The Watercooler, 8/16/17 - OPEN THREAD

watercoolerWelcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…


Weird News



A Random Rant

Just had a non-productive exchange with the folks at Browning. I’m looking for a 30mm scope ring, 25mm from rail to centerline, I fire off a note asking if they have anything that height noting that I’m looking to mount an Aimpoint red-dot sight rather than a traditional scope, and all they can do is keep pressing about “need dimensions on your scope.” It’s like, “I know the height I need, 25mm, do ya have a ring that height or not? Did my email get rerouted to a Helldesk in India or something?”

Object Lesson: When someone asks a simple question, don’t overthink it. A Yes/No question only needs a Yes/No answer.


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 8/13: Penobscot Expedition defeated, 1779; first women enlist in USMC, 1918; Apollo 11 astronauts released from quarantine, 1969
  • Monday, 8/14: Seminoles’ final defeat, 1842; Social Security Act signed, 1935; Hirohito orders Japan’s surrender, 1945
  • Tuesday, 8/15: Lafayette returns to tour US, 1824; Panama Canal opens, 1914; Woodstock opens, 1969
  • Wednesday, 8/16: Battle of Bennington, 1777; Klondike Gold Rush begins, 1896; HUAC investigates Vietcong collaborators, 1966
  • Thursday, 8/17: First commercial steamboat service, 1807; Seattle’s Pike Place Market opens, 1907; Patton takes Messina, 1943
  • Friday, 8/18: Battle of Globe Tavern, 1864; 19th Amendment ratified, 1920; Marines win first major battle in Vietnam, 1965
  • Saturday, 8/19: Constitution defeats Guerriere, 1812; NY Herald breaks news of California Gold Rush, 1848; F-14s down Libyan Su-22s over Gulf of Sidra, 1981

Today’s Birthdays: “Felix the Cat” co-creator Otto Messmer, 1892; author Charles Bukowski, 1920; actor Robert Culp and footballer Frank Gifford, 1930.

Holidays Around the World: It’s National Airborne Day. Vermont commemorates Bennington Battle Day, Japan’s city of Kyoto observes Gozan no Okuribi and the Dominican Republic celebrates Restoration Day.

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

Gratuitous Gun Giveaways

*Note: FMG Publishing giveaways require you to provide an FFL dealer’s info at entry. Aero Precision giveaways give me one entry each per person who uses my referral link.

Image by TheWMatt, used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
Image by TheWMatt, used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0


We’re down a writer again with Grumpy having been Called Home, which means we’re looking for another hand on deck. Nothing really complicated, just about 400-600 words on whatever’s caught your attention that day; doesn’t have to be anything big, just maybe summarize and link a few things that grabbed your eye and add a dash of your own commentary. We’re pretty open about letting individual contributors develop their own individual styles; no AP or SPJ Style Manual horse-puckey here, just write whatever you have inside you bursting to get out that day.

Please direct inquiries into the Comment Thread.

Quote of the Day

Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy.–Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Hope you found something worth wetting your whistle with, and now the floor is yours for the day’s musings, gossip and whatever else is on your mind…

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