Monday, September 25, 2023

September 24, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


              On the government shutdown front unless something changes on the views of a minority of the Reds from the right, we are heading for a shutdown this Monday night. Balancing the budget as a first step is a worthy goal but our spendthrift Reps have dug such a red ink hole it will take some years to bring spending back in line to revenue. Government shutdown is high stake poker game and when the benefit checks stop the Reds not the Blues will shoulder the blame.
             On the Ukraine War front Zelensky’s speech to the Canadian Parliament was overshadowed by the uproar over a standing ovation for a surviving member of the 1st Galician Division raised by the Germans to fight the Soviets in World War II, a division which has never been accused of war crimes.
             On the 2024 presidential front WAPO released its poll showing to its great surprise that Biden is losing to Trump 52 to 42 as voters are fed up with his age, his border policies and his handling of the economy. WAPO is trying to backpedal the results with border city hit with another 2000 plus illegals, another inflation report or gaffe not knowing where he is at or whom he is with reinforces his growing disapproval rating.
             On the where not to go vacation front, Jamaica might surge to the top of the list as a dengue fever is sweeping across the nation with 565 cases already reported.
             On the crime front at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds where the Mötley Crüe was scheduled to perform when shots rang out causing the band to retreat to their dressing rooms. And on a more serious corrupting front with the indictments of Bob Menendez for bribery and selling state secrets to Egypt, AOC has joined an increasing number of Blues demanding he resign but warning him not to use the race card as a defense.
             On the strike front, the Writers Guild Association and the studios have entered into a tentative which has to be voted on but the WGA has pulled its pickets and if ratified as expected writers will be going back to work and the studios can now concentrate on the Screen Actors Guild Strike so actors can return to acting out the scripts the writers will now be soon creating for them
             September 24, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: World Deaf Day: Created by International Federation of the Deaf in 1958 and celebrated on the last Sunday in September of each year to promote awareness of the difficulties of deaf people and promote awareness of the achievements of deaf people in all aspects of society.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day is  “automysophobia” which means a fear of being dirty which is something the homeless clogging our urban city streets and parks in tent cities without shower or bathing facilities must have overcome.
             Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1982 was “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” by  Chicago on a run of 2 weeks to share number 1 status with 14 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 10 acts achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording of Chicago performing “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”:
            September 24 Birthdays: “The Left Does Not Have a Monopoly on Advocacy Journalism”—Lou Dobbs, born on this day in 1945 in Childress County, Texas to become its chief economics reporter and host of Moneyline only to leave after clashes with Rick Kaplan who became president of CNN and return when Kaplan left to host CNN News Sunday Morning and Lou Dobbs Moneyline but he evolved to focus on illegal immigration and corporate greed in opposing increases in the minimum and a steadfast proponent of the birther movement against Obama. Left CNN to join Fox to become a very pro Trumper on his Fox Business Channel Lou Dobbs Tonight and an advocate of the position that the 2020 election was stolen by fraud and the January 6, storming of the Capitol was an antifa plot which prompted 2 massive defamation suits against Fox and Dobbs which were settled but his show was canceled.
              September 24  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2023/NASA thrilled us with a feat of space navigation we thought we would never see/On September 8, 2016 was launched to head to the Asteroid Bennu/To on December 3, 2018 with the asteroid rendezvous/Spending 2 years searching for a place to land and samples collect/ To almost land on October 20, 2020 to pebbles and soil samples to select/After more than 8 ounces grabbed by its extended robot arm/On May 10, 2021 it left for Earth 200 million miles away to see if it could deliver its samples without the probe being harmed/The parachute landed in Utah without being destroyed/ Scientists at NASA were popping corks and jumping for joy.
              2.      On this day in 2015 Muslim faithful were on a pilgrimage Islam required/To visit holy site at Mecca before on Earth a faithful expired/ Thousands of pilgrims had left Mina, the city of the tents/off to the throwing of pebbles at the 3 jamrah on the Jamaratt Bridge they went/2 paths of pilgrims converged near the bridge and a stamped ensued/Thousands were trampled and for over 2000 dead pilgrims their uncompleted Hajj  was through. 
             3.      On this day in 2014 India became the first Asian Nation to place an orbiter in Martian orbit/In a mission that supposed to last only 6 months before on Earth its space agency would be writing its obit/Instead it orbited Mars for 7 ½ years/ Before is ability to communicate back to India finally disappeared.
             4.      On this day in 1996 the Comprehensive Nuclear Tast Ban Treaty was signed/But to become effective certain nations had to sign on the dotted line/China, Egypt, India, and Iran/ Israel, North Korea, the United States and Pakistan/Sadly as North Korea and Iran are chomping at the bit/To join the nuke club with no desires to deploy nukes quit.
            5.      On this day in 1906 the  Atlanta Race Riot that started on September 22nd came to end/Started by false claims of black rapes of white women would into the streets mobs of whites send/Attacking blacks in their homes of in the streets/96 blacks injured and 26 and the hands of white mobs would death meet/A sad stain on this nation’s history that most of us now hope will never repeat/Racism especially when violent should never at the table of mankind be allowed a seat.
            Quotes of the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot
            Democratic Atlanta Mayor James Woodward: “The best way to prevent a race riot depends entirely upon the cause. If your inquiry has anything to do with the present situation in Atlanta then I would say the only remedy is to remove the cause. As long as the black brutes assault our white women, just so long will they be unceremoniously dealt with.”
            Fulton County Grand Jury:“ Believing that the sensational manner in which the afternoon newspapers of Atlanta have presented to the people the news of the various criminal acts recently committed in this county has largely influenced the creation of the spirit animating the mob of last Saturday night; and that the editorial utterances of The Atlanta News for some time past have been calculated to create a disregard for the proper administration of the law and to promote the organization of citizens to act outside of the law in the punishment of crime;
         ...Resolved, That the sensationalism of the afternoon papers in the presentation of the criminal news to the public prior to the riots of Saturday night... deserves our severest condemnation...”

© September 24, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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