The Daily Dose/Tuesday, July 2, 2024

The Daily Dose/July 2, 2024
By Gaylon Kent – America’s Funniest Guy™

 Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience. 

USA! USA!: We go through this every year on this date, either writing expansively on it here or noting it in On This Date

Today is Independence Day here in America. 

Word Out: Really. We are not kidding. And we still do so with a great deal of pleasure. 

“Sundry Letters Were Laid Before Congress, And Read…”: We don’t know where all this July 4 nonsense started because it’s right there in the July 2 entry in the Journal of the Continental Congress: Congress approved the Lee Resolution:  

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and, of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connexion between them, and the state of Great Britain, is, and ought to be, totally dissolved

Dry, Technical, Independence Matter/Oh, Jesus H/FunFact: Virginia’s Richard Henry Lee had introduced the resolution on June 7. Lee also served a term as president of the Continental Congress and was later a US senator from Virginia. Mr Lee was not actually attending Congress that day, having previously returned to home. He would later sign the Declaration of Independence, though.

Speaking Of Which…:  July 4, our false national holiday, is merely the day when Congress got around to ratifying Mr Jefferson’s infernal Declaration. There were some in attendance at the Pennsylvania State House – now Independence Hall – like future president John Adams, who thought July 2 would be our national holiday.

The Bottom Line: Despite the passing of centuries, America’s basic proposition remains the same: what we get out of this life is mostly dependent on the work we put into it. Now, if we don’t start paying attention to our government, that will change in a generation or so, but we can worry about that on, say, the fourth. For today, July 2, let’s be content to celebrate the day America declared independence from Great Britain. 

Today At The Site
Writing worth reading. Usually. 

The Diary of a Nobody – Sparrow misses seeing a gal he has the hots for. Today’s Diary. 

Tammy reported Ingrid gave no sign of despair when she noticed I wasn’t at the front desk, tho this probably only means beautiful Nicaraguan women are good at keeping the hurt inside…


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

In 1921 – US involvement in World War I officially ends when President Warren G Harding signs the Knox-Porter Resolution, ending the state of war with Germany.  An armistice had been signed in November 1918, but the resolution was necessary because the US had twice rejected the Treaty of Versailles. The resolution also ended the state of war with Austria-Hungary, though that nation dissolved in October 1918.

In 1941 – Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees establishes a new major league record for the longest hitting streak in an 8-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. DiMaggio had a 5th-inning home run for his 45th consecutive game with a hit, breaking the record of 44 established by Willie Keeler in 1894. DiMaggio would extend the record to 56 consecutive games, and the record still stands. The streak began on May 15 and would end on July 17, after which DiMaggio would hit in another 16 consecutive games. 

In 2011 – Blake Shelton is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then and now known as the Hot Country Songs chart – for the third of four consecutive weeks with Honey Bee. It was the twelfth of 33 Top 10 country hits for Shelton and his ninth of 13 #1s. The song also went #1 country in Canada, peaked at #13 on the Hot 100, and was Billboard’s 8th-biggest country song of the year and its 23rd-biggest of the decade. 

Some Philosophy Crap
The wisdom of the ages. Whatever.

Talent must not be wasted. Those who have it…must share it.
Frank Sinatra

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Knowledge is power.

Country singer Jack Greene was nicknamed the Jolly Greene Giant due to his height and deep voice. 

Today’s Stumper
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The Knox-Porter Resolution also ended the state of war with what other country that had already dissolved? – Answer next time!


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