Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For March 8, 2020 Another one of the corrupt Blues who ran for president featured in Profiles in Corruption Kamala Harris, who ravaged Joe Biden in one of the early debates and revealed him to be the fool he may be, must be looking for a VP slot as she came out in support for him today; both Biden and Sanders are campaigning hard in Michigan which for Sanders may be a make or break moment; Italy has in essence put most of Northern Italy under quarantine as the coronavirus and its death toll relentless spreads; the Swamp has reported its first case of the virus and Cruz who was in contact at CPAC with a virus infected person out of an abundance of caution is staying home; the virus is doing what AOC and her New Green Deal have failed to do attack oil consumption by reducing demand and causing prices to fall 20% which may pose great problems for producers who rely on fracking; Joe Biden must be ruing the day he had Hunter as the mother of Hunter’s child in her paternity suit is slamming him for refusing to comply with court orders demanding his turnover of financial information to determine child support; on the gun control front, Minnesota has seen the number of gun carry permits skyrocket (wonder if this is a result of the influx of Somali refugees and possible criminal activity arising from that influx?); while the coronavirus is spreading panic in the U.S., the flu has already killed 20,000 Americans (the difference is that there is a vaccine for the flu and the lethality rate is an apparent fraction of that of the corona virus); over a million corona test kits are finding there way to hospitals, physicians and the general public with many more on the way; in Chicago, as of March 7. 2020, 388 people have been shot of whom 75 have died but none in the last 2 days; 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 21 behind Chicago with 54 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 Frankie Avalon, the fact that your kitchen in the morning is odoriferous, a relevant quote by Claire McCaskill on filibusters, 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. International Women’s Day—celebrated first in 1909 to promote the cause of women’s rights.
2. Start of Daylight Savings Day—celebrated in all states in the U.S. other than Hawaii and Arizona by setting one’s clocks ahead at 2:00 a.m. this morning to conserve energy.
3. 1959 Number 1 Number One Song— the number one song in 1959 on this day on a run of 5 weeks in the position was “Venus” by Frankie Avalon. Here is a recording of the song by him on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fakpqLDEQAo This teen idol who married in 1963 is still married and the father of 8 children and still going strong.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “odoriferous” which means emitting a pleasant smell which describes to a tee the smell of bacon being fried or coffee being brewed.
5. The Ultimate Reject—celebrating the birth on this day in 1981 of Tim Jordan, II, a noted Christian Rock guitarist, vocalist and member of the All-American Rejects who committed the ultimate reject by committing suicide on December 13, 2005 at the age of 24.
On this day in:
a. 1917 the U.S. Senate voted to end the practice of filibuster by adopting the cloture rule enable the Senate to end debate on any issue with a two thirds vote.
b. 1957 after being closed since October, 1956 due to the Suez Crisis, Egypt opened the Suez Canal to Shipping.
c. 1965 in what would escalate to the nightmare of the Vietnam War, 3500 combat Marines came ashore at Da Nang, South Vietnam.
d. 1971 in the Fight of the Century, undefeated Joe Frazier defeated heavy weight undefeated champion Mohammed Ali by a unanimous decision in 15 rounds.
e. 2014 Malaysian Flight 370 disappeared after leaving Kuala Lumpur on a flight to Beijing never again to have been found but believed to have crashed into the Indian Ocean on a suicide mission by the pilot.
Reflections on the use of the filibuster to prevent passage of legislation: “We shouldn't deny the right of the minority to filibuster, but we need to do a much better job of making them own it. That way, the American people could figure out who is being obstructionist and who is willing to compromise.” Claire McCaskill, former two term Blue Senator from Missouric defeated in 2018 and now a rabid anti-Trumper MSNBC “journalist.”
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