The Daily Dose/Friday, August 23, 2019

The Daily Dose/August 23, 2019
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

Leading Off

CRYSTAL BALL ME: We are not the greatest prognosticators here at your Daily Dose, but one thing we said during the run-up to the GOP nominating Donald Trump for president has proven true: 

His only real talent is drawing attention to himself.

He does this supremely well, too. It’s why he ran for president: so people would notice him. We don’t think he really cared about being president; if being a ball boy for the New York Knicks afforded him the attention he craves, he would have be a ball boy for the New York Knicks. 

This Just In: The latest example of this is the recent imbroglio with Denmark, which Trump has done a brilliant job of escalating far beyond what any of us could have reasonably expected. Not only has it resulted in the nonsense we’ve come to expect from the Trump Administration, but the Danes response threw Trump into such a tizzy he even canceled his plans to go visit them. 

Dry, Technical Matter: It was silly and childish to get into a pissing match with Denmark. Certainly, territories and possessions have been sold throughout history, but it was not particularly reasonable to expect Greenland to have been for sale, but what do you expect from a president who believes the moon is part of Mars? 

We The People: Every election we get the government we deserve and Trump was a petulant candidate so it is no surprise he is a petulant president.

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This Before: Of course, it didn’t help Trump’s candidacy was fueled in part by a media that failed in its duty to dismiss a billionaire of no substance from the race within days of his declaring and ushered him into the primaries, general election and White House, we elected him because Trump does a good job of allowing everyone – supporters and detractors – to believe what they want. 

Strong Finishing Kick: We deserve better than a president who believes Greenland can be bought and that the moon is part of Mars, but we are not going to receive better until we demand it at the ballot box.

Today At The Site
The Diary of a Nobody
The Wife makes the trout Sparrow brought home from the hotel. Today’s Diary. 

The side dish was some organic tater tot knockoffs I got at the health food store in town a while back…The box said they’re made of “ancient grains” a term you run into from time to time in the health food racket…They’re cubes and not rounded like classic tater tots and way denser than tater tots and they were pretty good…All in all, it was a very healthy dinner…There is a lot of trout left over, too…I gotta be honest, I am not Mr Trout…I liked it, but I am not reveling in the prospect of more trout…I can make a sandwich out of most anything, tho, and I am thinking of cutting some of it up and mixing it with mayonnaise…Sparrow’s Trout Salad…It would go great between two slices of bread. 

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

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On This Date

In 1970 – What History refers to as the Salad Bowl Strike begins in the Salinas Valley of California. Organized by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, the strike stemmed from the UFW battle with the Teamsters for control of organizing farmworkers. The strike saw between 5,000-7,000 field workers walk off the job with growers losing approximately $500,000 a day, about $3.2 million in today’s money. The strike was bitter and sometimes violent and wasn’t ended until the UFW and Teamsters signed an agreement the following March. It remains the largest farmworker strike in US history.

In 2008 – South Korea defeats Cuba 3-2 in the gold medal baseball game at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The Cubans had won three of the past four Olympic baseball tournaments and were heavily favored. For South Korea, Hyun-Jin Ryu, now of the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitched 8 1/3 innings to get the win. It was the first baseball gold medal for South Korea, which had earned the bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games. Baseball was later removed as an Olympic sport, though it is scheduled to return next year in Tokyo.

In 1980 – Magic by Olivia Newton-John is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for its fourth and final week. It was Olivia’s 18th Top 40 hit, her fourth #1 and her biggest hit until Physical spent ten weeks at #1 in 1981-82. The song also went to #1 in Canada and was Billboard’s third-biggest song of the year. It was from the soundtrack to the movie Xanadu. 

Ignorance is not bliss, it is unconsciousness and slavery.
John Dewey

Answer To The Last Trivia Questions
Where Did Our Love Go by the Supremes did not appear on Billboard’s soul chart. Billboard did not publish a soul chart from November 1963 to January 1965. 

Today’s Stumper
Olivia Newton-John is the granddaughter of a Nobel Prize winner. Which one? – Answer next time!

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