Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Ridley's Believe It Or Not October 2, 2023


               On the appointment of a new senator to replace the deceased Diane Feinstein, Newsom has named Emily’s List President Laphonza Butler but Daryl Issa was quick to point out that to be a California senator she must be a California resident which she is not as her address is listed as being in Maryland. Fortunately for her, residency is not a hurdle in any sense of the word but must be done before she can be sworn in.
             On the cosmetic plastic surgery front, 33 year old Jacky Oh, a star of Wild N Out died from unspecified complications of gluteal augmentation, commonly known as a “butt lift”, which she had done on  May 30. On May 31 she complained of a burning headache and having trouble speaking. She became unresponsive while being driven to a hospital and soon died leaving 3 small children.
             On the Trump legal front Trump’s civil trial for overstating values in obtaining bank loans is in day 1 with Trump blasting the judge and the New York AG as political hacks but at least the smirking judge threw out a huge part of the case as being barred by the statute of limitations.
             On the presidential front look for an expected announcement by RFK. Jr., who has been frozen out of any debates with Biden to conceal his mental impairment from the American people, to announce he will be running as a third party which like Ross Perot did to H.W. Bush’s race for a second term against Clinton will be a severe nail in Biden’s reelection coffin.
            On the lack of civility front, in New York when a Blue puts a machete to a reporter’s throat it’s only threatening as opposed to attempted murder, fired Hunter College  Professor Shellyne Rodriguez pled guilty and has been wrist slapped with a 13 month behavioral modification class.
            On the needed good news front, 9 year old Charlotte Sena who went missing this weekend after a bike ride at Moreau Lake State Park in New York on Saturday evening has been found and a suspect arrested with no details of her finding and the suspect’s arrest released.
            On the attempt to avoid a shutdown prevent vote, Blue Rep Jamaal Bowman pulled a lever clearly marked that it would sound an alarm, claiming he was rushing to the floor to be able to vote on the CR. Some Reds do not believe his explanation that he did not know what would happen and want to expel him. Not sure if I believe him but since the Blues usual vote en masse here in favor probably should give him the benefit of the doubt and not from Congress vote him out.
             On the UAW Strike front look for more layoffs as the strike continues with estimates that the economy has already taken a $4 billion hit and Ford warning that if the strike continues some 500,O00 jobs from suppliers will be on the furloughing block.
             On the fractured House Reds governing front, Matt Gaetz has put his money where his threat is and filed a motion to vacate the Chair which if it succeeds House Speaker McCarthy will no longer be there. Gaetz is being investigated by the House Ethics committee for a variety of sexual abuse and campaign finance law crimes and if convicted a growing number of Reds want to this trouble maker expel—Welcome to the Red’s in the House governing a total Hell.
              October 2,  2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
              Noted Holidays:  World No Alcohol Day created by the World Health Assembly on this day in 2008, the anniversary of Gandhi’s after a proposal by Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, India’s Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare to promote awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol to excess and promoting a sober life style.
              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” “bandinage”  which means playful repartee or banter which is needed more so than even to bring some humor into our deeply divided discussions
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1974 was “Rock Me Gently” by Andy Kim on  a run of 1 week to share number 1 status with 35 other songs achieving number 1 ranking while 25 acts, including Andy Kim, achieved number one status for the first time.  Here is a video recording with lyrics  of Andy Kim  performing  “Rock Me Gently”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ym3RlvVR9M
             October 2 Birthdays: “The American Troubadour” or the “King of the Trail”—Don McClean, noted singer songwriter,  born in New Rochelle on this day in 1945 to become a very successful singer/songwriter and best remembered for his 8 ½ minute song : “American Pie” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRpiBpDy7MQ
              October 2 Historical Events in Rhyme
              1.      On this day in 2002 the second round of sniper attacks began in and about Washington D.C./Residents were terrified with snipers they could not see/Then without warning an unseen shot would ring out/And the victim would drop down dead or wounded and residents fear would mount/Over a period of10 months John Muhammad and Lee Malvo would wound 10 and 17 kill/Muhammad was sentenced to death and was executed on November 10, 2009 and Malvo with 6 consecutive life sentences will remain in his cell until his heart beats are stilled.
              2.      On this day in 1980, PA Blue Representative Michael Meyers having been caught on video tape/in a FBI bribery sting investigation accepting an envelope with $50,000 in cash that would seal his fate/Achieved the dubious distinction of being the first member of Congress since the Civil War to be expelled/Convicted of bribery and sentenced to 3 years in prison for trying to his vote on a mythical casino trying to sell.
              3.      On this day in 1970 2 Martin 4-0-4’s were carrying the Wichita State Football State to Logan, Utah to Utah State play/The “Gold” plane carrying the starters, head coach, AD, boosters and wives decided to fly the scenic route way/On a clear day into a box canyon  to the sights have a better view/Could not rise above the mountains on all sides and into a mountain flew/Of the 40 on the plane 29 died on impact with the mountainside/2 despite medical attention then died and 9 though injured death denied/Despite losing 14 players and some staff, the players voted their season must not end/A tribute to the dead players to send.
              4.      On this day in 1864 in the First Battle of Saltville in Virginia, Union black and white troops attempted to destroy the salt works but failed/But Confederates outraged that black troops had joined whites in an attempt to the saltworks assail/Started to kill blacks and whites who were wounded and some blacks  who had laid down their arms/The Rebel General Robertson in charge bragged to his fellow officers that he had inflicted on all the “Negroes” deadly harm/ Robertson managed to dodge the noose for his war crimes/But Champ Ferguson the commander of the guerilla forces was arrested at his farm after the war, convicted of murders including those at Saltville on October 10, 1865 and hanged in 12 days’ time.
              5.      On this day in 1789 the Bill of Rights/That are the cornerstones of our ability to oppose the tyranny of the government’s might/Were sent to the states for ratification/After long and acrimonious debates that were resolved to Constitutional convention delegates satisfaction.
             Quote on being shot by the Beltway Snipers by Paul La Ruffa:
             Before I could start the car or do anything, the window next to me just exploded and shattered glass all over me with the first shot, deafened my left ear. And the rest of the shots came in and they all hit me. It was mind boggling. Your world changes in a split second. So I raised up in the seat after it was quiet and I realized I was bleeding, so I held my hand over my chest. I opened the door and I got to my feet and got out and hoped that somebody was there. One of the people I left with was there — walking towards me — and he dialed 911 on his cellphone. They took me to the trauma center; I made it there in time and they saved my life.

© October 2, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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