The Daily Dose/Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Daily Dose/September 6, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

In The News
For the second time in the past few weeks, the word ‘treason’ is being bandied about.

First, it was used by some to describe President Trump’s conduct at a recent meeting of foreign leaders. This week it was used by Trump to describe the conduct of an anonymous staff member who wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times. The piece, hardly flattering, talks about efforts by staff members to thwart some things the president wants to do that they regard as reckless or dangerous.

Both instances are inaccurate uses of the word. The US Constitution is very clear on the matter, with Article III, Section 3, stating in part:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

It goes on to state that conviction of treason requires either an admission by the accused “in open court” or the testimony of two witnesses to the same act.

Now you know.

Today at the Site
Sparrow, again, fails to get a nap in at the hotel on today’s edition of The Diary of a Nobody, despite optimal conditions for a nap. Also, Raj shows up more or less on time, and there are the usual shenanigans at the retailer, plus there are new items on the menu at the local diner.

Today’s Diary Excerpt
As it was, he was already up and showered and said he’d be there “in five minutes”…I’m learning, however,  that numbers are rather vague concepts to Indians and, in fact, Raj’s “five minutes” could mean five minutes or it could mean three days…

Werner von Braun, a German and later an American rocket scientist, has The Thought for the Day, some thoughts on both nations and individuals surpassing themselves.

Today’s Thought for the Day Excerpt:
All of us have this capacity, too, the capacity to reach beyond what others want from us. As we say seemingly every hour on the hour here, those that get on in this world are those who maximize the talents they are born with. – From Gaylon’s commentary on today’s Thought. 

On This Date
In 1522 – The Spanish ship Victoria becomes the first vessel to circumnavigate the globe, returning to Spain 1,039 days after setting sail as part of Ferdinand Magellan’s five-ship expedition to do just that. Magellan had been killed in the Philippines the year before and Victoria, under the command of Juan Sebastian Elcano, was the only ship to survive the voyage.

In 1995 – Cal Ripken, Jr breaks the American League and major league record for most consecutive games played, playing in his 2,131st straight game.  The streak had started on May 30, 1982, and would end on September 20, 1998, at 2,632 games. Both records had been held by Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees.

In 1980 – Upside Down by Diana Ross is at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song had moved from #49 to #10 five weeks earlier, would spend two weeks at #5 before spending another week in the runner-up spot and would spend four weeks at #1. It was Ross’ fifth #1 solo hit on the Hot 100 and her third on Billboard’s R&B chart and was written by Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards of the group Chic.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band was the other act that charted with War, releasing a live version of the song in 1986 that went to #8.

Today’s Stumper
Of the 265 who embarked on Magellan’s voyage, how many returned to Spain with the Victoria? – Answer next time!

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