Tuesday, September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Autumnal Equinox

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 22, 2020
         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 228,620 new cases (a .73%  increase compared to a .91% increase yesterday) to bring the total  over 31 million to 31,634,603 cases, 7,434,895  of  which  are active, 24,199,708 of which have been closed with 23,227,808 recoveries (95.98% compared to  yesterday’s 95.96%) and 971,900 deaths (4.02% compared to yesterday’s 4.04%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 39,841 with total cases over 7 million at 7,019,847 (a .57% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.05% increase) with 2,541,787 active cases of which 14,071, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,077 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,517,901 closures, 204,913 of which have been deaths (4.54% compared to yesterday’s 4.56%) and 4,272,199 of which have been recoveries (95.46% compared to yesterday’s 95.44%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 619 ranks behind Peru (952), Belgium (858), Spain (661), Bolivia (654), Brazil (646), Chile (643), Ecuador (628), and UK (615)  and only slightly worse than Italy (591) and Sweden (580) that never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (570) which announced it has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted 99,642,818 tests (now at 300,630/M compared to Russia at 296,679/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis but for the U.K. at 329,422/M).
       Non CV Case News: On the wimpy PC  front Costco has pulled from its shelves pimento cheese made by the Cheese Company as part of its “normal product rotation” or perhaps because the owner of the company called Antifa and Black Lives Matter “terrorist organizations”; on the election front, for the first debate to be held on September 29, 2020 the moderator Chris Wallace has selected his questions ranging from violence in the cities to the SCOTUS nomination in what could be the most watched and important presidential debate in history; whereas Trump has already issued his list of nominees Biden is refusing to list his potential nominees (great chance that Trump will have announced his nominee most likely Amy Coney Barrett who many remember drew the wrath of Senator Feinstein who seemed to want to impose a religious litmus test which she failed because she is Catholic—just like Biden); the DOJ announced the arrest of 179 traffickers on the Dark Net and the seizure of more than $6.5 million which in terms of drug seizures seems like pocket change; Cardi B who should stick to music is back in the news as she, her sister and her sister’s friend are being sued by a group of individuals in her posted video as being “racist” Trump supporters (would be a great step in solving racial issues if the “racist” charge was banned just because you disagreed with a person); Bloomberg is on a tear to use his wealth to influence elections in this case by paying some $16 million of restitution unpaid by felons to allow them to vote (a lot more than a carton of cigarettes and some booze to send off to the polls the homeless); Ian Halperin who has claimed to have interviewed numerous ex-lovers of Prince Andrew, who has been embroiled in the Epstein sex scandal, is releasing a book this week claiming the prince has a “sex addiction”; another White House briefing and another day of Jim Acosta making speeches using Trump quotes out of context and otherwise making a fool out of himself and destroyed by Kayleigh McEnany.

        Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 21, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,096 of whom 529 have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 288 behind Chicago at 241 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 way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur much less.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this  day in history, a musical link to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes,  the fact that you are not a pilgarlick and  a quote by Maria Cristina Marerro on same sex marriage, 
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. Please contact me for details.
          
1. Autumnal Equinox—celebrated the day when the Sun crosses the Earth’s Equator.

       2. American Business Women’s Day—commemorating the founding of the American Business Women’s Association on this day in 1949 and honoring the contributions to our economy and society of the 7.7 million businesses owned by women and the more than 68 million women in the workplace.

          3. 1967 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1967 on a run of 4 weeks was “Ode to Billie Joe” by Bobby Gentry in her first number one song.  Here us a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNB8AKMdqiQ Gentry was one of the first female performers to compose and perform her own songs and after tiring of performing retired in 1981 and disappeared from the public eye.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “piscicapturist” which means

 a fisherman which is a summer occupation I was blessed with in high school and college.

         5. At the Base of the Great Divide—celebrating or bemoaning the birth of this day of Norma McCovery better known to history as Jane Roe in the famous case of Roe v.Wade which still results in divisive passions today which will rise again in spades when Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy created by Justice Ginsburg’s death appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

            On this day in:

        a. 1914 Otto Weddingen commanding the German U-Boat U-9, off the coast of the Netherlands torpedoed and sank in 70 minutes 3 British cruisers, killing almost 1500 sailors. Sadly for him later in the war on March 18, 1915 while in command of U-29 his submarine was cut in half and sunk by ramming by the HMS Dreadnought, killing all aboard.

        b. 1948 Gail Halverson, one of the pilots participating in the Berlin Airlift, began parachuting candy to children near the approach path after he was impressed by the fact while watching the planes land handed out his last two sticks of gum to a group of children who broke them into tiny pieces to share; more pilots when they hear joined in and parachuted over 3 tons of candy during the Berlin Airlift.

         c. 1957 Francois Duvalier (“Papa Doc”) was elected President of Haiti and quickly turned it into a totalitarian state with him at its head and a secret police at his beck and call to terminate any dissenters until he died on April 21,1971 from a heart attack and diabetes to be succeeded by his 19 year old son who continued the reign of terror of his deceased father until he was overthrown by an uprising.

           d. 1975 after 17 days after surviving an assassination attempt by Squeaky Fromme in California, Ford was back and barely survived another attempt by Sarah Jane Moore whose first shot barely missed and the second was interrupted by a diving retired Marine next to her. Sentenced to life Moore was paroled in 2007 after serving 32 years and is still alive today at age 90.

           e. 1993 a barge struck the Big Bayou Canot Bridge near Mobile, Alabama 8 minutes before Amtrak’s Sunset Limited was to cross, displacing a span and causing a derailment into the water, killing 47 and injuring 103 and terminating to this day Sunset Limited which originates in Los Angeles terminating service past New Orleans to Orlando which had been the prior termination of the route.
          Reflections on the 2 Ford assassination attempts: “After the first attempt on his life by Squeaky Fromme, every time he left the White House, I used to go on the balcony and pray that somehow he would come back and avoid anything like that again. But, of course, there was another one which made me even more apprehensive.” Betty Ford on the Larry King Show in 2004.
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Monday, September 21, 2020

RBG Does Not Have the Right to Select Her Successor, Trump Does and Should

 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an icon for liberal causes
Her legacy of decisions will live on due to stare decisis in the law
She is reputed to have said what no one has heard
That she wanted her successor appointed by a new president as her last words
But she was appointed for life or until she retired not from the grave
Her parting words even if true do not give the left a veto of a nomination they crave
The president is elected for a term of four years
And those powers while in office do not before 12 noon on January 20 disappear
Trump has the Constitutional right and many say duty to vacancies on SCOTUS fill
To ignore the rabid cries of hysteria subverting Ginsburg’s legacy rising so shrill
The Senate may vote yea or nay on Trump’s nominee but it should vote
Discarding any attempts by the Blues to delay or to revoke
We have a Constitution that proscribes how to a vacancy fill
Not like a prewar Germany where a dying Chancellor left a replacing will
If Trump nominates a justice well qualified to defend and the Constitution support
Shame on the Blues if regardless of merit Bork the nominee to the nomination abort
Blues sensing a corpse victory demand across the land unrestrained power
Why they will fight tooth and nail to prevent a conservative judge who will force them in their efforts to ignore the Constitution to cower

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September 21, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day of Peace

 

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 21, 2020
         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 283,801 new cases (a .91%  increase compared to a .82% increase yesterday) to bring the total  over 31 million to 31,405,983 cases, 7,448,218  of  which  are active, 23,957,765 of which have been closed with 22,990,260 recoveries (95.96% compared to  yesterday’s 95.93%) and 967,505 deaths (4.04% compared to yesterday’s 4.07%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 72,959 with total cases over 7 million at 7,019,847 (a 1.05% increase compared to yesterday’s .57% increase) with 2,543,389 active cases of which 14,077, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,034 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,476,458 closures, 204,259 of which have been deaths (4.56% compared to yesterday’s 4.59%) and 4,272,199 of which have been recoveries (95.44% compared to yesterday’s 95.41%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 616 ranks behind Peru (948), Belgium (858), Spain (656), Bolivia (651), Brazil (646), Chile (642), Ecuador (627), and UK (615)  and only slightly worse than Italy (591) and Sweden (580) that never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (569) which announced it has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted 98,909,775 tests (now at 298,423/M compared to Russia at 295,309/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis but for the U.K. at 326,218/M).
       Non CV Case News: President Trump has met with Judge Amy Comey Barrett while Schumer showing his Constitutional illiteracy piously claims the president has no right to select a nominee (read the Constitution Chuck); fires in Southern California continue to rage out of control; Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee have authored a report which clearly concludes that if China had been more transparent in its reporting of the CV pandemic and WHO less complicit in adding China in that fact, the world would have been significantly spared the economic and health crisis it has had to endure (the only silver lining to this pandemic is maybe Americans will realize China is an existential threat to our way of living and economy and act with their votes and pocket books accordingly; to little surprise the DOJ has named New York City, Portland and Seattle as cities overrun with anarchy (in Portland it took the death of RBG to break the string of over 100 nights of riots); as we approach the first debate  and Biden’s gaffes continue unabated like his claim 200 million Americans have died from the CV pandemic, Trump campaign is trying to raise expectations for his performance so the reality of declining mental prowess will be highlighted; finally after enduring a social media Iron Curtain of bias and censorship conservatives have supposedly launched a web site www.censortrack.org but if one tries to open it one gets a 404 error cannot be found; Kimberly Klacik, a black woman running to take over the seat held forever by Cummings has unleashed a sequel to her first ad and is making waves in the right direction; hopefully in a sign that Main Street is tiring of Hollywood celebrities, the Emmy Awards with Kimmel and his anti-Trump digs sank to a historic low in terms of viewers.

        Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 19, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,082 of whom 526 have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 286 behind Chicago at 240 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 way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur much less.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this  day in history, a musical link to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes,  the fact that you are not a pilgarlick and  a quote by Maria Cristina Marerro on same sex marriage, 
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. Please contact me for details.
       
1. International Day of Peace—observed since 1981 to promote peace as the desired alternative to war and conflict and heralded at the UN Headquarters by the ringing of the Peace Bell cast from coins collected around the world from children.

        2. Escapology Day—celebrating the exploits of those performers who escape from restraints like the famous Harry Houdini who popularized the entertainment form and celebrated on this day as it is the anniversary of Houdini’s famous escape from the Water Torture Cell on this day in 1912 in Berlin.

         3. 1966 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1966 on a run of 2 weeks was “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes.  Here us a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ7uXX9K7Sk The Supremes were active from 1959-1977 and were Motown’s most successful singing group with the original 4 members all from a public housing project.

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pilgarlick” which means a self-pitying person which in playing the victim card represents a favorite tactic of Blue politicians.

        5. Torpedoed at an Early Age-- celebrating the birth on this day in 1903 of noted engineer and entrepreneur Preston Tucker, who founded Tucker Motor Corporation after WWII to produce a car ahead of its time in terms of performance and features but who ran afoul of the SEC that accused him of bilking investors which although acquitted meant the end of the manufacture of the Tucker Torpedo and his heavy smoking brought about lung cancer to torpedo his life on December 26, 1956 at age 53.

            On this day in:

       a. 1976 Orlando Letelier who had been a member of Chilean Marxist Allende’s Government was assassinated in Washington D.C. by agents of Pinochet’s secret police with a car bomb.

         b. 1981 in a day when appointments to SCOTUS lacked the partisan furor we have today, Sandra Day O’Connor, the court’s first female justice, was unanimously approved by the Senate to SCOTUS.

          c. 1996 President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act which was ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS in 2015.

         d. 2001 17 year old white British teenager Ross Parker was brutally attacked and murdered by a gang of Pakistani youths because he was white causing 3 of the killers to be sentenced to life imprison and revealing a proclivity of the British press to ignore minority attacks on whites but front page coverage of attacks on minorities by whites.

           e. 2003 after 14 years in space and 8 years in orbit around Jupiter the space probe Galileo was terminated by sending it at high speed to crash into Jupiter.
          Reflections on gay marriage: “The thing about gay marriage is simply that it's not gay. It's marriage. If you are uncomfortable with marriage, you cannot outlaw marriage. And, shocking, even if homosexuality makes someone uncomfortable, one cannot outlaw identifying as or practicing homosexuality. So seeing as both homosexuality and marriage are legal, their being combined should be no big deal.”― Maria Cristina Marrero, Editor in Chief of the magazine Siempre Mujer.
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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Biden Dementia Gaffe Of 200 Million American CV Dead

 

Biden for him was pretty clear and focused on Trump’s handling of the CV pandemic
Daily he railed on Trump for number of deaths and cases as he waded into his fault in this polemic
Maybe encouraged by polls that said he could do a better job on the virus spread to curtail
Biden upped the Trump MIA ante to support his claim on the virus front Trump has failed
Claimed with a straight and angry face that 200 million Americans due to Trump had died
Worse upped the ante that more Americans after his speech their lives would be denied
All politicians are usually guilty of an exaggeration or two to an opponent attack
But a 980 to one death exaggeration makes one wonder if his sanity lacks
Listen to Biden especially if a Teleprompter each word he cannot read
Will be impossible to not believe his mind has gone to seed
Being a president is probably the most stressful and most demanding job
Do you as a voter want to hand it over to a man whose brain seems to be a dysfunctional glob

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September 20, 2020 Ridley's Believe it Or Not National Gibberish Day-

 

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 20, 2020
         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 272,992 new cases (a .88%  increase compared to a 1.02% increase yesterday) to bring the total  over 31 million to 31,122,182 cases, 7,439,022  of  which  are active, 23,683,160 of which have been closed with 22,719,797 recoveries (95.93% compared to  yesterday’s 95.91%) and 963,363 deaths (4.07% compared to yesterday’s 4.09%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 39,868 with total cases nearing 7 million at 6,946,888 (a .57% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.50% increase) with 2,546,029 active cases of which 14,077, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,077 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,440,727 closures, 204,006 of which have been deaths (4.59% compared to yesterday’s 4.62%) and 4,236,721 of which have been recoveries (95.41% compared to yesterday’s 95.38%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 616 ranks behind Peru (949), Belgium (857), Spain (652), Bolivia (648), Brazil (642), Chile (641), Ecuador (627), and UK (615)  and only slightly worse than Italy (591) and Sweden (580) that never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (567) which announced it has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted 97,745,789 tests (now at 294,920/M compared to Russia at 293,404/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis but for the U.K. at 314,402/M).
       Non CV Case News: Every time Biden opens his mouth, his handlers cringe over another gaffe they know it will bring—latest is his solemn condemnation of Trump whose has caused 200 million CV deaths (how demented can this man be after spending hours attacking Trump on the CV pandemic—as the number is a little over 200,000 which he can’t seem to remember; Trump who was elected for 4 years with full presidential powers that do not end because the election is only 44 days away  has the Blues is an absolute froth over Trump’s potential plans to nominate a Justice to fill the vacancy created by RBG’s death with Pelosi ranting that impeachment is an option; boasting she will use all arrows in her quiver, Pelosi on the talk shows was ranting about Trump not going to accept the results of the election, implying he could be impeached for anticipatory crimes (this woman’s despise of the president has no bounds); Red Governors of Vermont and Massachusetts have urged Trump to defer moving a nomination to replace RBG until after the election while McConnell has indicated that Trump’s nominee will be voted on by the Senate (the dog whistles of division were blowing as 100 protesters gathered outside the Kentucky home of McConnell to protest any vote on Trump’s SCOTUS nominee and fortunately demonstration was peaceful with only one protester arrested; AOC after RBG’s is really going over the top of the rhetoric chart calling for end of brunches for progressives and mobilizing to reform and recast our democracy which is on “life-support”; Lebron James who should stick to basketball after his comments on blacks being hunted is back in the limelight slamming Lori Laughlin being granted her request to serve her 2 months at Victorville federal prison which is close to Los Angeles; some 200 Portland rioters took a hiatus on Saturday to march and hold a candlelight vigil honoring RBG before some started to commit acts of vandalism and smash windows; Professor Jennifer Mosher of Marshall University was suspended after a student recorded her rant that she wished all Trump supporters would get corona virus and die (sad commentary on the state of academic freedom and lack of rational discourse); in a move that will cause wedding guests wish that restrictions on social gatherings implemented during the CV pandemic be reinstated, news of a couple sending out wedding invites linking the value of the wedding gifts to the meal choices the guests would have.

        Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 19, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,071 of whom 522 have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 282 behind Chicago at 240 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 way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur much less.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this  day in history, a musical link to “Help” by The Beatles,  the fact that you do not tolerate pigwash and a quote by President Bush on the war on terror, 
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. Please contact me for details.
       
1. National Gibberish Day—cnot sure who created this or when first celebrated but speaking in a way that most people are clueless to understand seems a perfect way to describe political speech on the campaign trail today.

         2. National Neighborhoods Day—celebrated on the third Sunday in September to promote stronger neighborhoods where neighbors know each other and look out for each other and their children.

         3. 1965 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1965 on a run of 3 weeks was “Help” by the Beatles as the 4th of 5 number 1 songs in 1965.  Here us a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q_ZzBGPdqE.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pigwash” which means rubbish, nonsense which describes to a tee too often what one hears from the MSM..

        5. Misnamed Stage Name-- celebrating the birth on this day in 1927 of noted French Canadian singer Collete Chailler better known to her fans as Collete Bonheur who in a supposed lack of happiness died from an overdose of barbiturates administered over two days, a death for which her husband was charged and acquitted of manslaughter.

            On this day in:

          a. 1982 the NFL Players Association began a strike which would last for 57 days and result in a very truncated season but climaxed by a Suprer Bowl won by Washington.

         b. 2001 in a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush declared a “war on terror” which soon led to our military involvement in Afghanistan which Trump is finally getting us out of.

          c. 2007 in Jena, Louisiana 15,000 to 20,000 protesters marched in protest to the excessive charges levied against the 6 black high school students known as the Jena for their attack on a white student.

        d. 2011 the U.S. Military ended its “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, allowing opening gays and lesbians to serve.

           e. 2017 Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a CAT4, killing almost 3,000 people and causing $90 billion in damages and creating a humanitarian crisis that the island is struggling to recover completely from.

          Reflections on the war on terrorism: “The war we fight today is more than a military conflict; it is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. On one side are those who believe in the values of freedom and moderation – the right of all people to speak, and worship, and live in liberty. And on the other side are those driven by the values of tyranny and extremism; the right of a self-appointed few to impose their fanatical views on all the rest. As veterans, you have seen this kind of enemy before. They're successors to Fascists, to Nazis, to Communists, and other totalitarians of the 20th century. And history shows what the outcome will be: This war will be difficult; this war will be long; and this war will end in the defeat of the terrorists and totalitarians, and a victory for the cause of freedom and liberty.” George W. Bush at the American Legion National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah August 31, 2006


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Saturday, September 19, 2020

RBG's Death And The Doubling Tripling Of The Election

 The death of RBG has caused the election to be doubled and tripled down
More so than ever the pressure on the Reds to keep their Senate majority from leaving town
If Trump beats the corpse but the Senate majority the Reds lose
Schumer’s minions will reject any nominee Trump might choose
If Trump loses to the corpse and the Senate majority is lost
Watch for the power hungry Blues to the filibuster rule toss
Like a banana republic or better yet like California that is a Blue one party state
Blues will push down our throats a leftist agenda that will not be stated
Health care for illegals, tax increases in the trillions, Medicare for all
A war on fossil fuels like you have never seen any chance for law and order to be stalled
Look for the courts to increase to the Trump picks votes dilute
While turning a blind eye to those in BLM who are driven to burn and loot
Project 1619 will be pushed in every school in this land
Prosperity of capitalism the forces of socialism no longer able to withstand
Gaining power will not dampen their controlling urge
With the corpse 25th an energized Harris will ramp up the purge
A sad sad day for this once prosperous land that people died to come here
What made us the envy of the world may under a socialist cloud disappear!

 © September 19, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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September 19, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Free Software Day

 

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 19, 2020
         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 311,787 new cases (a 1.02%  increase compared to a 1.00% increase yesterday) to bring the total  nearing 31 million to 30,849,190 cases, 7,424,834  of  which  are active, 23,424,356 of which have been closed with 22,465,612 recoveries (95.91% compared to  yesterday’s 95.88%) and 958,744 deaths (4.09% compared to yesterday’s 4.12%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 102,714 with total cases nearing 7 million at 6,946,888 (a 1.50% increase compared to yesterday’s .73% increase) with 2,542,194 active cases of which 14,156, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,226 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,404,694 closures, 203,483 of which have been deaths (4.62% compared to yesterday’s 4.63%) and 4,201,211 of which have been recoveries (95.38% compared to yesterday’s 95.37%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 614 ranks behind Peru (946), Belgium (857), Spain (652), Bolivia (645) Chile (640),  Brazil (639), Ecuador (624), and UK (614)  and only slightly worse than Italy (591) and Sweden (580) that never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (563) which announced it has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted 97,192,835 tests (now at 293,076/M compared to Russia at 290,514/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis but for the U.K. at 314,407/M).
       Non CV Case News: Not sure if this is in response to the furor on the left over the death of RBG and the possibility that Trump may nominate a replacement but the WH announced it had intercepted a letter containing the deadly nerve agent riacin; the flags on the federal buildings have barely reached half mast and already the battle lines are being drawn over her replacement with Trump urging the Senate to move forward to confirm any nominee he might send to the Senate and the Blues and Biden howling that any nomination must come after the election which they believe the will win along with a Senate majority (Marshal must be rolling in his grave over how politicized SCOTUS against its wishes is becoming); already online threats to burn the Senate down from the likes of Reza Aslan an author and producer who has yo-yoed from Islam to Christianity and now back to Islam (do we detect a sprouting of jihadism in burn down the Senate threats?); celebrities who are mostly leftist and who delusionally believe we care what they think or assume because they sing, dance or act a role playing someone astute that they should be listened to are weighing in demanding Trump not name a replacement for RBG; parents already concerned over the pervasive revisionist history and racism slant of Project 1619 infecting our public schools should be concerned that 160 private schools across the nation have shut down due to the CV pandemic and the inability to reopen doors (private schools are the beacon of educational light and economic ladders in our devastated money pit public schools in urban areas).

        Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 18, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,051 of whom 519 have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 279 behind Chicago at 240 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 way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur much less.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this  day in history, a musical link to “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals,  the fact that when outdoors you know how to pight and a quote by DOJ Attorney Steven O’Rourke on fines for BP due to Deepwater Horizon spill, 
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. Please contact me for details.
        
1. Free Software Day—created by the Digital Freedom Foundation and celebrated since 2006 on the third Saturday of September to promote the awareness and use of Free Software (software which the end user can modify, alter and exploit economically without restriction).

       2. National Gymnastics Day--created in 1998 and celebrated on the third Saturday in September to promote the sport that originated in ancient Greece that combines grace, agility and strength.

        3. 1964 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1964 on a run of 3 weeks was “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals  as their first number 1 song.  Here us a recording of the song:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-43lLKaqBQ The band  is still playing albeit with numerous personnel changes and none of the original band members.

       4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pight” which means pitch not a baseball or a sales attempt but to set up a tent.

         5. Act How You Teach-- celebrating the birth on this day in 1928 of noted actor  and teacher of actors at the HB Studios William Hickey but who sadly smoked heavily which explained his gravelly voice and who died from emphysema and bronchitis on June 29, 1997 at age 69.

            On this day in:

         a. 1982 Scott Fahlman posted the first emoticons :-( and :-) on the Carnegie Mellon Bulletin Board.

         b. 1985 Tipper Gore and other political wives formed the Parents Music Resource Center to promote parents’ ability to police sexual and violent music after Frank Zappa and other musicians testified before Congress.

          c. 1995 The Washington Post and The New York Times in order for him to stop his terrorist bombings published his Unabomber’s manifesto written by Ted Kaczynski which led to his brother identifying him which resulted in his arrest and guilty plea to escape the death penalty to spend the rest of his life rotting in prison.

           d. 2010 the oil spill leak from an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon which occurred on April 20 and resulted in the largest maritime oil spill in history at 4.9 million barrels finally was sealed.

         e. 2016 Afghan-American naturalized citizen radicalized after visiting Pakistan, Ahmad Rahimi, captured after a shoot out with police after setting off 3 bombs which injured 31 people in the New York Metropolitan Area and planting 3 others that failed to explode starting on September 16 was convicted and sentenced to life without possibility of parole and is now rotting in prison.

        Reflections on the penalties to be paid by BP for the Deepwater Horizon spill: “The penalty 'has to be high enough that companies of this size won't let a spill like this ever happen again. But, again, not so high as to be ruinous to their operation.” - Steve O'Rourke, Justice Department attorney BP and the DOJ agreed on $4.5 billion in fines and other penalties well below the $4,000 per barrel sought.

        Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter    account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History. 

 © September 19, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Friday, September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Concussion Awareness Day

 

Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 18, 2020
         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 301,560 new cases (a 1.00  increase compared to a 1.25% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 30 million to 30,536,403 cases, 7,377,506  of  which  are active, 23,158,897 of which have been closed with 22,205,873 recoveries (95.88% compared to  yesterday’s 95.86%) and 953,024 deaths (4.12% compared to yesterday’s 4.14%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 49,705 with total cases over 6 million at 6,844,174 (a .73% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.58% increase) with 2,521,056 active cases of which 14,226, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,151 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,372,823 closures, 202,621 of which have been deaths (4.63% compared to yesterday’s 4.65%) and 4,170,202 of which have been recoveries (95.37% compared to yesterday’s 95.35%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 611 ranks behind Peru (942), Belgium (857), Spain (652), Bolivia (642) Chile (637),  Brazil (635), Ecuador (623), and UK (614)  and only slightly worse than Italy (590) and Sweden (580) that never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (559) which announced it has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted 96,223,461 tests (now at 290,332/M compared to Russia at 287,773/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis but for the U.K. at 314,407/M).
       Non CV Case News: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon of SCOTUS has just died, setting the  stage for a ballistic outcry by the Blues who will not want Trump to nominate a replacement SCOTUS Justice; already battle lines and gauntlets are being drawn and tossed as the left is vowing to pack the court and do away with the filibuster; for police there are no safe cities it seems as 17 year old Luis Acuna in an ambush exited a car as a passenger and started shooting at a parked Phoenix cop who returned fire and Acuna was apprehended but the driver is still at large (another reason why the BLM is barking up the wrong tree); 59% of Americans in a recent poll believe that there is a war on police and attacks on police should be prosecuted as hate crimes and support for BLM although still at a majority at 55% is down 12% as the riots and looting have put a dent in its moral high ground; whatever compromise genes Pelosi may at one time have had must have been Botoxed to death as she continues to refuse to budge from her $2.2 trillion demands (even got testy at a NYT reporter); Bill Gates may be a software genius but questions are raised on his allegations that Trump’s travel ban on China and later Europe made the pandemic worse; the idiots that created the gender reveal party that resulted in the El Dorado wildfire now have blood on their hands a firefight fighting the blaze has died; in yet another example of how dangerously divisive we have become, at a pro Trump rally in Aliso Viejo, Alvin Shaw attacked three women, ages 55, 74, and 84 and has been taken into custody and charged with assault and elderly abuse

        Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 17, 2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,034 of whom 517 have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 277 behind Chicago at 240 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 way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur much less.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this  day in history, a musical link to “My Boyfriends Back” by The Angels,  the fact that your behavior is not characterized as planetic and a quote by Doctor Jamess Kelly on concussions, 
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. Please contact me for details.
          
1. National Concussion Awareness Day—created by Brook Mills who suffered a from a

concussion as a freshman in high school in 2016 and celebrated on the third Friday in September to create awareness of the dangers of concussions and to create protocols when a participant may have suffered a concussion, mild or otherwise.

          2. World Water Monitoring Day--created by America’s Clean Water Foundation in 2003 to create awareness of the need to monitor the safety of our water resources and promote means for ordinary citizens to monitor the quality of their water supply.

         3. 1963 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1963 on a run of 3 weeks was “My Boyfriend’s Back”  by The Angels as their first number 1 song.  Here us a recording of the song:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NuofNHKbVc The trio originated in New Jersey and was memorialized in The Jersey Boys.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “planetic which means erratic and if describing the driving of a person, good chance that person is a DUI.

        5. I Gotta Go Now--celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of Douglas Glen Colvin better known to his fans as Dee Dee Ramone, noted singer, songwriter, rapper and founder of the punk rock band the Ramones who struggled with heroin from his years as a teenager and sadly overdosed on June 5, 2002. At the bottom of his headstone is the line “O.K…I gotta go now.”

            On this day in:

         a. 1927 the Columbia Broadcasting System first goes on the air.

        b. 1960 Fidel Castro as the Prime Minister of Cuba arrives at the UN Headquarters in NYC.

        c. 1997 perhaps goaded by his third wife Hanoi Jane Fonda, Ted Turner donated  $1 billion to the United Nations.

         d. 2001 letters dusted with anthrax started to be sent to news organizations and the offices of Senators Daschle and Leahy which resulted in 5 dead and 11 being injured and the prime suspect killing himself.

           e. 2014 Scotland voted 55% to 45% against independence from England.

        Reflections on concussions that are now a major concern in college and professional football: “On the overall spectrum of head trauma, football cases are mild for the most part. Serious injuries can and do happen, but most resolve themselves within 7 to 10 days with no lasting effects. The major concern is Second Impact Syndrome, when a player goes back too early and gets hit again. This can be very dangerous and lead to massive swelling of the brain. Multiple concussions are the big concern in football, compared to war-related head trauma, which usually involves one battlefield blast and the impact of the head against a wall, the ground or other hard surface.”–Dr. James P. Kelly, Director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence for treating veterans with TBI and former neurologist for the Chicago Bears

        Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter    account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to www.alaskanpoet.blogspot.com for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History. 

 © September 18, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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Poet Extraordinaire, Beyond Compare
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