Sunday, November 26, 2023

November 25, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


               On the Hamas Israeli Ceasefire front, on the second day of the ceasefire, after some earlier charges that the IDF was not observing the cease fire on the issue of allowing aid trucks with humanitarian aid to enter Gaza although 50 have been admitted since Friday, 20  more hostages, 13 Israelis and 7 non-Israelis in exchange for 39 Israeli held prisoners are being released with the parties to the conflict still wondering what will occur when the limited ceasefire is terminated.
             On Hamas Israeli War Protest front pro-Palestinian protests in London have occurred to the 7th week with tens of thousands joining the protests. In Nantucket where Biden was hoping to escape for Thanksgiving pro-Palestinian protestors have found him these last two days demanding a cease fire and accusing him and his polices of supporting genocide of Palestinians. In Atlanta pro-Palestinian protestors refused to disburse and were arrested.
              On the presidential election from, the Blues are continuing to hear the alarms go off on the issue of Biden’s age which is also a code word for concern over his cognitive competency and the NYT continues to warn Blues that black and Hispanic support for Biden is eroding and growing for Trump.
             On the worker safety front in Northern India 41 workers have been trapped in a collapsed tunnel for 13 days but today received the bad news that the drilling machine being used to try to reach them has broken down and cannot be repaired.  
             On the college football sports front, highly touted Texas freshman Archie Manning the nephew of Payton and Eli Manning made his debut with Texas leading Texas Tech  50-7 to play the entire 4th quarter with the Texas fans in 7th heaven as the phenom complete 2 of 5 passes for 30 yards and ran for 13 yards.
             On the horses should not fly front a Air Icelandic Charter Flight enroute to Europe carrying 15 horses had to turn around and return after one of the horses became terrified due to turbulence. Sadly, the plane managed to land but the terrified horse was so injured that the horse had to be euthanized.                    On the potential schism front facing the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has warned a Synod of German Bishops that doctrines that oppose teachings of the Church like homosexual relationships or female priest must be abandoned.a

              On Saturday Stanford and Cal played their last football games as members of the PAC12 before joining the ACC in 2024 saw Stanford being crushed by Notre Dame at Stanford Stadium 56-23 while Cal upset favored UCLA 33-7 to end their season at 6-6 and become bowl eligible—Go Bears!
             November 25,  2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: Small Business Saturday: Created by American Express in conjunction with the National Historic Preservation Trust in 2010 and first celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, 2010  as the economy was coming out of the Great Recession to promote shoppers’ shopping at small businesses which are the backbone of our economy.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is “bismer” which means a person worthy of scorn which describes too many of our rabid partisans on both sides of the aisle who put gridlock above solving issues important to voters.
              Song of the Day: Leaving the number 1 songs  on this day in 1940’s to come back to the number song in 2022 in the U.S.A.  was  “Anti-Hero” by Taylor Swift on a run of 6 weeks to share number 1 status with 13 other songs, 12 of which were performed by artists for the first time. Here is a recording with lyrics of Taylor Swift performing “Anti-Hero”:     
              November 25 Birthdays: “Take Five Means a Rest Not Packs”—celebrating the birth on this day in 1924 of Paul Emil Breitenfeld, better known to his fans as Paul Desmond, in San Francisco who went on to become a note member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet but was a heavy drinker and chain smoker who died of lung cancer on May 30, 1977.
                November 25 Historical Events in Rhyme
                1.      In the afternoon of this day in 1984 at the Notting Hills Recording Studio 36 artists gathering to end famine grief/Recorded “Do They Know It’s Christmas” raising funds for Ethiopian Famine Relief/Record was well received and 24 million were given to famine prevent/Aid to starving Ethiopians which was like manna from heaven sent:
                2.      On this day in 1963 at Arlington National Cemetery President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is laid to rest/The eternal flame was lit to the eternity of his goals to suggest/A mournful nation awash in grief/No more Camelot with flags flying to bring relief.
                3.      On this day in 1960 Patria, Minerva and Maria Terresa, 3 of the 4 Mirabal Sisters who were active in the opposition to Dominican Republic dictator Trujillo were assassinated on his orders/An act that outraged the general population and led to his assassination May 30, 1961 following widespread disorder/El Jefe will go down as a bismer tyrant/ While Patria, Minerva and Maria Terresa are honored with a UN created International Day for the Prevention of Violence solemn event.
               4.      On this day in 1926 just when in late November you thought it was time to leave the tornado shelter/27 tornadoes hit the South with victims fleeing helter skelter/And when the funnels no longer touched the ground, 107 dead and from 451 injured, moaning and groaning cries and sounds.
               5.      On this day in 1864 8 Confederate Operatives as the Confederate Army of Manhattan known/tried to set 21 fires including 19 hotel in Manhattan hoping that they would spread quickly windblown/Effort failed as fires failed to start or were quickly put out/7 managed to flee NYC by well-planned escape routes/Except for Robert Cobb Kennedy who after fleeing tried to return to Richmond from Canada as was caught/Made some incriminating statements and was hanged in a noose with the hangman’s knot.
                  Quotes on famine and the efforts of Band-Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” Michael Buerk, the BBC journalist whose report so moved Geldof on that chilly October night in 1984 to produce the song: “The great Ethiopian famine changed everything and nothing. It fundamentally altered the rich world’s sense of its responsibility to the hungry and the poor, but didn’t solve anything,” A quarter of a century on, we’re still arguing about the roots of the problem, let alone the solution, and—though there has been progress—Ethiopia’s food insecurity gets worse, not better.”
             Bono: “Aid is just a stopgap. Commerce [and] entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty than aid. We need Africa to become an economic powerhouse.”

November 25 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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