Watercooler 12/14 Open Thread: Quick Hits

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


Quickie Roundup: A Little Weird, A Little Heartwarming, and A Little Heartwrenching


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 12/11: UNC chartered, 1789; Indiana statehood, 1816; USMC sinks Japan’s first lost WWII warship at Wake Island, final lunar landing, 1972
  • Monday, 12/12: Penn. ratiies Constitution, 1789; sinking of USS Cairo, 1862; Panay Incident, 1937
  • Tuesday, 12/13: Dartmouth founded, 1769; Lee defeats Burnside at Fredericksburg, 1862; Saddam Hussein captured, 2003
  • Wednesday, 12/14: Alabama statehood, 1819; plutonium first isolated, 1940; Cernan leaves last-to-date footprint on moon, 1972
  • Thursday, 12/15: Virginia ratification makes Bill of Rights law, 1791; Prohibition repealed, 1933; “Boeing”* 787 first flight, 2009
  • Friday, 12/16: Boston Tea Party, 1773; first two of four major New Madrid Fault quakes**, 1811; TR’s Great White Fleet sets sail to circle the globe, 1907
  • Saturday, 12/17: France diplomatically recognizes USA, 1777; first powered flight, 1903; first flights of DC-3, 1935, B-47 Stratojet, 1947, and combat debut of F-86 Sabre, 1950

*”Real Boeing” died with the McDonnell takeover/so-called “merger” August 1, 1997. As the McDouchebags said at the time, “we bought Boeing using Boeing’s own money”…

**The first of these caused damage as far away as the under construction Capitol in DC.

Today’s Birthdays: New York Central RR founder Erastus Corning, 1794; aviation hero Jimmy Doolittle, 1896; actress Patty Duke and talent agent Michael Ovitz, 1946; FBI director James Comey, 1960.

Holidays Around the World: It’s Alabama Day. Tokyo observes 47 Ronin Remembrance Day in memory of almost four dozen samurai who gave their lives in the name of honor and avenging their slain master, Bangladesh has Martyred Intellectuals Day and internationally it’s Monkey Day.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from History.com 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.

**Note: For each of you who enter, you also give me an extra entry

Pet Peeves

It occurs to me that as we approach the holiday season, it might be cathartic to have a little mini-Festivus, just blow off some steam about those little things that really irk us just between you and me and a few of our closest RedState friends around the Watercooler. I’ll go first: pundits, personalities, Serious Personalities, including a few around this very site, who can’t be bothered to either use spellcheck or crack open a dictionary. “Amendment” is TWO M’s, NOT three, and if you don’t take your writing seriously enough to check spelling and grammar, how do you expect me or anyone to take IT or YOU seriously? I’m not talking Discus threads here, but rather main Front Page articles…

Okay, rant over, I feel much better now. Who wants to go next? 🙂

Quote of the Day

With the holidays approaching…

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.–Andy Rooney


As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Now that you’ve had a little to take the edge off your thirst–hey, where’d my Eggnog Shake go?–you’re invited to pull up a chair and share your own juicy scuttlebutt.

#NoQuarter #TheParty’sOver

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