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M Bar Lounge 1143 New Hampshire Avenue. NW An ounce and a half of Grey Goose vodka, An ounce and a half of Malibu rum Pineapple juice Drizzle of grenadine …and garnished with a cherry

Brian’s take: The Mao Tao artini at M Street Bar is delicious. The people like the Mao Tao, because it is the people’s artini. It is red and golden and good. Go to M Street Bar. Join the Party.

On a scale of 1 to 5 olive branches: 2

Trotsky’s take: “Life is not an easy matter…. You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.

“The historic ascent of humanity, taken as a whole, may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature, in society, in man himself.

Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely. But one must know the limitations of force; one must know when to blend force with a maneuver, a blow with an agreement.

– Leon Trotsky

On a scale of 1 to 5 cultural revolutions: 3