Monday, May 29, 2023

May 28, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The Reds and Blues have evidently reached an agreement in principal on increasing the debt ceiling with the expected 150 pages to detail the agreement to be drafted and delivered to Congress 72 hours before the vote with some Blues expressing disappointment but Biden saying the obvious that you need compromise which means you don’t get all you want and had the courage to admit that Speaker McCarthy negotiated in good faith. Red Rep. Rosedale is the first Red to indicate he will vote against the deal as it is the worst case of fiscal irresponsibility. The bill does guarantee that another $4 trillion will be added to the national debt in the next 2 years. One of the details that is in the agreement is the completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline of 303 miles from West Virginia to Virginia which is 94% complete. The Surgeon General has issued his study that more than 3 hours of kids on social media increases the risk of anxiety, potential suicides and depression. In the Indy 500, Joseph Newgarden was the winner with a time of 2:58:21:9611 with Marcus Ericsson a very close second with a time of 2:58:22:0585 and Santino Ferrucci a close third with a time of 2:58:22:4884. Not sure of what the attraction is of the Indy 500 the noise of which will probably damage hearing unless wearing protecting ear plugs but if it is the excitement of seeing crashes, the spectators with 17 laps to go got their money’s worth as Kyle Kirkwood crashed into Felix Rosenqvist who had crashed into the fence and sliding today the infield sending Kirkwood’s  tire over the fence which fortunate hit no one. In a  Good Sam moment Everado Navarro, seeing a Highway Patrol Officer being attacked by a man who had been ranting at drivers on an on ramp in Santa Ana, jumped out of his car and attacked the attacker before he could obtain control of the officer’s gun and with the help of 2 other Good Sams subdued him—Thank God they attacked rather than using cell phones to video the threat.
           May 28, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
           Noted Holidays: Amnesty International Day: Created on this day in 1961 when British lawyer Peter Benenson was outraged when two Portuguese students were jailed just for raising a toast to freedom an wrote an article in The Observer newspaper  calling for governments to abide by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, especially Articles 18 and 19, involving freedom and thought and expression and launched a campaign that resulted in the formation of Amnesty International in London that same year which has grown to multiple nations that have offices and millions of members on the forefront of opposing the death penalty, demanding the release of political prisoners, and freeing those subject to sham trials
            Word of the Day: the word of the day is “antalgic”  which means alleviating or relieving pain.
            Number 1 Song: The number 1 song on this day in 1979 was “Reunited” by Peaches and Herb on a run of 4 weeks non continuous to share with 23 other songs achieving number 1 ranking, while 10 acts, including Peaches and Herb achieved number 1 status for the first time but only Blondie would hit the charts with another number 1 song. Here is a recording of Peaches and Herb performing “Reunited”:
            May 28 Famous Birthdays: “Mr. Clutch/Zeke From Cabin Creek” Jerry West   was born on this day in 1917 in Chelyan, West Virginia was an outstanding college basketball player for West Virginia to lead them to the NCAA finals against Cal to lose 71-70 with West scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort  who was drafted in the first round to the Lakers where he played for 14 seasons to win only one championship, against the New York Knicks in 1972 but to fare better as a general manager starting before the 1982 season to win 6 Championships but must be having a conniption fit for his Lakers to be swept by the Denver Nuggets eliminating the possibility all fans would like—a series between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
            May 28, Historical Events In Rhyme
           1.     On this day in 2017 at the INDY 500 Tamura Sato known for his motto of “no attack, no chance"
Became the first Japanese driver to the winning checkered flag advance.  
           2.     On this day in 2016  at the Cincinnati Zoo Harambe, a gorilla, grabbed a 3 year old boy
And was shot and killed raising outrage why nonthethal darts were not employed.
           3.     On this day in 2002 The last steel girder from the debris of the 9/11 attacks
Was removed so construction could begin to bring the World Trade Center back.
           4.      On this day in 1964 Yasser Arafat formed the PLO
To on behalf of Palestinians strike against Israel liberating blows.
           5.      On this day in 1937 Volkswagen, the peoples’ car manufacturer was formed
Famous later for the Beetle Bug and the Hippie Transporter with flowers and peace signs adorned.
           Quote By Adolf Hitler on Volkswagen and the Cars It Will Sell:  “Over the past four years, and with continual improvements, we have developed the Volkswagen, which we are convinced not only can be sold at the price we want, but also can be manufactured in ways that use a minimum of workers to produce the maximum amount. The model that has resulted from years of work by Dr. Porsche will undergo testing this year. It will enable millions of new customers with limited incomes to afford a car. We owe the best cars in the world to our directors, engineers, craftsmen, workers, and salesmen. Today, I am convinced that in a short time we will also build the least expensive cars.”

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