The Daily Dose/Friday, September 28, 2018

The Daily Dose/September 28, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
Republicans in the United States Senate are in a box. With one Brett Kavanaugh accuser having testified and two more women with accusations in the wings, they really only have two options: force feed the Kavanaugh nomination through right now or give all three women the hearings, not to mention the FBI investigations, their accusations warrant. Neither option is particularly attractive for the GOP.

Thursday’s extraordinary session before the Senate Judiciary Committee proved nothing. Ms Ford said this and Mr Kavanaugh said that. One Mark Judge, who was identified as having been in the room at the time, is on record as not remembering the incident. This is not completely believable nor is it entirely beyond comprehension, either.

Which is the problem here: nothing is completely believable or unbelievable. Ford’s testimony was compelling and there is really no reason not to believe her because what woman puts herself through this misery for a charade? Her story, though, remains uncorroborated.  Kavanaugh, for his part, was believable, too. Either he didn’t assault Ms Ford or he did and he’s convinced himself he didn’t. Who knows, though it is folly to believe that a drunk, teen-aged boy, in full possession of Mother Nature’s mandate to reproduce, could not do these things.

We’re humans, not images on stained glass windows and it is not reasonable to expect anyone – you, me, your aunt in Leadville – to be completely chaste. We all have smudges. On the other hand, it’s not unreasonable to expect those who serve us – anyone, really –  not to have committed sexual assault.

No matter what happens – whether Kavanaugh is torpedoed by uncorroborated testimony or whether the claims of three women are ignored and he’s ushered onto the Supreme Court – America is the lesser for yet another partisan, bickering episode. We deserve better.

Today at the Site
Sparrow and The Wife had some plans today on The Diary of a Nobody, but none of them happen, including Sparrow’s job interview at the Grand, which was moved to next week. Sparrow did manage to go out to lunch, though, giving the new falsies a field test at his favorite Mexican joint in the next county.

However, The Wife called a bit before I was going to head out for the interview to say she was tired and heading home…Then, with Movie of the Week timing, Jenny, the one I would be interviewing with at the Grand, called saying she had a “scheduling conflict”…

The Thought for the Day is a repeat from earlier this year, a quote from Charles Bukowski. It’s from Ham on Rye, one of the best books we’ve ever read and concerns being good company for yourself.

Others will come and go, but every day we must look ourselves in the mirror. It’s important we like and are comfortable with what we see.

On This Date
In 1066 – The Norman Conquest of England begins, when the Duke of Normandy, William II, invades with a multi-national army. In October William would defeat King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings and in December he would be crowned king. History now refers to the duke as William the Conqueror and he reigned over England as William I until his death in 1087.

In 1941 – Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox goes 6-for-8 in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia A’s. He started the day batting .3995, which officially rounds up to .400 and finished the season batting .406. Williams remains the last major league hitter to hit .400 for a season.

In 1974 – Rock Me Gently by Andy Kim is #1 for its only week on Billboard’s Hot 100. Kim was without a record label when he wrote the song and financed the recording session himself before selling the record to Capitol Records. It was Kim’s second trip to #1. He also co-wrote, and sang back-up on, The Archies 1969 #1 song Sugar, Sugar. 

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Besides Washington DC, eight other cities have served as the capital of the United States: New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, York, Pennsylvania, Princeton, New Jersey, Annapolis, Maryland and Trenton, New Jersey.

Today’s Stumper
Before Ted Willams, who had been the last major leaguer to hit .400 for an entire season? – Answer next time!

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