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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today's Curmudgeon is indebted to Merval Pereira, a commentator on all things political and legal in Brazil, who in 2011 was elected to the Academia Brasileira das Letras (ABL) thus entitling him to the exalted honorific of “immortal” applied to Brazil’s literati.

This week, Mr. Pereira commented upon the salutatory and valedictory (“hale and farewell”) address made by Tiririca to his colleagues in the Federal Chamber of Deputies.

Tiririca is a professional clown, twice elected to the Chamber from São Paulo. In 2010 he received 1.35 million votes . . .

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