The Daily Dose/Monday, October 28, 2019

The Daily Dose/October 28, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience…

GOP! GOP! One of the more interesting elements of the end of the second decade of the 21st-century is the continued existence of the Republican Party. Founded in 1854 in Wisconsin by citizens opposed to the Kansas-Nebraska Act, their first elected president was Abraham Lincoln in 1860. 

Fly In The Ointment: The GOP peaked right there. They have not produced a decent elected president since Eisenhower, who left office almost six decades ago.

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This Before: Nixon was a crook. Reagan presided over a scandal-ridden administration and was the most managed president in history, a precedent we have yet to recover from. George Bush was gracious but was unable to earn a second term. George W Bush lied to get us into war. President Trump disdains protocol, manners, good sense. He believes Colorado borders Mexico, that the moon is part of Mars and that the Continental Army won the Revolution by securing British airports, fallacies most of us were disabused of in middle school if we ever believed them in the first place. His only real talent is drawing attention to himself. 

Dry, Technical Matter: Gerald Ford, of course, wasn’t elected president. A good, decent man, he did well in his two-and-a-half years in the Oval Office, under circumstances the Son of Man would have found challenging. 

Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: The GOP has nothing of substance to offer America, either regarding actual policy or in defending their president against impeachment. Their recent stampede of a House impeachment hearing was childish and petulant, a witless act that merely showed blind followers defending an indefensible president. An impeachment, a Senate trial that tears the party apart regardless of its verdict, more mindless blather from our president, and it is not entirely unreasonable to foresee and America without the Republican Party. 

USA! USA! Good riddance. The GOP would be doing us a favor by disappearing. The only thing they have to offer America right now is playing on white America’s fears. 

Today At The Site
The Diary of a NobodySparrow kills three deer on his way to rescue abandoned kittens. Today’s Diary. 

I have no time to do anything but hit them…

It’s Sparrow, an average man passing an average life.

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On This Date
In 1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to an end when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev announces the withdrawal of Soviet missiles from Cuba. The crisis had begun on Oct. 16 when President Kennedy was shown aerial photographs of the weapons. After some discussion, the US enacted a naval blockade that would last until Nov. 20. The only death during the ordeal was of US Air Force Major Rudolf Anderson, whose U-2 spy plane had been shot down by a Soviet missile the day before. 

In 2001 – Matt Williams of the Arizona Diamondbacks becomes the first player in World Series history to hit home runs with three different teams in 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 2. Previously, Williams had hit World Series home runs for Cleveland in 1997 and San Francisco in 1989. The win gave Arizona a 2-games to zero lead in the series, which they eventually won in seven games. 

In 1950 – I’m Movin’ On by Hank Snow is at #1 on Billboard’s Best-Selling Retail Folk Records chart – one of several predecessors of today’s country chart – for the ninth of a 21 non-consecutive weeks. The song had first hit #1 on Aug. 19 and had four separate stays at the top, starting its final week on Feb. 10. The 21 weeks at #1 tied the all-time country chart record established in 1947 by Eddy Arnold (I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms), tied in 1955 by Webb Pierce (In The Jailhouse Now), broken in 2012-13 by Florida Georgia Line (Cruise, 24 weeks) and now held by Bebe Rexa and Florida Georgia Line (Meant To Be, 50 weeks). Snow had written the song the previous year but his producer had turned it down and only recorded it after the producer seemed to have forgotten about.

Unlike most politicians, he was not driven by an insecure need to be loved and recognized. He possessed an inner confidence born of experience.
Evan Thomas
Ike’s Bluff
Regards President Dwight Eisenhower

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Besides Philadelphia, the following cities served as US capitals before Washington, D.C.: Baltimore (1776-77), Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1777), York, Pennsylvania (1777-78), Princeton, New Jersey (1783), Annapolis, Maryland (1783-84), Trenton, New Jersey (1784), New York City (1785-90).

Today’s Stumper
How many #1 country hits did Hank Snow have? – Answer next time!


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