Havel's anti-communist critique contained little if any acknowledgement of the positive achievements of the regimes of eastern Europe in the fields of employment, welfare provision, education and women's rights. Or the fact that communism, for all its faults, was still a system which put the economic needs of the majority first.That’s right; you can’t accomplish any of these things without the benefit of a police state. Which just goes to show how ungrateful the masses are, incidentally. So ungrateful that communist regimes literally have to fence them in to keep them from escaping to capitalist hell holes - for their own good, mind you.
(H/T: Darleen Click at Protein Wisdom)
Now, I’m not saying that communism hasn’t produced a few prodigies. For example, we are just now learning what a fabulous athlete the late Kim Jong Il was:
Despite the minor obstacle of, you know, zero coaching or course experience, Kim used his divine powers -- he was, after all, officially known as both the Glorious General Who Descended From Heaven and the Ever-Victorious Iron-Willed Commander -- to piece together an exquisite round of 38 for 18 holes at Pyongyang’s 7,700-yard championship course.Even this feat was not really that big a deal, though. I mean, have you ever seen the Pyongyang golf course? Check out the fourth hole.
The feat included five magnificent holes-in-one and it appears that Kim subsequently decided his 31-under-par achievement was enough to solidify his legacy and rarely played afterwards. Perhaps for the sake of our perception of golf’s legend, it is just as well. Jack Nicklaus’ career hole-in-one tally of 20 seems humble by comparison, and had Kim continued at his early pace, he would have surpassed the Golden Bear within a week.
They’re all like that. Five holes-in-one? Sounds like an off day, to me.
(H/T: Don Surber)