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Sunday, August 31, 2008
  44-Pound Cat

 
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Friday, August 29, 2008
  Very Kindly Bumped-Up Comment

The good folks at The Political Carnival bumped a comment I made up to a new blog entry with its own community's comments. Thanks to TPC and to you for following the link there.
 
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  Ain't That America


Pink Houses @ Yahoo! Video
 
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Monday, August 25, 2008
  The Beginning of the End of "Victim Politics?"

In the very centrist and realist context of Hillary Clinton's statements during the primary campaign, Nancy Pelosi has admonished the "Party Unity, My (Audacity)" types to abandon the sensation of "victim politics." If this choice of words sets precedent for near-future American realpolitik, then perhaps we can only appreciate an eventual abandonment of an entire conceptual tactic of exploitative politics.
 
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
  Evil

Through Andrew Sullivan I was made aware of Bob Wright and Ann Althouse discussing the semantics and meaning of "defeat(ing) evil," as discussed at the recent Saddleback forum by Sen. McCain.

There are some who think partisan divides fall along the very lines of "evil," or at least its express route through "moral relativism," yet sometimes, like lately, others of us have had cause to wonder how many of us on all sides are rationalizing our own flavors of condoned evil.

As I used to say at RedState, this calls for an oldie video as a theme song:

 
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Monday, August 18, 2008
  Communist-era Romanian "Red Western" Trilogy

For as long as Google allows, I share my recent discovery of the "Ardelenii" trilogy, the adventures of three Transylvanian brothers making their way in the American Old West, always struggling against hostile and greedy neighbors.

Profetul, Aurul si Ardelenii (1978):



Artista, Dolarii si Ardelenii (1979):



Pruncul, Petrolul si Ardelenii (1980):



I think these can serve as great exercises for learning the Romanian language as well as good, campy fun.
 
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  Five Years On

It's been about five years since I started Lesterblog and I just happen to have had a bit of an epiphany about some of the voices I've entertained in that time. I have abruptly quit RedState and I will be removing a few certain links from the blogroll.

Lesterblog and its attendant group will remain active and online indefinitely.
 
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Friday, August 15, 2008
  The Russian A-Team?

Fans of the 1980's TV show, "The A-Team," will recall that the characters were fugitives charged with robbing a bank in Vietnam. The Sun (UK) has surveillance video of a Georgian bank actually being robbed by a small team of Russian soldiers.
 
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
  RIP Bernie Mac & Isaac Hayes

Lesterblog shares the grief of everyone feeling this weekend's loss of Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes.

Since it was the late 70's when I became old enough to keep up with hits on the radio, the first Isaac Hayes hit single I remember hearing is "Don't Let Go."
 
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Saturday, August 09, 2008
  No heroes or clean hands in S. Ossetia

This weekend's rapidly escalating fighting in the former Soviet republic of Georgia is absolutely appalling. Saakashvili's irresponsible and disastrous offensive to retake South Ossetia has provoked a predictably heavy-handed Russian retaliation. Both sides seem to be indiscriminately shelling and bombing civilian areas for (apparently) no greater cause than ethnocentric identity.

Things weren't looking good for the next US president's foreign policy, anyway, with Obama advised by Brzezinski and McCain advised by Scheunemann, we were already looking at needless antagonism of Russia, which would set back future energy supply farther than new domestic drilling could ever make up for, among other important considerations. Now Russia's hand has been forced and the whole thing is just a sorry spectacle for all.

For better elaboration on my under-attributed submission, I think I most favor Anne Applebaum's take on the whole scenario.

BTW, I have added A Secondhand Conjecture to the blogroll because that's been the best blog roundup of South Ossetia news and views I've found tonight.

EXTRA:

I say "extra" because I wish to mention something extraneous to the main body of the post, in the sense that it ties my region to the region in question and adds a few human faces to my expressed position, and I also do this with no express or implied attempt to characterize the opinions of the subject matter held by those individuals. Our Congressman is Rep. Paul Broun, MD, and tonight, his official front page has a photo of a recent visit with University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt, who has adopted two orphans from Ukraine.
 
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Saturday, August 02, 2008
  Lestertest on UStream TV

I've been set up with UStream for a few weeks but now I think I have enough content to show a few test streams, anyway. When I'm on, you can see it here:

Online TV Shows by Ustream
 
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  I, Eventualist.

I am another but I am not the one.
 
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