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Tuesday, May 25, 2010



I agreed with you on the freedom issue but when you got to the part about waffles, chocolate, french fries and beer, I began to see things Beiden's way. A city with a culture built around those four essential elements of the American diet can't be nearly so bad as you make it out to be.

Luckily, no one takes Beiden seriously - including Obama - and least of all the Belgian and American people. His great contribution to American government is that he makes Dan Quayle look thoughtful by comparison.



Thanks for your comments! You do have a point - especially regarding the waffles!


One heartbeat away from the Presidency...OMG!!!

Roger Meyer

Don't forget the mussels--they do those so well.

George Mason

As a senate staffer once wrote (a paraphrase)"every time Joe Biden opens his
mouth he demonstrates why he finished at the bottom of his class." The question is; What does it say about the voters in Delaware that they voted this clown into the Senate 5 times?


Don't forget, he had to cheat to make it to the bottom of the class!!

"In 1965 Biden plagiarized while writing a paper as a student at the Syracuse University Law School in a legal methods course which he failed because of that copied paper."


Don't sell the voters in Delaware short. Beiden has a long track record in the Senate of doing ..... absolutely nothing. Imagine how great this nation would be if only all 100 senators did nothing. The image of our greatness if the House would do the same is breath-taking.

I think there is shrewd method to Delaware's apparent madeness.


William: I suspect that I know which William you are this time!

Roger: Never having partaken of Belgian mussels, I cannot personally vouch for them, but I will take your word for it!

George Mason: The staffer you quote may well be right. Though, in all fairness to Biden, he has undergone brain surgery. Therefore, it is easy to excuse some of his quirks. But this wasn't just a goofy mistake and is a bit harder to forgive.
Furthermore, unless the people of Delaware have all had brain surgery, they don't have the same excuse. Still, maybe they're using Billw's strategy!


Right you are, Miranda! - lol

Roger Meyer


Not to turn this into a food column, but you should try them. If you are ever in DC try Cafe Belga on 8th St., SE. If I am still here and haven't yet moved back to South Dakota which is happening in the next few months, I will even treat.


I hope Ben's Chili Bowl is still in business since Ben passed away. Are there still any Ollie's Trolley's around, there's supposed to be one near the Smithsonian (although it's not really in a trolley)?

(I don't mind turning this into a food column, BTW) - lol


If I had objected to this becoming a food column, I suppose I shouldn't have plastered a big, strawberry-covered waffle to the top of it...

Roger: Thank you very much for your kind offer. I don't think I'll be able to visit Washington D.C. in the next few months, but when I do, I will make it a point to try the mussels! I must say, though, that if you can get excellent Belgian mussels in Washington D.C., perhaps Farage is more accurate than I thought!

Since we're on the topic: You don't, by any chance, know the name of the wonderful restaurant near on Capitol Hill that serves Mexican cuisine, but looks like it would serve something completely different? The name made it look more like a steakhouse. That's probably not enough to go on, but I thought I'd give it a shot. It's been well over five years since I ate there, and while I can't, for the life of me, remember the name, I remember the taste!

William: How dare you? No! Really! Please proceed!

Roger Meyer

William: Ben's is still operating despite the passing of Ben. I think there is an Ollie's Trolley near the Old Post Office Building. I haven't eaten there. It was our luxury dining when I was in graduate school and the stipend check came. We have progressed haven't we.

Miranda: Can't put my finger on the restaurant with Mexican cuisine. There are many fine restaurants near Capitol Hill but five years in the restaurant business here is a lifetime. It may well have expired. Sorry I couldn't be more help. Now we can get back to politics, LOL.

David Baeckelandt

Interesting post. Given the fact that Belgium does NOT operate on a "one-person, one-vote" basis - and that Brussels has a much shorter history of Democracy (universal suffrage there is a 20th century concession by the ruling Francophone elite), the VP is (again) wrong. The Flemish city states of Brugge (Bruges in French), Gent, and Kortrijk however have a long history of limited suffrage and democracy (until the times it was stamped out by Spanish and French and German occupiers of course).

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