Your final Friday takes
"[straps on July 4 content helmet] I want you to hit me as hard as you can," invites Matt Pearce with the LA Times while sharing a timely Vox piece on the 3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake (at 11,000+ shares so far, most of which we are forced to assume were shared incredulously). "#4: God willing, Vox wouldn't exist," helpfully suggests Lachlan Markay at the Washington Free Beacon. People mostly were not fans. "As Vox so rightly observes, the British empire c. 1776 was all about niceness to native peoples & slaves," The Atlantic's David Frum facetiously reacts to one detail. "I know they're trolling, and I'm usually more diplomatic, but you can count on Vox for astonishingly stupid articles," concludes Byron York at the Washington Examiner. "Vox is so desperate for vapid hot takes it is now literally calling monarchy 'the best system'," independent journo Ben Norton takes it a step farther. "At my college newspaper, we'd save brainfarts like this for the advertising supplement, written under pseudonyms," declares Reason's Matt Welch. Media members even started turning on the author. "Having pored over this intriguing set of arguments against US independence, I suggest we tar and feather @dylanmatt," announces MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin. Elsewhere under the Vox media umbrella, even Verge's T.C. Sottek admits, "sorry but my colleague must be deported." Leave it to Washington Post's Mike Madden, however, to take this argument to its natural conclusion: "In the alt-history where the U.S. didn't revolt, do we have a Scotland-style secession referendum in 2015?"
In actual things that happened, Greece is split right down the middle heading into Sunday’s referendum on bailout proposals, which does not bode well for anyone. The Bloomberg co-author of that post, Matt Campbell, tweets, "Greece's future is on a knife-edge before Sunday's vote, Bloomberg poll shows. Insanely close." In American politics, you might enjoy how people in Mexico responded to Donald Trump's comments about immigrants. "'Someone recently came into the store looking for a smackable rendition of Mr Trump.' The Donald piñata is born," shares Matthew Garrahan with the Financial Times. "Lucky girl who cracks it open and gets the $$ out gets to be his 4th wife," quips Northwest Herald's Kevin Lyons. Meanwhile, Rick Perry takes a step in a different direction by apologizing to black voters for his party neglecting their demographic. "Wow, those glasses must be powerful," marvels NYT's Nate Cohn. One more political item: Jim Webb just announced his candidacy for president in no fewer than 2,000 words. "Jim Webb’s announcement could use an editor. Or even just a monkey to hit the return key a few times," muses Ryan Kearney at The New Republic.
On the investigatory beat, nearly $700 million in funds may have flowed into the personal bank accounts of Malaysia's prime minister Najib Razak. Peter Thal Larsen with Reuters calls it "Damning stuff." Also, Harper Lee’s unpublished novel "Go Set a Watchman" may have been found even earlier than previously thought. "This whole situation is increasingly disturbing," reacts BuzzFeed's Ruby Cramer. Then there's the fact that the Cardinals just fired their scouting director. "Well, dang. Hack casualty," Houston Chronicle's Jose de Jesus Ortiz puts two and two together. Also, incredibly enough (and frighteningly), news crews from two television stations in San Francisco were robbed of cameras and a camera operator was pistol-whipped while on the job, and the whole thing happened on-air. "If all true, shows our dangerous business, thieves trying to grab valuable news equipment," points out CNN's Paul Vercammen.