Today is April 4th. On this date, in 1818, Congress adopted a plan that added five more stars to the American Flag, bringing the total to 20. It also permanently reduced the number of stripes to 13, in honor of the original colonies. Fans of the original practice of adding a star and a stripe for each state promptly started a Facebook page to protest and threatened to quit the flag altogether. Also on this date, in 1841, President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia exactly one month after taking office, making his the shortest Presidency in U.S. history. He was also the first President to die in office, and it was widely believed he took ill following his delivery, in the cold and wet with no jacket, of the longest inaugural address in U.S. history at nearly two hours. Two. Hours. If Obama gave a two hour inaugural address, it would be everyone else who took ill and died. On this date in 1850, the City of Los Angeles was incorporated. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. (We miss you, Douglas Adams.) And finally, you’ll be happy to know that today is not National Tell A Lie Day. Consider this an Open Thread.
Bret Baier GRILLS Jay Carney | The Right Scoop
“Carney seeks to blame Republicans, but Baier won’t let him get away with it, citing both that Obama’s budget was voted on in the House (and unanimously failed) AND that the Senate won’t even put it up for a vote.”
Analysis: Obama’s Worst Speech Yet | Townhall
“Barack Obama managed to out-do himself by uncorking what very well may have been the most dishonest, demagogic, and bitterly partisan speech of his presidency.”
Hollywood exclusive just for FrackNation supporters | Frack Nation
“We can reveal that our research has discovered that Matt Damon has co-written and is about to star in an anti-fracking Hollywood blockbuster.”
Department Of Propaganda | Washington Free Beacon
“Labor Department Puts Up Leftist Motivational Posters At Taxpayer Expense”
Today’s Word of the Day comes via Dictionary.com.
sylph (silf): 1. A slender, graceful woman or girl. 2. (In folklore) one of a race of supernatural beings supposed to inhabit the air.