Friday, June 19, 2020

June 19, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Juneteenth Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 19, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 155,626 new cases  (a 1.82 % increase compared to a 2.44% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 8,702,715 cases, 3,649,798    of  which  are active, 5,052,917 of which have been closed with 4,592,225 recoveries (90.88% compared to  yesterday’s 90.81%) and 460,692   deaths (9.12% compared to yesterday’s 9.19%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases and being hit with the bookends of reopening its economy and massive protests over the death of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks  with new cases of 32,622  have brought total cases to 2,289,071  (a 1.45% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.47% increase)  with 1,232,505  active cases of which 16,444 (16,630 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,057,566 closures, 121,290 of which have been deaths (11.47% compared to  yesterday’s 11.55%) and 935,276  of which  have been recoveries (88.44%  compared to yesterday’s 88.45%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing homes to infect the residents and staff who then die and accounted for some 40% of our deaths  and hopefully the number of cases will not spike given the days of massive protests and riots over George Floyd’s and Rayshard Brooks’ deaths) with 27,226,153 tests; while Hidin” Biden remains hunkered down in his inaccessible bunker, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that Trump’s Tulsa rally can proceed and the mayor has lifted the curfew for the rally (growing fears that violence prone leftists are on route to the city to disrupt the rally violently); while NYPD is blasted with calls to defund the police, murders and violent crimes in the Big Apple continue to soar; Klobuchar has read the tea leave on the growing BLM movement and has announced that she is withdrawing her name to be considered for Biden’s running mate and urged that he select a woman of color (Harris must be jumping for joy and hoping with his diminished mental capacity Biden will not remember her stellar performance attacking him during the debates); the Navy will not reinstate the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt who sounded the coronavirus alarm as the virus outbreak engulfed his ship; Senator John Cornyn will soon introduce a bill making June 19 a federal holiday to celebrate the day in 1865 that the Union Army arrived in Galveston and announced to the black population  that they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation; the U.S. Air Force has named Jo Ann Bass to be its Chief Master Sergeant, the first woman to be named as the top noncommissioned officer of any branch of the U.S. military; Al Sharpton is scheduled to speak in Tulsa the day before Trump’s rally (nothing like a reverse racist ideologue to stoke anti-Trump passions on the eve of Trump’s rally); in Chicago (the Blue run poster city of why we need more police not less and certainly not defunded), as of June 18, 2020, 1465 shootings of whom 262 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 but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 112 behind Chicago with 150 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 Pat Boone, the fact that you are not adverse to pantophagy in your diet, and a quote by Judge Irving Kaufman on sentencing the Rosenbergs to death, 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. Juneteenth—commemorating Union Army General Gordon Granger’s arrival in Galveston and his announcement that all slaves in Texas had been freed.
2. World Sickle Cell Day—created by the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America in 2009 to create awareness of this inherited red blood cell disease that primarily affects those of African descent.
3. 1957 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1957 on this day on a run of 6 weeks was “Love Letters in the Sand” by Pat Boone. Here is a recording of the song: Boone is still going strong at 86 as a motivation speaker and pitchman for a reverse mortgage company.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pantophagy” which means omnivorousness, a trait always good to have when food sources are scarce.
5. There Will Always Be an England--celebrating the birth on this day in 1964 of the former Mayor of London and current Prime Minister of the UK, who navigated his nation out of Brexit and survived the COVID-19 virus.
On this day in:               
 a. 1910 the first Fathers’ Day in the U.S. was created by Sonora Smart Dodd and celebrated in Spokane, Washignton.
 b. 1953 Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Soviet spies convicted of espionage, were executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York.
 c. 1964 after a 84 day filibuster by Blues, the 1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by the Senate.
 d. 2012 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. In 2019 he was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy and is now in an extradition trial which has been postponed due to CV pandemic in the U.K.
 e. 2018 in a sign that innovation is still alive and well in the U.S. the 10 millionth patent was issued to Joseph Marron and assigned to Raytheon Corporation for improved laser detection systems.
        Reflections on the Rosenberg conviction for espionage on divulging secrets on the A-bomb to the Soviets: "I consider your crime worse than murder ... I believe your conduct in putting into the hands of the Russians the A-bomb years before our best scientists predicted Russia would perfect the bomb has already caused, in my opinion, the Communist aggression in Korea, with the resultant casualties exceeding 50,000 and who knows but that millions more of innocent people may pay the price of your treason. Indeed, by your betrayal, you undoubtedly have altered the course of history to the disadvantage of our country. No one can say that we do not live in a constant state of tension. We have evidence of your treachery all around us every day for the civilian defense activities throughout the nation are aimed at preparing us for an atom bomb attack." Judge Irving Kaufman who sentenced the Rosenbergs to death.
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