Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 15, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 118,291 new cases (a 2.63 % increase compared to a 2.09% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 4,609,249 cases, 2,559,301 of which are active, 2,049,948 of which have been closed with 1,742,455 recoveries (85% compared to yesterday’s 84.86%) and 307,493 deaths (15% compared to yesterday’s 15.14%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 39,308 have brought total cases to 1,480,353 (a 2.73% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.45% increase) with 1,071,070 active cases and 409,283 closures, 88,298 of which have been deaths (21.57% compared to yesterday’s 21.63%) and 320,985 of which have been recoveries (78.43% compared to yesterday’s 78.37%) while total testing has increased to 10,971,663 an increase of 398,350 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 which must have been drafted between scoops of gourmet ice cream with no input from Reds or the Trump Administration is being voted on with several Blues elected from swing districts reading the tea leaves in the fall voting against it (Pelosi has tossed the word bipartisan from her dictionary is acting more and more like a Banana Republic dictator); Chris Christie went into the lion’s den of the clueless “The View” to expose TDS and anti Red bias (that host is so misnames as there is not Joy in that biased body only hate); a silver lining in the pandemic is that it coupled with aggressive Trump policies to keep illegal migrants in Mexico is doing what a Wall could only dream of doing reducing the flood of illegals to a mere trickle as the CBP once swamped with illegals at detention centers is down to just a few hundred; Comey’s corrupted FBI may merit our condemnation but not stupid as they watched HRC destroy thousands of her emails with impunity and now face allegations from former DOJ spokesman Ian Prior that key 302 reports on Flynn were purposely lost; NYC Health Commissioner denying NYPD’s request for masks and saying she couldn’t give “two rats asses” means this idiot must be fired although Di Blasio is too dumb and biased to do the right thing; retail sales are in the tank and J.C. Penney’s has joined the ranks of retailers that have recently filed for bankruptcy; Hidin’ Biden in his basement safe from questions from his MSM lackey supporters had a light bulb moment when he said voters who believe Tara Reade should not vote for him and to distinguish himself from Ford pledged not to pardon Trump if elected (like the allies’ demand for unconditional surrender that kept the Wehrmacht fighting to the bitter end announcement will energize Trump supporters even more and dismay those of us who want to see a ramp down of the rhetoric and bias); Newsom must have had a light bulb moment finally and the Tesla plant in Fremont can stay reopened (lost in the debate over shutdown continuation versus reopening is the simple fact that this economy cannot wait until a vaccine and the short and long term effects of a destroyed economy will be catastrophic from a public health and national security standpoint); in Chicago, as of May 14, 2020, 920 shootings of whom 168 have died but no one yesterday (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 remains 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 Gotye featuring Kimbra, the fact that you are blessed with an absence of outrecuidance and a quote by Anon on Las Vegas, 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. Police Officers Memorial Day—created by Congress and the President on October 1, 1962 to honor those police who have died or been disabled in the line of duty which in terms of deaths stands at 43 through May 15, 2020 compared to 57 at same period last year.
2. Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day—created on May 15, 2012 by the HER Foundation to promote awareness of Hypremesis Gravidarum which is morning sickness but like on steroids that makes pregnancy exceedingly stressful and may lead to an increase in only children.
3. 2012 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2012 on this day on a run of 8 weeks in the position not continuous was “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra which was their first number one song and put an end to the rumor that Aussies and Kiwis do not get along well together. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “outrecuidance” which means overwhelming arrogance or self esteem which our current and former president seem to possess in spades.
5. Last White Hope—celebrating the birth on this day in 1945 of the Bellflower Bomber Jerry Quarry, a heavy weight boxer who had started early as an amateur too young and had 200 fights before turning pro and become a number one contender but never succeeded in beating the likes of Ali or Frazier and after retiring became hobbled by dementia and died on January 3, 1999 at the age of 53.
On this day in:
a. 9005 the city of Las Vegas was formed when the 105 areas of what was known as the downtown area was auctioned off
b. 1920 a fire at the Cleveland Clinic which would become one or America’s premier medical facilities killed 123 people .
c. 1969 California Governor Ronald Reagan orders a UC park known as People’s Park fenced off, sparking massive riots.
d. 1988 after tiring of its 8 year similar Vietnam the Soviet Union began to withdraw its over 100,000 troops from Afghanistan.
e. 2010 Jessica Watson three days before her 17th birthday became the youngest person to sail around the world unassisted.
Reflections on Las Vegas ”If you aim to leave Las Vegas with a small fortune, go there with a large one.” Anon How true this person was
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