U.S. Death Tolls: Coronavirus’ > Vietnam War’s

As of my 04/28/2020, 18:09EDT posting time, the following, sobering COVID-19 stats serve as a grim reminder of just how astoundingly efficient a killer the coronavirus actually is… as well as provide a wake up call to anyone who has yet to take this ongoing threat seriously enough.

• 214,000 in four months = the Worldwide COVID-19 Death Toll.
• America has exceeded the 1 million mark of diagnosed cases.

• 58,412 in two months = the stateside COVID-19 Death Toll.
• 58,220 in two decades = the USA’s Vietnam War Death Toll.

To give credit where it is due, humankind got in this mess due to world-wide, wishy-washy, weak-kneed, brain-dead leadership… especially that found stateside. Seeing how they’ve yet to learn from their errors, these stats will be on the rise.

 

Stay Safe! Stay Home! Stay Healthy!

We can avoid COVID-19 infection by following our learned medical community’s best advice (and by also following #5’s link to a short, surprisingly EZ to grasp, life saving tutorial)…

[1] Scrub hands often (at least 20 seconds each time), [2] Cover all coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] Observe social distancing protocols (remain at least 2 meters / 6 feet apart [5] Wear protective face masks in public [6] Avoid large crowds / Socially isolate at home [7] Self-quarantine if you’re feeling ill and [8] Understand that even though you may feel fine, you can still be infected and spreading this disease to others!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dumb Donald’s “Dogs” (Vid of the Day)

The 1970’s era Match Game, airing over the CBS TV network, introduced us to the clever staff writers who, in turn, introduced us to the totally fake character… Dumb Donald… a.k.a. the hapless man who stumbles clumsily and cluelessly through life.

Might these writers have been soothsayers, too? After all, here I am, five decades later, blogging about this oft uncanny relationship to the Real Donald… a similarly challenged character.

Let’s mull over this, further, as Match Game’s emcee Gene Rayburn presents the following fill in the blank Dumb Donald scenario to contestant Sue…

“Dumb Donald didn’t know how to tie his
shoes… so he blanked them to his feet.”

So, what does any of that have to do with the Real Donald? Well, you see, to avoid getting drafted into the Vietnam War, the Trumpster claimed… actually lied…. that, due to bone spurs, his dogs / tootsies / feet were always killing him. So what happened next? His local draft board totally bought his story and granted him a medical deferment, which allowed him to stay stateside, a civilian, for the duration of the war. Hmm… you mean there wasn’t even one desk job available?

Of course, the evidence of clairvoyance doth grow even stronger with regards to how celeb Patti Deutsch filled in the blank… and, in all likelihood, that would’ve meant far more excruciating foot pain than bone spurs would’ve ever caused… uh… for either Donald.

That duly noted, let’s see how many celebs contestant Sue’s response will match…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons From Kent State University

For anyone old enough to have lived through the turbulent 1960s and 70s, the Kent State massacre was one of American History’s darkest, most tragic, “where were you when” moments.

For me, that “when” was early evening on this very day, May 4, 1970. That’s when, as a 16-year-young high school sophomore, I first became aware of how 29 American soldiers (members of the Ohio National Guard) had fired off approximately 67 rounds in the short span of one minute (or less) to kill 4 American students and wound 9 others.

That death toll and casualty list had been the end result of a demonstration by Kent State University college students pissed off by President Richard M. Nixon’s escalation of the Vietnam War… i.e., his invasion of neighboring Cambodia. It was during their antiwar rally that things got ugly… protestors wound up setting fire to the campus’ ROTC building and repeatedly pegging rocks at the armed troops.

Basically, what we had here was the troops overreacting… using bullets to defend themselves against stones and assessing a higher value to that charred real estate than to their own compatriots’ precious lives.

It’d be hard not to conclude that the very presence of these troops had needlessly escalated an already overly tense situation. Even Nixon’s own President’s Commission on Campus Unrest concluded (and I concur MOST EMPHATICALLY)

“The indiscriminate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable.”

Students suspected of arson and assault could’ve later been arrested, charged, arraigned, tried and, if found guilty, been duly punished. In a situation such as this, troops are NEVER supposed to act in the roles of judges, juries and executioners!

Also worthy of mention is that both warring factions on this Kent State campus battlefield could’ve benefited immensely from the following wisdom.

William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” character, Fallstaff, said…

“The better part of Valour, is Discretion; in the which better part, I haue saued my life” (oft paraphrased… “Discretion is the better part of valor.”)

Sun Tzu, author of “Art of War” opined along similar lines, thusly…

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting” and “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

The sagaciousness of some superb song composers also comes to mind…

Check out a couple of lyrical couplets…

From Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth”

“There’s battle lines being drawn,

Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.”

From John Lennon/Paul McCartney’s “Revolution”

“But when you talk about destruction…

Don’t you know that you can count me out.”

Were not all of the above wordsmiths emphasizing the need for orderly conduct by all parties involved in any dispute… were they not all on the same page as the U.S. Constitution’s 1st Amendment (note the qualifying word, “peaceably”)?

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Fast forwarding to our troubled present-day world… political and social unrest has only grown worse… especially since the installation of #45.

Now, more than ever, all protest movements must always be conducted peaceably. Nobody should ever give that Oval Office entity even the slightest excuse to overreact… to roll out the tanks… to order Americans troops to open fire on American citizens in a way that is equal to… or exceeds the actions taken by the Ohio National Guard in Kent State…

On this very day… May 4, 1970.