The Daily Dose/Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Daily Dose/September 2, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
You know, the only lesson we need about President Trump was found in the whole recent imbroglio that followed the death of Senator John McCain. His refusal to act like a president and honor a man deserving of presidential accolades was a national embarrassment.

Trump, of course, came off as petty, vindictive and childish. Now, this was hardly a bulletin because we’ve known these things about him since before we elected him president, but it was nice to see these traits coalesced into one convenient, easy to refer to package.

It’s hard to say the damage that will be instilled in the presidency by Trump. His total disregard for protocol, indeed his utter disregard for anything other than his own infantile feelings, could set a precedent followed by future presidents, or, hopefully, future presidents will dismiss the precedents he both broke and set.

Today at the Site
Sparrow accepts a cash payment at the hotel, and uses the new hamper The Wife bought him on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. Also, it was a historic week in the Sleep Log, as Sparrow gets 50 hours of sleep in a week for just the third time this summer.

Winston Churchill has The Thought for the Day, talking about something he is supremely qualified to talk about, loving oneself.

On This Date
In 31 BCE – Forces under Octavian defeat forces led by Mark Antony and Cleopatra in the Battle of Actium on the Ionian Sea off the western coast of Greece. It is the decisive battle in the Final War of the Roman Republic. With the win, Octavian consolidated power in the Roman Empire and would later be its first emperor. With the loss, Mark Antony and Cleopatra were obliged to flee to Egypt, where they committed suicide the following year.

In 1909 – Bill O’Hara of the New York Giants becomes the second pinch-runner in major league (ML) history to steal two bases in one inning. The day before he had become the first. This is a rather curious record that is listed in old Sporting News ML record books, but not the one issued by the Elias Sports Bureau. We have significant experience in researching the ML record book, and this is the only instance we could find of a player establishing a new ML record one day and tying it the next.

In 1967 – Bobbie Gentry is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second of four weeks with Ode to Billy Joe. It would be Gentry’s only #1 hit and one of her three Top 40 hits. The song also went to #1 in Canada and earned Gentry two Grammy Awards, for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Ode to Billy Joe originally had eleven verses and lasted over seven minutes but was cut when the decision was made to release it as a single.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Since February 25, 2017 the five songs that have hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart are: Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt, What Ifs by Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina, When It Rains It Pours by Luke Combs, Greatest Love Story by Lanco and Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line.

Today’s Stumper
Who committed suicide first, Mark Antony or Cleopatra? – 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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