Cardinal Napier held up the example of President Barack Obama’s administration, specifically the President’s visit to Kenya in July. During his two-day trip to the country, Obama spoke out about the importance of gay rights, despite requests from Kenya’s leaders to not address the issue. Homosexual acts are illegal in Kenya, as well as several other African countries. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State “repeated much the same message” to Africa as well, he added. In an Oct. 8 interview with CNA, Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu and president of the Ugandan Episcopal Conference called the act “criminal,” and said ideologies must never be attached to receiving aid, which is meant to save lives. “The issue of homosexuality should not be linked with saying ‘if you don’t accept this we won’t help you,’ that is criminal, I call it criminal,” he said. “Aid should not be linked with ideological acceptance or rejection. Aid is to save human life. If you link it to ideology it becomes contradictory...it is self-defeating,” the archbishop added.High moral intelligence, but a little short on strategy. There's no point in saying that aid shouldn't be linked. Wasted words. You're NOT going to convert the EU/US/UK satans. In this case the traditional story of Satan is perfectly literal. Take the money, sell your soul. Fortunately Africa has an alternate choice of colonial master. China. China is not opposed to Natural Law. Its own rules on family and marriage haven't yet "evolved" into suicide. China operates its colonies on a strictly commercial basis. No ideology, just efficiency and loyalty. You grow the crops or mine the minerals, we help you to do it efficiently, we buy the product on an exclusive contract. It's not clear what will happen to China's colonial empire now that China's internal bubble is popping. But the Western bubbles are also popping, so Africa had better figure out a way of maintaining its growth more independently. After the bubbles pop, both East and West might be more inclined to take resources the cheap way. If Africa does more processing and refining and manufacturing, it can sell at a higher profit, with a quickly growing middle class, and enough surplus to build a military deterrent against those Eastern and Western thieves. Several countries are thinking along these lines but not moving fast enough.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.