The Thought for the Day – Nietzsche

Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves? – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche was a German writer and philosopher whose writings covered a broad spectrum, from philosophy to art, history, science and culture. He originally went to university to train for the ministry but he lost his faith and turned to the study of philology, which is the study of literary texts and written records. He discovered philosophy when he was 21 when he began reading Schopenhauer. Nietzsche popularized, though did not invent, the phrase “God is dead” and he lost his mind in his mid-40’s and died when he was 55.

The boredom Nietzsche is talking about is not sitting around playing with our fidget spinner but leading a life that is off our path, a life spent existing and not living, a life spent reacting to outside stimuli and not responding to what comes from deep inside us.

We are boring ourselves.

Is not life a hundred times too short…

While the years might seem long, in reality our years here are mere specks on Earth’s canvas. The years turn into decades and the decades turn into centuries and by then we are long forgotten, our years here a brief interlude in time’s relentless march. Time overtakes us just like it overtook those before us and like it will overtake everyone who follows us. It’s the way the world is built.

So instead of boring ourselves, we should be amusing ourselves. If we follow our hearts and trust our instincts we will be shown fresh prospects every day because our hearts will tell us where to go and our instincts will tell us how to get there. Our lives will become our best amusement, our path taking us exactly where we are meant to go.

Exactly what amuses us is of no particular consequence. It will vary from person to person, of course, and it is entirely possible that what interests me might well bore the heck out of you. That’s all right. We are not going to find our path on roads commonly traveled by others and if we stay on the road we are meant to take, our lives will be far from boring.

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The Daily Dose – October 30, 2017

Notes from around the Human Experience…


THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’: You know, there was a time when winning ensured some job security for managers and coaches. Not anymore.

Joe Girardi manages the New York Yankees to within a game of the American League pennant? Thanks for playing, Joe, and thanks for that World Series win in 2009! That’s ancient history, however, and making it to Game 7 of the American League Championship Series this October wasn’t enough, despite the fact it was perhaps farther than your team had any right to expect to go.

John Farrell, former manager of the Boston Red Sox? Puh-lease. What a loser. A World Series in 2013 and three division titles, including one this year, was not enough to stave off his pink slip. Dusty Baker won division titles his only two years managing the Washington Nationals and he was shown the door, too.  

In Other News: Jim McElwain is out as head coach of the Florida Gators football team after two-and-a-half seasons. Now, there is more to this than winning and losing because neither side was particularly thrilled with this fit but still, McElwain won SEC East titles his first two seasons, but he was 3-4 this season and the Gators have lost three straight. If the Gators had been 7-0 this season McElwain would be reviewing his contract extension with his agent right now.

Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: Is it any wonder some major division NCAA college basketball coaches are under indictment for bribery? The pressure to win and win NOW is as enormous as it is unreasonable, but there is so much money for winning teams to make none of this should be a surprise.

FunFact: John Wooden, regarded by some as the greatest college basketball coach ever, didn’t win the first of his ten national championships until his 16th season at UCLA. His 16th season! Good luck finding a school or team that will wait that long now.  

This country has completely lost its mind. Now, we’re not losing too much sleep over any major league manager getting fired. They know the risks when they took the job. So did McElwain, really.

The Bottom Line: Still though, this win now mentality trickles down. Major division high school coaches feel the pressure to win now because demanding and unreasonable parents want scholarships for their kids and for years the very best schools have been competing for spots in national rankings. High school national rankings! If that is not utter insanity it is knocking on the door.

Sports, of course, is no different than government or TV: we get what we choose to tolerate, but our country is the lesser for it.

WHOOPS, MY BAD: Prussian Lt General Friedrich von Romberg surrenders 5,300 men to French General Antoine Lasalle, who was commanding a force of 800 light cavalry soldiers at Stettin, Prussia – now Poland – on this date in 1806. Von Romberg, a rather gullible sort, believed Lasalle’s claims that he had 30,000 troops on hand standing by to destroy his men. His 800 men had one gun.

Don’t Worry About Fighting Men: This was not the first example of Prussian gullibility in this conflict. Two days earlier another Prussian wizard had surrendered 10,000 troops without a fight when the French commander claimed to have superior forces.

Dry, Technical Matter: After his surrender, von Romberg was tried by a Prussian military tribunal and was sentenced to life in prison, though he was too ill to serve his sentence and he died three years later in Berlin.

The Original Fake News: Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds causes a national panic on this date in 1938. The show simulated a live radio broadcast where music is interrupted by a news bulletin announcing there have been a series of explosions on Mars. Eventually, Earth is invaded by Martians, who eventually die becuase they didn’t have immunity to Earth’s germs.

There’s Several Million Born Every Minute: The fact CBS aired four disclaimers and the fact the broadcast was only an hour long and involved, among other things, troop mobilizations and battles, an awful lot of people thought they were listening to a real news bulletin. Police stations and newspaper offices were flooded with calls and police officers actually showed up at the CBS studios in New York City wondering what the deal was.

“This Is The End Now”: Meeting with reporters after the broadcast Welles said he and everyone involved with the show was surprised at the commotion it caused.

“The Vanguard Of An Invading Army From Mars”: Our commitment to you, our reader(s) is so great we actually listened to the original recording for the first time in years. It was as entertaining as we remembered it and again we wondered how anyone thought it could be real.

Quotebook: These poor bastards. They’ve got us right where we want ‘em. We can shoot in every direction now. – Chesty Puller, United States Marine Corps

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: Sir Walter Raleigh is given credit for establishing tobacco in England.

Today’s Stumper: Besides himself and his duties as narrator, what other character did Orson Welles play in The War of the Worlds?  – Answer next time!

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October 29, 2017

Today’s Menu: The Daily Dose and The Thought for the Day

We didn’t intend to go three days between columns, but that is how it worked out. We keep rather odd hours right now and we sat down at the time we usually produce Saturday’s columns we were dead tired, frankly. We do not need to be fresh from the sack when we write, but we needed more than the few hours sleep we’d had over the past couple of days.

The mind is no different than the body in this regard: both need their rest to be at their best and we write completely unreadable stuff when we’re tired, so we took the day off.

Today’s Daily Dose addresses a problem not everyone is aware of: the declining number of sports officials. This isn’t the biggest problem facing America right now, but more and more those responsible for finding officials for games are having a tough time doing that and today we talk a bit about why that is.

This will surprise you, but Gore Vidal’s Creation produced our Thought for the Day. This is our all-time favorite book, for our money as good a book as the English language has produced. It is a historical novel set in Persia in the 5th and 6th centuries BC, beginning during the reign of Darius the Great. The main character, the made-up Cyrus Spitama, who sent by Persian kings on missions to, among other places, India and China.




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The Thought for the Day – Gore Vidal

Each of us must endure the entire cycle from beginning to end. There is no way out. – Gore Vidal, Creation

Both this author and this book have appeared numerous times in this feature so we won’t bore you with the usual introductory paragraph. Their regular appearances here are hardly the Upset of the Year. We’ve read Creation several times and though we don’t have the exact figure, it has contributed more quotes to our personal quotebook than any other book. For our money Vidal has always done a brilliant job of providing insights into the behaviors, traits and foibles that construct our human experience, which is what you pay us writers to do.

Each of us must endure the entire cycle from beginning to end…

We had no choice when our lives would start and unless we end it ourselves or are issued an execution date we have no idea when it will end, either. It could end tomorrow or years from now.

But while we had little choice about when our cycle began or when it will end, we have a great influence as to what happens in between. We can merely endure, or we can flourish. To an extent that surprises some, the choice is ours.

Now some, of course, have little choice in the matter. Some are born into lives whose only option is enduring, where mere survival is a daily struggle, where tomorrow sometimes feels like next year. Some, too, are born with no chance. They die shortly after birth or are born into circumstances where they have no chance for anything but misery. It’s the way the world is built.

If you are reading this, however, you are not one of these people. The 24 hours we have each day are ours to do with as we please. We had a beginning and we will have an end and in between we have a blank canvas to fill and what goes on that canvas is mostly our call: what we get out of life depends on the work we put into it. 

There is no way out…

Those who wander around the Gobi Desert never climb Mount Everest, so it is incumbent on us to make our time serve us while we are on this planet. We must have the wisdom to know what we are meant to do, the courage to go and do it and the patience to see it through to our desired end. Anything less is timed squandered, a life endured and not lived.

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The Daily Dose – October 29, 2017

Notes from around the Human Experience…

HELP WANTED: We don’t usually talk about personal amusements here at your Daily Dose but today we are going to chat a little bit about sports officiating. For several years the number of people plying this honorable trade has been decreasing. Veteran officials are leaving when they still have good years left in them and only 20 percent of new officials make it to year three. Your neighborhood pimp has better retention rates.

Standard Internet Disclaimer: We’ve been officiating since 1991. The trade is responsible for some the best moments in our life.

Dry, Technical Matter: Now, part of the problem is there are more games that need officiating. One of the ways this country has changed is the day of the three-sport athlete is more or less gone. More and more kids play one sport year round and this means there more games. This is lamentable because each sport as different lessons to teach and the more sports a kid plays the more of these lessons he learns.

FunFact: And more officials specialize, too, preferring to focus one sport. We have been officiating since 1991 and we can think of three people who we have officiated three sports with. That’s it.

Back On Message: More games, however, is not the main reason. The main reason is officials get more crap than ever. It used to be that head coaches and fans only got worked up over the close ones but those days are long gone. Nowadays officials get more and more crap delivered from more and more people with more and more venom. Calls that used to only get a mild response, if any, are now immediately taken to DefCon 1. It makes for a tense environment and new officials subjected to this feel intimidated and resentful while veteran officials begin to wonder if they really need this.

Now Hear This: Parents should mellow out. Your kid is not the Living Miracle but merely another kid trying to learn the lessons a sport has to teach. Statistically speaking he has virtually zero chance at making a living as a professional athlete and while he has a slightly better chance of getting a college education paid for, the odds of this are high, too.

Now, that doesn’t mean your kid should throw up his hands and say screw it. Far from it. There is everything to be said for putting maximum effort into an endeavor, becoming the best you can at it and seeing where that takes you. But leave the officials alone. They are professional men and women delivering a professional service. You don’t yell at your mechanic and or doctor like that, so don’t yell at the officials.

The Bottom Line: Officials are at fault for this somewhat by tolerating it, but we can’t police everything. Coaches and parents must bear their share of the responsibility, too, because at some future date when their kids game is canceled because there is no one to officiate it they will only have to look in the mirror to find the reason why.

ON THIS DATE! ON THIS DATE! English explorer and all-round gentleman Sir Walter Raleigh, is beheaded on this date in 1618. Raleigh had flourished, particularly as an explorer, under Queen Elizabeth I, who had knighted him in 1585, but Raleigh had never been in any great favor with King James I. About 20 minutes after ascending the throne in 1603 James I  had Raleigh convicted of treason and Raleigh spent 13 years in prison. When he was paroled so he could explore Venezuela some more, there was an incident that peeved the Spanish, who requested Raleigh’s execution, a demand James I  was more than happy to grant.

FunFact: Raleigh’s head was, of all things, embalmed and given to his wife. Legend has it that she kept in a velvet bag until her death 29 years later, when it was put in Raleigh’s tomb with the rest of his body.

Well, That Was Quick: Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William McKinley, is executed at Auburn Prison in New York on this date in 1901.

Justice was swift back then. McKinley had been shot in Buffalo at the site of the Pan American Exposition, on September 5 and he died on the 14th and Czolgosz was convicted on September 24.

Broad, Historical Context: The building where McKinley was shot, the Temple of Music, was demolished with other exposition buildings once the exposition ended in November. A stone marker in a street median in a residential neighborhood marks the site, though the exact spot where McKinley was shot is not known for certain.

Not The Crime Of The Century: Three men steal some of the world’s most valuable gems from New York city’s American Museum of Natural History on this date in 1964. Among the gems stolen were the Star of India sapphire, the Delong Star Ruby and the Eagle Diamond. The theft was as easy as entering the museum through an open window and taking the gems. Only the Star of India had any security and that wasn’t working because the battery was dead.

Fly In The Ointment: Getting away with the theft was more problematic. The thieves were arrested a couple of days later and in the hopes of leniency they began singing like canaries and most of the gems were recovered in a Miami bus station locker.

Not all of them, though. The Delong Star Ruby had been used as collateral for a loan from the mob and would be recovered only after extensive negotiations with the mob resulted in its ransom. A New York Daily News reporter who had found himself involved had been dispatched to a phone booth in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He picked up the ringing phone and followed his instructions to turn around and reach up, where the ruby had been placed. After its authenticity had been verified, the ransom was released.

Quotebook: What we really need is the determination to work hard…It is very difficult to achieve anything if we follow the easy way.The 14th Dali Lama

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: Adlai Stevenson was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Today’s Stumper: Sir Walter Raleigh is given credit for establishing what American crop in England?  – Answer next time!

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October 25, 2017

Editor’s Note: scroll down to read today’s gems. The Links Department had the night off. 

The Holy Trinity again for you today, valued readers: On This Date, The Thought for the Day and The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 9.

Today on The Daily Dose we have some thoughts on Penn State football. We’ve always felt they got off light for harboring a child molester, and we still do.

One of the almost interesting aspects of writing The Daily Dose is the On This Date segment. We’ve always enjoyed and we think it’s useful to look back on History’s momentous events. That’s why no small part of the column is devoted to it.

Some days, however, have more history than others.  Some days see several noteworthy events off because we like to keep the column at a certain length, and then there are days like October 25, when there really isn’t a whole lot. Now, we weren’t reduced to writing about Mongol war conquests, but there was not an awful lot to choose from today.

Have a good day,

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The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 9

The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 9
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

The Bottom Ten is a merit based survey. And there is no shortage of merit this season.

Sure, the Browns and 49ers continue to provide needed stability in these chaotic times, but the fight is on for the remaining positions in the survey. From stalwarts like the Giants and the Bengals to up-and-comers like the Broncos and the Falcons, the race for The Dan Henning Trophy – symbolic of NFL Bottom Ten supremacy – may well come down to the last turnover and false start.

This week’s fiasco, as the nags approach the back stretch:

1. Cleveland Browns (0-7; lost to Tennessee 12-9 OT) – Browns show mettle expected of defending B-10 champions, losing winnable home game in overtime, as offense produces three (3) interceptions…Browns 64th NFL team to start season 0-7…They were also the 63rd…Next Loss: Minnesota

2. San Francisco 49ers (0-7; lost to Dallas 40-10) – After losing previous five (5) games by a total of 13 points, Niners steady ship with refreshing blowout loss…49ers 65th team in NFL history to start season 0-7…Next Loss: at Philadelphia

3. New York Giants (1-6; lost to Seattle 24-7) – Giants back on B-10 medal stand, showing strong finishing kick, getting outscored 21-0 in second half…Giants head into bye week trying not to fixate on 11/12 showdown at San Francisco…Next Loss: Los Angeles Rams (11/5)

4. Cincinnati Bengals (2-4; lost to Pittsburgh 29-14) – Bengals show they never stray too far from B-10 homestead, snapping curious two (2) game win streak with inspiring division loss…Offense takes charge, producing 19 (19) yards in second half…Next Loss: Indianapolis

5. Denver Broncos (3-3; lost to Los Angeles Chargers 21-0) – Broncos worming way up survey having lost three (3) out of last four (4)…This week’s debacle was first shutout loss in 25 years and gave Chargers first home win in LA since Eisenhower Administration…Next Loss: at Kansas City (10/30)

6. Indianapolis Colts (2-5; lost to Jacksonville 27-0) – Colts make big B-10 statement with decisive shutout, road, divisional loss…With depth of 2017 B-10 field strong, Colts need to snap off long losing streak to really catch B-10 pollster’s attention….Next Loss: at Cincinnati

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4; lost to Buffalo 30-27) – Buccaneers show mettle that leads straight to B-10 glory, blowing three (3) leads, giving up go-ahead field goal in final minute that followed fumble in own territory…Tampa Bay has lost three (3) straight…Next Loss: Carolina

8. Atlanta Falcons (3-3; lost to New England 23-7) – Falcons soar into survey with third straight loss…B-10 pollsters “pretty sure” Falcons can become first team “basically ever” to blow lead in Super Bowl, finish in B-10 the following season…Next Loss: at New York Jets

9. Tennessee at Cleveland – Easy pick for Week 9 B-10 Game of the Year nominee…Forget anthem protest, nation outraged at being force-fed 74 minutes of this crap, as teams thrill TV audience with seven (7) field goals, zero (0) touchdowns, 17 penalties in overtime game.

10. AFC North (10-17) – In closest voting so far, AFC North dethrones AFC South for coveted, weekly Pete Rozelle Award, issued NFL’s worst division…While Steelers pretty good, rest of division combined 5-15 and has combined to lose ten (10) straight.

This Week’s Clash of the Titans: Indianapolis at Cincinnati
This Is Don Criqui Reporting: Atlanta at New York Jets

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The Thought for the Day – Jean-Francois Steiner

…but then since we have no more illusions, we are free to act – Jean-Francois Steiner, Treblinka

Treblinka is a historical novel about the Nazi concentration camp of the same name, based on the testimony of some who survived it and today’s Thought is the second quote from the book to make this feature. Treblinka is a memorable book and we heartily recommend it, though some research shows it has not met with universal acclaim.

Today’s Thought comes towards the end of the book when a group of prisoners are getting ready to implement their escape plan. The prisoners have, finally, shedded any illusion they will be rescued or that their lot will improve, the only possible outcome being they will die – probably violently and definitely tragically – at Treblinka. Their illusions shed, they were liberated to act.

Illusions are not to be confused with dreams. Illusions are incorrect perceptions on our part, while dreams are something we can go out and chase and catch. Between the imposters of fame, fortune, the spectacular and the splendid, us humans are very good at deluding ourselves. Assorted media shows us famous and wealthy people whenever we are in a mood to view them. Advertisements work very hard to make their products seem inspiring and important so we will go and buy them.

Illusions, ultimately, are bad because they blind us to what is really happening and what we are really feeling, which might very well prevent us from trying things lest that illusion be shattered.

All of us are born with talents and interests and these cause their share of illusions, too, allowing us to dream of an accomplishment’s reward instead of the accomplishment itself and the journey that attends any accomplishment.

If we are going to truly accomplish something, we must shed the illusions that bind us. When we do that, we when are completely focused on the journey and have rid ourselves of all outside influences, then we will find ourselves in position to completely maximize our time on this planet and the talents we were born with. We will be able to withdraw every possible benefit from whatever experience we’ve embarked on.

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The Daily Dose – October 25, 2017

Notes from around the Human Experience…

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME: When Penn State’s punishment in the Jerry Sandusky child molesting scandal was meted out by the NCAA in 2012 we thought they got off easy.

We still do. Penn State, which harbored a child molester for decades, has returned to the top of college football heap, playing in the Rose Bowl last season and ranked #2 in the country this season, is back mining the gold that attends a successful major division college football program. It is as if the scandal never happened.  

To Review: At the time – the scandal broke in November 2011 when Sandusky, an assistant coach with the football team, was indicted on 52 counts of child molestation – the prospect of major sanctions, including a complete shutting down of Penn State’s football program, loomed large.

Don’t Kid Yourself: Of course, neither the NCAA nor Penn State wanted this. Penn State is one of only eleven major division football teams to win 800 games, has a rabid fan base and makes everyone concerned an awful lot of money. No one was interested in shutting this license to print money down.

The NCAA took the matter so seriously they cited the unprecedented magnitude of the crimes and decided to act outside of its normal procedures and act as judge, jury and executioner in the matter. Penn State accepted this. At the time it seemed like the NCAA was taking extraordinary measures to deal with an extraordinary situation and that Penn State was showing an appropriate amount of contrition.

More Don’t Kid Yourself: The whole thing now looks like a charade designed to get Penn State back up to speed as quickly as decently possible. They got off easy. The penalties included five years probation, a four-year ban on bowl game appearances, plus losses and limits on the number of football scholarships. There was a $60 million fine plus some administrative sanctions as well. They were allowed to continue to play major division football. The NCAA was so anxious to get Penn State back to full strength they began rescinding the penalties in 2013.

Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: Penn State has no business being allowed to make money off major division college football. They should have been dispatched to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association to play coed marbles with other Penn State campuses.

The Bottom Line: People and institutions will do what is in their self-interest. Our collective human experience has shown that since time immemorial. All anyone cared about was getting the Penn State football machine humming on all cylinders again. 

Mission accomplished. Penn State’s wrist was slapped. Nothing has changed. There are no long-term penalties. It’s as if children were never molested in Penn State locker rooms. 

ON THIS DATE! ON THIS DATE! George III becomes king of England and Ireland on this date in 1760. He was 22 and would reign for 60 years, then the longest reign of any British monarch.

FunFact: His two kingdoms were merged in 1801 making George III monarch of Great Britain.

George III served during momentous times. Early in his reign England and other countries won the Seven Years War and later George III would supervise England’s loss in the American Revolution. He succeeded his grandfather George II because George III’s father Prince Frederick had died in 1751.

Good Morning, Sir: Benjamin O. Davis becomes the first black general in the United States Army when he is promoted to brigadier general on this date in 1940.  

Davis served in the Army for 50 years. He was first commissioned in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. In March 1899 he was discharged then soon enlisted as a private. In 1901 Davis was commissioned again. He retired in 1948.  

Great Moments In Being On The Brink Of Nuclear War: During Day 10 of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the United States confronts the Soviet Union with pictures of their nuclear weapons in Cuba on this date in 1962. The Soviets, however, refused to acknowledge the presence of missiles. Also, the US begins to enforce its naval blockade with mixed results. They were unable to intercept one ship, though they did stop and ultimately board and inspect another vessel that was cleared to proceed

“Marshall Is Running The Wrong Way!”: Jim Marshall, a defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings run a recovered fumble the wrong way into his own team’s end zone on this date in 1964.

The play came in the fourth quarter of a game in San Francisco. 49ers quarterback John Brodie had completed a pass to Billy Kilmer, then mostly a halfback, deep in their own territory. Kilmer fumbled, however, and Marshall picked it up at the 34-yard line and confidently began running the wrong way. He crossed the goal line, which didn’t end the play because a player in possession of the ball in his own end zone can run it out. Marshall, however, thought he had scored a touchdown and tossed the ball out of bounds, which did end the play and gave the 49ers two points on the safety.

The Post Game Show Is Brought To You By Hertz, Where The Winners Rent: The two points didn’t matter, as the Vikings won the game 27-22.

Quotebook: The man who finds the smell is the one who sniffs. – Nicholas Monsarrat, Smith and Jones

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: The New York Stock Exchange’s largest point gain was 936.42 on October 13, 2008. It’s largest percentage gain was 15.34 percent on March 15, 1933. It’s largest point loss 777.68 on September 29, 2008. It’s largest percentage loss 22.61 percent on October 19, 1987.

Today’s Stumper: Who was the American ambassador to the United Nations during the Cuban Missile Crisis? – Answer next time!

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October 24, 2017

Greetings Readers,

Three-pack Tuesday is back!

Today we have the Week 9 NCAA Bottom Ten for you, plus a fresh Daily Dose and Thought for the Day.

The Bottom Ten/NCAA Week 9
Two of 2017’s stalwarts, UMass and Charlotte, both up and won of all things, so there’s quite a bit of movement in the Week 9 survey.

The Daily Dose
Today we talk about the Republican Party and why they are still pestering us with their existence. They are unable to govern now and have not produced a decent president not named Gerald Ford since Dwight Eisenhower.

The Thought for the Day
When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand, nor can your hand pick anything up. – Omoro

Now, don’t kid yourself, all three columns weren’t written at one. That is a lot of writing, more, really, than we care to do in one day because the mind starts to encourage you to write strange things after that length of time. The Bottom Tens were written Sunday, and the Daily Dose and Thought for the Day were written Monday. Why we don’t start The Bottom Ten on Monday instead of Tuesday is not immediately clear.


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