Watercooler 1-18 Open Thread: SHOT Show; HELP WANTED

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

New Stuff from SHOT Show

That’s it for now, hopefully more goodies to cover after the show wraps in next week’s Watercooler.


This Week In History

  • Sunday, 1/15: USS President captured, 1815; Dems first symbolized with jackass, 1870; Sarah Jane Moore gets life sentence for attempted killing of President Ford, 1976
  • Monday, 1/16: Fremont appointed first Governor of California Territory, 1847; Pendleton Act establishes Civil Service system, 1883; B-52s fire first shots of Gulf War, 1991
  • Tuesday, 1/17: Battle of the Cowpens, 1781; Thurston overthrows Kingdom of Hawaii, 1893; Popeye debuts, 1929
  • Wednesday, 1/18: Cook discovers Hawaii, 1778; Jefferson asks Congress to fund Lewis & Clark Expedition, 1803; Boston Strangler convicted, 1967
  • Thursday, 1/19: Battle of Mill Springs first significant CSA defeat, 1862; first overhead-wired electric lighting enters service, 1883; Lucille Ball gives birth on-air during I Love Lucy episode, 1953
  • Friday, 1/20: Senate authorizes Navy lease of Pearl Harbor, 1887; Iranian hostage crisis ends 20 minutes after Reagan inaugurated, 1981
  • Saturday, 1/21: Kiwanis founded in Detroit, 1915; siege of Khe Sanh firebase begins, 1968; Gingrich first sitting Speaker reprimanded by House, 1997

Today’s Birthdays: Statesman Daniel Webster, 1782; author A. A. Milne, 1882; actors Oliver Hardy, 1892 and Cary Grant, 1904; sound engineer Ray Dolby, 1933

Holidays Around the World: Today kicks off Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and it’s Royal Thai Armed Forces 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. Aero Precision giveaways give me one entry each for the first ten people who use my referral link.


Image by TheWMatt, used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0
Image by TheWMatt, used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0


The Watercooler has a job to do and maybe a job for YOU! It’s nothing really complicated, just about 400-600 words on whatever’s caught your attention that day; doesn’t have to be anything big, just maybe summarize and link a few things that grabbed your eye and add a dash of your own commentary. We’re pretty open about letting individual contributors develop their own individual styles; no AP or SPJ Style Manual horse-puckey here, just write whatever you have inside you bursting to get out that day.

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Quote of the Day

“I would like to apologize to anyone I have NOT offended. Please be patient, I will get to you shortly.”–Unknown

As always, the Watercooler is an Open Thread. Hopefully you found something tasty, and now it’s your turn to leave your own offerings.

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