Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For January 30, 2020 On the coronavirus front as the total deaths have climbed to 179 and infections to at least 7,834, the first human to human transmission has been reported in the U.S. by a husband living in Chicago to his wife following his return from China (both are now in a hospital as fears grow with some pet owners of dogs here donning surgical masks and airlines ending hot foods and blankets on flights); the WHO has declared the virus outbreak to be a health emergency but is not yet recommending the banning of travel from infected areas; even with the Chief Justice of SCOTUS presiding over the Impeachment Proceedings, Blues seem to have completely forgotten the existence of the Third Branch that they failed to go to enforce their subpoenas as Nadler does the pound the table equivalent of a lawyer having no law and no facts as he warns of dictatorial consequences if Trump is not removed; not sure if it has any chance as it would impact Save the Winter Olympics Romney, but a Red state legislator has introduced a bill allowing voters to recall members of the U.S. Congress (conservative Utah voters probably not pleased with Romney’s call for witnesses like John Bolton); while many believe that Joe Biden has lost it when it comes to mental acuity a new documentary on his role in trying to block Clarence Thomas’ appointment to the bench with cryptic questions about natural law raise the question of whether he ever had it to lose; Joe Biden, freed from the chains of the Senate Impeachment Trial, was in Iowa on the campaign trail railing against Trump as being more of a bully than president (still nursing the fact that he was not able to go back in time and meet Trump in the back of the gym and beat the crap out of him); the Senate Trial drones on with senators submitted questions to Justice Roberts to ask counsel (when will this farce end and the Senate take a vote and hand the election back to where it belongs—in the votes of the American people?); in Chicago, as of January 29, 2020, 156 people have been shot of whom 26 have died; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths has dropped back to 2 behind Chicago with 24 murders by shootings (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which have been more deadly and more numerous than random mass shootings?).
As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, the fact you are not in the grips of obluctation, a relevant quote by Justice Frank Murphy on the Korematsu SCOTUS decision, secure in the knowledge that if you want to find a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. You need only contact me for details.
1. Fred Korematsu Day—created by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 23, 2010 to commemorate the birthday of Fred Korematsu on this day in 1919, a Japanese-American who was the plaintiff who protested the incarceration of Japanese-Americans on the West Coast following Roosevelt’s Executive Order and who lost before SCOTUS in one of the worst decisions decided by the court in terms of Civil Liberties. Hawaii, Virginia and Florida have since followed California in recognizing the day.
2. School Day of Non-Violence and Peace—created in 1994 and observed on the day of the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death to promote the early teaching of the need for non-violence and peace.
3. 1943 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1943 on this day on a run of 4 weeks in the position was “There Are Such Things” by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Frank Sinatra as vocals.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day as we move to words starting with “o” is “obluctation” which means resistance which describes the Blues relations with Trump and his agenda to a tee. “obluctation” which means resistance which describes the Blues relations with Trump and his agenda to a tee.
5. The Trout Stopping Biting—celebrating the birthday on this day in 1935 of noted author and poet Richard Brautigan who battled alcoholism and depression arising there from and who put the pen down and picked up a 44 Magnum and shot himself fatally in the head on September 16, 1984.
On this day in:
a. 1835 a painter Richard Lawrence unsuccessfully attempted the first assassination attempt of a U.S. President by trying to shoot Andrew Jackson but was restrained by onlookers including Congressmen. He was found guilty of innocent by reason of insanity and spent the rest of his life in a insane asylum.
b. 1956 Martin Luther King’s home is bombed in retaliation for his role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
c. 1958 the MV Hans Hedtoft, a Danish liner and like the Titanic, known as unsinkable and like the Titanic ran into an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, killing all 98 aboard.
d. 1975 the Monitor Marine Sanctuary, the U.S.’ first national marine sanctuary was established.
e. 1995 workers at the National Institute for Health announced the first successful clinical trials for the preventive treatment of sickle-cell disease.
Reflections on the SCOTUS decision in the Korematsu case that are wise beyond belief: “But to infer that examples of individual disloyalty prove group disloyalty and justify discriminatory action ... is to deny that ... individual guilt is the sole basis for deprivation of rights.” Dissent of Justice Frank Murphy.
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