URLs du Jour

2017-01-13

Friday the Thirteenth! Oooh. Be careful out there.

  • At Reason, David Harsanyi confronts "The Comforting Convictions of Obama's Farewell Speech"

    Obama loves to conflate progressivism and patriotism, pitting the forces of decency and empathy—his own—against the self-serving profiteers and meddling reactionaries who stand in the way. All of it is swathed in phony optimism.

    And Jonah Goldberg observes: "Obama’s Farewell Address Was a Campaign Rally in Disguise"

    Barack Obama formally ended his presidency the way he came in, talking to adoring fans about how lucky we are to have him in our lives.

    And at the WSJ, Richard Beneddetto asks the musical question: "How Can We Miss a President Who Won’t Go Away?" Because, unlike most other ex-Presidents, Obama is sticking around in D.C., at least for a while. Interesting:

    One must go back nearly a century, to Woodrow Wilson, to find another president who stayed in Washington after leaving office. But Wilson was too ill to become a political force.

    All modern presidents are probably above average on ego, but both Obama and Trump are outliers.

  • At NR, Alexandra Desanctis notes two tweets from Marilyn Geewax, Senior Business Editor at National Public Radio:

    Yes, Ms. Geewax thought her year-old tweet was so insightful, she resurrected it yesterday.

    Reader, if you think Price is pro-cancer because he declined to join in the mindless clapping at a State of the Union speech, congratulations: you have the policy analysis tools necessary to become an NPR senior editor!

  • You don't think you need something until you see it: the "Animal Fart Database" Yay!

    I must quote the entry for "Domesticated Dogs". Do they fart? Yes, […]

    but often takes blame from nearby hominid, Boston Terriers are famous for their farting; known to scare selves with their farts

    Pun Salad Truth-O-Meter: True!

  • Maybe I've overdosed on so many pretentious celebrity videos that my judgment is skewed, but I kind of liked this one:

    Me and you too, I hope.