By now we've all heard that Michelle Obama has compared her life in the Whitehouse to a life in prison - albeit a "nice" prison. You know, the kind where you have dozens of personal assistants, a full-time dogwalker, gourmet meals, celebrity parties, and multi-million dollar vacations approximately every three weeks.
But can all of these trappings of wealth satisfactorily take the place of the essential freedoms to go where you want to go, and do what you want to do, whenever you like?
Oh, hell yes they can!
Do any of us believe that Michelle would really rather be out there digging in her damned yam garden, homeschooling Sashimi and Malaria, or perhaps doing volunteer "public service" work at a Planned Parenthood clinic emptying the blenders into the toilets? Hope n' Change thinks not.
But outside of the nearly biblical miracle of turning wealth into whine, Mrs. Obama does make a good point about the importance of freedom...which is our not-too-subtle segue into announcing that Hope n' Change is probably going to take most of the week off.
And we say "probably" because we never know when our muse is going to elbow us painfully in the ribs and point at whatever's on the news and then shriek like a banshee until we actually create something. As muses go, ours is sort of like Johnny Optimism's psychotic helper monkey.
We wish we could say that this was simply a short bit of vacation but the truth is that the time is needed to work on some personal, health-related matters in the Jarlsberg household. Matters which would be singularly easier if we had dozens of personal assistants, instead of just paying for them (and getting no "thank you" from this America-hating harridan).
The comments section remains open, so the party is still on. It's just more of a "BYOB" sort of affair this week! Sincere thanks for your understanding. -Stilton
And from the vaults, here's our take on Michelle Obama as Pam Grier