Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For June 13, 2020 The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 144,645 new cases (a 1.88 % increase compared to a 1.79% increase yesterday) to bring the total to 7,827,694 cases, 3,382,244 of which are active, 4,445,360 of which have been closed with 4,014,658 recoveries (90.31% compared to yesterday’s 90.12%) and 430,792 deaths (9.69 % compared to yesterday’s 9.88%); in the U.S. which has the dubious distinction of leading the world in total cases with new cases of 54,765 have brought total cases to 2,137,395 (a 2.63% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.25% increase) with 1,172,372 active cases of which 16,667 (16,700 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition and 965,023 closures, 117,405 of which have been deaths (12.17% compared to yesterday’s 12.44%) and 847,618 of which have been recoveries (87.83% compared to yesterday’s 87.56%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 24,193,142 tests; on the summer of love front in Seattle’s mayor and its female African-American police chief are at odds over the ongoing occupation of CHAZ with no end in sight as typical in anarchy no leaders have been identified to bargain with (this is a tumor that unless eradicated will have a great probability of metastasizing in cities across the nation); Marianne Kaba is lucky we have a free press that will post her Op-Ed that defund the police means abolishment not budget reduction or reform (bet she has armed guards to protect her every step); the Always Biased Cack network is in the doghouse after placing one of its top news executives Barbara Fedida on administrative leave for demeaning racist and sexist remarks about females and to anchors and reporters at ABC; in a déjà vu moment from WWII a new Dragon Lady may have emerged this time in North Korea, as Kim Jong-un’s sister appears to be taking a more active role in the government as relations between the North and South sour as North Korea cuts off the communications hot line between North and South; another police shooting of a black this time in Atlanta trying to arrest someone for DUI, who resisted arrest, in fighting with police removed officer’s taser and after being chased turned and pointed it at cop who shot and killed him sparking protests, burning of a Wendy’s and resignation of Chief of Police (will the only reasonable use of force now generate into you can shoot after you have been hit and the defund the police will be out of business as no one in their right mind would sign up to be a cop); do not be surprised to see police leaving the force over the wave of anti-police rhetoric as in Hallendale, Florida 10 members of its SWAT team resigned accusing the city of treating them like dogs, providing inadequate training and preventing them from doing their job; in Chicago (the Blue run poster city of why we need more police not less and certainly not defunded), as of June 12, 2020, 1375 shootings of whom 247 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 102 behind Chicago with 145 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 Percy Faith and His Orchestra, the fact that you are rarely Panglossian, and a quote by Justice Potter Stewart from his concurring opinion on the Pentagon Papers case, 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. International Young Eagles Day-—created by the US Experimental Aircraft Association to introduce children from the age of 8 to 17 to the joys of being able to fly a plane and celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of June. Seeing your young child in the cockpit seat of a plane flying it level by you is a joy hard to describe with words.
2. World Softball Day—created by the International Softball Federation to celebrate on this day in 1991 of the addition of softball as an Olympic sport.
3. 1953 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1953 on this day on a run of 10 weeks “The Theme from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPDF2ORPOFQ. This Canadian-American bandleader wowed Americans for years until his baton was taken from him on February 9, 1976 from cancer.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “Panglossian” which means overly or excessively optimistic which describes projections made by politicians on the effects of spending programs to a tee.
5. Lie Down with the Clintons to Pick up Fleas--celebrating the birth on this day in 1943 of James Guy Tucker, governor of Arkansas who was involved in the Whitewater Scandal with Bill and Hillary Clinton and convicted of fraud, was forced to resign, but received a soft sentence of 4 years probation and house detention and was not pardoned by Bill Clinton.
On this day in:
a. 1944 too late to attack the buildup of D-Day troops and supplies in English harbors, the Germans launched 11 of the first V-1 Flying Bombs against England of which 4 hit targets.
b. 1971 the New York Times began the publication of the Pentagon Papers which revealed the deception practiced on the American public by the government on the Vietnam War.
c. 1977 the convicted killer of Martin Luther King, Jr., James Earl Ray who had escaped 4 days earlier from prison was recaptured to be returned to Bushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee.
d. 1994 a jury in Anchorage, Alaska found Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood guilty of negligence in Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, allowing plaintiffs to move forward in their claim for $15 billion in damages.
e. 2002 the United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia.
Reflections on the Pentagon Papers: “For when everything is classified, then nothing is classified, and the system becomes one to be disregarded by the cynical or the careless, and to be manipulated by those intent on self-protection or self-promotion."New York Times Co. v. United States, 403 U.S. 713 (1971) (concurring) ― Potter Stewart
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