Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 19, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Garlic Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For April 16, 2020 the CV pandemic  continues with some evidence it is slowing down unabated with 64,870 new cases (down from 86,638) increasing the total to 2,395,636 cases, 1,615,403 of which  are active, 780,233 have been closed with 615,688 recoveries (78.91%) and 164,565 deaths (21.09%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world, new cases of 20,342 have brought total cases to 758,134 with 648,942  active cases and 110,192 closures, 40,265 (36.54%) have been deaths and 57,232 (63.46%) have been recoveries while total testing has ramped up to 3,832,240 and Pence on the news today with Chris Wallace indicated that number should be increasing to 300,000 per day; Navarro is calling China out big time for gross misconduct in allowing the release of COVID-19 from the Wuhan Lab, hiding the extent of epidemic with W.H.O. complicity and hoarding PPE supplies to reap profits from the pandemic; Pelosi appeared on Fox to blame Trump as a weak leader who has mismanaged the pandemic response and denying any damage for her failure to have additional PPP funds passed and claimed her famous February 24 trip to Chinatown to urge every to come to for Chinese New Year was safe was not a dismissal of the dangers only a reaction to Trump’s racist remarks calling it the Chinese virus (she and Schumer make it clear that partisanship is alive and well on the Blue side of the aisle regardless of the deaths and joblessness being caused); the idiocy present with Ilhan Omar defies definition as she introduced legislation to stop all rent and mortgage payments during the pandemic regardless of whether a person has lost his or her job or income status and then rob Peter to pay Paul with a taxpayer supported fund to reimburse landlords and lenders for losses during the suspension; for most of us the CV pandemic has brought a lot of fear, suffering and grief but for leftist Omar it is a dream come true using it after blasting Trump for soon creating the deaths of 100,000’s to try to halt all deportations and nationalize all private hospitals (the RNC must go to any length to defeat her and her fellow squad members this fall); silver cloud in the opening of Jacksonville beaches was that police there arrested a murder suspect from Philadelphia for loitering as opposed to walking or swimming; Amazon who has been busy and busy can be during the pandemic is facing so labor pains and mini strikes over working conditions and response to climate change; Newsom has secured over 15,000 hotel rooms for the homeless during the pandemic and still hiding the  ball on his $1 billion mask deal, the details and purchase order for which he will not release to the public; in Chicago, as of April 18, 2020, 689 shootings of whom 126 have died but none yesterday; Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths now stands at 44 behind Chicago with 82 murders (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 video link to Aretha Franklin and George Michael, the fact that your relationships are not oragious, and a quote by Anthony Bourdain on garlic, 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. Dutch-American Friendship Day—commemorating this day in 1782 when the Netherlands received and recognized John Adams as Ambassador from the United States.
2. National Garlic Day—celebrated a seasoning that has been around for 6,000 years and despite its pungent breath creation is quite beneficial in terms of nutrients.
3. 1987 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1987 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) Aretha Franklin and George Michael. Here is a recording of the song: This brilliant duo will never perform again as George Michael died on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53 and Aretha Franklin a former heavy drinker and smoker died August 16, 2018 at 76 from a pancreatic tumor.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “oragious” which means stormy which describes Trump’s relationship with the press to a tee.
5. Wrong Model to Followcelebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of noted actor and playwright,  Barry Brown, the eldest of 3 children who started acting at age 5 but who committed suicide at age 27 on June 25, 1978 by shooting himself. Sadly his younger sister who also became an actress and suffered from alcoholism and drug addiction followed him by jumping to her death off an L.A. Freeway overpass at age 44 on July 22, 1997.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1971 residents of L.A. could rest easier as Charles Manson was sentenced to death (later commuted by the California Supreme Court life in prison where he died on November 19, 2017).
 b. 1985 in Arkansas 200 ATF and FBI agents began the siege of the compound of the right wing supremacist group, The Covenant, The Sword and The Arm of the Lord, which fortunately unlike the Davidians ended peacefully 2 days later.
 c. 1993 near Waco, Texas, the 51 day siege of the Branch Davidian Complex by ATF and other federal agents ended in fire ignited by tear gas which killed 76 Davidians, including 18 children under the age of 10.
 d. 1995 the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was partially destroyed by a Ryder truck bomb parked there by Timothy McVeigh, killing 168 people including 19 children under the age of 6 and wounding almost 700 people. 
 e. 2011 Fidel Castro resigned as the First Secretary of the Communist Party in Cuba after holding that position for 60 years.
Reflections on garlic use: ““Garlic is divine. Few food items can taste so many distinct ways, handled correctly. Misuse of garlic is a crime...Please, treat your garlic with respect...Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic.”
― Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Sadly, garlic’s great qualities did not include suicide prevention and this great chef hung himself on June 8, 2018.
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