• And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

    Comparatively Speaking

    Photographer Christopher Morris compared snapping pictures in North Korea to photography inside the White House.

    Last December, Morris spoke to time-life about his experience in North Korea in 2005, saying he was chosen because he'd worked in the very controlled environment of the Bush White House.

    Quote -- "America at that time was, you'll recall, filled with a kind of blind nationalism. But Time appreciated the way I was able to work and get good photos even with that intensely restrictive environment -- and that's why they sent me to North Korea."

    He admitted in North Korea one doesn't have freedom of movement, but added -- quote -- "In some ways, I've found photographing in America these days a lot more restrictive than it was in North Korea. Try picking up your camera and just start shooting at JFK airport, or in a subway."

    Man of Many Names

    The late Kim Jong Il was called "Dear Leader" by his people.

    However, Harper's Magazine notes, there were a number of other titles that state media allegedly said were used by prominent world leaders to describe Kim.

    Some translate to mean, "Best Leader Who Realized Human Wisdom," "Master of Literature, Arts, and Architecture," "Humankind's Greatest Musical Genius," "World's Greatest Writer," and "Greatest Man Who Ever Lived."

    What Not to Wear

    And finally, retiring Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank raised some eyebrows for appearing Monday on the House floor in a tight-fitting T-shirt and oddly-placed jacket.

    The Washington Post reports Frank wasn't expecting to appear in public, but was asked to manage a bill on the floor anyway.

    He did recently have surgery and his arm is in a sling.

    Regardless, the International Business Times called it a wardrobe malfunction.