Daily Links – April 1, 2012
Today is April 1st. It is April Fool’s Day. April Fool’s Day was first celebrated by ancient druids. Each year on this date, they would ritually sacrifice the person considered to be the most indigent, gullible, and least productive member of their society. After burning the “fool” alive in a giant “wicker man”, they would perform elaborate rituals, or “pranks”. It evolved over the centuries into the happy holiday we know today. Also on this date, in 1787, the corn dog was invented by accident. The inventor was killed in the accident and for over a hundred years the food was considered “cursed.” And finally, on this date in 1973, Rachel Maddow was born. Well played, history, well played. Consider this an Open Thread.
Exclusive – Palin To Couric: ‘Game On’ | Big Journalism
“When Breitbart News asked for a comment about the fact that she will be competing with Couric, Gov. Palin responded simply: ‘Game on.’”
NBC caught selectively editing Zimmerman 911 tape
“The brass is going to look into the story, but if you expect anything other than a white wash, I’ve got a drawbridge over the Chicago River I’d like to sell you.”
Just reading Obamacare cruel and unusual punishment | Mark Steyn
“It’s not just that the legislators who legislate it don’t know what’s in it, nor that citizens can ever hope to understand it, but that even the nation’s most eminent judges acknowledge that it is beyond individual human comprehension.”
House Votes On Internet ‘Honesty’ Bill | RRL
“The House held a floor vote on legislation designed to compel ‘honest’ practices in internet transactions, and it could affect your web experience.”
Today’s Word of the Day comes via Wiktionary.
cromulent: adjective Fine, acceptable or normal; excellent, realistic, legitimate or authentic