Make That 21

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on October 14, 2014

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

Out on a Limb

  • “Ebola Spread Shows Flaws in Protective Gear and Procedures”—headline, ScientificAmerican, Oct. 10
  • “Pregnant Austrian Teens in ISIS: We’ve Made a Huge Mistake”—headline, New York Post, Oct. 10

What Would We Do Without Experts?
“Expert: US Ebola Transmission ‘Distressing’ ”—headline,, Oct. 12

“What It’s Like to Carry Your Nobel Prize through Airport Security”—headline,, Oct. 10

Make That 21

  • “The 20 Worst Superheroes”—headline, April 13, 2010
  • “Dairy Industry Is Creating a Super Cow”—headline, Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.), Oct. 12, 2014

News You Can Use
“How to Rob a Bank in Bangladesh”—headline, New York Times, Oct. 11

Bottom Stories of the Day

  • “Arriving Passenger at LAX Found Not to Have Ebola”—headline, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12
  • “Kerry to Call for Renewed Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks”—headline, Times of Israel, Oct. 11

Bad to Verse
Friday’s column on Kentucky’s troubled Senate nominee prompts reader Roald Simonson to propose an “Alison Lundergan Grimes Limerick Challenge.” [Alison Lundergan Grimes is Kentucky’s secretary of state and the Democratic challenger to the state’s senior senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In an editorial board meeting Thursday with the Louisville Courier-Journal, she “refused to say…if she voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012,” the paper reports.]  Here is reader Roald Simonson’s limerick entry:

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Has committed unspeakable crimes
Despite how she’s quoted
For Obama she has voted
Like a dunce not once but both times!

The trouble is that while “Alison Lundergan Grimes” has just the right rhythm to open a limerick, it has surprisingly few rhymes (although one of them is “rhymes”). That said, we thought we’d take a crack at it:

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Is going through difficult times
But in her defense
If she has 10 cents
Per Obama vote, that’s just two dimes

By all means email us* if you can top that. [*email James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal at:]

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