Saturday, December 23, 2023

December 20 Ridley 's Believe It Or Not


© December 20, 2023  Ridley’s Believe It Or Not

             On the Presidential Election front, the Colorado Supreme Court decision banning Trump from appearing on the primary ballot has been stayed until January 4, 2024 which is the last day for the Colorado Secretary of State to certify the Colorado primary ballots which does not give Trump’s legal team much time to appeal to SCOTUS to overturn the decision and send a chilling message to the numerous cases filed across the nation to have Trump barred from running due to the 14th Amendment. One thing is for certain, supporters of the ban should have an impossible burden of equating the deadliest war in our history in terms of casualties, both dead and wounded, with the January 6 riot.
             On the defamation front, Rudi Giuliani hit with a $148 million verdict in the defamation lawsuit brought against him in Georgia and lacking any substantial assets has filed for bankruptcy.
             On the EV front, Panasonic, which already is in a venture to produce EV batteries in Nevada for Tesla, had signed an agreement with Oklahoma to explore building a multibillion dollar EV  plant there has pulled out, but not giving any reasons other than a likely one that the EV market in the U.S., given the lack of rapid charging stations and the falling demand for EV’s  creating a lot of red ink for auto companies.
             On the prisoner exchange front, Venezuela and the U.S. have agreed to a prisoner exchange where the mastermind behind a massive U.S. Navy corruption case involving 10’s of millions of dollars known as “Fat Leonard” Francis who was convicted but fled house arrest is being extradited to the U.S. along with 10 Americans detained in Venezuela in exchange for clemency and release of Alex Saab in custody and facing trial for illegally laundering millions for Venezuela. Happy to get Francis back to be placed in a secure prison and the 10 Americans most likely unlawfully detained, but Biden critics point out the deal encourages more American hostages to be exchanged for money or prisoners.
             On the crime front it looks like the pendulum of the defund the police in the Emerald City is swing back as the total number of murders for the year have reached 71 while the defund the police has resulted in 600 cops resigning or retiring since 2000 leaving starting in December a city with 919 officers, the lowest since 1991. Fortunately 6 of the 9 candidates on the City Council’s last election who won ran on a law and order platform; the SPD is paying large signing bonuses for new SPD officers and the D.A. is making strides at getting recidivists off the streets. But misguided progressives on the crime front like the Northwest Community Bail Fund has raised $7.7 million to bail out many repeat offenders some of whom have committed crimes while out on bail.
            On the Presidential campaign front, despite voters’ rejection of Biden economics, Blue leaders hope a reviving economy will allay voters’ fears and disapproval of Biden’s numbers.
             December 20, 2023  Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: Go Caroling Day: Clueless who created this but it started to appear on December 19, 2001 to over time migrate to the 20th of December to be closer to the Winter Solstice and Christmas. Definitely a great way to bring joy and comfort to people shut in in assisted living and nursing homes or to invite shoppers into stores to shop and enjoy the caroling.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is “boodle” which means counterfeit money or money obtained by corruption.
               Song of the Day: Leaving the number 1 songs  on this day in 1940’s to come back to the number song in 2005 in the U.S.A.  was  “Run It”  by Chris Brown on a run of 5 weeks to share number 1 status with 7 other songs, while 5 acts, including Chris Brown, achieved their 1st number 1 single. Here is a music video with lyrics of Chris Brown performing “Run It”:
               December 20 Birthdays: “Switch to Advance”: celebrating the birthday on this day in 1946  in Perry Georgia of George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue who switched parties while a Georgia State Senator from Democrat to Republican to go on become Georgia’s first Republican since Reconstruction to serve 2 terms and then become the Secretary of Agriculture under Trump and after Trump had left office the Chancellor of the University of Georgia.
             December 20 Historical Events in Rhyme
             1.      On this day in 2019 the U.S. the Space Force forms/Recognizing in future wars space as the high ground will become the norm/First new branch since in 1947 when the the Army Air Corps was from the Army spun off to become independent/On creation 16,000 military and civilians from the Air Force were to it sent/In January of 2023 with  4,286 enlisted service members and 4,314 officers, it is the smallest force/But with 23 active general officers an expansion would be easy to enforce.
            2.      On this day in 2007 Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria as the oldest living monarch/Who on January 22, 1901 at 81 years and 243 days from the land of the living would disembark/Queen Elizabeth was still going strong/And on this Earth until September 8, 2022 as Queen she belonged.
             3.      On this day in 1999 pursuant to an agreement signed by Portugal and China on April 13, 1987 to hand over Macau on this date/Portugal’s colonial rule for some 442 years would abate/It still is a mecca for gambling—the Las Vegas of the Asia  is its nickname/With less than a million residents it has been spared from the disputes over special circumstances Hong Kong claims.
             4.      On this day in 1991 a jury in Missouri sentenced Zein and Maria Isa to death for the honor killing of their 16 year daughter Palestina after her first day at Wendy’s at work/Outraged their Palestinian daughter was Americanized and dating a black which drove the 2 berserk/Since Zein was under surveillance for an upcoming terrorist attack/The killing by stabbing was recorded so evidence authorities did not lack/Zein cheated execution by dying of diabetes on February 17, 1997. Maria whose death sentence was commuted to life died from natural causes in prison on April 30, 2014 at age 70.
             5.      On this day in 1968 the serial killer known as the Zodiac Killer killed his first 2 of a possible 37 victims in Northern California in Benicia to a reign of terror begin/Kept killing and taunting the police through newspapers he would win/Police never came up with a suspect/Not leaving clues at crime scenes he came to perfect/Sent letters to local papers demanding they be published feeling he would never be found/Identity still unknown only that after 1969 a safe bet he was no longer around.
             Nearly Identical letters [with errors] sent to the Vallejo Times Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner by the Zodiac Killer: “I like killing people because it is so much fun it is more fun than killing wild game in the forrest because man is the most dangeroue anamal of all to kill something gives me the most thrilling experence it is even better than getting your rocks off with a girl the best part of it is thae when I die I will be reborn in paradice and all the I have killed will become my slaves I will not give you my name because you will try to sloi down or atop my collectiog of slaves for my afterlife ebeorietemethhpiti"


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