Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 29, 2020 The ink on the stimulus bill is barely dry, a Pelosi has already thrown bipartisanship into the ditch claiming because of Trump as the fiddler in chief on the CV, people are dying (the needed gift of civility and bipartisanship never made her 80th birthday party on Friday); Chuck Todd trying to surpass Jim Acosta has thrown his hat in the most grandstanding by a “journalist” ring by asking Joe Biden if Trump has blood on his hands for his coronavirus response (even Biden whose campaign has an ad out attacking Trump for his response responded that the question was too harsh perhaps aware of the fact he initially slammed Trump for banning travel by Chinese here in the early stages of the epidemic in Wuhan); on the CV front, the world infection total has risen to almost 711,000 710,000 and in the U.S. to 135,499 with 2,381 deaths; De Blassio probably regretting his earlier remarks during the beginnings of the pandemic to celebrate Chinese New Year in NYC is warning people not to judge his responses to the outbreak on earlier acts; 15,000 National Guardsmen have been called up and we are starting to see communities self quarantine themselves from entrance of the virus as Florida institutes checkpoints for out of state travelers from Louisiana and New York City entering the state and threatens 60 days jail time for those who don’t self quarantine after entering the state; Rhode Island much closer to New York than Florida is now having its police stopping cars with New York license plates and sending National Guardsmen to homes to check to see if anyone has recently arrived from New York, a practice which Cuomo has threatened to sue to stop; Malaysia’s top glove maker, Top Glove Maker Bhd, which can produce 200 million gloves a day has announced that demand for its products caused by the pandemic is now twice its production capacity; Biden who has been in hidin’ had another TV interview where once again he was not asked any questions concerning his former senate staffer’s sexual harassment allegations (where is Senator Hirono and her demand women must be believed?); at a press conference today, Trump indicated the CDC social distance guidelines would be extended to the end of April and June 1 might be the return to normalcy which caused stock futures for Monday to tank; in Chicago, as of March 28, 2020, 513 people have been shot of whom 88 have died; 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 21 behind Chicago with 67 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 Ameridca, the fact we celebrate Palm Sunday because of onomancy, a quote by Vitek Wadhwa on the dot.com boom, 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 Vietnam War Veterans Day—created in 2017 by President Trump to commemorate the sacrifice made by our veterans during the Vietnam War.
2. National Mom and Pops Business Day—created by Rick Segal to honor the woman’s hat store opened by his parents called Ruth’s in Everett, MA on March 29, 1939 to honor the efforts of and contributions of small businesses to our national economy which are reeling to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic laying waste to this land.
3. 1972 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1972 on this day on a run of 3 weeks in the position was “A Horse with No Name” by America. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSAJ0l4OBHM The band is still going strong without on of its original members, Dan Peek who died in 2011.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “onomancy” which means reaching a destination by using a donkey or an ass which is what Christ used on Palm Sunday.
5. Running for Office May Get You Published But Not In—celebrating or bemoaning the birth on this day in March 29, 1916 of noted House member and Senate member from Minnesota who challenged Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and his showing in New Hampshire was sufficient to drive Johnson not to seek reelection and who was a poet who was able to get his works published after his unsuccessful run and who died a fruitful life on December 10, 2005 of Parkinson’s Disease.
On this day in:
a. 1973 in a why did it take us so long moment, the last American combat soldiers left South Vietnam.
b. 1994 the Terracotta Army consisting of 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses, and 150 cavalry horses buried with the First Emperor of China to protect him in the Afterlife was discovered in Shaanxi, China.
c. 1984 the Baltimore Colts in the early morning hours loaded up 15 Mayflower trucks to slink out of the city to move its its equipment to Indianapolis.
d. 1999 the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 10,000 for the first time in its history at 10,006.78 during the height of the dot.com bubble.
e. 2010 2 female Islamic terrorists detonated suicide bombs in the Moscow Metro Subway killing 40 people and wounding some 100..
Reflections on the glory days of dot.com: “During the dot-com days, one could take just about any company public and reap fortunes. All you had to do was to make sky-high projections for growth, say you were in the Internet space, and go along with unscrupulous investment bankers and their analysts.”Vivek Wadhwa, noted American entrepreneur and academic.
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