Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bulgarian Blue Jeans

P.J. O'Rourke in remarks at Radio Free Europe in Prague:

The free market is not an ideology or a creed or something we're supposed to take on faith, it's a measurement. It's a bathroom scale. I may hate what I see when I step on the bathroom scale, but I can't pass a law saying I weigh 160 pounds. Authoritarian governments think they can pass that law—a law to change the measurement of things.

The Soviet Union didn't collapse because of Reagan or Thatcher or missile bases or Star Wars: It collapsed because of Bulgarian blue jeans. The free market was trying to tell the Communists that Bulgarian blue jeans were ugly and didn't fit, that people wouldn't wear Bulgarian blue jeans — not, literally, to save their lives. But the Kremlin wasn't listening, and the Berlin Wall came down.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Obama closes curtain on transparency

There has not been any transparency so far, but now this.

President Obama has abolished the position in his White House dedicated to transparency and shunted those duties into the portfolio of a partisan ex-lobbyist who is openly antagonistic to the notion of disclosure by government and politicians.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

George and Laura

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George and Laura Bush greeted 150 (very surprised) troops as they arrived home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Their expressions were so priceless!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fun With Graphics



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Remember the chart for Hillary Care? This one is even more complex.