Thursday, September 21, 2023

September 21, 2012 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


             On the succession news business front Rupert Murdoch, the Chairman of Fox Corporation and Executive Chairman of Fox News at age 92 but still in good health announced he will become Chairman Emeritus of both companies in November and his son Lachlan will become Chairman of both companies and praising all the employees who work for Fox and blasting the enemies of free speech—“the contemptuous elites and the media who are in cahoots with them pushing a narrative rather than seeking the truth.”  
              On the soft on crime front, then 24 year old Richard Pettis who was involved in a drunken bar fight on June 18, 1994 but the responding deputy and his ride along pastor volunteer rather than taking him to jail took him home to sober up but instead of a grateful thank you, as soon as he was uncuffed, he knocked the deputy out, shot him in the eye and then shot and killed the fleeing pastor. Sentenced to life in prison but eligible for parole after 40 years. Due to California’s youthful offender parole eligibility standard which has been raised retroactively over the years to age 26 in 2018, he was granted parole hearings starting in 2018 and was granted  parole on September 6, 2023 at a hearing which deputy D.A.’s and police per Gascon’s rules were prohibited from appearing. Governor Newsom may either approve or disapprove the parole and a host of L.A. County Deputy Sheriffs and D.A.’s are hoping he denies it.
              On the illegal migrant child labor front, Tyson Foods is facing allegations that it is using or subcontracting out work to subcontractors who are using illegal migrant children workers. Senator Hawley has his feathers really ruffled and is demanding answers and if remotely true immediate end to the practice. The news should not surprise us as back in April the Biden Administration was notified that illegal migrant children were being released to sponsors who placed them in dangerous occupations and ignored the reports.
            On the crime front and the need to be packing  I could not find another armed carjacking today but did find news out of Alpharetta, Georgia at a Zaxby’s restaurant near closing an armed robber tried to rob the manager as he was leaving but was thwarted by an armed customer arriving to order some food who was packing and drew and fired when the suspect pointed his gun at him, hitting him twice in the leg. The suspect hobbled away but was soon caught and will be charged with armed robbery and a felon possessing a firearm.
            On the theft front, disbarred attorney Alex Murtaugh, who is in prison serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife and youngest son but appealing the sentence, has pled guilty to 22 counts of theft involving clients totaling some $9 million.
            On the wrong place wrong time front at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Denver, a woman in line waiting to enter was denied entry by security believing she was using a fake ID causing her to turn and leave only to reapproach security to whip out a concealed handgun and start firing, hitting 5 would be patrons, fortunately not seriously injuring them to then flee. Fortunately, a full body face visible photo was released by the police as they are searching for her. One has to wonder how she was able to obtain a conceal carry permit if in fact she had one—her acts give Good Sam DGU’s a bad name and aid in the push for more gun control.
            On the how to lose one’s majority front, the House once again failed to pass a bill to prevent a looming government showdown as 5 Reds voted no on a procedural vote needed to move to passing one of the 12 funding bills needed-- Reps. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Eli Crane, R-Ariz., and Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., who will be the cause of voters’ wrath in 2024.
            On the strike front, the Writers Guild Association and the studios appear to be nearing an agreement to end the 133 day WGA strike. On the UAW strike front the potential for a quick settlement appear to be evaporating with additional plants to be struck if a settlement is not reached by Friday. If the union accepted GM’s proposal of a 20% hike over 4 years the base salary for its employees would reach $82,000 a year.
            On the military promotion front, Senator Tuberville’s blocking Senate votes on military promotions over his objection to the military spending money to send personnel to states which have less restrictive abortion policies has come to an end as the Senate is now voting on promotions that have been held in abeyance.
             On the 2024 Blue Presidential Front, expect to see some more RFK, Jr. ads after Eric Clapton raised $2.2 million for his candidacy.
             September 21, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: World Alzheimer’s Day: Created by the Alzheimer’s Disease International at Edinburgh on this day in 1994 to promote research in finding a cure and better treatment of symptoms until then and to promote understanding and recognition of the disease and its effect on the victims and their caregivers.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day is  “autarchy” which is a government headed by one absolute ruler which would describe North Korea to a tee.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1985 was  “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits on a run of 3 weeks to share number 1 status with 26 other songs of which 13 were by English acts achieving number 1 ranking while 17 acts , including Dire Acts one of the 13 English acts, achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording with lyrics of Dire Straits performing “Money for Nothing”:
              September 21 Birthdays: “Faith Moves Mountain and Music”—Audrey Faith Perry, better known to her millions of fans as Faith Hill, born on this day in 1967 in Ridgeland, Mississippi to become one of the most successful country and western singers of all time with more than 50 million record sold to go along with 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, 5 Grammys, and 6 American Music Awards to go with her setting a record with her husband of 27 years Tim McGraw tour of
Soul2Soul 2006 for the highest grossing tour of all times.
              September 21  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.     On this day in 2021 4 masked terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya attacked the Westgate Shopping Mall/firing AK-47’s and tossing grenades as shoppers began to fatally fall/When the smoke had cleared after 2 hours, 62 shoppers and 5 Kenyan soldiers were dead/almost 200 shoppers wounded and the 4 terrorist were to their destination in Paradise led/The extremist Islamic group al-Shabaab took credit for the deadly attacks/Justified by them not as terror but due to Kenyan Military attacks in their native Somalia their way of striking back.
              2.     On this day in 2001 17 year old Ross Parker was brutally murdered by a gang of Pakistani Brits/Showing us that the charge of a hate crime on perpetrators of color also fits/The gang was looking for a white to kill/The sight of him bleeding to death from stab wounds gave them great thrill/4 were charged with the murder with 3 sentenced to life with minimums of 16 and 18 years/ Doubtful while in prison these racists curbed their anti-white hate and their eligibility for release is something Brits should fear.
               3.      On this day in 2001 35 networks and cable networks chose to broadcast/America: A Tribute to Heroes showing the American spirit still lasts/21 artists performing mournful and spirit raising songs/celebs manning phone banks to take in donations to the first responders victims’ families on 9/11 belong/And when the last song was song and the last plea for donations came to an end/generous Americans in unity would over $200 million send.
               4.      On this day in 1964 the XB-70 Valkyrie/Made its maiden flight as the fastest bomber we would ever see/With a cruising speed of Mach 3  it could penetrate Soviet Air Space without fear/By the time fighters or missiles would be sent it would have long since disappeared.
              5.      On this day in 1780 defector Benedict Arnold gave to Brit Major Andre West Point’s fortification plans/Useful to the Brits planning an assault by river and land/Andre riding back to New York was captured as a spy/With the West Point plans that revealed Arnold to be a traitor that could not be denied/He fled West Point on a British ship/And from New York from men sent by Washington to capture him he was able to slip/ He and his wife fled to England where he thought he would be able to against Washington lead/Britain had tired of the war and his entreaties the government would not heed/In a show of for traitors distaste/On his death at his funeral military honors on him the Brits did not waste.
              Quote on  9/11 from the National Broadcast America: A Tribute to Heroes  by Clint Eastwood: “ Oh, they left us wounded, but renewed in strength, and we'll stand and we will not yield. The terrorists, who wanted 300 million victims, instead are going to get 300 million heroes, 300 million Americans with broken hearts — unbreakable hopes for our country and our future.  
© September 21, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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