Apparently the founder and sole owner of Blackwater Worldwide, Eric Prince, is a generous man:
Prince serves as vice president of the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation. Salon reports that "between July 2003 and July 2006, the foundation gave at least $670,000 to the Family Research Council and $531,000 to Focus on the Family" headed by James Dobson. The foundation is also a major donor to Calvin College, a conservative Christian institution in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prince also serves as a board member of Christian Freedom International, a non-profit group with a mission of helping "Christians who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ."
Since 1998, Prince has personally donated over $200,000 to Republican causes.Prince is a donor, along with beverage company Bolthouse Farms through the Bolthouse foundation, to the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian legal group. Prince had also contributed money to the Green Party of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, though this has been interpreted as an unsuccessful attempt to help Republican candidate Rick Santorum in his race against Democratic challenger Bob Casey.
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has characterized Prince as one of George W. Bush's "political cronies." Prince has denied using family clout to obtain contracts for Blackwater.
The chair of Mitt Romney's Counter-Terrorism Advisory Council, by the way, is Cofer Black, a former director of the CIA's counter-terrorism center, now Vice Chairman of Blackwater. I wonder if any of the players here could use a good Morals Tutor? Probably not, but I could certainly help them pass on their values along with their valuables or to maintain their Family Dynasties for 100 Years or more. Philanthropy helps keep a family at the top of the heap; political power is better; but a private army is the best thing, really.
At his final public reading that November 11, [Karl Kraus] likened European power to a worm creeping away from the foot about to stomp it.
Posted by: matrullo | January 12, 2008 at 07:45 PM
I am so glad that you have found Karl Kraus, what a kindred spirit for a newspaper man.
Posted by: phil | January 12, 2008 at 08:33 PM
yes - borrowed from Kia - excellent company for the philanthopist as well!
Posted by: matrullo | January 12, 2008 at 08:45 PM
Indeed. I think I may have recommended it to Kia, actually.
Posted by: phil | January 12, 2008 at 08:54 PM
KK has been often featured on yr blogs. He should be required reading for all patriots.
Posted by: matrullo | January 12, 2008 at 09:10 PM
Thank you, I agree. I once spent a month or two imitating his aphorisms, one by one, just to see how he did it. Never could come close to his effects, but it was a good exercise. A patriot, was he, of the Austro-Hungarian Empire? Of the nation of letters?
Posted by: phil | January 12, 2008 at 10:02 PM
Kia asked me to relay her thanks for recommending Dicta and Contradicta. I'm not sure if Kraus could have a patriot of anything other than a world in which the notion of patriot no longer has any possible sense.
Posted by: matrullo | January 13, 2008 at 12:16 AM