URLs du Jour — 2013-07-29

  • I obviously looked "extra
pickle-licious" while ordering... Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the Greatest Food in Human History. Kyle Smith will tell you why.

    Seriously, it's what I usually get for lunch when I didn't bring leftovers from home. It's a quick turnaround at the Lee Traffic Circle. And I am your typical miserly New Englander.

    But you should read Kyle's column for a more serious point: people who want to deny other people access to McDonald's are not doing them any favors. Using the government strongarm to drive up McDonald's costs also has negative impact on the poor.

    (More commentary from Molly Hemingway at Ricochet; the March Freakonomics post that got the story started.)

  • Too obvious, and yet too perfect:
    • President Obama, in his July 27 weekly address:

      And as long as I have the privilege of holding this office, I will spend every minute of every day doing everything in my power to make this economy work for working Americans again; …

    • And later that same day

      President Obama is playing his usual round of Saturday golf with his usual roundup of junior aides.

    How big a rube do you have to be in order to believe anything this guy says?

  • Potential Presidential candidates are known for bland pronouncements, not wishing to write off any potential supporters. To his credit, Chris Christie is not that kinda guy:

    'As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001,' Christie told his audience on Thursday, 'I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought.'

    On the other hand, he made it a lot more likely that he'll inherit the Mike Huckabee role in the upcoming campaign, another fat guy (well, used to be fat) who dissed people concerned about eroding liberty.