Sunday, June 25, 2023

June 24, 2024 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


The Oceangate Titan may have been destroyed but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has started an investigation to determine if any laws were broken in terms of marketing the visit to the Titanic or the visit itself before the vessel imploded. The Wagner Group, a mercenary force of some 25,000 troops which was starting to march on Moscow has turned around and will be heading to the sanctuary of Belarus and as the Ukrainian counteroffensive is still moving forward questions are being raised over the impact on Putin’s continued rule in Russia and the ability and morale of the Russian troops who were promised when the invasion began that they would be taking Kviv in 2 to 3 weeks. Trump is linking the $5.1 million received by Hunter from China to the weakness being displayed by the Biden Administration as in a déjà vu of the Cuban Missile Crisis, China is building a spy base on the island. The revelations that Biden was in the room when Hunter was pressuring his Chinese business associates to wire the promised $5.1 million or face severe adverse consequences from Joe Biden has prompted Senator Cruz to call upon the House to start an investigation on whether Biden should be impeached. The L.A. Coroner’s office has determined 54 year old Adam Rich, the child star in Eight is Enough died from an overdose of fentanyl. Major retailers continue to abandon their flagship stores in downtown San Francisco due to crime, homelessness, drug use and feces and urine on sidewalks and streets. The war against women by those demanding  that transgenders despite their biological advantage  be allowed to compete is heating up as another NCAA Harvard swimmer Abby Carr castigated the Biden Administration for trying to have their civil rights movement on the backs of women athletes. The judge in the upcoming murder trial of Bryan Kohberger has loosened his gag order to have it apply to only judicial officers in the case not allowing them to make statements that would prejudice a fair trial. In a blow to its lofty academic standing  Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino, a leading expert on behavioral psychology may have falsified the results of  her study on honesty. V.P. Kamala Harris or “Chuckles” or “Word Salad Queen” as she is known to her legions of detractors was ridiculed for urging that rage on the overturning of Roe v. Wade should be let out. On the sports fronts in Colorado the Angels won the game 25-1 turning the Rockies in the 3rd inning to triskaidekaphobiacs when the Angels scored 13 runs.
             June 24, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Bartender and Mixologist Day: Celebrated on the last Saturday of June since 2021 but sad to say clueless on who created this event only to know that a good bartender is worth his or her weight in gold both as a speedy maker and server of drinks but also a wonderful ear for those unhappy  souls pouring out their sorrows as they order yet another drink.
              Word of the Day: the word of the day is “aracjarachibutyrophobia” which is a mouthful but means fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
              Song of the Day:  The number 1 song on this day in 1953 was “The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra on a run of 10 weeks to share with 8 other songs achieving number 1 ranking. Here is a recording of Percy Faith and His Orchestra performing: “The Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?”:
              June 24 Birthdays: ”One of the Best” Jeff Beck an English guitarist born on this day in 1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England whose talent resulted in 8 Grammy Awards and recognition of the top 5 guitarists of all times to finally have his guitar pick taken from him by spinal meningitis on January 10, 2023.
              June 24 Historical Events In Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 2024 the march on Moscow by the Wagner Group, 25,000 Russian mercenaries fighting against Ukraine as Russia’s finest troops/after one day came to an end/Signs that the oligarchs having their yachts and assets seized want this war to come to an end/And maybe Putin’s on Russia’s iron grip/To the joy of Ukraine and the West is starting to slip.
              2.     On this day in 2022 after a draft opinion had been previously leaked/SCOTUS overruled Roe v. Wade granting to the states not the courts to make rules governing abortions women wanted to seek/Once more on the abortion front a chasm of divide/Prochoice abortion on demand up to the moment of birth and prolife after first trimester mostly denied/Turned the Red Wave in 2022 to a mere ripple and a Senate loss/And even with an impaired Biden abortion issue may result in Red chances for the W.H. to be tossed.
              3.     On this day in 2021, in Surfside, Florida in the early morning hours/A partial collapse occurred of the 12 story South Champlain Towers/98 people died buried by the tons of rubble, 11 injured and 3 picked from rubble survived/In a heartwarming moment on July 9 with the confirmed death toll at 79 and large numbers missing,  a pet cat Binx that lived on the 9th floor was found alive/Wrongful death, personal injury and loss property class action suit quickly followed for defective construction and improper maintenance and repair/A settlement was reached with many potential defendants not yet named adding to the $1.02 Billion after legal fees the victims would share/Almost half of which was paid by as of yet unnamed as a defendant Securitas, AB/whose guard on duty hearing the rumble of impending collapse without pulling the building alarm chose to flee.
             4.      On this day in 2013 proving that the reptilian brain knows no national borders and of being caught or consequences has no fear/Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty of abuse of power and sex with a minor prostitute El Mahroug and sentenced to 7 years/He appealed and the conviction was overturned/But Italian authorities charged him with bribing witnesses to the relationship with El Mahroug as facts on payments were learned/In February of this year he was acquitted and will go free/ But Italians will no longer be able to vicariously his bunga-bunga parties enjoy as he died on June 12, 2023.
             5.      On this day in 1994 on a finis flight for  crewmember Colonel Robert Wolf, the adage “there are no old, bold pilots alive” to B-52’s applies/At Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane Captain “Bud” Holland was putting his plane through its air show paces to stall rules deny/Flying a hard circle at 250 feet from the ground/As the plane made its tight turn the left wing was pointed at 90 degrees down/The plane stalled and at 250 feet too low to recover from the stall/Crashed into earth to immediately kill all/Including Wolf whose family and friends had gathered to see his last flight before he retired/Sadly Bud Holland was an aggressive macho pilot who often broke flight safety rules designed to prevent stalls which is the main reason he and his crew expired.
             Famous Quotes on the Dobbs Decision:
             Kristan Hawkins, President Students for Life: “Roe v. Wade has been a cancer growing in our Constitution resulting in more than 63 million deaths. Today, the court has cut it out, and that’s a win. Now we get back to building up a healthy society, affirming life for women and their children, born and reborn.”
             Michele B. Goodwin, director of the Reproductive Justice Initiative at the University of California, Irvine’s School of Law: “This will not go down well in history. This is a decision that is in company with Plessy v. Ferguson, and the kinds of decisions that do not speak well to American rule of law and democracy,” 

© June 24, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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