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Oscars and Afghanistan

Two things:

First, Christopher Tellefsen has been nominated for best film editing for the movie Moneyball. That’s great for two reasons: 1) it was a wonderful movie that answers the timeless question “is it all about winning or losing or how you play the game?”. The movie, adapted from a book from Wall Street writer Michael Lewis, shows that some things are more important than money. Sometimes, it’s about trusting in the people who work for you and letting them fulfill their potential and enjoying the game.
Excellent editing, of course. 2:) Chris Tellefsen is Katiebird’s brother in law, married to her sister Bev. We’re pulling for you, Chris. Good luck and may you and Bev have a night to remember. Take lots of pictures.

If you are a friend of Katiebird (Catharine Hendricks), you can join her Oscar party on Facebook.

Second, my little brother, aka Tut, is regular US Army. For the past decade, he miraculously managed to avoid being posted overseas. Until last year. That’s when the Army sent him to Kuwait. And we were ok with that. Not much to worry about in Kuwait but sand fleas in the desert. Unfortunately, he didn’t stay in Kuwait. Last time we heard, he was in Afghanistan. Northern Afghanistan, to be precise. you know, the place where the natives are all restless over some burned Korans and lobbing grenades into compounds with army soldiers? Yeah, that’s the place.

I would say it would do him good to see what happens when a country takes religious fundamentalism to its logical conclusions, given that he’s a bit of a judgmental Christian fundamentalist himself. But it would lessen my anxiety considerably if he could witness the uproar and learn his lesson from the safety of Kuwait.

It seems that I am experiencing quite a bit of the proverbial Chinese “interesting times” rather more closely than i had originally anticipated. Do me a favor and keep Tut and his girls back in Arizona in your thoughts. Oh, heck, keep the whole US Army in your thoughts.

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  1. Here’s the link to the party : https://www.facebook.com/events/367775906579547/ it’s open to everyone … no limits at all!

    Bev has been sending me tons of photos but, I don’t think I’ve got the energy to repost them here. So PLEASE if you are a member of Facebook, stop by for drinks, photos and fun!

  2. Riverdaughter, I’ll be keeping your bother in my thoughts. I know it doesn’t REALLY help. But, it can’t hurt…..

    • Bev’s kids are so nice. Love the red dress she picked. Gorgeous.

      • 😦 Chris lost to Girl with the Dragon Tatoo….

        The red dress was at the ACE awards last week (?) … The best photo of her tonight is in the car in the black cocktail dress.

  3. There may be degrees of risk and danger depending on where exactly in Northern Afghanistan someone is stationed. North-Central and North-Western Afghanistan are the more Uzbek and Tadjik areas I believe. The Northeast, East, and Southeast is the Pashtun areas. If
    he is in the Uzbek or Tadjik areas the risk may be lower (unless the Uzbeks and Tadjiks are now joining in with the Pashtun-Taliban agitation). If he is permitted to be specific about where he is, perhaps
    it may be possible to work out which ethnic area he is in. Hopefully his
    superiors and fellow co-soldiers would be fully truthful and accurate in all the be-careful information they are giving him and people in his position in any case. ( I see that you blogroll Sic Semper Tyrannis so you are probably already keeping up with Afghan affairs at that blog.)

  4. I’ll say a prayer for your brother and his brothers and sisters in arms. Be easy on him RD. Even on his worst day, he and his fellow fundamentalists wouldn’t riot in the streets and kill people over a burnt bible.

  5. Wish your brother the best. Fanatical Christians never seem to see the similarities between themselves and fanatical Muslims.

  6. Best of luck to Tut.

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