NEWS FROM EUROPE….Andrew Tobias reports from the Netherlands:

Dutch strikes me as eminently learnable. My favorite phrase? We have ?the check,? the French have ?l?addition,? the Italians have ?la comte? (s??) ? the Dutch have ?de rekening.? As you know, I am afraid we Americans will one day have de rekening, also. You don?t borrow $700 billion a year without consequences.

In other news from the lowlands, same-sex Dutch couples are allowed to get married! So far, God has not flattened the dikes in retaliation.