Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 10, 2020 Another wild swing in the markets as a good portion of the historic drop was recovered as the coronavirus continues to spread and deaths rise with Italy in essence quarantining the entire country and New York calling out its National Guard to create an exclusion zone around a virus hot spot, Rochelle County (as panic grows people are forgetting this virus is pretty picky on who it kills like people over 80 or with preexisting conditions like diabetes or respiratory issues which is just another reason to quit smoking); the politicization of the virus here in the U.S. continues unabated with Blues heaping scorn on Trump’s attempts to contain it and scoffing at measures being floated to mitigate the economic damages (never slow to throw race card Kamala Harris questing for a VP slot from Biden found time to tweet rant that calling it where it originate the Chinese Flu was racist); if there is a silver lining in the coronavirus outbreak it is that we have received a wake up call on the near monopoly China has on production of antibodies and essential drugs and the critical need to have such drugs also manufactured here (thanks Tucker on Fox for alerting us to this serious and potential deadly situation); Biden and Sanders have both nixed rallies in Ohio, citing coronavirus concerns (probably a godsend for Biden as his rallies lack emotion and attendees but a real negative for Sanders who packs in emotionally charged crowds); Biden caught in a gaffe, profanity laced interchange with a voter in Michigan over the 2nd Amendment; if you want a critique of quid pro quo Biden family corruption, read Profiles in Corruption to learn of its pervasiveness including Biden’s brother James but you won’t find a word about it in the MSM; Iran is a hot spot for coronavirus deaths and cases but 27-44 people died drinking bootleg alcohol due to the myth that it prevent coronavirus infection; on the illegal alien front, ICE agents aped the Canadian Mounties by always getting their man after arresting a Zimbabwean illegal for overstaying his visa for 20 years and felony rape; in Chicago, as of March 9. 2020, 397 people have been shot of whom 76 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 fallen 20 behind Chicago with 56 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 Chubby Checker, the fact that though you are willing to volunteer you are not officious, a relevant quote by Robert MacNamara of the Tokyo firebombings, 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. Harriet Tubman Day—created by Presidential Proclamation on March 9, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush to honor accomplishments of escaped slave Harriet Tubman who made numerous trips into the Confederacy to bring back 70 slaves to freedom in the North.
2. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day—creating awareness of AIDS/HIV and promoting awareness on how to prevent its spread.
3. 1961 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1961 on this day on a run of 3 weeks in the position was “Pony Time” by Chubby Checker. Here is a performance of the song by him: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-adk-adk_sbnt&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&p=chubby+checker+pony+time+youtube#id=2&vid=c74421e9df855dbb7ce10025e4fd0bde&action=click. Chubby has not lost any weight nor his long term former Miss World wife and is still performing at 78.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “officious” which means volunteering your services too eagerly which in wartime soldiers are taught never to do.
5. You Can Run But You Cannot Hide—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1957 of Osama bin Laden, founder of Al-Qaeda and mastermind of the attacks of 9/11 who was finally tracked down and killed by U.S. Seals in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
On this day in:
a. 1945 the U.S. Air Force firebombed Tokyo and the resulted fires killed more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians, a higher number than were killed by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
b. 1949 Mildred Gillars aka “Axis Sally” became the first woman to be convicted of treason against the United States and served 12 years in prison until released on parole in 1961.
c. 1969 James Earl Ray pled guilty to the assassination of Martin Luther King; he unsuccessfully attempted to recant his plea to a crime many now believe he did not commit or was not alone in the assassination.
d. 1970 U.S. Army Captain Ernest Medina was charged for the murders resulting from the Mai Lai Massacre.
e. 2000 the NASDAQ peaked at 5132.52 signaling the end of the .com boom.
Reflections on the Tokyo firebombing from one of the architects of the Vietnam War: “All those involved in the firebombing of Tokyo .. were war criminals interviews recorded in the movie The Fog of War.. the firebombing of Tokyo occurred before the atom bombs.. 100,000 civilians died in one night from American bombs.. 500,000 altogether over several days say some.” Robelrt MacNamara.
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