Daily Links – March 28, 2012

    Today is March 28th. On this date in 1930, Constantinople and Angora were renamed Istanbul and Ankara. So, Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople. Also on this date, in 1976, the band Genesis began their first tour with Phil Collins as lead singer. He left the band on this date in 1996. As a result, the song “In The Air Tonight” is now | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 26, 2012

    Today is March 26th. On this date, in 1827, classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna, Austria. He was, of course, one of history’s greatest composers. (I think my personal Beethoven favorite is probably Moonlight Sonata.) If he were alive today, he would probably say “Hi, I’m Gary Oldman.” Also on this date, in 2000, Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia, thereby laying | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 23, 2012

    Today is March 23rd. On this date, in 1775, Patrick Henry famously said “Give me liberty, or give me death!” Today is also the 2nd anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. Things sure do change. Also on this date, in 1957, the U.S. Army apparently sold the last of its homing pigeons, having shut down the Pigeon Corps the year before. Statues and cars could | Read More »

    Same Talking Points For ALL The Countries

    The below video shows Danish broadcaster Thomas Buch-Anderson from Detektor analyzing some of what President Obama has to say about other nations. Via Ace of Spades HQ (h/t Adam Baldwin). Truly, the greatest orator of our time. Says Ace of Spades HQ, one of RedState’s strongest allies: “Remember, Obama has a gift. He said so.”

    Daily Links – March 22, 2012

    Today is March 22nd. On this date in 1903, the American side of Niagara Falls ran out of water due to drought, says the internet. But slowly the weather turned, and then, step by step, inch by inch, the water came back. Also on this date, in 1978, Karl Wallenda, founder of the flying Wallendas, died while trying to walk a tightrope between two ten | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 21, 2012

    Today is March 21st. On this date in 1788 the Great New Orleans Fire nearly destroyed the entire city, which lost 856 of about 1,100 buildings. It is widely believed that George W. Bush was responsible. Also on this date, in 1824, a Cairo munitions dump fire killed over four thousand horses. On this date in 1934, a fire destroyed the Japanese city of Hakodate, | Read More »

    How Much Do You Pay For Gas?

    “The tools we have at our disposal are limited, but I would I say I would give myself a little higher in that since I became Secretary of Energy, I’ve been doing everything I can to get long-term solutions.” – Energy Secretary Steven Chu, on whether he would give himself an A minus on gas prices. The above quote is from a House Hearing this | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 20, 2012

    Today is March 20th, and it is the first day of spring. (I knew by my constant sneezing.) On this date in 1413, Henry IV died and his son, Henry V, succeeded him. It was the first time a Shakespeare play had taken the throne. Also on this date, in 1976, Patty Hearst was convicted of bank robbery. She was initially sentenced to 35 years | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 19, 2012

    Today is March 19th. On this date in 2003, President George Bush announced that American and coalition forces were “in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” Also on this date in 2011, President Obama failed to address the nation about the beginning of operations in Libya. On this date in | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 17, 2012

    Today is March 17th. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, in honor of the bishop and missionary who died on this date in 461. In the U.S., the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Boston, in 1737. The first New York City celebration of the holiday took place in 1756. The first person to get drunk and throw up on the holiday was everyone. | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 16, 2012

    Today is March 16th. On this date in 1521, Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines, which didn’t work out too well for him as he was killed there. His expedition was the first to circumnavigate the globe. No word yet, though, on when someone is going to circumnavigate YOUR MOM! BURN! Sigh. Also on this date, in 1926, Robert Goddard launched the first successful test flight | Read More »

    Paul Ryan: America Deserves A Better Path

    Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan will announce to the public next week the GOP budget proposal. In advance of that, he’s released the below video, a “trailer”, highlighting the importance of what is happening in Congress right now. h/t Philip Klein. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin previews next week’s FY2013 budget proposal. You know, I was here — in Congress — in | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 15, 2012

    Today is March 15th — the Ides of March. On this date in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was murdered on the steps of the Roman Senate. He was stabbed 23 times by a group of senators as the result of a conspiracy that included up to 60 people. Today, Caesar is best known for his salad and his Vegas casino. Also on this date, in | Read More »

    Daily Links – March 14, 2012

    Today is March 14th. On this date in 1879, Albert Einstein was born. Today his name, of course, is synonymous with both genius and making faces. If he were alive today, he’d probably say “man, I am OLD!” In other math news, today is also Pi Day and National Potato Chip Day, completing the geek trifecta. There is so much math in my Twitter stream | Read More »

    Friday Night Open Thread: D’oh!

    h/t Mediaite Call me Bob Saget, but this made me laugh. Open Thread.