Monday, September 18, 2023

September 18, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


             On the War on terror front, any American who may be thinking of going to Iran on business or any reason should know he or she would go there with a ransom note of $1.2 billion over their head, the per person amount of frozen Iranian assets released by the Biden Administration to secure the release of 5 American hostages along with 5 Iranians in U.S. custody. One should shiver thinking of the nefarious uses the Iranian regime will use those funds for to damage U.S. interests. On a better news item, we now know that the U.S. has seized 1 million barrels of oil that were being illegal smuggled to China.
              On the L.A. crime front reward money seems to be thicker than blood as the LASD, acting on a tip from a relative motivated by the $250,000 reward posted by the LASD, went to a home in Palmdale and arrested a suspect in the ambush fatal shooting of Deputy Clinkunbroomer.
              On the Hunter Biden scandal front, Hunter’s lawyer had been claiming loud and long that Joe Biden never received any money from Hunter’s ill begotten business dealings, claims that fly in the face of an email from Hunter to his daughter complaining that he has to give half of his salary to his father (explains why a large percentage of the population believe Biden is corrupt).
               On the diversity front, the Muslim Hamtramck City Council is receiving a host of flak from the LBGTQ community for banning on city public property all flags other than the U.S. flag, the Michigan State Flag, the Hamtramck City flag, a Prisoner of War flag and a flag representing the nations the city’s residents are from which means the Gay Pride flag will no longer be seen on city flagpoles. 
              On the Blue Presidential Campaign front, in a possible sign of frustration of over the DNC’s ongoing attempt to sabotage his campaign by not having any debates, has come out with a promise to ban all fracking on public lands which would severely cripple U.S. oil production and make us more reliant on foreign imported and in the case of Venezuela oil which is far dirtier than oil produced here.
            On the best defense is a great offense front, Hunter Biden has sued the IRS for releasing confidential information contained in his tax returns to embarrass him, ignoring the fact that the embarrassment that exists is the preferential treatment he has received as revealed by IRS whistleblowers during Weiss snail like investigation by D.A. Weiss who is now a special counsel investigating him and as conservatives fear is like the proverbial leopard that does not change spots.
             On the survival of blackout fronts, Generac, the maker of portable and standby consumer generators, is recalling some 64,000 of them due to the failure to properly vent gas which has caused several people to be burned but so far no homes have caught fire.
              On the F-35 where are you front, a Marine Corps pilot near Charleston, South Carolina was forced to eject from his plane which then crashed but so far the wreckage of the plane has not been found then could render clues as to what went wrong.  
              On the 2024 Congressional election front Blue Virginia Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton has been diagnosed with a severe form of Parkinson’s disease and announced she will not run for reelection. Both sides of the aisle should wish her well and pray for her recovery from a debilitating and deadly disease.
              On the Florida crime front, Bob Ford was trimming his trees that had encroached on to  Edward Druzolowski’s yard and when he did not leave after being told to do so, the 78 year old shot and killed him when arriving deputies were unable to save him. Druzolowski  has been charged with 2nd murder of his neighbor Ford. Also in Florida in Riverview near Tampa a 14 year old has been arrested for shooting his mother’s boyfriend 5 times not killing him only putting him in the hospital in critical condition and then killing his mother.
              On the obstruction of election front 9 CA legislators have asked the CA AG to rule early on their request to ban Trump from the California Ballot even though he was not charged by the Special Counsel of insurrection and as of today been convicted of no crimes which does not bother the left in California’s Banana Republic as they firmly believe that Trump must prove his innocence not that the state must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
              September 18, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays: International Read an E-Book Day: Created on this day in 2014 not by Amazon with its Kindle or Barnes and Noble with its Nook, but by OverDrive, Inc., a company that specializes in the digital distribution of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video titles. Best thing, if you are a rabid reader on vacations especially while travelling to get there, to have e-books on your Kindle, Nook or Lap Top—less weight and less eye strain as you can adjust the font. to your favorite  bar or tavern and playing while quaffing your favorite brew.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day is  “aulic” which means courtly or genteel, characteristics that are most pleasing.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1988 was  “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns and Roses on a run of 2 weeks to share number 1 status with 32 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 17 acts, including Guns ‘N Roses, achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording with lyrics of Guns ‘N Roses  performing  “Sweet Child O’  Mine"
              September 18 Birthdays: “Catching Votes Easier Than Passes”—Anthony Gonzales, born on this day in 1984 in Cleveland, Ohio to play football at Ohio State University as a wide receiver and then with the Baltimore Colts from 2007-2011 until retiring due to injuries. A graduate of Stanford Business School, he served 2 terms as a Congressman in Ohio and in his second term was more of a RINO and after being censured by the Republican Party for voting to impeach Trump in his second impeachment elected not to run for reelection in 2022.
              September 18  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 2014 in a referendum in Scotland to determine whether in the United Kingdom to remain/By a vote of 55.3% to 44.7 % they voted to English rule retain/The highest turnout of voters in Scotland ever occurred and voting age lowered to 16/Both pro and con forces spent the max allowed £4.5 million to see whether Elizabeth II would remain Scotland’s Queen.
              2.     On this day in 2001 with the nation from the 9/11 attacks on alert/The first letters laced with anthrax were mailed from Trenton to kill 5 and 17 others hurt/Despite a massive FBI search with several suspects the mailer or mailers were never found/Mail and packages were now all suspect and emails were now the communication method deemed safe and sound.
              3.     On this day in 1997 the Anti-Personal Mines Ban Convention Draft was n complete/After years of effort to the use of personal mines defeat/Strewn on the battlefields by the thousands to the troops protect/Ticking civilian time bombs when stepped on to limb and life wreck/192 nations have signed to remove the use of this long lasting weapon from war/As the scenes of legless or armless civilians in former war torn nations soar/China, India, Pakistan, Russia and the United States/Sadly their signatures the world still must wait.
              4.      On this day in 1961 Dag Hammarskjöld, the UN Secretary General and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize/While enroute to negotiate a cease fire between UN Peace Keeping Forces in the Congo and Katanga Rebels met his demise/His DC-6 crashed near Ndola, Zambia killing all aboard the plane/Pilot error was suspected but also the CIA, Belgian Mining interests and the Soviets were suspects blamed/But the cause of the crash was never proved/The world lost a great person tireless trying to peace and the wellbeing of Earth’s billions improve.
              5.      On this day in 1895 Booker T. Washington at the Atlanta Exposition gave a speech on race relations/Urging blacks to find work in the South rather that the North that was hiring the waves of immigration/Linked the prosperity of the South to how well the liberties of blacks it protected/Given the universality of the Jim Crow Laws his pleas fell on deaf ears and his pleas were rejected.
              Quote on Landmines by Angelina Jolie: “The most upsetting thing is that the US is a leader in the world, and if they don't sign, then how do you expect to convince Russian and China and Iran, Pakistan, all these other countries, to sign? They simply won't. (The US government) feels it's against their constitutional right to bear arms, or they've said that it's needed in North and South Korea, on the border. I don't think any of these are good enough excuses for the damage. 

© September 18, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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