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    Daily Links – May 29, 2012

    Today is May 29th. On this date in 1453, the Siege of Constantinople ended, and the city was conquered by the Ottomans. An artist’s rendering of the battle can be found here. Also on this date, in 1864, Union troops reached Totopotomoy Creek, only to find that the Confederates had anticipated their move and beat them to it. All fighting ceased as everyone tried to | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 28, 2012

    Today is May 28th. Today is Memorial Day. Our front page today has several excellent posts honoring the holiday. In today’s header, I included the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor, the emblem of the Marine Corps, my branch of service. But I truly honor and am grateful for the service of every single member of the United States Armed Forces, the world’s greatest fighting force. The | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 25, 2012

    Today is May 25th. On this date in 1977, the movie Star Wars opened in theaters. It became a global phenomenon, received 7 Oscars, and proved definitively that Han shot first. Also on this date, in 1983, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi opened in theaters. It too was a critical and commercial smash, and proved definitively that yub nub. On this date | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 24, 2012

    Today is May 24th. On this date in 1543, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus died in his home at the age of 70. The father of modern astronomy, Copernicus taught us that Earth was not, in fact, the center of the universe. The center of the universe is actually my wife, I’m told. Often. Also on this date, in 1844, Samuel B. Morse sent the first telegraph | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 23, 2012

    Today is May 23rd. On this date in 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English, who tried her for heresy and burned her at the stake. Which once again proves my long-standing theory: don’t lead the French army and then get sold to England, because it hardly ever goes well. Also on this date in 1788, South Carolina | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 22, 2012

    Today is May 22nd. On this date in 1813, composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner was born. Today, he is best known for Ride of the Valkyries (Ritt der Walküren) from his opera Die Walküre, which he wrote for the movie The Blues Brothers. Also born on this date, in 1859, was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and fan of cocaine. Doyle once famously | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 21, 2012

    Today is May 21st. On this date in 1602, Martha’s Vineyard was first sighted by English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold. At the time, the island was peopled entirely by the indigenous tribe known as the Kennedys. When he made landfall, Gosnold was offered brandy and snuff, then asked to leave because his ship was “blocking the view, dahling, and has dreadful decor.” Also on this date, | Read More »

    Sunday Night Open Thread: SNL Mocks Sharpton

    Last night, Saturday Night Live did a pretty funny parody of Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show Resist We Much. I mean Politics Nation. Although mocking the general terribleness of Sharpton’s show is hilarious, it’s also very interesting that there was a subtle (and perhaps unintentional?) critique of the way liberals contort to defend the state of the job market in the Obamaconomy. In any case, enjoy. | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 20, 2012

    Today is May 20th. On this date in 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent for using copper rivets to reinforce blue jeans. Over 100 years later, Tony Stark cited their innovation as a “personal inspiration”. Also on this date in 1899, Jacob German, a cab driver, became the first person in the United States to get a speeding ticket. He was going | Read More »

    RNC National Walk Day Tomorrow

    Tomorrow in key battleground states, the RNC has organized a “volunteer day” or Walk Day. This is the first major Get Out The Vote effort of the general election for Republicans. I had a few moments to talk with RNC Political Director Rick Wiley and spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski from the RNC today about what the event is all about, and what they hope to accomplish. | Read More »