Daily Links – August 21, 2012

    Today is August 21st. • On this date in 1911, the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris, France was discovered when an artist set up his easel near the painting, only to find it wasn’t there. It was later learned that the day before, a former employee of the museum had stolen it by walking in, taking it off the wall, | Read More »

    Daily Links – August 20, 2012

    Today is August 20th. • On this date in 1741, Vitus Bering first arrived in Alaska. He promptly visited the Chick-Fil-A drive-thru to assure them that he was totally a Strait. • On this date in 1882, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” debuted in Moscow. It was written to commemorate the successful defense of Russia against Napoleon’s invading forces, and to provide cool music for | Read More »

    Daily Links – August 15, 2012

    Today is August 15th. • On this date in 1057, King Macbeth of Scotland was slain by Malcolm Canmore. Canmore’s father, King Duncan, had been murdered by Macbeth 17 years earlier. What a drama. Someone should write a play or something about those dudes! • Also on this date, in 1947, British rule of India ended, with the subcontinent being divided into the two independent | Read More »

    Daily Links – August 14, 2012

    Today is August 14th. Today the Daily Links returns after a prolonged hiatus due to preparation for the RedState Gathering. • On this date in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Also on this date, in 2025, the whole thing went bankrupt and fell apart, probably. • On this date in 1945, President Harry Truman revealed Japan’s unconditional surrender and the | Read More »

    Arkansas Democrat Puts On A Weird Show

    I just … I don’t even … wut? The above video shows Democrat State Senator Gene Jeffress, who is running for Congress in Arkansas against Republican Tom Cotton, answering a question about healthcare. The first weird thing Jeffress did was get down on his knees in front of a woman, like maybe he was going to whisper the secret 11 herbs and spices to her. | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 21, 2012

    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 | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 20, 2012

    Today is June 20th. • On this date in 1782, Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States. It took six years of discussion and debate to finalize the seal, during which one congressman said they would have to pass the seal in order to see what was on it. • On this date in 1863, West Virginia was admitted to the Union as | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 19, 2012

    Today is June 19th. • On this date in 1856, the first national convention for the Republican Party, which had been formed only two years before by anti-slavery activists, drew to a close in Philadelphia. Dick Cheney presided. • On this date in 1905, the world’s first nickelodeon opened to much fanfare in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Spongebob Squarepants presided. They had to say “nickelodeon” because the | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 18, 2012

    Today is June 18th. • On this date in 1812, the War of 1812 began. (The guy that names the wars was out sick that day.) The war officially ended on December 24, 1814, though additional battles took place before the word got out. Awkward. • Also on this date, in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated near the town of Waterloo at the famous Battle | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 15, 2012

    Today is June 15th. On this date in 1215, King John put his royal seal on the first part of the Magna Carta, an early example of limitations on the authority of a monarch and codification of the rights of citizens under the law. Plus it would make a great band name, so there’s that. Also on this date, in 1300, Dante, of “‘s Inferno” | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 14, 2012

    Today is June 14th. Today is Flag Day, a day commemorating the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. Today is also the Army’s birthday. It wanted to go to Chuck E. Cheese again this year, but I told it it was getting too old for that. In all seriousness, though, happy birthday soldiers, and God Bless. Also on | Read More »

    Daily Links: – June 13, 2012

    Today is June 13th. On this date in 1922, Charles Osborne got the hiccups. The attack lasted continuously for 68 years, putting him in the Guiness world record book. It is estimated that he hiccuped over 430 million times. It is also estimated that he said the words “yes, I’ve tried that” over 200 million times. Also on this date, in 1983, Pioneer 10 crossed | Read More »

    New Ad: Answers and Accountability

    Above is a new ad from American Future Fund calling for the President to give the American people answers and to hold people accountable in the still ongoing Fast & Furious scandal. It’s time. As Duane Lester at LibertyNews notes, you can also sign a petition at Grassfire in support of those members of Congress who are calling for Eric Holder to resign. The stonewalling | Read More »

    Daily Links – June 12, 2012

    Today is June 12, 2012. On this date in 1979, cyclist Bryan Allen became the first person to cross the English Channel in a human-powered aircraft, piloting the Gossamer Albatross. The plane weighed only 70 pounds when empty, and was powered by pedaling. His only complaints about the journey were being groped by the TSA before takeoff, and that his luggage ended up in Belgium. | Read More »

    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 »