Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 26, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 53,834 new cases (a .97% increase compared to a 1.81% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 5,617,094 cases, 2,876,852 of which are active, 2,740,242 of which have been closed with 2,391,714 recoveries (87.28% compared to yesterday’s 87.07%) and 348,528 deaths (12.72% compared to yesterday’s 12.81%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 7,724 have brought total cases to 1,708,265 (a .45% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.44% increase) with 1,143,691 active cases and 564,574 closures, 99,846 of which have been deaths (17.69% compared to yesterday’s 17.9%) and 464,728 of which have been recoveries (82.31% compared to yesterday’s 82.1%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die) while total testing has increased to 15,198,933; with scorching temperatures celebrants of Memorial Day put lock downs and social distancing at bay and flocked to the water in boats and bars and restaurants that were opening up; while the Blues have been pounding Trump on his firing of IGs, they seem to have developed a memory lapse in that Obama also practiced the habit of firing IGs; Witless Whitmer is back in the doe as I say not as I do news as her husband tried unsuccessfully to have a marina where the family boat was stored put the boat on to a lake in Northern Michigan in violation of her stay at home orders; Cuomo evidently isn’t the only one burdened by large numbers of nursing home corona virus deaths as in Los Angeles County one half of the corona virus deaths have occurred in nursing homes as the county ponders the need to appoint an inspector general (statistics like that make one wonder what the L.A. County Health Director is doing to earn her bloated salary); on the corona virus front, farmers in North Carolina are in the process of euthanizing 1.5 million chickens due to chicken processing plants in the state being hit with infections among employees; the fight against the coronavirus has brought out the best in us but also the worst as the DOJ announced the arrest of Ronald Romano for conspiring to defraud NYC of $45 million by trying to sell PPE which he did not own and had no right to sell; NYC already suffering abysmal relations between the NYPD and Mayor DeBlasio is also being racked by a spike in violent crime due to coronavirus fighting protocols that are resulting in many arrestees being released to prevent the spread of the virus in jails; in Chicago, as of May 25, 2020, 1038 shootings of whom 187 have died (so much for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order); 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 now 67 behind Chicago with 120 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 Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the fact that you can argue issues with pace and a quote from John Wayne’s tombstone on tomorrow, 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. National Paper Airplane Day—clueless to know who created this observance and when and know only it is celebrated on this day and that the record as of 2012 for time of flight of a paper airplane 27.9 seconds held by Takuo Toda and the record for distance as of 2012 is 226 feet 10 inches held by Joe Ayoob.
2. National Sorry Day—observed in Australia since May 26, 1998 to promote awareness of the mistreatment of Australia’s indigenous population by its settler population and perhaps the holiday might be aped here in the United States given our ignominious record in dealing with our Native Americans.
3. 1935 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1935 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “What’s the Reason (I’m Not Pleasin’ You)” by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYNeD-ViDWo This talented Canadian band leader who touted to have played “the best music this side of heaven” was a fixture on radio New Year’s Eve starting in 1928 and for 20 years starting in 1956 on CBS TV until he died On November 25, 1977 of a heart attack at age 75.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pace” which also means in respectful disagreement with which in our heavily ad hominem partisan attacks would be most refreshing.
5. In Movies Blank Bullets In Real Life Real Ones--celebrating the birth on this day in 1907 of noted and iconic actor Marion Morrison better known to his fans as John Wayne who was a heavy smoker and drinker who fought and beat lung cancer with the removal of 1 lung and 4 ribs, married 3 times and divorced twice 1 of whom was Esperanza Baur, who tried to shoot him when he returned from a wrapping party for Angel and the Badman because she thought he was having an affair with co-star Gail Russell. His last film The Shootist released in 1976 was about a gunfighter dying of cancer which claimed him in the form of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.
On this day in:
a. 1923 the first 24 Hours at Le Man was held in France.
b. 1967 the Beatles released Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Band album.
c. 1970 the Tupolev 144 became the first commercial airliner to achieve a speed of Mach 2 but suffered reliability issues and made only 55 flights which carried passengers and was retired from passenger service on June 1, 1978 to remain as a commercial freight carrier until the plane was retired in from all flights on June 1, 1999.
d. 1972 the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems Treaty which the U.S. withdrew from in 2002.
e. 2002 the captain of the Robert V. Love fainted while towing barges on the Arkansas River and caused the barges to slam into the support columns for the bridge of I-40 causing a 580 foot section of the bridge to collapse into the water resulting in 8 automobiles and semis to fall into the water, killing 14 and injuring 11.The bridge which handled 20,000 cars a day was repaired and reopened in record time of 2 months.
Advice from the grave: “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.” Engraving etched on John Wayne’s tombstone in 1999.
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