Good evening. I am pleased to report to you all that rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. I am here and sitting up and while I’m not exactly ready to run any marathons, I’ve come a long way in the last few days on Naproxen and long, hot soaks in the tub with Ye Olde Epsomme Salts.

My head has been completely out of the media stream. I’ve basically been lying on my back watching “Dr. Who” and I got to thinking about what constitutes a truly great villain. I think it was Litbrit who said of Karl Rove that the man is one fluffy white kitty away from being a Bond villain. He’s alright, I guess.

Me, I’d like to think that if I was ever going to take the super-diabolical arch villain route, I’d be a little like Glory from Season Five of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You kind of have to love a character who says things like, “You guys are the worst minions EVER!” and who takes time out from trying to kill someone to say, “Ooh, those are really nice shoes.”

She’s vain, completely self-centered, sadistic, rude, surrounded by sycophants, and craaaaazy. And because she does not in fact work for the Bush administration (that we know of), she’s hugely entertaining.

I’m also rather fond of Severus Snape, Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman, and Maleficent from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”.

How about you guys? I mean, aside from everybody’s favorite poster-villain, Dave Brock.  Any Lex Luther fans out there?