Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 7, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 70,598 new cases (a 1.85% increase compared to a 3.36% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 3,881,312 cases, 2,283,581 of which are active, 1,597,731 of which have been closed with 1,329,223 recoveries (83.19% compared to yesterday’s 82.98%) and 255,096 deaths (16.81% compared to yesterday’s 17.02%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 20,967 have brought total cases to 1,277,606 (a 1.67% increase compared to yesterday’s 3.13% increase) with 987,278 active cases and 290,328 closures, 76,052 of which have been deaths (26.2% compared to yesterday’s 26.53%) and 214,276 205,268 of which have been recoveries (73.8% compared to yesterday’s 73.47%), while total testing has increased to 8,131,536, an increase of 169,193 from yesterday; Dallas County State District Judge Eric Moyé had his judicial overreach hand slapped by the Texas Supreme Court that ordered Dallas Salon owner Shelly Luther to be released from jail (only in America do we release prisoners from jail due to the pandemic and put people in jail for violating shut down orders of businesses deemed to be “nonessential”); Governor Abbot has banned the jailing of Texans for violating shut down orders as the Texas AG observed “This is America not China; the DOJ has just announced that it is dropping the case that never should have brought against Flynn after the lead prosecutor Van Graek withdrew from the case over allegations he withheld exculpatory evidence (fired and disgrace James Comey who should be in trial for his activities delusionally claiming “The DOJ has lost its way) ; Justice Ginsburg just released from the hospital has authored a unanimous SCOTUS opinion reversing and castigating the liberal leaning 9th Circuit for reversing a conviction of an immigration consultant who was convicting of advocating illegal immigration after the court following argument called in several third parties to present arguments to overturn the conviction not argued by the parties; SCOTUS in another unanimous ruling overturned the convictions in the case known as Bridgegate; the Blues’ firewall of black voters showed another sign of cracking as Daryl Strawberry will be one of the guests on the Trump Campaign’s webcast “Faith in America: Black Voices for Trump”; as the justification for the Mueller probe is crumbling big time, Lying Schiff is still stalling and not releasing documents on the Russia probe that will clearly show no collusion as Reds are fed up with Wray’s being MIA with respect to the corruption at the top of the FBI that allowed the travesty and attempt to take down a duly elected president to occur; in Chicago, as of May 6, 2020, 844 shootings of whom 155 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 56 behind Chicago with 99 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 Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludicris, the fact that you make it a habit to osculate your spouse or significant other on a regular basis and a quote by Franklin Graham on National Day of Prayer, 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 Day of Prayer—created by the U.S. Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on April 17, 1952 and now celebrated on the first Thursday in May and with the coronavirus raging and this country needing all the help it can get to fight it, maybe prayer could be the spiritual vaccine we need.
2. World Password Day—created by Intel Security in May, 2013 to promote good password habits like creating strong passwords, changing them frequently and not using obvious ones like “1,2,3,4,5” in order to prevent hacking of on line accounts and to maintain privacy and security.
3. 2004 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2004 on this day on a run of 12 weeks in the position and the song in the longest run was “Yeah” by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxBSyx85Kp8 This talented singer has sold over 80 million records worldwide.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “osculate” which means to kiss which is always a good habit to do with your spouse or significant other before leaving for work.
5. Hard to Escape a Stalker—celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of Angela Olive Stalker, a noted English author better known to her fans as Angela Olive Parker who was a heavy smoker and died of lung cancer that stalked her on February 18, 1992.
On this day in:
a. 1945 on the same day that General Jodl on behalf of Germany signed unconditional surrender documents effective the next day, U-Boat 2336 off the coast of Scotland sank the freighters, Avondale Park and Sneland I, the last two ships sunk by the Kreigsmarine.
b. 1952 the concept of an integrated circuit, the foundation of computers, was first proposed by Geoffrey Dummer.
c. 1992 Michigan in a better late than never moment ratified a 203 year old proposed amendment which became the 27th Amendment which prohibited Congress from increasing or decreasing salaries until the next term.
d. 1998 Mercedes-Benz bought Chrysler for $40 billion in the largest industrial merger ever and formed Mercedes Chrysler.
e. 2004 independent radio tower contractor Nicholas Berg after having gone to Iraq was beheaded by Islamists who had kidnapped him earlier.
Reflections on the National Day of Prayer: “At a time when our country is waging two wars, approval ratings for Congress are at historic lows, unemployment is at a 70-year high and financial institutions have collapsed around us, I can't imagine anyone seriously opposing a National Day of Prayer.” Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham and a noted evangelist is his own right.
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