Sunday, September 24, 2023

September 23, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


              On the government shutdown front another day closer to a government shutdown a midnight October 1, if the House cannot get rebels like Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Green to compromise  and get their  act together on the Red side of the aisle and pass 12 funding bills Time to for all Americans concerned about the economic and social effects of a shutdown to contact their Congressional representative and tell them in no uncertain terms to compromise and come to a deal to keep the government however bloated and wasteful it has become in business. When Americans suddenly have their benefits cut and services curtailed they will see the Freedom Caucus as a bunch zealots unwilling to compromise wearing Togas and playing fiddles as the Capitol figuratively burns to the ground.
            On the transgender front, Blue Governor Gavin Newsom showed that despite past liberal behavior he is capable of doing the right thing when he vetoed a bill passed by the Blue supermajority legislature that would have required in custody battles parents seeking custody affirm their child’s perceived identity. The $64 question is will the supermajority legislature seek to override the veto to drive another nail in the left’s despised parental rights coffin?
             On the anti-aging front, Bryan Johnson, a high tech entrepreneur who founded Braintree and sold it to PayPal, is the new Ponce de Leon seeking the fountain of youth not in the Florida swamps but in the 111 pills taken daily, vegetarian diet, in bed by 8:30, measuring his erections while sleeping and eating dinner at 11:30 A.M. and who now claims at 46 he has the bones of a 30 year old and the heart of a 37 year old but has little or no time for a social or personal life (If he should with his focus live into his 110’s or 120’s he will be even lonelier as his acquaintances and associates and his 3 children will have long ago gone to their graves.
             On the political corruption crime front in New Jersey, at least a dozen prominent New Jersey and national Blues are demanding that Senator Menendez immediately resign as Governor Murphy claimed that although he is innocent until proven guilty, with this criminal indictment he cannot properly represent the people of New Jersey who deserve better. The Senator is defiantly refusing but do not be surprised if like in the case of disgraced Senator Al Franken, the number of Blues trying to show that they are also a party that believes in the rule law increases and the cries become more vehement (fortunately for the Blues, his resignation would not affect the balance in the Senate as Murphy who is a Blue would appoint a fellow Blue.
            On the crime front, Robert Murdaugh who has pled guilty to federal charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, on his appeal for a new trial may have a strong case due to alleged jury trafficking by a court clerk pursuing a book deal and the fact that the jury was exposed to 3 weeks of testimony not in any way related to the murders but on his financial crimes. Whether he is successful or not and if granted whether the same verdict will be reached, at age 55 and with only a 46 month sentence for his federal crimes he could be a free man at age 60 if successful or if not die in prison.
                      On the criminal lack of smarts front, the Denver police have issued an arrest warrant for Keanna Rosenburgh and her face now graces a reward poster of up to $2,000 for information leading to her arrest. Unless she has dyed and cut her hair and started wearing glasses and going on a crash diet to lose facial weight, someone should recognize and since money often trumps friendship, a friend may be informing on her whereabouts if she is still in the Denver area or still in  Colorado.
              On the carjacking front and why you may need to be packing when driving even if pulling up to your own driveway, at a  Minnetonka City Council meeting council meeting angry and fearful residents vented their frustration of a carjacking and assault of Kelly Beason and her 13 year old son as they pulled into their driveway. Fortunately no one was seriously injured but the 13 year is still traumatized and one perpetrator has been arrested although the jury is out whether the D.A. of  Hennepin County,  Mary Moriarty, who identifies herself as a “progressive D.A.” will prosecute to seek prison terms as opposed to probation (could not find out whether her successful campaign was financed by George Soros but it would not come as a surprise).
             On the reptilian brain front which resides on both aisles of politics, Melody Duncan, the wife since 1988 of Red House member Jeff Duncan who touts himself as “strong advocate for life and family values” has just filed for divorce claiming her soon to be ex-husband is in an extramarital relationship and has admitted to having several over the years.
             On Biden’s continuing mental and physical decline front, Sharon Sweda, the leader of the Blues in Lorain County, Ohio has weighed in that Biden “is in a period of his life where passing and death is imminent.” Without any primary debates likely between Biden and RFK, Jr. the DNC will be able to conceal his mental and physical infirmities so despite significant objections to his candidacy, he will be nominated and if he strokes, dies or has a McConnel moment before the election the Blues will be in a world of hurt, the same position Reds will find themselves in with Trump being nominated and a guilty verdict being handed down prior to the election. Not sure the cost, but the Blues should have a plan B to qualify in all 50 states 1 or more candidates so they would appear on the ballot if Biden had to drop out or died.
            On the strike front, the Writers Guild Association and the studios ended their 3rd day of talks without a deal but talks resumed Saturday to try to end the strike that started on May 2nd. On the UAW strike front, the strike has now expanded to all 38 parts distribution centers at GM and Stellantis and Biden has announced he will be heading  to a picket line to show solidarity with UAW strikers but as Trump wisely pointed out Biden’s push to accelerate EV production faster than the infrastructure will make usage and recharging problematical and require far less workers to assemble an EV as opposed to a fossil fuel powered car.
            On the weather front, Tropical Storm Ophelia has made landfall in North Carolina bringing with it near hurricane force winds, massive rainfall, 70,000 residents without power and 4 NFL games in storm’s path to be hit with massive rainfall and diminished stadium attendance unless in a luxury sky box.
             September 23, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: Teal Talk Day: Created by Ovarcome, an ovarian cancer foundation, on this day in 2017 to promote awareness of the ovarian cancer that will affect close to 20,000 women this year and cause more than 13,000 deaths and raise funds to find a cure.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day is  “auto-da-fe” which means burning to death at the stake a heretic, a common practice during the Inquisition which gave Catholicism a very bad reputation.
             Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1983 was “Dreamlover” by Mariah Carey on a run of 8 weeks to share number 1 status with 10 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 6 acts achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording with lyrics of Mariah Carey performing  “Dreamlover”:                               September 23 Birthdays: “Vlogging to Fame and Fortune”—Lloyd Cadena, born on this day in 1993 in Parañaque, Philippines to become a noted and successful vlogger in the Philippines with 5.88 million subscribers but who On September 1, 2020 was hospitalized with a high fever and dry cough to be diagnosed with COVID-19 and die from a heart attack on September 4, 2020.                                     September 23  Historical Events in Rhyme
               1.     On this day in 2012 Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day/Announced he was was heading into Rehab to hold his substance abuse problems a bay/2 days earlier in a sign his drinking was out of control on a concert stage/He broke his guitar, stormed off the set in an expletive laden expletive rage/The rehab against the demon rum and prescription pills was the icing on the road to sobriety cake/After a hiatus for the rest of 2012 and  3 ½ months of 2013, the band announced touring dates they again would start to make.
              2.     On this day in 2004 Hurricane a CAT 3/Did not make landfall on the Coast of Haiti/But massive rains triggering deadly mudslides its residents would see/After it moved and left Haiti over 3000 bodies would be found after its killing spree.
             3.      On this day in 1913 in Colorado, the United Mine Workers tired of low wages and unsafe mines/Where mine deaths two to three times the national average one would find/Went on strike which quickly degenerated into the Colorado Coalfield War/With both strikers on one side and coal mine security and the National Guard on the other the laws against assault and murder both chose to ignore/Probably the deadliest and longest labor confrontation in our past/Finally in December 1914 the strike ended when the UMW funds would no longer last.
             4.      On this night in 1884 the French ship Arctique ran aground near Cape Virgenes and by a rescue ship placer gold was found/News of the gold created the Tierra de Feugo Gold Rush/Like all gold findings the first comers became wealthy and those later their dreams of wealth crushed/Collateral damage from the onrushing prospectors’ tide/Were the Indians native to the region who experienced genocide.
            5.      On this day in 1868 in the town of Lares, Puerto Rico the El Grito de Lares was proclaimed/In Puerto Rico Spanish rule would no longer be retained/Some 475 revolutionaries marched to the next town seize only to find/A larger number of militia better armed that put them in a bind/Soon surrounded they surrendered and sent off to jail/To for their acts the death penalty would entail/But after pleas of diffusing the rebellion to the troops amnesty/To the leaders exile so Puerto Rico never again would they see.
            Quote on  the Colorado Coalfield War by Teddy Roosevelt in a letter to Rep. Edward P.Costigan: “Whenever trouble arose between the workingmen and the employers, whenever the miners began to organize to support or enforce demands for improved conditions, the State, whether in control of a Republican or Democratic

administration, thereupon surrendered its right and duty to enforce the law and maintain order. It turned over this right and duty to the mining companies, themselves, who thereupon imported into the State or organized within the State crews of gunmen and of private detectives and the like, organized them as guards round their property and prepared for open warfare which such actions inevitably precipitated. Many of these special deputies and detectives were excellent men; but this has no more to do with the case than has the fact that many of the riotous striker were also excellent men. The point is that the State recognized in the contestants the right of private war.

© September 23, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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