Sunday, September 17, 2023

September 17, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


               On the War in Ukraine front Kim Jong Un visited Russia in his armored train  to meet with Putin who is looking to North Korea to supply him with arms being depleted by his war with Ukraine. No deal inked but the North Korean Rocket Man left with some Kamikaze drones, a reconnaissance drone, and a bulletproof vest. In a possible hint that Russia has been suffering far more casualties than Putin had planned, Russia has been withdrawing troops facing Norway for possible deployment in Ukraine which it is highly unlikely the Russian troops are looking forward to.
              On the drug front, the City of Brotherly Love has finally come to its senses that allowing addicts to do buy drugs and use them in public supervised areas is not a sign of love but condemning addicts to continue to be chained to their addiction and face early overdose deaths and its City Council voted 13-1 to ban supervised use in 9 out of 10 of its districts including Kensington and its infamous open air drug market (wonder how the 10th district won the dubious and deadly decision to not ban the the usage).
              On the public decorum front,  Senators now no longer have to comply with the Senate’s dress code which means Fetterman can continue to dress like a slob with his hoody sweatshirt and gym
shorts but visitors must continue to comply. 
               On the college football front, perennial football powerhouse Alabama is not immune from the fans “what have you done for us lately” as Nick Saban is facing calls from the fans to resign after going 2-1 with a lackluster victory over South Florida 17-3. Stanford to its dismay with its new coach Troy Taylor from Sacramento State Hornets that unlike bees, hornets can sting again and again that they did in their 30-23 win against Stanford as the head hornet Kaiden Bennett passed for 279 yards tarnished by 2 interceptions and ran for 100 yards. Stanford trying to avoid losing three in a row faces the 2-1 Arizona Wildcats who slaughtered UTEP 31-10 yesterday and had only 47% of Stanford Stadium filled. 
              On we are not alone front, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has discovered a molecule dimethyl sulphide, that can only be produced by living organisms like photo plankton here on Earth, on planet K2-18b some 120 light years away.
              On the why we need a 2nd Amendment front in Quincy, Washington a farmer held two suspected burglars at gunpoint until police arrived; in Theordore, Alabama near Mobile, 2 shoplifters were leaving a tractor supply store with a cart of expensive merchandize when a Good Sam pulled the passenger out of the getaway car which the driver floored almost hitting the other Good Sam who shot a rear tire out ending the fleeing.
              On the music front, R&B singer Irish Grimstead in the all-girl 90’s band 702 has died at age 43 with the cause of death or any circumstances not yet reported.
              On the cyber-attack front, MGM Resorts has been hit with a crippling hacking attack shutting down most of its operations but the Larry Flint Strip Club trying to take advantage of the attack is offering free lap dances, Premier Club Membership and luggage storage to MGM guests.
              On the climate change front while India and China increase their carbon emissions to create needed energy to increase their standards of living for their massive and increasing populations, California has just filed a major law suit against major oil companies and the American Petroleum Institute seeking damages for lying to the American public about the role of carbon emissions from fossil fuels and in NYC another massive march demanding of Biden that more be done to cripple the production of fossil fuels and their use in generating energy (wonder if the climate change zealot warriors know that if fossil fuels were banned or capped we would suffer rolling blackouts and be unable to charge our cell phones, computers and EV’s).
               On the auto strike front, Sanders is calling for a reduced work week for auto workers and Ford and GM due to supply chain issues have already starting laying off hundreds of nonstriking workers
without pay.
               On the crime front and retailers leaving cities because of it, in Chicago the Lori Lightweight clone is not proposing to address the problem by addressing crime but rather to open up a municipally owned grocery store (other send out social security checks is there anything you can think of in the nonmilitary sector the government does well.
              September 17, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays: National Table Shuffleboard: Created by Charlie Ziegler, shuffleboard enthusiast and owner of Ziegler’s World a sporting goods store in 2017 and celebrated on this day since 2018 to promote interest in the sport which traces its beginnings to 15th Century England with large silver coins being used as the puck and which quickly spread to the colonies with the first woman victim of the Salem Witch Trials to be executed, Bridget Bishop, for having a shuffleboard in her tavern. Today easy to celebrate by going to your favorite  bar or tavern and playing while quaffing your favorite brew.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day is  aulete” which means a flautist or player of a flute
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1989 was  “Don’t Wanna  Lose You” by Gloria Estaban on a run of 1 weeks to share number 1 status with 31 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 12 acts achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording with lyrics of Gloria Estaban performing  “Don’t Wanna Lose You”:
              September 17 Birthdays: “Dual Threat”—Patrick Mahone, born on this day in 1995 in Tyler, Texas is a Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and is the only quarterback to have thrown over 5000 yards in both a college and professional season and is a threat as a passer and elusive runner and is a commercial threat for Subway and State Farm Insurance.
              September 17  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 2013 the video game Grand Theft Auto V/On its first day of release sales went into sales frenzy overdrive/ 13 1/3 million game units each selling at 60 bucks/If you wanted to buy and were not in line early you we out of luck.
              2.     On this day in 2011 in New York City at Zuccotti Park the Occupy Wall Street movement began/To protest income inequality and the influence in politics across this land/Protestors protesting they were the 99 %/ Frozen out of the American dream by the concentrations of wealth where political power went/The protests lasted 59 days/But the concentration of income and wealth of the top 1% has increased and not gone away.
              3.     On this day in 2001 in another step in the return to normalcy after the 9/11 attacks/The New York Stock Exchange reopened its doors and traders started coming back/Ending the longest closure of the Stock Markets since the Great Depression/The feared panic selling prompting the closures did not occur and by mid-October the markets had returned to values in their pre 9/11 sessions.
              4.      On this day in 1984 Vanessa Williams was crowned as Miss America as the first queened African American black/But due to nude photos of her taken before the pageant and published in Penthouse forced to give the crown back/ not bemoaning spilt milk she went on to a successful acting and singing career/32 years later at the Miss America Pageant in 2016 the pageant made a public apology for their acts once the nude photos appeared.
              5.      On this day in 1961 the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, the first retractable roof stadium opened for business its doors/During inclement weather concerts and plays could the weather ignore/But the costs of retracting the roof soared/Full retractions stopped in 1995 and roof closed permanently in 2001 for retractions to occur no more.
              Quote on the Occupy Wall Street Movement by Meghan McCain, the former sole voice of reason on the leftist clueless The View and now a columnist for the  Daily View: “The anger from Occupy Wall Street is coming from this simple fact: America no longer seems to be a place where you can work your way up, from rags to riches, from lower class to middle class to upper class.
© September 17, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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