Sunday, January 10, 2021

January 9, 2021 Ridley's Believe it Or Not Law Enforcement Appreciation Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not January 9, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with a surging cases now at 89,944,077 with 958,426 new cases (a 1.07% increase)  23,658,969 of  which  are active, 66,295,108 closed with 64,363,125 recoveries (97.09%) and 1,931,183 deaths (2.91%) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery  percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.

     CV USA Cases: Total cases now total over 20 million  to 22,628,935 with 360,826 new cases (a 1.62% increase)  with 8,883,263 active cases of which 29,083 (.33% of active cases and a decrease of 188 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition 13,745,452 closures,  380,673 of which have been deaths (2.77%) and 13,364,779 of which have been recoveries (97.23%). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .14% lower than the world rate and .18% 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 1147 ranks behind Belgium (1721), Italy (1298), Peru (1146),  Bulgaria (1,158),  UK (1188) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Bulgaria (1,167), and Peru (1149) and only slightly worse than Spain (1109), Hungary (1094), France (1034),  Mexico (1019), Argentina (975), Switzerland (950), Brazil (950), Sweden (931) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in deaths, Chile (887) that we recently passed Ecuador (797) and Bolivia (793) and we have now conducted 2,899,464 more tests to bring the total to 269,183,144 (now at 810,747/M compared to Russia at 636,444/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, Malta, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 864,674/M.

      Non CV Case News: In permanently banning Trump, Dorsey has became the new Stalin, far more effective than that mass murderer ever was with his Twitter Curtain replacing the dreaded Iron Curtain (complete double despicable standard with 12,000 tweets trending “Hang Pence;”); Pelosi’s idiotic idea to seek impeachment on Monday the 11th is going to go nowhere in the Senate as it is on recess until January 19 and unless 100 senators elect to hear the impeachment papers which they will not (nice distraction to further divide the nation and enable her to vent her bile); the Social Media Iron Curtain is still coming down as Apple, Google and other social media giants have suspended the Parler App as 1.5 million people downloaded the free app and though number is not in, Twitter accounts are being cancelled by users; another Boeing 737 has crashed into the ocean 4 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta but fortunately for Boeing, the model was not the 737 MAX 8 that had been previously grounded for 20 months following two crashes on in Indonesia and the other in Ethiopia; Newsom’s vaccine rollout is a disaster but fortunately the recall petition for Gruesome Newsom has now surpassed 1,000,000 signatures and only needs 500,000 more to put the recall Newsom petition on the ballot:

         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In the new year, as of January 8, 2021 70 shot of whom 19 have died. Final 2020 numbers in Chicago with comparisons to 2019 are 4,174 (+51%) of whom  719 (+55%) 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); (when will Chicago and other urban areas get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as  Blue run cities turn deaf ears and blind eyes 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 “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., the  fact that you can easily reveal pseudodox and a quote from Sheriff Dave Brown on law enforcement duties, 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 the details on the pricing.

          1. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day—started by the National Concerns of Police Survivors in 2015 to promote appreciation of the hard and dangerous work the Thin Blue Line has endured and continues to endure with the rising BLM movement and the cries to Defund the Police.
Balloon Ascension Day—commemorating the first hot air balloon flight on this day in 1793 by French balloonist Jean Pierre Blanchard in Philadelphia in a Hydrogen gas fueled balloon.

           3.  1977 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1977 on this day with a run of 1 week in that position was “You Don’t Hve to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)” by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. joining 17 other acts with their first number 1 song and joining 28 other number one songs. Here is a recording of Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. singing “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)” Billy Davis, Jr. was the founder of the 5th Dimension and Marilyn McCoo was its lead singer. The couple are still performing and have been married since July 26, 1969.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “pseudodox” which means a false doctrine or opinion which sadly describes to a tee some of the opinions coming from the mouth of the progressives.

          5. Work!---celebrating the birth on this day in 1935 of noted television actor Bob Denver best remembered for his portrayal of beatnik and iconoclast Maynard G. Krebs on Dobie Gillis and his role as Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island. Sadly the free spirit he portrayed was also a heavy smoker and died from pneumonia after complications from throat cancer.

On this day in:

a. 1916 Allied troops previously landed at Gallipoli in a failed invasion that almost ruined Winston Churchill’s political career to save Britain in World War II completed the withdrawal under the nose of the unsuspecting Ottomans.

          b. 1991 representatives of the United States and Iraq met in Geneva to try to get Hussein to the folly of his invasion of Kuwait and failed to obtain a peaceful resolution of the Iraqi invasion.

c. 1992 in a we may not be alone moment, astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail announced the discovery of the first extrasolar planets orbiting pulsar PSR 1257+12 which is located 2,300 light years away from the Sun.

d. 2007 Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld in San Francisco as the first Smart Phone.

          e. 2015 the two terrorists who had attacked Charlie Hebdo 2 days earlier were cornered and shot to death by French police while in Vincennes, Paris, jihadist Amedy Coulibali attacked the Hpercatcher Kosher Market, killing 4 and taking 15 people hostage before police stormed the facility, killing him. 14 accomplices to the attack were later arrested, tried and convicted on December 20, 2020 but could not find out how much time in prison the guilty would be rotting.

         Reflections on the duty of law enforcement: ““Go to college. Get an education. Understand the law, the profession and our constitution so you understand your responsibility to the people and the trust you are granted – and to stay true to it.”-Sheriff Dave Brown, newly appointed Chicago Superintendent of Police quoted on

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