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The Day In Trump…
The Daily Dose/November 30, 2016
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
STEP AWAY FROM THE TWITTER ACCOUNT MR TRUMP: President-elect Donald Trump was back at it this week, announcing that people who burn the American flag should face a loss of citizenship or, perhaps, spend some quality time in jail.
This policy, announced not in a substantive forum but on his Twitter account, shows we should keep expectations low for the Trump Administration.
#LetsGoToCanada: Forget the fact in 1990 the Supreme Court said flag burning was protected by the First Amendment and that in the 1960’s they said the stripping of citizenship as a punishment for crimes was unconstitutional. These are not the words or actions of a man of substance, of a man ready to lead the United States. They’re the words of a blatherskite whose only real talent is drawing attention to himself.
Get Your Notebooks Out, Class Is In Session: Which, of course, he does brilliantly. Better than anyone, really. No one has played us or plays the media better than Trump has and will. A real, working media would’ve had Trump out of the race for the GOP nomination with 20 minutes of his announcing his candidacy, but we don’t have a working media anymore.
Gee, Thanks Guys: The media has lapped up everything Trump has said from Day One, offering his witless ramblings as real news instead of ignoring them. We have a media that is as much entertainment as a prime-time comedy and the reward for that is one D Trump is now working on his inaugurations speech.
Get Your Official Daily Dose Policy Right Here: Trump was an embarrassment as a candidate and there is no reason to think he will be anything less as president. The biggest plank of his platform was the insult and he offered no substantive policy initiatives. We elected him anyway.
More Exciting Daily Dose Policy!: Personally, people can burn all the flags they want for all we care. We rode a diesel submarine in the Navy to protect a malcontent’s right to protest, Because there are elements of our country that deserve protesting. We protest, too, though our protests tend to center around running for election to the United States Senate or House of Representatives.
And we’ve burned flags over the years, too. Dozens of them, though it should be noted it was in the context of a flag retirement ceremony, in our role as commander of an American Legion post.
USA! USA! Representatives of the United States and Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles ending the American Revolution on this date in 1782. The articles led to the Treaty of Paris signed the following year
The American delegation, featuring Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay and Henry Laurens, had been negotiating with not only Britain, but also France and Spain, but the French were getting snitty and in September the Americans began negotiating exclusively with the British. The treaty is generally considered to have been very generous to the United States.
Dry, Technical Matter: The United States Congress of the Confederation would ratify the Treaty of Paris in January, 1784, the British in April and everyone exchanged ratified versions of the treaty in May.
Great Moments In Boredom: The first international soccer match is held on this date in 1872 as the national teams of Scotland and England play to – what else – a 0-0 tie. The match was played in Scotland, before a spellbound crowd of 4,000.
War Is Hell: The Soviet Union invades Finland on this date in 1939 after Finland declined to turn over territory the Soviets had demanded.
Though the war would end the following year in a Soviet victory, their losses were high. The Finnish army dressed in white in the snow and the Soviets lost well over 125,000 soldiers, while Finland losses about 25,000.
It’s Raining Rocks: Ann Hodges, a 34-year-old housewife napping on her couch in Oak Grove, Alabama, is struck by a portion of a meteorite on this date in 1954.
Dry, Technical Matter: Despite the fact meteors fall from the sky all the time and there are a lot of people, Hodges remains the only verified injury from a meteorite in human history. There is an Italian manuscript laying around somewhere that states a friar was killed by a meteorite in the 17th-century and in 1992 a boy in Uganda was hit by a small fragment that had bounced off a tree, but Hodges, who received a nice sized bruise on her left abdomen, remains the only known injury.
Oh, Jesus H: The Hodges’ and their landlord then bickered about who the fragment belonged to, with the landlord withdrawing his claim in exchange for $500. The Hodges were unable to cash in and eventually gave the fragment to a local museum.
Oh Yeah: Ms Hodges later had a nervous breakdown, her marriage ended and she died in 1972 of kidney failure.
Thought For The Day: In this old world, there is nothing new but ourselves. – Gore Vidal, Creation
Answer To The Last Trivia Question: Dave Ritchie of the Montreal Wanderers scored the first goal in NHL history, on December 19, 1917. The Wanderers defeated the Toronto Arenas 10-9.
Today’s Stumper: Of the ten articles that made up the Treaty of Paris and ended the American revolution, which is the only article still in force? – Answer next time!