Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Rat Catchers Day

Ridley’s Believe It Or Not July 22, 2020
     CV World: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 336,675 new cases  (a 2.26%  increase compared to a .91% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 15 million to 15,245,954 cases, 5,411,064   of  which  are active, 9,834,890 of which have been closed with 9,211,990 recoveries (93.67% compared to  yesterday’s 93.68%) and 622,897  deaths (6.33% compared to yesterday’s 6.42%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA: New cases of 108,148 with total cases surging to over 4 million of 4,072,509 (a 2.73% increase compared to yesterday’s .59% increase) with 2,017,018 active cases of which 16,729 (16,616 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition, and 2,055,431  closures, 145,689 of which have been deaths (7.09% compared to yesterday’s 7.21%) and 1,851,157 of which  have been recoveries (92.91%  compared to yesterday’s 92.79%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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 50,453,842 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: Despite the refusal of mayors like Lightfoot to stem the black on black shootings and killings or seek state or federal help, Trump is sending some 100 federal agents to Chicago (hope this turns out well as Lightfoot would  love to see federal effort fail and retire no matter how many blacks are killed by the felons running loose in the city); the Bobbsey Twins of bias and concealment MSNBC and CNN did not see fit to reveal that 15 blacks attending a funeral in Chicago were shot and in a separate incident, a 3 year old girl was shot in the head (since shooters not cops evidently not newsworthy); when it comes to exerting some advice over the members of the House, Pelosi is MIA trying to curb the divisive over the top rhetoric as 20 year veteran Bobby Bush has the audacity to call Trump a Grand Wizard of the KKK who wants a race war (best was to start one idiot is to create an economy that before the CV pandemic created the lowest black unemployment ever?); in the ongoing controversy between Reds who claim mail in balloting is replete with fraud and Blues who claim that their concerns are over blown, a memo has surfaced from the USPS of increasing delays in distributing mail which would affect balloting; On the vaccine front, Trump has indicated he would take it first or last but acknowledged he would face criticism of being selfish or being brave as in the eyes of MSM he can do no right; Biden gave proof once again his mental powers are fading fast when he claimed Trump is the first elected racist president (one could argue Blue Wilson’s views on blacks might warrant that honor); HRC must still be in total delusion as supposedly Hulu is in the process of preparing an alternative history based on her not marrying Bill Clinton (that is one series that will go to the bottom of my viewing list).
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of July 20, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 23 to 2,150, of whom 383 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 198 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 Glenn Medeiro feat. Bobby Brown, the fact that you use moderation in patation, and a quote from William Leutchenburg on FDR’s attempt to pack SCOTUS, 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. Lion’s Share Day—bemoaning that fact that too often bullies and those in power take more than a fair share but the lion’s share which always much larger.      
2. Rat Catcher’s Day—commemorating the myth of the rat catcher hired by the city of Hamelin, Germany to remove the rats but refused to pay him when he did. So in revenge with his magic instrument led the boys out of town never to be seen again.
3. 1990 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1990 on this day on a run of 2 weeks was “She Ain’t Worth It” by Glenn Medeiros feat. Bobby Brown for his first number 1 song. Here is recording of the song: .  Glenn retired from the business in 2007 and went into teaching to become the President and CEO of the St. Louis School in Honolulu in 2017. Brown who married and divorced Whitney Houston created a solo career but was plagued with substance and alcohol abuse and a checkered criminal past and had the misfortune of having both ex-wife Whitney and daughter with her Bobbi Brown die from being unconscious due to drugs in a bath tub.
4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “patation” which means the act of drinking which hopefully if it involves spirits is done in moderation.
5. Life Is Always in Jeopardy--celebrating the birth on this day in 1940 of noted Canadian-American game show host Alek Trabek who has hosted Jeopardy since 1984 and seems to be battling successfully Stage 4 pancreatic cancer to return for another season.
On this day in:               
 a. 1937 the Senate rejected President Roosevelt’s plan to increase the size of SCOTUS to overrule the conservative majority that had frustrated Roosevelt’s New Deal.   
 b. 1946 the Zionist radical group the Irgun detonated a bomb at the King David Hotel, the site of British Headquarters in Palestine, killing 91 and wounding 46 others.
 c. 1976 Japan made its last reparations payment to the Philippines for its war crimes and activities committed by it during World War II.
 d. 2002 Columbian Drug Cartel leader Pablo Escobar escaped from his in home prison after Columbia wanted to move him to a standard prison leading to a nationwide manhunt and a shoot out in Medellin on December 2, 1993 where he was killed.
 e. 2003 members of the 101st Airborne attack a compound in Mosul, Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein’s 2 sons Qusay and Ouday along with Ouday’s 14 year old son and a bodyguard.  
     Reflections on the attempt to pack SCOTUS by Roosevelt: “The 168-day contest also has bequeathed some salutary lessons. It instructs presidents to think twice before tampering with the Supreme Court. FDR’s scheme, said the Senate Judiciary Committee, was “a measure which should be so emphatically rejected that its parallel will never again be presented to the free representatives of the free people of America.” William E. Leuchtenburg, Smithsonian Magazine, May 2005
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