The Daily Dose/January 8, 2017

The Daily Dose/January 8, 2017
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Notes from around the Human Experience…

HUT, HUT HIKE: Last time out we chatted about an NCAA-sponsored major division football tournament replacing the current four-team College Football Playoff run by TeeVee. Today we are going to offer the first-round matchups for the 2017 NCAA Division I Football Championship. It features 32 teams, so there’s room for pretty much every deserving team and it can begin either the first weekend of December or Thanksgiving weekend. Either way, the national championship game will be played on New Year’s Day, the last day anyone really wants to think about college football.

This format includes all current major division conferences, both the big boys from the Power Five conferences and the smaller Group of Five conferences. Because we feel there should be some reward for winning your conference, conference champions are seeded first. Teams that don’t like this should win their conference.

The tournament can either be a bracket format or a everyone can re-seeded after each round. Both have merit.

Teams were generally seeded based their ranking in the final Associated Press poll, though we tinkered with that a bit, especially with Central Florida, which got the broom handle all season from pollsters.

Oh Yeah: After seeding all conference champions, deserving independents and all other ranked teams, there were still four open spots in the tournament so we invited Army, Iowa, Iowa State, with Fresno State snagging the 32nd spot.

Location, Location, Location: We gave some thought as to where to play the games. One was to have games played on campus. This is how the NCAA does it in the FCS and Divisions II and III, at least until the title game, which is always at a neutral site. Another idea is to have conference champions and top runners-up play at a neutral site for the first round, then move to on-campus facilities up to the championship game.

Both have merit. First round on-campus games mean only one set of fans has to fork over for travel. On the other hand, for an event of this magnitude, having a predetermined site for the first round would make it easier to plan for. If the decision was ours, we’d play the opening round on campus, with the proviso that some of the smaller conference champions have small stadiums that may necessitate moving to a neutral site.

Down To Business: Here are the first round matchups, according to the above criteria. Please note results from the recent bowl games aren’t counted:

Fresno State/Clemson; Iowa/Oklahoma; Iowa State/Georgia; Army/Ohio State; Mississippi State/Central Florida; South Florida/USC; Virginia Tech/Notre Dame; Washington State/Boise State; Northwestern/Florida Atlantic; Memphis/Toledo; Michigan State/Troy; Oklahoma State/Alabama; LSU/Wisconsin; Stanford/Auburn; TCU/Penn State; Washington/Miami.

16 games is a lot, and for this reason, we favor starting the tournament on Thanksgiving weekend, eight games Friday, eight games Saturday and whoa Nelly, if you don’t think this would make Thanksgiving weekend an instant classic you are high, legally in some states. Starting the tournmanet on Thanksgiving weekend would allow two weeks between the semifinals and championship game, which is probably better than one week, especially if one team has to cross the country for both games.

OTOH: Starting the following week would mean the season could start a week later.

Either way, an NCAA major division football playoff would become an American classic quicker than you can say “Nick Saban”. As we’ve said before, on January 2nd we would all be dumbstruck at how great the experience was and wondering why we haven’t had a playoff for decades.

ON THIS DATE! ON THIS DATE!: Francois Grimaldi, disguised as a monk seeking shelter, and some comrades overtake the fortress on the Rock of Monaco on this date in 1297. The Genoese he took it from would shoo him away four years later, thought the fortress was later recaptured by his cousin Ranier I, from whom the current Grimaldi’s are descended from.  

The Grimaldi’s have been undisputed rulers of Monaco since 1419 when they purchased the rest of the country from the Crown of Aragon and despite the fact the country could probably be overrun by a particularly well-led troupe of Boy Scouts, the Grimaldi’s continue to rule the country.

“Shall From Time To TIme Give To The Congress Information On The State Of The Union:”: President George Washington gives the first State of the Union Address to Congress on this date in 1790. Speaking in the Senate Chamber of Federal Hall in New York City, Washington talked about peace, immigration and – important for a new country – weights and measures, plus the promotion of science and literature because:

Knowledge in every country is the surest basis of public happiness.

LOL: Reading the address, and considering the fiasco our government is today, it’s difficult to believe Washington is actually talking to an American Congress, with Washington advising the senators and representatives the coming session will:

…call for the cool and deliberate exertion of your patriotism, firmness and wisdom.

Running The Numbers: Washington’s speech checked in at 1,089 words a bit longer than this column and still the shortest State of the Union address. Thomas Jefferson discontinued the practice of giving the address in person, and written messages were the rule until Woodrow Wilson resumed the practice of giving a speech, amid some controversy,  in 1913

Full Speed Ahead, Goddammit: The USS San Francisco (SSN 711), a US Navy nuclear submarine, runs into an undersea mountain about 360 nautical miles southeast of Guam.

As usual, when a naval vessel hits something or runs aground, the Navy found that someone did not do what they were supposed to do, specifically that assorted navigational and voyage planning procedures weren’t used. For example, the undersea mountain was not shown on the charts in use at the time of the accident, though there were charts available that did show the area was of uncertain safety for an undersea voyage.

Quotebook: To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. – George Washington, State of the Union message, 1/7/1790

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: The first championship held by the NCAA was the 1921 Track and Field Championships.

Today’s Stumper: Which president of the United States delivered the longest State of the Union message? – Answer next time!

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January 7, 2018

The On This Date segment has been around since the very first Daily Dose ran ten years ago at the old Writer’s Shack. We included it because not only because we enjoy history, but because it’s useful to take a big-picture look at the events that shaped our human experience.

And the segment is never cut-and-pasted, either. Though most entries are repeat offenders, each one is written from scratch because as we age our perspective as both a person and a writer changes, meaning an angle of an event that hadn’t been explored before is sometimes presented.

It’s rare when we can provide a personal story about an On This Date item, but today we can. January 7th is the anniversary of the first game played by the Harlem Globetrotters. When I was in high school in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s they trained on campus during the winter, where they also tried out fresh talent. Our campus used to be owned by the Catholics before us Lutherans took over, and it came complete with dorms and a cafeteria, in addition to the required gym. The Trotters were very friendly and it was one of our first instances of realizing famous people were just like you and me, except maybe they were more talented. More is shared in the On This Date item.

We’ve seen the Trotters in a variety of locations: Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Rochester, Minnesota and they are always a treat to watch.

Also today, we chat about the College Football Playoff in The Daily Dose and Paul Harvey has our Thought for the Day. 

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The Thought for the Day – Paul Harvey

In times like these,it helps to remember there have always been times like these. – Paul Harvey


Paul Harvey was an American radio announcer, as beloved and respected an announcer as that honorable trade has produced. He was on the air from 1933-2008 and at his peak was heard by an estimated 24 million people every week on 1,600 radio stations.

It is common to think that we are at the salt and summit of our human experience and that we are living in unprecedented times. We should not be making this mistake. While us humans have evolved and we are living circumstantially different lives than those in past centuries, intrinsically we are living the same lives as the billions who came before us: providing for our existence, earning a living and when that’s done, trying to make our time on this planet – relatively brief, of indeterminate length and an unknown end – serve us.

In times like these…

Times don’t really change. It may seem like they do. After all, two thousand years ago people lived differently than we do today. They scrambled to survive. They hunted and gathered and took shelter where they could and when surviving was attended to perhaps they sat around the fire and rested and otherwise amused themselves. Then they were up with the sun to do it again. Today all the food we need is down at the corner grocery store and our houses are monuments to convenience and comfort, but we still have to wake up every morning and go earn a living. The difference the centuries have brought is how we do it.

… there have always been times like these

The world is a dangerous place? It always has been. Some spend their time consolidating wealth and power on the backs of those who have neither? They always have. Some are born to privilege while some seemingly have some zero chance? It’s the way the world is built.

Us humans have always gotten through these times, too, through the day in, day out resilience we show to make a go of it in this life.

It’s the way us humans are built. We wake up every morning with 24 hours to make something good happen for ourselves. It isn’t always easy, but it is is always necessary and always rewarding.

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The Daily Dose/January 7, 2017

The Daily Dose/January 7, 2017
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Notes from around the Human Experience…

HUT, HUT HIKE: Monday night in Atlanta Alabama and Georgia will meet in the championship game of the College Football Playoff (CFP), the culmination of a four-team invitational tournament held to crown a major division college football champion. They’re both deserving teams, and while we don’t have Roll Tide tattooed on our forearm, it is difficult not to admire the excellence head coach Nick Saban has managed to sustain at Alabama.

And the CFP is, of course, an improvement over the old BCS system, where two teams, decided by a computer program, were selected. Good riddance to that. And if Ohio State and Central Florida have legitimate beefs about being left out of the College Football Playoff, oh well, they agreed to the system in the first place.

And the CFP is doing its work well. While some of the novelty has worn off and the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl semifinals aren’t the highest rated shows in cable history anymore, the CFP is doing a splendid job of doing what it is designed to do: further consolidate wealth and power in college football’s wealthiest and most successful programs. Anyone who believes it was designed to do anything other than that is deluding themselves.

Fly In The Ointment: However, while it is an improvement, the CFP is not the best we could be doing. For years now it has been utter nonsense the NCAA has not sponsored a major division football tournament and it gets sillier by the year.

Deep down we all know this but no one has been willing to do anything about it because us fans are supporting the College Football Playoff. We’re buying their tickets and watching their games and buying their hoodies and jerseys, not to mention putting up with the wonder of the rest of the bowl season, 6-6 teams playing meaningless exhibitions in half-filled frozen baseball stadiums.

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This Before: A 32-team NCAA Division I Football Championship could have started the first weekend in December and ended with the NCAA Division I  National Championship Game on January 1, the last date anyone really cares about college football. If organizers wanted to give the final two teams two weeks off before the title game, not too bad an idea, the whole thing could begin Thanksgiving weekend and wouldn’t that be one heck of a holiday weekend?

No argument against a real playoff holds water. The NCAA’s small school division, Division III, recently concluded a 32-team tournament that saw it’s two finalists – Mount Union and Mary Hardin-Baylor – play five postseason games, exactly half their regular seasons. And these are real students, too, paying their own way and taking real college courses while trying to squeeze in championship football and scamming on coeds.

The Bottom Line: A 32-team NCAA Division I College Football Championship would instantly become a treasured piece of Americana. So much so that after the first one we would all be left scratching our collective heads wondering why in the hell this wasn’t done back in the 1920’s when the NCAA first starting holding national championships.

ON THIS DATE! ON THIS DATE!: Galileo writes about the discovery of what would turn out to be four moons orbiting Jupiter on this date in this date in 1610. Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa – collectively known as the Galilean moons – were first thought to be three stars that were merely in the general area of Jupiter. Galileo kept watching them, however. Io and Europa, initially thought to be one object, separated and their relative positions to Jupiter kept changing and by March Galileo concluded they weren’t stars, but moons orbiting Jupiter.

Dry, Technical Matter: Outside of our own moon, these were the first moons discovered in the Solar System.

Really Dry, Technical Matter: Galileo, who had an awful lot of time on his hands, was also able to discover his moons, because their orbits could be determined in advance, could be used to discover one’s longitude here on Earth. It actually worked, though the implements required to make it work were cumbersome and difficult to use at sea and, of course, one had to have a clear view of Jupiter and her moons in the first place. It never really took hold as a navigational aid on the seas, however, some rather dull blokes used it on land to re-map France.

FunFact: Currently, Juptier has 69 known moons.

Speaking Of American Institutions: The Harlem Globetrotters, formed because blacks weren’t allowed to play professional basketball back then, play their first game on this date in 1927, in Hinckley, Illinois, a bit west of Chicago. They were a serious, traveling professional team at first, the comedy antics not debuting until 1939 and the following year the Globetrotters won the World Professional Basketball Tournament, then regarded as the world championship.

FunFact: The Globetrotters weren’t from Harlem, they were from Chicago. Founder Abe Saperstein, who was white, added the name to give his team some mystique.

A Warm, Personal Remembrance: In the early 1980’s the Globetrotters held their winter training/tryout camp at our alma mater, Los Angeles Lutheran High School. The Trotters were friendly and accessible and always bought an ad in our yearbook. We were also favored with the secret of how Curly Neal made his half court shot seemingly all the time: he did a hundred of them a day. There was no shortcut, a lesson that was lost on me till I was well into adulthood.

Quotebook: Talent is that which is in a man’s power, genius is that in whose power a man is. – James Russell Lowell

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: Thomas Edison held 2,332 patents, including 1,093 in the United States.  

Today’s Stumper: When, and in what sport, did the NCAA hold its first national championship? – Answer next time!

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The Thought for the Day/Thomas Edison

If we did what we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. – Thomas Edison


Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman. A holder of over 1,000 patents in the US alone, Edison invented, among other things, the phonograph, motion picture camera and a practical, long-lasting light bulb and his work significantly impacted – indeed, was the start of – the power, recorded sound and motion picture industries. Edison began his working life a telegraph operator.

Edison, like some others – Michelangelo and Benjamin Franklin come immediately to mind – is an excellent example of someone who spent his life doing what he was meant to be doing with it. Now, Edison had some advantage others do not. One, he was a genius, talented like few others and he had an immense capacity for work. Two, he had the great good fortune of being in the right place at the right time. He also had his share of good luck, but you tend to make your own good luck in this life. 

But he also shared some traits with us mortals. One, he had the same 24 hours every day that everyone else throughout human history has had. Two, he was issued assorted talents and ambitions at birth like we were. And, like we can be, Edison was committed to getting the most out of those talents. He knew success was nothing more than having the wisdom to know the life you are meant to live, the courage to go and live that life and the patience to see it through to the desired end.

We’ve wondered from time to time if Edison ever astounded himself. His impact and influence on his fellow humans is, after all, lasting and profound and he had to have been aware of that he would be living down the ages. Based on our experience with some modest attainments, he may very well not have astounded himself. He may well have thought his contributions and excellences were his do for the diligence and skill he put into his work.

We may not – or we may – live down the ages like Edison, but there is no reason we cannot get the most out of our talents like he did. When we do that, what’s meant to happen in our life usually does.

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The Daily Dose/January 6, 2017

The Daily Dose/January 6, 2017
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Notes from around the Human Experience…

HERE WE GO AGAIN: From time to time here we’ve discussed the future of the GOP. At first, before the 2016 election, we thought that Donald Trump losing might well have spelled the end of the Republican Party. At the time it appeared likely Trump would lose the election and it was not completely preposterous to think the GOP – having nominated one of the most divisive, contentious and unqualified candidates ever – would implode.

Then Candidate Trump became President Trump. It didn’t matter that he never had a long-term vision for our country or that he has little regard or respect for women or that his only real talent is drawing attention to himself. We elected him anyway and it is not the Upset of the Year to note he is as embarrassing a president as he was a candidate. Over the first year of his Administration the GOP has shown itself utterly incapable of governing.

Fly In The Ointment: It’s relevant to question the GOP’s future again after Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to rescind an Obama-era directive that discouraged federal authorities from enforcing pot laws in states that have legalized the substance. Not for the first time the GOP is showing themselves utterly out of step with what Americans want and need from their government. The party in control of both the White House and Congress has spent its time looking backwards, trying to undo what’s already been done, instead of grabbing the bull by the horns and doing some long-term good for our country.

Dude…Some Dry, Technical Matter: State laws legalizing marijuana are at odds with federal law, which says weed is illegal for any purpose. This despite the fact that seven states have legalized recreational use of pot and three-quarters of Americans have access to medical marijuana.

Gaylon For Congress…Vote Early, Vote Often: Why we allow the government to dictate what we can and cannot use in the privacy of our own home is (still) beyond us. It’s not their lookout, it’s our lookout.

On the campaign trail for both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, we’ve always favored the legalization of drugs. And we are not fans of government regulation, either. We are taxed and regulated enough. Besides potheads and stoners have long had their own supply, delivery, payment and quality systems in place. All the government needs to do is remove the penalties for their manufacture, sale and usage.

Mine’s Bigger!: Really, the GOP is giving the impression its only goal is to put older, white males in a position to show everyone how big their schlongs are. Instead of making a genuine, long-term difference for our country, they are doing a splendid job of making themselves irrelevant to everyone except older white, males.

The Bottom Line: Why we haven’t seen a mass exodus from the GOP is interesting; they are not doing anybody any good. If they are still around after the 2018 election cycle we have only ourselves to blame for keeping them around.

I  DO PRONOUNCE THEE MAN AND WIFE…FOR NOW: Anne of Cleves marries England’s King Henry VIII on this date in 1540. Henry was reportedly not pleased with Anne’s plain appearance but married her anyway. The marriage was never consummated and would be annulled in July.

While Anne didn’t last all that long as Wife, did receive a generous settlement from Henry VIII that included letting her keep her head, so compared to others, she got off easy. She died in 1557, outliving Henry by ten years.

“A Further Object Of My Invention…”: Thomas Edison, useful to the last, signs his last patent application on this date in 1931, for “Holder for article to be electroplated”. We don’t understand any more about this than you probably do, and we actually read the patent.

Edison would die the following October after 84 useful years. 

This Is Definitely A Violation Of Federal Law: National Airlines Flight 2511, service from New York City to Miami, explodes around 2:45am over North Carolina on this date in 1960. A Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) investigation concluded the plane was brought down by a dynamite explosion, but assigned no blame and the investigation, now ignored by the FBI, remains open today. All 29 passengers and five crew members were killed.

FunFact: National Airlines was acquired by Pan-Am in 1980.

Dry, Technical Matter: The CAB was dissolved in 1985. Most of its duties had already been absorbed by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board and what remained was issued to the Department of Transportation and, of all things the post office. We were intrigued as to exactly what functions the CAB could turn over to the post office and some research shows it merely concerned compensation for mail carriage.

Quotebook: If we did what we were capable of, we would astound ourselves – Thomas Edison

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: Charlie Brown, Shermy and Patty were the three characters that appeared in the first Peanuts comic strip on October 2, 1950.

Today’s Stumper: How many patents, both total and in the US, was Thomas Edison granted? – Answer next time!

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January 3, 2018

Good morning dear readers.

Today we have the Holy Trinity for you: The Daily Dose, The Thought for the Day and The Bottom Ten. 

Today’s Bottom Ten is the final NFL survey of the season though, as noted in this space earlier, we still have the Best of 2017 survey – featuring the funniest lines of the year and your chance to vote for your faves – and the first annual Bottom Ten Tenny Awards coming up.

We are going to keep the same schedule we adhered to before our most recent reader-depleting hiatus and take Thursday and Friday off. The Daily Dose and The Thought for the Day will move again on Saturday.

 

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The Bottom Ten/NFL Final

The Bottom Ten/NFL Final
By Gaylon Kent
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In the end, there was no W in Browns. There was only one, final, triumphant, historic L.

Culminating the greatest two (2)-year stretch in Bottom Ten history – and setting the stage for the first-ever Bottom Ten three-peat – the Browns win their second consecutive Dan Henning Trophy – symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten ineptitude – following up last season’s 1-15 masterpiece with an even better 0-16 mark in 2017.

This final fiasco, as the nags trip over the finish line:     

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16; lost to Pittsburgh 28-24) – Browns sashay into B-10 immortality with team’s first winless season ever…Cleveland making strong case for B-10 Team of Century honors having lost 17 straight, 31 of 32 and 50 of 54 dating back to 2014…Browns second NFL team to start, end season 0-16…The 2008 Detroit Lions were the first.

2. Houston Texans (4-12; lost to Indianapolis 22-13) – Opportunistic Texans take advantage of Giants win to snag B-10 runner-up spot by sleepwalking through second half…Season ending six (6)-game losing streak best amongst NFL’s victoried teams.

3. New York Giants (3-13; defeated Washington 18-10) – Giants forfeit runner-up spot with curious win, but stay on medal stand as only team in league with three (3) losing streaks of at least three (3) games, including two (2) five (5)-game skids.

4. Chicago Bears (5-11; lost to Minnesota 23-10) – Offense shows way in this one, as 30 rushing yards and zero (0) offensive touchdowns ensure game not as close as score indicated…Inability to lose close ones hurt, as two (2) overtime wins derailed B-10 medal stand hopes.

5. Indianapolis Colts  (4-12, defeated Houston 22-13) – Front office so pissed team missed B-10 medal stand they fired head coach immediately after win…Still, though, with only wins coming against Cleveland, San Francisco, Houston and Houston, a top five (5) finish nothing to sneeze at.

6. New York Jets (5-11; lost to New England 26-6) – Jets claim inaugural High Five (5) Award, as league’s worst five (5)-win team not from Chicago, earning nod over Denver, Tampa Bay, based on season-ending four (4)-game skid.

7. Denver Broncos (5-11; lost to Kansas City 27-24) – With hot nine (9)-game skid earlier in season, Broncos got to test drive B-10 medal stand for a while…Though late wins derailed dreams of B-10 glory, Broncos do earn highest B-10 finish ever.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11; defeated New Orleans 31-24) – Buccaneer fan(s) refusing to allow win in finale to take luster off otherwise fine season that saw two (2) seperate five (5)-game losing streaks.

9. AFC North Upset pick for Pete Rozelle Award – issued to NFL’s worst division – AFC North not only home to B-10 champion Browns, but also went 0-4 vs Chicago Bears.

10. Bottom Ten Readers AssociationB-10 pollsters grateful you still have nothing better to do with your time than to read this crap twice a week for five months…As always, if you enjoy reading this half as much as we enjoy producing it, you enjoy it an awful lot…Thank you.

This Is Don Criqui Reporting: The Bottom Ten/Best of 2017 edition will run next week and will feature the opportunity to vote on your favorite lines from the past season. The winners, and other awards, will be announced the following week in the first-ever Bottom Ten Tenny Awards

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The Thought for the Day – Thurston Clarke

In Profiles in Courage he had been the one delivering the verdict, praising eight senators for possessing…the breadth of a man above party or section…and, above all, a deep-seated belief in themselves…“ – Thurston Clarke, JFK’s Last Hundred Days


Thurston Clarke is an American writer and historian. Profiles in Courage is a 1957 book written by John F Kennedy about eight United States Senators who had the nerve to defy their party and do what their conscience told them was right. It is almost interesting to note that in 2008 a Kennedy speechwriter named Ted Sorensen said he had written most of the book, under Kennedy’s supervision.

…the breadth of a man above party or section.

Opportunities to conform are everywhere, every day. Sometimes it’s good to conform; After all, it’s human nature to want to get along. And sometimes we need to conform, because we have to earn a living or for some other reason, such as we find it less bothersome to do so. 

Blindly conforming to what someone or something wants you to do, however, is not always good. This is especially true in politics where those who do not conform are often characterized as deviants, someone not to be trusted. Sometimes these people are successful in blazing their own trail and sometimes they are not. Some of the eight senators profiled by Kennedy suffered significant consequences for their non-conformity. 

…and, above all, a deep-seated belief in themselves.

It takes courage to go it alone in this world. Even with courage, it isn’t easy and some decide it ultimately is not worth the effort. Deciding it is worth the effort, however, provides a wonderful dividend of confidence, which ultimately produces a deep-seated belief in yourself.

Those who get on in this life believe in themselves. Every single one. It doesn’t matter who it is or what they are doing. It could be an athlete turning in a record performance or the soloist who delivers a memorable performance at your local church. They were memorable because they never doubted they would be otherwise.

We must believe in ourselves, from the first tentative steps in pursuit of something to triumph’s final march. Because if we don’t believe in ourselves, if we don’t believe we are doing what we were meant to be doing with our lives, no one else will believe in us, either.

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The Daily Dose /January 3, 2018

The Daily Dose/January 3, 2018
By Gaylon Kent

America’s Funniest Guy

Notes from around the Human Experience…

USA! USA!: Recently Andy Craig of The Jack News came out with a proposal to eliminate the presidency of the United States. He called the presidency “the broken institution at the heart of America’s dysfunctional politics” which, like a lot of statements, is neither completely true nor completely false.

Craig’s plan calls for an elected commission of federal councilors, with Craig citing successes of this method in other countries, specifically Switzerland. It’s a thoughtful and well-reasoned proposal, deserving of any thinking citizen’s time.

Dry, Technical Matter: But it is not what America needs right now. We are not other countries. We are a collection of assorted races and faiths virtually unprecedented in human history and our Constitution, wonderfully ambiguous in places, provides a good context for governing – not micromanaging, but governing – large numbers of diverse people. From the Pilgrims to the Founding Fathers to now, our American experience has been utterly unique, advancing in spite of the obstacles we’ve been presented and the ruins we’ve caused.

Some Philosophy Crap: Besides, us humans need a leader. Be it the patriarch or matriarch of a family, or the CEO of a company or the head of a government, a chief executive gives us someone to shake our fist at and to rally around and to comfort us when space shuttles explode shortly after liftoff. It’s the way the world is built. We are rudderless without a leader.

Write This Down: The broken institution at the heart of America’s dysfunctional politics is not the presidency, nor is it Congress or the media or incumbents or lobbyists:

The problem is an American electorate that is tolerating all of this!

Time and time again we Americans rubber stamp the status quo at the ballot box. Time and time again we reelect those who have given us perpetual war and a functionally broke country, two conditions that, if left unchecked, will eventually destroy America, probably before this half-century is out, because no nation can withstand non-stop war with impunity.

When we stop tolerating this, when American voters start to hold our leaders responsible for what they’ve done to our country, then we will have a government we can be proud of.

The Bottom Line: So let’s keep the presidency. But let’s get an empowered American electorate taking charge at the ballot box again.

ON THIS DATE! ON THIS DATE! Pope Leo X excommunicates rebel Martin Luther from the Catholic Church on this date in 1521. Luther was a bit more than three years removed from having posted the 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany and in December had declined a papal invitation to recant his beliefs.  

FunFact: Lutheran Church requests that the Catholics lift Luther’s excommunication are routinely denied on the fairly reasonable grounds the Catholics only reinstate those still living.

Great Moments In US Intervention: Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrenders to US forces on this date in 1990. Noriega had been holed up in the Vatican embassy for the previous ten days but surrendered after US forces blared rock music and had helicopters land continuously nearby.

Noriega was taken to Miami and in 1992 was convicted on eight of ten counts of drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering. Noriega would be extradited to France in April 2010 and then back to Panama in December, 2011. He died in Panama last May.

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night: After almost 50 years, the final daily Peanuts comic strip runs on this date in 2000. Author Charles M Schulz was in failing health and the final daily strip featured Snoopy sitting atop his doghouse with his trusty typewriter and note from Schulz about how he was ending the strip and thanking his readers.

FunFact: Sunday Peanuts strips would continue for another month. Schulz died the day before the last one was published. 

Get Out Your History Books: Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans finishes the NFL season with 2,509 yards from scrimmage on this date in 2009, establishing a new record for most yards from scrimmage in a single season. Johnson’s total broke the record of 2,429 yards Marshall Faulk of St Louis had established in 1999.

The Post Game Show Is Brought To You By Hertz, Where The Winners Rent: Johnson had 134 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns in the Titans 17-13 victory over Seattle. Johnson’s 2,006 rushing yards was the sixth highest single-season total in NFL history.

Quotebook: {This} whole book…has been written under the influence of a kind of religious awe produced in the author’s mind by the view of that irresistible revolution which has advanced for centuries in spite of every obstacle and which is still advancing in the midst of the ruins it has caused. – -Alexis De Tocqueville,  Democracy In America

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: The Catholic Church has had 23 Pope Johns over the centuries.

Today’s Stumper: What three characters appeared in the first Peanuts strip on October 2, 1950? – Answer next time!

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