Monday, June 12, 2023

June 11, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


June is Pride Month a time when members of the LGBTQ+ want to express their pride at having that status which should not merit any condemnation but it their desire to express their pride they may force others to cross the line as Biden did when he violated the U.S. Flag Code that requires that when other flags are being displayed the U.S. Flag is to be in the center of the display but at Biden’s White House Pride Ceremony the Pride Flag was in the center and at a Dallas “family friendly” Pride festival vendors were selling erotic art, sex toys and edible penises. The special prosecutor Smith who brought the 37 count indictment against Trump denied two systems of justice but Alan Dershowitz while admitted the tape of Trump waving a document that was supposedly classified is a damning piece of evidence even if the person to whom it was exposed to testifies he was unable to read it, but insisted Smith was hired to “get Trump”. There is no way that Trump’s trial will occur prior to the election but the proceedings may put a crimp in Trump’s campaign in the primary and in the election which a conviction for other than espionage probably would not prevent him being elected (What an absolute mess). In the RBC Canadian Open, Canadian Nick Taylor was the crowd favorite as spectators were singing “O Canada” when he approached the tee boxes in the later holes to become the first Canadian since 1954 to win the RBC Canadian Open by sinking a 72 foot eagle putt to defeat Tommy Fleetwood on their 4th playoff hole. Fellow Canadian Adam Hadwin who finished 12th and after watching the playoff was dressed in street clothes and when the putt went in ran toward Taylor spraying him with champagne only to be tackled by security who did not recognize him:   Tom Brady was with his kids on Mr. Beast’s multimillion dollar yacht enjoying life when he tossed a pass to Mr. Beast who dropped it and challenged Brady to knock a drone out of the sky which he promptly did, joking maybe he should reconsider his retirement: Thousands of Menhaden fish have died along a Texas Gulf Beach due to the perfect storm of warmer ocean water and cloudy skies blocking microscopic phytoplankton or macroalgae from oxygen creating photosynthesis. Trump has not even appeared in Miami courthouse to enter a plea and already an MSNBC panel on leftist Velshi’s panel has demanded that District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, a former federal prosecutor nominated by Trump in 2020 recuse herself from Trump’s classified material case. If you were hoping that George Soros’ monetary attempts to influence elections to pursue his destructive leftist agenda would end with his stepping down from the management of his multi-billion dollar empire, think again as his son Alex is taking over the reins and has admitted he “is more political” than his father. On the sports front in the Super Regional at Stanford’s Sunken Diamond Stanford redeemed its Friday collapse of a 5-2 lead to lose 7-5 by dominating Texas 8-3 with the Stanford starter Quinn Matthews throwing 156 pitches in a complete game, allowing 8 hits, striking out 16 and walking 1. Must win for both teams on June 12, 2023 to go to the World Series. Go Stanford! 
             June 11, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: Abused Women and Children Awareness Day celebrated on the second Sunday in June but clueless to know who created the observance or when only that its purpose must be to create awareness of the thousands upon thousands of women abused in relationships and probably even more children in family situations and to promote legal and emotional avenues to reduce the number of victims, women and children.
              Word of the Day: the word of the day is “aphologistic” which means flameless which would describe vaping to a tee or wood exposed to monsoon like rain that you are trying to use in a fireplace.
              Song of the Day:  The number 1 song on this day in 1966 was “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones on a run of 2 weeks to share with 26 other songs achieving number 1 ranking, while 16 acts achieved number one status for the first time. Here is a recording with lyrics of  The Rolling Stones performing “Paint It Black”:
              June 11 “Wizard was not there and the yellow brick road washed out”: Mehemet Oz, television personality, former surgeon, and senatorial candidate who lost to a stroke impaired John Fetterman who managed to avoid a debate until after weeks of mail in balloting had occurred.
              June 11 Historical Events In Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 2010  the first FIFA’s World Cup in Africa in South Africa  began/Seemed like only yesterday in 1961 from the World Cup South Africa was banned/South Africa won the bidding fight/As Mandela testified while in prison Africans playing soccer in the streets made us feel alright.
              2.     On this day in 2001 Timothy McVeigh unremorseful to the very end/And defying the execution delays that go on for years as the death penalty cases trend/Ate his last meal of ice cream and went to his fatal injection/With a look that his act were justified and not worthy of rejection. 
              3.     On this day in 1998 Compaq Computer acquired Digital Equipment Corporation for record a record $7 billion cost/To try to recover market share in the PC market from Dell it had lost/But the expectations of higher profits went into the skids/In 2022 Compaq accepted from Hewlett Packard a $24.2 billion bid.
             4.      On this day in 1963 with Jim Crow in Alabama at its worst/George Wallace tried to quench the segregationists thirst/ Stood at the University of Alabama and tried to federal law ignore/Blocking the entry of 2 black students Vivian Malone and James Hood to register at the school/Short-lived success as students returned with armed federalized Alabama National Guardsmen with whom Wallace was smart enough to not fool.
             5.      On this day in 1895 the 732 mile Paris-Bordeaux-Paris took place/The fastest car’s time was  48 hours 48 minutes, a 15.21 m.p.h. “blistering pace”/It and the second car some 6 hours behind were disqualified from first and second place/They were 2 seaters when only 4 seaters were allowed in the race/a 4 seater with a time 59:48 was the winner declared/ Of the 30 cars departing from Paris in the “first car race” only 18 cars made it back there.
             Famous Quotes on the Execution of Timothy McVeigh:
             Rob Nigh, McVeigh’s Attorney: “
There has been a movement in the states to celebrate the dignity of human life and to start a moratorium on executions. It did not come soon enough for Tim McVeigh, but it can come soon enough for others. Where we go from here is a question of critical importance. If there is anything good that could come from the execution of Tim McVeigh, it may be to help us realize sooner that we simply cannot do this anymore. I am firmly convinced that it is not a question of if we will stop, it is simply a question of when.
             Vigo County Deputy Coroner Susan Amo, who examined McVeigh for signs of abuse before his execution: “
After he started talking more, his bravado came back. The longer he talked, the more he seemed like what his normal self would be like.... He almost looked like he might be starting to tremble but not quite there.... Then he did like the normal soldier thing and was going to face it square on.
              Peggy Harris, one of the 50 prodeath penalty supporters outside the execution site: “
He's getting off way too easy. I just wish it was a lot more harsh [sic] than what it is. I would like to be the one that pushes the needle in the arm that kills him.
              George W. Bush: “This morning the United States of America carried out the severest sentence for the gravest of crimes. The victims of the Oklahoma City bombing have been given not vengeance, but justice. And one young man met the fate he chose for himself six years ago. For the survivors of the crime and for the families of the dead, the pain goes on. Final punishment of the guilty cannot alone bring peace to the innocent. It cannot recover the loss or balance the scales, and it is not meant to do so.”

© June 11, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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