Tuesday, November 28, 2023

November 26, 2023 Ridley" Believe If Of Not


              On the Hamas Israeli War the first casualty of the war is truth with Hamas almost certainly exaggerating the number of Gazan’s killed by IDF air strikes and deny the existence of weapons of war in tunnels underneath hospital grounds. We now learn our commander in chief is pointing the finger of blame at himself for questioning the casualty figures Hamas as claims. Heavy Palestinian casualties is what Hamas needs to win the genocide label even as Hamas uses Gazans as shields to see citizen deaths soar.
             On Hamas has released 58 hostages and it would appear they have not be physically abused but all have been losing weight as they are on near starvation levels with in some cases the guards eating the same minimal rations as the captives.
              On the 21st Century piracy front, a Israeli owned tanker carrying chemicals was boarded by pirates from Yema and quickly summoned a  U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer assisted by a Japanese destroyed who interdicted the 5 boarders who fled from the scene to be pursued by armed helicopters and arrested (do not be surprised to find the pirates are sponsored by Iran).
             On Russia Ukraine War front, Russia is claiming that it shot down 20 Ukrainian drones aimed at Moscow and launched in response to the massive drone attack launched a say earlier against Kviv. Putin has rattled long and loud that Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory will be met be the full range of Russian weapons which unfortunately could include nukes.  
             On prison is a dangerous place to be if you are a white inmate minority, Attorney General Keith Ellison has confirmed that convicted police officer Derek Chauvin has been stabbed in prison and is in stable condition. Wonder when for his own protection he will be removed from the general population and placed in solitary confinement or in a restricted housing unit.  
             On the parole front, Oscar Pistorius , the “Blade Runner” who has been in prison since 2013 for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp will be released on parole on January 5, 2024 which has caused Reeva’s mother great outrage due to her beliefs Pistorius has not been rehabilitated.
             On the climate change front the world’s largest iceberg A23a which has an area of 1500 square miles when it broke off the Antarctica ice shelf and has remained stationary since then is reported to be on the move and moving past the northern edge of Antarctica.
             November 26,  2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: Small Brewery Sunday: Created by the Brewers’ Association on November 18, 2019 and celebrated on the first Sunday following Thanksgiving since 2019. If you wore yourself out yesterday putting your credit cards through a great shopping workout, what better way to celebrate than visit a brewpub to quaff your favorite brew and watch some football on their big screens.
             Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is “blackguard” which means a person who behaves in a contemptible or dishonorable way which would define most politicians to a tee when they go off the rails to assail their political opponents with ad hominem attacks.
              Song of the Day: Leaving the number 1 songs  on this day in 1940’s to come back to the number song in 2021 in the U.S.A.  was  “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version” by Taylor Swift on a run of 1 week to share number 1 status with 18 other songs, 9 of which were performed by artists for the first time. Here is a recording with lyrics of Taylor Swift performing with lyrics the song lap dancers hated to hear and listeners lover to hear as it broke Don McClean’s 46 year old record of “Bye, Bye Miss American Pie”  to become the longest song of all time at 10 minutes 13 seconds : All Too Well (Taylor’s Version”). 
              November 26 Birthdays: “Not One More For the Road”—celebrating the birth on this day in 1895 in East Dorset, Vermont, who with Doctor Bob co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous in Akron, Ohio on June 10, 1935, 12 step self-help group that has helped millions of alcoholics to regain sobriety and live a productive life.
                November 26 Historical Events in Rhyme
                1.      In the afternoon of this day in 2021 after the world is developing a prevention and treatment option on getting a prevention and treatment, including the development of a vaccine for COVID-19/WHO identified the Omicron (B.1.1.529),s a variant  of  SARS-Co-V-2 which resulted in a less fatal infections/But the body was less successful in having successful rejections/By January 6, 2022 the now named variant “Omicron” to 146 countries had 5 had spread/fewer and fewer infected were in ICU’s or were dead/Slowly but surely it seemed that survival odds opposed to death odds were moving into first place/Medical treatments were winning the survival race. 
                2.      On this day in 2008 the QE2 docked at Dubai/As her days as a luxury liner on the world’s oceans it was no longer able to ply/to be converted into a floating museum and opulent hotel rooms/Were the opulent could gamble their way into success or if Lady Lucky deserted them head quickly to impoverished doom.
                3.      On this day in 2008 the first of 12 jihadist  coordinated attacks that would last for 4 days/Started in Mumbai, India that would before they came to an end wounded 300 and 175 mostly innocents slay/8 of the attacks would come in South Mumbai attacking soft targets like a hospital, a theater, a café and luxury hotels that usually do not possess the security to a jihadist attack deny/ Easily overcome by Jihadists with automatic weapons, rpgs and grenades to their killing in the assaults rely/ After 4 days the Indian Security Forces overcame the Jihadist’ attacks from Pakistanis’ shock/Were able to further killings by the Jihadists block.
               4.      On this day in 2003 the Concorde an era of supersonic commercial jet flight would come to an end/ After the last commercial flight with paying passengers from JFK in NYC to Heathrow on October 24, 2003 and before a flight to Bristol 100 passengers would send/All employees of Concorde for a short 1 hour and a half flight/ With a loop over the Atlantic to show one last time its sonic boom might/ To paraphrase Mark Twain on the death of Supersonic commercial jet travel—“The reports on the death of supersonic jet travel are exaggerated—not right/NASA is working on a Mach 3-4 X-59/That will not have sonic booms over the U.S. this time.
               5.      On this day in the battle of counting the impressions a voter’s chad / Secretary of State Harris ruled that a majority of the votes Bush had/Blues were able to argue to no avail the election was stolen by the Florida Supreme Court/ Despite winning the popular vote Gore and Lieberman in the Electoral College came up short.
               Quotes on the SCOTUS decision that stopped the recount and award the election to Bush by Judge Scalia: “My court didn’t bring the case into the courts, it was brought into the courts by Al Gore. He is the one who wanted courts to decide the question. The only question in Bush versus Gore was whether the presidency would be decided by the Florida Supreme Court or the United States Supreme Court. That was the only question and that’s not a hard one.”

               November 26 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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