Quick hits

-- The Simpsons chalkboard gag this Sunday? "My piggy bank is not eligible for TARP." This has been my one economics comment for Spring 2009. -- Immediately after RFE/RL posted the story on Medvedev, we get this gem. Anybody else think this show would do well in Russia?

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

A free hint to President Medvedev: when you have to go on television to say you're in power and that Putin isn't calling the shot, you aren't in power. To my recollection, you haven't said one even mildly negative thing about Putin or his policies. It isn't like you don't have plenty of ammo...