North Korea has assembled a collection of what it is calling "native foods." One can wonder about the health of a nation that puts together what is, in effect, a food museum where people can go to look at the foods they don't actually get to eat. What is apparent is that a government that is unable to provide for its citizens is broadening the definition of "traditional food" to include the kind of stuff that people eat only when they're in desperate need.
Flour food, sea cucumber dish and meat dish were proved as time-honored national foods peculiar to Korea.
The sort of traditional dishes is ever increasing including bean food, rice gruel mixed with red-bean, rice-cake soup, steamed food, baked
food, fried food, meat boiled on a skewer, pan-broiled food, slices of raw fish or meat, broth, beef with vegetables cooked in casserole, thin stew of vegetables and meat and etc.
The official native foods cookbook includes 200 recipes for rice cake soup.
In Tequesta, Florida, a 78-year old man has been arrested after assaulting another retiree on a golf course. The disagreement started after the eventual assailant accused the inevitable victim of not paying his greens fees. Apparently, after being delayed on the tee several times, the assailant started hitting into the non-paying group. On the green, he appeared waving a golf club and hit the victim in the eye.
In England, police had to break up a fight between two elderly neighbors. The argument began after one opened his car door too wide and hit the door of the other's car, parked in the next spot. "Watch the door, asshole," the offended 72-year old reportedly shouted, and in a few minutes the situation "went from bad to worse," with the men grabbing each other's heads and kicking each other in the groins.
In Windsor, Ontario, a 75-year old woman is in custody for assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon. When police came to arrest her apparently good-for-nothing son, Mary Elias swung into action, hitting an officer over the head with a plate.
Rush Limbaugh is on the air defending the expenditure of campaign money on Sarah Palin's wardrobe is just fine because Hollywood stars get their clothes for free from designers seeking to promote themselves.
In November, alongside casting their ballot for the next president, the
people of San Francisco will also vote on a measure to rename one of
the city's largest sewage works the George W Bush Sewage Plant, to
provide a "fitting monument" to the outgoing commander-in-chief's
There's a performance art wing of the Democratic Party on the far left that is entirely about taking actions like this. They pull all kinds of stunts that are designed to offend and alienate those who adhere to more-or-less middle class values. Those stunts never, ever advance their political cause, but then that's not the point. The point is to make the participants feel good about their own moral purity.
Treating people -- even reviled Presidents -- with respect is one of those things we're supposed to do because it's right, but it's also something that pays real-world dividends. In politics, the collegiality that sometimes frustrates those of us on the outside -- the go along, get along culture of Washington back-slapping -- makes it possible for politicians to fight it out one day and work productively together the next.
On the other hand, the creation of a deliberate, permanent, tax-payer-financed, partisan insult only makes it harder for us to do anything but yell at each other. And while yelling has it's place -- read my comments section sometime -- we all ought to remember that winners of elections should never be too smug and losers should never be made to feel too helpless. It was only four years ago, after all, that Republicans had control of the White House, both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court and were confident that they were on their way to a permanent majority. Their anger and overreach caused a political crash-and-burn that historians will marvel at for a hundred years.
Politics is a cyclic business, and if the last few years have proved anything it's that those cycles get shorter and shorter all the time. Kicking the other guys when they're down may feel good, but it's not an effective way to maintain public support. Respect seems like a wiser course to take.