Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 24, 2020 While the economy sinks and may be going into free House Blue focus is on Christmas early goodies that have nothing to do with helping this economy and will DOA when it comes if ever to the Senate
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/whats-in-democrats-coronavirus-bill-arts-funding-union-help-and-more and if passed would face a certain veto; the stock market lives on hopes and dreams and the mere fact the Senate is still trying to get a bill passed despite Blue resistance, the market soared today although still significantly down from its 2020 highs; even though the Blues will most likely nominate Biden who very early slammed Trump for banning Chinese travel to the U.S. as the pandemic in Wuhan was taking off, a Blue Super Pac has announced $6 million in ads to attack Trump’s response to the virus; as Blues carp on the “lack” of preparedness of the U.S. to the coronavirus pandemic, a recent John Hopkins Medical School study refutes such accusation while Trump in response to Cuomo’s relentless attacks on Trump for the lack of ventilators in New York hospitals produced a report showing Cuomo turned down the chance to buy ventilators in 2015 (in fencing we would call that a touché moment); in a chilling reminder that ignoring social distances does not work, half of the 50 guests at a 40 year old Connecticut’s birthday party earlier this month have tested positive for the virus; tested guest; we all know that journalists like Jake Tapper are anti-Trump and willing to go to any lengths to help Blues prevail, but Tapper takes the cake in a recent video interview of Joe Biden showing him how to properly cover a cough by not using his hand (another example of memory loss for Biden as Tapper also stated he learned while covering the Obama/Biden White House?); Tlaib has come up with a inane idea on the virus—give every person here, including illegal aliens of course. a preloaded debit card with a $2000 and reload it with a $1000 each month until a year has passed after the end of the virus crisis (if you believe the crisis will ever pass to end the $1000 a month payments, record your belief in the tooth fairy); Pelosi’s parenting skills on Christine next to zero as Christine implied Paul’s attacker is a modern day American hero; in Chicago, as of March 23, 2020, 474 people have been shot of whom 85 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 22 behind Chicago with 63 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 Otis Redding, the fact that you are somewhat omnicompetent, a quote by Paul; Farmer on attacking major health problems like tuberculosis, 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. Great American Takeout—created in response to the pandemic and the National Emergency which has devastated restaurants, Americans are urged to help by ordering takeout.
2. World Tuberculosis Day—created by the World Health Organization on the anniversary of the birth of Robert Koch as one of eight world health days to promote the eradication of this still deadly disease that affects millions.
3. 1968 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1968 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “Sittin’ On A Dock In The Bay” by Otis Redding. Here is a recording of the song:
https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrWnS6hiHpe9CkAkwQPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByNWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=%28sittin%27+On+the+dock+of+the+bay&fr=yhs-adk-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt#id=1&vid=213dbca60cc101f15cc18dcc68045d1f&action=viewhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-rB0pHI9fU . Sadly Otis Redding was killed in a private plane crash in foul weather on December 10, 1967 before the song achieved number one status.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “omnicompetent” which means skillful in all manner of things, a trait desirous to have in this era of specialization.
5. King of Cool—celebrating the birth on this day in March, 1930 of former Marine and noted actor Steve McQueen who was a long time smoker but quite in 1978 only to subsequently diagnosed as having mesothelioma which caused his death due to heart failure on November 7, 1980 while undergoing surgery to remove numerous metastatic tumors.
On this day in:
a. 1882 Robert Koch announced the discovery of the Mycobacterium, the bacterium responsible for causing tuberculosis.
b. 1921 the 1921 Women’s Olympiad began in Monte Carlo, the first international women’s Olympics.
c. 1998 Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Goldman, ages 13 and 11 respectively, opened fire in a Middle School near Jonesboro, Arkansas, killing 5 and wounding 10 who were both convicted of murder and assault and served time until becoming adults.
d. 2003 the Arab League passed a resolution, which we in retrospect sadly we ignored, 21-1 calling for U.S. and British troops to withdraw from Iraq.
e. 2015 Germanwings Flight 9525 in an apparent murder suicide by the pilot crashes into the Alps, killing all 150 aboard.
Reflections on tuberculosis: “We've taken on the major health problems of the poorest - tuberculosis, maternal mortality, AIDS, malaria - in four countries. We've scored some victories in the sense that we've cured or treated thousands and changed the discourse about what is possible.” Paul Farmer, noted American medical anthropologist and doctor who must be wondering when do we add the coronavirus to the list of major health problems.
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