Monday, May 4, 2020

May 4, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Star Wars Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 4, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 33,028 new cases  (a .93%  increase in total cases compared to 2.2% yesterday) to bring the total to 3,596,717 cases, 2,180,100 of which  are active, 1,416,617  of which have been closed with 1,167,095 recoveries (82.39% compared to  yesterday’s 82.29%) and 249,522 deaths (17.61% compared to yesterday’s 17.71%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 8,591 have brought total cases to 1,193,081 (a .75% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.14%  increase)  with 945,192 active cases and 247,889 closures, 68,978  of which have been deaths ( 27.83%  compared to  yesterday’s 27.74%) and 178,911 of which  have been recoveries (72.17%  compared to yesterday’s 72.26%), while total testing has increased to 7,234,948,  an increase of 59,172 (great improvement from several weeks ago); in a rare moment of putting themselves behind the needs of others, McConnell and Pelosi have turned down’s Trump’s offer to have all members of Congress tested saying it is more important to test first responders (McConnell is 78 and Pelosi is 80, not what you would call spring chickens and the average age of senators and congressmen at the beginning of the 115th Congress is 61.8 and 57.8 respectively which puts a lot of them in the most at risk category for COVID-19; the Biden/Tara Reade scandal gets more complicated as the Secretary of the Senate responded to Biden’s plea to release whatever complaint Reade may have filed that she is prohibited by law from doing so (bizarre and wonder if Biden or his advisers had the mental prowess to know that that would be the response); the NYT finally published something worth reading in an opinion piece by Elizabeth Breuning who opined that it is time for the Dems to consider a Plan B not involving Joe Biden; China continues its militaristic expansion with a stealth bomber the H-2 bomber which may be introduced this year and capable of carrying nuclear weapons (is it time for the U.S. to consider an upgrade to its small and aging B-2 fleet?) the Trump Administration is considering a push to admit Taiwan to W.H.O.; Lemon an “anchor” for the Cack News Network has gone off the deep end with rants that Obama was smarter and better looking and a better president than Trump and Michelle was more accomplished and better looking than Melania (classic proof he is like a car lemon and that TDS causes severe cataracts on the eyes of those infected); on the CV front 15 states are opening parts of their economies today and Kroger and Costco alarmed over the real possibilities of meat shortages announced they would be limiting meat purchases; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their quest for financial security announced they would be coming out with a “tell-all” book about them and the royal family in August; in Chicago, as of May 3, 2020, 825 shootings of whom 148 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 56 behind Chicago with 92 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 Janet Jackson, the fact that you enjoy being oryzivorous and 2 quotes by General Robert Canterbury on the Kent State Shootings, 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. Anti-Bullying Day—created by the UN in 2012 to promote an end to bullying and supported by the wearing of a pink shirts; the day is celebrated internationally but many countries like the United States and the United Kingdom celebrate it on February 28/29.
2Star Wars Day—celebrated to honor George Lucas’ Star War movies as today is a play on “May the Force” be with you and observed by many wearing costumes portraying many of the characters in Star Wars films.
3. 2001 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2001 on this day on a run of 7 weeks in the position was “All For You” By Janet Jackson. Here is a recording of the song:  This youngest member of the talented Jackson family has sold over 100 million records but may be best remembered for her breast being exposed during Super Bowl XXXIII Half Time Show.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “oryzivorous” which means rice eating which certainly describes maybe Oriental diners to a tee.
5. Putting the Brakes on Racing and Lifecelebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of Peter Gregg, who was one of America’s most successful l race car drivers, with 152 wins out of the 340 races he entered but sadly after being banned from racing in June of 2008 after finishing third at the Le Mans 24 Endurance Race, he committed suicide on December 15, 1980.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1932 mobster Al Capone began serving his 11 year sentence for tax evasion but he would be released early on compassionate grounds due to his mental state caused by syphilis to become one of the first patients in 1942 to receive penicillin but the disease had progressed to far and his mental state had become that of 12 year old and died of heart failure on January 25, 1947 after having had a stroke 4 days earlier.
 b. 1959 the first Grammy Awards Ceremony was held in 2 locations simultaneously at the Beverly Hills Hilton and the Park Sheraton in New York City.
 c. 1970 28 members of the Ohio National Guard sent to Kent State University to disband students protesting the U.S. and South Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia suddenly opened fire with 67 shots being fired in 13 seconds on unarmed students many of whom were walking to class carrying books, killing 4 and wounding 9 others, 1 of whom was paralyzed permanently. Sadly the victims received no justice from the criminal justice system and after their civil tort actions were dismissed by the judge settled for $675,000.
 d. 1978 the “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher became the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister.
 e. 1998 a federal judge in Sacramento sentenced the anarchist “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski to 4 life sentences plus 30 years for sending bombs that detonated on being opened, killing 3 people and wounding 20 others while creating a reign of terror.
Reflections on bogus justification and real reason for on Kent State shootings:  "Guardsmen on the right flank were in serious danger of bodily harm and death as the mob continued to charge. I felt that, in view of the extreme danger to the troops at this point, that they were justified in firing." General Robert Canterbury’s remarks after the shooting in justification. “These students are going to have to find out what law and order is all about." General Canterbury’s remark before the shooting to someone pleading with him not to order his troops forward to the demonstrators in a skirmish line.
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