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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The state of Adratos’ Carnival state of mind. Continue reading Post-Lockdown Carnival Ennui Blues
People, I’ve got to say – I have always taken happiness in seeing the Freeperati go at each other, especially post-Darnold, where the True Believers and the pragmatists get their circular firing squad on, but this?
This is something completely different.
Video of Ukrainian woman confronting Russian soldier goes viral: Put sunflower seeds in your pocket ‘so at least [flowers] will grow’ when you’re killed
The Blaze ^ | 2/25/2022 | Sara Taylor
Posted on 2/25/2022, 2:16:07 PM by marcusmaximus
A fiery Ukrainian women went viral for her reaction to a Russian soldier patrolling a Ukrainian street earlier this week.
What are the details? The unnamed woman — dressed in nearly all black and wearing a white winter hat — was seen in a video shared to social media telling off a Russian soldier and suggesting he carry sunflower seeds in his pockets — so that when he is killed on foreign soil, flowers will sprout from his decomposing body.
“Put them in your pockets,” she stoically told the soldier during one point of the interaction, “so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here.”
The sunflower, which is Ukraine’s national flower, is often said to represent power, strength, warmth, and more.
Elsewhere in the video, the woman could be heard telling the soldier, “You’re occupants, you’re fascists! What the f*** are you doing on our land with all these guns?”
She added, “From this moment, you are cursed. I’m telling you. You f***ing came here uninvited.”
“Pieces of s**t,” she concluded.
To: marcusmaximusShould the soldier be there? No.But he was actually restrained and polite.
He restrained himself from shooting her in front of a bunch of witnesses recording on their phones.
He’ll politely be rounding her up when there are no witnesses around.
She is lucky the Russian soldier she spoke to chose to treat her like a fussy old Grandma. He may have known at least one person was filming the interaction.
If there were no cameras rolling and you had a more combative type of soldier, she could have gotten rifle-butted in the head or much worse.
This has been a terrible week. Incredibly we are watching a war in progress and we really have no idea what is going to happen. We’re in the early days of what is going to be a grisly and heartbreaking … Continue reading We Can Be Heroes
Well here we are, the place we never thought we’d be at but the place we always knew deep down we’d get to. Russia, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, has without reason, provocation, or seemingly sanity, has invaded the sovereign country of Ukraine because…well if I could figure out why I’d be on the Kremlin Desk at the Company and briefing the bigwigs in the White House. In other words, I can’t figure it out and anyone who says they KNOW why he did it is just blowing smoke up that proverbial backside. Some of the reasons expounded by the experts … Continue reading Vlad the Dissembler
The attack on Ukraine has begun, and it is definitely a time of uncertainty and fear. A good look at what it is like inside is here: On a Thursday morning in Kharkiv, Ukraine wakes to war. Read @jscros’s latest dispatch from Ukraine: https://t.co/jQZuVA7eMy — Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) February 24, 2022 This is a combination of heartbreaking and surreal. Some people going to work, some people bugging out. I thought, of course, some people would go to work if America is attacked, for the combination of necessary services still needed and, well, think about some aspects of American business leadership. … Continue reading Life During Wartime
On Russian aggression in Ukraine. Continue reading Demilitarization & Denazification?