Wednesday, February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not World Bartenders Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not February 24, 2021

      CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with surging cases now past 112 million at 112,207,479 with 826,254 new cases (a .74% increase) 21,966,766 of which are active, 91,066,967 closed with 88,561,557 recoveries (97.25% and 97.25% yesterday) and 2,505,410 deaths (2.75% and 2.75% yesterday) to continue the trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus.

      CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 28 million at 28,951,873 with 84,311 new cases (a .29% increase) with 9,146,398 active cases of which 16,290 (.18% of active cases and a decrease now of 12,981 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 19,805,475 closures, 516,704 of which have been deaths (2.61% and 2.61% yesterday) and 19,288,771 of which have been recoveries (97.39% and 97.39% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .14% lower than the world rate and now .04% 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 1555 ranks behind Belgium (1889), UK (1787) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Italy (1600), and Portugal (1585) and only slightly worse than  Hungary (1509), Spain (1464), Bulgaria (1443),  Mexico (1401), Peru (1367), France (1306), Sweden (1262) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a rapid rise in  deaths, Brazil (1171), Switzerland (1147), Argentina (1133), Poland (1132), Chile (1049), and Bolivia (977) and we have now conducted  352,081,407 tests (now at 1,059,650/M) compared to Russia at 752,183/M) as we are conducting  more tests in number and on a per capital basis for all nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark,  Israel, Malta, Singapore and UAE) other than the U.K. which remains off the testing charts with tests at 1,286,331/M.

       US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 2/24/2021 66.5 million doses have been given, 1.30 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us some 110 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 7,876,011725 total doses have been given (down to 73.6% of doses received), but typical of Newsom’s ineptness and because more than 1.5 million recall signatures have been turned in, due to the power of growing signatures on his recall petition, California has moved down to now at 43rd out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states. A long way to go to get herd immunity and little improvement relative to other states and a great reason to recall this inept governor. As of 2/24/2021 in California we have reduced hospitalizations to 6,908 with COVID-19 patients hospitalized occupying 11.6% of all hospital beds.

      Non CV Case News: Our Thin Blue Line has had to deal with the on Cops waged by criminals but in Chicago have to also face a war on them waged by Cook County’s State Prosecutor Kim Foxx who withdrew her opposition to parole of a convicted cop killer who was serving 100 to 300 years in prison; another scandal that Cuomo needs like a hole in his arrogant hear, former special adviser to Cuomo Lindsey Boylan is claim a sexually hostile work environment and Cuomo’s repeated suggestion that they play strip poker on a flight on a private taxpayer funded private jet, an allegation which Cuomo’s press secretary citing flight logs has denied (typical of the “fake news” omission CNN is not covering any of her allegations); Reds on the House Oversight Committee are demanding that the Blue Chairman of the Committee subpoena Cuomo over the nursing home scandal (knowing Pelosi’s anti-Red agenda and Cuomo’s role in promoting the campaign of Biden, safe bet is that the demanders will be told to pound sand); on Obama and The Boss’s first duo pod cast in which Springsteen  must be overjoyed that the New Jersey BAT showed him under the legal limit for a DUI, Obama while arguing that reparations were justified because a good portion of the country’s wealth was due to the efforts of blacks stated he did not pursue the issue due to white resistance (given that most slaves were concentrated in the agricultural South, any contributions to our non agricultural economy would must like have been incurred after the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of the slaves not by slaves); thanks to Title IX, women’s sports at the grade school, high school and college level have flourished but those gains thanks to Biden’s inane executive order that transgenders be allowed to compete with biological women will soon be flushed down the drain (fact of life and biology that biological males claiming to be transgender have more muscle weight than biological females and will win almost every time); finally Tanden’s biased past is catching up with her even after deleting a massive number of past tweets as one attacking Murkowski for her support of the Trump tax cut has surfaced to Murkowski’s displeasure; Xavier Becerra nominated to run DHSS with no experience in health care other than suing the Little Sisters of the Poor for failing to provide birth control refused to answer any questions on what restrictions if any he would support on abortions (someone should make it clear to these leftist hacks that the Ginsburg Doctrine insulating SCOTUS nominees from questions on how they would rule is not applicable to Department officers subject to Senate confirmation); although 80% of the recall Newsom signatures have been verified, signature drive continues to insure a recall in the event that any of the 1.5 million signatures already received are not valid to insure Newsom is put on a recall ballot where he needs to be given his unmitigated ineptness:

          Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through February 23, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 389 persons shot of whom 80 have died.

As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Lovely To Look At” by Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra,  the fact that you can ignore quillets in an argument and a quote by Mark Levin of activist judges that legalized the internment of Japanese American citizen, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Mother’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. World Bartenders Day—celebrating one of the oldest professions known to man and honoring those men and women who in addition to being great mixologists,  are part time lawyers with knowledge of laws pertaining to drinking and part time psychologists lending a caring and sympathetic ear to a customer’s woes revealed over several drinks.

            2. National Trading Card Day—celebrating the collection and trading of trading cards found packaged with bubble gum or other products sporting a picture of a person, place or thing and in the case of baseball trading cards great potential investments due to the limited production runs of many star athletes who became stars.

          3. 1935 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1935 on this day with a run of 1 week in that position was “Lovely To Look At” by Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra. Here is a recording of Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra performing “Lovely To Look At”: Eddy was a pianist and leader of a Jazz Orchestra whose career was interrupted with a combat stint in the U.S. Navy and was unable to reclaim his prior performing status after the war and died of leukemia on February 9, 1951 at age 41.

          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “quillet” which means a quibble which usually are not worth arguing about.

          5. An Apple a Day--celebrating the birth on this day in 1955 of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and founder of Pixar and NExt and true pioneer in the world of technology and computers who after a long struggle with prostate cancer took his last bite and died on October 5, 2011 at the age of 56.

          On this day in:

a. 1868 President Andrew Johnson who had been the first president to be  impeached  by the House was found not guilty by 1 vote  in the United States Senate.

 b. 1942 in the late hours of this night anti-aircraft batteries around Los Angeles starting firing thinking the city was under attack by carrier based Japanese aircraft and did not stop firing until the early morning hours of the 25th after 5 civilians had been killed, 3 from car crashes during the chaos and 2 from heart attacks during the stress caused by the imaginary attack.

           c. 1983 in a better late than never moment a special commission of the Congress condemned the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

           d. 1989 a cargo door not securely secured on United Airlines Flight 811 on a Boeing 747-122 in a decompression explosion blew out sucking out 9 passengers out of the business class sections to their deaths shortly after taking off from Honolulu but managed to return and land without any more fatalities.

           e. 1991 U.S. Ground Forces cross the Saudi Arabia border and enter Iraq kicking off the ground war in Desert Storm that would come to a decisive victorious halt some 100 hours later.

         Reflections on the role of the judiciary in cases like internment: “Activist Supreme Courts are not new. The Dred Scott decision in 1856, imposing slavery in free territories; the Plessy decision in 1896, imposing segregation on a private railroad company; the Korematsu decision in 1944, upholding Franklin Roosevelt's internment of American citizens, mostly Japanese Americans; and the Roe decision in 1973, imposing abortion on the entire nation; are examples of the consequences of activist Courts and justices.” Mark Levin, noted conservative commentator

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