Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 26, 2020 While the week witnessed jobless claims of almost 3.3 million due to shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate passed by a vote of 96-0 a $2 + trillion stimulus bill which had been delayed due to Pelosi’s last minute monkey wrench in the House with her pork bloated bill which other than funding for the Kennedy Center many of not all of its provisions were excluded and now goes to the House for a vote tomorrow (Pelosi, the aging Botox Queen celebrating her 80th birthday today has not had her political opportunism skills diminished as she gloats over the House’s role in pushing the stimulus bill forward which Reds like Kevin McCarthy blast as an outright lie); AOC in a typical inane rant is blasting the stimulus bill for not putting money in the hands of illegals; on the virus front world cases have increased to 521,086 with 23,568 deaths and in the U.S. total cases have increased to 79,785 with 1,124 deaths but some hopeful news that the rate of increase in cases is slowing down as a result of social distancing, hand washing and “stay at home” orders; while the rate of new cases may be declining, NYC hospitals are in a world of hurt being swamped with cases and running woefully short on masks and other PPE for attending medical staff (making masks, gowns, gloves and other protective equipment cannot be that complicated and probably require little capital which raises the question of why entrepreneurs are not jumping on board to manufacture); China is intent on winning the propaganda war spreading the absolute falsehood that the China virus that originated in Wuhan the outbreak of which it concealed was caused by the U.S. Army while it is sending medical supplies to countries infected with the virus caused most likely by people travelling from China; even though we are not out the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump Administration is reviewing revising the social distancing rules in counties where the number of cases is very low (understand the economic rational but really risky health and politically if rules change and infections bounce back in spades); the Blues are milking the coronavirus pandemic to push their leftist goals by claiming that gun stores are “nonessential businesses” that should be shut down in any stay at home order (sell that to the rising number of people flocking to gun stores worried about the breakdown of the social order that may be caused by this pandemic); the 2020 Olympics, MLB and now the INDY 500 have joined the growing list of sports events that have been postponed or cancelled; in Chicago, as of March 25, 2020, 491 people have been shot of whom 85 have died but ion a major miracle none in the last 3 days ; 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 20 behind Chicago with 65 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 Tommy Roe, the fact that you face issues so they do not omnify, a quote by Hippocrates on epilepsy, 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. Purple Day—created by Cassidy Megan, an epileptic, 2008 to promote awareness of the issues facing epileptics and to raise money to find treatment and cures for the disorder, a noble cause to fight a disorder that affects millions worldwide but the color might also be used to promote Blues and Reds working together as Purples to solve issues critical to Americans.
2. Legal Assistants Day—celebrating the work down by paralegals and legal assistants whose billing rates are a fraction of those charged per hour by lawyers to enable clients to obtain services to solve issues faced without being bankrupted by the fees often charged by lawyers.
3. 1969 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1969 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s_DKiTUty0. Roe is still going strong at 77 but retired from the dizzy world of music after 55 years on February 7, 2018.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “omnify” which means to enlarge which describes to a tee what happens when one does not address problems but rather ignores them.
5. All Ears—celebrating the birth on this day in March, 1931 of noted actor Leonard Nimoy best known for his role as the half Vulcan, half human Spock which he played on Star Trek from a pilot episode in late 1964 to his final film in 2013; he successfully battled alcoholism but an early cigarette smoking habit which he had discontinued in the early 80’s caught up with him and he died of complications from COPD on February 27, 2015.
On this day in:
a. 1945 the Battle of Iwo Jima came to an official end as the United States announced the island had become officially secured after the deadliest battle in USMC history.
b. 1967 10,000 people gathered in Central Park for one of the many Be-ins being held that day in New York City.
c. 1979 Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter signed the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C.
d. 1982 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
e. 1997 San Diego Sheriff’s Deputies discovered the bodies of 39 members of Heaven’s Gate a UFO cult that committed suicide in three mass suicides.
Reflections on epilepsy: “People think that epilepsy is divine simply because they don't have any idea what causes epilepsy. But I believe that someday we will understand what causes epilepsy, and at that moment, we will cease to believe that it's divine. And so it is with everything in the universe” Hippocrates
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