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Whiskey vs. whisky — what’s the difference?

If you’ve ever spent time at a liquor store, you’ve likely noticed that one of your favorite spirits has two different spellings. Some whisk(e)ys are spelled with an “e” while others forgo the extra vowel — but why?

Is there a difference between whisky and whiskey?

In short, yes. The product’s spelling is typically linked to its country of origin. American or Irish producers typically spell “whiskey” with the extra letter. Canadian, Scottish and Japanese distillers prefer “whisky.”

Some experts believe that the spelling contrast can be traced back to different translations of the original Irish or Gaelic words for whisk(e)y. Others believe adding the “e” was a way for Irish distillers to differentiate their product from competitors’ whisky blends. Either way, the whisky vs. whiskey debate is one that has confused consumers for centuries.

If you’re struggling to remember which spelling to use, here’s a handy trick. The countries with an “e” in their name (Ireland and the United States) get the whiskey spelling. The countries without an “e” in their name (Canada, Scotland and Japan) spell it whisky.

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T​​here’s a simple reason for the spelling difference, as the product’s spelling is typically linked to its country of origin.  (iStock)

Do they taste different?

Kind of. Any whisk(e)y connoisseur is familiar with the many sub-categories of the spirit. So, of course, an Irish whiskey is going to taste different from a Canadian whisky — but that’s because each variety has a specific distillation process. It’s not the spelling alone that dictates how a whisk(e)y will taste, it’s how the liquor was made.

Are there are any exceptions?

You bet! Some brands break from tradition and spell their product however they want — regardless of origin. Maker’s Mark, for example, is an American bourbon brand that opts for the “whisky” spelling.

That means consumers can’t rely on spelling alone when picking up a bottle of their favorite tipple. Look for other clues, like the whisk(e)y’s style and origin.

Or, opt for one of the most popular whisk(e)y brands of 2019 — those can always be a safe bet.

This story was originally published by Taste of Home.

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Child shot in head by brother in Texas home, sister injured by shrapnel: report

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A 6-year-old boy was shot in the head Sunday evening in Texas by his brother and is said to be in grave condition, according to local authorities.

The young victim was shot at an Arlington home about 4 p.m. while playing in a room with a group of children, the Dallas-Morning News reports. The boy’s older brother, 10 or 11, reportedly found a rifle and pointed it at the child before pulling the trigger. 

It was not clear whether the shooting was an accident.

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The 6-year-old was taken to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center but was later flown to another medical facility. Police said Sunday night that the boy was in grave condition.

The child victim’s sister, reportedly 6 or 7, was struck with shrapnel during the shooting but is expected to be fine, according to Lt. Christopher Cook.

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An older teen in the home told authorities that he purchased the .22-caliber rifle. The parents told officers that they did not know that there was a firearm in the home, Dallas News reports.

Police said they will conduct a criminal investigation to determine where the gun came from and how the children were able to access it.

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Child shot in head by brother in Texas home, sister injured by shrapnel: report

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A 6-year-old boy was shot in the head Sunday evening in Texas by his brother and is said to be in grave condition, according to local authorities.

The young victim was shot at an Arlington home about 4 p.m. while playing in a room with a group of children, the Dallas-Morning News reports. The boy’s older brother, 10 or 11, reportedly found a rifle and pointed it at the child before pulling the trigger. 

It was not clear whether the shooting was an accident.

CHILD WOUNDED IN SHOOTING AFTER DISPUTE AT TEXAS PEE-WEE FOOTBALL GAME

The 6-year-old was taken to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center but was later flown to another medical facility. Police said Sunday night that the boy was in grave condition.

The child victim’s sister, reportedly 6 or 7, was struck with shrapnel during the shooting but is expected to be fine, according to Lt. Christopher Cook.

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An older teen in the home told authorities that he purchased the .22-caliber rifle. The parents told officers that they did not know that there was a firearm in the home, Dallas News reports.

Police said they will conduct a criminal investigation to determine where the gun came from and how the children were able to access it.

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Child shot in head by brother in Texas home, sister injured by shrapnel: report

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A 6-year-old boy was shot in the head Sunday evening in Texas by his brother and is said to be in grave condition, according to local authorities.

The young victim was shot at an Arlington home about 4 p.m. while playing in a room with a group of children, the Dallas-Morning News reports. The boy’s older brother, 10 or 11, reportedly found a rifle and pointed it at the child before pulling the trigger. 

It was not clear whether the shooting was an accident.

CHILD WOUNDED IN SHOOTING AFTER DISPUTE AT TEXAS PEE-WEE FOOTBALL GAME

The 6-year-old was taken to Methodist Mansfield Medical Center but was later flown to another medical facility. Police said Sunday night that the boy was in grave condition.

The child victim’s sister, reportedly 6 or 7, was struck with shrapnel during the shooting but is expected to be fine, according to Lt. Christopher Cook.

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An older teen in the home told authorities that he purchased the .22-caliber rifle. The parents told officers that they did not know that there was a firearm in the home, Dallas News reports.

Police said they will conduct a criminal investigation to determine where the gun came from and how the children were able to access it.

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North Korea’s Kim invites Trump to Pyongyang in letter: report

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The White House reportedly received a letter from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un inviting President Trump to visit Pyongyang, which could be the first overture before the potential fourth official visit.

The White House and State Department did not immediately respond to Reuters to confirm the report in South Korea’s Joongang Ilbo newspaper. The letter reportedly pre-dated the country’s last short-range launch from a week ago.

The recent White House shakeup could have implications in these discussions.

North Korea long expressed disdain for John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser. Pyongyang called him a “warmonger” and “defective human product” who glorified regime change and pre-emptive strikes.

Last week, Trump went so far as to accuse Bolton of scaring Kim away from negotiations by mentioning the “Libya model” last year in discussing what an agreement to denuclearize North Korea might look like.

Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011 after renouncing weapons of mass destruction.

Trump said Kim wanted “nothing to do with John Bolton.” And the president said he didn’t blame the North Korean leader for being upset.

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Still, “the change of one adviser is unlikely to dramatically alter the course of U.S. policy,” said Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at South Korea’s Ewha Womans University.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Humberto becomes a hurricane

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The National Hurricane Center late Sunday announced that Tropical Storm Humberto gained strength while it moved away from the Bahamas and is now a hurricane.

The storm is off the coast of Florida and is moving northeast at 3 mph. The maximum sustained winds—as of 11 p.m. ET on Sunday—was 75 mph.

Weather forecasters predicted that the storm would gain in strength but the storm is not expected to make landfall. The storm is expected to turn east and head out to sea.

Its swells could still affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in the coming days.

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Humberto on Saturday dumped more rain on the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian destroyed parts of the country.

The Associated  Press contributed to this report

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Rebecca Grant: After Saudi Arabia is attacked, will US military attack Iran? Here are options

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Only the Iranians, the world’s worst diplomats, would mastermind a significant attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities just days before the United Nations General Assembly opens.

Yet that’s what all signs point too. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted after the Saturday attack that “Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.”

Iran has the technology to mount such an attack. It has gotten help from Russia and China over the years. And we’ve seen Iran do things like this before.

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The attack Saturday on the Saudi oil facilities was the second recent strike against the Saudi Aramco oil company. On Aug. 17, 20 drones hit the Shaybah liquid natural gas facility in Saudi Arabia, causing a small fire.

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On Aug. 25, Israel launched a preemptive strike against an Iranian drone base in Syria.

Back in 2017, American F-15 pilots shot down Iranian drones over Syria when the drones tried to bomb U.S. forces working with allies on the ground.

Whatever Iran is up to, the Saudi Aramco strike was a significant escalation. Seventeen points of impact were precisely targeted, U.S. officials said. This surveillance and planning required for this strike were evidence of a whole new level of sophistication.

Oil storage facilities are soft targets. Hit them, spill some fuel, and the result is a really big fire.

Saudi Aramco has been in the oil business for a long time, so pre-surveying the site for target coordinates would not be hard. Still, the accuracy of the strikes suggests advanced help. Russia and China could easily have provided know-how at some point. Or Iran may have used unmanned drones to determine the coordinates.

The Saudi Aramco strike shows Iran can hit other targets throughout the region – directly or by proxy. The Dubai airport, the new nuclear plant under construction in the United Arab Emirates and other Saudi oil infrastructure are all vulnerable to Iran’s drones and cruise missiles.

Right now, the Trump administration is playing it cool. Pompeo and other senior officials are pointing at Iran as being behind the Saturday attack but are keeping American options open. Step 1, of course, is security for our military forces in the region.

U.S. military leaders will certainly review options to strike Iran. That’s their job. Commanders at Central Command must prepare options available to President Trump.

Strikes on a drone base would be one option. So would a limited attack on Iranian oil facilities, like the 1988 strikes by the U.S. Navy on Iranian offshore oil rigs and naval vessels.

Any strike options would be limited and proportional. Most of all, an attack would be carried out only in consultation with Saudi Arabia and other allies – especially Britain, Australia and Bahrain. Those nations are part of Operation Sentinel, the maritime stability force protecting Persian Gulf shipping.

Could the drones and missiles have come from Yemen? Maybe. Iran has been supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen’s civil war, while a Saudi-led coalition is assisting the government of Yemen.

However, Pompeo’s statement that the attacks did not come from Yemen must be taken seriously. In this case, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and other allies have plenty of “eyes in the skies” watching everything that moves over the Persian Gulf region.

U.S. military leaders will certainly review options to strike Iran. That’s their job.

For example, drones and/or cruise missiles inbound from Iran’s coast to Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil facility in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia could have been seen by military forces.

The Iranian cruise missile specter has worried military planners for quite some time. Novator, the Russian company that made the 9M729 missile that led to the end of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, began marketing the Club-K “cruise missile in a box” several years ago.

This devastating system could hide inside a standard shipping container, giving customers a “long-range precision strike capability to ordinary vehicles that can be moved to almost any place on earth without attracting attention,” venerable Jane’s Defense Weekly reported in 2010.

The point is that Russia, China and others have sold Iran advanced missile technology. And they have been egging Iran on as President Hassan Rouhani plays at nuclear blackmail and refuses to talk.

President Trump need not rush to action. He’s proven to be methodical and cautious with the use of military force. He prefers talks to strikes. A lot hinges on what the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia chooses to do.

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Here in the U.S., the Strategic Petroleum Reserve gives us ample time for Saudi Aramco to repair damage and restore output. The reserve of over 700 million barrels is stored in salt caves in Texas and Louisiana. It was tapped during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Trump on Sunday authorized the release of oil from the reserve to keep oil markets stable.

To my mind, the pressure is now on the United Nations. The U.N. General Assembly, which opens in New York on Tuesday, needs to address Iran’s behavior.

The U.N., after all, is the big honcho behind the Iran nuclear deal. The U.N. also runs the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has confirmed Iran’s nuclear violations.

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The world body shouldn’t focus only on climate change and sustainable development and shirk its core mission of conflict resolution. It will lose a lot of credibility if it can’t deal more effectively with Iran.

One thing is for certain: Iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon.

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Falcons’ Julio Jones hits 20 mph during touchdown run

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Julio Jones, the star Atlanta Falcons receiver, hit 20 mph during his dash to the end zone on Sunday, giving the Atlanta Falcons a wild 24-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

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“I’m looking around and, OK, it’s a footrace now,” Jones said. “That was it. It really wasn’t like I had to try hard or anything like that. I just had to stay on course.”

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Jones crossed over the goal line and kept right on going, disappearing down the tunnel. He finished with five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, also hauling in a 4-yard score that gave the Falcons their 11-point lead early in the third quarter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Sanders shakes up campaign leadership in New Hampshire

Facing discontent and unheeded warnings from longtime supporters that he could lose the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Sunday replaced the director of his presidential campaign operations in the Granite State.

The campaign broke the news on Sunday to more than 40 members of Sanders’ steering committee. The campaign announced that Joe Caiazzo was being replaced as state director.

Shannon Jackson, who made the announcement, will replace him. Jackson ran Sanders’ 2018 Senate re-election campaign and was a senior adviser on the independent senator’s 2016 White House bid as well as the current campaign.

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“Thank God the campaign finally figured out they had to make serious changes in New Hampshire,” a longtime Sanders backer who attended the meeting told Fox News.

The move comes as some Sanders supporters in New Hampshire are looking over their shoulders at Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – the other progressive standard bearer in the record-setting field of Democratic presidential candidates.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual convention, on Saturday September 7, 2019 in Manchester, N.H.

Recent polls in the state have fluctuated. A live telephone operator survey from the Boston Herald and Franklin Pierce University indicated Sanders at 29 percent, overall front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden at 21 percent and Elizabeth Warren at 21 percent. But another recent poll suggested a three-way tie between the three top-tier contenders and a third suggested Sanders lagging behind Biden and Warren.

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Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement on Sunday that “we’ve built a great team in NH and are in a really strong position there. The campaign is now building out our operations to include Massachusetts and Maine state directors as we increase our focus in Super Tuesday states. We are running a 50 state campaign, taking no state or voters for granted and expanding our operations to secure the Democratic nomination.”

Caiazzo was moved to one of those Super Tuesday states – Massachusetts. Caiazzo served as Sanders campaign’s 2016 state director in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

But Shakir’s statement runs counter to what another steering committee member, who also asked for anonymity, emphasized.

Pointing to the campaign, the supporter said “they didn’t listen to anything the steering committee suggested.” The supporter also lamented that some “Bernie backers” were going to Warren because the campaign “didn’t listen to them.”

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Sanders has repeatedly refrained from calling New Hampshire a “must win” state.

“This is obviously a very important state, as is Iowa, South Carolina. We’re working hard. We’re going to do many, many rallies around the state, and I’m feeling pretty good,” he said during a stop in the state on Labor Day.

But, a veteran Granite State-based political scientist said the first primary state’s crucial to both Sanders and Warren.

“New Hampshire is a must-win-or-place state for Senators Sanders and Warren,” said Wayne Lesperance, the vice president of academic affairs and a political science professor at New England College. “For both candidates, there is no better home-field advantage in the early states than the Granite State.”

Sanders trounced Hillary Clinton in the state’s February 2016 Democratic presidential primary, launching the one-time longshot into an epic and marathon battle with the eventual nominee. Sanders’ support and organization in the state stayed very strong, even he ended his first White House bid. His steering committee has met monthly ever since the 2016 general election. But the 2020 race is a very different contest, and Sanders is now facing rivals who are preaching the same progressive policies that he first made mainstream in the Democratic Party four years ago.

The transfer of Caiazzo to Massachusetts and of Jackson to New Hampshire came a day after the campaign parted ways with senior New Hampshire adviser Kurt Ehrenberg.

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“From the very beginning there was clear and fundamental disagreement between Mr. Caiazzo and myself on how to run a successful presidential primary campaign in New Hampshire,” Ehrenberg told Fox News on Sunday.

Ehrenberg, a longtime grassroots and labor organizer, set up Sanders the crucial New Hampshire organization for Sanders’ first White House bid from scratch in the spring and summer of 2015.

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US political discourse needs more ‘flying flamingos’

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I don’t claim to be an expert on parliamentary procedure and precedence in the British House of Commons. But I can say one thing: Congress would sure be a helluva lot more fun if the U.S. adopted a couple of Parliament’s traditions here.

Upheaval in Parliament commanded global headlines the past few weeks as it wrestles with Brexit – arguably the greatest existential threat to the United Kingdom since World War II.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fought with fellow conservatives and even banished a few from Parliament, including Winston Churchill’s grandson. Retiring Speaker Jon Bercow has emerged as an internet sensation. I mean, could you imagine House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) bickering with her members the way Bercow does?

One wonders if Pelosi could verbally incinerate a heckling backbencher with a rhetorical projectile worthy of Bercow’s sermons.

“I’m not remotely interested in your pettifogging objections!” sneered Bercow from the Speaker’s chair at one Member of Parliament (MP). “I don’t give a flying flamingo.”

To the uninitiated, “pettifogging” is the act of placing undue emphasis on picayune details. And for the record, flamingos usually only fly at night. One also can’t envision Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) telling Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) he doesn’t “give a flying flamingo” about his views on legislation. That said, Schumer did exclaim “Shame! Shame on him!” the other day regarding McConnell. This came after McConnell characterized a Democratic press conference on gun violence with Dayton, OH Mayor Nan Whaley (D) as “theatrics.”

However, the Democratic party ought to tell its presidential contenders that the first candidate to dispatch one of their rivals with the “flying flamingo” retort at the next debate will claim the nomination by acclamation.

The British House of Commons, like most parliamentary assemblies around the world, have a mace. The mace is essentially a physical symbol of the power of each legislative body. In ancient Rome, the mace was a battle weapon. In the case of Great Britain, the mace is a five-foot silver rod, festooned with roses and stems winding around a crown at the top. It’s believed the British mace dates back to King Charles II and the 17th Century. There was a dramatic moment late last year when one MP swiped the mace from its resting space in the chamber in an act of protest and bolted for the exit.

“Order! Put it back! No, no!” admonished Bercow.

The House of Representatives also has a mace kept in the office of Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving. It’s nearly four feet tall and bound with silver strands. Only House officials ever handle the mace – and then, with white gloves to protect its integrity. House officials always escort the mace into the dais in the chamber when the body meets each day. But its not unheard of for the House to present the mace in front of a member if they get out of line. The last known instance came in 1994. House officials nearly brandished the mace in front of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) after a verbal altercation on the floor.

One wonders if a House member here might ever consider trying to abscond with the mace the way the Labour MP did some months ago. It might not do much for parliamentary decorum. But it would certainly stir a fuss in Congress.

Nothing against the mace in the House of Representatives. But the House might consider upping its mace game and follow the lead of two Canadian maces. We’re not even talking about a mace in Ottawa. Try Iqaluit, Nunavut, the most northerly territory in Canada, and, Edmonton, the provincial capital of Alberta.

The mace for the legislative assembly in Nunavut features a typical “crown” on the top to respect the British monarch, a two-and-a-quarter carat diamond and even an insignia reminiscent of a fleur-de-lis. But the body of the mace is covered with narwhal tusk, jutting out from the sides like a weapon straight out of Game of Thrones.

The original mace in Alberta was a real piece of work – and an afterthought. When Alberta became a province in 1905, the assembly realized it lacked a mace. So they scrambled together to construct a homemade mace. Officials taped together a plumbing pipe, brass knobs from a bed, the handle of a shaving mug and, to top it all off, the round float from a toilet tank. Alberta used that mace for decades.

But without question, the most fascinating tradition in the British Parliament which Congress should appropriate is the role of the Black Rod.

Yes. There is an official from the House of Lords actually called the Black Rod.

The Black Rod sounds like an archvillain from “The Avengers.” Think the Green Goblin or the Red Skull. Perhaps Natasha Romanov can get involved somehow. After all, she’s the Black Widow.

Anyway, the Black Rod is kind of an “usher” who dresses like the character on a bottle of Johnnie Walker scotch. Kind of a British version of Colonel Sanders. The Black Rod carries, surprise, a rod. When Parliament meets, MP’s deliberately slam the door in the face of the Black Rod. He or she then knocks three times on the Parliament door for admission. MP’s shut the door to symbolize an independence of Parliament from the Monarch.

And when Parliament ceases to meet, the Black Rod appears in the chamber to escort the the Speaker out of the chamber. Sarah Clarke currently serves as the Black Rod. Bercow didn’t initially accompany Clarke out of the chamber this time, considering the strife in Parliament and the imbroglio over Brexit. But after firing off a few snide remarks from the Speaker’s chair, Bercow finally stood down and Parliament was finished for a few weeks.

No one could imagine a Black Rod in the U.S. House escorting Pelosi anywhere.

For the record, when Congress finishes its session, it’s said the House and Senate adjourn “sine die.” That’s Latin for “without a future date.” It’s pronounced “sigh-nee-DY.” When Parliament adjourns, such is the case now, it’s called “prorogation.” That’s alright. It’s just as hard to pronounce as sine die.

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Adopting a few customs from other parliamentary systems would certainly make Congress a little more intriguing. Debate on the House and Senate floor is sometimes rather stale. Dialing things up a notch or two in the Bercow model would at least make it more amusing.

And if you don’t like the suggestions, I don’t give a flying flamingo.

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