Friday, July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National Drive Thru Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 24, 2020   
       CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 135,563 new cases  (a .87%  increase compared to a 2.26% increase yesterday) to bring the total nearing 16  million to 15,787,461 cases, 5,525,700   of  which  are active, 10,261,761 of which have been closed with 9,622,749 recoveries (93.77% compared to  yesterday’s 93.74%) and 639,012  deaths (6.23% compared to yesterday’s 6.26%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA: New cases of 30,760 with total cases surging to over 4 million of 4,200,751 (a .74% increase compared to yesterday’s 2.39% increase) with 2,064,117 active cases of which 19,171(19,155 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition a continuing troublesome rise, and 2,136,634  closures, 147,713 of which have been deaths (6.91% compared to yesterday’s 6.93%) and 1,988,921 of which  have been recoveries (93.09%  compared to yesterday’s 93.07%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 51,923,782 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: Trump has signed 4 executive orders which should result in lower drug prices for American consumers; for the 57th day in a row, rioters protested in Portland numbering this time 2,000 and joined by their spineless mayor who urged them to continue protest (aka riot) and posted their demands which included a 50% cut in the police budget and release of all protesters (despite appearing in solidarity with the rioters, Mayor Wheeler was shouted down and booed by the anarchist crowd); Mayor Lightfoot’s home was the site of a protest attacking her call with Trump concerning his plan to bring in 200 federal agents to help curb violence and shooting (why aren’t they protesting the ongoing massacre of blacks in black on black shootings has to be a mystery); at the Chinese consulate in Houston, the Chinese were burning papers as fast as they could most likely to try to conceal their ongoing potential espionage and IP theft; Nick Sandmann received a great 18th birthday gift as WAPO aped CNN and settled his defamation lawsuit with terms not disclosed (as he tweeted 2 down and 4 to go Jack Dorsey founder of Twitter and one of the defendants which should be a wakeup call to advocacy MSM “journalists” that when you don’t have the Sullivan shield, you defame at your peril); Mayor Bowser of D.C. has just imposed a 14 day quarantine for anyone coming into D.C. from a CV “hot spot” but exempting those coming in for Maryland or Virginia or a member of Congress (since many of the lobbyist parasites who descend upon our government reside in Maryland and Virginia, not great to see they will be unhindered in spreading their havoc); Philadelphia D.A. Larry Krasner, another anti-law and order D.A. whose campaign was financed by George Soros, after slamming Trump for being “a wannabe fascist” has warned Trump he will arrest any federal agents sent to his city who arrest “protesters” (good luck on that Soros man); another victim of the counter culture war as A&E has lost half of its viewers as a result of its decision to drop Live PD ( should be a wakeup call to MSM that conservatives do spend money and refusing to support businesses that attack their beliefs and values is to be an expected consequence).  
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 23, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 16 to 2,177, of whom 391 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 206 behind Chicago now at 185 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 Sir Mix-a-Lot, the fact that if you are to experience pathopoeia you will be able to choose music as opposed to rhetoric,  and a quote from Hulda Crooks on staying young, 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 Drive Thru Day—created by Jack-In-The-Box in 2002 to honor all the restaurants that have followed the drive in aspect of eating out started in 1921 by Pig Stand restaurants at their location outside of Dallas on the highway to Ft. Worth where a server would take the order from the car and then bring it to the car and clip on a tray with the food ordered. Thank God time has allowed the improvement of the process along with the speed by having menus next to ordering microphones that lead to a pickup window so despite the shutdowns resulting from the CV pandemic, drive thru restaurants and banks have managed to stay open.      
2. National Tequila Day—not sure who created or when this observance of a drink the majority of which alcohol must be made from the Agave Cactus or why this date as opposed to Cinco de Mayo but do know the best way to celebrate it is to consume it in a margarita or in a straight shot with lime and salt.
3. 1992 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1992 on this day on a run of 5 weeks was “Baby Got Back” a first number 1 song by Sir-Mix-a-Lot for his first and only number one song. Here is recording of the song: .  
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pathopoeia” which means excitation of passion by rhetoric or music.
5. Drugs Never Good at Ironing Out Problems--celebrating the birth on this day in 1978 of world renown professional surfer Andy Irons who won multiple surfing events, was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach and the only professional surfer to win all ASP surfing venues but sadly caught his last wave on November 2, 2020 due to a drug overdose.
On this day in:               
 a. 1929 The Kellogg-Briand Pact which had been signed by 31 nations including Japan and German and banned the use of war to settle or resolve any conflict or dispute went into effect and soon thereafter was signed by an additional 9 nations but as WWII showed not effective as war broke out in 1937 in Asia and 1939 in Europe. 
 b. 1974 in a the walls are closing in moment, SCOTUS unanimously ruled the President Nixon had to turn over to the Senate the tape recordings made in the Oval Office regarding the Watergate break in.
 c. 1980 the Quietly Confident Quartet from Australia won the Gold Medal in 4X100 400 meter relay at the Moscow Summer Olympics, the first time the U.S. has not won the event because they were not there due to the U.S. Boycott due to the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union.
 d. 1987 Hulda Crooks in a the higher you go the younger you feel moment became the oldest person at 91 to climb Japan’s highest mountain, Mt. Fuji.
 e. 1998 Russell Eugene Weston, Jr. entered the Capitol armed with 38 revolver and shot and killed Officer Jacob Chestnut and entered Representative Tom Delay’s office as he was being fired at and chased by Officer MacMillan where he shot and killed Detective Gibson, who before he died shot Weston 4 times. Weston was declared unfit for trial and was sentenced to a mental institution where he is today.  
     Reflections on how to stay young by the oldest woman to climb Mt. Fuji: “Early to bed and early to rise. Out jogging about 5:30am. Jog a mile and walk it back briskly. It takes me 12 minutes to jog the mile and 15 minutes to walk it. Do some upper trunk exercises, work in the yard, and walk to the market, and work.” —Hulda Crooks describing life at 80
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