Saturday, January 27, 2024

January 27, 2024 Ridley's Believe It Or Not


January 27, 2024 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not

             In another example that wealth or celebrity status or friends can protect someone or their caregiver from the mental onslaught of dementia or Alzheimer’s, noted comedian and replacement host for Johnny Carson Jay Leno was in court seeking a conservatorship for his wife Mavis of 43 years who has dementia.
              Notwithstanding the poorly decided SCOTUS decision giving the CBP the right to remove the razor wire in the State of Texas Shelby Park which abuts the Rio Grande River which the DOJ argued was interfering with the federal government’s obligation to secure the border which anyone watching television can clearly see it has failed or worse ignored, Texas is still contesting the right of the CBP enter state owned land remove the razor wire. New Mexico, Louisiana, California, Mississippi should determine that they are being invaded by illegals as a such have the right to use the National Guard to deport illegals to protect their state and since given the catch and release policies of the Biden Administration every state in reality is a border state all Red run states should file suit also. The Biden proposal is a border closure if and when the number of illegals crossing the border exceed 5,000 a day which means at least 1.825 million illegals allowed in each year.
             News that caravans are going to be heading to the border, fortunately not coming from the South but truckers coming from states north of our wide open border to like previous trucker conveys into Washington, D.C. descending to protest Administration policies like high fuel costs but in this case to protest the open border and the chaos the flood of illegals is creating in this nation.
             National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, whose military and national security compared to his work on HRC’s political campaigns and debate preparation for Obama is near zero has ended talks with China on the issue of Houthi Rebels attacks on shipping in the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea and Taiwan’s desires for independence with no resolutions other than a desire to continue discussions in Bangkok. It should be troubling that the beating of the war drums by Beijing is getting louder  as the Chinese sent 6 warships and 30 advanced fighters to the vicinity of Taiwan. Given the very large percentage of integrated chips that are produced in Taiwan, the loss of those production facilities either through an occupation of the island of destruction by bombing during the process of trying to take over the island would be disastrous to the increasing amount of sectors that are dependent on Taiwanese produced chips.
              On dissolution of marriage  front, McKenzie Scott who was one of the first Amazon employees and former wife of its founder Jeff Bezos and who in their divorce in 2019 received Amazon shares representing 4% of the company and worth then some $37 billion. She has sold some 63 million shares representing 25% of her holdings for some $10 billion plus and since her divorce in 2019 she has donated over $16 billion to philanthropic causes but still has billions left to distribute.
              In what has to rank as the highest hypocrisy Biden has slammed the Supreme Court of Venezuela’s upholding the ban of opposition leader, María Corina Machado who won the presidential primary in October with more than 90% of the vote, from the ballot. Yet the Biden remains silent as his supporters are in courts across the land vigorously calling for Trump’s removal from primary ballots for his support of “insurrection.” It should as no surprise that border crossings of Venezuelan illlegals has skyrocketed (Time for Biden to double down on his pledge to be the unity president and pardon Trump from any and all crimes alleged to have been committed by Trump since all seem to be politically motivated and filed after Trump announced his intention to run in 2024).
                On the international aping the Barbary Pirates front by the Houthi Rebels in the 38th missile or drone attack on ships in international waters of the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, a Marshall Islands flagged tanker the M/V Marlin Luanda was hit by a missile before Allied Warships could intercept but who transferred 100 containers to put out the file which had it spread to the Marlin Luanda’s cargo of liquid hydrogen would have been a deadly disaster. Biden needs to immediately designate these pirates as terrorists and in addition trying to destroy launch sites and ships capable of launching missiles seize any of their financial assets and if we could capture any of them on the open ocean treat them like the pirates of old and hang them.                                        
               On the open border front, campaigning in Las Vegas, Trump blasted Biden’s proposed open border fix and worse that no bill at all while Haley is seeing increasing demand to exit the race and unite her supporters behind Trump.
               January 27, 2024 
               Noted Holidays: International Holocaust Remembrance Day created by General Assembly Resolution: Created by General Assembly Resolution 60/7 on November 24, 2005 and first celebrated on this day in 2006, the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camps for Jews and other Nazi targets of the Holocaust of Birkenau-Auschwitz. Sadly as the wave of antisemitism has broken out following the invasion of Israel by Hamas on October 7 the memory of the millions who died in the camps seems to have faded away.
               Word of the Day: The word of the day as we continue with words starting with “b” is “brimborion” which  means useless worthless,  trash which too often is spewed daily by the MSM.
                Song of the Day: Leaving the number 1 songs  on this day in 1940’s to come back to the number song in 1991 in the U.S.A.  was  “The First Time” by Surface on a run of 2 weeks while 14 acts, including Surface, achieved their first number one song. Here is a music video with lyrics of Surface performing “The First Time”:                                   January 27 Birthdays: “Redistricting Can Be Fatal”: Celebrating the birthday on January 27, 1943 of George Mica who was born in Binghamton, New York to grow up in Florida and become a 12 term member of Congress who had the misfortune of having his district being redistricted to lose 51-49% to Blue Stephanie Murphy who was appointed by Pelosi to serve on the January 6 Committee and with her District evenly distributed elected to end her Congressional career on January 20, 2021 by indicating she would not run for reelection in 2020.
                January 27 Historical Events in Rhyme
                1.      On this day in 2023 after bodycam videos of Tyre Nichols being beaten by 5 black cops after running away on January 7 were released/riots and protests nationwide broke out since on January 10 Nichols became deceased/Officers were fired before the release but that did not satisfy many blacks/They wanted accountability the Memphis PD seemed to lack/Officers are awaiting trial for excessive use of force and tampering with witnesses/Both civil and criminal trials not yet occurred but if no guilty verdicts City of Memphis will be under a world of stress.
               2.      On this day in 2013 at the Kiss Nightclub in Santa Maria, Grande du Sol, Brazil a fire broke out during an indoor fireworks display/It quickly spread to the acoustic ceiling needed to improve the sound the music bands would play/But if it caught fire deadly toxic smoke would patrons inside quickly slay/Poorly designed with only one exit to safety lead the way/630 patrons injured while 242 met their death/Mostly caused by cyanide fumes inhale as they took their last breaths/With only one exit out it was deadly fire trap/With endurance and ability to move quickly to escape by toxic fumes quickly sapped.              
               3.     On this day in 2010 Apple announced its tablet the iPad/Creating a PC with the size of a book but able to link to all the apps and websites there were to be had/Highly successful with over 220 million sales through 2022/Proof positive that Apple’s technical innovation and marketing skills were nowhere near being through.
             4.      On this day in 1980 6 Americans were working in a consulate building separate from the Embassy in Iran/When Iranian students outraged that the Shah had been admitted for medical treatment the Embassy overran/The 6 quickly left to hide in private homes hoping the occupation would be brief/When the government fell 3 days later they turned to the Canadians to escape the potential grief/They hid out for days in the homes of Canadian diplomats until the CIA came up with an escape from Iran plan/One that would get them out of the fire in the country and not into the frying pan/Canadian passports and false visas for a science fiction filming crew for Argosy whose film production was now through/With their 2 CIA experts and camera props waltzed through airport security to board Swiss Air and to take off into the “wild blue”.
             5.      On this day in 1967 we were reminded that space travel is not free from risk/As Apollo astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were strapped in going through the items on the preflight ignition list/The Apollo rocket was not fueled so the safety details may not have been examined in great detail/But a short in a circuit caused a fired and all efforts to open the module door due to the internal oxygen pressure failed; Their suits were not fire proof or designed shield them from toxic fumes/That saved them from the pain that being burned to death entailed. 
            Quote by Gene Kranz, Second Flight Director for the Apollo Program in a speech given to Mission Control after the deadly fire on Apollo 1:From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: Tough and Competent. Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities ... Competent means we will never take anything for granted ... Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write Tough and Competent on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room, these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control.”

               © January 27, 2024 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not
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