Sunday, November 29, 2020

Mile High on British Airways a Welcome Perk?

 

In a PSA Airliner with stewardesses in hot mini skirts déjà vu
Coffee, tea or me this BA stewardess has a surprise for you
Aping a UA slogan the Friendly Skies fly
This BA stewardess selling a chance to go Mile High
Misguided belief that COVID-19 in a plane at 31 to 38 thousand feet cannot be found
Or with a panty paid for deposit meet her at her hotel on the ground
BA is scrambling to find who offered to put passengers in Mile High sack
Always longed for when PSA flew and male dreams did not lack
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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Be You Red or Be You Blue/ CV Will Be Coming After You

 

In another example that CV does not adhere to party lines
 Blue Governor Polis and his first gentleman have been hit with the CV positive testing sign
 Both he and his domestic partner are young and should the virus survive
 Maybe he will be thankful for Trump's Warp Speed efforts so progress on therapeutics could thrive
 At least this governor is a poster child
 To how to keep the virus from running wild
 Unlike the Mayor of Denver whose T-Day travel to Mississippi chose not to block
 This Blue on T-Day did not visit but still against him the virus rocked.
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$13 Million to Split For 16 Minutes of Past Pugilistic Glory Tyson and Jones in an 8 Round Draw

 

As more of us are living longer but trying not to age
60 is the new 40 and 50 the new 30 is the latest rage
Tyson who is 54 and has not been in a ring since 2005
Managed without eating an ear eight rounds to survive
Jones who has not fought since 2018t is a spry 51
And after a draw decision at eight rounds he sounds like his fighting career is not done
Rounds of only two minutes must have helped to keep the gloves up high
Boxing commission that sanctioned fight at Staples must have worried a flurry of punches would mean a fighter died
$13 million purse to be split with Tyson at ten and Jones at three
Not bad for a glimpse of past glory in an eight round punching spree
Wonder if this will be the new trend
Where sports other than golf will allow careers not to end
Will fans pay top dollars to watch athletes past their prime?
Defying the aging process together and trying to delay the effects of Father Time?
Maybe an inducement for past warriors to off the couch arise
To show to past fans their talent has not gone into total demise
Thank God tonight no one came to mortal harm
And the two fighters with large dollars could bask their past feats of arms
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November 28, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Small Business Saturday

 

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 28, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 834,728 new cases (a 1.35%  increase compared to a .65% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  62 million to 62,533,771, 17,917,108 of  which  are active, 44,616,663 of which have been closed with 43,159,349  recoveries (96.73% compared to  yesterday’s 96.72%) and 1,457,314 deaths (3.27% compared to yesterday’s 3.28%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
           CV USA Cases: New cases of 560,248 with total cases over 13 million at 13,039,271 (a 4.30% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.16%) with 5,295,515 active cases of which 24,501 (.46% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (24,408 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and may be continuing to go up, and 8,304,004 closures, 272,235 of which have been deaths (3.28% compared to yesterday’s 3.32%) and 8,031,769 of which have been recoveries (96.72% compared to yesterday’s 96.68%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is only .01% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 820 ranks behind Belgium (1407), Peru (1082),  Spain (955), Italy (900), and UK (853 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (845)  and has 4 days ago  passed Brazil (809)  and only slightly worse than  Mexico (810), Chile (799) that we recently passed,  recently added to the list France (798), Bolivia (762), Ecuador (753) and Sweden (660) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,743,490 more tests to bring total to 191,033,224  (now at 575,745/M compared to Russia at 516,579/M so Trump was telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis for nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark,  Israel, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 626,255/M).
        Non CV Case News: While all the attention has shifted to the Georgia runoff Senate races, one party state California has gained the distinction of the state which flipped the most Blue seats, 4: AOC is back in the headlines claiming Biden on taking office has the power to forgive student loans (nothing like a $1.6 trillion addition to the national debt instead of loan modifications to lower interest rate and extend payment terms as the debt is not forgiven only transferred to the taxpayers including those who with or without struggle paid off their debt); SCOTUS has given New Jersey until December 3 to respond to litigation that challenges its curtailment of religious services (what a world where is it okay under the 1st to protest and riot but not to assemble in church, m dyed purple as the San Francisco moves into the Purple Tier with severe gathering restrictions and shut downs; the adage that Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned should have added to it Hell hath not fury than fantasy boys and girls film fans scorned as 1.568 million have signed a petition demanding Amber Heard be removed from Aquaman 2 for her slandering Johnny Depp in their bitter divorce trial; shades of the Whiskey Rebellion, as a bar pub in Staten Island refuses to close after the State of New York yanks its liquor license for ignoring CV pandemic shutdown orders; shades of Tom Matte a running back for the Baltimore Colts in 1965 who was a former quarterback and pressed into to play quarterback for the  final 3 games of the season a after Unitas and his backup were injured. Winning 2 out of 3 but losing the conference championship game on a field goal by the Packers which videos showed clearly missed as the Broncos’ 3 quarterbacks have tested positive and receiver Kendall Hinton who played quarterback for Wake Forest will play the position in tomorrow’s game against the Saints.
          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 27,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,877 of whom  661 have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 360 behind Chicago at 301 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 way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur far much less.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Paper Doll” by the Mills Brothers, the fact that you do not suffer from presbycousis and an anonymous quote on why your should shop in small businesses this Saturday, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send 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. Please contact me for details.
         1. Small Business Saturday—created by American Express in 2010 to promote Saturday after Thanksgiving as a day to shop in one’s neighborhood’s small businesses and codified by a Senate Resolution in 2011 but with many jurisdictions imposing a 25 % occupancy limit due to the virus might be difficult to celebrate by shopping there unless they have had the foresight to create an shopper friendly online presence.
        2. National Turkey Leftover Day—celebrating the time to eat up the turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving with a delicious turkey rice or noodle soup or a myriad of other recipes to finish off what is still left of the turkey that graced your Thanksgiving Day table.
         3. 1943 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1943 on this day on a run of 8 weeks was “Paper Doll” by the Mills Brothers to join 11 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaMeSrynug0  The Mills Brothers were an African-American quartet and the first to have their own radio show and number one song and were active from 1928 to 1982.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “presbycousis” which means hard of hearing in old age which many face especially baby boomers exposed to rock concerts are now experiencing.                 5. The Reptilian Brain Is Part Monkey—celebrating the birth on this day in 1936 of former Blue Senator from Colorado who managed McGovern’s disastrous campaign, lost out to Walter Mondale for the 1984 Blue nomination and then in 1988 as the as leading Blue candidate when his reptilian brain’s extramarital affairs caught up with him and he was photographed with Donna Rice on the boat Monkey Business which forced him to drop out of the Blue Primary Race although he was leading in 1988.                   


                          
         

          On this day in:

          a. 1843 the Kingdom of Hawaii was officially recognized as an independent nation by Great Britain and France.

          b. 1925 The Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting in Nashville, Tennessee as The WSM Barn Dance.

         c. 1958 the first successful flight of the SM-65, the first ICBM developed tby the United States, occurred.

         d. 1990 the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher resigned as head of the Conservative Party and as Prime Minister to be replaced by John Major.

         e. 2002 3 suicide Al-Qaeda bombers crashed a truck into the barrier in front of the Paradise Hotel in Mombassa, Kenya and detonated its explosives killing 10 Kenyans and 3 Israelis checking in and injured 80 others while co-conspirators never found fired 2 shoulder to air missiles at an Israeli owned Arkia Airlines that had just taken off en route to Tel Aviv but missed.

        Reflections on supporting small businesses on this Saturday: “When you buy from a small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home.  You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey. a mom putting food on the table, a dad paying for a mortage and a student paying for college.”  Anonymous but words that should spur us to support small business.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Back to the Future Thanksgiving Day Shutdowns

 

Driving around So Cal on a Thanksgiving Day
Seemed like a Back to the Future set on display
No crew cuts or Elvis like combed hair
Or beehives for women beyond compare
No cars with fins and lots of chrome
V-8s with lousy mileage when you wanted to roam
But a nation  save gas stations shut down
Meals served only at family gatherings in the town
Restaurants closed up tight save maybe one that served Chinese
Without a home to go to to eat one was in a world of caloric grieve
On the corner like now the Salvation Army pots were far and few between
The Santa’s were not in the stores like last year after Halloween
Thanksgiving thanks to raging deadly spike of COVID
Had boarded up its restaurants in an attempt to its spread upon us rid
Simpler time when Grandmas or Mothers ruled the Thanksgiving Roost
And maybe guests brought favored side dishes to the caloric feast boost
Where the man of the house not a restaurant chef a huge bird he would carve
At this hours long feast clear that tryptophan would rule and no one would starve
Without restaurants to feast and not wanting to pick at a meal alone
One has to be with family or close friends to be invited in their home
But limits today on number and time and urges to eat outside
To avoid the cold weather may be forced to excessively imbibe
At least today if allowed to arrive before the carving of the bird
On a couch socially distanced watching football in a empty stadium not hearing a cheering or booing word
On the outside a different changed Thanksgiving for sure
Fingers crossed that next year we will be awash in the vaccine cure
But on the inside to count our blessings for what is on our plate
Lucky beyond belief to be a passenger on this American ship of state.
© November 27, 2020 The Alaskanpoet

November 27. 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Black Friday

 

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 27, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 398,474 new cases (a .65%  increase compared to a 1.53% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  61 million to 61,699.043, 17,628,439 of  which  are active, 44,070,604 of which have been closed with 42,625.551  recoveries (96.72% compared to  yesterday’s 96.72%) and 1,444,053 deaths (3.28% compared to yesterday’s 3.28%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
        CV USA Cases: New cases of 259,867 with total cases over 13 million at 13,039,271 (a 2.16% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.61%) with 5,170,610 active cases of which 24,408 (.47% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (24,396 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and may be continuing to go up, and 8,128,528 closures, 269,928 of which have been deaths (3.32% compared to yesterday’s 3.32%) and 7,858,600 of which have been recoveries (96.68% compared to yesterday’s 96.64%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and after many months is only .04% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement at 814 ranks behind Belgium (1397), Peru (1079),  Spain (955), Italy (888), and UK (846 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (836)  and has 3 days ago  passed Brazil (805)  and only slightly worse than  Mexico (805), Chile (796) that we recently passed,  recently added to the list France (795), Bolivia (762), Ecuador (750) and Sweden (660) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,647,545 more tests to bring total to    189,289,734 (now at 570,500/M compared to Russia at 512,571/M so Trump was telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis for nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark,  Israel, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 626,624/M).
       Non CV Case News: On the Trump election litigation trail, the battle may finally be coming to an end as the election challenge after failing in Pennsylvania before the appellate court is heading to SCOTUS; on Thanksgiving the supporters of “decolonization” defaced the U.S. War Memorials in Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington (since millions of Americans born here or naturalized here obviously can’t be deported to the nations of their ancestors, are we looking at massive reparations bills?); Blue are facing intraparty bloodletting with blacks and progressives demanding Biden is not using “identity admission cards” to staff his cabinet with the latest battle to pick Representative Fudge as Secretary of Agriculture to focus on hunger as opposed to rural America where our food is grown; not sure who was responsible but the great news out of Iran is that the number one person behind the success of Iran’s nuclear weapons program has been assassinated ( yet John Brennan has condemned th event); as the COVID-19 vaccine is predicted to start being distributed in the first or second week in December, the CDC is making a prediction we all hope is in error—321,000 deaths by mid December; Portland may be the City of Roses but the part of the flower that seems to be active are the thorns as 10 businesses with reduced police protection were vandalized causing 1000’s of dollars in damages to businesses that are barely holding on due to the the CV pandemic and shut down orders; Amazon which continues to increase its workforce while many businesses are laying thousands of workers off, is facing a Black Friday protest of workers trying to unionize the company; supporters of the 2nd Amendment hope that the deer hear do not learn of the news that in Czechoslovakia a deer hunter’s dog startled deer who charged and hooked the hunter’s rifle and carried it off in his antlers; a CDC panel is going to vote on priority distribution  lists that will soon be rolling to the general population.
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 25,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,867 of whom  657 have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 356 behind Chicago at 301 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 way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur far much less.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby and the Kim Darby Singers with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, the fact that you are not subject to any prepossess issues or advocates and a quote from der philosopher D. K. Kyos on Black Friday, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send 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. Please contact me for details.
        1. Black Friday—celebrating the day on which retailers with the surge of Christmas sales finally have wiped out their red ink and are now in the black for the rest of the year although this year to achieve that status it will be the task of on line sales as in store sales with the pandemic will be subdued.
         2. Native American Heritage Day—created by the President George W. Bush on October 8, 2008 to honor the contributions to our culture and society by Native Americans.
          3. 1942 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1942 on this day on a run of 9     weeks was “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby with the Kim Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra. Trotter known as “Uncle John” was Crosby’s musical director of Crosby’s radio show, Kraft Music Hall, created the musical score for several Peanuts specials and died of cancer on October 29, 1975 at age 67.

             4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prepossess” which means to bias or prejudge favorably which describes the MSM dealings with Biden and his fellow cast of anti-Trump Blues.

          5. Keep the Domestic Violence in the Music Not Real Life—celebrating the birth on this day in 1975 of noted rapper Jerome Antonio Stamps better known to his fans as Bad Azz was found dead in his jail cell at age 43 in Murrieta Hot Springs, California  on November 11, 2019 after being arrested for felony domestic violence several days earlier
   
       On this day in:

          a. 1924 the first Macy’s Parade was held in New York City. It was held again this year but without spectators like what we saw when Stanford beat Cal at the 130th Big Game but televised in all its gory.

          b. 1945 in yet another example of the fact we are a generous nation, the Cooperative American Remittances for Europe was formed to send CARE food and tool packages to war torn Western Europe.

         c. 1973 following the resignation of Spiro Agnew due to tax evasion, the Senate votes 92-3 pursuant to the 25th Amendment to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States.

       d.  2001 in a we might not be alone moment, the Space Telescope defected the presence of hydrogen on the extrasolar planet Osiris, the first planet to be discovered  to possess an atmosphere.

        e. 2015 Richard Deere attacked a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, killing 1 police officer and 2 civilians and wounding 9 other persons before surrendering and now is confined to a state mental hospital as he has been adjudged mentally incompetent to stand trial.

        Reflections on Black Friday in the Era Of CV Pandemic: “Black Friday Covid 19 is still here, dangerous and killing. It is better and advisable for you to do your shopping online, rather going to push each other in retailors, because if there is someone, who is infected. That person might infect lot of people.
        Shops should get websites and sell their products online. Also should make sure that their server can handle lot of traffic, it won’t crush, they should have redundancy , and their server should be able to handle lot of connections without timing out. They should take advantage of influencers and social media to market 
their product in time before Black Friday.

       Make sure you have the best Internet Service Provider, that won’t fail you, because people will be queuing online and those with good internet speed , bandwidth and good ISP providers will be having advantage on the queue. You can upgrade your line just for black Friday then downgrade it. Make sure you get yourself proper ISP that won’t drop connections, that won’t be slow to load pages, that won’t timeout and that wont freeze. Be careful of hackers and scammers when you shop online. Make sure the shop is legit and your banking details are safe.” ― De philosopher D.J. Kyos

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Black Friday for Retailers and Cal Football Team for First Big Game Played on Friday

 

Black Friday is best known for the day of retail shopping when retailers leave the of sea of red ink
A day so warmly welcomed by businesses that have been trying to leave the coming insolvency brink
But today on the sporting scene for the first time after 138 years
For one team another Black Friday in a different meaning  appears
The Big Game before an empty Cal stadium was played
For the rights to take home the Axe to their home campus to display
Stanford looking to avenge last year’s breaking of a nine year win streak
Met Cal with a team that was 0 and 2 for a season start looking bleak
Cal marched down the field barely slowed
Cardinal alums worrying that another loss would soon show
But the Bear tide soon turned into a slugfest with both teams going in for scores
But penalties, fumbles and blocked kicks would make the Bears suffer more
A punt fumble that turned into 6 points, a blocked field goal and a interception by penalty called back
In the end at 24-23 to tie Cal defense against a point after Stanford rush lacked
Still with Stanford illegal celebrations moving the kickoff forward 15 yards
A last attempt if Stanford against the onsite kick could not successfully guard
Too eager Cal was whistled off sides
With three timeouts could still stop Stanford and a chance to victory ride
Not to be as on third down Stanford ran for 5 to move the chains
Winning the game and Axe despite not being able to listen from its band “It’s all right now” refrains
College football brings all who watch or play to such emotional highs or lows
No wonder we now face a better, safer day as CV vaccines to the public will soon start to go

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