Sunday, October 29, 2023

October 28, 2023 Ridley's Believe It or Not


             On the crime front in Lewiston, Maine Robert Card’s vehicle and his car phone have been recovered along with a note that indicated that he was not coming back; hard to not believe this not another person who needed  mental health treatment  that might have save his life and the 18 others killed by him.
            On the Hamas Israel War front, another day of massive increases in tank artillery bombardment and air strikes likewise increasing as the IDF appears to be conducting  another incursion into Gaza as the internet and cell towers in Gaza have been shut down making it very difficult for Hamas to communicate with its units.

            On the Hamas Israel War humanitarian crisis front, the United Nation’s General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted for a ceasefire to enable humanitarian supplies, such as food, water, medicine, and fuel which the Israelis know will be used  to power the generators needed to make the tunnels livable. On another humanitarian crisis front, the IDF alleging the largest hospital in Gaza—the al-Shifa Medical Complex has military facilities underneath it and therefore is  a valid military target which if as Hamas claims is not the case should open up the tunnels for international inspection.
             On the Hamas Israel War protest front college campuses across the nation are enduring pro-Palestinian anti-Israel rallies which have turned violent with more and more Jewish students fearing for their safety.
             On the labor strike front, the UAW has entered into a tentative agreement with Stellantis, the parent of Chrysler, similar to the one reached with Ford, leaving General Motors with its almost $29 million 2022 compensation, Mary Bara, to withstand the wrath of the UAW wanting its workers to be paid more and receive more benefits.
              On the entertainment front, 54 year old Canadian-American actor Matthew Perry, who struggled for years with prescription drug addiction and an alcoholism, in and out of rehabs, hospitalizations and thousands of AA meetings was found dead in his hot tub with cause of death other than no signs of foul play to be determined.
               On the political campaign front, Mike Pence has seen the writing on the wall and joined another Red Candidate for President, Larry Elder and ended his campaign leaving Reds to speculate that since he will in all likelihood endorse Trump which dwarf still running will he endorse.
              On the sports front, the Arizona Diamondbacks after losing the first game to the Texas Rangers 6-5 in 11 innings to ice the cake of President Bush’s tossing out the first ball, came back with a slugging vengeance to tie the series with a 9-0 rout.

              October 28, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays: Honoring the first responders to the scene of an emergency, disaster, accident or crime—police, firemen and paramedics whose prompt arrival can mean the difference between life or death or major disfiguring wounds. Created on June 5, 2019 and celebrated on this day since October 28, 2019.

              Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is  “behither” which means formerly.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1951 was “Cold, Cold Heart” by Tony Bennett with Percy Faith and His Orchestra  on a  run of 8 weeks to share number 1 status with 9  other songs achieving number 1 ranking. Here is a recording with lyrics of  Tony Bennett with Percy Faith and His Orchestra performing “Cold, Cold Heart”:
               October 28 Birthdays: “Stick to Software and Philanthropy Not Beer
Celebrating the birth on this day of Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft an one of the ten wealthiest men who is no longer involved in Microsoft, devoting his time to philanthropy and climate change, but a wealth hit with his investment in Bud Light and a major wealth hit due to his divorce of Melinda Gates.
                October 28 Historical Events in Rhyme
                1.      On this day in 2014 Orb-3 as ISSS automated cargo ship/Was launched to ISSS resupply and reequip/All went for 15 seconds until the flight started to go bad/The rocket started to fall back toward the launch pad/The Range Safety Officer terminated the flight/The flames from the exploding fuel lit up the night/The crew on the ISSS would face reduced rations until the next resupply flight.

                2.      On this day in 2006 a funeral service was held at the Bykivnia graves in Ukraine/For the thousands of Ukrainians killed by Stalin’s secret police before and during World War II and were buried there after being slain/One only needs to visit to understand/Why Ukrainians are fight tooth and nail to oust Russia from their lands/When Putin wants to the Soviet Union restore/Prepare yourself for a tidal wave in Eastern Europe of crimes against humanity and blood and gore. 
               3.      On day in 1962 the AES’ nuclear destruction clock was 1 second from  midnight/Khruschev blinked and ordered that Soviet nukes were to be removed and never from Cuba to be able to take flight/The Soviets thought JFK was too young, too weak and with little spine/When he was too forceful, too strong and with a spine of steel to Khruschev’s threats with pounding shoe to the U.N. confine.
              4.      On this day in 1942 the construction of the Alaska Highway  started in February 1942 after 8 months and 12 days at Delta Junction was complete/An incredible task through arctic weather with storms and permafrost to defeat/ Originally need to transport troops and supplies to defeat Japan/When in reality only % of needed supplies were transported on the Alaska Highway by land/But when the War ended and open to the public a great way to the Great Land Go/Enjoy fishing and camping in the summer and later the Iditarod and the Northern Lights glow.

               5.      On this day in 1919 the beginning of the experiment of “Last Call”/Over the veto of the Volstead Act overturned now it could not be stalled/

On January 19, Prohibition was ratified by the requisite number or states/So on January 20, 1920 Prohibition came into force and you could not buy alcohol for your taste to sate/Fair to say the experiment failed as thousands of “Speakeasies” appeared to thirsts sate/And cities erupted in bootlegger battles where many met a deadly fate.

               Quotes on the Memorial to be Built at the Site of the Bykivnia Graves by Yuliia Laputina, Minister of Veteran Affairs of Ukraine, : "It will be a memorial not only for those who will be buried there from the battles of the Russo-Ukrainian war, for the heroes, but also it will be a memorial for all of the defenders of our country when Ukraine was fighting for independence in various periods of history.”

© October 29,2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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