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.

         Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter   account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

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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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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Day Thoughts 2020

 

THANKSGIVING DAY 2020

We are a nation that built the Panama Canal, was key to winning two World Wars
Sent men to land on the Moon after into the heavens soar
Built the ALCAN Highway through muskeg and frigid waste
And better yet have presidents pardon turkeys we on this day would otherwise baste
This may be the year where our holidays and lifestyles have been curtailed
And the number of infected or dead fellow Americans is beyond the pale
Instead of extended family and friends at the dinner table a number so reduced
Sacrifices to prevent an invisible enemy from continuing to run loose
Instead the joys of not having to fight the crowds late Thursday weighed down with tryptophan
As in the past Black Friday frenzy earlier and earlier with fighting shoppers swarmed across the land
Soon the start of a Christmas season to be shorn of endless parties
To trudge through full parking lots or to a shopping computer be chained after a round of libations hearty
For once a time to on the true reasons of Thanksgiving and then Christmas to reflect
On that what we should be thankful for instead of fears of a virus to infect
The list may be shorter this year but for most still very long
A reminder to help our less fortunate try to get along
Nearing Christmas to look forward to the message of Peace on Earth
A gift Amazon cannot even come close to surpassing in worth
So today when in the company of friends and family real time or virtual enjoy and bask
Secure in the thoughts like when facing life you are up to the carving of the turkey task
As you devour your servings and ask for more
Know that your blessing multiply by the score
This scourge will upon this nation soon fade away
Another reason to be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day
© November 26, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka The Alaskanpoet

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women

 

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 25, 2020
           CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 467,967 new cases (a .78%  increase compared to a 1.14% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  60 million to 60,518,698, 17,270,527 of  which  are active, 43,248,171 of which have been closed with 41,825,250  recoveries (96.71% compared to  yesterday’s 96.70%) and 1,422,921 deaths (3.29% compared to yesterday’s 3.30%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
       CV USA Cases: New cases of 111,072 with total cases nearing 13 million at 13,039,271 (a .86% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.81%) with 5,100,232 active cases of which 23,609 (.46% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (23,711 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 7,939,039 closures, 267,024 of which have been deaths (3.36% compared to yesterday’s 3.37%) and 7,672,015 of which have been recoveries (96.64% compared to yesterday’s 96.63%). 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 .07% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement at 801 ranks behind Belgium (1373), Peru (1076),  Spain (942), Italy (861), and UK (831) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and Argentina (825)  and has yesterday passed Brazil (798)  and only slightly worse than  Mexico (794), Chile (789) that we just passed,  recently added to the list France (775) Bolivia (761), Ecuador (747) and Sweden (647) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,741,647 more tests to bring total to 186,106,026 (now at 560,928/M compared to Russia at 508,845/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 615,299/M).
            Non CV Case News: On the Trump election litigation trail, a Pennsylvania judge has halted the state’s certification process, pending the result of a hearing; Trump’s chances of his legal actions overturning the election are beginning to look slimmer each day but Obama just can’t resist the opportunity to rant and degrade evangelical Hispanics who voted for Trump despite Obama’s charge that Trump is a racist (also blasted Trump for putting illegal children in cages when he did the very same thing as he is not listening to Biden’s time to heal message); CDC study says no link between CV infections and outdoor dining but L.A. listening to its director of health who is not a doctor with zero experience in infectious diseases, has shut down outdoor dining; Trump ended a grave miscarriage of justice today by pardoning Michael Flynn; Denver Mayor Hancock won’t be sucking down pumpkin or mincemeat pie only hypocrisy as he flies out of Denver to meet wife and daughter for T-Day;  Obama must be fearful Loeffler will win on January 5 Georgia Special Election rand Biden’s restoring his legacy she will help block as he defends that infamous anti-Semite Reverend Wright; the stakes in the Georgia race just went up a goodly number of notches as Biden announced plans to introduce immigration reform that among other things would offer a path to citizenship to some 11 million illegals here along with rolling back some of Trump’s executive orders that have resulted in a reduction in illegals crossing the border; Big Fredo’s Emmy did not sway SCOTUS as it ruled against his anti-CV worship restrictions but disturbingly Chief Justice Roberts siding with the liberal dissent; in what may be a chilling preview in terms of our safety with Biden, the illegal alien Fernando de Jesus Lopez Garcia who was arrested for stabbing 2 in a San Jose church had been deported 3 times, a rap sheet of violent crimes, and never turned over to ICE for deportation.
             Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 24,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,858 of whom  655 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 still 355 behind Chicago at 300 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 “Piano Concerto in B Flat” by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra with Clyde Rogers for vocals, the fact that you are not subject to any pretense crimes and a quote from John Cogley on Hollywood blacklisting which is occurring today against conservatives  without the benefit of HUAC, 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. Blackout Wednesday—an informal observance started by college students coming home for the first time to their home towns to celebrate Thanksgiving after going off to college to party too hearty with their high school friends but due to the CV pandemic this year,  much more subdued as many states have closed bars, banned large gatherings or like in Pennsylvania banned the sale of alcohol after 5:00 p.m.
         2. International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women—created by the Feminist Encuentro in Columbia on this day in 1981 to mark the death on that day in 1960 of 3 of the Mirabel Sisters protesting against the reign of Dictator Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republican and then promulgated by the UN General Assembly in December, 1999 to promote awareness of the violence against women and to encourage efforts to end such violence.
        3. 1941 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1940 on this day on a run of 8    weeks was “Piano Concerto in B Flat” by Freddy Martin and His Orchestra with Clyde Rogers for vocals to join 10 other number 1 songs. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckgH8UlIu1k. Martin, a tenor saxophonist known as “Mr. Silvertone”, was a big band leader who pioneered the “Tenor Band” sound and continued his career with his band until the early 80’s. His saxophone was taken away permanently on September 30, 1983 when he died at Hoag Hospital from a second stroke at age 76.
         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prepense” which means premeditated which when added to a murder brings with it a possible death penalty or life without possibility of parole.

         5. Taking Five--celebrating the birth on this day in 1924 of Paul Emil Brietenfeld better known to his fans as Paul Desmond, noted jazz alto saxophonist who was part of the Dave Brubeck, but drank Dewar’s to excess and was a heavy smoker who dodged cirrhosis but not the lung cancer bullet to die too early on  May 30, 1977 of lung cancer at age 52.

          On this day in:

          a. 1974 the Greenback Party with an anti-monopoly platform and freeing the dollar from gold was founded and active in the American political scene  and achieved at its peak having members of the party in Congress until its disbandment in 1989.

          b. 1947 8 individual screenwriters, 1 director and 1 producer were found in Contempt of Congress by HUAC  for refusing to answer questions about their Communist Party involvement and were the first of many to be “blacklisted” from working in Hollywood.

     c. 1952 Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London to become the longest running play in history with 28,000 performances but finally has had the curtain drop due to discontinuance due to the CV pandemic.

         d.  1977 former  Filipino Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. was sentenced to death by firing squad by the Philippine  military but had the sentence commuted by Dictator Ferdinand Marcos and was able to leave the Philippines to the U.S. for heart treatment but upon return to the Philippines to try to convince Marcos to give up his dictatorial powers was assassinated almost immediately upon landing in Manila on August 21, 1983 by a shot to the head which circumvented the bullet proof vest he was wearing.

         e. 1986 Attorney General Edwin Meese announced that funds from covert sales of arms to Iran were illegally transferred to Contra Rebels in Nicaragua.

        Procedures for those in Hollywood to be deblacklisted: “When a former member of the party came to Brewer for help, the first thing [Brewer] insisted on was that the ex‐Communist go to the F.B.I. with all the information he had. Then the ex‐Communist was put in touch with the House committee and some kind of public repentance was worked out. The ex‐Communist was expected to testify (which meant naming names in public session), denounce the party at union meetings and, if he was prominent enough, make some kind of statement for the press ... or in some other way publicly express his new feelings....” John Cogley Report on Blacklisting

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CDC Says CV and Outdoor Dining NO Link, LA. Outdoor Eating Ban Brings Restaurants to B/K Brink

 

Early on in the CV Pandemic, Blues felt an economy damaged by it would be Trump’s Achilles’ heel
With a surging economy replacing a sitting president would have little appeal
So Biden came out of his bunker to intone on CV Trump was MIA
Oblivious the deaths and new cases occurring each and every day  
With deaths climbing and to Trump’s efforts like on vaccine the MSM paid little heed
To win an economy devastated by lockdowns and more stimulus block would be all they would need
For Reds, sadly they were right
Trump’s electoral majority evaporated after mail-in votes were tallied after Election Night
Trump’s claims of election fraud look more and more like a losing dead end
Barring a miracle not easily foreseen on January 20 to the Oval Office we will Biden send
So to L.A. County Supervisors, Mayor Garcetti and Newsom a news flash—Biden has won
With your efforts to derail the economy you should be over and done
L.A. County this week has closed not only indoor dining but also dining outdoors
Another nail in the restaurant industry coffin, more restaurants will be in business no more
The County claims that the science on the virus in stopping the spread it follows
A recent CDC report that has no link between infection and outdoor dining makes the claim ring hollow
Our public employees and elected officials are being paid so they are without pain
While in the industry despair and desperation reign
If the elected officials would have their pay docked
These draconian economic measure might be blocked
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November 24, 2020 Ridley's Beleive It Or Not D.B. Cooper Day

 

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 24, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 675,349 new cases (a 1.14%  increase compared to a .66% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  60 million to 60,050,731, 17,164,304 of  which  are active, 42,886,427 of which have been closed with 41,472,014  recoveries (96.70% compared to  yesterday’s 96.70%) and 1,413,413 deaths (3.30% compared to yesterday’s 3.30%) to continue the trend of increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
       CV USA Cases: New cases of 230,372 with total cases nearing 13 million at 12,928,199 (a 1.81% increase compared to yesterday’s .87%) with 5,051,139 active cases of which 23,711 (.47% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (23,116 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 7,876,790 closures, 265,643 of which have been deaths (3.37% compared to yesterday’s 3.39%) and 7,611,147 of which have been recoveries (96.63% compared to yesterday’s 96.61%). 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 .07% above world rate and on a deaths per million population measurement at 801 ranks behind Belgium (1357), Peru (1076),  Spain (934), Italy (849), Argentina (825), and UK (821) which has now passed us despite leading world in testing),  and today passed Brazil (798)  and only slightly worse than  Chile (789) that we just passed, (Mexico (787), newly added to the list France (769) Bolivia (760), Ecuador (747) and Sweden (642) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 1,731,084 more tests to bring total to 184,361,379 (now at 555,673/M compared to Russia at 504,934/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 610,529/M).
       Non CV Case News: Buoyed by news that Pfizer will be heading to people for injection by mid week in December, the stock market surge as the Dow ended up 30,000 for the first time in its history as Trump announced that fact, praised the American people and then left without answering questions, prompting a CSPAN reporter to be caught on a hot mic saying “Weird as s**t”; Pelosi’s projected Blue Wave fizzled and although Blues will retain the House they will have the smallest majority since the majority controlled by Republicans in the 72nd Congress 1931-33 at 1; the dollars and party big wigs from both sides are pouring into the Georgia for the special election on January 6 which will determine who controls the Senate; Vermont’s Governor was to have children questioned to see if parents violated only people from same household can be in house celebrating Thanksgiving (shades of the Stasi getting kids to inform on their parents); L.A. nears almost total lock down as starting tomorrow outdoor dining will be banned (how many CV cases spread by outdoor dining? Next to impossible to get an answer but probably a low, low number); Cuomo or Big Fredo being raked over the coals for his planned T-Day visit to his 89 year old mother has seen the light and canceled the visit (when leaders flaunt their own rules with lying “We are in this together” slogans, the voters ignore them); the only reason Trump has not pardoned Flynn is probably that he thought it would hurt him in the election which he has now lost so expect this miscarriage of justify to be rectified by a presidential pardon very soon.
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 23,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 3,854 of whom  655 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 355 behind Chicago at 300 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 “Only You” by Bing Crosby, the fact that you not premoved easily and a quote from Jack Ruby on the Kennedy Assassination, 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. Evolution Day—previously known as Darwin Day and celebrated since November 24, 1859 the date of publication of The Origin of the Species.
         2. D.B. Cooper Day—celebrating the hijacking of a Northwest Orient 727 flight from Portland to Seattle on this day in 1971. Dan Cooper as he identified himself instructed the plane to land, bring on board $200.000 in $20 bills and 4 parachutes or he would blow up the plane. Crew complied, he released all the passengers and two flight attendants, had the plane take off and ordered 4 crew on board to stay in cockpit and fly at no more than 10,000 feet and no more that 200 m.p.h. He later lower the rear ramp and exited the plane with his money by parachute and was never found again.
        3. 1940 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1940 on this day on a run of 9   weeks was “Only Forever” by Bing Crosby. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNCt6hkCUic

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “premove” which means to incite which Reds and Blues are doing in spades to get their voters to the polls to vote in the Georgia special election on January 7, 2021.

       5. Love on Pennies a Day--celebrating the birth on this day of Penny Jones, a noted, prolific English writer of 200 romance novels who sadly learned that cancer does not love and she died of the disease on December 31, 2011 of the disease. Do not know what kind of cancer it was but since her first and only husband was a heavy smoker who died some 10 years before, doubt if it was lung cancer.

          On this day in:

          a. 1917 a bomb discovered in a church was removed to a Milwaukie Police Station to be defused when it exploded, killing 9 police officers  in the deadliest attack on police officers until 9/11 when 72 police officers were killed. The perpetrators were never found or brought to justice.

          b. 1962 the British satirical show That Was the Week That Was debuted on TV.

         c. 1963 in a case of really sloppy and slack police work Jack Ruby was able to enter the basement of the Dallas Police Department Headquarter and shoot and kill Lee Harvey Oswald while he was being transported to the county jail on national TV, depriving us of any chance to see who if any were behind Kennedy’s assassination.

          d.  1973 Germany as a result of the OPEC Oil Embargo imposed a short lived  4 month long speed limit on the heretofore no limit Autobahn.

         e. 1974 Donald Johanson and Tom Gray unearthed a 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy” from  The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression.

         Reflections on the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald: “Everything pertaining to what's happening has never come to the surface. The world will never know the true facts of what occurred, my motives. The people who had so much to gain, and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in the position I'm in, will never let the true facts come above board to the world.” Jack Ruby

          Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter    account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

© November 24, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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