Monday, September 11, 2023

September 10, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


             On the TV journalism front this Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press marks the last edition of Chuck Todd after 9 years as its host. Kristen Welker will assume his role and conservatives can only hope she will have some threads of objective journalism as her goal (she at least was one of few who have asked Biden if his involvement with Hunter Biden’s business dealings was unethical).
             At the G-20 Hanoi President Biden looked exhausted barely able to stay awake and terminated his press conference when hit with questions about China indicating it was time for him to go to bed. We can’t have a president who lacks the ability to get up early in time of crisis and be able to burn the midnight oil. An example to put that point in focus is a reminder that Hitler lost the D-Day Battle because he had standing orders not to be awoken in the morning so the 15th Army and its panzers could not be moved until too late in the day to push the Allies back into the English Channel. 
             On the free speech front, a small band of protestors calling themselves the Rev Com who want to push for a Maoist revolution in America burned  American flags outside a Jason Aldean concert in Chicago which our courts have ruled is protected by the First Amendment.
              On the idea of California taxpayers forking over millions upon millions of dollars in “reparations” to the descendants of African slaves when California was a free state from its admission, it should come as no shock that an overwhelming majority are opposed to the idea and 40 % are strongly opposed to the idea. We should not be surprised that the left who rule California like a Banana Republic believe that they now what’s best for us and will probably push ahead to craft some sort of reparations down our throats.
              On the EV front, a massive deposit of lithium has been discovered near the Oregon Nevada border which many believe will dwarf deposits in Chile and China. Without an ample supply of lithium used in the EV’s the Biden Administration wants us to buy to fight climate change and line China’s pockets, the push to put more EV’s on the road will be slowed to a turtle like crawl.  
             On the illegal immigration front, Eric Adams must be ruing the day he touted NYC as a sanctuary city and welcome all illegals to the Big Apple. No more as the cost of caring from the increasing flood of illegals with bankrupt the city and destroy the few remaining vestiges of an attractive city to visit and work in. 
             On the sportsmanship front after the coach for Nebraska was stand on the Buffaloes' logo on their home field Shedeur Sanders the QB for Colorado and son of its head coach slammed the coach in the only way we think to be appropriate—threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to led the Buffaloes over Nebraska 36-14.
            On the biased journalism front David Wells a former Yankee star pitcher got into a snit fit with the master of bias and lack of any civility, Keith Olbermann, Wells castigate Bud Light for its Dylan Mulvaney fiasco by being a proud member of the Boycott Bud Light Movement while also expressing his dislike of Nike by covering up its logo in the Yankee Old Timers’ Game. Olbermann couldn’t wait to lambast Wells as a “f**king fraud who would drink wood alcohol” which prompted an f* bomb back with a scathing remark he is clueless about baseball.
              On the earthquake front rescuers have their hand full trying to reach remote villages in the Atlas mountains that have borne the brunt of the 6.8 earthquake that has killed more than 2100 and injured some 2400.
              September 10, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays: World Suicide Prevention Day: Founded by the International Association for the Prevention of Suicide to be celebrated on this since 2003 to create awareness of the issues that the WHO estimates cause some 770,000 people to end their lives and to create outreach programs to provide help and guidance to those seeking to end their lives.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day is “attrist” which means to sadden which many of us feel watching our president struggle to be aware of where he is or why he there as his cognitive impairment seems to get worse daily.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1994 was  “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories on a run of 3 weeks to share number 1 status with 9 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 7 acts, including Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories, achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a recording of Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories  “Stay (I Missed You)”:
              September 10 Birthdays: “Open Sesame Not a Thief”—Jack Ma, born on this day in 1964 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang who is the founder of the Chinese on line retailer Alibaba, so named by Jack because of the association of the name with “open sesame.” The company is doing quite well and Jack Ma is reputed to be the 4th wealthiest man in China.
              September 10  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.     On this day finally at long last  in 2022 the longest waiting heir/Prince Charles now King Charles III was named to ascend to the royal chair/70 years is a long time to prepare/At 74 he must be hoping that with his mother’s and father’s genes he will long remain in his royal chair/With son William at 41 waiting in the wings/With his wife Kate to youth and vitality to the throne bring.
              2.     On this day in 2001 on a the British show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire/Contestant Charles Ingram did but did not want to play fair/ With wife and another contestant in the audience giving coughing clues/To prevent him from revealing the wrong answer a cough the right answer they knew/In a moment that would solidify Google’s name on the high tech commerce map nab/ He was coughed into the answer of 1 followed by a 100 zeros as Googol to £ 1 Million / But not so fast/His claim to winning fairly would not last/Arrested, tried, convicted and fine/Wonder if contestants in the future would be in a sound proof booth be confined.
              3.     On this day in 1967 although the Sun sets on the British Empire/The residents of Gibraltar being under British rule did not tire/ In a referendum on whether to become part of Spain or under British rule with self-governing stay/ 96.94% want to remain with the British Lion after the votes were counted on election day.   
              4.      On this day in 1960 at the Summer Olympics in Rome/Abede Bikila running a marathon far from his Ethiopian home/And in a slam against the costly athletic shoes of Nike, Adidas or Puma in the future to defeat/He became the first African to win a Gold Medal and he did it running in his bare feet.
              5.      On this day in 1897 at the Lattimer mine near Hazelton, Pennsylvania unarmed mostly Slavic immigrant miners were attacked by Sheriff James Martin’s 150 man posse bearing arms/Marching to show support for the UMW and when the American flag carried by a striker was grabbed the 300+ marchers were met with deadly harm/19 killed and scores wounded mostly in the back shot running away/Sheriff Martin and 73 deputies went on trial for their deadly shootings that day/In a travesty of justice all were acquitted and set free/The only silver lining in the unpunished murders and shootings is that membership in the UMW soared to heights that the coal mine owners thought they would never see.
              Quotes on Lattimer Massacre: Inscription on the Monument in Lattimer Commemorating the Lattimer Massacre: “It was not a battle because they were not aggressive, nor were they defensive because they had no weapons of any kind and were simply shot down like so many worthless objects, each of the licensed life-takers trying to outdo the others in the butchery.
© September 10, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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