Our cosmopolitian friend, The Internationalist, brought to our attention a charming set of panels by cartoonist Richard Thompson for the Washington Post on the matter of the surveillance blimp (item: "The humanity") that annoyed the cr*p out of your blogstress last week as it hovered over her 'hood. Alas, Thompson's cartoon column, "Richard's Poor Almanac," appears only in the print paper, so you'll have to make do with your cybertix quoting the best lines:
...as it is now, the blimp is such a featurless blob, maybe it needs a name or a decorative scheme, somthing that will strike fear into the heart of a potential terrorist.
So here's your chance - VOTE for the blimp name you like best!
Vote for only one, please.
* SNIFFY, THE CURIOUS DIRIGERBIL
* BIG PEEP
* THE DEATH SAUSAGE
* BLOATY McHELIUM
* THE EXPOS
Once you've voted, simply hold your ballot skyward.
Don't worry, it will be seen.
By the way, your blogstress tried to make a stinkeroo on Romenesko regarding the Post's jingoistic coverage of the blimp. ("Don't worry; it's on our side," reads the lede.) For her trouble, she received a funny note from a reporter with a mainstream Washington bureau who concurred with your Webwench on the creepiness of the whole deal, a mean note from an ill-mannered righty, and a gently chiding yet not quite condescending missive from a nice man at the Pentagon.