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entente cordiale

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 22, 2007


Remember Michelle Bachelet, the fashion-conscious socialist and President of Chile? She showed up at the Vatican last week to discuss copper smelting with the Pope. The conversation was "cordial."

As is customary, there was an exchange of deniably offensive gifts. Madam President gave His Holiness a cigar piercer shaped like a horse-drawn artichoke. I can't find a news story reporting what Benedict gave Bachelet in return. I cherish the hope that it was a presentation copy of Paul Wilkes's Travels with Rembert Weakland.

In other news, Clipper rookie Al Thornton had 10 fourth quarter points against the Lakers in Sunday's exhibition game.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 22, 2007 7:41 PM ET USA

    "Travels" is a bargain at Amazon, starting at $1.59, a fair price also for anything by Richard Dawkins, Dominic John Crossan, Matthew Fox, and the ever ascerbic Christopher Hitchens. Laid on top of a bit of tinder, all give nice warmth for the bonfires on cold winter nights. Just bring your own hot dogs and marshmallows.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 22, 2007 2:39 PM ET USA

    Shame on you Di. The Pferdegezogenartischokenzigarremesser Mme. Baselet is showing to our clearly astonished and delighted Pope is one of the nicest I have seen as well. To imply that this gift could be balanced by a book on Rembert Weakland is kroool. Krrooool! This only shows that the lady a while back who said you were mean spirited was right. Plus you made me spill coffee on my keyboard again.

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