The Daily Dose/Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Daily Dose/November 8, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
It has long been said that a government is nothing more than a reflection of the people it serves. This is a true statement. It’s been true here in America from before the founding of our republic when haphazard, determined British subjects formed a haphazard and determined government and that declared and then earned their independence.

It’s true today, too, when a partisan, fractured and bickering American electorate re-elected a partisan, fractured and bickering government.

It’s almost funny. In the enormous, almost unprecedented, hype leading up to Tuesday’s election some heralded the 2018 midterms as the most important midterms in American history, thought 1862 Civil War midterms still get our vote. We don’t know about you, but the day after we found ourselves sighing and wondering what all the fuss was about. Sure, the status quo was shuffled around somewhat, but nothing changed, the only think heralded was the status quo. Nothing was getting done under GOP control and the Democrats taking control of the House will certainly not change that.

Friends, our country is dying. Lost in the cacophony of the partisan strife that now attends every aspect of our American experience is the fact America took a flier on making substantive changes to the way we are governed. Nothing is going change; our two most pressing issues – perpetual war and exorbitant spending – will not be addressed. We are going to spend the next two years marking time bringing us two years closer to our country’s collapse because no nation has ever survived perpetual war and mindless spending with impunity.

America will not be the exception to that.

Today at the Site
Sparrow settles into his new gig at Hotel C, dealing a raccoon complaint on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody. Also, it was complete annihilation nationwide for his Minor Party in Tuesday’s election.

There is, of course, little I can do for you here…I am both unwilling and unable to do battle with raccoons in a ceiling, or anywhere else for that matter, and all I can really do is apologize and put you in another room…

It’s complete chaos – is there any other kind – in The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 11 with four teams enjoying bye weeks, the rest of the Bottom Ten takes the week off on the field, including Oakland, which ascends the throne after their impressive loss to San Francisco.

3. Cleveland Browns (2-6-1; lost to Kansas City 37-21) – Browns back in natural habitat – the B-10 medal stand – four (4) games into another of their patented losing streaks…B-10 pollsters “pretty sure” if NFL playoffs began today, Browns would not be in them…Next Loss: Atlanta

Editor’s Note: a subscription is required to read The Diary of a Nobody and The Bottom Ten. Click here to subscribe. Click here to read both columns as they ran during Read Free Fortnight. 

Also, rewrites on my forthcoming novel Criminals, Courtesans and Constables resumed and you can read the latest, including an updated character list, here.

Two new characters were introduced this session, The Constable, who is pursuing the main character and Constable, a cat the main character acquires for company.

On This Date
In  1519 – Aztec ruler Montezuma II welcomes Spaniard Hernando Cortez to his capital with great fanfare and an exchanging of gifts. He would later regret this, as within months he is made a prisoner in his own palace and was later killed under circumstances that are not entirely clear, resulting in the end of the Aztec empire.

In 1959 – Elgin Baylor of the Minneapolis Lakers scores 64 points in a 136-115 win over the Boston Celtics, establishing a new NBA record for most points scored in a game. The old record was 63 by Joe Fulks of the Philadelphia Warrior, done in 1949 and Baylor would break his own record the following year, scoring 64 points for the Los Angeles Lakers. The record is now held by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 points in a March 1962 game.

In 1975 – I’m Sorry by John Denver is at #1 on Billboard’s country chart – then known as the Hot Country Singles chart – for its only week, Denver’s third and final #1 on the country chart. I’m Sorry had also spent a week at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in September, where it was Denver’s fourth and final #1 song.  Calypso, the B side of I’m Sorry, also received significant airplay and the record is sometimes credited as a double-sided hit.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
The Billboard Hot 100 record for most consecutive #1 hits is seven, held by Whitney Houston.

Today’s Stumper
Who holds the NBA record for scoring at least 60 points in a game the most times? – Answer next time!

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