was injured in the workplace and felt he was never appropriately compensated, was arrested for planting 32 bombs in public places, 16 of which exploded to injure 15 persons where after interrogation admitted to the acts and was adjudged mentally incompetent to stand trial and confined to a mental institution and then released after being confined to 2/3 of the sentence that would have been imposed.
          2.     1970—Boeing’s 747 the world’s first jumbo jet commenced service between NYC’s J.F.K. International Airport and London’s Heathrow Airport with its maiden flight which would open the skies to many passengers who previously could not afford air travel.
          3.     1984—In one of the most iconic TV commercials of all times during Superbowl XVII Apple’s MacIntosh personal computer with its mouse and graphical interface is introduced.
          4.     2002—Kmart became the largest American retailer to file for Chapter XI Bankruptcy protection and whatever turnaround protection was hoped to be the result did not come about as only 20 Kmart stores in the U.S. and its territories are now in operation.
          5.     2009—President Obama signed an executive order closing the terrorists detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the implementation of which was blocked by Congressional opposition.
         Quote of the Day: George Metesky Letter sent to The Herald Tribune: “
Have you noticed the bombs in your city – if you are worried, I am sorry – and also if anyone is injured. But it cannot be helped – for justice will be served. I am not well, and for this I will make the Con Edison sorry – yes, they will regret their dastardly deeds – I will bring them before the bar of justice – public opinion will condemn them – for beware, I will place more units under theater seats in the near future. F.P.

 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

January 21, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


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Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 21, 2023
          Noted Holidays: National Hyaluronic Acid Day, Created on January 22, 2022 and first celebrated on that day by La Roche Posay to promote the recognition of the benefits of and the use of hyaluronic acid to treat dermatological problems.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “adunc” which usually means describing a nose that is hooked but could be used by an addict to describe but conceal his or her drug habit.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1980 was “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson on a run of 4 weeks following to share with 16 other songs achieving number 1 status, 1 of whom was John Lennon who became the 4th artist to be so awarded posthumously,  while 6 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video with lyrics displayed of Michael Jackson performing “Rock With You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X-Mrc2l1d0
          Noted Birthdays: Emma Bunton, noted British singer, songwriter and actress who rose to fame as “Baby Spice” of the Spice Girls with some 100 million records sold to their credit.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 21:
          1.     1968—A B-52 armed with 4 1.1 megaton H-bombs crashed near Thule Air Force Base in Greenland after the crew bailed out to a cabin fire and smoke, rupturing some of the bombs, one of which was never recovered.
          2.     1976—The Earth became a smaller planet as the Concorde began commercial service on its London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio Di Janeiro routes.
          3.     1999—The U.S. Coast Guard in its largest drug seizure to date intercepted a ship with 9500 pounds of cocaine aboard it heading for the U.S.
          4.     2004—NASA’s Mars Rover Spirit which had landed on the surface of Mars on January 4, 2004 stopped communicating with Earth due to management of its flash memory which was repaired remotely from Earth on February 6 enabling Spirit to conduct Martian surface exploration until May 1, 2009 when it became stuck in the Martian soft sand and despite efforts to free itself attempted from Earth until January 26, 2010. All communications with Earth ended on March 22, 2010.
          5.     2017—Women’s protest marches were held in 400 American cities and 160 countries worldwide over the inauguration of Donald Trump.
         Quote of the Day: Stephen Schwartz, noted contributor and fellow to The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists:  
The fire aboard the B-52G was caused by human and mechanical error. A crewmember stuffed four foam rubber cushions beneath a seat on top of a heating vent. When the heat was turned up hours later, a heater malfunction ignited them, filling the cabin with flames and thick smoke. Six crew bailed out and survived, although two navigators were injured. A second pilot died trying to bail out. The next day, SAC removed all nuclear weapons from airborne alert aircraft. An extensive, nearly eight-month cleanup effort—dubbed “Dr. Freezelove”—collected, packaged and transported 10,500 tons (237,000 cubic feet) of contaminated snow, ice, and debris to the Atomic Energy Commission’s Savannah River Plant in South Carolina for burial. In 2015, the BBC broadcast an interview with Jens Zinglersen, a Dane who managed supplies at Thule Air Base, witnessed the catastrophic crash, and was the first person on the scene. (CAVEAT: Despite rumors, there is no missing H-bomb beneath the ice.) What was reportedly never recovered was the U-235 "spark plug" from one bomb. That's only part of the thermonuclear secondary (albeit the most important part).”

 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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January 20, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


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Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 20, 2023
          Noted Holidays: National Camcorder Day, Not sure who created this day to honor the introduction of camcorders by SONY in 1983 but the ability to record and save video of events have become an integral part of our social fabric.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “adoxography” which means good writing on a trivial subject which probably describes an good number to publish or perish syndrome in academia.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1981 was “(Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon on a run of 4 weeks following 1 in 1980 to share with 16 other songs achieving number 1 status while 10 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video with lyrics displayed of John Lennon performing “(Just Like) Starting Over”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZCxyOcvp5A
          Noted Birthdays: Kelly Anne Conway, a political adviser, consultant, and the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign, born on this day in 1967 and best remembered for her fierce defense of President Trump, her battles with her husband who was an anti-Trumper and co-founder of the Lincoln Project, her two violations of the Hatch Act for disparaging attacks on sitting members of Congress and her battles with her liberal Tik-Tok influencer, rabidly anti-Trump daughter who threatened to seek emancipation from her.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 20:
          1.     1937—Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Nance Garner due to the 20th Amendment were inaugurated as president and vice president respectively
          2.     1942—15 Senior Nazi officials at a conference in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee met to discuss for 90 minutes the implementation of the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question” which would lead to the Holocaust which would result in the execution of millions of Jews and deaths of 7 of the participants through combat, execution or suicide and the rest either released or convicted and then released after serving a shortened sentence.
          3.     1961—John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as president becoming the youngest president to assume office and the first Catholic.
          4.     1991—The government of Sudan announced the application of Islamic law throughout the country further exacerbating and prolonging the bloody civil war between the Muslim north and the Christian south.
          5.     2021—At 78 Joe Biden was inaugurated as the oldest president in U.S. history and Kamala Harris was nominated as the first female vice president in U.S. history.
         Quote of the DayReinhardt Heydrich, Head of the German SD and Conference Chair of the Wannsee Conference “… during the course of the Final Solution, the Jews will be deployed under appropriate supervision at a suitable form of labor deployment in the East. In large labor columns, separated by gender, able-bodied Jews will be brought to those regions to build roads, whereby a large number will doubtlessly be lost through natural reduction. Any final remnant that survives will doubtless consist of the elements most capable of resistance. They must be dealt with appropriately, since, representing the fruit of natural selection, they are to be regarded as the core of a new Jewish revival.” 

 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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January 19, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


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Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 19, 2023
          Noted Holidays: National Gun Appreciated Day, Created by Larry Ward and Political Media, Inc. on January 4, 2013 and first celebrated on January 19, 2013 to protest President Obama’s assault on the 2nd Amendment which mass shootings highlighted by the MSM tend to obscure the contributions to public safety made by law-abiding  conceal and carry permit holders confronting evil shooters with guns.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “adnomination” which means punning which is the lowest form of humor.
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1982 was “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John on a run of 4 weeks following 6 in 1981 to share with 14 other songs achieving number 1 status while 10 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video with lyrics displayed of Olivia Newton-John  performing “Physical”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWz9VN40nCA
          Noted Birthdays: Dolly Parton, an American singer, prolific songwriter, actress and philanthropist best known as a “Country Music Legend” who was finally nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of fame which she initially refused and then accepted and has achieved so many awards and nominations it would fill many pages to list them and in a tribute to her faith and personality has been married to her husband Carl Dean since May 30, 1966.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 19:
          1.     1953—Almost 74% of the televisions in the United States were tuned in to watch Lucille Ball give birth to a son Desi Arnez, Jr. aka “Little Ricky.”
          2.     1981—On the eve of a new sheriff in town as President of the United States, Iran wisely signed an agreement to release on the next day 52 American diplomats and citizens that had been held hostage for 444  days following an occupation by “student” militants of the American Embassy in Tehran.
          3.     1983—Apple Corporation’s Lisa, the first personal computer with a graphical user interface and a mouse was released to the public.
          4.     1997—PLO leader Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron, the last Israeli controlled settlement on the West Bank to a huge celebration after 30 years.
          5.     2007—A 4 man team N2i completed the 1093 mile trek to the Pole of Inaccessibility in Antarctica to become the first to visit and the first to not use any motorized transport using only skis and kites.
         Quote of the DayKenneth Feinberg, former special master of the fund created to pay Tehran Embassy Hostages and then later expanded to include 9/11 Victims:
The idea that 9/11 victims can come into this fund and basically, in overwhelming numbers, get a pro rata share of limited money is improper, unfair and inequitable. Congress ought to change the law to prevent 9/11 related claims from being under this program. I think they are right about that…I was left in the position of saying: ‘To all of you hostages and hostage families, I wish I could help you. Insofar as you take the position that your money should be accelerated and paid in full, I immediately say you make a very convincing case. [But] that’s not the statute.’ ” 

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Monday, January 23, 2023

3 Back to Back Mass Shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay by Senior Shooters Leave18 Dead and 9 Wounded


In California it seems that innocent victims of gunfire are becoming like games of Whack-A-Mo
First at Monterey Park Lunar Celebration dance hall where 72 year old Huu Can Tran from Hemet elected to go
Shot 20 there, 10 of whom died on the spot and the 11th 2 days later in an ICU hospital bed
May have been looking for his ex-wife divorced from him in 2005 and animosity for that not shed
So left and 30 minutes later arrived at another dance hall in Alhambra looking for more to slay
Only to be met by 26 year old Brandon Tsay nearby in his way
Who having never seen a real gun pounced on Tran
And with youth strength over age wrested it from his hand
Tran in a white van from the scene fled
To be found in a Torrance Del Amo Shopping Center shot by himself dead
Almost the same time of the news that the 11th victim had bought the farm
Near Half Moon Bay at two separate farms news that 7 victims had met with mortal harm
In a week for senior shooters, 67 year old Chunli Zhou a worker at one of the farms surrendered to the cops
Giving us hope that the motive for the shootings will be learned to help future shootings stop
Dance halls and a mushroom farm added to the soft target lists
For those bent of deadly violence that they are unable to resist

© 1/23/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


Blue Alex Lee's Wealth Tax Bill on Billionaires and 50 Millionaires Will Kill the Golden Goose and Turn the Golden State Into the Iron Pyrite State


Until now there were only two things that were certain
Death and the end of life closing curtain
In California Blues are trying to increase the list to three
A wealth tax even if from the state the wealthy chose to flee
California Progressive Blue Assemblyman Alex Lee claiming the ultra-rich little taxes pay
Though the 92,322 tax returns with over $1 million income pay over 39% of taxes wants to more tax revenue collar
Has introduced a bill to impose a 1.5% wealth tax on worldwide assets in excess of 1 billion dollars
In 2026 the asset floor drops to $50 million with a rate of “only 1%”
Should not take a rocket scientist to know why the billionaires from the state went
Taking their assets, income and wealth and job creating abilities along
With super majorities in both houses Reds will have little chance to stop this wrong
Lee’s Bill which seeks to recover taxes after residents have left the state
Will constitutional challenges to its enforceability await
Anyone smart enough to $1 billion of wealth create
Should react like the straw breaking the camel’s back and migrate
To states with friendlier business regs and lower tax rates
Smart enough to predict that when it comes to tax the rich goals it will never sate
California will its middle class but now also its upper income and high wealth class
Its standing of the Golden State a magnet to wealth creation become a thing of the past
Now the Iron Pyrite State with the Golden Goose now killed
Thanks to a Banana Republic Blue government and Alex Lee’s misguided bill

© 1/23/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

As Fentanyl Deaths Keep Surging King County Running Out of Space for Bodies Awaiting Autopsy


Each day the border becomes less secure
And more American families the fear of fentanyl death must endure
While more and more Blues have buried their heads in the sands
Oblivious to the fact this nation cannot over 250,000 a month illegals withstand
Almost everyone unvetted seeking asylum claims
Almost all of which are bogus as poverty only is cause named
When a ship sinks and there are not enough lifeboats to bring all passengers aboard
The surge of passengers floating in the sea must be by the lifeboats ignored
If not the lifeboats will be overloaded, flounder and then to the bottom sink
In high seas and cold water their passengers to drown in an eyes’ blink
In King County, Seattle is the largest city in the Evergreen State
From 173 in 2020 to 385 in 2021 to 685 residents in 2022 having met fentanyl’s OD deadly fate
With January not yet compete the death surge from fentanyl continues at a deadly pace
Such that to store bodies awaiting autopsies, King County is running out of space
The Blues and open border left need to heed the deadly wakeup call
Every state has become a border state as fentanyl casts its deadly pall
We cannot endure another 2 more years with Mayorkas, Harris and Biden being MIA
While the cartels pushing deadly drugs cross an open border hold sway

© 1/23/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


Congresswoman Porter Ranting about McConnell Illegally Putting Conservative Judges On SCOTUS to Deprive Women of Rights to Abortion


Congresswoman Porter: Our V.P. Harris on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Paraphrased our Declaration of Independence to those protesting abortion degrade
Omitted the Creator as grantor and life from inalienable rights
Gutting the foundation of the basis for abortion fight
As a mother you should hang your head in shame
That you did not to the 2 lone Blues supporting medical care for a botched abortion add you name
How you cannot believe an abortion target now out of the womb and still alive
Does not have the right to have medical care to have a chance to survive?
When a mother goes into labor with a baby she does not want or can afford
That child in California can be for 3 days in a hospital welcomed aboard
Abortion should be in the first trimester a woman's absolute right
Thereafter only in event of rape or incest or evidence that a diseased baby would survive only a few nights
All but the most rabid pro-lifer adhering to the myth that life at conception begins
Support an abortion in the first trimester where outside the womb a chance for viability would not win
Whatever respect for you as a human being we could trust was lost
When you flat out lied that Baugh would ban all abortions to his election cost
Hope your massive campaign contributions have all been spent
So in 2024 as a candidate to replace Di-Fi to the Swamp you will not be sent

© 1/23/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Harris in Defense of Abortion Cites Declaration of Independence But Omits from The Creator and Right to Life


Harris is infamous for her cackling responses to any question above her pay grade
And stringing and repeating words in indigestible word salad parades
Listening to her to an issue take stock
Astute listeners are very quick to her answers mock
It seems she is learning not to before ranting on complex issues take time to prepare and understand
No as usual take the easier path and omit words that make her rants easier to withstand
Case in point her claiming on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Citing the Declaration of Independence to any opposition to abortion degrade
“We are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Harris said
“..all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Our Declaration intones instead
In her world and the world of the left there is no God and no right to life especially for the unborn
Proved when only 2 Blues voted for a House Bill to require in a botched abortion medical care for the newborn not be spurned
Biden must daily thank his lucky stars
For a VP so incompetent any attempt for impeachment would not go far

© 1/23/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


Saturday, January 21, 2023

Dropped to 4 After Loss to USC, Cardinal Beats High Scoring Utes 74-62 to Play Colorado This Sunday


Stanford’s loss to the Women of Troy
Resulted in a fall from number 2 to number 4 enjoy
Returning to the welcome confines of Maples to play the 8th ranked Utes
Utes came out on all cylinders and a second loss in a row looked hard to refute
But the Cardinal calmed down even as its starting point guard by injury was sent off the floor
But with Jump making her first 5 shots and Haley and Brink coming alive the Cardinal began to outscore
Ended the half with a 9 point lead that by the  3rd quarter end reduced to 5
Maples’ fans beginning to worry against a comeback by high scoring Utes, the Cardinal would not survive
In the 4th quarter the Utes aped their 2nd quarter performance and by 7 were outscored
Too late in the 4th quarter for the Utes, Brink with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks fouled out and left the floor
On Sunday the Buffaloes away from their court at home
Will at Maples try to drop in baskets as they hope to roam
With PAC 12 Network TV screens at Orange County sports bars rarely there
Hard to follow Cardinal baskets and Brink’s blocks dominating Maples’ air

© 1/21/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Friday, January 20, 2023

Behar Absolves Baldwin and Blames Trump and Reds for Manslaughter Indictment--Typical of Rabid Anti-2nd Amendment


The left hates the 2nd Amendment and really hates the NRA
Had there been an NRA member on Baldwin’s set the deceased would be alive today
In all gun safety classes guns are presumed to be loaded, round in chamber ready to fire
If you point the gun at someone and pull the trigger that person may be wounded or expire
You learn that you only point a gun at something or someone you really want to shoot
And that something or someone must be in plain view so some bystander is not hit while the bullet is enroute
Because bullets can easily travel a mile or more
Drilled that a shot likely to miss one is to ignore
Gunowners other than felons and criminals pursue safety as a full-fledged mission
Safety is a full time task not subject to an owner’s omission
But celebs like Baldwin whose time around guns not on a set is probably close to nil
Are ignorant and oblivious to the steps to be taken so someone is not wounded or killed
Joyless Behar in a mindless rant
Typical of her anti-2nd slant
Blamed not Baldwin but Reds for his manslaughter indictment
Claiming spite against Baldwin for his attacks on Trump and Reds was the real requirement
Every time she opens her mouth with lies
Have to wonder how viewers can for a moment on her opinions rely

© 1/20/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet  


Justice Delayed or Bad Karma for 17 Year Old Hit and Run Carjacker with Slap on the Wrist Short Sentence


If you kill or assault a minor sexually or otherwise and are sent to prison to your time serve
Other cons there once your crime is known may feel a harsher sentence you deserve
Today we learned that such a system of justice may in the form of karma be located outside of prison cells
In August of 2021 a 17 year old carjacker hit and run a mother with a stroller in a moment of Hell
He was caught and plea bargained to a 5 to 7 month sentence in a Juvenile Camp
Causing the recall Gascon efforts to accelerate up the speed ramp
Recall effort failed with not enough signatures collected
The hit and run driver would be alive if a harsher sentence Gascon had elected
The driver served his slap on the wrist sentence time and was set free
Probably overjoyed to be in L.A. with a D.A. who harsh sentences never agrees
But karma may work in unforeseen ways
The driver was walking home in Palmdale and a drive-by shooter slowed to him slay
Facts not yet fully released and unknown if a connection to his hit and run crime
Or in this violent crime surge that continues to expand and sweep the nation—only in wrong place and wrong time

© 1/20/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Biden's 2024 Nomination Chances Are DOA if Voters on Cognitive Ability Believe "There Is No There There"


The closer we get to 2024
Concern over Biden’s cognitive ability will soar
Even among a growing number of Blues
His apparent cognitive ability lack and age will rue
With millions of Americans in all dementia stages
Their friends, families and caregivers recognize symptoms as dementia rages
Most of us accept the fact that as we age physically, we become all too frail
But to a person we would reject the idea that a president’s cognitive ability must fail
Candidates for president have become accustomed to release their tax returns
So voters can whether the candidate is violating or taking advantage of the Code can discern
It is now high time for candidates to take a cognitive ability test
To ability to handle the world’s mentally most demanding job to assess
Biden in his dismissal of the classified information double standard scandal
May have lit the fuse to demands for cognitive ability test to gage his ability to handle
He has claimed “There is no there there”
Raising the voters’ question, “Are there any neurons still there?”

© 1/20/2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Georgia State Trooper Shot by Scenes from the Forest Protesting Building of Public Safety Center Twitter Account Must Be Banned Pubkic se Ata


In Atlanta a member of Scenes from the Forest emerged from his tent
And shot a Georgia State Trooper to cause him to be to a hospital sent
Police returned fire and the shooter died
And as might be expected a call for retaliation the group replied
On Twitter they sounded their outrage and called for violence to the death meet
We all laud Musk to promote free speech but such a call on social meeting should not be allowed to entreat
The cause for the conflict was that the city wanted to a public safety training center build
To with more training reduce in confrontations the chances of cops or civilians being killed
This poet believes Voltaire was right when free speech he would to his death defend
But a call for reciprocal violence in retaliation should their Twitter account end
The Fox News article also showed the photos of five arrested earlier protesting at the site
Not from Atlanta and certainly not working to obtain a paycheck to avoid poverty’s plight
Message to these leftists should be clear protest all you want until you grab a gun/
When you do your rights on Twitter and maybe your life on this Earth are done

© January 18, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Facebook Down the Woke Slope So Noncisgenders Can Cope


If a cisgender woman wants to her breasts and nipples on Facebook display
I guess she has to identify as a male in all ways
And for the cisgender male who wants to on social medial with his tools entice
All he has to do is to identify as a female to be free to practice that vice
Weiner who had to resign from Congress for his perverted photos shown to young females
Must be ruing Facebook’s action as too late and took him off the campaign trail
Canada allows public display by cisgender females of their breasts
Since cisgender males can show theirs and not fail an obscenity test
Does this mean that once again Zuckerberg off his rocker
Under the guise of preventing on social media reptilian brain stalkers
Allowing noncisgender males and females
To no longer conceal let it all hang out to reveal
Another example of the Woke slippery slope
When feeling trumps biology to let noncisgenders cope

© January 18, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet


Harris Is Biden's Ironclad Insurance Policy Against Being Impeached


Rep. Boebert raked Kevin McCarthy over the coals on his Speakership bid
But she is hitting the nail on the head on why Reds would not with impeachment Biden try to rid
Nothing so pragmatic as an acceptance in the Senate the votes for guilty are not there
But the realization of the inadequacies of the woman who would sit in the Oval Office chair
Having Harris as the new president would be an unmitigated disaster
She is clueless on what would be needed by a new president to the office master
Only if the Reds could impeach her as soon as she was sworn in
And then block the confirmation of a replacement VP could they then block the nation’s death spiral spin
For McCarthy would then trade the gavel for the Oval Office keys
Bring to a quick halt the leftist judicial appointments and spending sprees
But still a total pipe dream that to spend time would be a total waste
When what Reds need is a plate of accomplishments bettering voters’ lives they yearn to taste

© January 18, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

January 18, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


On this Hump Day, Biden must be hoping that the classified document scandal will with his allies in the MSM slide into obscurity off the front pages as no new classified documents have been discovered while also praying that his formerly addicted Hunter was clean enough not to create on his laptop a document trail that would show Biden benefited from CCP payments. In a reminder of the corruption of sports by politization, the Warriors were feted at the White House as they should be for winning the NBA Championship but should be castigated for refusing to be also so honored by the Trump Administration when they won the title when he was president. The winter storms that have bashed California have ended but hopefully more rain is forecasted which can be captured and returned to the ground aquifer for later use to reduce the amount of water needed to be imported at higher prices and although Newsom’s push to curtail the sale of gas powered cars and gas stoves will place more demands on our power grid, it may be time to start building desalinization plants which would acerbate the demands but would be economic lifesavers. I hope you also 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 January 18, 2023
          Noted Holidays: National Gourmet Coffee Day, Clueless as to what coffee roaster created this but it is clear thanks to roasters such as Starbucks, we have come a long way from mainly the Folgers and Maxwell House in the cans to micro roasters touting gourmet coffees in 10-12 ounce packages about as numerous as the micro brewed beer and ale that crowds supermarket shelves.
          Word of the Day: The word of the day is “adjuvant” which means a substance added to make a vaccine more effective which given the proclivity of the fully vaccinated and boosted here in the U.S. to still come down with COVID-19 even though with much less risk of death or long hospitalization making us wonder whether in the rush to bring the vaccines to market needed adjuvants were not added. 
          Number 1 Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1983 was “Maneater” by John Oates and Daryl on a run of 2 weeks following 2 in 1982 to share with 16 other songs achieving number 1 status while 9 acts achieved their first number 1 song.  Here is a music video with lyrics displayed of John Oates and Daryl Hall  performing “Maneater”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRYFKcMa_Ek
          Noted Birthdays: Kevin Costner, an American actor, director, producer and musician with two Academy Awards, was born on this day in 1955 and best known for Dances With Wolves, Bull Durham and The Untouchables and the TV series Yellowstone. Though he tried out as a walk on make the Cal State Fullerton Titans Baseball Team and failed, he is a loyal fan and tries to attend games during the College World Series if the Titans are playing.
          Notable Events that occurred on January 18:
          1.     1896—An X-Ray machine was demonstrated for the first time by H.L. Smith, a professor of physics at Davidson College.
          2.     1967—Carmen De Salvo known as the “Boston Strangler” for the strangulation deaths of 13 women in the Boston area was convicted and sentenced to life in prison from which he escaped to turn himself in after 3 days to be confined to a maximum security prison to serve out his life sentence which ended on November 23, 1973 when he was stabbed to death in the prison infirmary by a fellow inmate whose trial ended in a hung jury.
          3.     1990—Mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D.C. from 1979-1991 was arrested in 1990 in a FBI cocaine possession sting smoking crack cocaine on tape to be tried and convicted  of illegal drug possession and serve 6 months in a federal prison only to ape the Phoenix upon his release to rise up and be elected first to the City Council and then be elected mayor again from 1995 to 1999 and then step down to be elected to the City Council and serve as such from 2005 until his death in 2014.
          4.     1993—For the first time, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was observed in all 50 states.
          5.     2008—The
Euphronios Krater, illegally looted from an Etruscan cemetery in Cerveteri, Italy, was returned to Italy after being displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1972 to 2008 and displayed to the public.
         Quote of the DayMayor Marion Barry in a Narcissistic Moment on the Size of His Security Detail:
People have criticized me because my security detail is larger than the president's. But you must ask yourself: are there more people who want to kill me than who want to kill the president? I can assure you there are.
Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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