The Daily Dose/Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Daily Dose/March 26, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off
Like you no doubt have, we read the manifesto of the man responsible for the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques on March 15. The killer is not an idiot and once you set aside, temporarily, the fact it is a diatribe by a psychopath and its contents abhorrent to all but the fringest of elements, you realize it is not completely unreadable. Our world is far from perfect and you might well find yourself nodding your head and saying to yourself “this is not completely inaccurate”.

We did. Not too often. We don’t consider immigrants to be an occupying force like he does nor do we find them deserving of slaughter. But boy, some thoughts he has on our United States hit home. Read this and weep: 

The United States is in turmoil, more so that at any other time in history. States hate other states, the electoral college is under attack at every turn and the races are at each others throats. On top of this is a two party political system, split by racial, social, cultural, linguistic and class divides.

The end result is a nation in gridlock, unable to respond to any great change, unable to commit to any great projects. A political and social stalemate that makes any advancement impossible.

Good gravy, if this does not hit the nail directly on the head, no analysis of our country does. We are, indeed, a nation in gridlock, our racist present mired in our racist past. Hatred is our leading export now and America is merely marking time until we collapse. Forget being great again, America needs improvement to even be mediocre again. Our nation has not done anything of substance we left the moon for the last time in 1972.

We’ve yapped about this every hour on the hour on the campaign trail for both the United States Senate and House of Representatives: our government and its citizens are nothing more than a fractured, partisan and bickering mess. We have been at war non-stop for three decades and we are $22 trillion in debt. We are a social and political stalemate and if you and me – we the people – do not do something soon, preferably at the ballot box and preferably in 2020, our nation will collapse, the Great American Experiment snuffed out, probably before this half-century is out.

We deserve better than that. Our grandchildren deserve better than that and we all deserve better than having our country accurately analyzed by a psychotic mass murderer who believes immigrants are nothing more than an occupying force.

Today At The Site
The Diary of a NobodySparrow accepts the veteran service officer position for the county, and he runs into a can of something that is a combination of fish and sweet potato. Today’s Diary. 

I’d never heard of a fish/sweet potato combination and I had zero idea where it went, but I headed off to the canned fish section – we don’t have celery, but we have canned fish – and nothing…I look a little closer at the label and it says DOG FOOD on it, in pretty small letters, so I don’t feel too bad about noticing it the first time.

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On This Date
In 1997 – 39 members of a cult known as Heaven’s Gate are found dead in a mansion near San Diego, California, all suicide victims. The members took a mixture of phenobarbital and applesauce, washed down with vodka and then, for good measure, tied bags around their heads. It’s believed they killed themselves on March 19th and 20th to better reach a spaceship that was following a comet. 

In 1915 – The Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey Association 12-3 in the third game of the best-of-five series. It marked the first time the two league’s champions had met in a regularly scheduled series. Previously, the Stanley Cup had been decided when the current holder was challenged by another team. 

In 1966 – US Army Staff Seargent Barry Sadler is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the fourth of five weeks with The Ballad of the Green Berets. The song also went to #1 in South Africa, peaked at #2 on Billboard’s country chart and at the time was Billboard’s 10th biggest hit of 1966, though a revised chart issued later ranked it #1. Though Sadler’s The A Team hit #28 later in the year, The Ballad of the Green Berets remains his only Top 10 and #1 song. Sadler and Elvis are the only two active-duty soldiers to hit #1 on the Hot 100. 

America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow.
Gene Cernan

Commander, Apollo 17
Last human to set foot on the moon

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
John Young (commander) and Robert Crippen (pilot) were the crew members of the first space shuttle flight. 

Today’s Stumper
Who was the first team from the United States to win the Stanley Cup? – Answer next time!

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