The Thought for the Day – An Old Saying

Fortune favors the brave. – An old saying.

Today is the 14th anniversary of China sending its first astronaut into space. Ten years later, in 2013, China was able to send an unmanned rover to the moon. China is the third nation to send men into space and to reach the moon, after the Soviet Union/Russia and the United States, and they remain rightfully proud of being one of three nations to accomplish these things.

In both cases, however, the Chinese were decades behind the Soviets and the Americans. The Soviets were the first nation to send men into space, doing so in 1961, and they were the first nation to reach the moon, landing Luna 9 in February 1966, a few months before America landed Surveyor 1. All of this, of course, was a prelude to America first putting men on the moon in 1969.

This got us thinking as to why it took so long for a third nation to send people into space and to reach the moon. Obviously, sending people into space is a daunting task, requiring supreme levels of initiative, knowledge and skill, not to mention money, but other nations had the resources.

We’ve concluded the space race of the 1960’s was ahead of its time. Spurred on by competition with, and fear of, each other, America and the Soviets were forced by circumstances to be ahead of their time. They had no choice. We think this conclusion is borne out by the fact no one, including the United States, is even close to returning humans to the moon.

What compels a person or a nation to be ahead of their time? One, you have to have a vision. Circumstances have to be right, too. Both the Americans and the Soviets had the vision, the resources and the skill and spirit of innovation to do what had never been done before. Both nations were brave, as are the Chinese, who have sent men into space on five other occasions.

Fortune favors the brave…

This lesson applies to us, as well. We may or we may not be ahead of our times. It doesn’t matter. The one thing we can all have common with those that are, however, is having a vision for our time on this planet and the courage to go and try something we haven’t done before.

If we do these things, everything else will take care of itself. The life we are meant to lead will present itself.

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The Daily Dose – October 15, 2017

Notes from around the Human Experience…

YEAH, WE WERE ALL WONDERING ABOUT THIS, GUYS: In our last column, an On This Date tidbit featured Jim Hines running the first sub-10 second 100-meter time under automatic timing at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Our research showed Hines continued running sub-11 second times into his late 30’s and for some reason we were moved to determine that Hines was 22 years and one month old on that October day in Mexico City.

So, like you probably were, we became curious of the ages of others who set the 100-meter world record.

On Your Mark…Get Set…Research: What surprised us was how difficult it was to find a definitive list of 100-meter world records. Wind-aided, not wind-aided. Hand timing, automatic timing. Before the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) or after the IAAF, Records set but later rescinded.

Dry, Technical Matter: In the end, we narrowed it down to records sanctioned by the IAAF, which started recognizing the mark in 1912. Since our point – whatever the hell it might end up being – was made by those who established new records, we did not bother factoring in those who tied the record. Rescinded records are not included and those who set the record twice have both – or in Usain Bolt’s case, all three – of their ages factored in.

Dry, Technical Matter: Under these criteria, the men’s 100-meter record has been set 21 times by 15 men. The first record was 10.6 seconds set by Donald Lippincott of the US at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympics. Interestingly, he did this in a heat and merely earned the bronze medal in the final the following day.

Dry, Technical Matter: Bolt was the last man to set the record, 9.58 seconds in 2009.

Dry, Technical Matter: Once we established our criteria, it was a simple, though fairly labor intensive, matter to find the exact ages of the world record setters. Here’s what we found out:

Average Age: 23 years, nine months.
Oldest Record Setter: Carl Lewis, 30 years, one month.
Youngest Record Setter: Donald Lippincott, 18 years, seven months.
Most Common Age: 22 years.

Dry, Technical Matter: Research is fun. Long-time readers of this crap may – or they may not – recall the work we did into finding out how a top girl would fare against the boys. This seminal research was inspired by a chat we had about how the UConn women’s basketball team would do against a men’s college team. You can’t objectively rate basketball teams, so we looked into how the NCAA women’s 100-meter champion would have done that year against the men. As we recall, her time would have gotten her into the NCAA men’s Division III championship race, where she would have finished fifth or sixth.

Some Philosophy Crap: Life is interesting and skills wax and wane at different times. Sprinters generally seem to peak in their early 20’s. Writing is different. We couldn’t write a decent grocery list in our early 20’s. We’re middle-aged now and it was only in the past few years or so where we arrived at the point where we are saying what we feel needs to be said every time we sit down to ply this trade. You, the reader, reap the benefits of this!

The Bottom Line: If you’re in your 30’s and are looking to start a sprinting career, don’t bother. On the other hand, if you’re a writer, be patient. Your best is yet to come.

UP, UP AND AWAY IN MY BEAUTIFUL BALLOON: Man ascends from Earth for the first time when Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier – in a balloon he developed with his brother Joseph-Michel – makes a tethered ascent near Paris on this date in 1783.

The Montgolfiers were born into a family that manufactured paper and their interest in lighter than air flight was inspired by seeing ash rising in paper fires. Over the summer they had experimented with unmanned balloons before manning the gondola with assorted animals.

Maybe I Could Swim Back To France: Napoleon I, former emperor of France and King of Italy, begins his exile on St Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean on this date in 1815. Earlier in the year, Napoleon had abdicated his position as emperor shortly after losing the Battle of Waterloo and had sought asylum from the British, who had some zero clue what to do with him.

Napoleon would spend the rest of his life on St Helena, dying in at the age of 51 in 1821.

“Wayne Gretzky, The Great One, Has Become The Greatest Of Them All!”: Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings becomes the NHL’s all-time leading scorer on this date in 1989, earning his 1,851st point in a game in Edmonton against his old team, the Oilers. He broke the record that had been established by Gordie Howe.

Who Wrote This Script? We’re Just Curious: Gretzky tied the record in the first period with an assist and broke the record with a goal late in the third period to tie the game 4-4. To really drive the stake into the heart of Edmonton fans, he scored the game-winner in overtime, too.

Oh Yeah: Gretzky was just getting started, finishing his NHL career with 2,857 points, a record that not only still stands, but will be very difficult to break. Howe now ranks fourth on the NHL’s scoring list, behind Jaromir Jagr and Mark Messier.

FunFact: The quote in the lead line introducing this item came from Bob Miller, the longtime Voice of the Los Angeles Kings, following the goal.

More Up, Up And Away: China joins the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia as the only nations to send a human into space on this date in 2003, when Yang Liwei, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Chinese army, spends 21 hours in low Earth orbit.

FunFact: China was also the third nation to reach the moon, landing an unmanned rover on the lunar surface in 2013.

Quotebook: Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself. – James Stephens, Irish poet, 1882-1950

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: Calvin Smith of the United States broke Jim Hines’ 100-meter world record with a time of 9.93 seconds in 1983.

Today’s Stumper: Whose NHL all-time scoring record did Gordie Howe break? – Answer next time!

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October 14, 2017

Today’s Menu:
The Daily Dose
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October 13 and 14 are dates we associate with death. A kitten we had died on October 13 six years ago. She was born sick and never had a chance despite the best efforts of me and my wife. We made her glop for strength and gave her enemas but she died anyway and I still remember holding her and weeping while my wife dug her grave in the yard.

My late brother was born on October 14. He died in 2007, though we don’t remember the exact date.

None of this has anything whatsoever to do with today’s columns. We were merely thinking of these two dates when we wrote them. It does, though, illustrate that tomorrow will not come for some. So I wrote today’s columns because it was better than not writing them.

Today’s Daily Dose – and this will surprise you – is about President Trump! Arthur Schopenhauer has The Thought for the Day.


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The Thought for the Day – Schopenhauer

What is modesty but hypocritical humility…by means of which, in a world swelling with envy, a man seeks to obtain pardon for excellences and merits from those who have none?…No doubt when modesty was made a virtue it was a very advantageous thing for the fools; for everybody is expected to speak of himself as if he were one. – Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher who is making his second Thought for the Day appearance. Schopenhauer’s primary emphasis was that man was moved by his will, which he interpreted as wants or cravings. Today’s Thought was also the Quotebook selection in today’s Daily Dose, which doesn’t happen all that often.

Like most who make their mark in this world and live down the ages, Schopenhauer had a great belief in himself, his abilities and what he was meant to do with his life.

We should, too. We are not going to accomplish anything of note or substance without believing in ourselves. It doesn’t matter what it is, either.  It could range from running for town council and doing some good for where you live to utilizing your talents to earn a good living for you and your family to following your heart and trusting your instincts and seeing where your path takes you.

As we mention here on a regular basis, all that really matters is that it comes from the heart, that you do something because you are compelled to do from deep inside.

…a man seeks to obtain pardon for excellences and merits from those who have none?

When we do accomplish something of note, it’s all right to acknowledge you did well; there is no need to dismiss it or wave it away. You probably worked awfully hard to get to that point and there is no place for false modesty and you certainly do not want to badger yourself by nitpicking some trivial things you could have done better. And it is possible to do this while still being humble because humility and accomplishment have been partners since time immemorial.

Humility can express itself by being thankful for the skills you were born with and for the good fortune that accompanied you along your way because there are billions of people living random lives and while some people find the end of the rainbow some get shot up at music festivals. Luck, both good and bad, plays a part in every life.

What you don’t want to be is cocky, that general air that gives the impression you are superior.

No, you are not superior to anyone. You are merely your very best. And it is OK to acknowledge and enjoy this.

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The Daily Dose – October 14, 2017

Notes from around the Human Experience…

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Regular readers of this crap know that we have never been fans of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The main reason is it is not the province of government to mandate we buy anything, be it radishes or health insurance. Sure, more people have health insurance because of the ACA, but they purchased it through government mandated and government-subsidized markets, something else it is not the province of the government of a nation conceived in liberty. 

Dry, Technical Matter: But what President Trump is doing to it is bad. Unable to get anything passed through his own GOP-controlled Congress that would dismantle the ACA, he issued an executive order Friday that would stop federal payments to the insurance markets the government was subsidizing. The potential for unrest this could cause both insurers and the insured is enormous.  

The president’s big-picture point about there being no reason for the government to subsidize health insurers is valid, but his executive order is as spiteful as Congress’ repeated and failed attempts to overturn the ACA.

Oh Yeah: It also magnifies the point that Trump has nothing to offer in replacement, nothing to offer the country except displaying his only real talent, drawing attention to himself.

Gaylon For Congress…Vote Early, Vote Often: If we had a health insurance industry free of government interference and regulation, a health insurance industry based on competition and innovation, it would provide quality and affordable health care plans left and right because if they didn’t companies would go out of business. It’s the way the free market is built. Companies that provide what consumers want at a price they want to pay thrive, those that do not fail. It’s the way the free market is built.

Once More, With Feeling: We cannot say this enough:

As long as the health insurance and healthcare industries continue to be run and regulated by the government, the health insurance industry will always be a fiasco.

The Bottom Line: We deserve better, of course. We deserve better than a government that is the partisan, fractured and bickering mess we currently tolerate. But we are not going to get better government until we start demanding it at the ballot box.

ON THIS DATE! ON THIS DATE!: Mary, Queen of Scots goes on trial for conspiracy to murder her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England on this date in 1586. Letters she had written that turned out not to be private showed she presented no violent objection to this, and she was convicted on October 25.

Elizabeth, somewhat reticent to kill a fellow monarch, didn’t sign the death warrant immediately and Mary, Queen of Scots wasn’t executed until the following February.

More Don’t Try To Kill The Big Guy/Gal: German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, implicated in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, committed suicide on this date 1944. Rommel was given the opportunity by the Nazis, who also offered him the opportunity to be tried, found guilty and executed, a process that would also result in his staff’s trials and execution and disgrace for his family.

Presented with these options, Rommel said goodbye to his wife and children and went for a drive with a Nazi general, where he took the provided cyanide capsule. The German people were told Rommel died from complications from injuries suffered when his car had been strafed in Africa the previous July and Rommel was given a state funeral.

Great Moments On The Brink Of Nuclear War: The Cuban Missile Crisis begins on this date in 1962 when US spy planes photographed Soviet nuclear missiles being installed in western Cuba. President Kennedy would be notified the following day and the world would teeter on the brink of nuclear war for almost two weeks.

Get Out Your Record Book: Jim Hines of the United States becomes the first runner to break the 10-second barrier under automatic timing at the Mexico City Olympics on this date in 1968. Hines won the gold medal in 9.95 seconds and his world record would stand for 15 years.

FunFact: Hines broke the record of 10.02 that fellow American Charlie Green had set the day before in the semifinals. Over the summer, Hines had run a manually timed 9.9 100 meters at a meet in Sacramento.

FunFact II: Hines had his medals from Mexico City – he had also won gold in the 4×100 relay – stolen from his Houston apartment shortly after the Games. They were later returned. Hines is now 71. 

Quotebook: What is modesty but hypocritical humility…by means of which, in a world swelling with envy, a man seeks to obtain pardon for excellences and merits from those who have none?…No doubt when modesty was made a virtue it was a very advantageous thing for the fools; for everybody is expected to speak of himself as if he were one. – Schopenhauer

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: Alec Baldwin has hosted the most Saturday Night Live episodes, 17.

Today’s Stumper: Who broke Jim Hines’ world record in the 100 meters? – Answer next time!

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October 11, 2017

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The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 7
The Daily Dose
The Thought for the Day

Greetings, friends:

One of the fun parts of writing is coming up with a line you really like, something that stands out from the other screed you’ve written that day. It happens today in the Week 7 NFL Bottom Ten. Now, I am not going to tell you what that line is. I’ve learned over the years that lines I think are brilliant sometimes do not register with others. Similarly, there are times when one of you might write and say you though some line I threw in at the last minute is the funniest line in human history.  It happens. It is possible, however, that regular readers of this crap may well be able to guess what it is.

Today’s Daily Dose is a rather light-hearted look at Columbus Day and whether or not we still need it. Meriwether Lewis, Apollo 7 and Saturday Night Live are featured in On This Date, Gore Vidal has the Quotebook selection and there is the Trivia feature, too.

Letting muddy waters clear by letting them stand undisturbed is the subject of our Thought for the Day. 

Enjoy, and thank you for reading.


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The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 7

The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 7
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Three 0-5 teams, three Bottom Ten medal stand berths. That part is easy.

It’s the rest of the race for The Dan Henning Trophy – symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten supremacy – that is keeping the nation on the edge of its seats. Between the Chargers and the Bengals, not to mention the entire AFC South, it promises to be race that will come down to the last false start and crucial turnover that decides matters in 2017.

This week’s mess, as the nags enter the clubhouse turn:

1. Cleveland Browns (0-5; lost to New York Jets 17-14) – With Cavaliers and Indians regularly playing for championships and defending B-10 champion Browns 0-5 for second straight season, Cleveland sports fan(s) reveling in glory days…Next Loss: at Houston

2. San Francisco 49ers (0-5; lost to Indianapolis 26-23 OT) – Niners show mettle that leads straight to B-10 medal stand, blowing 23-9 deficit to rally for second straight overtime loss…..Next Loss: at Washington

3. New York Giants (0-5; lost to Los Angeles Chargers ) – Giants show strong finishing kick required for B-10 medal stand run, pulling defeat from jaws of victory by getting outscored 10-0 in final five (5) minutes…Giants 0-5 for first time since 2013…Next Loss: at Denver

4. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4; defeated New York Giants 27-22) – Despite road win, Chargers comforting themselves with knowledge they’re still winless at home in city that doesn’t care about them…StubHub Center spokesman assures LA sports fans tarps in place for Charger games will be removed in time for Paraguay/Indonesia soccer friendly next week..Next Loss: at Oakland

5. Oakland Raiders (2-3; lost to Baltimore 30-17) – It’s not easy to fly cross country and win in the NFL, unless you fly into Oakland to take on Raiders…After 2-0 start, Raiders back in thick of B-10 race with third straight loss, losing by average score of 24.3-to-9 in process..Next Loss: Los Angeles Chargers

6. NFLLeague’s plan to have black players stand at midfield and sing Kumbaya not gaining traction as some still insist on kneeling to protest fact blacks still do not get a fair shake in this country…Next Loss: Entire league within a generation, as nobody wants to watch or play football anymore.

7. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3; defeated Buffalo 20-16) – After strong 0-3 start, Bengals B-10 title hopes slipping away following second straight win…Bengals need strong, road, divisional loss this week to stem tide…Next Loss: at Pittsburgh

8. Indianapolis Colts (2-3; defeated San Francisco 26-23 OT) – With wins over Cleveland and San Francisco, Colts show they are not quite bad enough to contend for B-10 medal just yet…With three (3) 0-5 teams, Colts need to lose out to have any hope of finishing on B-10 medal stand…Next Loss: at Tennessee

9. AFC South (9-11) – Division so historically awful it has shown modest improvement from bottom to bottom in 2017 and still has vice-like grip on Pete Rozelle Award, issued to NFL’s worst division.

10. Vice President Mike Pence Despite orchestrated exit before start of Colts/49ers game, Vice President Pence getting quiet approval from Colts fans who would have loved to do what he did: leave early and not be forced to watch lousy Colts play football.

Game of the Week: Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland
This Is Don Criqui Reporting: Cleveland at Houston

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The Thought for the Day – Deng Ming-Dao

Muddy water becomes clear if allowed to stand undisturbed. –  Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao

Deng Ming-Dao is an American writer, artist and although he might well disdain the term, philosopher. He has written many books on the Chinese spiritual discipline Tao and 365 Tao is a book of daily meditations. We have enjoyed and derived benefits from this book for years and we recommend it to anyone, regardless of where your spiritual path is taking you right now.

Life is not always crystal clear. We want it to be. We want to be able to set goals and have them come to fruition and live worthwhile lives without too much fuss but it seldom works out that way. There are an awful lot of people on this planet and we are all leading more or less random lives and those random lives sometimes get intertwined, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad and sometimes for no apparent reason whatsoever.

This means there are often times when our crystal clear ideal gets muddied. That’s OK. It’s the way the world is built.

In response to this, it is common to want to dive in and attempt to make things go the way we want, trying to mold people and circumstances to how we want them to respond. Sometimes, either through brilliance or sheer brute force, this works. Oftentimes, perhaps even usually, it does not. Sometimes all we end up doing is getting in the way, muddling things to such an extent our desired outcome slips away from us.

Worse, this is a lesson that is seldom learned on the first go-round. Usually, we have to interfere and muck things up numerous times before this lesson even begins to take hold. Then we need further reinforcement before letting go becomes habit. 

Muddy water becomes clear if allowed to stand undisturbed…

So do muddy situations in life. Sometimes all we need for clarity is to stand back and let matters take their course, which they are going to do anyway whether we interfere or not.

Letting muddy water clear by leaving it undisturbed is a good metaphor for life: most things work out if we let them. It is a lesson that sometimes takes years to learn but once established, it leads to calmer, more peaceful life.

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The Daily Dose – October 11, 2017

Notes from around the Human Experience…

WE’RE NOT GETTING OLD ARE WE?: While our lives do not revolve around them, we can usually be counted on to remember when a holiday is coming up.

Not this time. Columbus Day, which was Monday, caught us completely by surprise. We thought it was next Monday. To show we are in complete denial about our minds going we are blaming our long-dead brother for this. We have always associated Columbus Day with his birthday on October 14 and we thought the holiday was next Monday.

Not that we missed much. We keep rather odd hours here and spent most of the holiday sleeping, not waking up until late afternoon. We had no banking transactions to conduct, nor did we have business with a government agency, so we weren’t inconvenienced, nor did we have any invitations to Columbus Day festivities lying around.

Dry, Technical Matter: Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937, though it was first celebrated in the United States in 1905 by those zany weed smokers out in Colorado. It celebrates Columbus’ first arriving in the New World on October 12, 1492.

You know, we’re mindful of the importance of European exploitation of the New World. And if Columbus had landed in what is now America sure, we could see scamming a paid day off out of it. But Columbus landed in what is now the Bahamas and never got particularly close to what is now the US in any of his four voyages to the New World.

Fly In The Ointment: Some jurisdictions have said screw it and have substituted Indigenous People’s Day for Columbus Day. This seems a bit presumptuous, having a holiday for peoples whose lands we stole, but it’s not our decision.

Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: If it were our decision, we’d do away with Columbus Day entirely. Of course, Columbus is one of the most influential people our species had produced, but we didn’t spend Monday in honored remembrance of him and you probably didn’t either and we can see no point in keeping Columbus Day a federal holiday.

Christ, You Are Really On The Rag Today, Aren’t You?: While we’re at it, let’s change the name of the holiday we celebrate on the third Monday in February. Officially, it’s known as George Washington’s Birthday, but more commonly it is referred to as President’s Day. This country has had enough lousy presidents that we don’t need to honor the whole lot so either let’s get back to honoring George Washington or let’s change the name to Great American’s Day.

Back On Message/The Bottom Line: To replace Columbus Day we suggest making July 20 – the day in 1969 when we first landed men on the moon – a national holiday. Regular readers of this crap know we feel the Apollo 11 moon landing is mankind’s finest hour, a line demarcation separating everything that came before from everything that followed like few others in human history. Why it wasn’t made a national holiday on July 21, 1969, is beyond us.

ON THIS DATE! ON THIS DATE!: Meriwether Lewis – the Lewis in Lewis and Clark – dies under mysterious circumstances on this date in 1809. Clark was staying at an inn a bit south of Nashville when gunshots were heard coming from his cabin. Lewis was found with wounds to his head and stomach and he eventually bled to death. What is not known for certain whether Lewis shot himself or was murdered.

Name Dropper: A coroner’s ruling of suicide was not contested by either of his close friends, William Clark or Thomas Jefferson.

Play Ball: The American League comes into existence on this date in 1899, when the Western League, founded in 1894, changes its name. The American League would remain a minor league in 1900 before declaring itself a major league for the 1901 season.

Some Places Have Interns For This: The Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins are the only current American League teams that were charter members of the Western League. The Twins began as the Kansas City Blues in 1894 and were the Washington Senators from 1901-60.

3…2…1…Blastoff: Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, launches from Cape Canaveral, then known as the Cape Kennedy Air Force Station, on this date in 1968. Though technically perfect, the mission was notable for the sometimes testy communications between the crew and mission control.

Problems started before liftoff when Commander Wally Schirra got peeved when it was decided to launch despite a less than ideal abort plan. Later, the crew would get annoyed with, among other things, their food selections and that it took a half-hour to take a crap.

Relations were so testy that astronauts Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham never received another space flight. Schirra didn’t either, but he had already announced his intention to retire.

FunFact: Apollo 7 was America’s first manned space flight since Gemini XII in 1966.

Live, From New York…: Saturday Night Live debuts on NBC on this date in 1975 with George Carlin as host and Billy Preston and Janis Ian as musical guests. Still on the air, Saturday Night Live is in its 43rd season and has produced 831 episodes.

Quotebook: The Buddha’s sacrifices are not of animals, but of the animal in the self. – Gore Vidal, Creation

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: John Calhoun was the first vice president of the United States to resign, doing so in 1832 to accept appointment to the United States Senate.

Today’s Stumper: Who has hosted Saturday Night Live the most times? – Answer next time!

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October 10, 2017

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The Daily Dose
The Thought for the Day
The Bottom Ten/NCAA Week 7

Lot’s of good stuff for you today friends.

In The Bottom Ten, we’re up to Week 7 already, and with UMess taking a two-week, in-season vacation Charlotte – which used to be known as UNC-Charlotte – takes over the top spot. Also, Earlham retains the Continental Cup – issued to the team with the longest losing streak in NAT) – with their 38th consecutive loss.

The NFL national anthem protests continue, and so whites getting worked up over them. Today we talk about how they are not protesting the flag or our servicemen and women, they are protesting the fact it is still tough for blacks to make a go of it in America.

And Napoleon has our Thought for the Day.


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