Thursday, October 19, 2023

October 18, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


             On the Hamas Israel War front, Tlaib and Omar continue to push the lie that the IDF bombed the Gaza hospital while the evidence clearly shows a Hamas rocket fired at Israel went awry, sparking worldwide protests against Israel and the U.S. In a humanitarian gesture that should have been conditioned on some if not all of the hostages, Israel and Egypt have allowed 20 truckloads of humanitarian supplies into Gaza with the stern warning that if a scrap of that aid finds its way into Hamas, truckloads will end. Hezbollah and Israelis have been trading rockets and artillery between Israel’s Northern border and Lebanon. Biden has warned nations unnamed with the words “Don’t, Don’t” hoping that will deter Iran who must be rejoicing that without a Speaker Congress could not refreeze the $6 billion of Iran’s assets. Now that Biden has left the Middle East the gloves should be the IDF to enter and seek to destroy Hamas down to the last terrorist.
            On the 2024 presidential election front, polls show Biden and Trump running neck and neck Biden 49%, Trump 46% and undecided 5% but if RFK, Jr. is running as an independent the votes are Biden 44%, Trump 37%, RFK, Jr. 16% and undecided 3%. If these polls are correct in predicting where the Indie votes will be going the DNC’s tooth and nail efforts to cause RFK, Jr. out of the party make all the sense in the world and the RNC needs to be more involved to see if the number of candidates can be pared down as credible and winnable opponents against Biden.
            Also on the 2024 presidential election front, the race may have gotten more muddled as Vivek Ramaswamy is reported to be considering his options to run as a third party candidate with the proverbial snowball’s chance in Hell to win but like RFK, Jr. could draw votes away from Trump with probably little effect on Biden’s totals.
            On the political bribery front, Senator Mendez’ wife and 3 co-conspirators charged with Senator Mendez have entered not guilty pleas while the New Jersey Senator continues to ignore calls for him resign.
             On the why California has become more unlivable front, the bill that Gavin Newsome signed back in 2022 that eliminated the banning of loitering to commit prostitution has made Amsterdam’s Red Light District look like a church picnic and turned California streets and sidewalks into near strip clubs as sex workers in near nude outfits strut and shake to try to entice customers.
            On the cruise ship front the Ocean Voyager's pocket cruise ship Ocean Navigator while docked at the Gateway Center in Portland, Maine had a generator catch in its engine room requiring evacuation of its 128 passengers and 82 crew members as the Portland Fire Department indicated the passengers would not be reboarding the ship which hopefully means the fire occurred at the end of the cruise and not the beginning which would mean a great disappointment.
             On the Ivy League front, students at Harvard who seem incapable of having open minds due to brainwashing by the leftist leaning professors there were holding a “die-in” protest of their erroneous belief that the IDF was responsible for the Gaza hospital attack. A veteran State Department Official Josh Paul  of the  Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, which oversees the provisions of arms to U.S. partners and allies, has resigned in disagreement with the Administration’s support of Israel’s response to the Hamas invasion. 
            October 18, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
            Noted Holidays: Hagfish Day, created by Whale Time in 2009 and celebrated on the 3rd Wednesday of October to teach children to appreciate all animals in our ecosystem no matter how ugly they may be like the hagfish, an eel that secrets copious amounts of slime and feeds on dead animals by entering their nostrils or mouths and eating them from the inside out.          
            Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is  “basiation”   which means kissing which Biden has a proclivity for doing in the past which borders on sexual harassment.
             Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1960 was “Save the Last Dance For Me” by The Drifters on a  run of 3 weeks noncontinuous to share number 1 status with 18 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 16 acts achieved number one status for the first time. Here is a recording of The Drifters performing “Save the Last Dance For Me”:
              October 18 Birthdays: “B-Ball in Russia Is Like Being Against a 4 Player Fast Break”: Brittany Griner, born on this day in 1990 in Houston, Texas to become a 6’9” woman’s basketball scoring, dunking and shot blocking collegiate and professional phenom and 2 time Olympic Gold Medal winner in basketball but to earn additional money played professional basketball in Russia to be arrested on February 17, 2022, plead guilty and was sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison and released on December 8, 2022 in exchange for the arms dealer Viktor Bout known as the Merchant of Death”.
             October 18 Historical Events in Rhyme
             1.      On this day in 2019 the glass ceiling in space was shattered by the first all-female EVA into space/Jessica Meir and Christina Koch left the ISS to a power controller on it replace/Jessica is a marine biologist with 2 ISS missions and 204 days, 15 hours and 19 minutes in space/Christina is an electrical engineer who holds the record at 328 continuous days before her feet would Earth grace/As part of NASA’s return to the moon she has been named a mission specialist for Artemis II that will circle the Moon in 2024/Reviewing landing sites for a return to the lunar floor.
              2.      On this day in 2007 in Karachi, Pakistan/Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had returned after an 8 year self-exile to her homeland/As her motorcade crossed a bridge to her rally/2 suicide bombs bomb detonated with 189 killed and 500 wounded as the deadly tally/Bhutto from any harm escaped/Only to on December 27, 2007 succumb to gun shots and a suicide bomb’s deadly fate.
              3.      On this day in 1979 thanks to a ruling by the FCC/Freed from the heavy cost of cable installation the ability to use satellites for cable TV/No longer a government license need to put one’s roof a dish to broadcasts receive/Soon millions upon millions of subscribers the cable companies would achieve.
               4.      On this day in 1954 Texas Instruments announce the Regency TR-1/the world’s first commercial radio and by November sales had begun/Listeners were no longer tethered to home, office or car to programs, news and sports to be able to hear/A first step toward a cornucopia of small, hand held devices like calculators, mobile phones, tablets and the like that would soon in the future appear.                  5.      On this day in 1867 pursuant to a treaty on March 30, 1867 agreed to/The U.S. took possession of Alaska and the rule of the Tsar was through/For a $7.2 million bargain basement purchase price/Ridiculed by some land without roads and covered in snow and ice/Little did we know that in addition to fisheries, timber and furs/Billions more in gold, minerals and petroleum would add to the purchase’s allure.
               Quote on Transistor Radios By Steven Wozniak: “My first transistor radio was the heart of my gadget love today. It fit in my hand and brought me a world of music 24 / 7.”

© October 18, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet”
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