Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 13, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 74,434 new cases (a 1.72% increase compared to a 2.5% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 4,399,165 cases, 2,458,362 of which are active, 1,940,803 of which have been closed with 1,644,702 recoveries (84.74% compared to yesterday’s 84.34%) and 296,101 deaths (15.26% compared to yesterday’s 15.66%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 18,154 have brought total cases to 1,420,429 (a 1.29% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.32% increase) with 1,030,351 active cases and 390,088 closures, 84,355 of which have been deaths (21.62% compared to yesterday’s 23.13%) and 305,723 of which have been recoveries (78.37% compared to yesterday’s 76.87%)(one week ago 26.53%, of closed cases were deaths and 73.47% were recoveries which is a great trend),while total testing has increased to 10,199,681, an increase of 263,961 from yesterday; one special election does not a trend to oust Pelosi make but Joe Garcia, Red ex-fighter pilot with half the votes counted has a 17,160 vote lead over career politician Christy Smith in yesterday’s special election to replace swinging Rep Hill, who initially refused to concede but now has; Acting Director of National Intelligence has released the names of top Obama Administration officials who requested the unmasking of General Flynn which included Hidin’ Biden who previously denied any knowledge of requests for masking, evidently invoking the I’m senile CRS defense; David Nunes, the ranking Red on the House Intel Committee is vowing criminal referrals to the DOJ on Mueller’s collusion probe; several legal commentators are mystified by Judge Sullivan’s conduct in refusing to dismiss the indictments against General Flynn and asking for amicus briefs questioning the DOJ’s decision; the illegal alien supporter quest for a V.P. slot from Hidin’ Biden may have hit a speed bump due to the filing of an action against her by the reporters who clandestinely filmed Planned Parenthood officials chortling over the income being received from the sale of fetal body parts which violated his civil rights; Pelosi not content just to include illegals in her $3 trillion stimulus bailout is also seeking to prevent the deportation of illegals who are working in “essential jobs” which is a code for amnesty; the Blues continue to shift further left as in Nebraska Progressive Blue Kara Eastman backed by AOC defeated a centrist Blue in the Blue Primary; in Chicago, as of May 12, 2020, 903 shootings of whom 167 have died (so much for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths is now 62 behind Chicago with 105 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 link to B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars, the fact that you can launch an outfling with the best of them and a quote by Irwin Gellman on how Nixon became the first modern vice president, 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. National Leprechauns Day—on a day of grasping for straws, I found this to commemorate leprechauns but am totally clueless to know by whom or when and why it’s not celebrated on the 17th of March.
2. International Facilities Management Day—created by Global FM Group in 2008 to commemorate the contribution of facilities management to the world economy and culture.
3. 2010 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2010 on this day on a run of 2 weeks in the position was “Notnin’ On You” by B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars in their first number one song. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PTDv_szmL0 B.o.B. is an accomplished rapper who believes in a flat earth and Bruno Mars is an accomplished singer and songwriter who hase received 5 number 1 song rankings sooner than any singer other that Elvis Presley.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “outfling” which means a sharp retort or gibe which describes what most people want to do after listening to a baseless rant by AOC.
5. Singing When Not Well—celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of Mary Wells one the first successful Motown singers who unfortunately was a heavy chain smoker and drug abuser who came down with cancer of the larynx in 1990, treatment for which destroyed her ability to sing. The cancer went into remission but returned with a vengeance in the summer of 1992 and she died on July 26, 1992.
On this day in:
a. 1958 at his stop in Caracas, Venezuela in a goodwill tour of Latin America, Richard Nixon’s limo was attacked by a pipe wielding angry mob which fortunately inflicted no injury to him and his party.
b. 1985 after a standoff and a shoot out in which the Philadelphia police fired some 10,000 rounds of ammunition, a police helicopter dropped 2 bombs on the MOVE headquarters which started a fire that kill 6 adults and 5 children and spread to destroy 65 homes.
c. 1995 Alison Hargreaves, a British mother became the first female to climb Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen or the aid of a Sherpa in her quest to climb the 3 highest mountains in the world. She sadly after reaching the summit of K2, her second mountain on her list, died while descending due to a violent storm.
d. 1998 India carried out 2 nuclear bomb tests which followed the 3 it had previously conducted on May 11, causing the U.S. and Japan to impose economic sanctions.
e. 2013 American physician Kermit Gosnell entered a plea of guilty to avoid the death penalty for murdering 3 infants born alive during abortions and 1 mother who died following an abortion and numerous other charges. He was sentenced to life without possibility of parole and is now rotting in a Pennsylvania prison.
Reflections on the change in the role of Vice President under Eisenhower: “Eisenhower radically altered the role of his running mate by presenting him with critical assignments in both foreign and domestic affairs once he assumed his office. The vice president welcomed the president's initiatives and worked energetically to accomplish White House objectives. Because of the collaboration between these two leaders, Nixon deserves the title, "the first modern vice president" Irwin Gellman biographer of Richard M. Nixon
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