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.
¶ # posted by Jon @ 9:14 PM
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.
¶ # posted by Jon @ 10:12 PM
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:
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.
I think these can serve as great exercises for learning the Romanian language as well as good, campy fun.
¶ # posted by Jon @ 6:54 PM
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.
¶ # posted by Jon @ 4:01 AM
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.
¶ # posted by Jon @ 5:04 PM
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."
¶ # posted by Jon @ 7:59 PM
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.