Redstate's Watercooler, 12/27 Open Thread: Belated Festivus Invitation


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Belated Festivus: An Invitation for Airing of Grievances


Just thought, with this being my last WC until the other side of New Year’s, I’d invite one last chance for Airing of Grievances so we all can get everything off our chests and start the New Year fresh with clean slates. Who or what’s been ripping your skivvies that you just need to get it off your chest? This is your chance for a Howard Beale Moment… but in the interest of “Domestic Tranquility” I’m going to suggest leaving other RedStaters (other than me, I’m declaring myself Fair Game on this one) out of it, no matter how tempting some may be.


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 12/24: War of 1812 ended by Treaty of Ghent, 1814; first radio broadcast, 1906; Apollo 8 enters lunar orbit, 1968
  • Monday, 12/25: First documented Christmas observed in Rome, A.D. 336; Johnson pardons Confederates, 1868; Nimitz takes command, 1941
  • Tuesday, 12/26: Washington’svictory at Trenton, 1776; Siegel’s Flamingo heralds birth of modern Vegas, 1946; deathknell of the USSR, 1989
  • Wednesday, 12/27: Loss of schooner USS Carolina, 1814; first ether-assisted childbirth, 1845; Borman, Lovell and Anders return from the moon, 1968
  • Thursday, 12/28: Second Seminole War begins, 1835; X-ray discovery published, 1895; Colts defeat Giants in NFL’s first sudden-death overtime game, 1958
  • Friday, 12/29: USS Constitution takes HMS Java, 1812; Texas annexed, 1845; UK settles WWII loan debt, 2006
  • Saturday, 12/30: Gov. Moore of Carolina abandons siege of St. Augustine, 1702; Gadsden Purchase, 1853; Linebacker II ends, 1972

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Marlene Dietrich, 1901; airman Charles Sweeney, 1919; pro wrestler Bill Goldberg, 1966; author Sarah Vowell, 1969.

Holidays Around the World: It’s Emergency Rescuer’s Day in Russia and St. Stephen’s Day in Romania.

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.


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Quote of the Day

“… And God bless all of you on the good Earth.”--Frank Borman, from lunar orbit aboard Apollo 8, Christmas Eve 1968


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