Today is June 21st. • On this date in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Today, our constitution is the oldest written constitution to remain the governing document of any nation in the world. Plus it has a wicked cool beat and you can dance to it. • On this date in 1905, French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre was born. He was a leading figure in 20th century Marxism. Sartre once famously wrote "Hell is other people." Yeah, he wasn't a big hit at parties. • Also on this date, in 1913, Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick became the first woman to skydive, jumping from a plane over Los Angeles. Tiny was said to weigh only 85 pounds, and was between 4 and 5 feet tall, thus the nickname. Hey I'm six feet tall, weigh 210ish pounds, and have jumped 5 times. Where's my nickname? (And don't suggest "fatty", Ben Howe already has that one nailed.) • And finally, speaking of Ben Howe, Twitter was down for several hours today. Ben's reaction video is available here. • Consider this an Open Thread.
Media Gave Obama Free Pass In 2008, Says Obama Surrogate Ed Rendell | Free Beacon
"Rendell believes the media gave Obama a free pass in 2008, creating an environment in which the newly elected president received the Nobel Peace Prize nine months into his tenure—'a little ridiculous,' according to Rendell. 'Reporters violated the rule of neutrality,' he writes in the book.
Brian Williams and the Fast and Furious Shame Brigade | The Sundries Shack
"NBC News, Brian Williams’ employer, has mentioned Fast and Furious exactly once before today’s events and Politico can’t be bothered to get the basic facts of the story correct."
Today’s Daily Deal: See President Obama for 50% Off | Peach Pundit
"The Georgia Democratic Party sent out a reminder (again) today, noting that 'space is limited'. It’s not so limited that a new category couldn’t be created, now dropping the price of admission from a minimum of $500 to $250."
Obama’s ‘They’-Did-It Campaign | Victor Davis Hanson
"... rarely has Mr. Obama faced much criticism, much less any accountability that would involve judging his rhetoric by actual achievement."
McCaskill Votes for Expensive New Coal Regulations But Denies It on Her Website | Gateway Pundit
"This morning, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) voted with her party to implement the EPA’s MACT rule, one of the costliest regulations in U.S. history—and one that will prove especially devastating to coal-dependent states such as Missouri."
Anti-Bullying Advocate Refers to Gay Conservatives as "House F**gots" | Mental Recession
"Savage's hatred seems to come from the decision by GOProud - an organization of gay conservatives and their straight allies - as they announced today their endorsement of Mitt Romney for President."
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