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Your Abbreviated Pundit Round-up

January 4th, 2010, 04:01 am admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Sunday, and I still keep writing ‘09 instead of ‘10. It’ll come in time… for ‘11. And Connecticut now requires area codes for local calls. Wish I could remember how to program the cellphone. Oh, well, the pundits call it progress… now where did I put that Top 10 list of Top 10 lists?


If we have overindulged in anything these past several days, it is neither holiday ham nor American football; it is Top 10 lists. We have been stuffed full of them. Even in these self-restrained pages, it has been impossible to avoid the end-of-the-decade accountings of the 10 best such-and-suches and the 10 worst fill-in-the-blanks.

And so, in the spirit of rock star excess, I offer yet another.

Nick Kristof has his list of Top 10 micronutrients (what we used to call “vitamins and minerals”.)

So what’s the most scrumptious, wholesome, exquisite, healthful, gratifying food in the world?

It’s not ambrosia, and it’s not even pepperoni pizza. Hint: It’s far cheaper. A year’s supply costs less than the cheapest hamburger.

Frank Ahrens: Top 10 bankster quotes:

Lloyd Blankfein

Goldman Sachs chief executive, responding to the Times of London about criticism of the firm’s big bonuses, on Nov. 8

What he said: “He’s “doing God’s work.”
What he meant: “It’s a joke. Get it?”

Blankfein, days later, when announcing a multimillion-dollar PR program to help small businesses:

What he said: “I apologize.”
What he meant: “Yeah, not so funny. My bad. [Pause.] By the way: We’re still giving out bonuses.”

Kevin Huffman: Top 10 ways to fix the education system. Start with getting better administrators, fire lousy teachers and get parents to do their job. Simple, no?

Steven Flynn: Top 10 5 WoT® myths. My favorite?

1. Terrorism is the gravest threat facing the American people.

The threat from too many Top 10 lists is actually far greater. It’s a good piece, but Flynn was apparently kidnapped before he could finish the last 5. Still polls (like the NY Times poll) show terrorism coming in at less than 1% ranking for “most important problem”. I should send this to Maureen Dowd.

Wait… who are those guys with sunglasses and ear pieces at the front door? And what’s a black helicopter doing on my lawn?

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