Monday, June 22, 2020

June 22, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Onion Rings Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 22, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 132,798 new cases  (a 1.48 % increase compared to a 1.14% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 9,126,677 cases, 3,767,604    of  which  are active, 5,361,073 of which have been closed with 4,888,837 recoveries (91.19% compared to  yesterday’s 91.08%) and 472,236468,251   deaths (8.81% compared to yesterday’s 8.91%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases and being hit with the of reopening its economy, massive protests over the death of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks and a massive Trump rally in Tulsa creating concern of a spike in new cases   with new cases of 29,420  have brought total cases to 2,374,791 (a .82% increase compared to yesterday’s .82% increase)  with 1,268,018  active cases of which 16,472 (16,506 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 1,106,773 closures, 122,496 of which have been deaths (11.07% compared to  yesterday’s 11.13%) and 984,277  of which  have been recoveries (88.93%  compared to yesterday’s 88.87%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 29,013,182 tests; finally after two shootings and days of occupation the Mayor of Seattle has come to here senses and announced the police will reoccupy the “CHOPS” section of Seattle; John Bolton who has drawn ire from Trump supporters as a liar, a Judas betrayer and a man eager to sell as many books as he can via his salacious expose will be facing dueling books as Sarah Sanders released an excerpt from her book out later this fall which portrays Bolton as an arrogant selfish man often unwilling on foreign trips to travel on Air Force One or in common transportation when there with other members of Trump’s visiting entourage (not sure if I want to put the price of Bolton’s book into his pocket but I suspect it will reveal that he was an egotistical spoiled Ivy Leaguer from Yale who was outraged his far right military adventures advocated were not accepted by Trump whom Bolton probably considers as a mental midget); Hidin’ Biden indicated that he will participate in 3 debates and his vice president nominee 1 but the Trump campaign is pressing for more (since given his failing mental state the smart money is on Trump to destroy Biden very quickly in the first debate and having more would probably create too much sympathy for the failing Gaffer in Chief); the BLM and PC airbrush our history continues unabated but has reached all time lows to attack the Greatest Generation who served and died in WWII as a monument to the 500 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina residents who died at a cemetery was defaced with a hammer and sickle and yellow paint (when do we finally say enough, sit down and try to resolve the racial issues that divide us without the 24/7 ad hominem attacks and destruction of our history); when in the not too distant past armed protesters in Michigan descended on Witless Whitmer’s State Capitol to protest her draconian lock-down orders, the MSM went ballistic but when hundreds of armed black and white protesters descended upon the State Capitol of Oklahoma from the MSM only the sounds of silence; hopefully the sound of gunfire erupting across this land this weekend killing and wounding dozens of mostly victims of color by mostly shooters of color might put a damper on the idiotic calls of the left to defund the police; in Chicago (the Blue run poster city of why we need more police not less and certainly not defunded), as of June 21, 2020, 1578 shootings of whom 280 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 127 behind Chicago with 153 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 the Everly Brothers, the fact that you are still somewhat panurgic, and a quote by Gerhard Schröder on the fall of the Berlin Wall, 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. National HVAC Technicians Day--created by the ARS Rooters in 2016 to commemorate the efforts of HVAC technicians to keep us cool in the summer heat waves and warm in the winter and late fall frigid days.
2. National Onion Rings Day—many claimants to this popular deep fried snack going back as far as 1804 but let’s go with A&W Rootbeer which introduced it to fast food restaurants in the 1960’s.
3. 1960 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1960 on this day on a run of 5 weeks was “Cathy’s Clown” by the Everly Brothers. Here is a recording of the song performed by them on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand: Phil Everly, the youngest was a chain smoker for most of his career until quitting in 2001 but not soon enough to prevent him from contracting COPD which killed him on January 3, 2014; Don is still alive but no longer performing.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “panurgic” which means skilled at all sorts or tasks which is today’s specialization is a disappearing trait.
5. Dying Doing What You Love Best--celebrating the birth on this day in 1947 of “Pistol Pete Maravich noted high scoring college and professional basketball guard who retired after 10 years in the NBA and then died in a pickup basketball game at the age of 40 on January 5, 1988 from a heart attack caused by an undisclosed heart aliment.
On this day in:               
 a. 1944 to the joy of millions of Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, President Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the G.I.Bill.
 b. 1948 in a better late than never King George VI of England gave up his title of Emperor of India some 6 months after India had achieved independence.
 c. 1969 the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio caught fire once again spurring the nation’s attention to the issue of pollution of our waterways and leading to the passage of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the EPA.
 d. 1984 Virgin Atlantic Airways launched commercial airline service from London’s Gatwick Airport.
 e. 1990 with the demolition of the Berlin Wall having begun on June 13, 1990, Checkpoint Charlie was officially disbanded.
        Reflections on the fall of the Berlin Wall:”The Wall was not brought down by Washington, Bonn or Moscow. It was razed to the ground by the courageous and intrepid people, from both the East and the West” Gerhard Schröder, former German Chancellor.
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