Thursday, June 22, 2023

June 21, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The Oceangate Titan may have only 24 hours of oxygen left assuming their submersible has not imploded. It is looking very problematic for a rescue but it would be an astounding feat if our military could pull this off. Durham is testifying before the House with a bombshell that HRC approved the plan to falsely tie Trump to Russia which plan the FBI was aware of but chose to ignore the warning (Trump still won but how much more effective could he have been without the albatross of the Mueller Investigation and the Steele dossier hanging over his head?). Death by lethal injection may not be the painless easy method of execution it was once thought to be and the chemical cocktail needed to stop the heart may at times be hard to procure so Idaho is considering bringing back the firing squad as the quickest and painless way to execute whether aimed at the heart or the head. Rifles could be locked in place pre aimed without a human finger to the triggers pull. “Lying” Adam Schiff became the 3rd Representative to be censured by a vote of 213-209 with 6 Reds voting present and all Blues voting against it (Schiff in bravado announced the censure is a badge of honor). Canard Canales wins the Worst Father of the Year Award after telling his pregnant 13 year old daughter she is worthless and should kill herself which she tried to with slicing wrist and 14 Benadryl pills (this scumbag is in jail on no bail facing 1 count of felony child abuse and 1 count of misdemeanor probation violation).
             June 21, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
             Noted Holidays: Summer Solstice: Occurring in California at 7:57 A.M. which will be the longest day of the year and the official start of summer.
             Word of the Day: the word of the day is “apprompt” which means to borrow which too many Americans are being forced to do to obtain necessities of life.
              Song of the Day:  The number 1 song on this day in 1956 was “The Wayward Wind” by Gogi Grant on a run of 6 weeks to share with 12 other songs achieving number 1 ranking. Here is a recording of Gogi Grant performing: “The Wayward Wind”:
              June 21 Birthdays: “To Be Young and Cruising” Candy Clark was born on this day in 1947 in Norman, Oklahoma to become a noted model and actress and best noted for her role as Debbie Dunham in the film classic American Graffiti  , for which she received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress.  Still with us but no longer cruising the streets of Modesto on a summer night to be seen and preparing to leave for college.
              June 21 Historical Events In Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 2005 Edgar Ray Killen learned you can run or hobble but you cannot hide/From murders exposed finally by an ebbing Jim Crow and segregationist tide/41 years ago Chaney, Schwerner and Goodman were slain and Mississippi refused to prosecute/Convicted of manslaughter to in prison die to finally the idea the KKK is above the law refute. 
              2.     On this day in 2004 NASA lost its monopoly on flights into space/Space Ship One dropped from White Knight rocketed upward at a Mach 3 pace/Mike Melvill reached a height of over 62 miles to then to Earth safely return/After this historic private space flight, Paul Allen and Bert Rutan would win the Ansari X Award and $10 million earn/Wonder if Musk with SpaceX lauded the event/Or being beaten was apt to resent.
              3.     On this day in 1989 SCOTUS in the case of Texas v. Johnson involving the burning of an American flag at the 1984 RNC in protest to the renomination of Reagan to run as president/Ruled 5-4 that flag burning was a form of expression protected by the First Amendment/Many were outraged that a symbol so many had died for could be burned/Ignoring the greatness of the nation that such sacrifices have allowed us to peaceful dissent rights have earned. 
             4.      On this day in 1982 John Hinkley, Jr. was found to be insane/For shooting Reagan in hopes that Jodie Foster would be attracted by his new found fame/Reagan in true humor form quipped to Nancy “I forgot to duck”/ But James Brady his Press Secretary shot in the head to be confined to a wheel chair had less luck.
             5.      On this day in 1940 Italy not wanting to be left out in the spoils of war declared war on France in what became known as the “Stab in the Back”/The pitiful performance of the Italian forces revealed for military skills a woeful lack/Since Mussolini had seized power before Hitler he was held in awe/Ignored being allied with Italy was aping allied with the Austrian corpse in World War I that in Russia, Africa and Sicily would prove to be flawed.
             Famous Quotes on the deaths of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner:
             An unnamed Mississippi Official ( quoted by William Huie in Three Lives for Mississippi):Well, boys, you've done a good job.  You've struck a blow for the White Man.  Mississippi can be proud of you.  You've let these agitatin' Outsiders know where this state stands.  Go home now and forget it.  But before you go, I'm looking each one of you in the eye and telling you this:  the first man who talks is dead!  If anybody who knows anything about this ever opens his mouth to any Outsider about it, then the rest of us are going to kill him just as dead as we killed those three sonsofbitches tonight. Does everybody understand what I'm saying?  The man who talks is dead, dead, dead!" 
           Rita Schwerner following the discovery of the murdered bodies of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner: My husband, Michael Schwerner, did not die in vain. If he and Andrew Goodman had been Negroes, the world would have taken little notice of their deaths. After all, the slaying of a Negro in Mississippi is not news. It is only because my husband and Andrew Goodman were white that the national alarm has been sounded.”
           Rita Bender, former wife of Michael Schwerner on July 22, 2014: “We are hearing from the Supreme Court of the United States, or several of its justices anyway, that we are really in a post-racial America and we don’t need to talk about it anymoe. That same Supreme Court is gutting the Voting Rights Act and doing away with efforts to provide quality schooling to children of color. We have yet as a nation to come to terms with the fact that this is a country that was built on racism and continues to an appalling degree to thrive on racism.

© June 21, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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