Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Biden's VP Pick More Than Warm Bucket of Spit


Biden has emerged from his basement bunker to indicate when his VP selection will be done
Without further fanfare or drum roll, he has indicated 2 months before VP by August 1
For perhaps the first time in political history a VP nomination would be worth more than a warm bucket of spit
For those of us Blues or Reds who feel Biden is fading and may not be mentally fit
Being a Biden VP running mate would mean if he won a good chance with 25th  that in the Oval Office the VP would then sit
Explains why the likes of Harris, Warren, Klobuchar, Abrams and Warren are chomping at the bit
But  for 3 of them, with his “you ain’t black” comment into a corner he has been backed
After slamming them he is almost certain to be forced to name a female black
Having a Stacy Abrams with a record of absolutely nothing to show
Sitting in the Oval Office is an outcome most of us would not want to go
Harris is the unabashed illegal alien supporter queen
But as California AG has baggage with jailing of black drug dealers and users to from the streets wean
On leftist ideas both are like peas in a pod
Needing sound policies to come  out of CV recession, both choices are flawed
Picking either would energize even more soundly some Indies and all of the Reds
Abrams and Harris as president would be a fate we would really dread
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Lock Down For Thee Not For Me


One of the reasons that many of us find it hard to lock down orders follow
Is that the pious announcements we are all in this together ring hollow
Too often our leaders imposing the rules make it “it’s a lockdown for thee
But do as I say not as I do for there is no lockdown for me”
The examples of our leaders who, while 40 million are jobless, are still getting paid
Are making a mockery of their rules making it a disgusting charade
Blue governor of New Mexico shut the state down save for essentials needed to live
But she needed some jewelry that without which she could not herself forgive
Called a jeweler to have employee take her purchase and leave it outside employee’s door
To pick it up and her rule of not allowing curb side pickup till May 1 ignore
Witless Whitmer in the news the lockdown news once again
As she imposes arbitrary shutdowns and as to removal offers not if or when
Her husband demands the marina put into the water where the family boat is stored
After being told he is the governor’s spouse the marina owner the demand still ignores
After demanding that Virginia residents in public wear masks
Northam is seen taking selfies while in company of wife without one he basks
Chris Cuomo in quarantine leaves his basement to bike to property to check
As a brother of the governor and CNN hot shot the rules for mere mortals he can reject
Not to be outdone there is Harley Rouda, while OC residents are sweltering, enjoying a private beach
A pleasure none of his voters with closed public ones could reach
What these Blue tyrants seem to have missed or forgotten
Need to lead by example not by partaking of special privileges deemed to be ill gotten
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May 27, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Gray Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 27, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 123,232  new cases  (a 2.19%  increase compared to a .97% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 5,740,328  cases, 2,916,635   of  which  are active, 2,823,693  of which have been closed with 2,468,975  recoveries (87.44% compared to  yesterday’s 87.28%) and 354,718     deaths (12.56% compared to yesterday’s 12.72%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 27,058 have brought total cases to 1,735,323 (a 1.58% increase compared to yesterday’s .45% increase)  with 1,151,975  active cases and 583,347  closures, 101,359  of which have been deaths (17.38% compared to  yesterday’s 17.69%) and 481,988  of which  have been recoveries (82.62%  compared to yesterday’s 82.31%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die) while total testing has increased to 15,677,011; the Orange County Sheriff has announced his department will not enforce Orange County’s mandatory mask wearing requirement; Astronauts Hurley and Behken have climbed aboard the Crew Dragon capsule on top of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket only to have the mission scrubbed and rescheduled for Saturday’s American return to orbit space before rendezvousing the ISIS carried by a commercial American rocket launched from American soil; De Blasio is warning of a multi-billion dollar deficit due to the CV pandemic and pleading for federal aid (big problem is that he is inept and incompetent and NYC is the only part of the state still in massive shutdown mode); Cuomo is finally being blasted for his nursing home death sentences that may have caused upwards of 10,000 deaths after signing legislation to protect nursing homes and hospitals from civil and criminal liability due to CV deaths (wonder how persuasive the $1,000,000 campaign contribution by a hospital association to his 2018 campaign influenced his support for the legislation?); Hidin’ Biden still reeling from his “you ain’t black” comment was quick to praise the mayor of Minneapolis for firing the 4 officers involved in the death of George Floyd but demanded a FBI investigation of their deaths; Anderson Cooper is reeking cack again aping Pelosi’s fat shaming of Trump (such a little man when it comes to “journalism”); Governor Northam of Virginia is so typical of the “do as I say not as I do Blue politicians” after being forced to apologize for going to a beach while not wearing a mask last weekend but signing an executive order effective this Friday to mandate the wearing of masks while in public indoor settings;  in Chicago, as of May 26, 2020, 1064 shootings of whom 192 have died (so much for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths is now 72 behind Chicago with 120 murders (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history,  a musical link to Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, the fact that you not a patrone and a quote from Deisaku Gattai on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Sunscreen Protection Day—now that summer has unofficially started and beaches and public outdoor areas formerly closed due to the CV pandemic are now reopening, this is a day to remember to apply sunscreen to protect you from UV radiation that damages the skin and can cause skin cancer and to continue the habit each and every day when outside for any prolonged period of time.
2. National Gray Day—created by Voices Against Brain Cancer and celebrated since 2014 to promote awareness of brain cancer that has claimed such people as John McCain and to raise funds to find a cure for this devastating and deadly disease.
3. 1935 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1935 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “You)” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qswsE5MlTY Dorsey was known as the “Sentimental Gentleman of Swing” and a hit in the Big Band Era but after a big meal and taking sleeping pills choked during his sleep and died on November 26, 1956.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “padrone” which means an innkeeper a profession that has been hard hit by the pandemic as people are not traveling much these days for recreation and doing more and more business by teleconference.
5. Drugs Intercept Lives--celebrating the birth on this day in 1988 of Tyler Sash who played safety for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team, played for the New York Giants for two seasons, was released on August 31, 2013 and died September 8, 2015 from an overdose of drugs. Like too many football players, an autopsy revealed he was suffering from Stage 2 encephalopathy, a degenerative brain condition caused by too many head traumas.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1937 the Golden State Bridge linking San Francisco to Marin County was opened to pedestrian traffic.
 b. 1941 the German battleship Bismarck was sunk in the Atlantic trying to run to the coast of France by British warships.
 c. 1967 the aircraft carrier the USS John F. Kennedy was launched by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline.
 d. 1984 the Danube-Black Sea Canal started in 1950 with forced labor by enemies of the state from Romanian prison camps was opened to traffic.
 e. 2016 President Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and meet with survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bomb attacks.
 Reflections on the atomic bombings of Japan: “Japan learned from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the tragedy wrought by nuclear weapons must never be repeated and that humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist.” Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese Buddhist philosopher, anti nuclear disarmament advocate and honorary president of Soka Gattaii, Japan’s largest new religious movement.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

42% of COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes and ADLs


From the beginning of the CV pandemic it became the mantra for those at risk
Over 65, preexisting conditions and compromised immune systems for those a great danger would exist
Yet despite the warnings that one cannot believe we did not see
A small defined segment of our population fell to the CV killing spree
Latest reports are that 42 percent of the CV deaths strike .6 percent of our population that in ADL’s and nursing homes live
Residents largely confined to the facility and not likely to be in public to the disease to others give
Based on defective models that showed over 2 million dead
We shut our economy almost totally down and not focusing on the most vulnerable instead
In fact in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan Blue governors made the situation worse
Hospitals ordered to discharge CV positive seniors to ADLs and nursing homes to infect residents with deadly CV curse
Hearing the mantra Florida on hospitals took a far different tack
Refused to allow sending of CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADLs where virus spreading prevention they lacked
Stopped visitors and sent PPE for staff in nursing homes and ADLs to rise in death stop in its tracks
Even started reopening shutdown economy to start to bring prosperity back
We sacrificed the best economy in the world and failed to protect our most vulnerable .6 percent
Now the other 99.4 percent and most Reds want on continuing shutdowns the governors to relent
The longer the economy is shutdown and the jobless grow by the millions each week
The more those not in nursing homes in frustration will suicide, substance and domestic abuse and crime seek
No more fingers casting on Trump and  the Blue governors for the shutdowns blame
Reopen while we still have businesses to get back into recovery game.
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Biden Gaffes Keep On Coming Mental Acuity Fading?


Biden wins the prize for the longest quarantine
Whereas for coronavirus you only need 14 days from in public being seen
But if your mental state is in question because of your gaffs
Which now more than ever a sign of mental fade not just a source of laughs
Like Carter who stayed in the White House because of the hostage taking in Iran
Biden has stayed in his basement to avoid public gaffs he cannot withstand
Even with handlers who must be working 24/7 to shield him from hard or soft questions
They cannot protect him from growing concern of dementia infestation
His comment to a black interviewer that you ain’t black if you in the fall vote for Trump
Walked back as a wise guy went over like a lead balloon hitting the ground with a hard thump
As probably the last man still hiding out in a basement
He and Jill heard the handlers and to a War Memorial were sent
Laying only a wreath, no taking questions from the members of the press
Only way his handlers could be sure of a fatal gaff to suppress
Like a groundhog coming out of his burrow and his shadow to see
Will he return to his bunker for six weeks to avoid any gaff spree?
Breathing a sigh of relief, he is now safely back at home
With ideas on economic recovery about as palatable as stale beer defoamed
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May 26, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Sorry Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 26, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 53,834  new cases  (a .97%  increase compared to a 1.81% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 5,617,094  cases, 2,876,852  of  which  are active, 2,740,242  of which have been closed with 2,391,714  recoveries (87.28% compared to  yesterday’s 87.07%) and 348,528    deaths (12.72% compared to yesterday’s 12.81%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 7,724 have brought total cases to 1,708,265 (a .45% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.44% increase)  with 1,143,691  active cases and 564,574  closures, 99,846  of which have been deaths (17.69% compared to  yesterday’s 17.9%) and 464,728  of which  have been recoveries (82.31%  compared to yesterday’s 82.1%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die) while total testing has increased to 15,198,933; with scorching temperatures celebrants of Memorial Day put lock downs and social distancing at bay and flocked to the water in boats and bars and restaurants that were opening up; while the Blues have been pounding Trump on his firing of IGs, they seem to have developed a memory lapse in that Obama also practiced the habit of firing IGs; Witless Whitmer is back in the doe as I say not as I do news as her husband tried unsuccessfully to have a marina where the family boat was stored put the boat on to a lake in Northern Michigan in violation of her stay at home orders; Cuomo evidently isn’t the only one burdened by large numbers of nursing home corona virus deaths as in Los Angeles County one half of the corona virus deaths have occurred in nursing homes as the county ponders the need to appoint an inspector general (statistics like that make one wonder what the L.A. County  Health Director is doing to earn her bloated  salary); on the corona virus front, farmers in North Carolina are in the process of euthanizing  1.5 million chickens due to chicken processing plants in the state being hit with infections among employees; the fight against the coronavirus has brought out the best in us but also the worst as the DOJ announced the arrest of Ronald Romano for conspiring to defraud NYC of $45 million by trying to sell PPE which he did not own and had no right to sell; NYC already suffering abysmal relations between the NYPD and Mayor DeBlasio is also being racked by a spike in violent crime due to coronavirus fighting protocols that are resulting in many arrestees being released to prevent the spread of the virus in jails;  in Chicago, as of May 25, 2020, 1038 shootings of whom 187 have died (so much for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths is now 67 behind Chicago with 120 murders (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?).
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history,  a musical link to Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the fact that you can argue issues with pace and a quote from John Wayne’s tombstone on tomorrow, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. National Paper Airplane Day—clueless to know who created this observance and when and know only it is celebrated on this day and that the record as of 2012 for time of flight of a paper airplane 27.9 seconds held by Takuo Toda and the record for distance as of 2012 is 226 feet 10 inches held by Joe Ayoob.
2. National Sorry Day—observed in Australia since May 26, 1998 to promote awareness of the mistreatment of Australia’s indigenous population by its settler population and perhaps the holiday might be aped here in the United States given our ignominious record in dealing with our Native Americans.
3. 1935 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1935 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “What’s the Reason (I’m Not Pleasin’ You)” by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYNeD-ViDWo  This talented Canadian band leader who touted to have played “the best music this side of heaven” was a fixture on radio New Year’s Eve starting in 1928 and for 20 years starting in 1956 on CBS TV until he died On November 25, 1977 of a heart attack at age 75.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pace” which also means in respectful disagreement with which in our heavily ad hominem partisan attacks would be most refreshing.
5. In Movies Blank Bullets In Real Life Real Ones--celebrating the birth on this day in 1907 of noted and iconic actor Marion Morrison better known to his fans as John Wayne who was a heavy smoker and drinker who fought and beat lung cancer with the removal of 1 lung and 4 ribs, married 3 times and divorced twice 1 of whom was  Esperanza Baur, who tried to shoot him when he returned from a wrapping party for Angel and the Badman because she thought he was having an affair with co-star Gail Russell. His last film The Shootist released in 1976 was about a gunfighter dying of cancer which claimed him in the form of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1923 the first 24 Hours at Le Man was held in France.
 b. 1967 the Beatles released Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Band album.
 c. 1970 the Tupolev 144 became the first commercial airliner to achieve a speed of Mach 2 but suffered reliability issues and made only 55 flights which carried passengers and was retired from passenger service on June 1, 1978 to remain as a commercial freight carrier until the plane was retired in from all flights on June 1, 1999.
 d. 1972 the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems Treaty which the U.S. withdrew from in 2002.
 e. 2002 the captain of the Robert V. Love fainted while towing barges on the Arkansas River and caused the barges to slam into the support columns for the bridge of I-40 causing a 580 foot section of the bridge to collapse into the water resulting in 8 automobiles and semis to fall into the water, killing 14 and injuring 11.The bridge which handled 20,000 cars a day was repaired and reopened in record time of 2 months.
 Advice from the grave: “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.” Engraving etched on John Wayne’s tombstone in 1999.
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Monday, May 25, 2020

Only 300,000 WWII Vets Left Alive


Memorial Day has morphed into the official opening of summer
But this year with social distancing, masks and closures the day is somewhat of a bummer
If we wish to remember and honor our veterans who have died
Even that honored task in many places the fear of COVID 19 has denied
No Memorial Day Parades, no planting of flags at veteran’s gravesites
No church services to honor those vets who died in the freedom preservation fight
As almost 40 million Americans now jobless under the COCID-19 curse
On this Memorial Day of remembrance and dwindling purses could it ever get worse?
Of the 16,000,000 million men and women who donned the uniform to serve
Only some 300,000 are still alive facing a fate many do not deserve
The youngest of these are spring chickens at the age of  92
Most if not burdened with dementia know their life will soon be through
Many facing a new Stalag of Assisted Living or Nursing Homes
Where COVID-19 with no quarter infects staff and patients as it roams
Our leaders really blundered on their protect the elderly from the virus job
A third of the 100 grand deaths from CV were in nursing homes, their few remaining days to be robbed
To die alone, sedated on a ventilator, separated from family to face death
No family members present to hold a hand while the dying took their last breath
Do not know how many WWII vets were in nursing homes and of the deaths how many were vets
What a shameful way of honoring and remembering those to whom we owe an incredible debt
We cannot bring back the dead but we can wear masks and social distance maintain
And reach out by phone and videos to from physical contact try to refrain
Governors like Cuomo who condemned to death nursing home patient vets and nonvets
 On their reelection days their absolute failure in the job of elderly protection we must never forget
For the carelessness and failure of our leaders we can try to atone by honor and support to vets display
Daily whenever and wherever possible on the last Monday in May and on each and every other day
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