Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 16, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 89,210 new cases (a 1.94 % increase compared to a 2.63% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 4,698,459 cases, 2,584,617 of which are active, 2,113,833 of which have been closed with 1,802,329 recoveries (85.26% compared to yesterday’s 85%) and 311,513 deaths (14.74% compared to yesterday’s 15%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 21,636 have brought total cases to 1,501,989 (a 1.46% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.73% increase) with 1,075,604 active cases and 426,385 closures, 89,383 of which have been deaths ( 20.96% compared to yesterday’s 21.57%) and 337,002 of which have been recoveries (79.04% compared to yesterday’s 78.43%) while total testing has increased to 11,744,879 a huge increase of 773,216 from yesterday; Obama was our first black president and now he is marking another first, vehemently attacking a sitting president who followed him this time on his alleged ineptness in dealing with the pandemic; poor he comes out tweeting in Spanish and English blasting Trump for Cuba’s push to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council probably because his memory has faded such that he does not remember Cuba was a member numerous times during the Obama/Biden Administration; Justin Amash the RINO in the House who switched to being an Independent and had the narcissistic ego to indicate his considering a run for the president on acknowledge reality by indicating he would not run not blaming his total ineptness but using the coronavirus excuse; Hidin’ Biden hanging out in his basement looks more and more each time he conducts an interview with a biased “journalist” from the MSM is coming across more and more like a man who is in deep mental decline who probably does not even comprehend how far he and his party are moving to the left; first we have been hit with the revelation that our health security is at great risk given reliance on the Chinese supply, now there is a rising concern that our energy security may be at risk as falling oil prices are creating a wave of oil producers’ and oil exploration firms’ bankruptcies which could be acquired by the Chinese (time to ban Chinese investment or at minimum require export licenses which would be extremely difficult and in limited to minimal export amounts?); Blue Nevada Representative Horsford who is supporting Joe Biden despite the latest sexual misconduct revelations from Tara Reade has confessed to a 10 year relationship with Gabriela Linder an intern of Harry Reid while being married and a father to 3 kids; in another example that felons usually are not playing with a full deck, the video of the shooting of Arbery was released by the McMichael father because he thought it would make them “look good”; in Chicago, as of May 15, 2020, 937 shootings of whom 171 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 now is 63 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 Pink featuring Nate Ruess, the fact that you are able to overhaile obstacles and a quote by John Aaron on nicotine, 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. Armed Forces Day—created by Presidential Proclamation by President Truman on February 27, 1950 to replace the separate celebrations honoring the separate branches of the Air Force, Army and Navy with Armed Forces Day to celebrate all members of the Armed Forces to be celebrated on the third Saturday in May starting on May 20, 1950.
2. Wear Purple for Peace Day—clueless who came up with this one but the purpose is evidently to show aliens who may want to visit Earth that Earthlings are a peaceful and wearing purple shows their creativity.
3. 2013 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2013 on this day on a run of 3 weeks in the position was “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink featuring Nate Ruess. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpQFFLBMEPI .
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “overhaile” which means to overtake or overpower which the Reds are most desirous of doing to the Blue in the House to remove Pelosi as Speaker.
5. Free at Last—celebrating the birth on this day in 1951 of Tucker Carlson, noted print and TV journalist who started in TV first with CNN and then with MSNBC until seeing the light and joining Fox News where he hosts “The Tucker Carlson Show.”
On this day in:
a. 1918 the U.S. Congress passed the Sedition Act which made criticism of the federal government during wartime a criminal offense. Fortunately WWI soon ended and the Congress came to its senses and the law was repealed two years later.
b. 1929 the first Academy Awards Ceremony was held at a private dinner hosted by Douglas Fairbanks at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
c. 1960 Theodore Maiman operated the first optical laser (a ruby laser) at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California.
d. 1988 the U.S. Surgeon General announced that the addictive qualities of nicotine are comparable to those of heroin and cocaine.
e. 1991 Queen Elizabeth became the first British monarch to address a Joint Session of Congress.
Reflections on nicotine: ” I was just a little buckaroo when they first invited me to Marlboro Country. I loved being a cowboy; and smoking seemed to fit right in with riding, roping and wrangling. But once I got to where the Flavor was, it would take me four decades to find a trail out of Nicotine Canyon. I finally ran out of reasons to smoke...when I ran out of air...”― John Aaron, Romancing the Smoke: Reflections of a Nicotine Addict
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