The Daily Dose – Friday, August 3, 2018

The Daily Dose/August 3, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

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Here’s what’s on the menu for today:

News Notes And Comment
The trade bickering between the US and China continues, with China announcing the targeting of $60 billion (B) in US goods for new tariffs. This dispute was started by the US  in an effort to shrink the significant trade surplus China currently enjoys over the United States.

Of course, even the most cursory reading shows China has much to answer for on the trade front. Fortunately, detailing all them is beyond the scope of this feature, but playing tit-for-tat, tariff-for-tariff is not in the best long-term interests of anyone. Every US company facing a tariff for either raw materials or finished products will merely pass these costs on to you and me, the consumer.

Today At The Site
Sparrow discusses the prospects for entries from the gardens in the upcoming county fair on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. The prospects aren’t too good, frankly, though the onions might earn an entry. Also, Sparrow mows the lawn.

John Wooden, one of the most successful and revered coaches in American sports history, as The Thought for the Day, with a quote about preparation and patience.

On This Date
In 1958 – The USS Nautilus, the worlds first nuclear-powered submarine, becomes the first vessel to transit the North Pole submerged. The voyage was as perilous as it was historic: among other things, it was difficult finding sufficient room to sail beneath ice caps and a special gyro compass had to be developed for use above 85 degrees north latitude.

In 1852 – America’s first intercollegiate athletic competition takes place when Harvard defeats Yale by two boat lengths in what is now known as the Harvard-Yale Regatta. The race is still run and Harvard leads the series 95-57. Yale, though, has won three straight regattas, though there was not an official result in 2016 when Harvard’s boat sank in rough waters.

In 1974 – Annie’s Song by John Denver is at #1 for its second and final week on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the second of four #1’s for Denver and the song also went to #1 in Britain and hit #9 on Billboard’s country chart, where Denver also had three #1 hits.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: The last survivor of the Treblinka revolt was Samuel Willenburg, who died in 2016.

Today’s Stumper: When was the last diesel-powered submarine in the United States Navy decommissioned? – Answer next time!

Shameless Plugs
Backstairs at the Monte Carlo: A Vegas Memoir!: Clock in with the graveyard crew at the Monte Carlo Security Department on the glamorous Las Vegas Strip. You’ll meet drunks, reprobates and scoundrels, and those are just the officers! The funniest Vegas memoir ever! Promise!

The Regular Guys: Meet Lenny and Larry, two comedians who team up more or less out of desperation and become the biggest in show business. As funny as you would expect from Gaylon, and poignant, too.

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