The Daily Dose – February 20, 2017
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
FREDERICK DOUGLASS WAS BEHIND THE SWEDEN ATTACKS, TOO: Before the last presidential election we said that Donald Trump was an embarrassment as a candidate and it was reasonable to presume he would be an embarrassment as president. As any employer knows, the best indicator of future performance is past performance.
Told You So: We were right. After a month President Trump – President Trump! – is presiding over a government that is as chaotic as it is embarrassing. They’ve declared war on everything and everyone and soon they will declare war on themselves because it’s difficult to believe the chaos inside the White House isn’t as strong as the chaos outside.
Bowling Green: Never Forget: Also, they are lying at a rate that would draw applause from the Nixon Administration.
Fly In The Ointment: The consequences of this are, and will continue to be, profound, both domestically and internationally.
Leading Off: Domestically, it means nothing of substance is going to get done. None of the issues that will destroy this country before this half-century is out – including our perpetual wars and the fact we are functionally broke and $20 trillion in debt – are going to be addressed. America will spend the next four years marking time when we could have been making progress on ensuring the long-term prosperity of our country.
And In This Corner: Internationally, it will speed up the end of America as the world’s only superpower.
For decades other nations looked to America for leadership, and this transcended partisan politics. Regardless of who was in power, America was an example for the rest of the world.
F*ck That Noise: No more. Those days are passing quicker than a bad meal. With nobody leading America, there is not an America to lead the world. America is defaulting on its collective responsibility to its citizens and the rest of the planet at a time when we could be setting the pace for peace and prosperity. America, however, with the full consent of its citizens, is taking a pass on peace and prosperity.
Dry, Technical Matter: We’ve said this before here: we thought a Trump defeat last November would spell the end of the Republican Party. Now his victory just might do that. It is difficult to believe the GOP members of the House and Senate will remain a part of this fiasco for long.
The Bottom Line: We don’t think Trump cares about any of this. He is the most talked about human on the planet and we suspect this is all that’s important to him.
WE DELIVER FOR YOU: The United States Postal Service is established on this date in 1792 when President George Washington signs the Postal Act of 1792.
Officially known as An Act to Establish the Post-Office and Post Roads within the United States, the Act details dozens of postal road routes and other exciting measures, such as an annual salary of $2,000 for the postmaster general and an annual salary of $1,000 for his assistant.
Dry, Technical Matter: $2,000 in 1792 is worth a bit less than $50,000 today.
Oh, Jesus H: Today, Postmaster General Megan Brennan earns a salary of $286,840.
3…2…1…Blastoff: John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth on this date in 1962. Flying abord Friendship 7, Glenn orbited earth three times in just under five hours. Glenn would return to space in 1998, at the age of 77, aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
FunFact: Glenn was the second human to orbit the earth, following Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Union, who orbited the earth once on man’s first space flight in April 1961.
Whoops, Our Bad: The Emergency Broadcast System is accidently activated on this date in 1971, causing confusion nationwide.
WTF??? A recording of this event as it occurred on WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne, Indiana, makes for interesting listening. After interrupting The Partridge Family’s Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted, announcer Bob Sievers comes on the air to say they are interrupting their regularly scheduled programing at the request of the United States government.
Sievers, however, is not entirely sure what the emergency is:
At this point, at the microphone, I know of nothing to cause this…
Can Someone Cue Up A Three Dog Night Song For Me?: It is plain Sievers has some zero clue what is going on, but he does an admirable job of winging it.
We are endeavoring to find out ourselves…We’ve received this emergency action notification with the proper identification indicating a national emergency…
There wasn’t, however, anything to cause the activation of the Emergency Broadcast System. What happened was an operator in the Air Force put the wrong message on a tape, a message that included the code word to indicate there was a real, live emergency and everyone within the sound of Bob Sievers voice should prepare to kiss their ass goodbye.
Whew: In the end, after about 40 minutes, Sievers was able to report to his listeners that the whole affair was a mistake, properly blamed it on those Air Force misfits, and resumed regular WOWO programing.
Thought For The Day: I will get ready, and then, perhaps, my time will come. – John Wooden
Answer To The Last Trivia Question: There was not a Trivia feature last time.
Today’s Stumper: Following both his spaceflights, John Glenn took part in a ticker-tape parade in New York City, making one of one ten people to be honored with more than one parade. One person has been honored with three ticker tape parades. Name him or her.