Tuesday, September 26, 2023

September 25, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


              On the strike fronts, Biden is going to Detroit to walk in a picket line with striking members of the UAW probably oblivious to the fact while supporting his Bidenomics that the UAW demands for a 40% pay increase and a 4 day work week are highly inflationary. At the press briefing KJP was bobbing and weaving big time as the press was tossing hardball not softball questions on why he was going when previously he has argued that he should not be taking positions on the strike.
             On the porous southern border front, over the weekend the CBP apprehended some 16,500 illegals as the surge continues unabated. In a we can believe it Mexico has announced it will start deporting some illegals to their home countries. It is mindboggling that Biden was oblivious to the fact that that his executive order on almost 500,000 Venezuelans would cause a surge among that group who are appearing more and more in those crossing illegally.
             On the 2024 presidential front at Wednesday night’s second Republican debate, Asa Hutchinson who was on the first failed to meet polling criteria and will not be on stage. Trump has elected to skip this debate also to focus on the  UAW members on strike (probably will warn them that Bidens rush to EV’s will mean fewer jobs as less labor is needed to make an EV).
             On the Maui fire front, Lanai residents are being allowed to return to their burnt out dwellings but warned not to aggressively dig or search for possessions due to the amount of toxic materials and ash on site.
             On the crime front, the El Paso Walmart shooter Patrick Crusius, pled guilty to killing 23 Walmart shoppers and wounding 22 and has also agreed to pay over $5.7 million to those killed or wounded in his shooting spree. A great victory against the perpetrators of hate crimes but high unlikely the victims will receive any funds.
            On the COVID-19 although the pandemic is over and we seem to be returning some sense of normalcy, long COVID symptoms for some 7% of those who have been infected with COVID-19 continue to suffer symptoms of the disease for three months or more.
             September 25, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Ataxia Day: Created by National Ataxia Foundation in 2000 and celebrated since inception on this day to raise awareness of Ataxia which is a neurological disorder that affects motor skills, balance and speech and raise funds seeking a cure or medications to alleviate this disease which often makes the sufferer look and act like he or she is severely intoxicated.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day is “avalement” which means allowing the knees to be bent while skiing which enables a skier to turn or stop to avoid skiing into another skier or worse and immovable thick tree like the one that killed Representative Sonny Bono.
             Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1981 was “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie a run  of 9 weeks to share number 1 status with 16 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 10 acts, including Lionel Richie, achieved  number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording of Diana Ross and Lionel Richie performing “Endless Love”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsqDoz2Co4o
            September 25 Birthdays: “Opposites May Attract But Same Day Birthdays Are Like Geese”—Michael Douglas, born on this day in 1944 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and Catherine Zeta-Jones, born on this day in 1969 in Swansea, United Kingdom and married to each other since  November 18, 2000 and have two children together.
              September 25  Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2018 SCOTUS nominee Brent Kavanaugh/Accused by Chritine Blassey Ford of throwing her on top of a bed and trying to remove her clothes with his paws/Spoke for the first time after Feinstein released Ford’s claims she sat on for  days/To deny vehemently and forcibly all the accusations Ford chose to say/ All but Manchin, the Blues swayed by Hirono’s pleas that women must be heard and believed voted not to confirm/So by a vote of 50 to 48 Kavanaugh’s confirmation was affirmed.
             2.      On this day in 2018, noted comedian and actor Bill Cosby after years of numerous sexual abuse claims/By many women whose claims all sounded the same/Drugged to them pass out to be exposed to sex/Unable to have the ability to his advances resist or reject/His way too active reptilian brain was sentenced to 3 to 10 years/His victims could now breathe easier with his advances no longer to fear. 
            3.      On this day in 1977 the first Chicago Marathon was run/Big controversy between the race organizers and the parks director before the race had begun/Parks director did not want his lawns crushed by thousands of running feet/Mayor Daly agreed to let the runners run in the streets/4200 runners started the race/But only 2128 finishers could keep up with the grueling pace.
             4.      On this day in 1974 Tommy John after tearing his ulnar ligament in his pitching arm of July 17, 1974/Went to see Doctor Frank Jobe to see if he could his career restore/Jobe performed the first ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery that bears the pitcher’s name/After 2 years of rehabilitation Tommy John was able to 18 more years of pitching claim/And to pick up this nick name/”The Bionic Man” to go with his pitching fame.
            5.      On this day in 1944 in what would be one of the worst British defeats in Europe during the war/The surviving members of the British 1st Airborne who had jumped to take the Arnhem Bridge across the Rhine/With X Corps attempt to reach them stalled were running out of ammo and time/In the dark of night silently under the noses of the Germans who were closing in/Retreated in boats back across the Rhine in a battle they thought they would win/Of the 10,000 who jumped or rode gliders into Arnhem only 2200 were able to return/The rest were dead or captured due to  a “Bridge Too Far” and jumping into armor the presence of which was not until on the ground learned.
            Quote on Operation Market Garden by Cornelius Ryan from A Bridge Too Far: ...the unasked question remained: how much longer should they hold out? At that time, in the early hours of Sunday, September 24, after eight days of battle, Urquhart's forces were estimated at less than 2,500 men. And for all of them there was only one question: when will Monty's forces arrive?

© September 25, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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