Monday, October 9, 2023

October 8, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


             On the Hamas aping ISIS in attacks on Israel, the terrorists who infiltrated Israel by land and sea have been killing men, women and children where ever they can find them or taking them away back to Gaza to be held as hostages and the rocket count is up to 4000 and climbing. What this poet fears will come next like we had to endure with ISIS in Iraq will be video tapes of hostages being beheaded because they are Jews. The Hamas terrorists fighting in Southern Israel by and large have avoided attacked military targets and have gone after civilians. Israel has declared war on Hamas and the world should prepare itself for massive civilian casualties as Israel starts moving troops and tanks into Gaza.
            On the Biden blame front, as more Jewish civilians are killed and wounded watch for Reds to excoriate Biden for his $6 billion for 5 American hostages deal as most like some of those funds have been converted into Hamas rockets and weapons as opposed to goods and services needed by the Iranian people.   
           On the Hamas unprovoked attacks, Rashida Tlaib deplored the violence but laid, as expected, the blame on Israel for its apartheid policies. Also not surprising in NYC hundreds of pro-Palestinian supporters in NYC appeared to counter protest the huge demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy in support of Israel, blaming Israel for the Hamas rocket attacks and terrorists murdering, raping and kidnapping Jews in Israel’s border with Gaza. When Hamas’ unwavering goal is to recover all of Palestine and drive the Israelis into the sea, it is understandable that a crushing Israeli attack will be forthcoming very quickly. More so than ever the region needs to cleanse itself of Hamas and find another leader like Anwar Sadat motivated to secure peace.
             On the media coverage front of Hamas’ savage attack on Israel that has seen the death toll rise to over 1100, liberal Blue Congressman Ritchie Torress blasted the MSM for describing the Hamas terrorists who invaded Israel, murdering, raping and kidnapping civilians as “militants” when those who commit such acts on civilians must only be labeled terrorists to be eliminated where ever they can be found. Tlaib if she had any sense would do well to listen to him.
             On the sounds of silence front, from former presidents Clinton and Obama and their respective foundations not a peep of condemnation over Hamas’ terrorist attacks but at least HRC was voicing her prayers for the victims but not condemnation.
             On Iran’s involvement in the attacks on Israel, Anthony Blinken is aping Wynken, Blynken and Nod too asleep to connect the dots of Iranian support for the Hamas and Hezbollah attacks this weekend on Israel and linking the Biden unfreezing $6 billion of Iranian assets to the release of 5 Americans (even if the money did not directly go to the terrorists other funds could now be sent since the hostage money is now there to replenish). Nikki Haley as usual was right on in her condemnation of our Secretary of State’s blinders.
             On the racism studies is the money maker for white guilt front, Ibram X. Kendi who has a proclivity to find racism in every nook and corner of American life and whose Center for Anti-Racist Studies in Boston is under attack wasting millions, browbeating its staff and cutting payroll in half, is being excoriated by NYT columnist Pamela Paul has blasted Kendi’s simplistic philosophy that anyone who disagrees with his theory that racism is the cause of all racial disparities  is a racist which is diametrically opposed to the principles of many academic institutions, corporations and wealthy white donors that contributed to his Center—"free inquiry, freedom of speech, a diversity of perspectives."
             On the strike front the 3 day the Kaiser Permanente strike ended this Saturday with no agreement on wages and staffing reached so do not be surprised if it is not reactivated again for more than 3 days.
              On the exodus from Blue states, noted gun manufacturer Smith and Wesson who has been in New England first in Connecticut and then Massachusetts for 170 years is moving its corporate headquarters to  a 650,000 square foot facility in Marysville, Tennessee.
              October 8,  2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Pierogi Day, celebrated on this day since 2009 in honor of the those dumplings filled with all manner of meats and vegetables which are a staple for meals in Eastern Europe and which found their way to the American palate in the 1920’s. Another holiday easy to celebrate by eating some of pierogis the holiday is named for.
            Word of the Day: The word of the day as we end the word of the day starting with “a” to move to words starting with “b” “ballyhoo” which means a bombastic or pretentious nonsense which describes to a tee what we are too often exposed to by politicians on both sides of the aisle.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1968 was “Hey Jude” by The Beatles on a run of 9 weeks to share number 1 status with 15 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 10 acts, including Otis Redding who was the first artist to achieve number one status for the first time posthumously, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a video with lyrics  of The Beatles performing before a live audience “Hey Jude”:
              October 8 Birthdays: “Heisman Is Not A Guarantee of NFL Fame and Fortune”— Rashaan Salaam, 1994 Heisman Trophy Winner from the Colorado Buffaloes,  born in San Diego in 1974 and was the Bears first round pick, but he never lived up to the hype of his Heisman Trophy stats to be traded by the Bears after 3 seasons to Miami but failed his physical exam never again to land for a full season with any NFL team and chose to end his life with a gunshot to the head on December 5, 2016 in a park in Boulder, Colorado with THC in his system and a BAC of three times the legal limit. Unfortunately his family did not consent to a neurological autopsy of his brain to see if he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy from concussions caused while playing football which was the cause of his depression.
             October 8 Historical Events in Rhyme
             1.      On this day in 2014, Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen, had  the dubious distinction of being the first person in the U.S. to die/From an Ebola infection in Liberia which any contact with an infected person he denied/But in Monrovia he drove an Ebola infected person who later died to a hospital to seek aid/Then flew to Texas to visit family before his health began to degrade/ His health began quickly to decline with fevers, diarrhea and vomiting on the rise/Diagnosed with Ebola on September 30th and by October 8th he met his demise/ A warning with airflights deadly viruses can move almost with the speed of sound/If not hyper vigilant large numbers of deaths from viruses may be found.
              2.      On this day in 2001 following the events of 9/11 that showed our lack of cooperation and coordination of agencies to protect us their effectiveness was impaired, President Bush announced the creation of the Department of Homeland Security/To aid with cooperation and sharing of intelligence to prevent another 9/11 attack under the radar and planned with impunity/Now is the third largest federal agency which headed by Majorakas of the false “the border is secured” claim/Under his leadership it might be better to as the “Department of Homeland Insecurity” rename.
              3.      On this day in 1982 Cats after opening in London before coming to the U.S.A./ To open for a successful run on Broadway/Gave proof to the claim cats rule/While dogs can only drool/A play with far more than 9 lives with almost 18 years on stage to appear/To finally on September 10, 2000 to finally from stage disappear.
              4.      On this day in 1974, Franklin National Bank due to fraud and mismanagement closed its doors/Less than two years after a banker Michelle Sindona with alleged Mafia ties acquired a controlling interest the regulators seemed to ignore/Fraudulent used bank assets to cover massive foreign currency losses to produce a run on the bank/Quickly causing the Feds to step in and put the bank into the tank/ Executives went to prison including Sindona who in an Italian prison died/Dead to a believed hit by the Mafia with cyanide/Sad end to a bank before Sindona in terms of banking innovations was a pioneer/ drive up teller windows, bank credit cards, outdoor teller machines at branches and CD’s to appear.
              5.      On this day in 1956 Yankee pitcher Don Larsen who lasted only 123   innings with a 6-0 lead but with 1 hit and 4 walks in game 2/ Was selected again to be the pitcher in Game 5 who against the Dodgers threw/97 pitches to achieve a World Series one and only perfect game/Despite a mediocre lifetime record marred by lack of control he now has immortal fame/ Sadly a lifetime smoker starting at age ten/An adman to smokers to Camels send/From esophageal cancer died/With a wife of 60 years and a record so far at his side.
             Quote on the movie adaptation of the musical Cats by its creator Andrew Lloyd Weber: “There wasn’t really any understanding of why the music ticked at all. I saw it and I just thought, ‘Oh, God, no.’ It was the first time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog,” the musical impresario said. “So the one good thing to come out of it is my little Havanese puppy.”  

© October 8, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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