The Daily Dose/Friday, October 26, 2018

The Daily Dose/October 26, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
The march by Central Americans through Mexico toward the US continues. While the exact number of the zany migrants isn’t known, they remain over a thousand miles away and we’d be surprised if more than a few hundred actually make to the border. The government has dispatched 800 troops to the border area, the better to help repel the exhausted men and dangerous women and children who eventually make it. This is silly because we have laws for this situation and if we let these laws do their work instead of taking matters to DefCon 1 this would turn into the minor incident it really is. People would mass at the border and wait. And wait. And wait.

A couple of things here: first is how we are letting our government and our media get us all lathered up over what is, at least right now, nothing. Why are we worrying about people, regardless of their number, illegally entering Mexico? This is Mexico’s lookout, not ours. If the marching migrants want to make their way to Mexico and walk to the US, OK, there is little we can do about it. Those that do make it will long face waits to even get an asylum hearing and there are no guarantees.

What also struck us is that people will still risk everything to come to this once-proud country. America is a shooting gallery, our government a is a partisan, fractured and bickering mess and we probably will collapse before this half century is out but people are still walking thousands of miles to get here. More power to them. If you feel the violence, poverty and corruption is less here than where you are fleeing, give it a go.

Today At The Site

Sparrow watches and listens as The Wife casts her ballot after dinner on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. The Wife, not too surprisingly, favors women and Democrats and the local school district.

…afterward I joked that giving careful consideration to every measure really wasn’t what the white males of this country had in mind when they gave chicks the vote, they were really just supposed to vote how their husbands voted and she gave me the finger.

The Thought for the Day will return. 

On This Date
In 1861 – The Pony Express ceases operations, two days after the transcontinental telegraph connected Omaha and Sacramento. During its 18 months of operation, the Pony Express, which operated from St Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, cut the time it took mail to cross America to ten days. Horses were ridden at a gallop for 15 miles when riders, who rode between 80 and 100 miles at a time, would stop at the station and change horses.

In 1985 – The Kansas City Royals get two runs in the ninth inning to defeat the St Louis Cardinals 2-1 in Game 6 of the World Series. The inning started with one of the more famous missed calls in baseball history, when Don Denkinger called leadoff man Jorge Orta safe at first when he was really out. Orta was later retired at third on an attempted sacrifice and the both Royals runs came on a pinch-hit single by Dane Iorg. The Royals would win their first World Series the following night, defeating the Cardinals 10-0 in Game 7.

In 1968 – Hey Jude by the Beatles is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the fifth of nine weeks. The song also went to #1 in Great Britain as well as 14 other countries and was  Billboard’s #1 single of the year and decade. It remains the most weeks a Beatles single spent at #1 on the Hot 100.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
John Brodie was the quarterback and Billy Kilmer as the receiver for the San Francisco 49ers on the play where Jim Marshall of the Minnesota Vikings ran a fumble the wrong way.

Today’s Stumper
At the time, Hey Jude by the Beatles was the third song to spend nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. What were the other two? – Answer next time!

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