Saturday, September 16, 2023

September 16, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


           On the presidential election front, a recent Fox News poll answers in the negative to the question is this the best we can do as 61% feel Biden lacks the mental soundness to be president up from 32% in July, 2020 and for Trump on same question 52% up from 51%. On the issue of being corrupt Biden is 48% yes and 49% no while Trump is 56% and 42%. Questions asked on party lines show sadly that too many voters are acting like lemmings or Pavlovian dogs incapable of independent thought with only 11% of Blues feeling Biden is corrupt and 26% on lack of mental soundness and  20% of Reds feeling Trump is corrupt and 15% on lack of mental soundness. Since voting for Biden as the ticket now stands given his age and increasing mental impairment a vote for him is really a vote for Harris and it would be useful on how voters feel on her characteristics."
           On the why we need a 2nd Amendment Michael James Brooks II, already wanted as a suspect for murder in Ohio and carjacking of a truck found outside the home of a family in Georgia he broke into at 2:00 A.M., was confronted by the father armed with a gun who warned him to drop his knife and when he did not shot him and retreated to the second story at top of stairs as Brooks was charging up the stairs to be shot again. Deputies who were only 3 minutes away when home security alerted them arrived and subdued him. Not sure of the size of the father or type of gun but Brooks mug shot looks like the shot of a good sized man who could have easily killed with his knife the father and anyone else at home before the deputies arrived:                                                               

              On sexual abuse front, comedian and actor Russell Brand has been accused of raping and sexual assault of 4 woman, one of whom was 16 years old. This is a developing story but Brand has denied the charges claiming the events were “consensual” (if the 48 year old was an adult with respect to the 16 year that cannot be “consensual”).
              Also on the sexual abuse front, Ashton Kutcher who founded the anti-child sexual abuse nonprofit Thorn with his then ex-wife Demi Moore after along with his wife writing a letter to Masterson’s judge seeking leniency in sentencing for the convicted rapist has resigned from Thorn’s board along with his wife who was an observer.   
              On the transgenders competing in athletics front, 69% of Americans up from 62% in 2021 believe that biological borne males should not be allowed to compete in women’s sports while 26% believe they should not down from 34% in 2021 (kudos to female athletes like Riley Gaines who has been tireless in her campaign to end transgender participation due to the muscle mass and organ mass unfairness).
           On the impeachment front, Texas AG Paxton was acquitted by the Texas Senate whose 12 Blues voted in favor but only 2 Reds joined them to fall far short of the 21 votes needed to convict (The bipartisan vote to impeach and the vote on party lines should be a wakeup call to the Reds in Washington who have a razor thin majority in the House and a minority in the Senate that unless smoking guns with bullet holes are found that link Biden to Hunter’s corrupt activity, impeachment will be pulling the trigger in Russian Roulette with rounds in a majority of the chambers).
           On the law of unintended consequences, a federal rule that counts military disability benefits as income  when coupled with Social Security benefits runs the risk of excluding disable veterans from housing programs created especially for them (here is an issue that cries out for bi-partisan action).                   On the labor relations front, for the first time in the UAW’s 88 year history it is in the second day of striking all 3 of the big time auto manufacturers simultaneously, with some 13,000 walking off their assembly plants as early estimates of the economic damage a strike will cause are coming in at $5.6 billion for a strike of only 10 days. The UAW is selectively targeting assembly plants to avoid exhausting its $825 million strike benefits fund that would support an 11 week walkout by 146,000 UAW workers at a $500 a week strike payment benefit. Biden chimed in on the strike revealing his thoughts that the Big 3 automakers need to share their record profits with their workers and Trump urged the UAW to campaign to end EV mandates which will reduce the amount of labor needed to produce a car compared to a fossil fuel powered ones.
             September 16, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: Mexican Independence Day: Celebrating the proclamation by Father Manuel Hildago of the “El Grito de Delores” on this day in 1810 which like our Declaration of Independence involved a long war to bring independence from Spain into reality on August 24, 1821 with the signing of the Treaty of Cordorba.  
             Word of the Day: The word of the day is  augean” which means filthy or difficult which comes from in Greek Mythology Hercules 5th Labor of cleaning the stables of Grecian King Augeas.   
    Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1990 was  “Release Me” by Wilson Phillips on a run of 2 weeks to share number 1 status with 25 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 15 acts, including Wilson Phillips and Sinéad O'Connor who died on July 26, 2023,i achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording with lyrics of Wilson Phillips performing  “Release Me”:
              September 16 Birthdays: “Bulldog”—Orel Hershiser, born on this day in 1958  in Buffalo, New York who was a Cy Young Award Winner, MLB All Star Pitcher and holder for the record of 59 consecutive scoreless innings which he set in the 10th inning of a game against the San Diego Padres on September 30, 1988 to break Don Drysdale’s record of 58 2/3 innings set in 1968. On December 4, 2023 he is one of 10 finalists naming in voting on entering the MLB  Hall of Fame.
              September 16  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 2022 in Iran Mahsa Amini, a 22 year old woman arrested earlier for not wearing a hijab died/ Iran’s security forces claimed she died of a heart attack which leaked medical records denied/she had been brutally beaten with blows to the head/Lapsed into an unconscious coma and soon was dead/protests erupted around the nation over her killing/Iran’s feudal regime to the rights of woman stone deaf responded by killing 476 protestors showing any movement by it into 21st Century still unwilling.
              2.     On this day in 2013 at the Naval Sea Command Building in the Washington Naval Yard/ Aaron Alexis entered with the use of his Common Access Card/ Reassembled his shotgun in a bathroom and started shooting at 8:16 and in seconds 5 were dead/and a 6th only wounded with shots to hand and head/911 calls started at 8:17 and police were on scene at 8:23 and by 8:34 his 11th victim had died/ He remained concealed until 9:12 when 4 officers found his hiding place and shooting 1 in both legs he replied/The 3 unwounded dragged the wounded out of the area and 4 more entered the room/1 wearing a vest was shot in the chest 2 times but lived as the other 3 starting shooting and sent him to his doom/ The shooter was a mental basket case and if his history had been told/The shotgun to him would never had been sold/Had there been metal detectors at the entrance doors/He would not have gained entrance to assemble his shotgun in a bathroom to run up his deadly score.
              3.     On this day in 1987 the Montreal Protocol was signed to protect the depletion of the Earth’s level of ozone/Without its protection from solar radiation would be a deadly uninhabitable zone/the manufacture and release of halocarbon refrigerants, solvents, propellants and foam-blowing agents/Needed to be reduced to the transformation of Ozone into oxygen prevent/ The Montreal Protocol has been the only treaty signed by all nations/And has been a great success in reducing ozone elimination.
              4.      On this day in East Germany in 1979/In a testament to the human spirit that cannot by tyranny be confined/2 families of 4 in a homemade hot air balloon lifted themselves into the air/knowing the prevailing winds toward West Germany would get them there/But the balloon was soon leaking air/Burning  up more propane to barely make it across the border with only a few minutes of fuel to spare.
              5.      On this day in 1959 the need for mimeographs and carbon copy paper would soon end/The Xerox 914 photocopy machine was introduced to those soon to be relics to the trash bin send/Introduced on live TV in New York City to show copies of documents made with a click/Very soon the word “xerox” synonymous with making copies would to the English language stick.
              Quote on the Death of Masha Amini by Mariam Khaled Abdelghany, Syracuse University Class of 2025: “I believe Amini is a martyr. She is a martyr of her nation and her religion. Even though the media may start forgetting about her, I am sure that many will live to fight against oppression in her name and the names of the many more people that have also been affected.”

© September 16, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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