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December 7, 2023 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


© December 7, 2023  Ridley’s Believe It Or Not
              The tsunami created by the presidents of 3 Ivy League Universities--
Harvard, MIT and refusal to acknowledge a growing wave of antisemitism is growing by leaps and bounds with major donors cancelling pledges, resigning from governing boards and calls from politician to subpoena records to investigate how real claims antisemitism are and whether they are growing.
             Cries are being raised that the 3 were picked as presidents not because they were competent but rather they filled the DEI boxes. A rabbi on Harvard’s antisemitism board resigned after hear Harvard’s president testify. In Albany, New York outside of Temple Israel which had preschoolers inside, a 28 year old male shouted “Free Palsistine before firing his shotgun then dropping it to the ground before police arrived to detain him. The trustees of Penn went into emergency session after a $100 million donor demanded Penn’s President resign after her testimony. Several Red Reps are demanding the Event Brite disclose to terms of its antisemitism event polices.
             On the Hunter Biden criminal front, he has been indicted in Los Angelese on 9 counts arising out of his failure to pay $200,000 in taxes in 2019 while the House is considering to hold him in Contempt of Congress if he does not appear to be deposed.
              On the University of Nevada shooting front, police have identified the shooter as 67 year old Anthony James Polito of Henderson Nevada who had applied unsuccessfully to be hired at colleges in the area. He killed 2 and wounded 1 and was shot to death in a shootout with police.
            On the salmonella front, the FDA after learning of 230 cases with 3 deaths in 38 states  in 129 cases in Canada in 6 provinces with 5 deaths has issued a recall of whole and precut pared cantaloupe from Mexico and sold under the Rudy and Malichita brands to Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Kwik Trip, RaceTrac, Aldi, Walmart and Vinyard.
             On the internet security front Meta has announced an encryption by default on Facebooks platforms allowing only the intended recipient to read the messages. In the war on false information the company announced it was reviewing claims of false information concerning the Hamas Israeli War.  
             December 7, 2023  Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet 
             Noted Holidays: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Created by the U.S. Congress by joint resolution on October 3, 1984 to honor the 2412 Americans who lost their lives on morning hours of December 7, 1984 to prompt us to never not be vigilant to the forces of terror wherever they may be to that want destroy or damage our way of life.
              Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is “blandiloquence” which means complimentary speech or flattery which it is almost guaranteed one will hear in a typical T-Ball interview by a member of the MSM interviewing Biden or one of his cabinet officials.
              Song of the Day: Leaving the number 1 songs  on this day in 1940’s to come back to the number song in 2018 in the U.S.A.  was  “Thank U Next” by Ariana Grande on a run of 6 weeks noncontinuous to share number 1 status with 11 other songs, while 13 acts reached number one status while 9 acts, including Ariana Grande  had their 1st number 1 single and XXX Tentacion received his first number 1 single posthumously, Here is a recording with lyrics of Ariana Grande performing “Thank U Next”:
             December 7 Birthdays: “Try to shoot down a Red Tail and you will fail celebrating the birth on this day in Cleveland, Ohio who joined the Tuskegee Airman who escorted B-17’s and B-24’s on the Italian front in World War II and never lost a plane they were escorting and who advertised their presence to any German fighter pilot who had the temerity to enter into aerial armed combat with them. Stayed in the military to fight in the Korean and Vietnam wars to fly before his retirement in 1973 in 3 wars 409 combat missions, a very high number. He never lost his flying skills, in 2019 to celebrate his 100th birthday he took over the controls of a Cirrus Vision Jet and a Cessna Citation M2, not having flown a plane in 37 years but receiving a high passing grade in terms of pilot skills from those in the plane with him. He died in his sleep on January 16, 2022 as one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.  
            December 7, Historical Events in Rhyme
            1.      On this day in 1993 a mass shooting occurred on the Long Island Rail Road that highlighted that racism is a two way street/As Jamaican borne Colin Ferguson boarded car number 3 of the LIRR heading east/Pulled out his semi-automatic handgun and in 3 minutes walking down the aisle killed 6 and wounded 19 all white/After emptying 2 magazines he reached into his bag of 160 rounds/While trying to reload several passengers jumped him and pinned him to the ground/Until an off duty cop picking up his wife put him in cuffs/Search warrants of his personal belongings revealed a bounty of hateful and needing revenge against whites stuff/ William Kunstler of Chicago 7 trial fame was to be his lawyer who raised the defense of insanity and “black rage”/A defense to the shootings after all the discrimination against him by whites Ferguson had claimed was waged/Ferguson wanted to dismiss his counsel and represent himself which proved to be a big error/Jury quickly convicted him on January 17, 1995 of all counts of murder and attempted murder shooting terror/Judge sentenced this reverse racist to 315 years and 8 months which means/He will never again outside of prison be seen.
                2.      On this day in 1982 in society’s never ending quest/To make death of a convicted felon less painful and with less stress/Charles Brooks, Jr. in Texas had the dubious distinction of being the first inmate to die by lethal injection/His fellow co-felon cut a plea deal to earn a death sentence rejection/40 years in prison but after 11 years served/Released on parole to with a chance to his remaining life outside of prison preserve.
                3.      On this day in 1972 in an end of an era of Lunar Landings/Apollo 17 was launched and en route to the Moon took a photo of Earth which will forever remain outstanding/Called the “Blue Marble” our for now only home/But as we denigrate it to future homes following generations will have to roam:                                                       

            On this day in 1946, in the same way the Titanic proved no ship is unsinkable, the 15 story Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta advertised as “absolutely fireproof” suffered in a fire the unthinkable/Steel does not burn but flammable interiors do/No sprinkler system and a single flight of stairs above third floor was a death trap and with the fire was through/Of the 304 quests, 65 injured, 119 died in the deadliest U.S. hotel fire, including 32 who jumped or fell from bedsheets tied together too far above the ladders or the ground/The vaunted central fire alarm system made no sound/Like the Titanic whose designer and captain went down with the ship/The hotel owners the Winecoff’s never escaped the deadly smoke inhalation grip.
              4.      On this day in 1932 Albert Einstein received a visa to visit the U.S./While there Hitler was elected and he was smart enough to know discrimination against Jews would increase and not be less/From the U.S. to Germany he never returned/Could read the handwriting on the wall to know not even his Nobel Prize would save him from being gassed and then burned.
              5.      On this day in 1904 the Royal Navy conducted a fuel efficiency test/ Between the HMS Spiteful which burned only oil and the HMS Peterel  powered only by coal to see which fuel was best/The stokers manned their shovels at an exhausting pace/But could not match the oil fed into the boilers pace/And could not hide the massive revealing burning coal black smoke trail/Which would mean any attempt to avoid detection would fail.

               Quote on  the deaths caused by hotel fires by Harry S. Truman: “The serious losses in life and property resulting annually from fires cause me deep concern.  I am sure that such unnecessary waste can be reduced.  The substantial progress made in the science of fire prevention and fire protection in this country during the past forty years convinces me that the means are available for limiting this unnecessary destruction. ”
               © December 7, 2023 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet
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