Thursday, June 22, 2023

June 22, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The Oceangate Titan or rather its debris from compression has been found with the 5 people aboard dead but at least their death to a pressure chamber failure would probably come quickly and with little or no warning as opposed to a 96 hour cold, dark suffocation as the oxygen was consumed. Biden at his fund raiser in California claimed that Chairman XI was upset over our shooting down of his spy balloon  because he didn’t know where it was will always upset dictators. Secretary of State Blinken’s trip to China resulted mainly in his coming back empty handed in a goal of defusing tensions and worse by aping a former Secretary of State Dean Acheson’s National  Press Club Speech on January 12, 1950 that South Korea was not in our defensive sphere of influence by claiming the United States does not support independence for Taiwan (North Korea invaded South Korea 6 months later after Stalin reviewing the speech assumed the U.S. would not intervene gave North Korea the green light to invade). Graduating law student Fatima Mousa Mohammed  who gave the CUNY Law commencement speech which critics have called “evil,” “anti-American,” “anti-Semitic,” and a “blatant call for insurrection” has pushed back on her speech claiming she would change not one word and complaining that the uproar over her speech is interfering with her studying to take the New York Bar Exam (Given the growing outrage over her remarks that she not be admitted to the bar due to her fitness to become a lawyer due to her calls for revolutionary action she may find herself not admitted to the New York Bar Exam room to take the exam). The Blues have kicked off a Senate Hearing on Protecting Pride: Defending the Civil Rights of LGBTQ+ Americans at which Kelly Robinson, first black queer president of the Human Rights Campaign, responding to Senator Kennedy, said she could not “definitively” say males have an advantage over women in sports (totally ignorant of biology and the example of 50 year old male ranked 203rd tennis player Karsten Braasch who beat both Venus and Serena Williams back to back in an exhibition at the 1998 Australian Open after the sisters claimed they could beat any male tennis player ranked 200 or worse). The Biden Administration is moving full speed ahead to destroy women’s sports by adopting new regulations in essence determining sex based on identity.
             June 22, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Onion Ring Day: Legend has it that Louis XI in 1469 asked for a new snack and when his cook brought him onion rings he liked them not and had the poor man executed but the onion rings survived to appear in an 1802 cookbook that on one of its pages had onion rings in batter deep fried in lard. The Pig Stand restaurant in Texas in the 20’s lays claim to the first eating place selling onion rings but popularity of the snack did not take off until A&W Root beer started selling them in the 60’s. The creator and date of this National Day is unknown but a safe bet might be Crisco which published the first recipe for onion rings in 1933.
             Word of the Day: the word of the day is “apricate” which means to bask in the Sun which is a great was to spend the afternoon at the pool or beach properly lathered up with sunscreen.
             Song of the Day:  The number 1 song on this day in 1955 was “Cherry Pink (And Apple Blossoms White)” by Pérez Prado and His Orchestra on a run of 10 weeks to share with 10 other songs achieving number 1 ranking. Here is a recording of Pérez Prado and His Orchestra performing: “Cherry Pink (And Apple Blossom White)”:
             June 22 Birthdays: “An Angel on Her Shoulder” Lindsay Wagner was born on this day in 1949 in Los Angeles become a noted actress in the TV Series Bionic Women. Her angel on her shoulder was alert as alert could be when on May 25, 1979 while waiting to board American Airlines Flight 191 from Chicago to L.A. when she became ill to skip the flight which as it was taking off had its left engine separate from the left wing which caused the plane to crash less than a mile away killing all 271 aboard plus 2 on the ground for the deadliest crash on American soil in history.
              June 22 Historical Events In Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 1990 Checkpoint Charlie at the entrance to the American sector of the Berlin Wall/Was no longer needed and so dismantled with the Wall’s Fall.
              2.     On this day in 1969 the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire/Americans seeing images of fire on water quickly tired/It became the photo opt/That toxic and flammable liquids into our rivers we had to stop/Led to the passage of the Clean Water Act/And creation of the EPA whose perceived damage to the environment attacked.
              3.     On this day in 1941, oblivious to the fate of Napoleon who occupied a Moscow in flames/Invaded the Soviet Union to Communism mortally tame/The Germans at first rolled through the Russia like a combine harvesting wheat/Until rejection of Ukraine open arms, Rasputitsa, and the Russian winter rose up to defeat/The Nazis had bit off more than they could chew/But it took over three years to insure the days of the Blitzkrieg were through.
             4.      On this day in 1940 to rub salt in the wounds of the French for the Fall of France/As German forces across all of France in a mostly unchecked advance/The French were forced to sign an Armistice in the same railroad car that Germany had signed at  Compiègne  to end World War I/After a mere 6 weeks the Battle of France was done.  .
             5.      On this day in 1893 the British Navy’s claim to be the master of the seas became the source of jest/the battleship HMS Camperdown failed the seamanship test/Rammed the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet HMS Victoria causing her to sink/drowning 358 crewman who were not pulled from the drink/Including the admiral of the fleet/who never again in battle would the enemy meet
             Famous Quotes on Checkpoint Charlie:
             Iain MacGregor, Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth: “ For a US military posting to a hot spot such as West Berlin, one had to have a record of good conduct and exceptional service. Tom had impressed his superiors with his eagerness to take more language courses, but a transfer to Berlin came with good and bad news. “The US Army cannot, and will not, try to rescue any unit, or anyone else,” said his lieutenant, “if war breaks out in Berlin. Two things can happen to you if the Russians decide to take Berlin. Neither one of them is good.”    

© June 22, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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