This is a true feel-good doodle, drawn by a medieval reader and found in the lower margin of a 13th-century page. The surprisingly modern-looking smiley face is wearing glasses and seems to float towards the text in a balloon, quite content. This little scene made my day.
Pic: Conches, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 7 (main text 13th century, doodle 14th or 15th century).
Apparently, being a high school drop-out and attending community college are justifiable barriers to employment. There are obvious undertones of class and elitism in this smear and at this point, I am not surprised that liberals would go to such lengths to protect their president.
I don’t know that this is confined to liberals. It’s just the latest easy venue for the age-old Let’s Be Snobby game. Because, you know, for me to be great, somebody’s got to be incompetent loser riff-raff, and there *must* be a quick-and-easy way to tell…
Journalism cannot reasonably be expected thus to insist upon the permanent miracles. Busy editors cannot be expected to put on their posters, “Mr. Wilkinson Still Safe,” or “Mr. Jones, of Worthing, Not Dead Yet.” They cannot announce the happiness of mankind at all. They cannot describe all the forks that are not stolen, or all the marriages that are not judiciously dissolved. Hence the complex picture they give of life is of necessity fallacious; they can only represent what is unusual. However democratic they may be, they are only concerned with the minority.