Thursday, September 14, 2023

September 14, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


             On the urban decline front, embattled Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has indicated that he will not run for reelection in 2024 to focus on solving Portland’s severe problems like crime and homelessness and after touting his “successes” assured Portlanders that Portland’s “best days lie ahead” (with him not in the Mayor’s Office he is certainly right assuming the voters don’t elect someone like the candidate whom Wheeler narrowly beat in 2020—an avowed supporter of antifa, but rather a mayor who is tough on crime, ends Portland’s sanctuary city status,  removes the tent cities that plague Portland and support the police).
             The bogus plea deal for Hunter that a judge threw out is bearing some fruit as he was indicted for lying about his drug use on a federal form and illegally possessing a firearm but before Reds pop the corks there should be massive outrage over Weiss’ slow crawl of income tax violations for money received by Hunter which may have allowed the statute of limitations to lapse.
              On the virus infection front, India is facing an outbreak of Nipah virus infections which are spread by infected fruit bats in the Indian state of Kerala and whose mortality rate is near 75%.
              On the Writers’ Guild Strike front, Bill Maher announced that his show “Real Time” must go on without segments that need writers which had the left in meltdown mode calling him scab and has beens like Keith Olbermann touting the show without writer would be “83 seconds long.” 
             On the concert front viral recording sensation Oliver Anthony cancelled a performance at the Cotton Eyed Joe Club in Knoxville, Tennessee after the venue wanted to charge $90 a ticket and $200 for a meet and greet after he instructed his friend who booked the engagement he wanted the ticket prices to be $40-25 and nothing for the meet and greet. He also sounded off that if we do not change our ways and focus on what made this country great, in one generation we will not have a country.
            On the school bullying front, the Moreno Valley School District in California has just settled a bullying wrongful death suit brought by the parents of then 13 year old Diego Stolz who complained of being bullied by 2 13 year old middle school students and was promised the bullies would be reported and expelled which they were not and on September 16, 2019 he was punched to death by them who being juveniles were sentenced only to 47 days plus ordered into therapy. The settlement cost the district $27 million. 
           On the diversity front the Trustees of the Sunol Glen Unified School District in the East Bay which serves 278 K-8 students voted 2-1 voted to ban all flags other the U.S. and California flags from its school flag poles.
            On the EV cart before the horse mandate in California of banning the sale of new fossil fueled cars in 2035 when it is doubtful there will be enough charging stations and electricity to make them a reliable choice, the House passed the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act, 222-190 with 8 Blues voting yes to ban California from banning the sale of fossil fueled cars which has been introduced in the Senate but not out of Committee yet but facing a potential veto by Biden
             On the natural disaster front, Danial an unusually severe storm in the Mediterranean with massive rainfall caused two dams near the city of Derna, Libya to breach sending a tidal wave of flood waters into Derna which has killed 11,300 with another 10,000 reported missing.  
             September 14, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: Support Latino Business Day: Created on this day in 2019 Support Latino Business Day (SLB) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization  working to uplift, champion, and resource the 4.37 million Latino/x businesses to scale and thrive for generations to come.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day to dazzle your rural friends that you are not a “city slicker” is  aubin” which means a horse’s gait between an amble and a gallop.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1992 was  “End of the Road” by Boyz II Men on a run of 13 weeks to share number 1 status with 11 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 7 acts, including Boyz II Men, achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording with lyrics of Boyz II Men performing  “End of the Road”:
              September 14 Birthdays: “The Mouse No Longer Roars But Squeals”—Ron De Santis, born on this day in 1978 in Jacksonville, Florida  to become a member to become a member of the House of Representatives and the Governor of Florida where he attacked Disneyworld’s self-governing status and the woke assault in public schools from CRT to gender reaffirmation and is now a candidate for president but trailing Trump and Nikki Haley.
              September 14  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 2001 at the Washington Memorial Cathedral a Memorial Prayer Service for the victims was held/A nation grieving for the thousands dead as the WTC buildings were felled/And the Pentagon was hit by a fully fueled jet plane/And the passengers who died trying to a hijacked plane aiming for the White House restrain/A lot of sadness and overflowing tears of grief/But an angry resolve for revenge that would bring to the suffering some relief.
              2.     On this day in 1998 World Com and MCI Communications in a $37 Billion deal merged/Almost before the champagne bottles had emptied another merger was urged/Sprint and MCI World. Com announced a $137 Billion deal to merge/But DOJ opposition that the merger would create a monopoly caused both boards to the deal purge/But soon a small team of internal auditors uncovered billions of overstating income/And very soon into B/K would MCI. Com succumb/And due to the founder’s active fraud role he was convicted of securities fraud and sentenced to 25 years/After serving 13 years he was released as death on his doorstep was very soon to appear.
              3.     On this day in 1984 Joseph Kittinger took off from Caribou, Maine/In a large gas balloon with a gondola underneath not a plane/Flying solo over the Atlantic Ocean with the winds as his only power source/To 4 days later land his Balloon of Peace in Cairo Montenotte, Italy after completing his long Transatlantic course.
              4.      On this day in 1960 The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries was founded/To obtain higher prices for the petroleum in the members that abounded/In addition to higher prices controlling the flow of oil to further political means/Has too often been part of our international conflict scenes/More green energy and domestic production will weaken OPEC’s grip/And attempts to use oil as a weapon in the bud nip.
              5.      On this day in 1812 Napoleon’s Grande Armée entered Moscow thinking that the war against Russia had been won/But the Russian Army was not contesting but evacuating as the  Moscow Fire had just begun/Destroying almost all buildings except those made of stone/With no shelter, little provisions and the first snows starting to fall Napoleon had no choice but to start to retreat back to home.
              Quote on OPEC: Donald Trump: “If you look - look at - I mean, look at what's going on with your gasoline prices. They're going to go to $5, $6, $7 and we don't have anybody in Washington that calls OPEC and says, 'Fellas, it's time. It's over. You're not going to do it anymore.'”
© September 14, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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