The Daily Dose/January 2, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy
It’s been some time since we’ve checked in on the latest developments on the “investigation” into the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi, so let’s dive right in.
- One, he is still dead, killed October 3rd in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a killing Saudi officials have since acknowledged was carried out by Saudis, though the Saudi government still insists was a rogue slaying, which we don’t believe any more than you do.
- The first book on the killing was released last week. Titled Diplomatic Atrocity: The Dark Secrets of the Khashoggi Murder, it was written by reporters from the Daily Sabah, a Turkish daily newspaper and is said to have inside information on the killing. The reporters put their names on the book, too, probably on the theory that the Saudis have done enough killing and they are pretty safe.
- The Saudi king reorganized his country’s intelligence service, tossing aside whatever hapless royals was heading it and putting his son, the crown prince, in charge, which should cause all of us to sleep better at night.
- Turkey is trying to get the UN to investigate, which might well be the same as putting an indictment in a bottle and throwing the bottle into the Black Sea.
- The US is still issuing a collective sigh. President Trump is committed to not stirring the pot, though the Senate got its collective shorts in a knot last month and passed a strongly-worded resolution on the matter.
Official Leading Off police applauds Turkey’s pursuit of the killers, but this pursuit is likely to be as futile as it is persistent. America’s citizens collectively seem content to let this go and without US pressure nothing will probably get done. Our loss.
Today At The Site
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And Jerry plowed our driveway!!!…I am not making that up!!!…This is hardly the Upset of the Year, tho, because one, he’s done it in the past and, two, I did everything but issue him an invitation, letting it pile up the past day or so and parking under the car port when I got home from work this morning…
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On This Date
In 1860 – Members of the French Academy of Sciences announce the existence of a new planet they named Vulcan. Located, in theory, between the sun and Mercury, Vulcan’s existence was theorized based on discrepancies in findings following observations of Mercury. Vulcan’s existence continued to be theorized based on observations made during transits and eclipses, not to mention the viewing of sunspots. Vulcan’s days were numbered when Albert Einstein published his Theory of Relativity in 1915, and its non-existence was finalized during observations made during a solar eclipse in May 1919.
In 1983 – Ken Anderson of the Cincinnati Bengals establishes a new NFL record with 20 consecutive pass completions. Anderson went 27-of-31 for 323 yards and two touchdowns as the Bengals defeated the Houston Oilers 35-27 in the final game of the season. The record stood until Joe Montana completed 22 consecutive passes over the course of two games in 1987 and his single-game record stood until Rich Gannon broke it in 2002. Both the overall and single-game records are now 25, done on three occasions.
In 1954 – Eddie Fisher is at #1 on Billboard’s Best Sellers in Stores chart for the first of eight consecutive weeks with Oh! My Papa (O Mein Papa). For Fisher, it was the third of four number ones on the Best Sellers in Store chart. Fisher, the father of actress Carrie Fisher, served in the Army during the Korean War, where he spent time both in Korea and as the vocal soloist for the United States Army band. O Mein Papa was written in 1939 for a German musical.
The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in the person’s determination.
Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The second-oldest college football bowl games are the Orange and Sugar bowls, both of which debuted on January 1, 1935.
By what name is the United States Army Band also known? –Answer next time!