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So Hey, We’re Off to See the Wizard – Permanent Return TBD

We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz. We hear he is a whiz of a wiz. If ever a wiz there was …

 

As some of you know, this blog will be on a semi-hiatus after April 1st with only sporadic posts over the next few months.  We’re moving out of the house and looking for a new place. We are currently scheduled to go into temporary housing and may not be in permanent housing until sometime this summer. Maybe. Earlier, if we get lucky.  Nothing to be concerned about.  This has been a long planned move that we thought would happened in 2017 but didn’t.  We’re packing our own stuff and we’re currently drowning in large and medium Home Depot boxes. It turns out that despite excellent multi-tasking skills, packing boxes and blogging do not actually mix well.

Your blogger will be on unsettled schedule for a while. Hoping that the hiatus will be short and painless but knowing that may not be the case. The blog has been around for ten years now, so maybe it’s a good time to reassess the mission. Or decamp to The Wicked Wasabi so I can get some real sleep while I raise laughing chickens with colored eggs in a farm, hey? Or you know, cartoonists and lawyers seem to be the only folks having the time of their lives these days … so that, too … but anyway, the break could help me think through what to do with the blog in the future and the hows of it.

I’ve been around a bit to recognize that things are not quite well, and I know I would feel bad giving up this watch at this time.  But perhaps this is just me suffering from separation anxiety, right? Where does that put me in Abe Maslow’s hierarchy of needs?

Some of you have been with this blog since the beginning, so  know that your feedback and input are always appreciated.  I’ll be checking emails and Twitter periodically but apologies in advance if response time lags a little. Now take care and be kind to each other.

 

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The Daily Démarche: Diplocats Can Hold Their Tongues in 10 Languages! #NoMueller

It’s Wednesday, and we almost forgot The Daily Démarche! Diplocats Can Hold Their Tongues in 10 Languages features a proud, sleepy kitty who is not in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s crosshairs. Real diplomats can hold their tongues in 10 different languages. And no visit to a bar can change that. A fantastic gift to diplomats and natsec friends who can carry their liquor and know better than blab over drinks in a bar.

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The Daily Démarche: Reorganization, the Solution in Search of a Prooooblem

A red, white and blue stars and stripes design with the words “Reorganization: the solution in search of a problem.” Available in five colors including fiery red. Apparently, a needed apparel for those subjected to the Feds reorganization from the State Department, Interior, EPA, to … ay caramba, who knows where else?

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The Daily Démarche: Diplocat Worries That Nuclear War Is Just One Tantrum Away

We’ve decided that we’re going to be a t-shirt designer when we grow up … well, unless we get blown up intentionally or accidentally before then. So for today and every Wednesday until you know … a new design obsession for the Daily Démarche. This one features a black and white cat worried that nuclear war is just one tantrum away. Nah, this isn’t about Trump’s nukes or the reported bigger button. Or about the guy who grabbed them by the meow meow and … pardon me?  No, no, just a really worried kitty expressing ALARM!   Look at these sleepless eyes!  Appropriate apparel for cat people and, well, the rest of humanity against nukes. Also would make a blasted fantastic but dark gift for the 535 elected representatives in Congress.  Available via Amazon in five sunny colors for a limited time because dark colors would be so wretchedly grim, right Jeff? What? We shouldn’t give up our day job yet?

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Looking For Stocking Stuffers? Some Holiday Gift Ideas

 

The T-Rex Collection for our behavioral science and organizational study nerds: There are a few picks ranging from the “Push Button to EXIT” T-Rex Sign Graphic t-shirt to the “Tee-Rex Looking For Exit You’ve Been Waiting For.” Yee be careful what you wish for though. If you’ve been good and nice, Santa might just give you what you wished for … although it may not necessarily be this season. We heard that the elves are working on the next button, and they’re not sure if it’s gonna be a mustache or something more. 

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NASA/JPL Visions of the Future fantastic designs for science pals, who may soon get their own government approved dictionary, if the reported CDC banned words are any indication.  NASA/JPL says that “imagination is our window into the future” and here are some images of imaginative travel destinations that you can wear or gift somebody. Don’t forget to check out the t-shirts’ backs.

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Deep State, Diplocats and FOIA’d? For those looking for deep state unicorns, here’s one where the front features the words “there was never a deep state before” while the back features the words “until those idiots conjured one.” The navy looks lovely. And of course, the diplocats will save the world, who else can do that now? For those FOIA’d in Washington, D.C. there is the perfect wear to the FOIA marathon party! Sorry, the cocktails collection is not ready for the holidays.

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For readings pals, here are a few books on diplomacy, the foreign service, and geography that friends might enjoy.

Matthew Palmer Collection

Foreign Service Books

 

For board game aficionados, a few games to consider as gifts to families, and friends with slow internet connection who may soon be moved to the cloud, also with slow internet connection.


 

Our friends at Muckrock have the magical unredacting mugs, indeed a little reminder about the importance of a government accountable to the people. Check them out.

For feds considering donations to the Combined Federal Campaign this holiday season, please consider supporting our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation – @EFF, the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world.

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