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Month: May 2004

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After Mrs. Gandhi told senior party leaders Tuesday that she would not accept the top slot, party activists publicly pleaded in front of her home for a change of heart. One distraught Congress worker put a pistol to his head and threatened to commit suicide unless Gandhi reconsidered…One BJP minister resigned at the prospect of a Gandhi-led government; another threatened to cut off her own hair.

Gee, I’d be nice if we could get that kind of excitement for election in America..

20 greatest Americans

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To follow up on my original post, here is my version of the 20 greatest figures in American history. I selected the candidates according to their virtues as Americans – and to do that, I had to derive the essence of Americanism. I selected three characteristics: love of freedom, individual rights, and the creation of wealth. Several vocations met these traits: statesmen, soldiers, philosophers, inventors and entrepreneurs. Here goes:
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A German couple who went to a fertility clinic after eight years of marriage have found out why they are still childless – they weren’t having sex
…”We are not talking retarded people here, but a couple who were brought up in a religious environment who were simply unaware, after eight years of marriage, of the physical requirements necessary to procreate.”

Just what did they do for eight years?

Name Change

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I have decided to rename my blog to "Truth, Justice, and the American way." Why? To borrow from a certain novelist, it has to be said: the world is perishing from an orgy of irrationality, injustice, and Anti-Americanism.
While the title was inspired by Superman’s character, the change was motivated by the media treatment of the "prisoner abuse” scandal. When American papers publish fake "atrocity" photos and delight in American deaths, the world is desperate need of intellectual heroes who can fight evil ideas with the same dedication, invulnerability, and moral certainty as Superman fought bad guys.
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A Real Hero

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Did you ever see this in the news:

“By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, 1st Lt. Chontosh reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”

The Medal of Honor is the highest military award.

While leading his platoon north on Highway 1 toward Ad Diwaniyah, Chontosh’s platoon moved into a coordinated ambush of mortars, rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons fire. With coalitions tanks blocking the road ahead, he realized his platoon was caught in a kill zone.

He had his driver move the vehicle through a breach along his flank, where he was immediately taken under fire from an entrenched machine gun. Without hesitation, Chontosh ordered the driver to advanced directly at the enemy position enabling his .50 caliber machine gunner to silence the enemy.

He then directed his driver into the enemy trench, where he exited his vehicle and began to clear the trench with an M16A2 service rifle and 9 millimeter pistol. His ammunition depleted, Chontosh, with complete disregard for his safety, twice picked up discarded enemy rifles and continued his ferocious attack.

When a Marine following him found an enemy rocket propelled grenade launcher, Chontosh used it to destroy yet another group of enemy soldiers.

When his audacious attack ended, he had cleared over 200 meters of the enemy trench, killing more than 20 enemy soldiers and wounding several others.

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Stocks Plunge in India

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Sonja Ghandi recently won elections in India. She is the latest incantation of the socialist ruling family that mired India in decades of poverty. Shortly after her victory, she appealed to the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (there’s a difference?) to form the ruling coalition. In response, “India’s stock market took the biggest one-day drop in its 129-year history” until regulators shut down the markets
in a (futile) response to halt it. I believe that the drop was motivated by two factors: the potential for the reversal of 13 years of economic liberalization and uncertainty over how a socialist/Communist coalition can reconcile its ideology with a commitment “to the orderly and healthy development of financial markets that reflect the fundamentals of the economy” and a policy that “will be pro growth, pro-investment, pro-savings and pro-employment.” It is of course impossible to reconcile a socialist ideology with a market economy. The
response of the new finance minister is pragmatism: “We are not pursuing privatization as an ideology…wherever privatization is necessary in the national interest it will be carried forward.” In other words, the idea is to reap the benefits of a free market, while not actually allowing any economic freedom – or to have one’s cake and eat it too. It’s interesting to note that the practical value of
liberalism has been almost universally recognized, especially since the end of the cold war, even by socialist and communist parties. This is significant because the “dictatorship of the proletariat” is opposed to the very notion of freedom. The prerequisite of individual rights however, is still universally ignored. Until the moral case for freedom replaces “national interest” as the basis for a market economy, endemic global economic instability will remind us of the
consequences of a mixed economy.