It’s Always in the Last Place You Look

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on August 26, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

haikuIt’s Always in the Last Place You Look 
“Haikus Found in Supreme Court Opinions”–headline, Washington Post website, Aug. 22

Out on a Limb
“U.S. Strikes in Syria Against Islamic State Would Be Hindered by Intelligence Gaps”–headline, Washington Post, Aug. 24

He’s 1 for 2

“By making constancy and sacrifice his big themes, [Sen. John] McCain can also take some of the focus off of his political problem and reframe his campaign around the larger mission he thinks we have to get right.”–John Dickerson,, Aug. 3, 2007

  • “McCain Pushes Immigration Reform Bill”–headline, Washington Post, June 4, 2007
  • “McCain Adjusts Immigration Stance: GOP hopeful emphasizes securing borders first”–headline, NBCNews, Nov. 3, 2007
  • “McCain, continuing his headlong retreat, has praised the draconian law that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed last week to require police to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect to be in the state illegally.”–Ronald Brownstein, National Journal, May 1, 2010
  • “John McCain Pushes for Immigration Reform”–video title, NBCNews, March 26, 2013
  • “McCain Retreats on Immigration Reform”–headline, KPNX-TV website (Phoenix), Aug. 25, 2014

Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate
“An article last Sunday about the millennial generation’s civic-mindedness included several errors. Applications to the Peace Corps recently have been in decline, with a 34 percent decrease from the peak in 2009, and applications to Teach for America decreased slightly last year; neither organization has seen ‘record numbers of new college graduates’ applying for jobs. Nor are there comprehensive statistics showing such an increase for AmeriCorps, a federal program partnering with thousands of organizations nationwide. Because of the program’s decentralized structure, some applications go to its member organizations; therefore, AmeriCorps says, it cannot account for all those applications.”–New York Times, Aug. 24

Funky Cold Medina
“A sign advertising the bacon at a Vermont diner has been taken down after a Muslim resident complained about the sign on the Internet and sparked a massive backlash against the restaurant, Sneakers Bistro,” writes National Review’s Andrew Johnson.

According to a local news story, the sign–a gratuity for the restaurant’s participation in a local volunteer project, read: “Yield for Sneakers Bacon”:

The mayor of the town, Winooski, Vt., commended the diner for taking down the sign. “The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it’s not always comfortable,” Mayor Katherine “Deac” Decarreau told the television network. “It’s a fascinating place with lots of opportunities for conversation. The city has to pay attention to a lot of factors while acting within what we can regulate.”

Winooski is “a fabulous artist mecca,” Mayor Deac has told the Center for Media and Democracy. “Winooski has always welcomed immigrants,” she said, “including my ancestors who spoke only French in 1835 when they arrived here.”

An “artist mecca”? Does that mean non-artists aren’t allowed within the town limits?

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