John Kerry Can Burn in Hell

Kerry was in Vietnam.

The Kerry committee’s final report, issued in January 1993, delivered the ultimate insult to history. The 1,223-page document said there was “no compelling evidence that proves” there is anyone still in captivity. As for the primary investigative question ?what happened to the men left behind in 1973?the report conceded only that there is “evidence . . . that indicates the possibility of survival, at least for a small number” of prisoners 31 years ago, after Hanoi released the 591 P.O.W.’s it had admitted to.

With these word games, the committee report buried the issue?and the men.

He basically left his comrades, the men that swore to die for each other, behind. What an ass. The author of this article certainly did his research.

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Diversity means an end to the Welfare State?

Two part article on the Guardian about how the influx of diverse peoples into the homogenous culture in Britian has resulted in a “progrssive dilmena”

It was the Conservative [British] politician David Willetts who drew my attention to the “progressive dilemma”. Speaking at a roundtable on welfare reform, he said: “The basis on which you can extract large sums of money in tax and pay it out in benefits is that most people think the recipients are people like themselves, facing difficulties that they themselves could face. If values become more diverse, if lifestyles become more differentiated, then it becomes more difficult to sustain the legitimacy of a universal risk-pooling welfare state. People ask: ‘Why should I pay for them when they are doing things that I wouldn’t do?’ This is America versus Sweden. You can have a Swedish welfare state provided that you are a homogeneous society with intensely shared values. In the United States you have a very diverse, individualistic society where people feel fewer obligations to fellow citizens. Progressives want diversity, but they thereby undermine part of the moral consensus on which a large welfare state rests.”

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16 Points on Outsourcing

Interesting reading. Tom Peters posted 16 observations about outsourcing and the new global economy.

His conclusion: we need to train many, many more creative, risk-taking entrepreneurs. That will require a massive shift in how we educate our youth. The only reliable indicator of whether you will be an entrepreneur: you are the son or daughter of an entrepreneur. If that skillset can’t be transferred more generally, most people will be left behind.

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Elections, elections, elections

This article from the O’Reilly Network is a nice, short read why Ralph Nadar’s run for President is more important than a Democrat winning the election.

I find it both amazing and unsurprising that the number one response to Nader’s entry is not about his ideas and whether they’re any good. It’s about how his entry impacts the (mostly imaginary) horse race.

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