SANYA, China (AP) -- Miss Peru, Maria Julia Mantilla Garcia, an aspiring high school teacher, was crowned Miss World 2004 on Saturday night in the southern Chinese beach resort of Sanya.
The title carries a US$100,000 (euro75,000) prize.
Now, this is interesting from a lot of standpoints. First of all, Peru is a very poor nation, so its interesting that they had the resources to field a world class contestant (not that I don't think beauty pageants aren't a little silly in the 21st Century).
Secondly, the contest was held in China no less. China has a beach resort? Well, that's what they are doing with all the money they are making off of lending us money. China, Japan and Korea have bailed the US treasury out over the last four years to the tune of trillions of dollars (our kids are going to have to pay this back).
But, the most interesting thing is to see that the dollar has slid to such an astounding level. I predict that, very soon, it will crash. Then, all hell will break loose.
There is no doubt in my mind that the course of America must change. Change dramatically and rapidly. The problem is, of course, is that we have a president, congress and judiciary that are locked into a view of things that is the antithesis of what we should change to. Dramatic and rapid change has the potential to become violent because we are so polarized. Somehow, we feel that America is immune to this kind of thing. We're not.
I don't advocate this change. In fact, I fear it. But I do think it is inevitable.