The Daily Dose/April 14, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
The Sunday Bottom 5
The best of the worst of the week that was:
- Julian Assange – Dragged kicking and screaming from Ecuadorian embassy in London, noted tattle-tale, free press lover, already guilty in London of failing to surrender, faces extradition to Sweden, US…Sole US charge intended only to silence publisher if information…See 1st Amendment reference in next entry.
- US Media – Sunday B-5 pollsters “pretty sure” every reporter not merely typing up press releases should be paying homage to Assange every hour on the hour as reporting of government war crimes, illegal surveillance of American citizens, and embarrassing secrets exactly what zany Founding Fathers designed 1st Amendment to protect.
- Los Angeles Lakers – Once-proud team that regularly churned out titles, Lakers now out Clippers-ing the old Clippers as worst-run team in NBA…Luke Walton out as coach, three years into what probably would have been a two-decade, multiple NBA-title tenure in steadier times.
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Current read at Sunday B-5 headquarters, biggest selling novel of 19th-century still vibrant and poignant, with chapter on Uncle Tom being sold down river about as good a chapter as American letters has produced.
- US Drone Strikes – 677 drone strikes on Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen – nations Congress has not declared war against – so far in 2019…Deaths reported being between 283-416, with Special Olympics delegation to Pentagon reporting most deaths military, adult in nature.
Source: Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody: Sparrow troubleshoots a problem with the ATM at the hotel. Today’s Diary.
About 0600 this guy who’d been knocking around the lobby for a while came to announce the ATM would not deliver either money or his card…There was an error message…I go and stand in front of the offending machine with my hands on my hips staring at it crossly, which does nothing, and I tug at the card and nothing doing there so I unplug it…I have no idea if this will work or even if it’s an Authorized Troubleshooting Technique, but pressing buttons didn’t work and this was the only remaining option and eventually the ATM released the card and appeared to revert back to working order.
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On This Date
In 1865 – President of the United States Abraham Lincoln is shot in the head at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. by actor John Wilkes Booth. The assassination was part of a broader ploy to reinvigorate the Confederate cause after the loss of the Civil War. Lincoln died the following day and was succeeded as president by Andrew Johnson, while Booth was hunted down and killed on April 16.
In 1962 – Elgin Baylor scores an NBA Finals record 61 points, as the Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics 126-121 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The win gives the Lakers a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, though the Celtics would win the final two games to earn the NBA title. Baylor broke the record of 50 that had been established by Bob Petit of the St Louis Hawks in 1958.
In 1973 – Vicki Lawerence is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the only time with The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. The song was in its second and final week at #1 and also went to #1 in Canada and was Billboard’s 11th biggest hit of 1973. Primarily known as an actress, the song remains Lawerence’s only Top 40 hit.
The dreams that draw humanity forward seem always to be redeemed if we believe in them strongly enough and pursue them with diligence and courage.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, was the first person to have his portrait on the $2 bill.