Friday, May 5, 2023

May 4, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


A picture is worth a 1000 words as the concession stand at Fenway for Red Sox Blue Jays games has people waiting in line to buy beer but in front of the Bud Light stand no a person near as Bud Light sales are down 26%. Senator Kennedy from Louisiana grilling Deputy Energy Secretary Turk on how much world carbon temperatures would go down after we spent $ 50 trillion on fighting climate change who was clueless with an answer. The National Police Association has filed a law suit to force Nashville to release TG’s Audrey Hale’s manifesto discovered by Nashville Police after the Covenant shootings. Brown University’s female pitcher became the first female Division 1 baseball player to play on Brown’s male baseball team and was rewarded with that feat by throwing out the first pitch at a Brown v. Bryant University baseball game. Doctors at a Boston hospital performed an in vitro operation to correct a rare cranial blood vessel defect in a fetus that would have led to an early stroke and death and the fetus was born and doing well at home. Since 2021, 44 states have introduced legislation to restrict the teaching of CRT and placed limits on the teaching of racism and sexism.
           May 4, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
           Noted Holidays: National Day of Prayer: Created by Congress in 1952 designating the first Thursday in May as a day to turn to God in prayer to seek His help in solving pressing problems that affect this nation.
           Word of the Day: the word of the day is “anaudia”  which means the loss of voice which one listening to Robert F. Kennedy Junior believes his voice has next to no chance of surviving a campaign.
           Number 1 Song: The number 1 song on this day in 1998 was “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo on a run of 3 weeks  to share with 15 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 10 acts achieved their first number 1 ranking. Here is a recording of K-Ci and JoJo performing “All My Life”:
           May 4 Famous Birthdays: Rory McIlroy was born on this day in 1989 in Hollywood, County Down, Northern Ireland and is a noted professional golfer who along with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only golfers to win 4 majors before the age of 25 and early in his career was the number one ranked golfer for 122 weeks. Did not play well in this years Masters and skipped a designated tournament to get his head together which prompted from the PGA a $3 million fine but with his logo deals he is not hurting. 
           Noted Events on May 4:
           1.   1904—In order to make the Earth much shorter for ships carrying cargo and passengers, the United States began the construction of the Panama Canal which was completed and open to maritime traffic on August 15, 2014.
           2.   1970—At Kent State University Ohio National Guard troops, summoned to quell student protests over the invasion of Cambodia and the Vietnam War, opened fire on unarmed students, killing 4 and wounding 9.
          3.   1982—During the Faklands War between Britain and Argentina, 20 British seamen were killed by an Argentinian Exocet air to ship missile hit the HMS Sheffield. 
          4.   1998—The “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski in a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty was sentenced by a federal judge in Sacramento to 8 consecutive life terms plus 30 years and is now rotting in a federal penitentiary. 
          5.   2019—The all female F-1 motorsports  racing series opened its initial season at Hockenheimring, Germany, the site of the 2019 Germany Grand Prix which was won by   Jamie Chadwick who went on to be the series champion that year and 2021 and 2022 with 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19. The series appears to have closed its doors for 2023.
          Famous Quotes on Events and Issues:
          Captain Hank Bracker, The Exciting Story of Cuba on the Panama Canal: “The Panama Canal Zone was the only Latin American territory not acquired as a result of the war with Spain; however it was governed as if it had been. As president, Theodore Roosevelt understood the importance of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. It would allow the United States to move its fleet from one coast to the other in a relatively short time, which had been a major problem during the war with Spain. To facilitate this he received authorization from Congress to purchase the assets of the failed French attempt to build a canal. The primary obstacle was in acquiring the necessary land to build a canal across the Isthmus of the Americas, which prior to 1903 was part of Colombia. When the United States showed an interest in building the canal, the Colombian government immediately demanded a larger percentage of the tolls than had been previously agreed upon with the French. Negotiations dragged on through 1902 and into 1903. Early in 1903, the United States signed a treaty with the Colombian government, giving the United States a strip of land 6 miles wide, from the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean. On August 12, 1903, the irate Colombian Senate unanimously voted down the agreement and refused to give the United States the land. Panamanian insurgents with the backing of the United States perpetrated a revolt against the Colombian government, causing Colombia to lose the coveted parcel of land north of its present border. The fledgling nation of Panama was protected from Colombia by a dense jungle and the might of the United States.
             On November 3, 1903, after 57 years of policing Bogot√°'s interests, the United States, looking out for its own best interests, sided with Panama against Colombia. A treaty was quickly drafted between the two new allies, giving Panama $10,000,000 of investment money, plus $250,000 per year in perpetuity. It also allowed the United States to purchase the remaining French assets that had been left behind. On November 18th, with the signing of the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, the Panama Canal Zone was formed.”

© May 4, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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