Just a little round-up of a few things that caught my eye

Victorian posy of pansies

This one’s a little bouquet of stuff, hence the little bouquet “branding” photo:

Queen Victoria was famous for using the royal “we” because she understood that all of her public utterances were on the nation’s behalf.  Barack Obama and Joe Biden don’t get that.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions — and no one purports to be better intentioned than a liberal.  Cracked! looks at some laws that looked good on paper but didn’t actually work — kind of like Obamacare.  No, wait!  Even on paper Obamacare looked like a Hieronymus Bosch vision of Hell.

Speaking of both Queen Victoria and Hell, I’m reading Jane Ridley’s Bertie: A Life of Edward VII. There are truly no words to describe what an emotionally abusive mother Victoria was, especially to Albert Edward (aka) Bertie, who went on to become King Edward VII. He was never a great man, but he was a surprisingly decent man considering the truly hellish childhood he suffered at his parents’ hands.

Rep. Tom Cotton — a throwback to a (much) better time.

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