Wednesday, November 15, 2023

November 13, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


            On the Hamas Israeli War propaganda front Biden as usual on his Delaware Beach as hundreds of Pro Palestinian protesters gathered in front of his house calling him out for genocide, demanding not a peep on the demands to release the hostages ranting the two state solution: “From the mountains to the seas, Palestinian will be free”. The Anti-Israeli demonstrations that are surging across the nation’s college campuses show no signs of abating are spawning final some pushback alumni and donors as Henry Swieca resigned from Columbia University’s Board of Directors due to schools moral coward ship in the university’ response to the pro-Palestinian rallies. Columbia University already seeing an expected decline in scholarships due to the rise in antisemitism  has suspended 2 radical student groups support Palestine and demanding we end all military aid to Israel.
               On the Hamas Israeli War front the IDF has released photos of it troops in the Hama Parliament building as the IDF proclaims that Hamas has lost control of Gaza and its troops fare fleeing from the Israelis. The Jewish American songwriter and rapper  Matisyahu will hold a concert Monday evening at Columbia University and be joined virtually by Israeli actress and activist Noa Tishby to be livestream live across the nation to counteract the rising tidal wave of antisemitism sweepings our college campuses across the nation.
              Don Samuels, a rare centrist Blue who lost to Ilhan Omar by less than  2 percentage points, has added his name to the candidacy on the Blue ballot while Red candidate Dalia al-Aqidi has labeled Omar the Hamas Candidate as the Blue Primary  candidates will not have the tailwinds of the George Floyd’s death behind the  their tailwind.
               On the fire front, a fire that erupted under the an 1-10 underground storage has closed down an portion of the I-10 in the downtown area with no word of the extent of damage and how long it will take to restore service but commuters will be in a world of hurt until the damage can be repaired by a fire that shows all indications of being attracted by arson.
                On the American Thanksgiving Travel front, a record number of 55 million  Americans, most of whom will be traveling by car, are expected to be visiting friends and family for the Thanksgiving weekend.
                On Dwarfs against Trump front, Red Senator Tim Scott, facing the reality of not qualifying to be on the 4th debate, has suspended his campaign, leaving opponents scrambling to see if they can pick up his supporters and donors.
               On the pending governmental shutdown front, the Gaetz Chickens for removing McCarthy and the delay in not having an acceptable candidate as Speaker are coming home to roost, as Rogers is proposing a 2 part plan to fund the government, the first bill would extend funding until January 19, including funding for military construction, Veterans Affairs, transportation, housing and the Energy Department and the second part of the bill, which would extend funding until February 2, would include funding for the rest of the government but neither bills include any funding for Ukraine or Israel.
              On Pending Volcano eruption front, Iceland, which has experienced 800 quakes since Friday could be facing an volcanic eruption, is notifying residents in certain anticipated volcanic eruption zones to evacuate.
            On support for Israel, Chris Christie became the first Red Candidate for President to visit and return from Israel who after seeing the devastation caused by Hamas on October reaffirmed support for the Jewish State and warned Americans that is they don’t understand what is a stake here, “All is lost.”
             November 13, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Actors Day: Clueless as to who created this observance or when but know it is promote appreciation for the hard work involved to become a success in the acting business and given the long strike between SAG and the Motion Pictures Producers that was settled after 148 days is celebrated more vigorously than in years past.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is  “berceuse” which means a lullaby, a parent’s first line of defense to get a small child to fall asleep. 
              Song of the Day: The number 1 song on this day in 1944 was “I’ll Walk Alone”  by Dinah Shore  on a run of 4 weeks non continuous  with 11  other songs achieving number 1 ranking. Here is a recording of Dinah Shore performing I’ll Walk Alone:
               November 13 Birthdays: “Stronger Yellow Ribbons to Support an Old Oak Tree”-Celebrating the birthday of Gregg Abbott, born on this day in 1957 in Wichita Falls, Texas to become a noted lawyer, judge and Associate Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Texas AG for 16 years and now since 2015 the governor of the State of Texas becoming the third governor after FDR and George Wallace be serve while confined to a wheel chair. As Texas AG he filed 31 actions against the Obama Administration so when asked for a job description he jokingly replied, “Sue Obama and then go home for the day.” His bussing of illegal aliens to sanctuary cities like NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles and D.C. has resulted in the mayors there pleading that the flood of illegals, a mere pinprick compared to what border cities in Texas are suffering from, are over whelming their social nets. The ribbon reference is due to the Old Oak Tree that fell down in a storm on Abbott while jogging at age 26 to leave him paralyzed below the waist and generated vast sums in damages to pay for his hefty medical fees.
               November 13 Historical Events in Rhyme
                1.      On this day in 2013 ISIL terrorists, in Paris and its northern suburb Saint Denis, carried out 7 coordinated mass shootings and coordinated suicide bombing attacks/When the smoke had cleared 7 attackers would not make it back/To their homes intact/Joined by 130 victims who by bullets or shrapnel had been fatally thwacked/ 413 victims had been wounded some 100 with serious wounds to total casualties to 543 bring/Largest number of deaths in France since the Paris Massacre  by French Police on October 17, 1991 on Algerians some shot others drowned as they into the water were flinged.
                2.      On this day in 1993 the Governor of Hawaii  in a special session the legislature had the a same sex marriage resolution passed/Signed the bill so marriages of same sex couples would last/Another win for humans who loved each other could be viewed as man and wife until their last breath was their last.
                3.      On this day in 2002 the misnamed single hull 26 year old MV Prestige, Laden with 77,000 tons of oil/4 miles off the coast of Spain encountered a violent  Atlantic storm siege/Soon developed a 15 meter crack on its starboard side/its oil began to leak outside/Under tow and near ports, Spain, Portugal and France refused it permission to dock/On November 19th, battered hull could no longer the incoming ocean block/It sank 130 miles off the Spanish Galicia coast/Sadly releasing 60,000 tons of oil to pollute 1439 miles of coastline earning the infamy of a larger spill than Exxon Valdez boast.
              4.      On this day in 1982 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated/As thousands of Vietnam War Veterans marched sensing their sacrifices had been by the nation appreciated/The Memorial was a long awaited first step/To remove the pain of troops returning in uniform being spit on that will take years to forget.
               5.      On this day in 1969 The March Against Death took place/with 40,000 marchers single file carrying the name of a dead U.S. soldier and a candle with drums beating a funeral pace/To end at the White house to place into the coffins the signs/Followed on Saturday by a march of 500,000 demanding that from the Vietnam War we resign.
               Quote by Richard Nixon on the Moratorium Day March that followed the March of Death to the White House:  Now, I understand that there has been, and continues to be, opposition to the war in Vietnam on the campuses and also in the nation. As far as this kind of activity is concerned, we expect it; however, under no circumstances will I be affected whatever by it.
November 13, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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