Sunday, February 22, 2009

Heroes Redux

There is a Harris Poll each year that asks the question of Americans "Who do you admire enough to call a hero?". This year, God beat Hillary. W beat God. Jesus Christ beat Martin Luther King and Obama beat Jesus. What a hoot!

The only woman to make the top 10 (Hillary was 12, losing out to God by only one rank) was Mother Teresa. Paul Farmer does not think much of Mother Teresa because, among other things, she took money from the Duvaliers of Haiti . She apparently also took money from Keating and did not return it when asked by a prosecutor after Keating was convicted. Critics claim there was a dearth of transparency in the accounts of her charities, which reportedly funneled donations into growing the organization rather than improving standards of care in the medical facilities the charities ran.

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