A little bit from the Masques and Revels for everyday…my inner Philippa loves it.


After that red dress earns a fatwa, M. le President can send it directly to moi.  I promise to take outstanding care of it!

…involved with 24 clearly loves me.

You Are Barbeque Sauce

You are a social person. You enjoy cooking for other people.  You are both skillful and competitive.  You enjoy mastering hard tasks. You appreciate complexity more than simplicity.  

Your taste in food tends to lean toward interesting flavors.  You appreciate exotic spice combinations. You tend to like cutting edge, fusion cuisine.

You get along with all personalities from a distance. Except salsa personalities, who always seem to annoy you.


And yes, in fact, it just so happens I positively adore barbeque sauce, indeed going so far as to consider it vastly superior to ketchup in every way–the Bogie & Bacall of sauces, if you will. 
Quizzie h/t: Cassandra, of course. 

While there are factions which persist in characterizing American politics as being excessively rough-and-tumble–and, moreover, never as bad as the present!!–I’ve never quite been able to agree.


An underdog in Sunday’s election for governor of Bangkok punched and kicked a television journalist Thursday, saying he was provoked by tough questions during a live interview.

Chuvit Kamolvisit, dubbed Bangkok’s massage parlor king by the Thai press, later apologized for losing his temper and assaulting host Visarn Dilokwanich after the interview.

“I admit I did it. I couldn’t stand it when he humiliated me on air,” said Chuvit, a stocky former bodybuilder who owned a strip of girly bars before entering politics a few years ago.


Clearly, we’ve failed yet again to take International Opinion (TM) into account.  Indeed, one might argue that by International Standards (TM), we’re too damned nice…

When will we ever learn?

The ever-observant TigerHawk points to a Corner post noting that, on the matter of the meaning, if any, of the “Bush doctrine,” Governor Palin is at least partly in the company of none other than….


…respected foreign policy scholar and Woody Woo Dean, Anne-Marie Slaughter!

 But ask yourself: How would a real foreign policy sophisticate have replied to Gibson’s question? 

Well, Anne-Marie Slaughter is the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. She was interviewed by Alan Johnson, for a book titled: “
Global Politics After 9/11: The Democratiya Interviews.”

Here’s how the exchange begins:

Johnson: What are the central differences, and what are the elements of continuity, if any exist, between ‘the Bush doctrine’ and the ‘grand strategy of forging a world of liberty under law’?

Slaughter: Tell me what you mean by ‘The Bush Doctrine’.

In other words, Dean Slaughter gave the same answer as did Palin.

Ouch. Poor Dean Slaughter. 

The rest of the excerpt is also interesting, though I do not think Dean Slaughter’s “how we differ” statement (3rd paragraph) hits the mark. 

Nevertheless, little things like this one, particularly warm the heart of this prestigious car-window sticker provider.


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