Daily Links - May 9, 2012

Today is May 9th. On this date in 1962, scientists in Lexington, Massachusetts successfully bounced a laser off the moon for the first time. The moon surrendered to scientists shortly thereafter in the famous “Lunar Peace Accords” negotiated by Jackie Gleason. As part of the agreement, the show The Honeymooners aired its final episode on this date in 1971. Also on this date, in 1950, L. Ron Hubbard published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, the foundational book in Scientology. As soon as it hit the shelves, Hubbard danced and jumped all over Oprah’s sofa, then blocked Trey Parker and Matt Stone on Twitter. And finally, today is “National Lost Sock Memorial Day”. Please observe a moment of silence. We are all socks today. Consider this an Open Thread.

Get ready for the Postal Service bailout | Human Events
“To illustrate just how much of a joke the Senate postal bailout is, the comedians at House Oversight uploaded YouTube video of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid explaining why seniors ‘love junk mail,’ because it’s ‘sometimes their only way of communicating, or feeling they’re part of the real world.’”

Juddmentum for Obama challenger, federal inmate Keith Judd? Aw yeah! | Twitchy
“This morning, conservatives on Twitter are continuing to have a blast with the #Juddmentum hashtag.”

Video: What a history lesson can do for an Occupier | Hot Air
“The irony here, of course, is that the history lesson of democracy gets delivered by a former refugee from the former Soviet Union, but the history lesson doesn’t just end with the USA.”

Big Labor Attempts to Commandeer American Airlines | CFIF
“Instead of allowing American’s bankruptcy restructuring process to run its natural course, and a stronger airline to emerge, American’s unions have acted in a manner that can only serve to muddle and complicate the situation.”

Protesters Went Nuts On Bank Of America’s Shareholder Meeting And The Results Were Hilarious | Business Insider
“Occupy movement protesters descended upon Bank of America’s Charlotte, North Carolina headquarters today to disrupt the annual shareholder’s meeting.”

Today’s Word of the Day comes via Dictionary.com
cicatrix (SIK-uh-triks): noun 1. New tissue that forms over a wound. 2. Botany. A scar left by a fallen leaf, seed, etc.