ROTTEN EGGS. After those words of warning from Bossman Tomasky, Brother Pierce will no doubt take heart in an assessment of the president's speech delivered this afternoon at the very podium from which our commander-in-chief promised Bossman's neighbor to the people of Darfur.

Bloomberg is reporting that, in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly two hours ago, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez referred to George W. Bush, the leader of the free world, as old Beezulbub himself.

"The devil came here yesterday,'' Chavez, 52, said in remarks that included accusations that the U.S. is plotting to overthrow him and that the UN is helpless to combat the threat posed by U.S. power. He said the podium in the General Assembly hall still "smells of sulphur today,'' a reference to what is termed the devil's element in mythology.

Or perhaps it was a reference to the president's love, as reported last month by Paul Bedard in U.S. News & World Report, of flatulence jokes. Wrote Bedard: "He's also known to cut a few for laughs..." Assuming that the president had eggs for breakfast -- well, just follow your nose. ("Heh, heh, heh, Hugo...")

--Adele M. Stan