Wednesday, December 8, 2021

December 7, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day


            CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 266 million at 266,644,134 cases,  21,200,608 of which are active, 245,438,262  closed with 240,161,556 recoveries (97.85%), and cracking the 5,000,000 barrier 5,276,706 deaths (2.15% ))to continue the low trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus, dips, and rises.
            CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 50 million at 50,114,486 with 9,679,189 active cases of which 13,934  are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (back to steady decreases with upticks despite the  Delta variable to .144% of active cases and to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 15,337, 40,435,297 closures with 809,898 deaths (2.00%) and with 39,625,399 recoveries (98.00%). Our death rate percentage is .15% lower than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slow climb to 2426 the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5988) the new number 1 which has had a quantum leap in deaths previously unmatched which was a change in the classification to give Peru the a new method of reporting; Bulgaria the new number 2 (4197), Hungary (3700), Romania (2999), Brazil (2868) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths now slowing down passed by Romania, Argentina (2548), and newly added to the list Columbia (2494),  and slightly better than Belgium (2330), Poland (2268), Mexico (2256), Italy (2226),  UK (2129),  Russia newly added to list (1934), (Chile (1991),  Spain (1885),  Ecuador newly added to list (1858), Portugal (1827), France (1826),  Bolivia (1615),  Sweden (1485) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1330). 
              Tests: No need to tally tests as testing programs are functioning well.
              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  11th  on my list of deaths from the pandemic  at 22565/M with 348,385 active cases and a fatality rate of 8.31% of closed cases 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 (regardless of number we need no more cases):
                     Guatemala:  Active Cases:     1079  Deaths/M   870
                     Honduras:    Active Cases: 245,799  Deaths/M 1028
                     El Salvador:  Active cases:   13,035  Deaths/M  580 
               US Vaccinations: As of 12/06/21 462.3 million doses,  .859 million per day (2 months left for 75% of population to be vaccinated) and in California 116,171  per day  (which means at least 79% of the population of California has received at least one shot which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity (other than Flip Flop Fauci who may believe that 90% is required).  In California 59,768,100 total doses have been given (84.2%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 80.4%), California has not moved from  8th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 63.3% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 59.4% and has  moved from 12th tied with Colorado to 14th   in terms of the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states.    
               Non  CV News:  The trial of Officer Kim Potter for the killing of Daunte Wright, who was originally portrayed by the left as a model citizen as we now learn and the jury will not that Wright had a violent past with three gunshot victims suing his estate and Minneapolis girds for a George Floyd like riots in a not guilty verdict is laid down, starts tomorrow; we will never know why Saule Omarova withdrew from being confirmed as Comptroller of the Currency whether due to her Moscow State University background, her theft in 1995 or her realization after watching Biden that he was a one trick, one term or less pony or whether the handlers of Biden who are probably not cognitively impaired suggested to her it was time to leave; doubt if Witless Whitmer had the foresight to have Michigan pass a law that allowed schools to install temporary barriers which a company call night lock did at the Oxford High School, site of a recent shooting which probably saved a lot of lives and is something every school should have installed due to numbers of school shootings; while California is awash in smash and grab thefts, Governor Newsom emboldened by recall victory by portraying Elder as a white suprematcist now fears no voter wrath and is out of California off on a book promotion tour to further augment his wealth; Chris Cuomo, the disgraced and fired “journalist” from CNN and trying to ape his brother as an author to match his forced exit as governor has just had his pending book deal with HarperCollins; if AOC and her leftist Squad get their way and the Senate Blues accede to their demand that the amnesty provisions be included in the reconciliation bill, our open border with record numbers of illegals will be blown wide open; Biden’s Commission on SCOTUS must have heard the voice of RBG from her grave arguing against increasing the size of SCOTUS as it took no position on that issue (what the left fails to realize is that politicizing the court by packing it will be a fatal blow to its legitimacy and the rule of law we are supposed to live by); finally we have heard the last of Smollett’s scripted testimony in court during his trial; Cortez White, a BLM member, who has threatened the judge in the trial of Officer Kim Potter has been arrested and denied bail while awaiting trial;  Matthew Dowd the yo-yo politician who has gone from Red to Blue to Indie and back to Blue has withdrawn from the Blue primary for Texas Lt. Governor in the name of diversity to allow a non-white Christian male to run; as Biden’s SCOTUS Commission took no position of Court Packing, leave it to the political cartoonist to reveal how the Blues on the issue must feel:                                                                


              Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through December 6, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 4310 persons shot of whom 757 have died.
              As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history,  a recording link to “Buttons and Bows” by Dinah Shore, the fact that you do not skelder people in your dealings with them, and a quote from Isoruku Yamamoto on the effects of the U.S. declaration of war against Japan, 
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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day—celebrating this day on December, 1941 when the leading Japanese attack plane over Peral Harbor radioed back to its carrier “Tora, Tora” initiating the surprise attack on Pearl  Harbor, a day in infamy that would bring the United States into a war with Japan soon joined by Hitler’s insane declaration of war against us. A day to remember the sacrifice of the 2403 Americans, including 68 civilians who died that day and the dwindling number of military veterans that are in their late 90’s and early 100’s
International Civil Aviation Day—created by the International Civil Aviation Authority on December 7, 1994, that has now grown to some 190 nations setting standards for civil aviation to promote safety and ease of flight in the skies.

             3.  1948  Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1948 on this day was  “Buttons and Bows” by Dinah Shore on a run of 8 weeks in that position to join 8 other songs that achieved number 1 status. Here’s a recording of Dinah Shore performing “Buttons and Bows”:  Shore was a top female vocalist during the 40’s and recorded 80 hit songs during her career and was successful on TV and on the links as an avid golf fan until she died 5 days before her 77th birthday of ovarian cancer on February 24, 1994.

            4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “skelder” which means to obtain by cheating or swindling which describes what we are doing to our children and grandchildren with our massive increases in our national debt..
Cigarettes Are a Singer’s Curse—celebrating the birth on this day in 1950 of Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Hynes best known for his song “Sonny’s Dream” but who struggled with heroin and smoking cigarettes which he was unable to quite until diagnosed with throat cancer to undergo radiation treatment that put the cancer in remission but scorched his vocal chords into retirement trying to bet back to music once his chords had recovered but sadly died on November 19, 1965 at age 64.
              On this day in:
              a. 1842 the first concert by the New York Philharmonic  Orchestra founded by Corelli Hill.
              b. 1963 to the joy of football fans and the bane of the “Zebras” Instant Reply made its debut at the Army/Navy football game played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  
              c. 1972 Apollo 17 the last mission to the Moon successfully was launch and as leaving took the iconic picture known as The Blue Marble:

              d. 1982 Charles Brooks, Jr. a convicted murderer who had been sentenced to death on April 25, 1978 in Texas had the dubious distinction to be the first person in the U.S. to be executed by lethal injection.
              e. 1987 David Burke a ticket agent for U.S. Air who had purchased PSA Airlines had been fired for stealing $70 in cocktail receipts and had failed following an interview with his manager Ray Thompson to be reinstated. On this day in 1977 he purchased a ticket on PSA flight 1177 from LAX to SFO and boarded unknown to Thompson. Near San Luis Obispo, he shot and killed Thompson, shot and killed a flight attendant, then shot into the cockpit and killed the pilot and copilot and a PSA pilot riding in the cabin as he tried to reach the cockpit as Burke put the plane into a steep dive which resulted in the deaths of all aboard other that the 5 already dead.

              Reflections on the impact of the declaration of war against Japan by the architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor:  “A lot of people are feeling relieved or saying they’re ‘grateful to Admiral Yamamoto’ because there hasn’t been a single air raid. They’re very wrong: the fact that the enemy hasn’t come is no thanks to Admiral Yamamoto, but to the enemy himself. So if they want to express gratitude to somebody, I wish they’d express it to America. If the latter really made up its mind to wade in on us, there’d be no way of defending a city like Tokyo.” Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto

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