The following are all taken from James Taranto's newsletter for Thursday, June 1, or one June as they say in Britland…
There seems to be a pattern here. The New York Times reports:
The White House confirmed on Thursday that it had explored the possibility of an administration job for a Democratic politician in Colorado to sidetrack his primary challenge to Senator Michael Bennet, much as it did in a Pennsylvania primary.
Even if no laws have technically been violated, though, here's a political observation. Obama became president because he took on the candidate of his party's establishment–someone who started off almost as heavily favored as if she had been an incumbent. Aren't those who supported Obama against Hillary Clinton disappointed to see his administration turn into an incumbent-protection racket, with the help of Mrs. Clinton's husband?
Worse yet, one of the incumbents Obama tried to protect was Sen. Arlen Specter (R2D2, Pa.). The last time Specter needed to fend off a challenge from within his own party was in 2004, when he got help from George W. Bush. Next we suppose Obama will say Specter was just part of the "mess" he "inherited."
Return to Sender
That Gaza-bound "humanitarian aid flotilla" turns out to have been a charade, the Jerusalem Post reports. Shocking, we know:
Hamas refused on Wednesday to allow the aid equipment that was captured by the IDF aboard the flotilla ships earlier this week to enter the Gaza Strip.
"We refuse to receive the humanitarian aid until all those who were detained aboard the ships are released," said Ahmed Kurd, Minister for Social Welfare in the Hamas government said.
CNN reports that "an Irish-owned aid ship headed for Gaza is delaying its voyage for a while":
The MV Rachel Corrie, named for an American activist killed in Gaza several years ago, was expected to arrive late Friday or early Saturday off the coast of Gaza. Israel was offering to unload it in its Ashdod port, screen the material and then deliver it to Gaza, but fears of another high-seas confrontation were in the offing.
Corrie, of course, was the terror advocate who caused her own accidental death when she stood in front of an Israeli bulldozer that was filling a tunnel used to smuggle weapons in from Egypt.
Politico, meanwhile, reports that Vice President Biden has weighed in on the Monday incident in which several violent peace activists were killed:
"I think Israel has an absolute right to deal with its security interest. I put all this back on two things: one, Hamas, and, two, Israel's need to be more generous relative to the Palestinian people who are in trouble in Gaza," Biden said, according to a transcript of the interview, in which he went on to discuss Hamas's control of Gaza:
"[The Israelis have] said, 'Here you go. You're in the Mediterranean. This ship–if you divert slightly north you can unload it and we'll get the stuff into Gaza.' So what's the big deal here? What's the big deal of insisting it go straight to Gaza? Well, it's legitimate for Israel to say, 'I don't know what's on that ship. These guys are dropping eight–3,000 rockets on my people,' " Biden said.
We don't say this often, but Joe Biden makes a lot of sense.
The Favorite Lost but Covered the Spread
"In yet another nod to the protection of fledgling self-esteem, an Ottawa children's soccer league has introduced a rule that says any team that wins a game by more than five points will lose by default," reports the National Post.
It's not just Canadians whose self-esteem is battered by the "sport" of soccer. Not long ago a friend forwarded an email from a kids' soccer coach right here in America, which cited "a number of instances of significant point spreads in games that are just unacceptable." The coach offered the following advice on how to avoid big wins:
There are a myriad of options available to you, including having your players shoot with their off foot, complete a certain number of passes first, only shoot off of a pass, etc. You can also put your strong players in defense, weak players in goal and sub players out if they don't listen. While I generally don't recommend removing players from the field, in extreme cases that may be necessary. The primary purpose is to create an environment where your players understand that beating up on a weaker team serves no purpose.
And remember, creating an environment where your players understand that beating up on a weaker team serves no purpose isn't everything, it's the only thing.
Editor's note: The last story is a perfect example of why I love to post excerpts from James Taranto. Not only does he wrote better than I and save me a lot of time, but he also sees humor in people whose only value I can see is from organ donation.