The Daily Dose/Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Daily Dose/August 13, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Notes from around the human experience: 

WHAT THE HELL’S GOING ON HERE?: Recently President Trump came out in support of red flag laws. This was in response to the week from hell America had last week, when it seemed there were mass shootings every hour on the hour. 

We’re moderately well-read here, but we found ourselves wondering exactly what a red flag law is, so we did some research. 

Dry, Technical Matter: Red flag laws are a general term for laws that allow family members or police to petition a court to take away someone’s firearms. Currently 17 states have some form of this law on the books, with Connecitcutt, in 1999, being the first to pass one. 

More Dry, Technical Matter: The person who had the weapons taken away eventually, after a set period of time, gets them back. 

Please Pass The Dry, Technical Matter: Though a complete analysis of case law on the matter is, thank God, beyond the scope of this column, it has held up Second Amendment challenges in court. 

Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: We do not need a nation of snitches. We do not need families tattling on one another and we do not need the police given this kind of power because once these gates are open they will be impossible to shut. The law will be abused. 

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This Before: Besides, laws do not address the real problem:

America has violent citizens because America has a violent government. 

This country has been either at war or not far from it since Pearl Harbor. That is almost 80 years, four generations of violence and this is the harvest we are now reaping. We don’t need Americans and their constables snitching on our fellow citizens.

We need an America at peace with the world so we can be at peace with ourselves.

But we don’t have that. Consequently, we have a world that is as violent as its ever been, except for our two world wars, and we have a nation that has long been a shooting gallery. 

We Deserve Better: Both our country and our planet are entitled to see the benefits produced by an America at peace. 

Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody: It’s a slow day at the VSO and it’s the lastest from the sleep log. Today’s Diary.

Sparrow’s Sleep Log: 1430 Monday until 2130 Sunday…7.0 hours, tho I cheated and took some Nite-T-Nite medicine because I am still feeling sickies…The sore throat scrammed after 24 hours, literally, but then it passed the baton to nasal congestion and I hope this doesn’t turn into one of those deals where I’m sampling a variety of symptoms for three weeks. 

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

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On This Date
In 1961 – East Germany closes the border between the east and west sectors of Berlin and begins construction of the Berlin Wall. Since Berlin was in what was then East Germany, it isolated West Berlin by land from the rest of the world. The wall would eventually consist of 66-miles of concrete, 41-miles of wire fencing and 65-miles of anti-vehicle trenches…There were also 302 watchtowers and 20 bunkers. It stood for 38 years. demolished on November 9, 1989. 

In 1913 – Harry Hedgpeth of the Petersburg Goobers of the Virginia League throws two nine-inning complete games, defeating the Richmond Colts with a 1-0 one-hitter in the first game and a 10-0 no-hitter in the second game. Though there have been instances in the minor leagues where a pitcher threw no-hitters in both games a doubleheader, these games were less than nine innings and Hedgpeth’s feat remains the American professional baseball record for fewest hits given up in a doubleheader for both a team and an individual. On Oct 3 Hedgpeth made his only major league appearance, pitching one inning for the Washington Senators. 

In 1966 – The Lovin’ Spoonful is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of three consecutive weeks with Summer in the City. The song also went ot #1 in Canada and Finland and was Billboard’s 11th biggest song of the year. It was the fifth chart single for the group, all of which made the Top 10 and remains their only #1 song. Their next two hits made the Top 10 as well, but then the Lovin’ Spoonful faded, making the top 40 for the last time the following year. Lovin’ Spoonful founder John Sebastian returned to #1 in 1976 with Welcome Back.

I spent the whole day without food, the whole night without sleep…My mind was a perfect blank…I understood nothing at all. That is why I think it is better to study real things in a real world.
Gore Vidal
Attributed to Confucius

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Carl Lewis won nine Olympic gold medals in his career, including four in long jump, and he remains the only athlete to successfully defend an Olympic long jump title.

Today’s Stumper
What was the Lovin’ Spoonful’s first Top 40 hit? – Answer next time!

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