November 2006 Archives
Cosmopolitan Bakery and Cafe
We had dinner at the Cosmopolitan Bakery and Cafe a few nights ago. In addition to the outstanding chicken sandwich, they also had a special of fresh trout with butter and garlic. An incredible meal for an incredible price.
You can order to go, or eat at the counter and watch soccer with the very friendly owners, Enes and Ivica - ask Ivica about his experience playing soccer in Europe....
The night we ate there, there was a steady flow of customers, all of whom seemed to be regulars.
The Cosmopolitan is becoming our favorite place for a quick, inexpensive meal. Highest recommendation.
Paris Hilton - "our Marie Antoinette"
At this moment, Paris Hilton may be the most famous woman in the world, God help us.
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[T]he evolutionary theory of celebrity does not begin to explain Paris Hilton mania for one reason: people hate the woman. She must be the most powerful snark magnet in history.
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What drives Americans crazy about Paris is what has incensed Americans since before the Revolution: her haughty air of highborn privilege. She is our Marie Antoinette: “I’m the closest thing to American royalty,” Paris explained when she wrote to Prince Charles to ask for permission to use Westminster Abbey or Windsor Castle for her wedding to her soon-to-be ex-fiancé. We Americans, uncomfortable with inherited wealth and power, just don’t cotton to that sense of entitlement.
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Part of the job definition of the publicist, in addition to increasing his clients’ fame, is to manage celebrity so that megastars can keep a piece of themselves for themselves. Paris Hilton said to hell with her private self. She erased the boundary between her life and her career and turned her entire existence into a public story and herself into a “brand,” as she has put it. She deliberately and programmatically offered herself up to us as an “It,” a being without an inner life, a personality whose only value is to be seen and known by all. She is, in other words, the total incarnation of postmodern identity, the individual who has disappeared completely--and happily--into her image.
"The Trash Princess," by Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal, Autumn 2006
This is from a list of lawyer jokes a friend sent.
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
What do the elections mean for your organization?
What does the change in power in Congress mean to your government relations and legislative affairs programs? Join us as our expert faculty describe this change and how it will impact your organization.
- Capitol Hill Workshop - Election Focus, November 15-17, 2006
- 2006 Congressional Election Update: Winners, Losers, and the Makeup of the 110th Congress, a telephone seminar on November 21
- White House Workshop: Players, Politics, and Policy, with an election focus, November 29-30
- The New Congress 2007, January 25, 2007
- The President's Budget, February 22
- The President's Defense Budget, February 29
Our 2007 Congressional Directory will be available in March, 2007.
Value Meal Smoothie
"Will it blend?" is a series of videos showing what the Total Blender can do. Our favorite, McDonalds Extra Value Meal: "Want a Big Mac, Fries and a Shake, but have a hard time chewing?"
Also see "Marbles Into Dust."