The Daily Dose/Monday, October 15, 2018

The Daily Dose/October 15, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
Here’s the latest on missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi:

  • He is still missing and there is no reason to think he is alive.
  • Turkey suspects Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2 and has released surveillance video from around the area showing suspicious people and activities. Turkey claims to have audio coverage of Khashoggi’s death, but they haven’t produced it yet.
  • The United States, of course, knows a good international incident when it sees one – even if we didn’t create it – and is butting its nose in, sending investigators over even though we generally do not have jurisdiction in Turkey. President Trump, in what is not the Upset of the Year, is acting like someone whose only skill is drawing attention to himself.
  • The Saudis still deny having anything to do with this and even referred to the 15-man squad seen outside the consulate as ‘tourists’. They say claims they had something to do with this are “baseless”.

I remember when President Clinton would address one of his many allegations and say this accusation was this and this allegation was that but he would never say whether they were true or false? We thought about this, too, during the Kavanaugh hearing when Mr Kavanauh ranted and raved during his opening statement when all he had to do was say “The allegations are false, I will now entertain your questions”.

Same here. The Saudis are able to say they are baseless – a claim holding less and less water – but they have yet to say they are false.

As we noted last week, journalists being killed should interest all of us even if they are being killed somewhere else because a free press is a fundamental tenet of a free society and while the government is not likely to start telling your local paper what days it can publish, we must be vigilant.

Today at the Site
Sparrow has more biscuits and gravy issues at the hotel on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody, plus he has a very funny incident at the retailer and the Sleep Log is back!

Well, both openers were on their last legs and I was only able to open portions of the lid and campers, you gotta be careful here because this is not life and death, it’s a lousy complimentary hotel breakfast and I am not going to slice a finger off by pulling the lid back with my hands…

The Thought for the Day is a repeat from September of last year, from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, with some thoughts on striving and finding.

To strive and to seek and to find require courage. And it doesn’t matter what the endeavor is, either. Scott and his men had supreme courage in reaching the South Pole and to face their ensuing deaths, but great courage is not reserved for great explorers.

On This Date
In 2003 – China becomes the third nation to send a man into space when Shenzhou 5 is launched. The single man mission is commanded by Lt Col Yang Liwei of the Chinese Army. Liwei would orbit the earth 14 times and would return safely to Earth – though Liwei did suffer a cut lip due to the hard landing – after 21 hours and 22 minutes. Since this flight, China has had five other manned spaceflights, its most recent in 2016. The other two nations to send man into space are the Soviet Union/Russia and the United States.

In 1988 – Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Oakland A’s in Game 1 of the World Series 5-4 when Kirk Gibson hits a game-winning two-run pinch-hit home run off Dennis Eckersley. It would be Gibson’s only appearance in the series, which the Dodgers would win in four games and it remains their last World Series win.

In 1977 – Debby Boone is at #1 for the first of ten consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 with You Light Up My Life. At the time, it was the first song to spend ten weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 – though the feat had been equaled and topped on earlier Billboard charts – and it was the biggest song of the 1970s. However, due to when it charted in 1977 it was only the 51st biggest hit of 1977 and the third biggest of 1978. Though Boone would have some country hits, including the 1980 #1 Are You On The Road To Lovin’ Me Again, You Light Up My Life remains her only Top 40 hit.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The New England Patriots have the NFL’s longest winning streak, 21 games, from October 5, 2003, through October 24, 2004. The streak ended the following week, 34-20, to Pittsburgh.

Today’s Stumper
While You Light Up My Life, was the first song to spend ten weeks at #1 on the Hot 100, a double-sided hit did spent eleven weeks at the top. Name it? – Answer next time!

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