So Much for the 8th Amendment

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on January 30, 2014

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

So Much for the 8th Amendment 
“Judge Sentences Eco-Terrorist to Read Malcolm Gladwell’s New Book While in Prison”–headline,, Jan. 28


Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control
“Chinese Now Drink More Red Wine Than the French”–headline, Agence France-Presse, Jan. 29

News You Can Use 
“You can tax the rich, you can educate the poor, but there is another way to reduce the nation’s growing income inequality: Marry your scullery maid.”–Shaila Dewan, New York Times website, Jan. 27

Bottom Story of the Day
“Jimmy Carter Writing Book on Women’s Rights”–headline, Associated Press, Jan. 28

‘Bump’ Is the New ‘Misspoke’
From a “fact check” of the State of the Union address by the Associated Press’s Calvin Woodward:

It seems to be something of an occupational hazard for President Barack Obama: When he talks about his health care law, he’s bound to hit a fact bump sooner or later.

Gotta love that “fact bump.” Obama’s speech might not have had much else to recommend it, but at least it’s given us a new euphemism.

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