Tuesday, October 17, 2023

October 17, 2023 Ridley's Believe It or Not


            On the Hamas Israel War front, a hospital was hit by a rocket attack with Hamas claiming 500 died and quickly blaming Israel while Israel denies  the hospital was a target and alleges it was a Hamas rocket attack that went awry. The fog of war on the truth has descended but one thing is sure, Hamas is on the deaths in full rejoice, believing it will amplify the anti-Israeli and pro Hamas voices. Biden who arrives in Israel will no longer meet with the Palestinian President Abass who cancelled his participation in Wednesday’s meeting in Amman, Jordan with Biden, Jordan’s King Abdullah II who also bailed and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to discuss the Hamas Israel War because of the alleged Israeli hospital attack.
            On the expansion of the effects of the Hamas Israel War, pro Hamas demonstrations in our NATO “ally” Turkey have caused Israel to warn its citizens there to “immediately leave” and in Morocco to be very vigilant. Like a stuck record Rep. Tlaib immediately excoriated Israel for the attack and blamed Biden for not applying pressure on Israel to deescalate and accept a cease fire.
             On the Hamas hostage front, we were treated to Hamas filming 21 year old French-Israeli Mia Shem who was pleading for her release and for now is one of the lucky ones as France has confirmed 21 French citizens were killed and 11 missing  in the Hamas invasion. John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council was quick to point out that she appeared to be under duress while making her plea.
            On the House Speaker front, Jim Jordan’s first voting event went down to defeat as 20 Reds hell bent on shooting the Reds in the foot voted against him. When do these roaring mice having made their point unite to vote Jordan in to enable the House to start doing the business after the Mouse that roared, Matt Gaetz and his seven mice, with the aid of the Blues ousted McCarthy to shut down the House?
             On the Trump legal front, Trump clearly believes the indictments for his alleged involvement in the events of January 6 are politically motivated to interfere with his campaign for the presidency, but Judge Tanya Chutkan, best feared for aggressive sentencing of January 6 defendants who had the misfortune of coming before her, may have crossed the 1st Amendment line with her partial gag order coupled with sanctions if it is breached and Trump lawyers are appealing to the Circuit Court of Appeals which is stocked with Blue appointees.
             On the Alec Baldwin Rust shooting front, the D.A. based on new evidence to be presented to the grand jury may be refiling the manslaughter charges.
              On the AI front, Rapper Michael Pres of the Fugees who was convicted of a conspiracy to funnel $88 million into Obama’s campaign had his new attorney’s file a motion for new trial because his lawyer David Kenner used an untested AI program to create his closing argument which he alleged failed to highlight the weakness of the prosecution’s case and made frivolous arguments, further alleging that Kenner had a financial interest in the program to he could promote it (if the verdict was guilty how does that successfully promote the product?).
             On climate change is the root of all evils front, the climate change warriors, who rail against wild fires as evidence of increasing climate change, will be disappointed to learn that through last month, wild fires in the U.S. burned 2.4 million acres, roughly 4.5 million less than the same period last year and 40% less than the ten year average.  
            October 17, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
            Noted Holidays: Forgive an Ex Day, created by Mark Anthony on this day in 2018 to promote civil and harmonious break ups of relationships, especially when children and family law lawyers are involved to not damage the children and the parties’ checkbooks—but sadly easier said than done.
            Word of the Day: The word of the day as we proceed with words starting with “b” is  “baryecoia”   which means deafness or hard of hearing which as we age or spent a lot of time near the amps at rock concerts more and more of us seem to have the problem.
             Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1961 was “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles on a  run of 2 weeks to share number 1 status with 21 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 16 acts achieved number one status for the first time. Here is a recording of Ray Charles performing “Hit the Road Jack”:
              October 17 Birthdays: “Breaking the Color Barrier”: Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known to his fans as Eminem, born on this day in 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri to become a well-known and awarded white rapper and songwriter who, among other things, holds the record for the most words in a song “Rap God”—1560 which were song by him in 6 minutes (if he ever quits rapping, he would be a star auctioneer). For your enjoyment here is “Rap God” with lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbGs_qK2PQA
             October 17 Historical Events in Rhyme
             1.      On this day in 2019 we witnessed the Sinaloa Cartel’s powers to the Mexican government best/After 350 Mexican police went to in Culiacan, Sinaloa Guzmán López arrest/Soon surrounded by 700 cartel members well-armed/who pinned down the police while taking hostages to upon them inflict harm/Release López or watch the police die after hostages have been killed/The police folded and released López to prevent adding to the butcher’s bill/President López Obrador had 8,000 police and troops to Culiacan sent/A show of force to a replay of 10/17 prevent/Guzmán López was captured on January 5, 2023 to extradition to the U.S. face/Extradited of 9/15 and now awaiting trial of drug charges in a very secure prison place.
              2.      On this day in 2017 in Raqqa in a battle that started on the 6th of June/Sent the ISIS to its deadly doom/In the civilized world for barbarians like ISIS there is no room/Would not be surprised if the Paradise virgins grabbed and swept them out of Paradise with the nearest broom.
              3.      On this day in 1992 a Japanese exchange student Yoshihiro Hattori in Baton Rouge was to a Halloween Party invited/Knocked at the door on the wrong house and by the wife was sighted/called  her husband to his gun get/Leading to a shooting he would regret/Hattori was not wearing his contacts and English he did not well understand/Worse in the dark he held a camera in his hand/homeowner thought it was a gun and shot him in the chest/He soon died as the flow of blood the paramedics could not arrest/The homeowner was acquitted by the jury 3 hours and the courtroom cheered/The $650,000 wrongful death judgment did not begin to quell his parents’ tears.
               4.      On this day in 1989 21 minutes before of the World Series 3rd game start/The 7.1 Loma Prieto Earthquake began shaking the Bay Area including Candlestick Park/63 dead and billions in damages including the loss of a Bay Bridge span/For the first time in history an MLB World Series for other than weather was banned/With San Francisco and Oakland hit hard for the next ten days/The two team would resume their against each other play.     
               5.      On this day in 1933 Albert Einstein could see the writings on the wall/With Hitler elected as Chancellor in January and antisemitism on the rise fleeing from Germany he could no longer stall/Off to the United States where in a letter to FDR/He advised that nuclear fission creating a massive explosion the laws of physics would not bar.
               Quote on the Loma Prieta Earthquake by Tim Bajarin, contributor to Forbes on the tech industry’s contribution to PC and CE industries: “In many ways, the Loma Prieta quake was a wake-up call for the telecom world. This was one of the largest national disasters to happen in our modern age and the communications networks were not up to the task when it came to linking up first responder agencies and personnel so that they could all talk and work together seamlessly and collaborate on how to handle this”

© October 17, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet”
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