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Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 23, 2020 For the Blues under Schumer it’s pass out the fiddles as Rome burns as the Blues in Senate once again close ranks to derail Senate stimulus bill 49-46 when 60 votes are needed to end filibuster (Schumer and Pelosi are holding the American economy and its healthcare system hostage to insure the economy tanks to insure the recession that would derail Trump’s reelection); Americans should be outraged that the “stimulus” bill the House is holding Blue Senators hostage to is some 1500 pages long with provision like money for the JFK Performing Arts Center that have absolutely nothing to do with the virus or the stimulus Americans desperately need; lCOVID-19 cases have now surpassed 41,000 growing a around 20% every 24 hours while the Senate is in impasse (we need to have the points of difference spelled out so we can make our minds up as to which side is right and which side is merely trying to make ideological points); while 4 Red Senators are in quarantine with one Rand Paul having tested positive, Senator Amy Klobuchar’s husband has tested positive but she is not in quarantine (would not want to wish this on anyone but maybe the best thing that could happen to the Senate impasse might be to have more Blue members of the Senate test positive or be put under quarantine); Trump has updated the country on the progress of the virus and castigated the Senate for its delay in passing the needed stimulus bill while Fauci was not present as he was busy at work working on a virus; Harvey Weintsein awaiting sentencing in prison has tested positive for the C)VID-19 virus as have several Florida Spring Break partiers seen on TV throwing all social isolation to the wind; the head of the WHO who has been accused of being a stooge of the Chinese is claiming the pandemic is expanding while the cases in China have plateaued; Joe Biden was making a teleprompter speech on his ideas to fight the virus in a stumbling almost incoherent 15 minutes when his teleprompter malfunctioned along with his train of thought (if I were a Blue I would be terrified of having Biden as my nominee even more so as Governor Cuomo in his daily response to the pandemic in New York is looking more and more competent and presidential); the WHCA has confirmed that one of its members has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and was in 4 recent presidential press conferences (although he might like to President Trump is not wishing the person is Jim Acosta); so far there is no evidence that the coronavirus attacks mental faculties, but Madonna is being mocked big time for her nude video in a bathtub with flower petals ranting about the virus; in Chicago, as of March 22, 2020, 471 people have been shot of whom 85 have died but none for three days prior to yesterday; 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 still 23 behind Chicago with 62 murders by shootings (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 the Beatles, the fact that you are not studying ombrology on this sunny day in Southern California, a quote by E.B. White on meteorologists, 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. World Meteorological Day—created by World Meteorological Association in 1950 to commemorate the contributions meteorologists make to our welfare, safety and economy.
2. Smigus-dyngus—celebrated in Polond and the Polish Diaspora since the 11th Century where boys and girls dress up and throw water on each other and proceed from door to door.
3. 1967 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1967 on this day on a run of 1 week in the position was “Penny Lane” by the Beatles. Here is a recording of the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-rB0pHI9fU .
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ombrology” which means the study of rain which in Southern California unfortunately we not have many chances to practice.
5. Who Needs Ivy—celebrating the birth on this day in March, 1955 of noted NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone who skipped college and went directly from high school to the ABA but who could not block or dunk heart problems and died in his sleep of a heart attack at the age of 60 on September 15, 2015.
On this day in:
a. 1956 Pakistan became the first Islamic Republic on Earth.
b. 1965 NASA launched Gemini 3, its first two man satellite with Gus Grissom and John Young (Gus Grissom was best known for having his Mercury 7 satellite sink out from underneath him after landing following its obit as the second American orbiting Earth into the ocean and being aboard Apollo 1 along with Ed Chafee and Roger White when it caught fire on the launch pad on February 21, 1967 and burnt all three to death.
c. 1983 President Ronald Reagan announced his proposal to create the Strategic Defense Initiative to intercept Soviet ICBMs targeting the United States.
d. 1996 Taiwan held its first direct presidential election, electing Lee Teng-hui as president.
e. 2001 the Russian Mir Space State which had been in service from February 20, 1986 to April 23 1996 reentered the Earth’s atmosphere to break up over the Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
Reflections on meteorologists:“ All we need is a meteorologist who has once been soaked to the skin without ill effect. No one can write knowingly of the weather who walks bent over on wet days.” E.B. White, noted contributor for over 50 years to The New Yorker.
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