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December 12, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


© December 12, 2023  Ridley’s Believe It Or Not
            On Hamas Israel war front at a 5th night of Hannukah lighting ceremony Biden touted that 100 hostages had been released and his efforts to release the remaining hostages would continue unabated as he reaffirmed to the 800 celebrants of the event which despite requests for invites none of the families with American hostages were invited.
             On the Ukraine military funding front, Zelensky will be meeting with lawmakers to try to obtain funding to continue military operations against Russia while Reds are demand significant increases in funding for the CBP to secure the border as opposed to catch and release and send illegals into the interior of the country. The 10-12 thousand illegals crossing plus the unknown got-aways is not sustainable to our standing as a sovereign nation.
              SCOTUS has agreed to rule on the issue of immunity arising out of the January 6 demonstrations that led to Trump’s 2nd impeachment and acquittal and its ruling bypassing a Circuit Court ruling will have serious consequences as to whether the trial now scheduled in March will be over before the election as Biden’s popularity continues to fall and Trump’s lead over Biden in critical swing states continues to increase.
            On climate change front climate change activists and fossil fuel companies and regulators are at loggerheads over new drafts at the COP28 climate change conference in Dubai which do not have concrete time lines for carbon emission timelines.
              As the war is Gaza continues and despite the best efforts of the IDF to minimize civilian casualties civilians in Gaza continue to be killed, disturbing news emanating from the West Bank is that support for Hamas is growing.
              On the climate change front the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual Arctic Climate Change report card and the data is not good and warming in the Arctic is increasing faster than in other areas of the globe.
             December 12, 2023  Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Poinsettia Day: Created by the U.S. Congress to honor John Poinsett, our first Ambassador to Mexico who  brought the flower to South Carolina and who died on this day in 1851 and Paul Ecke, Jr. aka “The Father of Poinsettias” who developed a grafting method to  cause the plant to bloom into multiple flowers.     
             Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is “bletherskate” which means a garrulous speaker of nonsense which describes our world salad queen Kamala Harris to a tee.
             Song of the Day: Leaving the number 1 songs  on this day in 1940’s to come back to the number song in 2013 in the U.S.A.  was  “Royals” by Lorde on a run of 9 weeks to share number 1 status with 10 other songs, while 8 acts, including Lorde, 6 achieved their 1st number 1 single. Here is a recording with lyrics of Lorde performing “Royals”:
               December 12 Birthdays: “Pro Before Sweet 16, After Youngest U.S. Open Champ At 16 and 9 months”: celebrating the birth on this day in 1962 in Palos Verdes, California of Tracy Austin who was a dominant young professional tennis player, winning 30 top ranked singles and known for winning at Wimbledon mixed doubles as the only brother/sister team to ever do so. Sadly was plagued with injuries and on a comeback trail in 1989 was involved in a near fatal automobile accident when a motorist crossed the line and crashed into her almost head on.
               December 12, Historical Events in Rhyme
               1.      On this day in 2015 to replace the Kyoto Protocol the Paris Agreement relating to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted/Which while industrialized nations were to seek carbon emissions reduction China with its coal fired power plants the goals coopted/Increasing energy in underdeveloped countries is the only way to get the third world to board the carbon reduction train/which means nuclear the risks of which are hard to contain/or solar, wind and geo thermal the costs of which the third  world cannot sustain/coupled by agriculture exports at reduced prices to non-starvation levels maintain.
                2.      On this day in 2000 the nightmare and crisis of the Florida chads came to an end/SCOTUS ruled on the case of Gore v. Bush which to the White House would Bush and Cheney send/The recount in process being done manually was stayed 5-4/In an attempt to close the gates after the cows had left, Florida would quickly determine not to use the punch card chad voting machines any more.
             3.      On this day in 1941 after declaring war on the U.S. the day before/ Hitler realized that Jews as hostages in deterring the U.S. from entering the war had no value anymore/Meeting with top Nazi officials ordered the extermination of the Jewish race/Very soon millions of Jews would be gassed and incinerated by the death camps being constructed and expanded at a very rapid pace.
             4.      On this day in 1937 the American gunboat patrolling the Yangtze River/ Was attacked by Japanese warplanes that on it 18 bombs tried to deliver/Several hit and the USS Panay would in the shallow water soon sink/The Japanese apologized for the attack claiming the American flags were not visible so hitting an American vessel they did not think/The incidence could have been a repeat of the sinking in Cuba of the USS Maine/The Japanese quickly apologized and an over $2 million indemnity paid: as we had not yet begun to rearm and our military expand so military action and sanctions were refrained.
             5.      On this day in 1935 in an effort to counter falling birth rates and increase the number of Aryan births Himmler introduced the Lebensborn Project/To encourage unmarried women to get pregnant which German society would reject/ Maternity homes established where the unmarried and pregnant would receive maternal support and childcare/Adoption clinics outside of Germany where unknowingly adopted children were sent to Germany not to remain there/Some 14,000 plus babies were born, none of whom would bear arms/As the Allies were on Germany inflicting mortal harm/And to the number of adopted children outside of Germany who were to Germany sent/After the war large numbers were never returned as no one could determine where they went.
            Quote on Lebensborn by Himmler: “Only a few years ago illegitimate children were considered a shameful matter. In defiance of the existing laws I have systematically influenced the SS to consider children, irrespective of illegality or otherwise, the most beautiful, and best thing there is. The results - today my men tell me with shining eyes that an illegitimate son has been born to them. Their girls consider it an honour, not a source of shame, in spite of existing legal circumstances.”

            © December 12, 2023 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not
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