The Daily Dose/January 10, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
President Donald Trump addressed America from the Oval Office Tuesday night, pressing his case for his treasured wall to keep evil Mexicans out. It really was more campaign rally than policy speech, not really deserving of the national airtime the networks gave it, though we will leave further analysis of the speech to others and to your own good sense.
The one question we kept asking ourselves while reading the usual fact-check stories that are now daily features was this:
Has any president humiliated himself by representing misstatements, half-truths and outright lies as actual policy as President Donald Trump?
No, no other president has used falsehoods as actual policy as much as President Trump does. The president does this with impunity, too. Sure, there are the usual fact-check columns exposing where he is wrong, but the mainstream media isn’t demanding better, his party isn’t demanding better and Lord knows you and me – we the people – aren’t demanding better, either. We are content to be lied to by our president and, of course, our continued approval of Government by Falsehood means we are going to get more of it. Trump will continue to lie, drawing on his only real talent: drawing attention to himself. We’re putting up with it.
Meanwhile, the government shutdown is now the second-longest ever, meaning several hundred thousand government employees are in their third week of working for free. Car payments aren’t being made and the first meals are probably now starting to be missed.
We deserve better, but election after election we decline to elect better, so we will continue to receive substandard government.
Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody: Sparrow calls tech support at the hotel, gives an update on his paper cuts and is not appointed to the town council.
Not too surprisingly, the other lady who applied at the same town council meeting I did wasn’t chosen either because recall the town council was so thrilled with us they immediately reopened the application process…I’m glad I wasn’t picked…It would have been a lot of work on things that bored me to tears…Besides, I lost interest when there were other applicants and it became plain my appointment wouldn’t be heralded with trumpets and a parade down Main Street.
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On This Date
In 1946 – Man reaches the Moon for the first time, as the US Army Signal Corps sends radar waves to the Moon and receives the reflected signals at Camp Evans in Wall Township, New Jersey. It took 2.6 seconds for the waves to make the round trip, meaning the Moon was 238,000 miles from Earth that day. Known as Project Diana, the program was merely an attempt to see if radar waves could penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere. Actually having the waves bounce off the Moon was a bonus.
In 1982 – The Cincinnati Bengals defeat the San Diego Chargers 24-7 in the AFC Championship Game. With a wind-chill factor of minus-59 degrees, it is the coldest game in NFL history. The weather was such a factor the Bengals won the toss and elected to kickoff, making them one of the few teams in NFL history to kickoff to start both the first and second half.
In 1970 – The Jackson 5 is at #1 on Billboard’s soul chart – then known as the Best Selling Soul Singles chart – for the first of six times with I Want You Back. It was the first chart hit ever for the Jackson 5, spent four weeks at #1 on the soul chart and later in January spent one week at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. I Want You Back was the first of four consecutive #1 singles for the Jackson 5 on both charts, and while soul chart data was unavailable, they were the first group to have their first four singles go to #1 on the Hot 100.
To think without having first learned is dangerous.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The acts that have had the most consecutive #1 songs on the Hot 100 since Whitney Houston had seven are Mariah Carey and Katy Perry who have each had five.
What act has the most #1 songs on Billboard’s soul chart? –Answer next time!