Tuesday, October 17, 2023

October 16, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


              On the Hamas Israel War front, the long awaited invasion of Gaza is about to begin with many Gazans still in the path of the invasion as Hamas has erected roadblocks to prevent their leaving as they want dead Gazans killed by the Israelis to mobilize world opinion against them. Iran is warning that an invasion by Israel will open the “Gate of Hell” while Israel is evacuating communities near the Lebanon border fearing an invasion by Hezbollah. To complicate matters Putin is reaching out to Netanyahu and China may be proposing a state visit by him. Secretary of State Blinken is in Israel promising the U.S. stands with and will continue to stand with Israel in this war (if Americans start to see thanks to Hamas large numbers of Gazan civilians killed in collateral damage likely to be caused in urban house to house fighting query how long that resolve will last).
            On the House Speaker front, it looks like the Republicans will have the House vote on Tuesday with Jordan having a tough row to hoe needing flip some 55 Reds who voted against him. If the Reds want to preserve any chance of not being swept out of office en masse in 2024, they need to end this clown show and get behind Jordan. We cannot have the impasse of not having a Speaker for the House’s business to get done. Moreso than ever we need an annex to Reagan’s 11th Commandment that the loser in a Red  primary or race for the Speaker supports the Red winning the most votes.
             On the hypocrisy front, Squad Rep. Cori Bush a crusader to “defund the police” has shelled out over $500,000 dollars for private security services and after getting hit with a FEC complaint over payments to her husband for security services continues to pay him but has reclassified payments as “wage expenses”. Her use of campaign funds to enrich family members is right out of the playbook of Maxine Waters who is notorious for doing the same thing.
             On the cracks in dam holding back rising Biden should withdraw waters among Blue voters, the anchor of 60 Minutes Scott Pelley observed that Biden seems “tired” which probably why Politico  Jonathan Martin published a piece detailed that Blue consultants are worried about the negative effects Biden’s age will have on voters, 73% of whom in an October Monmouth poll opined he was too old to run again, which was not helped be seeing him imitate a jog walking to a podium only to almost fall holding on to a railing trying to walk up 3 steps.
 On why Israel feels Hamas must be wiped out to the last terrorist where ever they may be found as a family of five in Kfar Aza were murdered by Hamas in each other’s arms:

            Biden will visit Israel to reassure Israel of U.S. support and to urge restraint to avoid Gazan casualties and probably urge a ceasefire that without Hamas agreeing to allow Gazans to move out of the invaded will result in significant Gazan casualties if it continues. Look to Netanyahu to resist any ceasefire until a large number of Hamas have been sent to Paradise and their tunnel complexes significantly destroyed.
             On the home entertainment front, Best Buy announced after the holidays it will end its sale of DVD’s and Blue-Ray discs.
             On the investor fraud front, the trial of Sam Bankman-Fried is in its second week and the jurors have listened to a parade of his former associates, subordinates and former girlfriend who testified to his culpability and fraud with the big question still remaining will he testify that he had no intent to defraud investors only that he was overwhelmed. His lawyers have tried and failed to get the trial delayed because he has been unable to obtain Adderall which he claims he needs to be able to concentrate on the damaging testimony being levied against him.
             On entertainment tell it all front, Jada Pinkett Smith is on a book tour of her Book Worthy which among other tidbits she slammed rumors that Will Smith is gay and revealed that she and Will Smith have been separated for 7 years which calls into question his slapping incidence at the Academy Awards supposedly defending his wife.
            On the antisemitic bias on universities the Wexner Foundation founded by billionaires Leslie and Abigail Wexner have terminated its long association with Harvard due in part to the failure to condemn Hamas for its slaughter of Israelis (Harvard’s endowment is so huge this is a mere drop in the bucket but hopefully will cause elite universities to rein in the leftist drift and attacks on the free speech of conservatives).
            October 16, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
            Noted Holidays: National Learn a Word Day which is celebrated on October 16 each which is the birthday of America’s noted lexicographer, Noah Webster born on this day in 1758 but I am clueless who created this observance or when but I do know that Ridley's Believe It Or Not will have a new and interesting word to learn each day.
            Word of the Day: The word of the day as we proceed with words starting with “b” is  “barratry”  which means inciting a riot or violence which with respect to January 6 despite belief to the contrary by the left Trump was not charged.
             Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1962 was “Sherry” by Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons on a  run of 5 weeks to share number 1 status with 20 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 14 acts, including The Four Seasons, achieved number one status for the first time. Here is a recording of Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons  performing “Sherry”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMcWldfg28s
             October 16 Birthdays: “Almost Blew Out the 77 Candles”: Suzanne Somers noted singer, actress and business woman born on this day in 1946 in San Bruno, California to die on October 15, 2023 after a 23 year fight with breast cancer whose struggle utilized alternative treatments which the American Cancer Society had the gall to criticize her. Best known for her starring role in Three’s Company with John Ritter and Step by Step and her company with her husband Thighmasters.                               October 16 Historical Events in Rhyme
               1.      On this day in 1995 the Million Man March of African-Americans occurred in Washington, D.C./To promote in the black communities atonement, reconciliation, and  unity/To call for an end of the 3 strikes an urban black child was saddled with at birth/Insufficient prenatal care, substandard educational institutions and parents trying to find jobs facing a massive dearth/837,000 thousand gathered at the National Mall/Totally peaceful without any violence to cast a pall.
              2.      On this day in 1991 in Killeen, Texas at a Luby’s Cafeteria/ George Hennard armed with 2 semi-automatics drove his pickup through the front window to send patrons and staff into hysteria/A sick misogynist to his core/shot 50 people 23 who died and when asked by police to surrender—“No I want to kill more”/Wounded twice and with only 1 bullet left he shot himself if the head/If 1 patron who watched her parents die had had a permit for her .38 in her parked car, a lot fewer wounded and dead.
              3.      On this day in 1975 3 year Rahima Banu Begum in Bangladesh became the last person to be infected naturally with small pox/thanks to worldwide efforts for years to vaccinate the disease in nature had been blocked/This little girl was treated and survived and is now virus free/Unless samples of the virus  under lock and key escape this deadly disfiguring disease again we will never see.
               4.      On this day in 1962 President Kennedy was shown photos of Cuba taken on October 14 by a U-2 plane/Showing missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads that could on almost all of the contiguous rain/For 13 days the world inched closer to a nuclear war than ever before/The Soviets fortunately backed down aided by a secret deal for us to remove Jupiter’s from Turkey and Cold War was again restored.  
              5.      On this day in 1916 Margaret Sanger opened her first family planning clinic in Brooklyn to promote contraception to unwanted births prevent/To eliminate women resorting to dangerous back alley abortions to be sent/A negative eugenicist to her core but not on racial lines/A foe of abortions when controlling unwanted pregnancies by contraception would do just fine.
               Quote on the Cuban Missile Crisis from Robert F. Kennedy’s Thirteen Day: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis“When Khrushchev asked whether his brass hats would guarantee that keeping the missiles in Cuba would not bring about nuclear war, they looked at him, he later told Norman Cousins of the Saturday Review, an informal emissary between Kennedy and Khrushchev, “as though I were out of my mind or, what was worse, a traitor. So I said to myself, ‘To hell with these maniacs.’”

© October 16, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet”
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