Monday, June 5, 2023

June 4, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


A Cessna Citation took off early this morning from Elizabethton, Tennessee, bound for Islip, New York, with a mother, 2 year old, nanny and pilot aboard, but entered prohibited air space near Washington, D.C. that caused 4 jets to scramble and turn on their after burners to intercept it, creating sonic booms in the D.C. but the plane did not responded to flares and radio and crashed near Montebello, Virginia, killing all aboard. On May 26, 2023 the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir from Greenville, South Carolina was performing the “Star Spangled Banner” when Capitol Police arrived to stop them even though the Speaker of the House had approved (another example of miscommunication?). The co-founder of Twitter and one time Rasputin look alike Jack Dorsey has endorsed Robert Kennedy, Jr. and when questioned about the DNC’s refusal to allow primary debates struck a responsive chord that the DNC becomes more irrelevant each day. On the Academic Iron Curtain Front, the University of Buffalo after banning the Young Americans for Freedom as a campus group is being suing for violation of students with member ship constitutional rights. To no one’s surprise former discredited FBI Director James Comey has announced his support for Joe Biden. When it comes to Biden’s age and his mental fitness for a second term the NYT dismisses concerns as just normal slowing down due to age (“All the news fit to print become only the news that fits the slant will we print”). The idea for reparations for blacks continue to, and the amounts proposed to be paid, grow also (wonder when the African Nation slavers who captured and chained into slavery and delivered them to the slave ships on the will be asked to pay reparations). VP Harris’ approval ratings are at 37% and if she stays on the ticket look for Reds to remind viewers as Biden continues to fall that she would be a fall away from the presidency which has shielded Biden from any impeachment today but could be a barrier in the 2024 election. Northern Idaho has been viewed a very conservative part of the state but seems to have been infected with Woke as Travis Lohr, who announced at a senior assembly there are only two genders and on in between, was banned from walking in graduation at Kellogg High School in Kellogg, Idaho. Amid growing concern over Biden’s age and energy his staff tries very hard not to engage him in his habitual jaunts to his Delaware beach house or schedule any public appointments other than between 12 and 4 (green light for the foes of America to create havoc on the weekend and before noon and best after 4). To the joy of ESPN that would love a 7 game series  the Heat came from behind to outscore the Nuggets to tie the Series at 1-1.  Stanford behind a great complete game by pitcher Nisare Canady sent the Dawgs of Washington home by a score of 1-0 and will face the Sooners on Monday at 9.00 A.M.PDT  to accomplish the Stanford Impossible dream 2 wins in a row to go to the best of 3 Championship series.—Go Cardinal!
               June 4, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Safe Day: Created by the Brooklyn Mae Mohler Foundation in 2016 and celebrated on June 4 and each year thereafter to commemorate the death of 13 year old Brooklyn Mae Mohler who was unintentionally  shot and killed on this on this day in 2013 by a friend who thought the pistol was unloaded and was playing with it and to promote gun safety in a home with children or when children visit.
              Word of the Day: the word of the day is “anthropophaginian” which means a cannibal which fortunately there are very few of those to be found in even the most remote places from civilization on the planet. 
               Song of the Day:  The number 1 song on this day in 1973 was “My Love” by Paul McCartney and Wings on a run of 4 weeks week to share with 27 other songs achieving number 1 ranking, while 24 acts, including Wings achieved number one hit status for the first time. Here is a recording of Paul McCartney and Wings performing  “My Love”:
               June 4 “Perfect In All Respects”: Montana Fouts, noted Alabama Women’s Softball pitcher, was born on this day in 2000 in Grayson, Kentucky and who is best noted for in the College World Series in 2021 throwing a perfect game and who in her last season with Alabama was a winning low ERA, high strikeout machine who had the misfortune of playing Stanford in an elimination game two  days before her birthday to lose 2-0. But worry not SEC fans that enjoyed her pitching skills, she was drafted on April 17, 2023 by the Vipers Smash It Sports of Oxford, Alabama.
             June 4 Historical Events In Rhyme
             1.     On this day in 2010 the first flight of Space X’s Falcon 9/A non-NASA rocket made the into orbit climb/300 low Earth orbits until gravity brought it bac into the atmosphere/To be destroyed but private enterprise in space had successfully appeared.
              2.     On this day in 1989 in Poland in the first election when the Communists were not the only party Solidarity won/after too many years the end of the Soviet’s grip on Eastern Europe had begun.
              3.     On this day in 1977 JVC in a shot across the bow against Sony Betamax launched VHS/Only one could survive and it had to be the best/A struggle of two corporate giants that in the end JVC prevailed/While those who bet on Sony could only weep and wail.
              4.      On this day in 1939 the MS St. Louis carrying 963 German Jewish refugees from the horrors of Nazi Germany trying to escape/After Cuba allowed only 28 passengers to leave,  Captain Gustav Schroeder headed to the Sunshine State/Where our government topped Cuba and not one Jew admit/Fearing for his passengers he decided to the Nazis outwit/Docked in Antwerp and was able to convince 4 nations to his passengers’ entry not shun/Of which only England was not overrun/ Sadly some 250 passengers were to the ovens sent/Deaths our government should have chosen by admitting to prevent.  
              5.      On this day in 1876 the residents of San Francisco were very impressed/By the speed of travel across the continent from New York City by the Transcontinental Express/ instead of months by wagon only 83 hours and 39 minutes the trip took/Before being impressed today the time by train has improved to 80 hours and 57 minutes if Amtrak you book.
                 Famous Quotes: Sol Messinger who was six years old when he boarded the MS St. Louis: “To be so close to safety and to be turned away. Those events left a mark on me. To this day, travelling is very hard on me, I get very anxious … when I travel no one is chasing me to kill me, but you can't get past those feelings. I had my 7th birthday on the ship. So I remember a lot, but I remember a lot from before then, too. I remember the night the Gestapo came for my father before we left Germany … you can imagine I was scared out of my mind.”             

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