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 »

    Daily Links – May 18, 2012

    Today is May 18th. On this date in 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte became the Emperor of France. His first official act was to make Andre the Giant illegal. Also on this date in 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. The column of smoke and volcanic ash rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere, with debris and deposits from the column spanning 11 states. Reached for comment, the volcano | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 17, 2012

    Today is May 17th. On this date in 1792, a group of brokers met under a buttonwood tree on what is now Wall Street and founded the New York Stock Exchange. Everybody picked a button from the tree and then they traded, and that’s how stock trading was born! Also on this date, in 1877, the first telephone switchboard-connected burglar alarm was installed by inventor | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 16, 2012

    Today is May 16th. On this date in 1920, Joan of Arc was beatified and canonized by the Vatican. Man, first burned at the stake, then fired from a canon? That chick just could not catch a break!! On this date in 1965, SpaghettiOs went on sale in American supermarkets for the first time. You had to go to Morganville to buy them, which is | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 15, 2012

    Today is May 15th. On this date in 1618, Johannes Kepler discovered the Harmonic Law, or the Third Law of Planetary Motion. This law governs where and when a person can play a harmonica unironically. On this date in 1768, France purchased Corsica from Genoa. But only 18 grams, any more than that and France could have been charged with possession with intent to distribute. | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 14, 2012

    Today is May 14th. On this date in 1643, Louis XIV became King of France at only four years old. At the coronation, he famously declared “Let me eat cake!” On this date in 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition got underway, departing from St. Louis, Missouri. Lewis and Clark made a great team for many years, until eventually they had a falling out when | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 13, 2012

    Today is May 13th. Happy Mothers’ Day to all you mothers out there, especially to both my own mother, and to my amazing wife. This holiday is a bit confusing to me though. I mean, how is it that all mothers are born on the same day? On this date in 1940, Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister of Great Britain. In his speech, he | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 11, 2012

    Today is May 11th. On this date in 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state. Hey, that rhymed! I knew I should have become a rap person!! Also on this date, in 1949, the nation of Siam changed it’s name to Thailand. (Its ex was a stalker.) On May 11th, 1997, IBM chess computer “Deep Blue” beat world chess champion Gary Kasparov in the final match | Read More »

    Daily Links – May 10, 2012

    Today is May 10th. On this date in 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was appointed as acting director of the FBI. He became the official director later that year. Hoover wielded tremendous power during his 48 year tenure, and [redacted] from the [redacted] six chickens [redacted] threw the bottle at the midget [redacted] so everyone just ate the soup. Also on this date, in 1863, Confederate | Read More »

    Infographic: The Obama Economy

    The Romney campaign has released a good new infographic detailing the truth about Obama’s promised “green economy” job gains. (Click on the graphic to view full size.) Facts are facts, Mr. President. Numbers don’t lie.

    Daily Links – May 9, 2012

    Today is May 9th. On this date in 1962, scientists in Lexington, Massachusetts successfully bounced a laser off the moon for the first time. The moon surrendered to scientists shortly thereafter in the famous “Lunar Peace Accords” negotiated by Jackie Gleason. As part of the agreement, the show The Honeymooners aired its final episode on this date in 1971. Also on this date, in 1950, | Read More »

    ‘Conversations With Conservatives’

    Above is the live stream of a new weekly conversation with some of our conservative members of Congress, who will discuss issues of the day and answer questions submitted via Twitter. The event goes live at 11:30 ET. From their description: Conversations with Conservatives is a group of free market and liberty-minded members of Congress that will meet monthly with traditional press and bloggers to | Read More »