Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For May 5, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 90,244 new cases (a 2.5% increase) to bring the total to 3,686,961 cases, 2,220,468 which are active, 1,475,564 of which have been closed with 1,220,468 recoveries (82.71% compared to yesterday’s 82.39%) and 255,096 deaths (17.29% compared to yesterday’s 17.61); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 25,391 have brought total cases to 1,218,472 (a 2.08% increase) with 959,112 active cases and 259,360 closures, 70,713 of which have been deaths (27.26% compared to yesterday’s 27.83%) and 188,647 of which have been recoveries (72.74% compared to yesterday’s 72.17%), while total testing has increased to 7,535,035, an increase of 300,087 from yesterday; at a time when we must united to fit COVID-19, sadly the pandemic is becoming politicized as the House wants to investigate Trump’s handling of it and call Fauci, which Trump has refused although has consented to his appearing before the Senate; Andy Lack the head of NBC News with a surname so appropriate in highlighting objectivity or absence thereof is stepping down as the New York Attorney General announced an investigation into sexual harassment during his tenure; in the fight against the CV pandemic one thing has been consistent, the models predicting cases and deaths have been consistently wrong as the University of Washington’s IHME’s draft model which has been leaked shows deaths increasing to 135,000 through August as deaths have dropped in the U.S. for 5 days in a row (the report was disavowed by the DHS as more and more states are opening up their economies); in another example of our civil liberties being sacrificed in the name of fighting this virus Kansas City Mayor, Quinton Lucas has ordered that churches may not have more than 10 people in attendance and should get track of attendees; while the left is jumping for joy that the COVID-19 presents a unique opportunity to implement their progressive agenda and defeat Trump, Trump may seize the opportunity to tie stimuli aid to cities and states to an ending of their inane and dangerous sanctuary city policies: the United Kingdom has just achieved the dubious distinction of surpassing Italy for the most deaths from COVID-19; Michelle Obama who some Dems are touting as a candidate who can beat Trump was basking in her Netflix documentary blaming the loss in 2016 not on HRC’s failed campaign and unlike ability but rather on voters who did not vote (watch MSM leftists like Don Lemon extol her virtues akin to someone who walks on water); Andrew Cuomo who used to be the left’s Golden Boy for his reporting on the CV in New York is now under condemnation for his order sending CV patients to nursing homes to infect and kill residents and for the fact that nursing homes have underestimated the deaths from CV in them which now stand at 4,813; in Chicago, as of May 4, 2020, 831 shootings of whom 149 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 54 behind Chicago with 95 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 Ashanti, the fact that you are not being exposed to events that cause oscitancy and a quoted by Ronald Reagan on his visit to Bitburg Military Cemetery, 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. Cinco de Mayo—celebrating the defeat by a Mexican Army outnumbered 2 to 1 of an invading French Army at the Battle of Puebla. Unfortunately like another massive partying holiday St. Patrick’s Day, celebrations may be somewhat dampened by the closures of bars and restaurants and stay at home orders due to the COVID pandemic.
2. International Day of Midwives—celebrated first this day in 1991 to commemorate the contribution of midwives to the birthing of children in areas where hospitals are not available or parents want the birth to occur at home.
3. 2002 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2002 on this day on a run of 10 weeks in the position was “Foolish” by Ashanti for her first number 1 release. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUPrnu3BEU8 This talented singer and actress will be turning 40 on October and is going strong with over 15 million records sold.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “oscitancy” which means yawning or sleepiness acts which many people exposed to a long-winded political speech are prone to do.
5. Stand By Your Surgeon—celebrating the birth on this day in 1942 of the First Lady of Country Music, Virginia Pugh, better known to her fans as Tammy Wynette and best known for her song “Stand By Your Man” and who endured 26 surgeries in her lifetime, an addiction to pain pills, 5 marriages and died too early at the age of 56 on April 6, 1998 of cardiac arrest.
On this day in:
a. 1961 in a better late than never but still short moment, Mercury 7 Alan Shepard became the first American into space in a suborbital flight after Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had orbited the Earth once on April 12, 1961 and successfully returned.
b. 1973 Secretariat broke the 2 minute barrier by winning the Kentucky Derby with a time of 1:59.4 a record which has never been broken.
c. 1985 President Reagan visited a German Military Cemetery in Bitburg for which he received a fair amount of complaints and then to the Belsen-Bergen Concentration Camp where some 50,000 inmates died under appalling conditions.
d. 1994 teenager Michael Fay received 4 strokes of the cane to become the first American to be caned in Singapore after he vandalized a train.
e. 2010 massive protests began on this day with 3 demonstrators killed and thousands upon thousands of Greeks protested the austerity provisions adopted by the government as a condition to receiving a 110 million € bailout from the European Union and would continue off and on through October 18, 2012.
Reflections by Reagan on his visit to Bitburg Military Cemetery: “"Our duty today is to mourn the human wreckage of totalitarianism, and today, in Bitburg Cemetery, we commemorated the potential good and humanity that was consumed back then, 40 years ago." Ronald Reagan May 5, 1985.
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