Thursday, May 6, 2021

May 5, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Cinco de Mayo

 

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 5, 2021
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now nearing 156 million at 155,813,271 cases (154,973,948 yesterday), 19,361,692 of which are active, 136,451,579 closed with 133,196,702 recoveries (97.61% and 97.61% yesterday ,and 3,254,877 deaths (2.39% and 2.39 % yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips, and rises (have no idea why the comparatively large improvement in deaths and recoveries yesterday).
     CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 33 million at 33,320,979 274,659 (33,274,659 yesterday) with 6,705,251 active cases of which 9,400 (9,451) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now still at .14% of active cases and now a blip down to decrease the number of serious or critical cases to increase the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 19,871),  26,615,728 closed, with 593,134 deaths (2.23% and 2.23% yesterday) and with 26,022,594 recoveries (97.77% and 97.77% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate after the world’s spike in improvement and now .15% higher than Canada which has the socialized type of medicine Biden may well want to implement here but has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3, one of which J&J is now no longer on hold.
         Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1783 the U.S. ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 which has had a huge surge in deaths (2923), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2429), Belgium (2095), Italy (2020), Brazil (1939) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us, Peru 1879, and the UK (1871) which had passed us despite leading world in testing),  and Poland (1811)  and slightly better than Spain (1680), Mexico (1674), Portugal (1670), France (1615), Romania new entry (1496), Argentina (1446),  Sweden (1394) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Chile (1388), Switzerland (1227) and Bolivia (1108).
       Tests: We have now conducted 453,054,365 tests (now at 1,362,005/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,182,168/M) as we are conducting more tests in number and on a per capital basis for all nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark, Israel, Malta, Singapore and UAE) other than the U.K. which remains as king of the mountain with respect to tests at 2,356,092/M.
        CV Open Gate: Lost in the pronouncements by Biden and his lackeys that there is no crisis of illegals surging across the border is that fact that COVID-19 is alive and well and spreading in the Northern Triangle and Mexico which has moved up to 11th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1674/M and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows even though the data may be suspect as underreported:

                   Guatemala:  Activecases:     14,551     420Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   131,097     537Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,325     329 Deaths/M   

        US Vaccinations: As of 5/5/2021 249.6 doses million now falling to 2.13 million per day in the last week sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now increased to some 4 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 31,670,889 total doses have been given (77.8% of doses received slightly more than the U.S. average of 77.6%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has finally moved from 28th to 27th out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 32.4% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 32.3% has fallen from 28th to 30th among the 50 states.  A long way to go to get herd immunity in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states which means a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.
        Non CV News: As Oracle and the Nashville City Council came to a deal on Oracle’s new research facility that will include a $175 million construction inducement, a commitment by Oracle to invest over $1.2 billion and the creation of over 8,000 high paying high tech jobs, Caitlyn Jenner was lambasting Newsom for the flight of California businesses and his hypocrisy during the pandemic (she is a true rarity—a fiscal Red conservative and a Red moderate social policy supporter); while Facebook evidently panders to the cartels for their ad money to entice illegals to smuggle into this land, the company has banned Trump for life (Orwellian assault on free speech justified by algorithms written by leftists); the long knives in the Reds are being unsheathed to use against Liz Cheney to remove her from her leadership post in the Reds as she strikes back bemoaning Trump supporters as a cult; South Carolina has found a novel way to circumvent the problems of supply and medical ethics of using drugs to execute the condemned and appears to be bringing back the firing squad  which is quick and evidently painless, although potentially bloody (Gary Gilmore déjà vu ending the Furman ban on executions by being shot by gunfire in Utah); Kurt Bardella, appearing on Joyless Reid’s biased show had the inanity to proclaim the Trump and the Reds were a greater threat to American than Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and the Taliban combined (great sense of tolerance from this radicalized Blue).
         Pseudo biased “journalist” Brian Stelter whose inane rants make us want to seek from him shelter was applauding Facebook’s permanent Trump ban; Antonio Hurtado, a U.S. citizen  who was the captain of the boat that was washed into the cliffs at Point Loma and destroyed with 33 illegals pulled from the water and at least 3 died, has been arrested for smuggling the illegals, many of whom told the Border Patrol they had paid $15-$18,000 to be smuggled into the U.S. (so much for the theory the illegals are fleeing poverty which is not a reason for asylum); in Biden’s inane view of the world, illegals who are illiterate, low skilled and whom we do not need are welcomed into this nation yet 17,000 Afghans who worked as translators for our military during the war in Afghanistan and are hanging by a slender thread as if we do not bring them with us most if not all run a great risk of becoming dead; Bezos Blue Orchard company on July 20 will launch into space with 1 seat auctioned off to the highest bidder, go up 60 some miles, create 3 minutes of weightlessness and then return via parachute to Earth (how dumb does a person have to be for a very brief ride into space and then back?); Garret Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rashard Brooks who fired at him with a taser taken from one of the officers trying arrest him and was fired the next day and although he has been charged with murder will now have a job as the Atlanta Civil Service Board ruled the city violated its own rules in firing him. 
       While Giuliani has had his home search by FBI leave it to a pollical cartoonist to reveal the politicization and double standard of justice of the FBI to our detriment:                                                    

        Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is back to show that through May 2, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1101 persons shot of whom 195 have died.
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now” by Phil Collins, that you enjoy having time to remigate and three quotes by President Ronald Reagan on his visits to Bitburg and Bergen-Belsen,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Mother’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 on the pricing.
         1. Cinco de Mayo Daycelebrating the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla on this day in 1862 and the celebrations of which now appear to have surpassed St. Patrick’s Day in terms of alcohol consumed.
         2. Bike to School Day—not sure who created this or when it started but suspect it was not observed last year as the teachers’ unions were already holding school children hostage by closing the schools due to the pandemic but albeit far too slowly their damaging grip is being lessened but not fast enough in California.
         3.  1984 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1984 was “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now” by Phil Collins on a run of 2 weeks in that position to join 19 other songs reaching number 1 and 14 other acts achieved who their first number 1 status. Here is a recording by Phil Collins of “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuvtoyVi7vY Collins is a British singer and drummer best known for his career with Genesis, a productive solo career and a 5 year retirement ending in 2015 to spend time with his family, and being the wealthiest drummer after Ringo Starr.
         4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “remigate” which means to row which is a great way to exercise either on the water or in a gym on a machine.
         5.  First Action Star Up in a Cloud of Smoke—celebrating the birth on this day in 1914 of noted screen and stage actor Tyrone Power who was a pilot in the Marines during WWII who unfortunately had a 3-4 pack a day habit along with numerous pipe bowls that contributed to his early death on November 15, 1958 while being airlifted to a hospital in Madrid. His pregnant wife gave birth to his son Tyrone Power, Jr. two months after his death.
         On this day in
        a. 1891 to the joy of music lovers, the New York City Music Hall, later renamed the Carnegie Hall, was opened to the public for the first time with Tchaikovsky conducting the first performance there.
          b. 1973 Secretariat, noted Triple Crown Winner, won the 1973 Kentucky Derby at the bub 2 minute time of 4 1:5925 , a record that still stands today.
          c. 1981 Bobby Sands after a 66 day hunger strike protesting British Army activities in Northern Ireland, died in Long Kesh Prison. 
       d. 1985 President Ronald Reagan briefly visited the German military cemetery at Bitburg that also contained the graves of 49 members of the Waffen SS to lay a wreath in a visit that generated much controversy and also delivered a speech at the site of the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen.
         e. 1994  18 yr. old teenager Michael Fay was caned in Singapore for stealing some road signs and vandalizing 10 cars.

           Reflections on the attending the Bitburg German military cemetery and Bergen-Belsen: “These [SS troops] were the villains, as we know, that conducted the persecutions and all. But there are 2,000 graves there, and most of those, the average age is about 18. I think that there's nothing wrong with visiting that cemetery where those young men are victims of Nazism also, even though they were fighting in the German uniform, drafted into service to carry out the hateful wishes of the Nazis. They were victims, just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps.” Ronald Reagan on his Bitburg visit.

"I know you and Nancy don't want me to go through with this, but I don't want you to change anything when you get over there, because history will prove I'm right. If we can't reconcile after forty years, we are never going to be able to do it". Ronald Reagan to his Chief of Staff Michael Deaver responding to criticism he not visit the Bitburg military cemetery.

“All these children of God, under bleak and lifeless mounds, the plainness of which does not even hint at the unspeakable acts that created them. Here they lie, never to hope, never to pray, never to live, never to heal, never to laugh, never to cry… And then, rising above all this cruelty, out of this tragic and nightmarish time, beyond the anguish, the pain and suffering, and for all time, we can and must pledge: never again.” Ronald Reagan speech at Bergen-Belsen
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Another Biden Corn Pop Moment or Dementia Still on the Rise?

 

It is becoming more apparent each and every day
That when Biden speaks his mental acuity is shown to be fading away
In front of an Amtrak train wearing an Amtrak hat Biden had a heartwarming tale
On how he rode Amtrak almost every day to be with his sons without fail
As a senator and VP he racked up some 1.5 million round trip miles to and back   While a VP in his 3rd or 4th year visiting  a sick mother confirmed by Negri a black conductor on Amtrak
But on veracity on this tale  by fact checking the MSM the truth would never seek
Negri would welcome him aboard with a “Joey baby” and pinch his cheeks
Biden fearful that his Secret Service detail would shoot to him protect
Shouting out “He’s a friend” to keep their normal response in check
Perhaps a “Corn Pop” moment as Negri  in 1993 from Amtrak retired
And Biden’s mom in 2010 at age 92 after earlier breaking her hip expired
Another case of Biden tendency to twist the facts to himself in a better light
Or another example of his losing more quickly than ever his dementia fight?
© May 5, 2021 The Alaskanpoet

Trump Banned But Facebook Sells Ads to Smugglers to Get More Illegals to Smuggle Across Border

 

When the colonies tweeked the tail of the English Lion and broke free
A simpler time that advances in communications no one could foresee
The biggest fear was of an all-powerful central government ruling the states
Constitution with Bill of Rights to enhance freedoms and central control abate
Freedom of speech and with it the need for a free press
Which often advocated policies but fought to its last ink of being suppressed
No internet, no robo calls, no Google, Twitter or Facebook
But instead of the free speech path, censorship is the path Big Tech took
We now have censorship not by government which our Founding Fathers feared
But large high tech companies with billions who want conservative thought to disappear
Banned from social media in today’s age is like a person who does not exist
Isolated from communicating and rendered impotent by a Tech Curtain censorship heavy mist
Facebook in its quest to stifle conservative thought has Trump permanently banned
Yet this paragon of algorithms is selling ads to cartels smuggling illegals in a flood into this land
With a near one party Blue rule save on the court in the Swamp
Emboldened Big Tech with funds into state elections for Blues ready to romp
Reds who still control states must treat social media like a utility and provide service to all
Only if the poster is advocating violence or criminal behavior can that person’s access be hindered or stalled
Cut down on their advertising revenue by requiring market data without permission cannot be gathered then sold
State AG’s must aggressively file actions to rob them of their monopolistic hold
May be a pipedream but the only lasting way to rid ourselves of this assault of free speech curse
Is to like BLM and leftist groups boycott companies that advertise on Facebook and Twitter by closing their purse.
© May 5, 2021 The Alaskanpoet

May 4, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Anti-Bullying Day

 

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 4, 2021
         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now nearing 155 million at 154,973,948 cases (154,024,171 yesterday), 19,304,738 of which are active, 135,668,310 closed with 132,427,286 recoveries (97.61% and 97.61% yesterday ,and 3,241,024 deaths (2.39% and 2.39 % yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips, and rises (have no idea why the comparatively large improvement in deaths and recoveries yesterday).

            CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 33 million at 33,274,659 (33,210,536 yesterday) with 6,715,861 active cases of which 9,451 (9,416) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now still at .14% of active cases and now a blip up to increase the number of serious or critical cases to decrease the reduction from the  29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 19,820),  26,558,798 closed, with 592,409 deaths (2.23% and 2.23% yesterday) and with 25,966,389 recoveries (97.77% and 97.77% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate after the world’s spike in improvement and now .14% higher than Canada which has the socialized type of medicine Biden may well want to implement here but has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3, one of which J&J is now no longer on hold.

          Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1781 the U.S. ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 which has had a huge surge in deaths (2909), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2406), Belgium (2091), Italy (2016), Brazil (1926) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us, Peru 1872, and the UK (1871) which had passed us despite leading world in testing),  and Poland (1802)  and slightly better than Spain (1676), Mexico (1674), Portugal (1669), France (1612), Argentina (1432),  Sweden (1388) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Chile (1387), Switzerland (1225) and Bolivia (1104).

       Tests: We have now conducted 451,246,395 tests (now at 1,356,591/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,181,187/M) as we are conducting more tests in number and on a per capital basis for all nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark, Israel, Malta, Singapore and UAE) other than the U.K. which remains as king of the mountain with respect to tests at 2,341,512/M.
        CV Open Gate: Lost in the pronouncements by Biden and his lackeys that there is no crisis of illegals surging across the border is that fact that COVID-19 is alive and well and spreading in the Northern Triangle and Mexico which has moved up to 11th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1674/M and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows even though the data may be suspect as underreported:

                   Guatemala:  Activecases:     14,627     418Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   131,097     537Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,326     328 Deaths/M   

         US Vaccinations: As of 5/4/2021 247.8 million falling to 2.19 million per day in the last week sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 3 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 31,468,937 total doses have been given (77.6% of doses received slightly less than the U.S. average of 77.8%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has not moved from 28th out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 32.1% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 32.0% has risen from 29th to 28th tied with Oregon.  A long way to go to get herd immunity in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states which means a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.

         Non CV News: As Facebook Algorithm Censors meet to determine whether to ban Trump from Facebook, Trump has created his own site to communicate with his followers— https://www.donaldjtrump.com/desk; Facebook is shedding users like a man with bad dandruff as www.parler.com is back so banned Twitter users can tell the Rasputin like Dorsey to pound internet sand; the super-rich do things differently than we mortals, as it has been revealed that when Bill Gates married Melinda he required a long weekend each year with his former ex-girlfriend Ann Winblad which evidently he enjoyed during his marriage now headed for divorce (sounds so very French like her maiden name, as the Gates’ marriage therapist talked about their desire to have a cordial divorce); in yet another example of how close to total fraying our social fabric is facing BLM protesters, including some who were armed, stormed the outdoor dining area of La Chasse restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky prompting one white patron to produce a pistol and point at the protesters (fortunately several of the demonstrators pushed the protesters back and no one was shot but 5 protesters were arrested including a felon illegally possessing a firearm); the Chinese rocket used to launch the core part of its planned space station will reenter the Earth on May 6th but the military will only have a few hours to calculate where any pieces not burned up will fall;

         Joyless Reid, the perfect example of the left’s mantra if you do not agree with us completely blasted a parent objecting to “critical race theory” being taught to her elementary school child angrily claiming she is not a racist to which Reid piously claimed “of course she is”; in another example of the corruption of the MSM, PolitiFact in the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency has done 13 fact checks on him and 100 posts defending him (a free press no more only, other than Fox and a few other outlets, mere lackeys for the DNC); Chauvin’s lawyers have filed a motion for a new trial citing numerous errors that deprived their client of a fair trial but did not assert  the fact that he lied on his questionnaire whether he had attended a BLM/Floyd protest where a surfaced photo shows him in a t-shirt “off the neck” nor the obvious intimidation of Maxine Waters if the jurors did not convict; Boeing’s 737 MAX fleet is facing new issues and ¼ of the planes have been grounded with no projected date when the grounding will be lifted; Where’s Waldo has spent 41 days without a press conference and has not come within over a hundred miles of the border as the tidal wave of illegals continues unabated but she has talked to the leaders of Japan and Finland seeking their advice (what a complete crock).

           While critical race theory is being shoved down our throats against our will and what many believe is not in the best interests of our kids’ education or this nation, leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal the danger of teaching it in our schools:                                         

        Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is back to show that through May 2, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1085 persons shot of whom 192 have died.
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Beat It” by Michael Jackson, that you enjoy being a relict in your career and a quote by Gerald Casale on the Kent State Shootings,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Mother’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 on the pricing.

        1. Star Wars Daycelebrated for the first time on this day in 2011 at the Toronto Underground Cinema as a pun on the Jedi wish “May the Force be with you. The number of Star Wars fanatics continue to increase each year as the films keep rolling out.

      2. International Anti-Bullying Day—started in Nova Scotia, Canada in 2011 and recognized by Canada on February 27, 2008 and now on the last Wednesday in February. The UN General Assembly adopted International Bullying Day to be celebrated on this day starting in 2012. Celebrants are urged to wear pink and promote the end of bullying physically, by phones and on the internet.

        3.  1983 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1983 was “Beat It” by Michael Jackson on a run of 7 weeks in that position to join 16 other songs reaching number 1 and while 9 acts achieved their first number 1 status. Here is a recording by Michael Jackson “Beat It”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdxUFDoQe0 Sadly Jackson couldn’t follow the lyrics of his song and beat it from an inept doctor Conrad Murray who injected him with propofol that caused him to go into cardiac arrest and die on June 25, 2009. Murray was arrested, tried, convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and sentenced to 4 years, serving 2 and being paroled.

         4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “relict” which means left behind which was the feeling many Trump supporters were feeling which propelled him to victory in 2016.

         5.  36 Year Marriage Up In Smoke—celebrating the birth on this day in 1941 of noted singer and songwriter Nickolas Ashford who teamed up with Valerie Simpson, his wife of almost 37 years as a dynamic songwriter duo creating a plethora of hits and their song “Solid for Barack” was played at Barack Obama’s Inauguration, Sadly Ashford was a smoker and was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009 and died on August 22, 2011, 4 days before his wife’s 65th birthday.

          On this day in

          a. 1904 the U.S. acquired control over the Panama Canal Zone to begin construction of the Panama Canal after a French attempt had failed miserably, hobbled by malaria and Yellow Fever which the Americans were ultimately able to keep under some semblance of control, which was not opened to traffic until August 15, 2014 at the cost of some 5300 lives due to accidents and deadly tropical diseases.

         b. 1946 on May 2 Bernard Coy, Joseph Cretzer, Sam Shockley, Clarence Carnes, Marvin Hubbard and Miran Thompson, prisoners at Alcatraz overpowered two guards and held them hostage, broke into the guards’ weapons room and tried to open a locked outer door to be able to seize a boat but the guard with the keys turned them all over but the key to outer door was hidden by him. Both guards were killed by Cretzer with a Thompson Submachine Gun and Shockley, Carnes, and Thompson returned to their cells but the other 3 elected to fight it out until a troop of Marines from Treasure Island arrived on May 4 to quickly quell the riot and kill the 3 prisoners but not before 17 guards and 1 prisoner were injured. Carnes, Shockley and Thompson were tried and convicted for the murder of the 2 guards with Carnes because of his age of 19 receiving another life sentence and Shockley and Thompson received a death sentence and were both executed at San Quentin on December 3, 1948.

           c. 1979 Ohio National Guardsmen sent to Kent State University Campus opened fired on students protesting the Vietnam War and our expansion of it into Cambodia, killing 4 unarmed students some in the back and some merely walking to class and wounding 9 others. A Kent State Student, John Filo with the last shot on his role of film in the camera took a photo that would become the iconic photo of the anti-Vietnam War movement, capturing 14 year old Mary Ann Vecchio screaming over the dead body of Kent State Student Jeffrey Miller whom she had just met:                                                         

          d. 1982 20 British sailors were killed during the Faklands War when the HMS Sheffield was hit by an air borne Exocet missile.

          e. 1998 after receiving his guilty plea to escape the death sentence, a federal judge sentenced the “Una Bomber” Theodore Kaczynski to 8 life sentences without possibility of parole for his bombings over a period of 17 years that killed 3 and injured 23 and he is now rotting at age 78 in ADX Florence, a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.

           Reflections on the shootings at Kent State from a student there on that day: “It completely and utterly changed my life. I was a white hippie boy and then I saw exit wounds from M1 rifles out of the backs of people I knew...”Gerald Casale, who went on from the experience to co-found the punk rock band Devo and is still performing today.

            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.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Tapper the Icon Pseudo Journalism Bias to Ban Reds From His Show Due to Bias

 

When it comes to biased pseudo “journalists” Tapper takes the cake
Touting he should ban Reds because of their lies which will  be his major mistake
The stench from the pro Blue bias that reeks from Tapper
Reminds us all that like turds in a toilet we should flush the crapper
Hard to believe his statement that two parties for the country are best
When he cannot his bias and lack of objectivity tainting his reports he cannot arrest
Tapper represents the worse bookends of bias
As he attacks Reds and Trump and praises Biden in a manner so pious
Bias by omission with the sounds of silence never to faults of the Blues reveal
He fails by commission as a journalist in his “facts” that his biased falsehoods try to conceal
His ratings must be falling each and every day
Wonder when his ad sponsors begin going away
Such that when it becomes time to his contract renew
Slashed salary or better yet a pink slip for this bias Blue
We do need two parties but CNN and MSM keeps throwing up road blocks
As they Reds they with 24/7 ad hominem venom always mock
© May 4, 2021 The Alaskanpoet

Monday, May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Wold Press Freedom Day

 

 

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 3, 2021
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 154 million at 154,024,171 cases (153,479,745 yesterday), 19,437,745 of which are active, 134,586,426 closed with 131,363,459 recoveries (97.61% and 97.60% yesterday ,and 3,222,967 deaths (2.39% and 2.40 % yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips, and rises (have no idea why the comparatively large improvement in deaths and recoveries yesterday).
       CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 33 million at 33,210,536 (33,180,441 yesterday) with 6,743,429 active cases of which 9,416 (9,466) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now still at .14% of active cases and now trending down on decreasing the number of serious or critical cases to once again increase the reduction from the  29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 19,855),  26,467,107 closed, with 591,332 deaths (2.23% and 2.24% yesterday) and with 25,875,775 recoveries (97.77% and 97.76% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate after the world’s spike in improvement and now .13% higher than Canada which has the socialized type of medicine Biden may well want to implement here but has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3, one of which J&J is now no longer on hold.
         Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1778 the U.S. ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 which has had a huge surge in deaths (2895), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2389), Belgium (20886), Italy (2011), Brazil (1907) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and the UK (1871) which had passed us despite leading world in testing),  Peru (1863), and Poland (1801)  and slightly better than Spain (1674), Portugal (1669),  Mexico (1670),  France (1608), Argentina (1411),  Sweden (1384) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Chile (1380), Switzerland (1224) and Bolivia (1103).
       Tests: We have now conducted 449,768,843 tests (now at 1,352,192/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,179,952/M) as we are conducting more tests in number and on a per capital basis for all nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark, Israel, Malta, Singapore and UAE) other than the U.K. which remains as king of the mountain with respect to tests at 2,292,382/M.
       CV Open Gate: Lost in the pronouncements by Biden and his lackeys that there is no crisis of illegals surging across the border is that fact that COVID-19 is alive and well and spreading in the Northern Triangle and Mexico which is 12th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1670/M and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows even though the data may be suspect as underreported:

                   Guatemala:  Activecases:     15,761     415Deaths/M
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   129,540     532Deaths/M
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,3160    328 Deaths/M   

         US Vaccinations: As of 5/3/2021 246.8 million at 2.29 million per day in the last week sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 3 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 31,382,140 total doses have been given (79.2% of doses received slightly less than the U.S. average of 79.0%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has fallen from 27th tied with South Dakota to alone in 28th  out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 32.0% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 31.8% has fallen from 28th to 29th .  A long way to go to get herd immunity in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states which means a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.
        Non CV News: What is not surprising is that NBC, WAPO and the NYT were lying and got caught claiming Giuliani had prior warning before the FBI raid  that the FBI was investigating Russian involvement in the election but what is surprising is that the troika of bias corrected that lie (lawyers are not above the law but police raids on lawyers too often raise questions of the attorney client privilege which is the cornerstone of our judicial system); Reds are properly outraged over Biden’s idea of $4 billion in aid to the Northern Triangle to improve conditions to deter flight to the U.S. (the three countries are plagued by massive corruption and the remittances from those 3 countries in excess of $16 billion a year far outweigh aid Biden is talking about); after a marriage of 27 years Bill and Melinda Gates are calling it quits and will be divorcing (Melinda will probably surpass McKenzie Bezos in terms of wealth unless there was a far less generous prenuptial agreement in place); the Bidens visited a 5th Grade classroom in Virginia and received an earful on virtual learning some good and other bemoaning it was terrible with goods often due to they could nap, eat or plead mic problems  if they didn’t know the answer; the Multnomah County Sheriff announced last week that no more citations for any rioting charges but sadly the facts are on the federal level that of the 97 people arrested on federal charges from May through October, 2021, 58 have had their charges dismissed or are on track to be dismissed and most of the remaining 32 will probably also be dismissed (no wonder cops across the country are leaving or disgusted when putting your life at risk to arrest someone means they are even prosecuted).
         The hubris and ego of Cuomo defy the imagination as he is after his idiotic orders that sent CV infected patients into nursing homes to kill the residents there is now hectoring the unvaccinated to get vaccinated before they kill their grandparents (enough of this lying hypocrite—when does New York rise up and impeach him to send him packing?); Jeff Tobin of CNN who was granted leave but not fired after being caught masturbating during Zoom sessions is still absent and CNN is mum on whether he has been axed or will return; another shooting and killing of a black, this one Erick Derrel Smith who is alleged to have murdered his ex-girlfriend and her nephew and then kidnapped a baby and who died in a shootout with police with the baby taken to the hospital (hopefully even the most rabid BLM anti-cop haters will have a hard time pushing the narrative that the police were not justified); Governor DeSantis has suspended his COVID-19 emergency orders, signed bills preventing the requirement of vaccine passports and limiting CV emergency orders to 7 days; while CV cases continue to decline and more and more of the population is vaccinated, the Pentagon citing CV concerns has banned the 30 year old tradition of veterans on motorcycle in tribute to missing veterans citing CV concerns (easier for an illegal with or without CV to cross the border than Americans to peacefully assemble to pay tribute to veterans); Germany with CV deaths at 1000/M has cancelled Ocktober Fest for the 2nd year.
        
While the attacks by the BLM, Blues and MSM on Senator Tim Scott have continued unabated, leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal them as the true divisive racists in this country:                                                  

                                                          

        Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is back to show that through May 2, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1085 persons shot of whom 192 have died.
         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “I Like Rock and Roll” by  Joan Jett and the Blackbirds, that you enjoy having a relache when under the gun to meet a deadline and a quote by the Florida Times Union and Citizen on the great fire of 1901,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Mother’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 on the pricing.
          1. Sun Daycreated by President Jimmy Carter on this day 1978 to promote the use of solar power to produce electricity and after over 40 years solar power in the first 5 months of 2020 produced only 3.2% of our nation’s electricity.
           2. World Press Freedom Day—created by the UN General Assembly in December 1993 and celebrated on this day since 1994 to promote a free press not constrained by the government. We in America are lucky to have a free press which today although not restrained by the government is under woke attack by its leftist members and more and more frequently guilty of censorship by omission of articles or events damaging to the left’s agenda.
         3.  1982 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1982 was “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackbirds on a run of 7 weeks in that position to join 14 other songs reaching number 1 and 9 other acts which achieved their first number 1 status. Here is a recording by Joan Jett and the Blackbirds of “I Love Rock and Roll”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5ecqUhec-s Jett and the Blackbirds are still rocking and rolling and are on tour this year, COVID-19 permitting.
          4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “relache” which means an interval of rest which watching Biden stumble and fumble through the easiest conversation is something that he needs a lot of.
        5.  Checkmate Way to Young—celebrating the birth on this day in 1995 of a noted young chess phenom Ivan Bukavshin who was defeating his peers right and left in chess tournaments but faced a drug checkmate from which he could not escape and died from an overdose of No-Spa.
           On this day in
           a. 1901 a fire broke out in Jacksonville, Florida and when it had burned out 8 hours later, the fire had burned 146 city blocks, killed 7 people, destroyed more than 2,368 buildings, and left almost 10,000 residents homeless (a third of the city’s population). 
            b. 1952 the Kentucky Derby was telecast nationally for the first time.
          c. 1999 Oklahoma was hit with a F5 tornado that caused $1 billion in damages, 45 deaths and 665 injuries and produced the highest winds on the planet ever recorded 300 m.p.h. +/- 20.
            d. 2001 the U.S. lost its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission, a seat which it had occupied since 1947.
          e. 2016 a wildfire descending toward Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada caused the evacuation of 84,000 residents who later returned to 2400 homes that had been  burnt to the ground.
            Reflections on courage and destruction in the Great Fire of 1901: ”The young ladies of the force [Western Union], cool and calm, were standing to their posts, even when the building 40 feet across the street was crumbling. The city building went, a department building, the armory, the County Courthouse, the Clerk’s office with the county records, the Criminal Courthouse, the city jail and the High and Grammar schools and the Catholic church and orphanage, Motyairs Memorial Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the convent. The scene was one that beggars description.” Florida Times-Union and Citizen describing the carnage.
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May 2, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Tuna Day

 

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not May 2, 2021
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 153 million at 153,479,745 cases (152,788,755 yesterday), 19,472,904 of which are active, 134,006,841 closed with 130,790,646}\ recoveries (97.60% and 97.59% yesterday ,and 3,216,145 deaths (2.40% and 2.41 % yesterday) to continue the slow trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentage with some plateaus, dips, and rises (have no idea why the comparatively large improvement in deaths and recoveries yesterday).

         CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 33 million at 33,180,441 (33,148,008 yesterday) with 6,765,579 active cases of which 9,466 (9,553) yesterday and 8,599 on 3/25/2021) (now still at .14% of active cases and now trending down on decreasing the number of serious or critical cases to once again increase the reduction from the  29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 19,805),  26,414,862 closed, with 591,062 deaths (2.24% and 2.24% yesterday) and with 25,823,800 recoveries (97.76% and 97.76% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to slowly improve and after many months is now .16% lower than the world rate after the world’s spike in improvement and now .09% higher than Canada which has the socialized type of medicine Biden may well want to implement here but has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3, one of which J&J is now no longer on hold.

           Standing: On a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1777 the U.S. ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 which has had a huge surge in deaths (2884), aping Hungary in terms of increase in deaths Bulgaria (2389), Belgium (2086), Italy (2007), Brazil (1907) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths and cases and passed us and the UK (1871) which had passed us despite leading world in testing),  Peru (1863), and Poland (1800)  and slightly better than Spain (1672), Portugal (1669),  Mexico (1670),  France (1603), Argentina (1411),  Sweden (1384) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths,  Chile (1380), Switzerland (1221) and Bolivia (1102).

       Tests: We have now conducted 448,984,680 tests (now at 1,349,834/M) compared to number 2 now France at 1,172,798/M) as we are conducting more tests in number and on a per capital basis for all nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark, Israel, Malta, Singapore and UAE) other than the U.K. which remains as king of the mountain with respect to tests at 2,292,382/M.
        CV Open Gate: Lost in the pronouncements by Biden and his lackeys that there is no crisis of illegals surging across the border is that fact that COVID-19 is alive and well and spreading in the Northern Triangle and Mexico which is 12th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1670/M and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows even though the data may be suspect as underreported:

                   Guatemala:  Activecases:     15,761     Deaths/M415
                   Honduras:     Activecases:   129,043     Deaths/M530
                   El Salvador:   Active cases:     2,190     Deaths/M 3276  

        US Vaccinations: As of 5/2/2021 245.6 million at 2.42 million per day in the last week sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 3 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 31,135,031 total doses have been given (78.7% of doses received slightly less than the U.S. average of 78.6%), but even with the pressure of a recall to be scheduled this fall which hopefully end Newsom’s term, California has risen 29th to 27th tied with South Dakota  out of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 31.7% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 31.6% has risen slightly from  30th to 28th.  A long way to go to get herd immunity in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states which means a great reason to recall this inept and hypocritical governor.

         Non CV News: At Point Loma the not so subliminal Biden Message of if you get here you can stay and fill your bag with free goodies resulted in deadly consequences as an overloaded boat smuggling 30 illegals capsized near Point Loma, destroying the boat, killing 3 and sending 27 to the hospital (Biden’s policies have blood on his hands, more smuggling money into the hands of the cartels and yet Where’s Waldo is MIA on the growing crisis at the border for 39 days and counting); watching Biden wearing his mask if he can find it outdoors after being fully vaccinated and apparently oblivious to latest CDC flip flop that masks outdoors in small gatherings are not needed is like watching an Abbot and Costello routine of “Who’s On First” and sends the wrong signal to people delaying getting vaccinated that the vaccinations don’t work because our president is still wearing a mask; our once vaunted “free press” is in a complete free fall when it comes to Where’s Waldo—raves over her shoes and fashion and the fact she crochets but totally ignores her MIA on border’s deadly crisis; with a chip shortage becoming more and more of a problem for a variety of manufacturers, Intel has just announced plans to build a $10 billion chip manufacturing plant, sadly not here but in Israel (wonder what about Biden’s planned corporate tax increase plan drove their locational decision?).
          While BLM protests have to often morphed into riots with burning and looting, leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal the blindness to a white guilt policy of not  criminally prosecuting looters that merely encourages them to loot more:
                                               

        Chicago Gun Violence: Hey Jackass.com is back to show that through May 1, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 1079 persons shot of whom 192 have died.

         As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” by  Sheena Easton, that you enjoy using a rejoinder in arguments or discussion when the need arises and a quote by Leslie Gore on coming out,  secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Mother’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 on the pricing.

          1. Motorcycle Mass and Celebration of the Bikes Daynot sure the identity of the Catholic priest who created this observance, but it has been observed on the first Monday of May since 1999 and given how deadly on the highways or streets a motorcycle collision can be a great idea to enlist the aid of the powers above but I would have thought the day to celebrate this would be either the first or last day of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

           2. World Tuna Day —procreated by the UN General Assembly in 2016 to promote sustainable fishing practices for this valuable food source.

           3.  1981 Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1981 was “Morning Train (Nine to Five)” by Sheena Easton   on a run of 2 weeks in that position to join 16 other songs reaching number 1 and 9 other acts which achieved their first number 1 status. Here is a recording by Sheena Easton of “Morning Train (Nine to Five”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_3vZYOYNYU Easton was born in Scotland and has 6 Grammy nominations and 2 awards to her credit, has a prolific recorder of albums and singles and has the distinction of being the only singer to have having a top 5 song in each of Billboard’s primary singles charts—pop and AC, country and AC and R&B and dance and in personal life has the dubious distinction of having 4 short-lived marriages from 8 months to 18 months before ending in divorce.

           4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “rejoinder” which means a sharp and clever answer, something with Biden’s fading mental acuity you would never expect to hear.

           5.  Win One for Secondhand Smoke? —celebrating the birth on this day in 1946 of noted singer, songwriter, actress and activist Lesley Sue Goldstein, better known to her fans as Lesley Gore. Lesley was a closet lesbian who did not come out until 2005 but was in a long-term relationship with her female partner Lois Sasson for 33 years who died from COVID-19 on December 30, 2020 but who had the misfortune of being a nonsmoker but contracting lung cancer and dying from it on February 16, 2015 at age 68.

           On this day in

            a. 1964 in a bold move reminiscent of Italian midget submarines placing limpet mines of two Royal Navy battleships the HMS Queen Elizabeth and the HMS Valiant and sinking them in Alexandria Harbor in WWII, Viet Cong frogmen attached mines to the USS Card, an escort aircraft carrier, while she was berthed at the docks in Saigon, and sank her but like the two Royal Navy battleships, she was refloated and repaired and back in action in 7 months.

            b. 1972 an early morning fire broke out in the Sunshine Mine located between Wallace and Kellogg, killing 92 miners in Idaho’s deadliest mine disaster.

            c. 1989 the Soviet Union began to collapse when Hungary opened its gates to Austria, allowing a flood of East Germans to begin fleeing from East Germany.

            d. 2008 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing some 138,000 people and leaving millions homeless.

            e. 2011 Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the attacks of 9/11 and Number 1 on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, was killed in his compound in Abbottobad, Pakistan one half mile from Pakistan’s Kakul Military Academy by Navy Seals in an attack then Vice President Biden urged that the Seals not make.                     

             Reflections on coming out: “I met a lot of young people in the Midwest, and I saw what a difference a show like In the Life [PBS Show on Gay and Lesbian issues] can make to their lives in some of these small towns where, you know, there are probably two gay people in the whole damn town.” Lesley Gore

             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.

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