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The Daily Dose/Sunday, July 14, 2024

The Daily Dose/July 14, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

The Sunday Bottom 5
A ranking of some things.

1. Trump Assassination Attempt Trump has a lot to answer for but, for Pete’s sake, nobody deserves this…Shooting at Trump rally provides early insight into chaos that is likely to take over country no matter who wins in November…SB5 pollsters “pretty sure” they have some zero clue whether or not US will survive it. 

2. Donald Trump Bumped down from top spot following shooting…Still a liar…Still an admitted sexual predator…Still ignorant…Still a convicted felon…Still a candidate for president…Vegas sportsbooks soon to start offering hot over/under action on how many impeachments there will be in second Trump Administration. 

3. USA! USA! The 3-hole staple…A hundred years from  all new people – perhaps Americans, if there are any left – will look back at this era and wonder why we tolerated the two worst presidential candidates the US has ever had…We deserve better than this but America – now in the 7th decade of TV being the focal point of American life – cannot be bothered to demand better right now.  

4. Joe Biden Boy, Mr. President, if our dad was showing the same signs of advanced aging that you are, we wouldn’t let him go to work anymore…You’ve earned an honorable retirement, and now would be a good time to take it. 

5. Kamala Harris SB5 pollsters “strongly suspect” Democrats only chance is for President Biden to retire right now, presenting classic Yay/Boo situation…Yay for giving Ms Harris the power of incumbency…Boo for fact Ms Harris – selected solely because she is a Black female – has yet to show any leadership brilliance as vice president. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow attempts to get a TV to work. Today’s Diary. 

We really don’t know what in the hell we are doing…I mean, we don’t keep a TV at home, so a common remote might as well be a spacecraft control panel for all the skill we have with it…

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In 2005 – Man reaches Pluto for the first time when the US spacecraft New Horizons executes the only fly-by of the planet. New Horizons’ closest point of approach to Pluto was  7,750 miles, the first data was transmitted the following day and took over 15 months to completely send to Earth. New Horizons was launched in 2006 and remains in service, with sufficient power to carry on operations into the 2030s. 

In 1973 – Tom Weiskopf wins the British Open, shooting a final-round 70 to defeat Neil Coles of England and Johnny Miller by three strokes at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. It was the first British Open title for Weiskopf and remains his only major title. His 72-hole total of 276 tied Arnold Palmer for the lowest final score in the British Open, a mark now held by Henrik Stenson (264, 2016). 

In 1990 – The New Kids on the Block are at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third and final consecutive week with Step by Step. It was the eighth chart single for the group, their eighth of nine Top 10 hits, and their third and final #1 song. The song also went to #1 in Spain and Canada, peaked at #2 in Great Britain, at #48 on Billboard’s soul chart, and was their 33rd-biggest song of the year. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Mao took up the challenge. Or rather -and this is the heart of the revolution –  Mao made the people take it up for themselves.
Alain Peyrefitte
The Chinese

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Five nations have hosted two men’s World Cups: Mexico, France, Germany/West Germany, and Brazil. 

Today’s Stumper
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What was the New Kids on the Block’s biggest hit on Billboard’s soul chart? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/July 13

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The Daily Dose/Saturday, July 13, 2024

The Daily Dose/July 13, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

 Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience.

Leading Off will return. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow tries something different. Today’s Diary. 

The big news is we did switch up our at-home morning coffee routine (AHMCR)…

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In 1863 – Riots in New York City protesting a draft for the Civil War begin. The rioters were primarily Irish-American males who didn’t want to fight and who resented the fact others could pay $300 – about $7,400 in today’s money – for a substitute. It later turned into a race riot, with the Irish attacking free Blacks who made more money than they did and didn’t have to worry about getting drafted. The exact death toll is unknown, there were over 2,000 injuries, and hundreds of buildings were destroyed in three days of rioting. 

In 2014 – Germany wins the soccer World Cup, defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time in Rio de Janeiro. It was the fourth and most recent title for Germany and the third and most recent runner-up finish for Argentina, to go along with three titles. The go-ahead goal was scored 23 minutes into the extra period, which is 30 minutes in length and is not sudden death. Earlier, the Netherlands had defeated Brazil for third place. 

In 1963 – Barbara Lewis is at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart  – then known as the Hot R&B Singles chart – for the second and final consecutive week with Hello Stranger. It was the first of nine soul hits for Lewis – a figure that includes hits on the Cash Box soul chart when Billboard was not publishing one – and remains her only appearance at #1. The song also peaked at #3 on the Hot 100, and in 1977 a version by Yvonne Elliman went #15 pop and #57 soul.

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

I saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all
Ecclesiastes 9:11

 

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Five chief justices of the United States had previously served as associate justices: John Rutledge, Edward Douglass White, Charles Evans Hughes, Harlan Fiske Stone, and William Rehnquist

Today’s Stumper
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How many countries have hosted two men’s World Cups? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/July 12

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The Daily Dose/Friday, July 12, 2024

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The Diary of a Nobody/July 11

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The Daily Dose/Thursday, July 11, 2024

The Daily Dose/July 11, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience.

FLY IN THE OINTMENT: We recently had to put our beloved cat down. The usual feelings attended this. She was sick and weighed four-and-half pounds, and there was no reason for her to suffer anymore. 

Dry, Technical Matter: The vet injected something or other into her and she was dead within a few seconds. As far as is humanly known, her death was painless. 

Here We Go: This got us thinking: what human facing a painful, terminal end should not be entitled to a swift, painless end? Currently, physician-assisted is legal in eleven states. This means it is not legal in 39 states. Worldwide, it’s legal in ten countries. 

Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: It should be legal everywhere. Why should a physically suffering, mentally competent person not be allowed to legally get some help in ending a life that is beyond tolerance?

Here We Go II: If your religious beliefs or personal moral code forbid assisted suicide, don’t kill yourself and, by all means, decline invitations to help someone requesting it. If you choose to live your life out to its natural end, more power to you. If you’re a doctor who is not comfortable helping someone die, yay for you. You are a professional free to offer whatever services to the public you want.  

The Bottom Line: We understand it is human nature to want to keep living as long as possible and to want that for others. After all, we only have one life and it seems perverse to end it unnaturally. However, when someone only has pain, physical incapacity, and, perhaps, embarrassment to look forward to, it is wrong to deny them a legal, assisted death. Those opposed to it do not have to take part. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow gets off a funny. Today’s Diary. 

Like a lot of things, this is neither completely true nor completely false, and it was funny and was delivered with typical Sparrow precision, and the gal there gave it a decent, if not great, laff…

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In 1921 – Former President of the United States William Howard Taft is sworn in as chief justice of the United States. Taft presided over a generally conservative court that was able to determine its workload following the passage of the Judicial Act of 1925. Taft served until 1930, when he resigned a month before his death. Taft was president from 1909-13 and remains the only person to hold both positions. 

In 1976 – JoAnne Carner wins the US Women’s Open, shooting a 5-over 76 to defeat defending champion Sandra Palmer in an 18-hole playoff. It was the second US Open title for Carner and these remain her only two LPGA major wins. Previously, Carner had won the US Girl’s Junior and US Women’s Amateur titles and was the first person to win three USGA individual titles. The others to do it are Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and  Hall of Fame amateur Carol Semple. 

In 1981 – Earl Thomas Conley is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the only week with Fire and Smoke. It was the second of 22 Top 10 country hits for Conley, his first of 18 #1s, and was Billboard’s #1 country song of the year. The song spent 19 weeks in the survey, including 14 weeks in the Top 40 and seven weeks in the Top 10, figures that are rather high for the era. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

…to read one’s own heart and mind in solitary contemplation seemed to him to promise more wisdom than all objects and all books.
Will Durant
The Story of Civilization, Vol. I: Our Oriental Heritage

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Wilbert Robinson (1892) and Rennie Stennett (1975) hold the major league record for most hits in a 9-inning game with seven. 

Today’s Stumper
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How many chief justices of the United States had previously served as an associate justice? – Answer next time!

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The Diary of a Nobody/July 10

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The Daily Dose/Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The Daily Dose/July 10, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

 Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

Leading Off will return.

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow runs into someone. Today’s Diary. 

You will never  never! – guess who we ran into there…

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In 1850 – Millard Fillmore takes the oath of office as president of the United States one day after assuming office after the death of John Tyler. In keeping with custom, Tyler’s cabinet submitted their resignations, and Fillmore surprised everyone by accepting them. Fillmore served until his term expired in 1853, was not nominated for reelection by the Whig Party, and remains their last president.  

In 1932 – Johnny Burnett of the Cleveland Indians establishes the major league record for most hits in a game in an 18-17, 18-inning  loss to the Philadelphia Athletics. Burnett had nine hits to break the record of seven established by Wilbert Robinson in 1892. Philadelphia pitcher Ed Rommel – pitching the last 17 innings – gave up 29 hits to establish a record for most hits allowed in an extra-inning game that still stands. The game was tied 15-15 at the end of nine innings.

In 2021 – BTS is at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the sixth of ten non-consecutive weeks with Butter. The song went to #1 in nine other countries – including Hungary, Colombia, and their native South Korea – peaked at #3 in Great Britain and was Billboard’s 11th-biggest song of the year. The song would move in and out of the top spot three times and even dropped down to #8 before moving back up. It was the third of five #1 songs for the group. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

If you know what you are doing
You will do what is necessary and stop there.
Lao Tzu
Tao Te Ching #30

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Algeria is the oldest country in Africa. It gained sovereignty in 202 BC

Today’s Stumper
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