Redstate's Watercooler, 2/28 Open Thread: Be Careful What You Wish For


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Be Careful What You Wish For, “Made To Care” Edition

I’ve made no secret of my longstanding skepticism of Wanker Wayne the Frenchman Fudd and his Weasel Wonks and Fairfax Ferrets at NRA HQ, but given the full-court press against the NRA and gun rights in general of late… I’ve come to believe the time has come to rally around the flagpole, because if the rock (weak as it sometimes may be) that is America’s largest gun rights organization is cracked, the others will be swept away like so much crushed gravel. So I’m going to issue a challenge: I just started an installment-plan Life Membership, and I’m challenging anyone out there who owns a gun or cares about 2A rights to match it. $600, paid $25 a month for two years… it’s giving up one or two Starbucks crappy-cinos a week. I mean,  I’m pretty much kept afloat mainly by the stipend that comes from being my mother’s live-in caregiver, and… if I can do it YOU can do it. To steal one of the Left’s own hashtags, #StrongerTogether…

#I’mTheNRANow… are you?


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 2/25: Colt patents revolver, 1836; H. R. Revels sworn in as first black Senator, 1870; first purpose-built American flattop, USS Ranger, launched, 1933
  • Monday, 2/26: Grand Canyon and Grand Teton Nat’l Parks established, 1919 and 1929; B-50 “Lucky Lady II” begins first nonstop round-the-world flight, 1949
  • Tuesday, 2/27: Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge, 1776; first New Orleans Mardi Gras, 1827; Andersonville POW camp opens, 1864; Presidential two-term limit ratified, 1951
  • Wednesday, 2/28: B&O Railroad incorporated, 1827; Carothers invents nylon, 1935; first NTSC-standard color TVs sold to public, 1954
  • Thursday, 3/1: Articles of Confederation adopted, 1781; Tyler signs Texas annexation bill, 1845; Castle Bravo H-bomb test, 1954
  • Friday, 3/2: Slave importation banned, 1807; Hayes declared 1876 election winner, 1877; Battle of the Bismarck Sea, 1943
  • Saturday, 3/3: Nassau is Marines’ first amphib assault, 1776; Missouri Compromise, 1820; AT&T incorporated, 1885; Manila retaken, 1945

Today’s Birthdays: Cartoonist Milt Caniff, 1907; racing brothers Aldo and Mario Andretti, 1940; actor John Turturro, 1957.

Holidays Around the World: Finland celebrates Kalevala Day, India has National Science Day, Taiwn observes Peace Memorial Day and in many Arab states it’s Teachers’ 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.


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Quote of the Day

In honor of the rampant Snowflakery in our educational institutions:

An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.–Anatole France

And an apt description of much of the media including some here:

Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.–Jimmy Breslin


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