The world seems to like the west the best!
Let's examine the facts as they relate to me. My father died when I was 11 years old. I was living in California. My mother, may she rest in peace, moved the family back to Massachusetts, our home state and the location of her (and Dad's) family. When I was 14 Mom got a grant from the state to go to nursing school. Really sweet deal. She went to school and worked 2 days a week for a full paycheck. Of course, there were some strings attached. After she got her nursing license (and she did), she had to work for the state (at full nurses pay, mind you) for 2 years. This she did. I on the other hand was granted admittance to a local vocational/technical high school where I was to receive 1500 of hours worth of intensive computer training along with a highschool diploma. Today, I'm Vice President of a 10 year old electronics company which I helped build. I make more than enough money, live in a nice place, drive a very nice car, and have all the toys and luxuries I want. Even as I write this I'm sitting in front of my 60" t.v. with VCR, DVD player, DVD recorder/player, Play Station 2, and Tivo (may god bless the makers of Tivo!) and pecking away on my primary laptop computer.
I'm not Chinese. I'm not Cuban. I'm not Iranian or North Korean. But what do you suppose my mother and my prospects might have been had we lived in those countries? It's time the world got on board. I don't care who or where you are, someone in your country has seen Star Trek. We're one freaking planet of people. We're all on the same team. We (people of U.S.) don't want anything but the rights of the individual to choose for themselves and the liberty of not having badness thrust upon us by the bad choices of others. As long as what you are doing does not affect ME, do as you please. But if it does affect me I have the right, ability, and duty to defend my liberty.
Let's take that lunatic running North Korea. We need to bitch slap him into place. He's screwed up his entire country and the world is paying for it. Fine. I'll feed your people because that's the way we are in the west. But if I'm feeding your people, you damn well better toe the line and do as I say to get out of the mess you created so I no longer have to feed your people. With all due respect to the morons of the world, even you can see that if I can feed the North Koreans and they can't feed themselves then my way must be at least better.
Finally, this week's link. I like to play Texas Hold'em and have been trying to improve my game. I think I'm above average but have no scale against which to measure my ability, other than my bank roll. That being said, I'm still apprehensive about playing for real money so I spend a lot of time at www.thebike.com. They have a free poker site with tournaments where you can win real money. You can find me there as mr5150.