"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, February 22, 2013

Birthdays Today - Chico and George

It's Chico Marx's birthday.   The faux Italian, piano-key-shooting Marx Brother raised comic hooliganism to a high art in their movies of the 1930s.   Here's a classic scene from A Night at the Opera:

Oh, and it's also this guy's birthday.   Just the greatest man in American history, that's all.  (OK, so maybe he's 1A or 1B with Lincoln.)

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