American Elephants

A Word for our Friends by The Elephant's Child

John Howard

John Howard, the former prime minister of Australia, was honored by the American Enterprise Institute last Wednesday at a gala dinner, where he delivered the Irving Kristol lecture.

In the protracted struggle against Islamic extremism there will be no stronger weapon than the maintenance by western liberal democracies of a steadfast belief in the continuing worth of our own national value systems. And where necessary a soaring optimism about the future of freedom and democracy .

We should not think that by trading away some of the values which have made us who we are will buy us either immunity from terrorists or respect from noisy minorities.

If the butter of common national values is spread too thinly it will disappear altogether.

We should not forget that it is the values of our societies that terrorists despise most. That is why we should never compromise on them.

The entire speech is available here. It is worth reading the whole thing. Prime Minister Howard has been a very good friend to the United States. We don’t express our appreciation for the Aussies often enough or loudly enough, just as we often forget to show our gratitude to our own family members. Thank you, dear friends.

The Gall Stone Connected to the Blog Bone by American Elephant
March 8, 2008, 2:15 am
Filed under: Blogging

Sorry I haven’t been posting much. I just got back from several days in the hospital after going to the ER for some pretty severe abdominal pain.

Turns out I have gallstones and one was trying to pass, which brought on a pancreatic attack.

I’m home now and get to look forward to a couple days of chicken broth and Jell-O before returning to a normal diet, and it turns out the gall bladder is gonna hafta come out. (not a big deal).

But I did learn an important lesson about healthcare…

If you ever have to go to the ER and they are too busy to see you right away, just start projectile vomiting all over their lobby — you won’t believe how fast they’ll get you in!

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