Thursday, May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Stars and Stripes Forever Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 14, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 91,793 74,434 new cases  (a 2.09%  increase compared to a 1.72% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 4,490,958   cases, 2,496,731  of  which  are active, 1,992.227 of which have been closed with 1,690,669  recoveries (84.86% compared to  yesterday’s 84.74%) and 301,558  deaths (15.14% compared to yesterday’s 15.26%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 20,626  have brought total cases to 1,441,055 (a 1.45% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.29% increase)  with 1,043,294 active cases and 397,761 closures, 86,040 of which have been deaths (21.63% compared to  yesterday’s 21.62%) and 311,721 of which  have been recoveries (78.37%  compared to yesterday’s 78.37%) while total testing has increased to 10,573,313,  an increase of 373,632  from yesterday; Pelosi’s $3 trillion “stimulus” loaded with goodies like payments to illegals and end of deportation to illegals doing essential work and bailouts to state and local governments with bloated unfunded pension liabilities  will be DOA in Senate which explains why the plan was on the negotiating table; Marie Yovanovitch the fired Ambassador to the Ukraine and one of the Blue’s star impeachment hearings testified she knew little about Burisma which was a key figure in the Hunter Biden scandal but e-mails released today show she was involved in discussions concerning it and even met with a company representative (some light on the belief she was disgruntled that Trump was not adopting her recommendations as an Ambassador perhaps to cloud her testimony?); another day of protests at the Michigan Capitol protesting Witless Whitmer’s shut down orders as after a judge refused to issue a restraining order against a barber in Michigan who opened his shop in defiance, state regulators temporarily stripped him of his license (with 36 million now having joined the jobless ranks look to more and more people protesting and defying lockdowns); Senator Burr, head of the Senate Intel Committee and the subject of an insider trading probe has resigned his position as chairman of the committee; the demoted whistle blower Rick Bright was testifying today before the House today blasting Trump’s and the DHHS’s response to the pandemic and warning of dire consequences that we will face from the coronavirus pandemic this winter while he was attacked by
Trump for being a disgruntled employee and by the DHHS that all of his complaints had been resolved (not sure where the truth lies but if there is a bounce back surge as we near November Trump’s re-election may be in trouble); Rahm Emanuel the disgraced mayor of Chicago was on The View ranting about Trump’s “slow and sloppy” response to the pandemic which Trump was visiting a Pennsylvania medical equip supplier touting the need to bring medical supplies and drugs back to America (troubling bully pulpit optics of him surrounded by people wearing masks and him without one); 
 in Chicago, as of May 13, 2020, 914 shootings of whom 168 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 60 behind Chicago with 108 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,  musical links to the “Stars and Stripes Forever” and Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, the fact that your acts rarely merit being described as outré and a quote by Professor Raymond Arsenault on the Freedom Riders, 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. Stars and Stripes Forever Day—commemorating the first public playing of what is probably John Souza’s most famous work on this day in 1897 at the unveiling of a statute of George Washington in Philadelphia; the march was created by Souza after learning of the death of his band manager while visiting Europe:     
2. Dylan Thomas Day—commemorating the life and works of noted Welsh playwright and poet Dylan Thomas whose play Under the Milk Wood was first read publicly on this day in 1953 at the 92Y Poetry Center in New York City.
3. 2011 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2011 on this day on a run of 5 weeks in the position not continuous  was “E.T.” by Katy Perry featuring  Kanye West. Here is a recording of the song:
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “outré” which means beyond which is proper which defines to a tee the rhetoric our Blue and Red politicians are so prone to use against each other..
5. Money In That Facecelebrating the birth on this day in 1984 of Mark Zuckerberg, a co-founder of Facebook the social media giant that keeps running afoul of censorship and anti-conservative bias allegations.
On this day in:               
 a. 1878 the last witchcraft trial in the United States began in Salem, Massachusetts in a case brought by Lucretia Brown claiming Daniel Spofford was a witch; fortunately the judge dismissed the case.
 b. 1955 the Soviet Union created the Warsaw Pact consisting of itself and 7 Communist Bloc European countries.
 c. 1961 an angry white mob twice attacked an integrated Freedom Riders bus in Anniston, Alabama before firebombing it and barring to doors to prevent those inside from escaping until the fuel tank exploded causing the mob to retreat and then surge back to attack the fleeing riders and probably would have lynched several but for highway patrolmen firing shots into the air.
 d. 1973 the first American space station Skylab was successfully launched into orbit.
 e. 1988 a converted school bus heading to a church function on I71 near Carrollton, Kentucky was crashed into by a wrong way DUI driver, Larry Mahoney with a BAC two hours after the accident of .24%, causing the bus to burst into flames, killing 27 people and injuring 34 others; Mahoney was convicted and after various appeals was sentenced to 16 years, serving 10 years. 11 months as a “model prisoner.”
 Reflections on the Freedom Riders: “The Riders' dangerous passage through the bus terminals and jails of the Jim Crow South represented only one part of an extended journey for justice that stretched back to the dawn of American history and beyond. But once that passage was completed, there was renewed hope that the nation would eventually find its way to a true and inclusive democracy.” ~ Professor Raymond Arsenault, noted American historian and academic
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