Tuesday, October 31, 2023

October 30, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


            On Pro-Palestinian outrage over the Hamas Israel War front, professors at the University of California Ethnic Studies Council have demanded the University stop using the term “terrorist” to describe Hamas because it makes Palestinian students and members of the community feel unsafe (wonder how the Israelis feel when they hear the sirens and are running for their lives to the nearest shelter). After outrage among Reds over the rise of antisemitism on college campuses, the DOJ and DHS has begun hosting calls with campus and local law enforcement agencies across the nation and the Secretary of Education and Domestic Policy Adviser Neera Tandem will hold a roundtable with Jewish students at a yet to be named university.
             On the Hamas Israel War, Israel has entered its second stage of its ground invasion moving in deeper into Gaza targeting anti-tank and rocket launch sites and has killed on Sunday Jamil Baba, the commander of the naval force in the central camps; Muhammad Safadi, the commander of the anti-tank formation in the Tafah battalion; Muwaman Hegazi, A prominent operative of the anti-tank system in the Tafah battalion, and Muhammad Awadallah, who was a senior in the office of the Hamas production headquarters. A female Israeli soldier taken hostage on October 7 has been liberated by the IDF. 23 year old German-Israeli Shanin Louk last seen alive unconscious in her underware in the back of a truck was not so lucky as the IDF have recovered her head severed by Hamas.
            On the Hamas Israel War propaganda front, Harvard University, one of the many schools hit with antisemitic protests over Israel’s response to the October 7 Hamas terrorist attacks, has announced the formation of an antisemitism council of faculty, staff, alumni, and religious leaders and hopefully some students  to combat the antisemitism on its campus as the president claimed that for far too long Harvard had ignored antisemitism as she intoned “No More!” 43 year old John Anthony Miller of Las Vegas has been arrested for threatening Jewish Nevada Senator Jackie Rosen with murder, kidnapping and other violence over alleged Israeli atrocities in Gaza.
            On the potential for a ceasefire, Netanyahu has flatly refused stating “this is a time for war” even as civilian casualties continue to rise to some 7,000 as reported by Hamas despite the IDF’s best efforts to avoid them. Hamas should bear the blame for the deaths of Gazans given where they place their rockets and anti-tank missiles.
            On the Senator Menendez bribery corruption front, he and his wife will be tried in a court of  law with his and her fate to be decided by a jury, but in the court of public opinion the verdict is already in with 78% of Democrats and 79% of Republicans wanting him to resign. The percentages probably would have been higher if the 20% of voters who were not familiar with the case were reduced.
            On the illegal alien immigration front, Texas filed suit against DHS of raising a section of the razor wire on the Eagle Pass border to allow 300 illegals to enter the U.S. and obtained a TRO from Judge Alia Moses, of the U.S. Western District Court of Texas preventing the DHS from “disassembling, degrading, tampering" miles of razor wire running along the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass.
             On the climate change front, the bloom may be off the rose for EV’s as automakers are finally waking up to the fact that consumers do not want to be shackled to the lack of charging stations and the time taken to charge as Ford’s EV unit posted a $1.33 billion EBIT loss last quarter up from $1.14 billion the previous quarter. It is now scaling back on its Mustang Mach E and reducing by $12 billion its investment in the EV sector. Until charging stations are as ubiquitous as gas station, the range on a battery is comparable to a hybrid and the time taken to recharge is equivalent of fueling a hybrid, EV’s are looking for and more like a déjà vu of the Edsel (time to view hybrids as the bridge to carbon free emissions goal as my Hybrid Optima gets around 38-40 mpg tank to tank).
              On the potential crime front operators opened Saturday morning the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park to find a dead 20 year old inside the women’s bathroom clad in body armory with a AR-15, a semi-automatic handgun, and explosives and a note on the mirror “I am not a killer I just want to get into caves.” Police are investigating the death as a possible suicide and if it was going to be a death by cop suicide a lot of park goers would have been shot before police arrived to fulfil the man’s death wish.
             On the fast food all in the name front, MacDonald’s has revealed that its Crispy Chicken Sandwich which has been rebranded as the McCrispy and has become a $1 billion sales item.
             On the labor front, the UAW has come to terms with GM, the last auto maker to have not settled, so assuming the UAW members vote to ratify the auto strike is over but trouble on the retail pharmacy front as 2000 Walgreen’s and CVS workers joined by some Rite Aid workers are walking out to protest working conditions and pay.               
             October 30, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: Mischief Night observed by teens and children on the eve of Halloween to go on massive amounts of mischief like ringing doorbells then disappearing into the night as the owner comes to the door or TPing the house or shrubs and trees and hopefully not cause damage.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is  “bellicism” which means an inclination to violence which is a trait possessed by too many jihadists like Hamas and Hezbollah.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1949 was “That Lucky Old Sun” by Frankie Laine with Judd Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Harry Geller and His Orchestra and Carl Fischer  on a  run of 8 weeks to share number 1 status with 8  other songs achieving number 1 ranking. Here is a recording with lyrics of Frankie Laine with Judd Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Harry Geller and His Orchestra and Carl Fischer performing “That Lucky Old Sun”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3uD9gH18qw
               October 30 Birthdays: “Like Daughter Like Father” Celebrating the birthday of Ivana Marie Trump better known as “Ivanka” born on this day in 1981 in New York City to become an executive of the Trump Organization and a successful entrepreneur in fashion and jewelry and with her conversion so she could marry Jared Kushner the first Jewish member of a First Family. If Trump wins the nomination of the Republicans to run in the 2024 election look for her to play a prominent role in his campaign.
                October 30 Historical Events in Rhyme
                1.      On this day in 2014 Sweden became the first European Union state to recognize the state of Palestine/Which consists of the West Bank occupied by Israel since the 1967 War was ended in 6 days’ time/And Gaza now ruled by Amas in a war with Israel with portions daily into rubble turned/With the West Bank now smoldering with armed conflict likely to return.
                2.      On this day in 2005 in Dresden, Germany mostly destroyed near war’s end by 2 days of a bombing firestorm/Including the Dresden Frauenkirche, a symbol of reconciliation of two warring nations to peaceful means to resolve conflicts conform/After 14 years of effort made possible by the unification of the Germany   was rebuilt from a rubble pile/To be reconsecrated as an iconic example of Protestant sacred architecture style.
               3.      On this day in 1985 Space Shuttle Challenger on its 9th mission lifted off into the skies/Funded by West Germany it was a Space Lab mission, a complete success with all goals not denied/Little did the 8 crew members, a record crew size/Know that in a few short months later on January 28, 1986 on its 10th mission it would explode 73 seconds after takeoff causing the 7 crewmembers’ demise.
              4.      On this day in 1975 Prince Juan Carlos became the interim acting head of state/As the ailing dictator Franco has lapsed into a coma on life support his death the nation would await/Franco’s family agreed to life support on Franco end/ Very shortly on November 20, 1975 his heart beat its last beat to blood through his body send/ On the 22nd Juan Carlos would be crowned King of Spain/Who quickly moved to shed the Francoist regime for a constitutional monarchy to rule until June 19, 2014 when to his son he abdicated his reign.
               5.      On this day in 1945 Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the color line/MLB at the top of America’s pastime was now a sport now longer the exclusive sport of white men defined/To play MLB men would not be by color judged or ranked/Only by how well he hit, caught, stole bases or if a pitcher his control, speed of fast ball or how well his curve or sinker sank.
               Quote on the signing of Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers by Branch Rickey: “Some day I'm going to have to stand before God, and if He asks me why I didn't let that [Jackie] Robinson fellow play ball, I don't think saying 'because of the color of his skin' would be a good enough answer.  

October 309,2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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