The Daily Dose/Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Daily Dose/May 22, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

CAN WE CALL A SPADE A SPADE, PLEASE?: It’s said the first casualty of war is the truth. True enough probably, and it certainly doesn’t make many appearances once a war is in full swing, either. Witness a statement this week by President Joe Biden, speaking at a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the White House. 

What’s happening in Gaza is not genocide. We reject that. 

Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire: Oh, good gravy. And we thought Donald Trump lies. 

Fly In The Ointment: Of course, it’s genocide. It is certainly no longer war. War is combat fought to gain a military, political, or tactical advantage and defeat an enemy. That is no longer happening in Gaza, where Israel has been naming the score almost since the start. If this were a sporting event, a mercy rule would’ve been invoked ages ago. 

Dry, Technical Matter: Our biggest dictionary defines genocide as:

The deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group. 

I’ll Take Genocide For $500, Alex: This is what is happening now in Gaza. Israel long ago established their military superiority. Now they only want to kill and starve as many Palestinians as possible. This is genocide. 

Don’t Even Start: This is not an endorsement of Hamas, it is merely an indictment of current Israeli strategy. Their October invasion of Israel was itself an atrocity. It was also stupid because they had to have known Israel would establish superiority in fairly short order. 

The Bottom Line: It is possible to criticize Israel and still support them. And we understand that History is littered with attempts to destroy the Jews. For whatever reason, they have been rubbing people the wrong way since the Iron Age. So Hamas should’ve expected what they got. War is war, after all. But Israel has made their point. Their continuing slaughter of civilians constitutes a crime against all of us.  

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow reinvests in the lottery. Today’s Diary. 

We could no longer bear the thought of our lucky numbers – which any idiot knows are due – coming in and us not being in the game…


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On This Date
Extra, extra, read all about it. 

In 1934 – Bonnie Parker, 23, and Clyde Barrow, 25 – bank robbers known to History as Bonnie and Clyde – are shot to death following an ambush in northern Louisiana. Barrow had broken out of prison in January and the pair and had numerous warrants for their arrest outstanding. They had been tracked, rather brilliantly, by a posse led by former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, who opened fire on their moving vehicle. Both Bonnie and Clyde believed a violent death to be inevitable. 

In 1901 – The Cleveland Blues establish the major league record for the largest deficit overcome with two outs in the 9th inning in a 14-13 win over the Washington Senators. The Blues – now the Cleveland Guardians – scored nine runs with two outs, research into whose record they broke was inconclusive, and the record still stands. The Blues got eight hits, a walk, a hit batter, and a passed ball in the comeback. The all-time record for the largest deficit overcome is twelve runs, done three times. 

In 1981 – Rosanne Cash is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for the only week with Seven Year Ache. It was the fourth of 20 consecutive country hits for Cash, her first of 14 Top 10 hits, and her first of ten #1s. The song also went Top 10 country in Canada and peaked at #22 on the Hot 100. The song was written by Cash and produced by Rodney Crowell. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Rules are not made for geniuses.
Will Durant

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Stevie Wonder’s first #1 song was Fingertips, Part II which spent three weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and six weeks at #1 on the soul chart in 1963. It was also the first live #1 song of the Rock Era. 

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