Friday, March 26, 2021

March 25, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Medal of Honor Day


Ridley’s Believe It Or Not March 25, 2021

          CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues the new year with cases now over 126 million at 125,031,604 with 850,683 new cases (a .68% increase) 21,568,131 which are active, 104,463,473 closed with 101,697,176 recoveries (97.35% and 97.35% yesterday) and 2,766,297 deaths (2.65% and 2.65% 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 30 million at 30,767,889 with 83,312 new cases (a .27% increase) with 7,015,921 active cases of which 8,699 (.12% of active cases and with slight 2 day blip up and now a decrease of 20,572 from a peak of 29,271 on December 31) are in serious or critical condition, 23,751,968 closures, 559,604 of which have been deaths (2.36% and 2.36% yesterday) and 23,192,364 of which have been recoveries (97.64% and 97.64% yesterday). Our death rate percentage continues to improve and after many months is now .29% lower than the world rate and now .14% lower than Canada which has the socialized type medicine Biden may well want to implement here but at least has approved 4 vaccines as opposed to our 3  and on a deaths per million population measurement on a steady climb to 1683 ranks behind Hungary the new number 1 (1994), Belgium (1958), UK (1856) which had passed us despite leading world in testing), Bulgaria (1811), and  Italy (1768),  and only slightly worse than Portugal (1652), Spain (1591),  Mexico (1537), Peru (1521), France (1428), Brazil (1422),Poland (1345), Sweden (1318) that never closed its economy down like we did but has recently been experiencing a steady rise in  deaths, (1345), Argentina (1219), Switzerland (1182), Chile (1171), and Bolivia (1027) and we have now conducted 395,165,054 tests (now at 1,188,568/M) compared to number 2 now France at  939,884/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 as king of the mountain with respect to tests at 1,762,926/M.

          CV Open Gate: Lost in the pronouncements by Biden and his lackeys that there is no crisis of illegals surging across the border is that fact that COVID-19 is alive and well and spreading in the Northern Triangle and Mexico which is 9th on my list of deaths from the pandemic at 1532/M and the 3 countries in the Northern Triangle in terms of active cases and deaths per million are as follows even though the data may be suspect as underreported:

          Guatemala:  Active cases:    10,677      Deaths/M 373
          Honduras:     Active cases: 110,380      Deaths/M 450
          El Salvador:   Active cases:       767       Deaths/M 306   

          US Vaccinations: In the U.S. as of 3/25/2021 133 million doses have been given, 2.51 million per day in the last week (sounds impressive but if the rate does not increase it will take us now reduced to some 5 months to have 75% of the population vaccinated which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity. In California 16,062,266 total doses have been given (76.7% of doses received to almost equal the U.S. average of 76.8%), but with the pressure of a certain recall coming endangering Newsom, California has improved to tied with South Carolina at 32nd from 35th  out of 50 in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 13.9%% of its population fully vaccinated has moved down from 39th to 42nd  out of the 50 states in terms of percentage of population fully vaccinated in terms of percentage of residents vaccinated. A long way to go to get herd immunity and lagging behind in terms of getting vaccines received into arms and percentage of population vaccinated compared to other states and a great reason to recall this inept governor.

          Non CV Case News: Our president who claimed he was in the Senate 120 years ago had his first press conference but refused to take any question from Fox and predictably had leftist journalists praising his performance as hitting it out of the park (which perhaps is easy to when either the questions are known in advance or the ball is on a tee); too bad the camera was not on the eyes of Kamala Harris that probably were rolling upwards when Biden expressed his thoughts on running again when he will be 82 (mentally he seems he has passed that age by at least 20 years today); photos revealed in his scripted press conference that Biden is probably the first president in history to have to rely upon crib sheets to try to conceal his lapses, mental wanderings and cognitive difficulties (sadly the Chinese, North Koreans and Russians must have been watching and licking their chops over the weak and feeble president we are burdened with;  D.A. Gascon must feel he is immune to recall wrath as in another soft on crime hard on victims’ rights to safety, he declined to prosecute a rabid gang member who shot and killed a 40 year old man whose only crime was to be in a car that had broken down (this Soros funded “D.A.” in name only when it comes to citizen needs to be recalled); the Blue Botox Queen has come out to blast the Newsom Recall as a Trump back ploy and dismissed any need for the Blues to run a backup candidate (hope this arrogance and cockiness she will choke on); the University of Southern California trying to purge itself of being known as the University of Sexist Concealment has agreed to pay $858 million to some 700 female plaintiffs who had alleged sexual abuse claims against USC staff doctor George Tyndall who had worked there for almost 3 decades and has been charged with  35 counts of sexual misconduct conduct free on bail awaiting trial which if convicted could result in a 64 year prison sentence; backers of a recall effort for L.A. DA Gascon have formally started the process and have started the 160 day clock to obtain 580,000 signatures of registered voters to place a recall on the ballot; as ratings of CNN and MSNBC fall like hot air balloons without hot air to keep them up, leave it to the political cartoonist to capture their rating fall with lack of fake news to spread about Trump: foxnews /politics/cartoons-slideshow.
           Chicago Gun Violence: is back to show that through March 24, 2021,  gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 672 persons shot of whom 124 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 “Young Love” by Tab Hunter, your behavior is not randan and quotes on the trials and retrials of the Scottsboro Boys, 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. Medal of Honor Day—created by a law enacted on November 15, 1990 and first celebrated on March 25, 1991 to honor recipients of the Medal of Honor first bestowed for exceptional bravery during the Civil War on this day in 1863 for 6 Union Army soldiers who participated in the Great Locomotive Chase.
EU Talent Day—celebrated on the birthday of noted Hungarian composer and pianist Bartók Béla to promote recognition of the importance of artistic talent for society, its culture and well being and to encourage the development of talent throughout the EU.

         3. 1957 Number One Song—the number 1 song in 1957 on this day with a run of 4 weeks in that position was “Young Love”  by the Tab Hunter to share number 1 status with 21 other songs that year.  Here is a recording of “Young Love “ by Tab Hunter: Hunter was a noted singer and heart throb of the 50’s and 60’s and who was a closet gay who came out in his 2007 autobiography and married his partner of 30 years, Phil Glaser, in 2013.

         4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “randan” which means uproar or riotous conduct which residents of Minneapolis hope they will not see following the end of the Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd’s death which starts next week.

          5. Hard Woman to Pass—celebrating the birth on this day in 1982 of noted IndyCar and stock car racer Danica Patrick who was the first woman to win an IndyCar race and retired with the highest Indianapolis 500 standing for a woman and after retirement has her own winery and is a commercial spokesperson for number companies including Go Daddy.Com and Lyft.

          On this day in:

           a. 1931 9 African Americans who became known as the Scottsboro Boys were arrested in Scottsboro, Alabama and charged with raping 2 white women; found guilty the trial and the subsequent retrials provide a real case of racism and lack of justice which hopefully we as a nation have moved from.

          b. 1948 after analyzing weather data from a tornado that had hit Tinker Air Force Base on the 20th and comparing the data to what was occurring the morning of the 25th, meteorologists made a tornado forecast warning of tornadoes to hit the base later in the day which occurred making the forecast the first successful tornado forecast in history.

          c. 1979 the world’s first reusable rocket ship, the Space Shuttle Columbia was delivered to the JFK Space Center to be readied to be launched into space.

          d. 1995 the world became a smaller place as WikiWikiWeb the first wiki was released to the public by Ward Cunningham.

          e. 1996 in a move that probably warmed the cockles of EU vegetarians, the EU banned the import of British beef due to outbreaks of mad cow disease in the U.K.

          Reflections on the miscarriages of justice occurring in the trials of the Scottsboro Boys: "The testimony of the prosecutrix in this case is not only uncorroborated, but it also bears on its face indications of improbability and is contradicted by other evidence, and in addition thereto the evidence greatly preponderates in favor of the defendant. It therefore becomes the duty of the Court under the law to grant the motion made in this case." --Judge Horton granting the defense motion to set aside the death sentence and verdict in Alabama v Patterson (Record, 6/22/33)

          "There shouldn't be any trial for them damn niggers-- thirty cents worth of rope would do the work and it wouldn't cost the county much." --Decatur lunchroom proprietor (Goodman, 211)

          "We all have a passion, all the men in this courtroom, and that is to protect the womanhood of the state of Alabama." -- Prosecutor Knight addressing the jury in the third Patterson trial, Nov. 30, 1933

           "He couldn't get us to the chair fast enough." -- Haywood Patterson commenting on Judge Callahan (NY Times, 1/22/36)

            "Do not quibble over the evidence: Say to yourselves we're tired of this job and put it behind you. Get it done quick and protect the fair womanhood of this state."-- Prosecutor Hutson addressing the jury in the fourth Patterson trial (NY Times, 1/23/36)

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