Saturday, June 6, 2020

June 6, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not D-Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 6, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 162,153   new cases  (a 2.39 % increase compared to a 1.95% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 6,941,176 cases, 3,139,278  of  which  are active,  3,801,900 of which have been closed with 3,401,055 recoveries (89.46% compared to  yesterday’s 89.31%) and 400,845    deaths (10.54% compared to yesterday’s 10.69%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 44,020   have brought total cases to 1,981,825  (a 2.27% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.28% increase)  with 1,123,369    active cases of which 17,011 (16,977 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 858,456 closures, 111,944 of which have been deaths (13.04% compared to  yesterday’s 13.40%) and  746,512 of which  have been recoveries (86.961%  compared to yesterday’s 86.6%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 hopefully the number of cases will not spike given the days of massive protests and riots over George Floyd’s death) with 20,750,572 tests; Washington, D.C. is girding for a massive demonstration organized by the BLM movement with a goal of 1,000,000 protesters who hopefully will exercise their 1st Amendment rights in a peaceful, nonviolent manner;  Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahmano, 2 lawyers  charged with attempting to torch a NYPD cruiser have been ordered back to jail from home confinement by the 2nd Court of Appeals (if convicted, their legal career will come to a short end as officers of the court have no defense to such arson attempts); the protests over George Floyd’s deaths have not been confined to our major metropolitan areas like NYC, L.A. or Atlanta but may have extended to include 250 smaller towns and cities in all 50 states (it is refreshing to see the outpouring of support against police brutality and sad that no one other than the owners and their employees of small businesses that have unfortunately been burned or looted to the ground in the riots that have polluted the protests have raised a voice in protest); the 2 Buffalo cops caught on video pushing a 75 year man back into the sidewalk and into a hospital have been charged with assault, have been suspended without pay, pled not guilty and released without bail pending their court appearance on July 20; thanks to the shaming of Elon Musk and others that Amazon was practicing censorship in refusing to publish Alex Berenson’s book, Unreported Truths about Covid-19 and Shutdown, Amazon relented and it is now its number one bestseller (can you imagine the outcry when this pandemic has run its course due to our  listening to the medical experts who based their advice on discredited models and added trillions to our national debt and devastated the most prosperous and growing economy on the planet, throwing some 40 million out of work); Governor Newsom probably bowing to pressure from his Hollywood elite friends has consented to movie and TV production work to resume  but punting by leaving it up to local county health agencies; Snoop Dogg has announced he will be voting this fall for the first time ever (take it to the bank this rapper with a criminal past will not be voting for Trump); in Chicago, as of June 5, 2020, 1280 shootings of whom 232 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  97 behind Chicago with 135 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 Ink Spots,  the fact that you rarely palter in response to questions asked of you, and a quote by Ernie Pyle on D-Day, 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. D-Day--—celebrating by sea and by air the landing of American, British and Canadian forces on the beaches and inland areas from those beaches in Normandy on June  6, 1944 to begin the pounding of the final nail on Hitler’s coffin.
2. National Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day—promoting awareness of a genetic disease that kills off brain cells, leading to loss of physical control and dementia with no known cure; some 30,000 Americans suffer from the disease and some 200,000 are at risk due to genetic factors of developing it.
3. 1946 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1946 on this day on a run of 10 weeks in the position was “The Gypsy” by the Ink Spots. Here is a recording of the song: The band had great success in the 30’s and 40’s and disbanded in 1954 but some 100 groups have used the name since its disbandment.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “palter” which means to trifle in talk which can be expected when politicians respond to your concerns.
5. Jealousy on the Rocks with Booze a Deadly Drink--celebrating the birth on this day in 1978 of Judith Barsi, a very successful and up and coming child actor, who had unfortunately an abusive alcoholic father who threatened to kill her and her mother which he did on July 25, 1988 before shooting himself to death on the same day.
 On this day in:               
 a. 1932 the Revenue Act of 1932 was passed creating a one cent a gallon tax on gasoline (18.71 cents in today’s dollars) which now stands at only 18.4 cents a gallon to defy the adage that taxes always go up and not down.
 b. 1933 the first drive-in theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey.
 c. 1946 the precursor to the National Basketball Association, the American Basketball Association, was founded in New York City.
 d. 1985 the grave of “Wolfgang Gerhard” was disinterred and the remains are determined to be those of Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” at Auschwitz who managed to elude capture and justice by fleeing to South America and managed to avoid capture and extradition by the U.S., Israel and West Germany until his death by drowning following a stroke of the coast of Brazil on February 7, 1979.
 e. 2005 SCOTUS in the case of Gonzales v. Raich upheld the ban on marijuana, including marijuana for medicinal purposes.
         Reflections on D-Day: “All that remained on the beach was some sniping and artillery fire, and the occasional startling blast of a mine geysering brown sand into the air … That plus the bodies of soldiers lying in rows covered with blankets, the toes of their shoes sticking up in a line as though on drill. And other bodies, uncollected, still sprawling grotesquely in the sand or half hidden by the high grass beyond the beach. That plus an intense, grim determination of work-weary men to get this chaotic beach organised and get all the vital supplies and the reinforcements moving more rapidly over it from the stacked-up ships standing in droves out to sea. Now that it is over it seems to me a pure miracle that we ever took the beach at all.” Ernie Pyle dispatch on D-Day
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