Vladimir Putin: NATO’s star recruiter. Continue reading Nordic Nations Neutral No More
It’s time for us to stop calling incidents like the one in Buffalo “mass shootings” and start calling them what they really are, “terrorist attacks”. Continue reading Another List of Names
“One more job ought to get it. One last shot then we quit it. One more for the road.” Continue reading Even More Irksome Things
Russia has oligarchs. But so does the West. And they run some of the biggest media outlets, including the one where Rupert Murdoch uses Tucker Carlson as his ventriloquist dummy, Continue reading Oligarchs ‘R Us
This week: Russian paranoia, Mallory McMorrow, The Shield At 20, Evans/Goode, Shirley MacLaine, and Carson/Falk. Music by Genesis, Nancy Wilson, ZZ Top, The Kinks, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Roy Orbison, Johnny Winter, and The Cars. Continue reading Saturday Odds & Sods: Supper’s Ready
Rand Paul is his name; performative politics is his game. Continue reading Senator Aqua Buddha Strikes Again
Beware of leaders with messianic dreams. Continue reading Of Orthodox Easter & Russia’s Unholy War
Mockery is the best medicine. Continue reading The Quotable Zelensky
It’s Passover or as some of my non-Jewish friends call it, Jewish Easter. Instead of celebrating one man rising from the dead, we celebrate an entire people rising from the almost dead. Or as traditionally said of most Jewish holidays “They tried to kill us, we beat them, let’s eat.” Continue reading Jewish Easter
Would you wait six hours on line for a chance to sample a beer that is only available for two weeks each year? Thousands just did that at the annual release of Pliny The Younger at Russian River Brewing. And you know what? It’s a good thing. Continue reading A Postcard From Russian River Brewing
Toxic masculinity rears it’s head everywhere these days, from the stage of the Oscars to the misinformationcasts of conservative media to the planning rooms of the Kremlin. Continue reading Toxic Levels of Masculinity
Trump’s 2016 flashback. Continue reading Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Two items from where the worlds of sports and business collide got my attention. One was a new way to support your favorite team. The other showed how economic sanctions might not work as smoothly if the target is China. Continue reading Huddle Up
Reading the Freepers for 14 years so you don’t have to. Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – No Mo Mo edition
Madeleine Albright, 1937-2022. Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Madeleine Albright On Putin
To Quote: “Boris Johnson’s buffoonery contrasts with the courageous leadership of President Zelensky. To compare a referendum to women and children fleeing Putin’s bombs is an insult to every Ukrainian. He is no Churchill: he is Basil Fawlty.”
Some thoughts on Boris Johnson, Basil Fawlty, and clowns running governments. Continue reading Fawlty Tory
Why a No-Fly Zone is an Act of War. Continue reading Quote Of The Day: No No-Fly Zone Edition
Trump is shocked, shocked to learn that Putin is a warmonger, not a genius. Continue reading Trumpy Making Flippy Floppy
Don’t wanna be an American idiot!
One nation controlled by the new media
Information age of hysteria
It’s calling out to idiot America! Continue reading American Idiots
Of Russian dissidents past and present. Continue reading Broadcast News Courage
“Let’s drop the big one and see what happens.” Political Science 1972 by Randy Newman. Continue reading Political Science 2022
There are monsters in this world. Currently a whole mess of them are killing innocents in Ukraine upon the orders of their master. You don’t negotiate with monsters. You end them. Continue reading Here Be Monsters
You say French fries, I say Frites. Continue reading You Say Putin, I Say Poutine
Putin looks fondly back at the days of the Soviet Union and wistfully muses how things were so much better when everyone feared their own government. Ah the good old days Continue reading Back To The Future
Sometimes you watch or read something, think nothing of it at the time, and then suddenly due to some random event it becomes significant in an odd way. This clip from Seinfeld has become strangely relevant, prophetic, even. For those who are not Seinfeld fans, this clip is the culmination of a heated game of Risk between characters Kramer and Newman, which is abruptly ended by a Ukrainian man who overhears Kramer say “Ukraine is weak” while they are playing in the subway. Not a great idea to play a board game on a subway, of course. Now, I am … Continue reading Ukraine Is Not Weak, As Putin Is Finding
No to a No-Fly Zone. Continue reading The No-Fly Zone Delusion
Random thoughts on an overcast Friday morning with a special appearance by Dick Nixon to show in historical context that time has been kind to him Continue reading A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That
For only the second time, the state of the union address coincided with Mardi Gras Day. The first was 2/12/2013 when Vice President Joe Biden sat behind President Barack Obama; a sweaty and thirsty Marco Rubio gave the GOP response. … Continue reading The Mardi Gras SOTU Speech
No, I’m not a Twisted Sister fan. But I did see the news story about Ukrainians taking up their song “We’re Not Going To Take It” as a battle anthem. What is even better is that Dee Snider, whose grandfather was Ukrainian, endorsed their use of it while denying its use by the US trucker convoys: People are asking me why I endorsed the use of "We're Not Gonna Take It" for the Ukrainian people and did not for the anti-maskers. Well, one use is for a righteous battle against oppression; the other is a infantile feet stomping against an … Continue reading We’re Not Going To Take It Anymore
While Russian troops advance into Ukraine, the Russian economy looks to be slipping further and further into inflation, recession, and dare I say even depression. The New York Times has a good article that articulates in non-Economics Professor terms just what the West is doing financially to try and curtail the Mad Dog of Moscow.
Last week I advocated for severe economic punishment for Russia’s blatant disregard for Ukraine’s national sovereignty and amazingly (because who thought the Western Allies could ever agree on doing something) that punishment has been meted out.
I’m hoping that the somewhat is only to give Vlad the Impersonator a taste of what could happen if full measures were in fact instituted. Hoping, but something tells me that somewhere along the line some country somewhere will do the “but we need their natural gas” and begin to fray the alliance. But as for now the sanctions currently in place are definitely worrying to Russia. Russians are lining up at ATM’s trying to get cash out. The Bank of Russia even went so far as to promise that
“The volume of bank notes ready for loading into A.T.M.s is more than sufficient. All customer funds on bank accounts are fully preserved and available for any transactions.”
Um, sure. But something tells me many Russians are getting ready to make a run on the bank which is never a good thing. Would that panic spread to the rest of the world? My college economics professor would have said yes, but the world has changed in the *cough cough* years since I took his class. As the sequel to Wall Street (the movie) said, “money never sleeps”. Besides with a government fiat against doing business with Russian banks in place, a default letter from any Russian bank will be laughed at by any foreign borrower.
Damn that let’s Trump off the hook for a while. No wonder he thought Putin’s Penetration was a smart move.
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