Tuesday, October 10, 2023

October 10, 2013 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


            On  the Israeli-Hamas War front, the death toll of Americans being in the wrong place at the wrong time has risen to 14 and there are an unknown number of American hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza. Biden and his team are being briefed on the situation as a second carrier group is moving into the Eastern Mediterranean and Blue Jewish Representative Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey blasted Squad members Tlaib and Corie Bush for their demands that the U.S. cease military aid to the Israelis.
            On the Republican presidential front, Vivek Ramaswamy appears to be aging in presidential character as he slammed Haley for her rhetoric that the Hamas attack on Israel was an attack on us and offered a 6 point plan to deal with the crisis:
1. Offer Israel robust intelligence support and stand ready to provide additional military supplies via both sale and transfer.
2. Immediately confirm an American ambassador to Israel, with the vacant embassies in Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Oman to be filled in quick succession.
3. End all further nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, including the full phase-out of Iran’s nuclear program and end Biden’s  plan to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia.
4. Fast-track the deportation of any resident aliens who have served with Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad, including extradition to Israeli custody.  
5. Work with Israel to identify countries willing to accept peaceful Palestinians who wish to escape the pressures of Hamas and facilitate their emigration.
6. Warn the UN of consequences if its historical pattern of drawing false equivalences between Israel and the terrorists who target it.
              On the journalism coverage of the war, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is warning journalists not to use the term “terrorist” in describing Hamas combatants as that term is opinion not fact (would the term “war criminal” be acceptable to describe the slaughter by Hamas “terrorists” of Jewish citizens, including the beheading of babies).
             On Biden’s war on fossil fuels front,  8 Red legislators have written a letter to the Federal Energy Commission demanding the slow walking permitting a natural gas pipeline come to an end as coal powered electrical power plants are still a significant emitter of carbon (25% in Oregon e.g.).
             On the lack of civility front, former CIA director Michael Hayden is ranting the Senator Tuberville is not fit to be a member of the human race which inane outburst prompted a response from the senator to the Capitol Police to complain of threats by Hayden to assassinate him (time for both of these “gentlemen” to take a deep breath and chill out).
            On the “take me out to the voting booth” front, former Dodger and Padres star has announced his intent to run for the seat now held by Laphonza Butler who was appointed to fill the vacancy created by Senator Feinstein’s death. In this very Blue state Garvey at 74 will be facing the equivalence of 100+ m.p.h. fastball low and on the inside corner but Reds wish him well.
            On the political crime front, Red Rep George Santos, already under a 13 count criminal indictment has just be hit with a superseding additional 10 counts of criminal conduct indictment.
           October 10,  2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
           Noted Holidays: World Day Against the Death Penalty created by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty in 2003 and observed on this day since then and supported by many NGO’s, governments and Amnesty International due to the costs of keeping a person on death row for years as the execution dates are extended, the finality of executing a person wrongfully convicted due to errors in the proceedings or the skill or lack thereof of counsel, the fact that is not the deterrent to crime it needs to be, racial applications of the penalty and the alternative of life without possibility of parole.
            Word of the Day: The word of the day as we end the word of the day starting with “a” to move to words starting with “b” “bambosh”  which means deceptive nonsense which political opponents are too quick to hurl against each other.
             Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1966 was “Cherish” by The Association on a  run of 3 weeks to share number 1 status with 26 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 16 acts, including The Association, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a video  of The Association  performing  “Cherish”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD94tZgPuvc  
             October 10 Birthdays: “Delta Dawn at 13 a Ticket to Country Stardom”— Tanya Tucker, noted country and western singer,  born in Seminole, Texas, in 1958 who told her parents at age 8 all she wanted to be was a Country Western Singer a goal she reached at age 13 singing “Delta Dawn” which rose to number 6 on the country music chart and launched a successful music career which was topped off with her induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2023 Here is a video of her singing the song at age 13 that opened the doors to a career: https://www.google.com/search?q=13+year+old+tanya+tucker+singing+delta+dawn&oq=13+year+old+tanya+tucker+singing+delta+dawn&gs_lcrp=EgZjaHJvbWUyBggAEEUYOTIHCAEQIRigATIHCAIQIRigATIHCAMQIRigAdIBCjI0MzA2ajFqMTWoAgCwAgA&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&bshm=rimc/1#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:b3d9847a,vid:Zke
             October 10 Historical Events in Rhyme
             1.      On this day in 2018 Michael not the Archangel but a CAT 5 hurricane/At the Florida Panhandle made landfall near Tyndall Air Force Base laying waste to $ 6 billion in fighter planes/ 57 deaths in the U.S. and $25 billion in damages due to 167 miles per hour high winds and storm surge/Misnamed not as a spiritual warrior for good but rather for destructive evil so name should be dropped if in the future Michael namers have the urge.
             2.      On this day in 2002 the U.S. Congress approved military actions against Saddam Hussein/Due to for perceived reasons that development of WMD’s he refused to refrain/The intel of the presence of WMD’s was false but not knowing that in Operation Iraqi Freedom we invaded and quickly Hussein overthrew/And removed all Baathist party members a move we would learn to rue/Soon mired in a struggle with ISIS and Muslim factions that would cost too many lives/ Billions upon billions of dollars spent nation building in a country riddled with corruption that could barely survive/ One of Bush’s greatest mistakes and errors/Over 4000 military deaths and saddled us with much more debt and created thousands of jihadis waging against us terror.
              3.      On this day in 1973 Vice President Spiro Agnew/As calls for impeachment for tax evasion grew/After negotiating a plea deal that entailed no jail time/pled guilty to one tax evasion and resigned.
              4.      On this day in 1970 forces that wanted Quebec to from Canada be free/Kidnapped Quebec’s Vice Premier Pierre Laporte after years of terrorists acts like bombing sprees/Which prompted the imposition of the War Measures Acts/La Porte tried to escape by breaking a window but was pulled back/Cut several arteries which would require hospitalization to prevent death/The kidnappers then held him down and wrapped a chain around his neck to rob him of his last breaths/The kidnappers were all caught and sentenced to 20 years to life in prison serve/But all were paroled early to escape the longer time in prison they deserved.
              5.      On this day in 1964 our Earth became a smaller place/The opening ceremonies of the Tokyo Summer Olympics were broadcast live via satellites in space/No longer would sports fans have to endure watching events that had ended so the results were already known/The drawback being if live viewers were at the mercy of venues in inconvenient time zones.
             Quotes on Iraqi Freedom launched based on false information of the existence of WMD’s.
             Amir Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League on Sept. 5, 2002: "We will continue to work to avoid a military confrontation or a military action because we believe that it will open the gates of hell in the Middle East."
             Saddam Hussein in a message to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2002: "I hereby declare before you that Iraq is clear of all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons."
             Colin Powell, Secretary of State on Feb. 5, 2003 describing to the U.N. Security Council evidence the U.S. had on the existence of WMD’s: “My colleagues, every statement I make today is backed up by sources, solid sources. These are not assertions. What we’re giving you are facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence.”
             Lawrence Silberman, co-chairman. Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States on March 31, 2005: "The intelligence community was absolutely uniform and uniformly wrong about the existence of weapons of mass destruction (in Iraq)."
             President George W. Bush on  Dec. 1, 2008: "The biggest regret of all the presidency has to have been the intelligence failure in Iraq. A lot of people put their reputations on the line and said the weapons of mass destruction is a reason to remove Saddam Hussein.”

© October 10, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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