Friday, February 28, 2020

February 28, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Day to Stand Up Against BullyingInt Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For February 28, 2020 At a time when the markets are being rocked by coronavirus fears and the number of infections are increasing in more and more countries along with deaths, what is needed are clear heads and bipartisan responses and instead we are inundated with MSM rhetoric that this is the Trump coronavirus; classic example of how this virus is stoking the flames of partisanship; Garamendi is in a snit fit over the response or as he claims nonresponse of Trump to coronavirus and threatens Don Trump, Jr. with altercation (good luck on that John as it’s been over 50 years since you played football and wrestled for Cal); the second case of the virus not stemming from a known infection has been reported in California; as Iran is hit with the spread of infections and deaths, the Great Satan has offered assistance to fight the virus (wonder if the move will still the “Death to  America” chants in the streets of Tehran?); Nunes has indicated the subpoenas are in place ready to be filed against senior FBI and DOJ officials involved in the FISA Court abuse and the Russian collusion delusion investigation (would prefer that guilty parties plead guilty and seek pardons form Trump as a means to restore the integrity of the DOJ and FBI and like Ford’s pardon of Nixon attempt to heal the nation);  Trump may have made great strides in reshaping the ultra-leftist 9th Circuit but its recent ruling banning Trump’s executive order to force asylum seekers to return to Mexico pending adjudication which has been immensely successful in reducing illegal entry shows that much more appointments need to be made; Mark Zuckerberg has been hit with numerous allegations of misconduct involving his family and aides which spokesmen deny and claim to be unfounded; black commentator for CNN Angela Raye is heaping shame on black supporters of President Trump (wakeup call CNN black voters are just like other voters who have a tendency to vote their pocket books and the news for blacks in that regard is great); in Chicago, as of February 27, 2020, 331 people have been shot of whom 65 have died as no one died yesterday in a minor miracle; 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 fallen 16 behind Chicago with 49 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 Teressa Brewer,  the fact that you do not suffer from ochlophobia,  a relevant quote by Lady Gaga on bullying,  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. Global Scouse Day—created Liverpool, England, the city that brought us the Beatles, to celebrate a beef or vegetable stew by the same name. For those curious on how to make it here is a link:  
2. International Day to Stand Up to Bullying—created in 2008 when two students in Nova Scotia stood up to a bully who was bullying a fellow classmate for wearing a pink shirt.
3. 1953 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1953 on this day on a run of 5 weeks in the position was “Till I Waltz With You Again” by Teresa Brewer.  Here is a recording of the song: This prolific singer who recorded over 600 songs during her career waltzed her last on October 17, 2007 at the age of 76.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ochlophobia” which means a fear of crowds, a characteristic all of us may soon acquire in the coronavirus pandemic continues to expand out of control.
5Anti-Trumper All the Waycelebrating or bemoaning depending on your political views the birthday on this day in 1953 of Paul Krugman, noted purveyor of the “Dismal Science” who has been a rabid critic of Trump’s economic policies.
On this day in:               
      a. 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick announced to friends that they had discovered the chemical makeup of the DNA molecule.
     b. 1958 a school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the Levisa Fork River resulting in the death of the driver and 26 school children.
     c. 1983 the final episode of M*A*S*H aired on TV watched by some 106 million viewers, a record for a last episode number of viewers.                                            
d. 1993 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms raid the Branch Davidian Compound near Waco, Texas trying to serve arrest warrants which resulted in a shoot out in which 4 ATF agents and 6 Davidians were killed prompting a 51 day siege before the Compound was set on fire with multiple fatalities to the Davidians.
e. 2013 Pope Benedict XVI resigned as Pope, becoming the first do so since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
Reflections on bullying: " I've been actually really very pleased to see how much awareness was raised around bullying, and how deeply it affects everyone. You know, you don't have to be the loser kid in high school to be bullied. Bullying and being picked on comes in so many different forms.” Lady Gaga
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