Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 7, 2020 While Biden is still basking in Super Tuesday’s results, Biden and Sanders are campaigning for a slate of delegates this Tuesday primaries with Michigan that Sanders carried in 2016 being a potential make or break state for him, as we get ready to spring forward an hour at 2:00 a.m.; on the corona virus front the number of cases continue to expand worldwide, with 5 states here declaring a national emergency, countries like Italy closing its schools and Saudi Arabia closing its borders to the annual Muslim pilgrimage of the faithful to Mecca and the University of Washington is closing or curtailing in person classes as is Stanford after persons there have tested positive; Tucker Carlson has been sounding the alarm that mare than 95% of the antibiotics we use in the U.S. are manufactured in China and urging Trump to institute programs and incentives to bring manufacturing of such vital medicines back to the U.S.; in China, assuming you can believe the news, for the first time new cases at 99 have fallen below triple digit numbers but the bad news is that a building filled with 70 quarantined victims has collapsed; on the two standards of justice front, Jesse Smollett’s attempt to have his charges thrown out has been rejected by the Illinois Supreme Court; the steady rise in coronavirus cases is highlighting the fact that the homeless crisis that plagues our cities is a fertile ground to spread the virus given the preexisting immune issues from drugs and alcohol and the unsanitary crowded conditions found there (also being raised is that the virus is another reason for securing our borders although as of yet no cases have been found in illegal aliens); disturbing video of a 15 year old being attacked by a mob of black teen thugs to beat her and steal her athletic shoes in broad daylight (the attack was like a swarm of piranhas being attracted by blood and swarming in to help—great work at keeping NYC safe Di Blasio); in Chicago, as of March 6. 2020, 376 people have been shot of whom 74 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 24 behind Chicago with 53 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 Elvis Presley, the fact that you are not suffering from odontalgia, a relevant quote by John Lewis on curtailing black voting, 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. Plant Power Day—created in 2018 by Alpro to promote the consumption of plants in one’s diet to reduce one’s carbon front print and water consumption created by animals.
2. National Be Heard Day—created by marketing consultant Shannon Cherry on March 7, 2004 to promote effective means for small businesses to effectively and at less cost to promote their products and services (guerilla marketing for a start-up can be that start-up’s best friend).
3. 1958 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1958 on this day on a run of 5 weeks in the position was “Don’t/I Beg Of You” by Elvis Presley. Here is a recording of the song by him: https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-adk-adk_sbnt&hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&p=elvis+presley+don% Hard to believe that such a talent with so much energy and movement could become the poster child for the harmful effects of prescription drugs and die overweight from their usage at the age of only 42.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “odontalgia” which means a toothache which you would not want to wish on your worst enemy.
5. Walk Don’t Run—celebrating the birth on this day in 1958 of Rik Mayall, noted English actor and comedian who died on June 9, 2014 from a heart attack while out for a jog.
On this day in:
a. 1900 in a moment to make ocean travel safer, the German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm de Grosse became the first ship to transmit a wireless message to shore.
b. 1936 in violation of the Locarno Pact and the Versailles Treaty, Germany reoccupied the Rhineland while England and France did nothing and sat on their military hands, emboldening Hitler.
c. 1945 in a real oops moment for the German Wehrmacht which was under orders to destroy it, the Ludendorff Railway Bridge over the Rhine at Remagen was captured by U.S. forces.
d. 1965 a group of some 600 Civil Rights Marchers were brutally attacked by state and local police and their dogs in an attack filmed on TV which shocked the nation due to its brutality.
e. 1986 divers from the USS Preserver located the crew cabin from the Shuttle Challenger which exploded shortly after being launched.
Reflections on Alabama’s efforts to prevent blacks from voting: “We had teachers, we had high school principals, we had people teaching in colleges and university in Tuskegee, Alabama. But they were told they failed the so-called literacy test.” John Lewis Selma marcher and former long term Congressman who recently died.
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