Friday, August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Purple Heart Day

 Ridley’s Believe It Or Not August 7, 2020

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 295,448 new cases  (a 1.55%  increase compared to a 1.39% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 19  million to 19,400,817 cases, 6,224,080   of  which  are active, 13,176,737 of which have been closed with 12,456,429 recoveries (94.53% compared to  yesterday’s 94.50%) and 772,30861  deaths (5.47% compared to yesterday’s 5.50%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.
      CV USA Cases: New cases of 317,320 with total cases exceeding 5 million at 4,736,011 (a 6.7% increase compared to yesterday’s 5.4% increase) with 2,307,074 87287,024 active cases of which 18,279 (18,442 yesterday) are in serious or critical condition as trend is down, and 2,746,277 closures, 163,203 of which have been deaths (5.94% compared to yesterday’s 5.94%) and 2,583,074 of which have been recoveries (94.06% compared to yesterday’s 94.01%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed his order sending CV positive patients on May 10 but remain higher than the world probably due to idiots like Cuomo sending positive CV patients into nursing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. We have now conducted with 62,315,326 63,896,497  tests (over 1,581,000 more than yesterday).
     Non CV Case News: Biden in convoy left his basement bunker to visit Wilmington Convention Center where speculation was that he might be mask to mask meeting with a VP pick; Biden is still reeling from his lack of diversity in the black community compared to Latinos and trying to walk it back while trying to reaffirm his support for blacks (watching him try to do that looks like another again proof positive moment that he has lost it mentally); MSM are like the 3 monkeys who hear, speak, or see no gaffes and either omit or defend but Glenn Kessler of WaPo takes the cake claiming Biden didn’t say what we heard on the video; Pelosi and Schumer in the spirit of “compromise” are floating a $2 trillion proposal details of what has been cut not in headlines but if it contains bailout for illegals, states with huge pension unfunded deficits and other leftist goody bag proposals a non starter as Trump is reviewing executive order options to prevent evictions and foreclosures (when more than ever we need some all hands on deck compromise both parties are lacking even though Pelosi and Schumer hell bent to defeat Trump have shown a miniscule amount); Portland riots continue again and even elderly trying to form a protective wall to protect a police precinct station are pelted with paint (when will spineless and leftist Portland Mayor condemn the anarchy start arresting en masse the anarchists?); in another tragic consequence of the CV pandemic, Ibrahim E. Bouaichi, arrested for a violent rape in Alexandria, Virginia had his lawyers convince a now retired judge to release him on bond pending trial  due to dangers of contracting the CV which he did only to later have this scumbag return to Virginia and kill his accuser then shoot  himself seriously (who should bear the risk, a victim with his or her perpetrator released due to CV concerns or the perpetrator mostly young and at reduced risk of contracting and if so having a very, very low risk of serious illness or death?); De Blasio has put up check points to insure people from outside NYC quarantine for 14 days in a real waste of money as people are fleeing NYC thanks to his incompetency in droves as relocation services report they cannot keep up with the demand; the bloom may be off the AOC rose as she will not be a speaker at the DNC Convention.
     Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of August 6, 2020, the number of shootings increased by 10 well aimed shots to 2,394, of whom 4 more have died to raised the total to 422 (so much for the defund the police movement and  for the effectiveness of Chicago’s shut down orders 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 221 behind Chicago now at 201 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 Kelly Furtado feat. Timbaland, the fact that you can be pellucid,   and a quote by Stewart Stafford on lynchings, 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. Professional Speakers Day—commemorating those professional speakers who entertain and educate at conventions, trade shows, meetings and in the case of speakers like Bill Clinton when his wife was Secretary of State create hoped for quid pro quo of attendees.
     2. National Purple Heart Day—honoring those who have died or been wounded in combat while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
     3. 2006 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2006 on this day on a run of 6 weeks was “Promiscuous” by Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland in their first number one song. Here is a recording of the song: . This Portuguese-Canadian singer has been wowing fans since 1997 and Timbaland, an American musician and record producer has been active since 1996 but has had several plagiarism issues levied against him.
     4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pellucid” which means transparent which is a trait that government and politicians usually lack in spades.
     5. From a Really Bad Losing Record to a Place in History—celebrating the birth on this day in 1929 of Don Larsen who, after posting a 3-21 record for Baltimore in 1954, the worst in the Majors and traded to the New York Yankees, went on to become the only person in history to pitch a perfect game in the World Series in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers winning 2-0 and needing only 77 pitches. His fastball deserted him for good on January 1, 2020 when he died from esophageal cancer in Hayden Lake, Idaho at the age of 90.
     On this day in:
a. 1930 in a grim reminder of how bad our race relations have been, the last 2 blacks, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, in Marion, Indiana became the last 2 blacks to be lynched in the North but sadly the heinous crime continued in the South with the lynching of Michael Donald in Mobile, Alabama on March 21, 1981 believed to be one of the last lynchings in this nation. Justice was served as one of the perpetrators in a rarity in white on black killings was convicted with the judge overruling the jury’s life sentence and sentencing him to death where he was executed in the electric chair on June 6, 1997.
     b. 1964 the U.S. Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, an act it would come to regret and lead to the loss of over 58,000 American lives, authorizing military action in North and South Vietnam.
     c. 1981 The Washington Star, Washington, D.C.’s evening daily which had published since 1853, filed for bankruptcy and ceased publications.
    d. 1990 a very lightly armed and small number of American soldiers began to arrive in Saudi Arabia after Saddam Hussein had occupied Kuwait and was believed to be threatening Saudi Arabia and its oil fields.
    e. 2007 Barry Bonds hit home run number 758 to break Hank Aaron’s record but he  has yet to receive the requisite number of votes for Hall of Fame status due to concerns over his alleged consumption of performance enhancing drugs.
     Reflections on lynchings:”A hanging typically occurs after someone is found guilty in the eyes of the law and irredeemable in the eyes of society. A lynching is the killing of an individual for how they look and what they represent to a vigilante mob.”― Stewart Stafford, noted author
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