Monday, March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Read Across America Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 2, 2020 The fallout of Biden’s comeback in South Carolina continued with Mayor Pete and Amy Klobuchar suspending their candidacy as their money ran dry with Klobuchar joining the stop Sanders movement to back Joe Biden (Super Tuesday results will be worth watching as a ton of delegates are up for grabs with Sanders leading in the polls in several states like California—if Sanders keeps piling up delegates to prevent Biden or Bloomberg from having a majority we will be treated to a rare brokered convention); corona virus keeps spreading in U.S. with a new case in the Big Apple as deaths continue upward climb with 6 now in Washington (sadly Blues and Reds are both politicizing the issue as companies are pedal to the metal trying to find a vaccine); her use of a private email server to conduct her business as Secretary of State continues to snare HRC as a federal judge has granted Judicial Watch’s request to depose her (still in the news she downplayed rumors of her running as a running mate with Mike Bloomberg); in a real bite the hand that feeds you moment, ultra liberal and biased MSNBC “journalist” Chris Matthews is being ravaged over sexual misconduct allegations by the left and has announced his retirement from MSNBC (couldn’t happen to a more critical guy); on the corona virus front, Macao, the reputed gambling capital of the world, has been devastated by casino closures; Biden may be surging back as the DNC scrambles on how to stop him but consistently he has not shed his ability to gaffe, misquoting a line for the Declaration of Independence and urging voters tomorrow to vote for “Super Thursday (it seems that almost every time he opens his mouth it appears that his brain is not connected to his lips—sad somewhat very sad); while Pelosi toured Chinatown to ease fears of the coronavirus, Bloomberg vowed to eat a Chinese restaurant to do the same thing; rumor has it that Putin has his sights set on Belarus, the last Soviet style dictatorship in Europe consisting of 9 million souls probably wishing they were elsewhere; while the Blues are 24/7 attacking Trump over his handling or lack of handling of the coronavirus outbreak, the markets believed otherwise as the market rose in a huge comeback;; in Chicago, as of March 1. 2020, 354 people have been shot of whom after three days of no fatal shootings 69 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 17 behind Chicago with 52 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 Doris Day,  the fact that you like to ocreate,  a relevant quote by Mark Berent on Operation Rolling Thunder,  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. Read Across America Day—created by the National Education Association in 1998 to promote reading among children and celebrated on the birthday of note children’s author Dr. Seuss.  
2. World Teen Wellness Day—created on February 12, 2020 by Hollister Company, a Division of Abercrombie and Fitch to promote mental health awareness among teens as they pass through what can be a difficult time emotionally in their lives.
3. 1954 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1954 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Secret Love” by Doris Day.  Here is a recording of the song: This prolific singer and animal rights advocate was active for 50 years and died of pneumonia at the age of 97.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “ocreate” which means wearing boots which describes Nancy Sinatra singing her favorite hit song to a tee.
5A Quick Three Count Too Sooncelebrating the birth on this day in 1981 of noted WWE wrestler Lance Kurtis McNaught better known to his fans as Lance Cade fought drugs, completed a 30 day drug rehab in February 2010 but relapsed and died of an accidental drug overdose on August 13, 2010.
On this day in:               
       a. 1961 President Kennedy on national television announced the creation of the Peace Corps.
      b. 1962 Wilt Chamberlain set an all time single game scoring record by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a win against the New York Knicks.
     c. 1965 the U.S. and the Republic of South Vietnam uped the ante of what would become for American the nightmare of the Vietnam War by beginning Operation Rolling Thunder, bombing of North Vietnam in an unsuccessful effort to force them to end hostilities in South Vietnam.                                            
 d. 1993 compact discs and players were released in the United States after first entering the market in Japan.
  e. 1996 Yahoo was incorporated.
Reflections on Rolling Thunder: " the fighter pilot words to Petula Clark's song Downtown.   When you get up at two o'clock in the morning You can bet you'll go Downtown, Shaking in your boots, you're sweating heavy all over, 'Cuz you got to go Downtown. Smoke a pack of cigarettes before the briefing's over, Wishing you weren't bombing, wishing you were flying cover, It's safer that way the flak is much thicker there -- You know you're biting your nails and you're pulling your hair, You're going Downtown, but you don't wanna go, Downtown, that's why you're feeling so low, Downtown, going to see Uncle Ho, Downtown, Downtown.” Mark Berent, Rolling Thunder
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