Dear Dairy:

I heard today that as a result of the lead paint scare and recall of Chinese-made Mattel toys, the owner of the factory in China that produced the toys hung himself. This points up the difference between their culture and ours: as a result of damaging scandal, a CEO in China will commit the cowardly act of suicide, whereas here he would be forced to bravely accept a lucrative golden parachute and become active in Republican party politics.

I’m glad we don’t have their debased idea of ‘honor’ or ‘shame’ here; the White House rafters would be tasseled with nooses!