The Daily Dose/Monday, October 29, 2018

The Daily Dose/October 29, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

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In The News
History’s long, intermittent slaughter of the Jews continued in Pittsburgh this week. Eleven people, all Jews, were shot to death and the shooter was arrested.

In school the first you hear about Jews being slaughtered is when you are taught about the Holocaust. Some reading, though, shows Jews have been slaughtered the world over for centuries. We have never understood this. Sure, they can be annoying, but so can we sometimes and you don’t see smart-ass, half-wit columnists getting shot up. Being an irritant is no reason to slaughter agroup of people.

There was a time when this would have ratcheted up the gun control rhetoric but not this time, though the death penalty rhetoric is being turned up a few notches. This will solve nothing, of course, but substance no longer matters in America, merely firing up your base is sufficient now because people in our divided country love being fired up now.

There was a time when our country’s whack jobs were content to gas cats and make obscene phone calls. Not anymore. Now they feel empowered because America has been at war daily for thirty years and our violent government has produced violent citizens, the latest wholesale slaughter of innocent people merely enabling the next one. No one is shocked by it anymore; we merely wait for the next one.

On the campaign trail, we mention every hour on the hour about how we deserve peace bevcause we will not have a peaceful country or world without a peaceful America. Both our country and our planet deserve to see the world that would be produced by an America at peace.

Today At The Site
Sparrow and a guest at Hotel B talk about the prospect of animals coming through the automatic doors and seeing what’s up in the lobby on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. Plus, it’s dead slow at the retailer, though Sparrow is now obliged to check out is own cash drawer.

Now that I think about it, tho, having an animal wander in is not completely out of the question…You don’t have to walk right up to the door to open it, they open if you’re within a couple, maybe even a few, feet and I suppose some animal could inadvertently open a door, get curious and want to see what’s shaking in the lobby…

The Thought for the Day will return. Promise.

On This Date
In 1929 – The New York Stock Exchange plunges another 11 percent, 30.57 points. Known to History as Black Tuesday, it followed the previous day’s Black Monday and the previous week’s Black Thursday and is generally regarded as the start of the Great Depression. After some rallies and slides, the Dow would bottom out in July 1932 and would not return to pre-Depression levels until November 1954.

In 1921 – Centre College of Kentucky, then with about 300 students, defeats Harvard 6-0, snapping the Crimson’s 25-game unbeaten streak. It is generally regarded as one of college football’s biggest upsets, though Centre went 10-1 that year against a full major division schedule. Harvard’s streak began in 1919 with a victory over Bates and included a 7-6 win over Oregon in the 1920 Rose Bowl. The Centre Colonels, sometimes still referred to as the Praying Colonels, still field a football team, playing in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association.

In 1983 – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton are at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of two weeks with Islands in the Stream.  It was the second #1 on the Hot 100 for both of them. The song would also top the Billboard country chart, the twelfth #1 country hit for Rogers and the 15th for Parton. The song was written by the Bee Gees and initially intended for Marvin Gaye.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The oldest university in the Americas is the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, – then part of the Spanish Empire – founded by royal charter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in 1551.

Today’s Stumper
When did the Great Depression end in the United States? – Answer next time!

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