The Daily Dose/Sunday, December 26, 2021

The Daily Dose/December 26, 2021
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

The Sunday Bottom 5/2021 Year-End Edition
A ranking of some things.

1. USA! USA! SB 5 pollsters “strongly suspect” once-proud America probably within two (2) generations of collapse as government and citizenry that are both partisan, fractured and bickering messes continuies to preside over America that is far closer to the oblivion that awaits it than the influence and respect it once had. 

2. Afghanistan Two decades of warfare went for naught as 20 years of American intervention, deaths, left almost the same country that was there when we invaded in the first place.

3. Billboard Charts A splendid year that had chart buffs everywhere achieving states of arousal usually only found on porn sets as records established for Most Weeks, #1, Any Billboard Chart (Lauren Daigle, 132, You Say, Hot Christian Songs chart) and Most Times at #1, Separate Chart Runs, Hot 100 (Mariah Carey, 3, All I Want For Christmas Is You). 

4. COVID-19 It would be nice if all of us collectively woke up in the morning asking what can we do to avoid getting COIVD but we’re not…America is such a partisan, fractured and bickering mess right now that instead of seeing it on our rearview mirrors we are looking forward to another year of too many stupid COVID deaths…Get vaccinated and boostered, people…You’re holding up progress. 

5. Donald Trump Instead of being banished in shame for leading the January 6 insurrection, instead of being reviled for the blood on his hands for an inept coronavirus response, instead of being mocked for believing the moon is part Mars – and that the Revolution was won by the securing of British airports – selfish, ignorant blatherskite continually heralded as the pacesetter for the 2024 GOP nomination. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

It’s Read Free Sunday (RFS) at The Diary.

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow has the yearly sleep numbers. Today’s Diary. 

…2021 was a fabulous year in the sack…All told, ol’ Sparrow spent ruffly 2,522 hours sleeping this past sleep year, about 29% of the year…


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On This Date
History’s long march. 

In 1861 – Two Confederate envoys – James Murray Mason and John Slidell – are released from American custody in an incident History knows at the Trent Affair. The incident had begun on Nov 8 when an American warship had stopped a British mail ship that was carrying the envoys, who were sailing for Europe to press the case for diplomatic recognition of the Confederacy. President Lincoln ordered the release, though the US did not formally apologize to the British for the incident. 

In 1960 – The Philadelphia Eagles defeat the Green Bay Packers 17-13 in the NFL Championship Game at Franklin Field. It was the third NFL title for the Eagles – their last until winning Super Bowl LII – and each Philadelphia player earned $5,116 for the win, about $45,000 in today’s money. It was the last Packers playoff loss in the Vince Lombardi era, not counting a loss in the Playoff Bowl – a game for divisional runners-up – following the 1963 season.  

In 1987 – George Michael is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third of four consecutive weeks with Faith. The song also went to #1 in four other countries, including the Netherlands, New Zealand and Belgium, peaked at #2 in Michael’s native Great Britain and was Billboard’s biggest song of 1988. It was Michael’s first appearance at #1 as a solo act, following #1 songs as a member of Wham and in a duet with Aretha Franklin. Michael was 53 when he died of natural causes in 2016.

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever. 

The effort of Christianity to survive Copernicus and Darwin is the basic drama of the last three hundred years.
Will Durant
The Story of Civilization, Vol. VI: The Reformation

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears is the only NFL player to score at least 20 touchdowns in a season with at least one of them coming on a punt or kickoff return. Sayers had one of each in 1965 when he scored 22 touchdowns.  

Today’s Stumper
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How many Playoff Bowls were played and where were they played? – Answer next time!  

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