Wednesday, September 16, 2020

September 15, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not National POW/MIA Recognition Day


Ridley's Believe It Or Not September 15, 2020
         CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 360,199 new cases (a 1.21%  increase compared to a .59% increase yesterday) to bring the total over 29 million to 29,630,747 cases, 7,269,544  of  which  are active, 22,361,203 of which have been closed with 21,424,995 recoveries (95.81% compared to  yesterday’s 95.78%) and 936,208 deaths (4.19% compared to yesterday’s 4.22%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages.

         CV USA Cases: New cases of 92,638 with total cases over 6 million at 6,671,960 (a 1.39% increase compared to yesterday’s 1.02% increase) with 2,521,339 active cases of which 14,118, on a downward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (14,113 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend continues to go down, and 4,243,259 closures, 199,622 of which have been deaths (4.70% compared to yesterday’s 4.75%) and 4,043,637 of which have been recoveries (95.30% compared to yesterday’s 95.25%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 602 ranks behind Peru (932), Belgium (856), Spain (642), Bolivia (632) Chile (629),  Brazil (621), Ecuador (619), and UK (613)  and only slightly worse than Italy (590) and Sweden (579) that never closed its economy down like we did and Mexico (550) which announced it has run out of death certificates due to surge in deaths. We have now conducted 93,631,958 tests (now at 282,526/M compared to Russia at 281,761/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis other than the U.K. at 298,584/M).
       Non CV Case News: Finally a judge to the rioters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania under MSM guise of peaceful protest over police who shot and killed a black coming after them with a knife in his hand had enough and required a $1 million bail each for 8 suspects arrested for rioting (as soon as the first rioter that has crossed state lines to hijack the peaceful aims of BLM actually concerned over police violence and riot with burnings and looting and is convicted and receives a multi year prison term in a federal prison, the riots will cease overnight); 3 BLM activists caught on video 2 weeks ago barging into a Pittsburgh restaurant’s outdoor patio to threaten diners and in one case grab a beer on a table and chug it have been arrested (one of them was wearing a T-shirt to justify future murders “Nazis lives don’t matter”); Biden never ceases to amaze anyone looking for clues that he is out of it as at a Hispanic Heritage Monyh campaign event in Florida he whips out his cell phone and starts playing “Despacito” which means slowly in Spanish and fits Trump’s moniker for him of Slow Joe Biden to a tee; Dr. Li Meng, a top Chinese virologist who had to flee from Hong Kong in fear of her life from the Chinese Communist party has claimed that the Chinese Communist Party purposely released COVID-19 from the Wuhan Lab and it had nothing to do with the fabricated excuse of the source being a Wuhan wet market; Jose Ometeotl, the City Manager of Lynnwood, who implied in his tweet the shooting of the two deputies was the Sheriff’s fault as the “chickens were coming home to roost” has been put on administrative leave when he should be fired but at least a step; Hurricane Sally has slowed down and lessened to a CAT1 but still expected to generate massive life threatening flooding when it makes landfall later tonight or early in the morning; Zucker at CNN must be a slow learner as he learned nothing from the defamation suit he had to settle with Coventry Catholic High School student Sandmann as now CNN is be sued for defamation by Alan Dershowitz over its selective edit of his testimony in the Trump Senate Impeachment Hearings (hope the charities he has designated as beneficiaries are following the case); Jim Cramer note for calling a spade a spade called Nancy Pelosi “Crazy Nancy” to her face in discussing the state  of the stimulus and to his credit quickly apologized for demeaning the office of the Speaker (something Pelosi ought to ape when she disgraces her office by tearing up SOTUS after its end; Portland which had to endure for 100 + nights the false narrative of rioters being labeled as protesters finally had some sanity after a grand jury indicted a “protester” exercising his riot rights by pointing a deadly blinding laser at a Portland policeman; in another example of politics of sanctuary cities placing the safety of citizens at risk, detainer requests for 2 illegals arrested in conjunction with the gang murder of a 16 year old girl were ignored and the scumbags released back on to the streets.

      Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of September 14, 2020, the number of shootings topped 3,000 to increase to 3,003 of whom 512 have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); 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 274 behind Chicago at 238 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 way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur much less.
       As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this  day in history, a musical link to “Three Bells” by The Browns,  the fact that your behavior is not picaresque and a quote by Bud Selig on the 1994 MLB Strike, 
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. End of National Hispanic Appreciation Month—celebrating first National Hispanic Appreciation Week which started in 1968 and then expanded to a monthly by President Reagan in 1988 to celebrate the contributions of Hispanics to our culture, society and economy and which started on September 15, 2020.

       2. National POW/MIA Recognition Day—created by Congress in 1998 to honor those members of the armed forces who have endured capture by enemy forces and those who are MIA.

        3. 1960 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1960 on a run of 5 weeks was “It’s Now or Never”  by Elvis Presley.  Here us a recording of the song:

        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “picksome” which means picky which describes a personality trait that drives many of us up trees.

        5. Keeping It in the Family--celebrating the birth on this day in 1914 of General Creighton Abrams who replaced Wesmorland as Commander of the Vietnam War and in a too little too late strategy promoted counter insurgency to win the hearts and minds of the South Vietnamese, became the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff but sadly as a heavy lifetime cigar smoker, developed lung cancer and died from complications of removal of a lung on September 5, 1974 at age 59 and is best remembered for the U.S.’s Main Battle Tank, the M-1 Abrams and for his 3 sons who became generals and 3 daughters who married army officers.

             On this day in:

        a. 1950 in a daring amphibious move orchestrated by Douglas MacArthur X Corps landed at Inchon, South Korea in the rear of the invading North Korean Army.

         b.  1963 in an example of how far we have come in race relations Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr.Herman Frank Cash, Robert Edward Chambliss, and Bobby Frank Cherry,  4 members of the Klu Klux Klan planted 19 sticks of dynamite under the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed 4 African American children. Although the wheels of justice moved with glacial speed 3 of the 4 were convicted in 1977 and 2001 and sentenced to life in prison where they died and the 4th  who passed a polygraph test administered by the FBI escaped justice by dying on February 7,1994.

         c. 1967 in what would prove to be the first of many gun control attempts, following the Texas Tower Massacre at the University of Texas, President Lyndon B. Johnson wrote a letter to Congress proposing the passage of  gun control legislation.
          d. 1981 Stanford Law School Alum Sandra Day O’Connor was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee to be an Associate Justice of SCOTUS.
        e. 2008 Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history that set the stage for the U.S.  sliding into the Great Recession and insuring the election of Barack Obama.

           Reflections on the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing: “"If these cruel and tragic events can only awaken that city and state - if they can only awaken this entire nation to a realization of the folly of racial injustice and hatred and violence, then it is not too late for all concerned to unite in steps toward peaceful progress before more lives are lost." President John F. Kennedy September 16, 1963.

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