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    Daily Links – August 27, 2012

    Today is August 27th. • On this date in 1883, Krakatoa erupted in what was the most powerful volcanic blast in recorded history. The blast was heard up to 3,000 miles away, blew five cubic miles of debris over 50 miles high into the atmosphere, and was generally considered to be a very rude thing for an island to do. The veil of dust in | Read More »

    Daily Links – August 24, 2012

    Today is August 24th. • On this date in AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, famously destroying the city of Pompeii. The buried city was lost for over 1700 years, until the remains were rediscovered in 1748. Among the ruins were people frozen in ash, art works, pottery, and of course, Ron Paul campaign materials. • Also on this date, in 1959, Daniel K. Inouye was | Read More »

    Daily Links – August 23, 2012

    Today is August 23rd. • On this date in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama announced his selection of Joe Biden for running mate in the presidential election. “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” Said everyone everywhere. • On this date in 1305, William Wallace | Read More »

    Interestingly Interesting Item of Interest

    “It is very rare I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person. Usually the folks want to take a picture with me, sit next to me, talk to me. That has not been the case at this event and I completely understand.” – President Obama, speaking to the crowd at his “NBA heroes” fundraiser on Wednesday. He once | Read More »

    Daily Links – August 22, 2012

    Today is August 22nd. • On this date in 1902, Teddy Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to ride in an automobile. The car was a Columbia Electric Victoria Phaeton. After the ride, Roosevelt famously told the manufacturer “you didn’t build that.” • On this date in 1906, the first Victrola, manufactured by the Victor Talking Machine Company, was sold. The company’s motto was “I’m | Read More »

    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 »