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Or maybe the career diplomat's superstar status has more to do with her dancing the "papaya" a few months ago on the TV game show hosted by Edu Manzano. He is credited with making the papaya a nationwide dance craze, possibly because, as he said recently, "it does not take any degree of expertise."
A clip of Kenney doing the dance -- quite well, it appears -- has become something of a YouTube sensation.
Honor Washed Away
It's getting rough out on the speechmaking circuit these days for attorneys general. Former AG Alberto Gonzales had trouble last month filling the hall for a speech at Washington University in St. Louis.
Now there's word that Boston College Law School has decided not to give Attorney General Michael Mukasey its Founder's Medal when he speaks at its commencement in May.
The medal has been given to recent speakers -- including former Massachusetts governor Paul Cellucci, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). But the law school's online newspaper, Eagleionline.com, reported that Mukasey will not receive the reward after students and faculty protested that it could be seen as an endorsement of his position on waterboarding. The Founder's Medal, according to the site, is the highest honor bestowed by the school.
Glengarry Glub Glub
Speaking of waterboarding, the Salt Lake Tribune reports that a supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Provo has been accused of waterboarding an employee in front of his salesmen to demonstrate that they should work as hard on sales as the employee had worked to breathe.
The salesman, Chad Hudgens, naturally filed suit in January, alleging that managers also allowed the supervisor to draw mustaches on employees' faces, take away their chairs and beat on their desks with a wooden paddle "because it resulted in increased revenues for the company."
The late Chris Farley of "Saturday Night Live" would have been appalled.
Gang of One
World Bank general counsel Ana Palacio, part of what some call the Wolfowitz Gang of Six, is calling it quits as of April 15. Bank President Robert Zoellick said yesterday he was "very grateful . . . for the service she has provided over the last 18 months."
Former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz appointed Palacio, who was Spain's foreign minister back when Spain was a member of the Coalition of the Willing, in June 2006. Wolfowitz resigned under pressure a year later after an uprising by bank employees over his management style and his involvement in obtaining a fine post for a pal.
His top aides, Kevin Kellums and Robin Cleveland, left around that time. Suzanne Rich Folsom, who had been at the bank earlier but was promoted by Wolfowitz to be anti-corruption chief, left in January.
"Her leadership in the bank's fight against global fraud and corruption is well recognized," said Juan Jos¿ Daboub, a Wolfowitz ally and one of the bank's managing directors.
As it turns out, Daboub is the last remaining top member of Wolfowitz's inner circle.