Watercooler 5/11 Open Thread: Speeding Delivery, Lottery Musings, Conduct Unbecoming Petition to RNC

#NeverTrumpNeverKasich #NotInMYNamewatercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got… well, we’ve got a short one.


And People Say Cops Are Heartless Thugs…

Here’s a heartwarming one from the Boys in Blue. Two LAPD officers started what looked like a routine traffic stop for speeding on Mother’s Day, only to find the passenger in labor. Thoughts of traffic stop aside, they provided an escort to the nearest hospital, even doing the delivery when the Big Moment came not even allowing Mom time to get out of the car. Shout-out to Brian Armendariz and Maraea Toomalatai for nicely demonstrating the spirit behind “To Protect And Serve.”


Lottery List Musings…

Just for the heck of it, if you won the lottery and had the chance to buy RedState from Salem, what would you do to try to make the site a better place? I penciled out a few things a while back, like trading Disqus for a private forum to cut down the trolls, asking new members to briefly explain what “conservatism” means to them before being approved, and formally chartering the site as a Non-Profit Org with tiered membership levels–most folks would have free accounts, but commercial/lobbyist sites like F35 dot com, the RNC and candidates would have membership fees under my tenure .

This Week In History

  • Sunday, May 8: Coca-Cola first sold, 1886; Paramount Pictures founded, 1912; V-E day celebrated, 1945; smallpox eradicated, 1980
  • Monday, May 9: New York Central RR engineer Charlie Hogan first man to break 100mph, 1893; Byrd & Bennett claim flight over North Pole, 1926; House Judiciary opens Nixon impeachment hearings, 1974
  • Tuesday, May 10: 2nd Continental Congress begins and Ft. Ticonderoga taken, 1775; Golden Spike laid, 1869; SCOTUS declares tomato “vegetable,” 1893; first flight of A-10 Warthog, 1972
  • Wednesday, May 11: Congress debates Declaration of War with Mexico, 1846; Pullman Strike, 1894; Eichmann captured, 1960; first heart-lung transplant, 1987
  • Thursday, May 12: Charleston falls, 1780: “the Bloody Angle,” 1864; founders of Alcoholics Anonymous first meet, 1935; US and Canada sign NORAD agreement, 1958
  • Friday, May 13: Robert Smalls first black American warship captain, 1862; Axis forces in N. Africa surrender, 1943; Velcro trademarked, 1958; Johnny Carson’s last appearance, 1994
  • Saturday, May 14: Lewis & Clark Expedition begins, 1804; Warsaw Pact signed, 1955; Skylab launched, 1973

Today’s Birthdays: “Siamese Twins” Chang & Eng Bunker, 1811; pianist Irving Berlin, 1888; physicist Richard Feynman, 1918; actor Jeffrey Donovan, 1968 (Happy Birthday, Mr. Westen!)

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.

Quote of the Day

“ObamaCare: Because Grandma is Shovel Ready.”–bumper sticker seen on a car in my neighbor’s parking lot

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Now that you’ve sampled these modest offerings, feel free to bring some of your own to the potluck table. And if you haven’t signed Martin Knight’s Petition to Deny Trump the Nomination for Character Unbecoming POTUS, it’s at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/republican-national-convention-delegates-should. Go. Do it, NOW, and tell all your friends and family too–we’re up to 1,350 signatures but the (I think optimistic, I woulda started at 10K and moved up from that as support drew near) target is around a hundred times that, and I’m not sure even that will really be enough to make an impression. And particularly make sure to tell any RNC Delegates, especially Rules Committee members, in your circles.





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