Today is April 2nd. On this date in 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain. He believed to be an island. He named it “La Florida”, both for the lushness of the foliage, and because it was Easter week, or Pascua Florida. After several days visiting Disney World, he decided it had become “too commercial” and carried on looking for the Fountain of Youth, which it turned out was actually just a nightclub. Also on this date, in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany, stating that the world must be made safe for democracy. Wilson once famously said “we should not only use all the brains we have, but all that we can borrow,” and promptly became the first zombie to hold elected office. Glass ceiling: broken! And finally, today is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day! If you don’t find that exciting, we may have to break up. No, no, it’s not you, it’s me. Consider this an Open Thread.
Media Matters Lackey Admits There’s A Liberal Media | The Right Sphere
@RBPundit on a hilarious exchange he has on Twitter with a Media Matters employee.
Occupy SF marchers take over vacant building | San Francisco Gate
“Occupy SF activists put the mostly moribund movement back in the spotlight Sunday, taking over an unoccupied building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco with plans to establish a ‘permanent occupation’”
Video: Hijacking Holocaust Remembrance at Boston’s Northeastern University | Jawa Report
“Northeastern professors and their invited guest lecturers are seen comparing Israelis to Nazis and denying Jewish peoplehood”
Taxpayers on the hook for anti-soda lobbying campaigns | Hot Air
“Members of Congress are turning up the heat on the Obama administration for doling out millions of dollars in grant money that was used to attack soda and, in some case, lobby for higher taxes.”
Today’s Word of the Day comes via Merriam-Webster.
grok (GRAHK): verb to understand profoundly and intuitively