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 Lewis teamed up with Dean Martin to do stand-up comedy and movies, which Clark thought “diluted the brand.” Also on this date, in 1998, the final episode of Seinfeld aired on NBC. What‘s the deal with that? Today is also George Lucas’ birthday. Activities include: creating something awesome, letting people grow to love it, and then setting it on fire and throwing it off a cliff. And finally, today is National Chicken Dance Day! Dance while you can; the Center for the Advancement of Chicken Americans has decried the holiday as offensive and is looking to have it banned. Foghorn Leghorn could not be reached for comment, and was delicious. Consider this an Open Thread.


TARGET: ALEC | Free Beacon
“Leading progressive organizers met on May 10 to coordinate their attack plan against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), discussing ways to pressure corporations into abandoning the group for its small-government advocacy and turn against what they call the ‘vast, right-wing conspiracy.’”

Protesters rush into building housing Obama campaign headquarters | WGN
“Dozens of demonstrators dashed into the Loop building housing President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters this morning, slipping past security guards and running up escalators as they kicked off what they called a ‘Week Without Capitalism.’”

DNC Turning Down Wisconsin Democrats’ Requests? | Jim Geraghty
“Interesting: The DNC is refusing to kick in $500,000 to help Wisconsin Democrats unseat Scott Walker.”

Pro-subsidy does not equal pro-business | John Sununu
“The important question, though, is whether the policy is economically efficient and fair. Sometimes even great-sounding programs are a poor use of taxpayer funds, but no politician likes to say no.”

Jonah Goldberg: The political ‘center’ is a myth [VIDEO] | Daily Caller
“The political ‘center’ pined after by many journalists, pundits and lawmakers doesn’t exist, National Review Online editor Jonah Goldberg said in an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas.”


Today’s Member Diary of the Day is:
Rick Perry endorses Pete Hegseth(SEN PRI, MN), from Hooah_Mac.

Today’s Word of the Day comes via Dictionary.com.
toxophilite (tok-sof-uh-lahyt): noun a devotee of archery; archer.


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