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Credit where it’s due

By lex, on August 28, 2008

 

It’s easy for many of us to stand apart the better to fleer and scorn at the  solemnities of Democratic Party as Barack Obama accepts the burden of their standard in the presidential race. It’s too easy for us to get caught up in the rough and tumble of the tactical moment. But we should stop for a moment and consider: History is being made. American history. Our history.

One of our two major political parties has managed – against considerable odds – to select an African-American to plausibly run as a candidate for our nation’s highest political office. He won in the face of an internal struggle as brutal and winnowing as anything the world has seen since the Borgias contested for the crown of Italy. He won against an aggressive contestant for the nomination that had name recognition, a popular brand, the backing of a generation of partisans and an air of impervious inevitability. He won against a very real legacy of racism to which some among his party constituents were by no means immune.

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Not Our Class, Dear

By lex, on August 5th, 2011

A Royal Navy submarine officer has been dismissed the service and sentenced to six months in jail for fraudulently collecting benefits:

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Celebrating the Season

Posted by lex, on August 6th, 2011

In Malaysia – national motto: “Unity is strength” – a television channel is under fire for airing a public service announcement telling non-Muslims how to act during the holy month of Ramadan. Short version: Keep your mouth shut, your hands off and cover up.

In Indonesia, the locals have taken the “under fire” metaphor it a step further:

A mob of a hundred people attacked and set fire to two Protestant house churches in Logas Tanah Darat, in the Regency of Kuantan, Riau Province (Sumatra). The incident occurred August 1, coinciding with the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and prayer for Muslims, but the news was broadcast by a radio station in Jakarta only late yesterday afternoon. The new attack against the Christian minority, according to some experts, is also a consequence of the “soft” sentences recently imposed by courts against extremists and Islamic leaders in Indonesia.

Ramadan, according to Wikipedia, is intended to teach Muslims about patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to God.

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The Doorbell

 

Shamelessly lifted from Maggie’s Farm.

 

 

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Shropshire Lads

Posted by lex, on June 14th, 2011

  1. E. Houseman’s book “A Shropshire Lad” was one of the first books given me by my father, certainly my first book of verse. It revealed a nostalgic time not so very long gone of rural innocence coupled with untimely mortality.

Houseman had not seen the county before writing most of his poems.

I wonder what he’d think of it now:

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Misplaced Priorities

Posted by lex, on June 14th, 2011

Pakistan’s ISI has finally gotten around to capturing the true miscreants responsible the revealed presence of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad:

Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials.

Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It comes at a time when the Obama administration is seeking Pakistan’s support in brokering an endgame in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

It’s good to learn that, with near daily explosions in the schools and marketplaces of Pakistan’s urban warrens, the intelligence service has kept its eye on the prize.

Pakistani Judge: You have been charged with providing information leading to the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist. How do you plead?

Defendant: Is this a trick question?

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Where are they now?

Posted by Lex, on August 13, 2008

 

Google “European anti-war protests” and you will see that the status of the sovereign, democratic state of Georgia is conspicuous by its absence from the list of protest-worthy causes. Organizing the stilt puppeteers and kettle drummers, these things take time, it seems. Patience is called for.

Millions marched in San Francisco, Rome, Barcelona and London when a US-led coalition of democracies prepared to depose a murderous tyrant – where are they now, when a tyrant seeks to depose a democratically elected government?

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