Today is May 1st. On this date in 1751, the first American cricket tournament was held in New York City. Surprisingly, though they wouldn't be founded until over 200 years later, the Mets somehow still managed to lose the tournament. Also on this date in 1786, Mozart debuted Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), in Vienna, Austria. It is considered one of the most important and popular operas of all time. It was so well received at its premiere that there were five encores, and Mozart himself crowd-surfed for at least 10 minutes. On this date in 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated and opened. It was the tallest building in the world at the time, at 102 stories (1,250 feet). The investors behind the construction claimed the spire atop the building would be used as a mooring post for dirigibles, although it never was. In this universe. And finally, today is Global Love Day, when we are charged with the not-at-all confusing task: "Simply be love." You guys can't see me, but I'm totally being love right now. I think. It sort of itches. Consider this an Open Thread.
New Obama slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism | Washington Times
"The Obama campaign apparently didn't look backwards into history when selecting its new campaign slogan, 'Forward' - a word with a long and rich association with European Marxism."
Confused Dr. Drew: Jon Lovitz Criticizing Obama Same Thing as Making Threats | Newsbusters
"While Lovtiz has been bashed on Twitter, he clearly wasn't expecting to be accused of making some sort of violent threat against Obama. And yet that's exactly what happened last night on the HLN show Dr. Drew where the host, Drew Pinsky, seemed to genuinely believe that."
Obama Pushes False GM Success Story | IBD
"The Obama camp can't stop clucking about how he saved GM and the car industry. But if the GM bailout is such a success story, why can't it pay back its debt to taxpayers?"
Cleveland Occupier Arrested In Bridge Plot | Free Beacon
"Brandon Baxter, one of the 'anarchists' arrested in a plot to blow up an Ohio bridge in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street’s 'May Day' protest, supported a disruptive Occupy Cleveland protest March 5."
Today's Word of the Day comes via Dictionary.com.
ort (awrt): noun A scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.