Daily Links – June 7, 2012

    Today is June 7th. With apologies, this will be an abbreviated Daily Links, for various reasons. But still, consider this an Open Thread. L.A. Council Sided With Celebrities Over Local Business To Ban Plastic Bags | The Blaze “Now a new ad by the American Progressive Bag Alliance criticizes L.A. councilmen for being “star struck” over the celebrities and ignoring local business people” Florida Gov. | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 6, 2012

    Today is June 6th. On this date in 1833, Andrew Jackson became the first U.S. President to ride on a train, when he took a trip on B&O Railroad. The ticket was expensive, but he got his money back when he passed GO. The trip was almost a disaster, though, when his tiny dog, top hat, and race car didn’t fit in the overhead compartment. | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 6, 2012

    Today is June 6th. On this date in 1833, Andrew Jackson became the first U.S. President to ride on a train, when he took a trip on B&O Railroad. The ticket was expensive, but he got his money back when he passed GO. The trip was almost a disaster, though, when his tiny dog, top hat, and race car didn’t fit in the overhead compartment. | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 1, 2012

    Today is June 1st. On this date in 1792, Kentucky became the 57th U.S. state. I’m sorry, 15th. Also on this date, in 1869, Thomas Edison received a patent for his first electronic voting machine. It was a lever-based system, and he spent the rest of his life fighting allegations that he was the reason George W. Bush won Florida. On this date in 1980, | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 1, 2012

    Today is June 1st. On this date in 1792, Kentucky became the 57th U.S. state. I’m sorry, 15th. Also on this date, in 1869, Thomas Edison received a patent for his first electronic voting machine. It was a lever-based system, and he spent the rest of his life fighting allegations that he was the reason George W. Bush won Florida. On this date in 1980, | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 30, 2012

    Today is May 30th. On this date in 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Her final words were “do you smell something burning?” Also on this date, in 1997, Neil Young cancelled his entire European tour after having cut his finger while making a ham sandwich. Young makes some very complicated sandwiches. On this date in 1908, the man behind the bunny, | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 30, 2012

    Today is May 30th. On this date in 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. Her final words were “do you smell something burning?” Also on this date, in 1997, Neil Young cancelled his entire European tour after having cut his finger while making a ham sandwich. Young makes some very complicated sandwiches. On this date in 1908, the man behind the bunny, | Read More »

    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 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 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 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 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 »