Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 9, 2020 The stock market got hit with a vicious one two punch of the drop in the price of oil near 25% and the growing panic caused by the spread of the corona virus (will the TKO punch be a Sanders win in Michigan that would derail Biden’s campaign and raise the specter of a wealth tax and medicare for all including illegal aliens if he, defying the odds, wins in November); Iran also has been hit with not a one two combo but a three punch combo-large numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths, crippling sanctions and collapse of oil prices mitigated only by the fact it is having difficulty in finding buyers; first Cruz and now Rep Collins had contact with a coronavirus victim at CPAC and is in self-quarantine; on the coronavirus front in the U.S., Cosco has stopped giving out food samples, Kroger and Target are imposing quotas on buying anti-virus remedies like hand sanitizers and Purell, many stores’ shelves have been emptied of such items and airplane flights are be cancelled in droves or are still in the air with significantly reduced numbers of passengers; in a Senator McCarthy déjà vu rising tide in the Senate for a motion of censure over Schumer’s dog whistle threats of violence against Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh over their pending rulings in an abortion case (you know this rabid ideologue has stepped over the line when even hyper-leftist anti-Trumper Lawrence Tribe slammed him over his threats); on the eve of the Michigan primary, speculation mounts that HRC is angling for a spot as Biden’s ticket which would allay fears of many voters that he is not mentally fit to serve or likely to become incapacitated or die during his term (what a circus the election would be in an sequel to the Clinton quid pro quo scandals joining her pupil in the same vice whose son learned big time from her); when it comes to vitriol, MSNBC takes the cake as one of its guests Victoria Mather slams Meghan Markle as “being 5 clicks up from trailer trash;” Hanoi Jane climbed into the political anti-aircraft battery to try to shoot down Biden by endorsing Bernie Sanders as the “climate change” candidate (total hypocrisy from a woman whose carbon footprint with private jets makes her the Imelda Marcos carbon equivalent of shoes; in Chicago, as of March 8. 2020, 396 people have been shot of whom 76 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 has fallen 22 behind Chicago with 54 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 Percy Faith and His Orchestra, the fact that you are an oenphile, a relevant quote by Laurieann Gibson on Barbie, 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. Joe Franklin Day—commemorating the achievements of the inventor of the TV Interview Show whose “Joe Franklin Show” debuted on TV in 1950 and ran for 28,000 episodes before ending.
2. Barbie Day—commemorating the introduction of the Barbie Doll at the International Toy Fair in New York City on this day ins 1959.
3. 1960 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1960 on this day on a run of 9 weeks in the position was “Theme from a Summer Place” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRV0yHiEua8. This Canadian’s summer place turned into winter on February 9, 1976, dying from cancer at the age of 67.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “oenophile” which means lover of wine and today someone who hopes proposed tariffs on French wines do not go into effect.
5. Famous for Being Infamous—celebrating or bemoaning as the case may be of Enresto Miranda born on this day in 1941 who after a life of crime was immortalized in a SCOTUS ruling in Miranda v. Arizona that an arrested person has a right to an attorney before being questioned by the police. After his conviction was thrown out after his confession following arrest was thrown out, Miranda did not lead a life of a reformed criminal and met his death in a Phoenix bar fight on January 31, 1976 from a lethal stab wound at the age of 34.
On this day in:
a. 1815 Francois Ronalds described the first battery powered clock in Philosophical Magazine.
b. 1862 the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia in the first battle between two ironclads fought to a draw off of Hampton Roads, Virginia.
c. 1933 President Franklin Roosevelt submitted his Emergency Banking Act to Congress, the first piece of his New Deal Legislative Agenda to combat The Great Depression.
d. 1961 Sputnik 9 carrying a dog and a human dummy was launched signifying the Soviet Union was moving
toward humans beings launched into space.
e. 2011 Space Shuttle Discovery made its last flight after 39 missions to become the first operational shuttle to be retired.
Reflections on the Barbie Doll: “She's like a Barbie, then she wants to be a superhero, or coming out of a spaceship and everything's pink. She makes a certain move that's ghetto hood mixed with a little robot so its like I'm evolving Nicki Minaj and developing her style. She's fearless, and I love her.” Laurieann Gibson, noted Canadian choreographer, singer and director.
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