Vote Pearce for Sebastian Inlet Special Tax District 5

One of the best parts of the CCMBA experience has been meeting so many ambitious, passionate, entrepreneurial people.  I’ve written about Taylor in the past and his rapidly expanding company, Tucker Blair, and I’ve now come across another great story:  Vote for Joe Pearce.

I’ve known Joe for about 10 months now through the CCMBA program. In that time, Joe and I have had quite a few conversations about politics and the World; while we’ve not always agreed, one thing has stood out through every conversation:  we might not always agree, but you’re never in doubt where Joe stands!

While I can’t comment on the Sebastian Inlet Special Tax District – District 5 election (I don’t live in Florida, nor do I know about the specific local issues), one thing I can say is that I’ve never wondered about Joe’s fiscal conservative credentials or strength of character.  If your views are represented at the Vote Pearce website, I don’t think you’ll find anyone who will fight harder tooth-and-nail to represent you.

Good luck Joe with your first foray into politics!

Note:  Not paid for, nor authorized by Joe Pearce.  My only relationship to Joe is through the Duke Fuqua CCMBA program, and I have no vested interest in the outcome of the election, other than supporting a friend.

In Search of India – Part 3: Of Gods, Kings, Cricketers and Movie-stars

The title of this blog “In Search of India” is an allusion to “Discovery of India” by Jawaharlal Nehru (1st Prime Minister of India). He found it but I’m still searching. This is Part 3 of 4.

It’s been a while since Part 2 was published – I had it drafted but was unable to finish it. But a headline in today’s paper nicely captured the theme I wanted to write about and spurred me into action.

Just to give a context to what these headlines are screaming about – the cricketer above is Sachin Tendulkar from India who hit 200 runs in a match against South Africa yesterday (Feb 24, 2010). This is a score that has so far been unsurpassed – especially considering that 200 runs is often the average score made by a cricket team in a cricket match (1 day version).

Considering the theme of my early posts about India being a land affected by elements, the people here have largely been dependent on authority figures to administer the affairs of the land (could be the cause for authority ranking figuring high in India). This made it very easy for India to have Kingdoms – in fact, on Independence the total count of princely states in India totaled to about 500 odd. The king being the great benefactor was revered by the people to the point of being treated as Gods (not surprisingly enough, some of the Gods in Hinduism were Kings). In fact, I’m reminded of a John Huston movie “The Man Who Would Be King” (starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine; based on a story by Rudyard Kipling) about 2 British soldiers in India who set out to become Kings.

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