Today is April 11th. On this date in 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte was forced to abdicate power and was exiled to the island of Elba. In March of the following year, he escaped and returned briefly to power before finally being defeated at Waterloo. He spent the remainder of his life trying to convince people to vote for Pedro. Also on this date, in 1970, the Apollo 13 mission launched. Two days later, an explosion on board famously disrupted the mission, which after many crises finally ended safely on April 17th. The three astronauts on board never did get to walk on the surface of the moon, in much the same way that I have not. Yet. And finally, today is National Pet Day. So make sure to pet someone. Consider this an Open Thread. And don't forget to tune in, via RedState, for tonight's debate!
No, Zombie Reagan does not support 'Buffett Rule' | Washington Examiner
"In the latest attempt to sell President Obama's surtax on millionaires, liberal group Think Progress has released a video of Ronald Reagan, which it claims shows him 'supporting the principle behind the Buffett Rule.'"
The Obama Rule | Wall Street Journal
"This week the Administration officially endorsed what in essence is the Obama Rule: Taxes must be high simply to spread the wealth, never mind the impact on the economy or government revenue. It's all about 'fairness,' baby."
The Export-Import Bank Nightmare | CNSNews
"However, if the mortgage crisis, student loan crisis, and the disastrous failure of green-energy firms have taught us anything, it is government has a unique ability to destroy that prosperity and ruin lives while sticking taxpayers with outrageous bills."
This Exists: You Can Buy Your Own GSA Commemorative Coin | Mediaite
"If this auction does well, perhaps there can be a silver lining to all of this. The government can collect back all the rest of the medals, auction them on eBay, and use the proceeds to hire a better mind-reader for the next conference."
Today's Word of the Day comes via Dictionary.com.
zetetic: adjective proceeding by inquiry; investigating