Wednesday, December 16, 2020

December 15, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Bill of Rights Day

Ridley's Believe It Or Not December 15, 2020
        CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 667,733 new cases (a .91%  increase compared to a .75% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  73 million to 73,686,460, 20,369,060 of  which  are active, 53,317,400 closed with 51,678,833 recoveries (96.93% compared to  yesterday’s 96.92%) and 1,638,567 deaths (3.07% compared to yesterday’s 3.08%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages.
        CV USA Cases: New cases of 229,309 (a 1.36% increase compared to yesterday’s .83% increase) to bring the  total over 17 million  to  17,074,549 with 6,807,253 active cases of which 27,874 (.41% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with no dips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (27,635 yesterday which means sadly the peak has not been reached), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and is still continuing to go up, and 10,267,296 closures,  309,793 of which have been deaths (3.02% compared to yesterday’s 3.05%) and 9,957,503 of which have been recoveries (96.98% compared to yesterday’s 96.95%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .05% lower than the world rate and .32% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here  and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 933 ranks behind Belgium (1555), Peru (1108), Italy (1090),  Spain (1035), and UK (954 which has now passed us despite leading world in testing), and only slightly worse than Argentina (904), France (904),  Mexico (882), Brazil (857),  Bulgaria (843 and newly added to list),    Chile (831 that we recently passed), Ecuador (782), Bolivia (768) and Sweden (757) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths and we have now conducted 1,759,529 more tests to bring the total to 224,942,412  (now at 677,759/M compared to Russia at 571,647/M so Trump was telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis for nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark,  Israel, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 712,544/M).
       Non CV Case News: Biden appeared in a lifeless rally of 200 cars in Georgia for Warnock and Ossoff and was unable to even say Ossoff correctly calling him “Orsoff” and talked about Warnock’s arm being thicker than his thigh (his handlers must have been cringing the whole time wondering what would come out of his mouth); Ossoff ranted that ICE needs to be concerned that illegals are being paid minimum wage for the jobs they are not supposed to be in, taking them from low educated minorities (if the light bulb ever goes on that illegals devastate job markets for minorities, the Blues will become a Whig like party and the Border Wall construction would immediate commence again); Kayleigh McEnany was in great form slamming the MSM for ignoring the Swalwell/Fang scandal and the expanding criminal probes on Hunter Biden and the cone of silence that has surrounded Biden and Swalwell ( the NYT has still not printed a word about Swalwell); in a Where’s Waldo in the form of Hirono, progressive feminists groups have given Big Fredo a get out condemnation pass over the claim of his sexual harassment of an aide save Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of  Ultra Voice who has demanded he apologize (can you imagine the frenzy if Governor De Santis would have been accused of Andrew Cuomo like conduct); mayors of cities run afoul of the voters if the trash is not picked up on time and potholes are not filled in and Pete Buttigieg named as Biden’s transportation secretary was an abysmal failure in the pothole arena as mayor of Notre Dame and had the chutzpah to direct the city to repave the street in front of his house when surrounding streets were going to pot; Big Fredo already being excoriated for shutting down all indoor dining at least was saved from further scorn like Newsom for shutting down outdoor dining also as a huge winter storm is heading for New York which will render outdoor dining impossible; Zuckerberg once again shows money talks and principles walk as Facebook’s ban on political ads has ended in the Georgia Senate Runoff Race (wonder if the lure of the lure of money will prevent the left leaning algorithms from blocking Red ads.
          Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of December 14,  2020,  the number of shootings increased to 4,029 of whom  686 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 369 behind Chicago at 317 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 far fewer times).
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Are You Lonesome Tonight” by Elvis Presley, the fact that you are prodome free of CV and a quote from Christopher Hitchens on Thomas Jefferson’s contributions to our history, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send 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. Please contact me for details.
        1. Bill of Rights Day—proclaimed by President Roosevelt on December 15, 1941 to commemorate the ratification by the states of the Bill of Rights on this day in 1791.
         2. International Tea Day—created by the tea producing countries of the world and celebrated since 2005 to promote awareness of the contribution of tea to the world economy and the health and welfare of its workers and growers.                                   
        3. 1960 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 1960 on this day on a run of 5      weeks was “Are You Lonesome Tonight” by Elvis Presley to join 11 other acts with number 1 songs. Here is a recording of Elvis Presley singing the song:                        4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “prodome” which means the initial symptom of a disease which given the introduction of the CV vaccines, many of those in high risk categories are hoping they don’t come down with any of the CV like prodomes before their name is called on the waiting list.                                             
       5. It’s in the Genes--celebrating the birth on this day in 1948 of noted Australian actress Cassandra Harris, whose third and last husband was Pierce Brosnan and who fought ovarian cancer for 4 years before dying on December 28, 1991 at age 43 from the same disease that had killed her mother and would later claim her daughter on June 28, 2013 at age 32.
       On this day in:
       a. 1939 the movie most PC Warriors would probably want to see banned, Gone With The Wind, premiered at the Lowe’s Grand Theater in Atlanta, Georgia and remains to this day on an inflation adjusted basis the highest grossing film in history.                        
       b. 1961 Adolf Eichmann was found guilty in an Israeli court of crimes against humanity for which he would receive the death penalty and be executed on June 1, 1962.
       c. 1978 President Carter in the forlorn hope and expectation that China would join the ranks of civilized nations recognized the People’s Republic of China and severed diplomatic relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan.
       d. 2000 Reactor Number 3 at Chernobyl, the last of four nuclear reactors still in operation ceased operations, as the site continues to decommission the reactors and contain the radiation caused by the meltdown of Reactor Number 4 in 1986.                                    e. 2001 after 11 years of work involving the expenditure of $27 million to stabilize the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it was reopened to the public with its signature lean still there.             Reflections on the man the left wants to erase from our history, our parks, our schools and our National Mall because like many men of his time in Virginai he owned slaves: ” “Without Thomas Jefferson and his Declaration of Independence, there would have been no American revolution that announced universal principles of liberty. Without his participation by the side of the unforgettable Marquis de Lafayette, there would have been no French proclamation of The Rights of Man. Without his brilliant negotiation of the Louisiana treaty, there would be no United States of America. Without Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, there would have been no Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, and no basis for the most precious clause of our most prized element of our imperishable Bill of Rights - the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”― Christopher Hitchens. Wise reflections on Bill of Rights Day.                 Please enjoy the poems on events of interest on my twitter   account below (if you like them, retweet and follow me) and follow my blogs. Always good, incisive and entertaining poems on my blogs—click on the links below. Go to for Ridley’s Believe It Or Not—This Day in History,  poems to inspire, touch, emote, elate and enjoy and poems on breaking news items of importance or go to  Ridley's Believe It Or Not for just This Day in History.

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