Daily Links - May 8, 2012

Today is May 8th. On this date in 1886, a pharmacist named John Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia created that most immortal of soft drinks, Coca-Cola. Today it is the most recognizable trademark in the world, and the beverage of choice among hip polar bears. On this date in 1985, “New Coke” was released. It is widely perceived as the best worst marketing decision ever. Personally, I’d like to buy the world a Coke, but I can’t. Thanks a lot, Obamacare! On this date in 1884, Harry Truman was born. Also on this date, in 1945, President Harry Truman announced the end of World War II in Europe, a day referred to as V-E Day. It was a good birthday gift, but he was also pretty pleased with the tie he got. And finally, today is National No Socks Day, a complicated holiday with a long and illustrious tradition, first established accidentally by Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel. Consider this an Open Thread.


Dem Convention Returns $50k In Walmart Giftcards Under Union Pressure | Free Beacon
“The Democratic National Convention Committee has returned $50,000 in Walmart gift cards, after union complaints, reports Bloomberg:”

Rep. Marcy Kaptur Has Failed Ohio | Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher
“Look around you: Desperation. Misery. Poverty. This is the face of liberal politics. The sad realities of liberal economics. These are the end-results of Democrat leadership. This is Ohio.”

State’s junk food ban could take bite out of school fundraisers | Boston Herald
“Bake sales, the calorie-laden standby cash-strapped classrooms, PTAs and booster clubs rely on, will be outlawed from public schools as of Aug. 1 as part of new no-nonsense nutrition standards, forcing fundraisers back to the blackboard to cook up alternative ways to raise money for kids.”

Obama Admin to Reporters: We’re Watching You | Reason
“As a national security representative told Lucy Dalglish, director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, ‘We’re not going to subpoena reporters in the future. We don’t need to. We know who you’re talking to.’”

The Big Fail: Obama By The Numbers | GOP.com
A post at GOP.com in which the RNC breaks down the true costs of the Obama administration’s policies in dollars and cents. Lots and lots and lots of dollars and not much sense.


Today’s Word of the Day comes via Dictionary.com.
pother (POTH-er): noun 1. A heated discussion, debate, or argument; fuss; to-do. 2. Commotion; uproar. 3. A choking or suffocating cloud, as of smoke or dust. verb 1. To worry; bother.


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