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Sunday, April 27, 2008


Why they call it the "ruling class"

Because they make the rules for the rest of us, but are above them themselves, as this article from today's San Jose Mercury News about, of all things, cigar shops, reminds us:
On Feb. 6, 1962, President John F. Kennedy secured a supply of 1,000 cigars from the legendary Cuban tobacconist H. Upmann. The next day, Kennedy made it illegal to import Cuban cigars, imposing a trade embargo that remains to this day.
Of course, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger continues the tradition to this day, even after it's illegal, and, as should be expected, receives very different treatment (i.e., none) than political activists and others who are hassled, fined, or threatened with worse after just visiting Cuba (and probably spending a lot less money than Arnold spends on his cigars).

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