RedState's Watercooler, 1/10 Open Thread: Resolutions for the New Year and a Look at Old Ones Gone By


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

New Year’s Resolutions?

Here we are a little over a week into the New Year, so I just thought it might be an appropriate time to invite a discussion about our New Years Resolutions, what we made and how we’re doing keeping ’em. (Mine was simple: I resolve not to MAKE any NY Resolutions… so I only have to fight with it one day out of the year.)



Weird News


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 1/7: First Presidential election, 1789; first trans-Atlantic phone service, 1927; H-bomb development announced, 1953
  • Monday, 1/8: Battle of New Orleans, 1815; National Debt is zero for only time, 1835; Crazy Horse’s final defeat, 1877
  • Tuesday, 1/9: Paine’s Common Sense published, 1776; merchant Star of the West fired on attempting to supply Ft. Sumter, 1861; 007/Aston Martin relationship established in Goldfinger, 1965
  • Wednesday, 1/10: First steamboat reaches New Orleans, 1812; birth of Texas oil industry at Spindletop, 1901; NASA announces Saturn V rocket plans, 1962
  • Thursday, 1/11: Michigan Territory created, 1805; CSS Alabama sinks USS Hatteras off Galveston, 1863; Grand Canyon Nat’l Monument created, 1908; first networked TV broadcast, 1949
  • Friday, 1/12: House rejects women’s suffrage, 1915; Landis elected first MLB Commissioner, 1921; Con(gress)man Nelson plays space-cadet aboard shuttle Columbia, 1986
  • Saturday, 1/13: Fall of Ft. Peter, Georgia, 1815; Great Fire of New Orleans, 1830; Johnny Cash’s Folsom concert, 1968

Today’s Birthdays: Outlaw Frank James, 1843; actor Ray Bolger, 1904; wearable pacemaker inventor Earl Bakken, 1924; activist David Horowitz, 1939; boxer George Foreman, 1949.

Holidays Around the World: It’s Fete de Vodoun in Benin and Majority Rule Day in the Bahamas.

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

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Quote of the Day

Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our deeds.–Miguel de Cervantes


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