Monday, July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Moonwalk Day ;

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not For July 20, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues  to with 245,277 new cases  (a 1.69%  increase compared to a .74% increase yesterday) to bring the total approaching 15 million to 14,774,390 cases, 5,342,814   of  which  are active, 9,431,585 of which have been closed with 8,829,626 recoveries (93.62% compared to  yesterday’s 93.46%) and 610,959   deaths (6.48% compared to yesterday’s 6.54%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
    CV USA: New cases of 268,646 with total cases surging to near 4 million of 3,941,041 (a 2.11% increase compared to yesterday’s 7.48% increase) with 1,968,554 active cases of which 16,571 (16,663 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, and 1,972,487  closures, 143,590 of which have been deaths (7.28% compared to yesterday’s 7.45%) and 1,828,897 of which  have been recoveries (92.72%  compared to yesterday’s 92.55%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 with 49,161,907 tests (so much for Biden’s claim of lack of testing by Trump and implications Trump is slowing testing to hide CV increases).
     Non CV News: With 4 minutes to spare Kanye West may have qualified to put his name on the November ballot (not good news for Biden who cannot lose any black votes); the suspect in the shooting in New Jersey that killed District Court Judge Esther Salas’s son and wounded her husband has been found dead; while Mayor Lightfoot who has lost any semblance of control over the outbreak of massive gun violence in Chicago can only insult aldermen with profanities and warn “Karen” McEnany to watch out, the Trump Administration is preparing a plan to send federal forces to aid the CPD to end the shootings; Chicago Alderman Anthony Napolitano, who is a former police officer, has attacked Democratic leaders in the city of being afraid to ask Trump for help because it might help his reelection (with 50 people shot of whom 8 died this weekend in Chicago how many black lives have to be lost before Lightfoot swallows her pride and asks for help?); in yet another example that free speech is only free according to the left if the speech agrees with them, a Back the Blue” rally in Denver was attacked by a large mob of anti-cop protesters and BLM supporters who shut down their event and bloodied several demonstrators (the police chief of Denver can kneel with BLM protester but he can’t protect a peaceful group showing support for police-huh?); Blue Soros funded  District Attorney of St. Louis Kim Gardner has filed charges against the couple who displayed an unloaded rifle and toy gun against a “peaceful” group of protesters who broke through the gate to their gated community (what a biased farce that the Governor should follow through on his outrage and pardon the homeowners); at a time when we need to scale down the rhetoric, the best we can get from House Majority Leader Clyburn is that the Trump Administration has unleashed a Nazi Gestapo regime of federal agents to protect federal property in Portland.
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 19, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 18 to 2,096, of whom 375 have died (so much for the defund the police movement and  for the effectiveness of Chicago’s stay at home order and a complete dereliction of duty by Mayor Lightfoot other than swearing at people outraged over the killings); 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 191 behind Chicago now at 184 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 shootings by police or 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 Cheap Trick, the fact that you can  be a pasquilant,  and a quote from Tim Shriver on the Special Olympics, 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 Moon Walk Day—celebrating the landing on the Moon by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on this day in 1969 and their walking on the Moon collecting lunar rock samples.      
2. International Chess Day—created IN 1966 by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs  which was formed in 1928 to promote the playing of chess.
3. 1988 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1988 on this day on a run of 3 weeks was “The Flame” by Cheap Trick, Heart, a band formed in Seattle in 1970. Here is recording of the song: .  This American band was formed in Illinois in 1973, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and still going strong today.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pasquilant” which means a lampooner which in a world of little laughter we need more of.
5. Party Doll—celebrating the birth on this day in 1933 of noted singer Buddy Knox best known for his hit song “Party Doll”; Buddy was a lifetime smoker and discovered after a fall which broke his hip that he had terminal lung cancer which killed him on February 14, 1999 at the age of 65.
On this day in:               
 a. 1934 on May 16, 1934 teamsters in Minneapolis went on strike which escalated to major violence when police opened fire on this day, killing 2 and wounding 67 which did not end the strike, which was settled on August 22, 1934.   
 b. 1960 the Polaris ICBM was successfully launched from underwater from the USS George Washington.
 c. 1968 the first International Summer Special Olympics was held on Soldier Field in Chicago with some 1000 athletes with disabilities participating.
 d. 2012 James Holmes opened fire in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and wounding 70 and then fleeing the theater. He was arrested the next day, ultimately tried and found guilty and sentenced to 12 life sentences without possibility of parole plus over 3000 years.
 e. 2017 O.J. Simpson is released from a Nevada prison after serving 9 years of a 33 year sentence for armed robbery attempt on football memorabilia.  
      Reflections on the Summer Special Olympics: “Special Olympics is not just about people with intellectual disabilities; it's about unleashing the spirit to uncover the best in ourselves." Tom Shriver, son of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy and a disability rights activist.
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