Monday, October 9, 2023

October 9, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


            On  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 now threatening to execute them if Israel invades Gaza which given the size of the IDF’s callup it seems it is preparing to do. At least 11 Americans have been killed but not clear whether their deaths were caused by rockets or by the terrorists that invaded Israel. Blinken seems out of touch advocating in social media a cease fire which was quickly deleted by him after backlash and not yet blaming Iran for the attacks.
            On the Biden blame front, as the skies over Israel are filled with Hamas rockets, Biden’s White House Staff are not burning the midnight oil on how to respond to the Hamas invasion but rather enjoying a barbecue serenaded by a life band—another example of how clueless he is on the message optics the event to Israel and the world sends.
             On Israel’s response Netanyahu is claiming that Hamas has made a mistake of epic proportions, vowing that Israel will win this battle against Hamas. As Israel has declared a complete blockade of Gaza such that no food, fuel or power will be able to get in so even as Israel vows it will win the non Hamas residents living in Gaza will lose big time. 
             On the open border front, 260,000 encounters with illegals occurred in September an all-time record that Biden’s way too late planned construction of 20 miles of border wall is a mere drop in the bucket will do squat to deter illegals from crossing the border.

             On the Social Security front, beneficiaries are looking at a 3.2% increase in 2025 and inflation has cooled somewhat.
             On grizzly bear front the Biden Administration is getting pushback on its idea to admit 7 Grizzly bears annually in the North Cascades Park as the news of a couple being killed by a grizzly in Banff National Park with a can of empty bear spray found nearby is still fresh in the news. A least you can carry a firearm in our National Parks if it complies with state and federal laws but to insure safety make sure it has a large enough magazine with bullets that will stop a raging charging grizzly.
           On the RFK, Jr. campaign front, Kennedy has ended the speculation to announce he is running for president as an Independent which should put a nail in Biden’s political coffin perhaps forcing him to withdraw as an increasing number of Blues citing his age and mental ability are urging him to do.
           October 9,  2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
           Noted Holidays: National Online Banking Day founded by Ally Bank to recognize its obtaining its 1 millionth customer in 2015 and celebrated on the second Monday of October since 2015 to promote on line banking which is usually less costly that brick and mortar band charges and way more 24/7 convenient.
            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” “balneary”  which means a bath, something we can enjoy daily and for our middle age ancestors was a rarity.
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1967 was “The Letter” by The Box Tops on a  run of 4 weeks to share number 1 status with 18 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 8 acts, including The Box Tops, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a video  of The Box Tops  performing  “The Letter”:  
              October 9 Birthdays: “49’ers Are Back With a Strong Defense and a Balanced Thanks to McCaffrey Running and Passing Attack”— George Kittle Tight End for the 49’ers,  born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1993 who received on this Sunday Night Football slaughter of the Dallas Cowboys by the 49’ers 3 touchdown passes.
             October 9 Historical Events in Rhyme
             1.      On this day in 2012, a Pakistani Taliban assassin shot Malala Yousafzai in the head/But attempt failed as she was severely wounded but not dead/Her crime that justified the attempt/And why the Taliban where ever found must be held in contempt/She spoke out long and loudly that education for girls was a right/That closing down girls schools was an action that society had to fight/To the Taliban’s envious surprise/2 years later she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
              2.      On this day in 2007/Investors thought the boom would mean on Earth financial heaven/The Dow Jones Average reached an all-time high of 14,164/Then collapsed as the bubble burst and the financial heaven was no more.
              3.      On this day in 1995 Amtrak’s Sunset Limited near Palo Verde, Arizona derailed/By sabotage of realigning the tracks but not cutting wires so realignment warning failed/8 of the 12 cars went off the tracks, 4 falling 30 feet off a trestle into a dry river bed/With 78 injured, 25 of whom were hospitalized with 12 with serious injuries but thankfully only 1 dead/Saboteur or saboteurs were never found/But believed to be revenge for the deadly Waco siege from notes found on the derailment grounds.
              4.      On this day in 1986 CBS’, NBC’s and ABC’s lock on viewers was no more/With Fox Broadcasting Network now broadcasting the number of networks increased to 4/The Big 3 still in the top 3 places/But Fox with 50.5 million viewers has their power partially erased.
              5.      On this day in 1969 after the trial of the Chicago 8 on September 24th had commenced/And large numbers of protestors outside the courthouse to the holding of the trial taking place/While inside the courtroom judicial bias and defendants’ mocking theater taking place/The governor sent in the National Guard to prevent rioters to the protestors replace.
             Quote on the reflections of the bubble burst by Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist who funded many startups and lost 90% of his net worth when the bubble burst: “ A friend of mine has a great line. He says "Nothing important has ever been built without irrational exuberance." Meaning that you need some of this mania to cause investors to open up their pocketbooks and finance the building of the railroads or the automobile or aerospace industry or whatever. And in this case, much of the capital invested was lost, but also much of it was invested in a very high throughput backbone for the Internet, and lots of software that works, and databases and server structure. All that stuff has allowed what we have today, which has changed all our lives... that's what all this speculative mania built.”

© October 9, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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