Kevin D. Williamson detects in President Obama
a case of "A
Small Man in a Big Office". It's a very interesting take
on how character, or the lack thereof, manifests
itself, either on the playing field or in elective office:
I have seen a high-school football coach refuse to shake the hand of his opposite number after a football game in response to perceived affronts to sportsmanship, and that’s a serious thing. (They take it seriously in that other kind of football, too.) It’s basically Sampson biting his thumb at Abraham in the opening of Romeo and Juliet. “When good manners shall lie all in one or two men’s hands, and they unwashed, too, ’tis a foul thing.” You don’t shake hands with somebody who has behaved dishonorably.
I do not think I would shake hands with Barack Obama.
That's a thought experiment I doubt either Kevin or I would get a chance to test in real life, but I think I'd probably go the same way.
There is P.J. O'Rourke content at the Daily Beast: "Why
2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless", a quick look at both parties' likely
presidential candidates. Jeb Bush, for example:
He’s got everything.
He’s young (for a Republican), just 61.
He was a Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Texas. Hook ‘Em, Horns!
He was a successful businessman.
And a successful two-term Governor of a state where the balloting incompetence and idiocy is absolutely vital to the GOP.
He’s fluent in Spanish. His wife is Hispanic. His children are too! He’s sure to move, temporarily, from Coral Gables to Houston so he can choose fellow Floridian Marco Rubio as his running mate. Kiss the Latino vote goodbye, Democrats.
John Ellis Bush has just one problem. Perhaps you can take a “Bush-league” guess what it is. But don’t worry. Jeb is all set to legally change his name to “Scott Walker.”
You probably saw or heard about this past weekend's Saturday Night
Live opening sketch that was openly non-reverential
to President Obama and his immigration
moves a few days ago! Heresy! At Breitbart, John
Nolte noticed that the Washington Post actually
spent time fact-checking the sketch. (Something nobody
can remember happening in response to the approximately 2,396
anti-Ford/Reagan/Bush/GOP SNL sketches over the past 40
And at Hot Air, Ed Morrissey lists a few things the WaPo could also correct, for example:
- There are actually very few people with cone-shaped heads, and they rarely talk like robots.
- Don’t Fear The Reaper didn’t really need more cowbell.
- Sarah Palin never said she could see Russia from her house.
And finally, a couple of seasonal links.
Reason reports that the
latest attack in the War Against Christmas has been beaten
It's a Christmas miracle! An elementary school in a Boston suburb that was going to cancel its annual trip to see The Nutcracker has decided allowing kids to see a Christmas tree on stage will not destroy the non-Christians in the audience.
It's usually wise to check that these stories aren't coming from some wackily paranoid right-wing source, but not in this case: link above goes to WHDH, the Boston NBC affiliate.
But the season would not be complete without perusing Dave Barry’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.
But what if you want to go “old school” this holiday season? What if instead of giving your loved ones high-tech devices that will, in time, become obsolete and useless, you’d prefer to give gifts that are already useless?
In that case, you have come to the right place: our annual Holiday Gift Guide, which has been a beloved American holiday tradition dating back to the dawn of time. Each year, we scour the entire solar system, looking for unique and tasteful gift ideas. Each year, we fail utterly and wind up with a collection of random crap we found on the Internet. This is our holiday gift to you.
My "favorite" would have to be "The Meat", which is one in a series of toy action figures from to the Rocky movies.
Pictured (with handy Amazon link) at right. No, your right.[Sigh. Updated September 2022, when I finally noticed "The Meat" was no longer available at Amazon. Replaced with another holiday favorite, "Coyote Urine" from American Heritage Industries. Accept no substitutes!]