The Daily Dose/Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Daily Dose/October 31, 2018
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

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In The News
President Trump’s ignorance and arrogance is no longer a surprise, of course. It’s been on display daily since he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination and his blather about an executive order denying US citizenship to everyone born in America is merely the latest example.

He is ignorant because even a middle school civics buff knows birthright citizenship is etched into the Constitution, the Fourteenth Amendment being very clear on the matter stating, Section 1 stating, in part:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States…

He is arrogant, of course, because he thinks he can unilaterally change the Constitution. He can’t, any more than your butcher can. Only Congress and/or the several states can change, or even toss, the Constitution. In fact, the amendment process does not include the president at all.

What is interesting about Trump is how few in the GOP stand up to him. Vice President Mike Pence, still grateful to have ridden Trump’s coattails to One Observatory Circle, confirmed he is on board with this, though Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, noticeably quiet so far during this entire GOP imbroglio, did his duty and came out publicly against an executive order, bravely citing the Constitution.

The GOP is blowing a wonderful opportunity to govern because of Trump’s braggadocio and Congress’ utter inability and unwillingness to stand up to him.Too bad, because a president like Trump could have been put to use as a figurehead and cheerleader while Congress did the grunt work, but no, our country is paralyzed right now because of the GOP and, more than anything our tolerance of fractured, partisan and bickering government.

Today At The Site
This will surprise you, but Sparrow catches up on his rest on today’s thrilling edition of The Diary of a Nobody. Also, Sparrow sells a rooster Halloween costume and tells the mom who bought it for her son that he can’t ever remember dressing up like poultry for Halloween.

…I did buy some life insurance for The Wife, something I probably should have done years ago…It’s a good size policy, too, more than enough to pay off The Shire with a lot left over, even if I croak tomorrow.

The top two spots remained unchanged, as San Francisco and the New York Giants remain on top in The Bottom Ten/NFL Week 10. Jacksonville returns to the survey, while Bottom Ten fan(s) everywhere are keeping a wary eye on Cleveland.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5; lost to Philadelphia 24-18) – They’re back!!!…Former B-10 medal stand staple returns to survey with latest four (4)-game skid…Jaguars enjoying so much dissension owner Shad Khan again threatening beheadings if Jaguars don’t claim long-awaited first B-10 title….Next Loss: at Indianapolis

Ans in case you missed it yesterday, rewrites on my forthcoming classic novel Criminals, Courtesans and Constables have resumed. Click here for an update, including a character list.

On This Date
In 2011 – The world’s population is estimated to have reached 7 billion people, a symbolic date the United Nations arrived at after interpolating data from assorted estimates from the previous five years. It’s estimated that Earth had reached 1 billion people in 1804 and currently, the world’s population is thought to be 7.5 billion and is estimated to reach 8 billion in 2027.

In 1950 – Earl Lloyd of the Washington Capitol becomes the first black to play in the NBA, scoring six points in a 78-70 loss to the Rochester Royals. Lloyd played nine seasons in the NBA, finishing with averages of 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

In 1960 – The Drifters are at #1 for the only time on the Billboard Hot 100 with Save the Last Dance for Me. It was the second of three non-consecutive weeks at #1 for the song and was the group’s fifth and final #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart. The song also charted twice on the Country chart, with versions by Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton both reaching the Top 10.

Answer To The Last Trivia Question
Muhammad Ali was the heavyweight champion of the world three times, from 1964-70, 1974-78 and 1978-79.

Today’s Stumper
Are the Washington Capitols and the Rochester Royals still in the NBA? – Answer next time!

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