Ukraine: What, Where and Why

Why is Ukraine important? We keep asking that question with respect to both the US and Russian viewpoint. It appears many of these questions are really about finding reasons to stay out of some conflict in a far off place. Not on the implementation of some sound principle that was established with long hard thought. “They speak Russian” is one such refrain. Yet surveys of language have shown only a couple provinces in Ukraine where the majority people (more than 50%) identify Russian as their primary language. One of these was Crimea and the other borders Russia on the eastern extreme. The rest of “Eastern Ukraine” varies with percentages ranging from a maximum of 15% to 50%.

So, if language is a determination of ethnicity or some supposed reason to align with one side or the other, we have to ask ourselves: What about the other 50% of the population who don’t view themselves as Russians or even as just primarily Russian speakers. This of course doesn’t address the fact that the presence of Russian as a primary or just major language is largely created by Russia’s invasion and control over this region.

Why would Russia want Ukraine? Another question asked here frequently. Well as you can see from the map, Eastern Ukraine provides broad access to the Black Sea and the already confiscated territory of Crimea. As many have noted, Russia gains an ice free deep sea port by controlling Crimea. The primary transportation system through the region (with a hub at Kharkiv) is linked directly to Russia.

Eastern Ukraine is also a major “bread basket” and would provide Russia with additional food, if needed, as well as expand its export markets. That is giving them something besides oil and weapons. One other thing to consider. Note that if Russia controls Eastern Ukraine it almost completely landlocks the rest of Ukraine.

The next map shows some of the regions of Ukraine, by the time period when they were added to the Country. When people talk about “eastern Ukraine” in context of the Russian goals it is primarily the area in pink. Of course the green area borders Balarus, another Russian friendly Nation.

So why should the US care or get in the mix? Well that comes down to whether we still believe in the principles we adopted as a Nation following WW II. That conflict forced a recognition in the US, and the World, that sitting back and watching while tyrants move to expand their empires has lasting impacts. And that the cost of doing so will be greater in the long run instead of dealing with it at the start. Have we as Citizens changed our views on this problem? Should we change them? Where are the lines between what is acceptable or tolerable and what is not? China invades Tibet, we do nothing substantial.

Do we oppose all such expansions as a matter of hard policy or are there truly nuances to consider. Such rationalizations have been presented in both the Tibetan and Ukrainian cases. Claiming it is none of our business. But what about Taiwan? Is that also none of our business just because those freedom loving people happen to be of Chinese ancestry?

These questions and many more exist when we do not have solid foundations from which to develop policies. That is policies which are consistent with those foundational principles. To claim it is none of our business implies an underlying principle that we only use force when attacked directly. I am not sure that such a principle is widely understood nor accepted by We the People, let alone our elected and bureaucratic officials.

If this is in essence our foundation then what about economic impacts to our country? Is that an attack? If China strangles the shipping in Asia is that an attack on the US? Or is it only a physical invasion that matters? How about the efforts of China, Russia, Iran and others to hack and take down our internet systems? Where is the line in the sand that should come with clear and consistent articulation and enforcement?

I am not offering an opinion on this, for now. I am pointing out that all of this is far more complicated than much of the discussions I see among pundits and opinion leaders. As I almost always do, I am also trying to show that much of this difference or confusion, to some degree, can almost always be tied to lack of clearly articulated, understood and defensible principles.

Let me offer one thought on why we struggle with these questions. Our desire to do what is right greatly exceeds our willingness to do what is required. We gave up half of Germany and all of eastern Europe because we Americans had grown so “tired of War.” We left the North Korean, Vietnamese and Afghan people to tyrants because we were “tired of War.” Here lies a conundrum of huge import. As a Nation of essentially free people a division of political viewpoints naturally develops. These divisions unfortunately become partisan weapons used to “politicize” foreign policies. Especially when if may be necessary to use force. Both major political parties love to use any failure or the fear of “another Vietnam” to tear down the other party if they are in power. In essence, the nature of our politics prevents us from having the very foundational principles we need to form coherent policies. Policies which will be supported by the people, even when the going gets very, very tough.

There is of course much more to discuss and consider on the general topic. That being when, where and why should we, the USA, be willing to draw a line and say “NO”! And of course, then back that up with the full might of the US military if needed.


  1. Just A Citizen says:

    Just in time, POLITICO produces an article raising questions about Ukraine.

    You have to love the new name for Progressives when it comes to their stance on intervention. They are not “Restrainers.” The author gives this without any charge, thinking it applies to “showing restraint in response.” Maybe it should really mean “restraining” as in “preventing rational response”, when associated with these left wingers.

    You also have to love the obvious problem these people made for themselves. They had to outright hate Putin because in their minds Trump and Putin are the same. So they cut off their options because of their irrational hatred of the orange man. They don’t want to offend Putin to much, or he will respond, but they openly hate Putin.

  2. Just A Citizen says:

    Oh bless her heart! For those that do not speak Southern, that was not a compliment or expression of sympathy.

    Note to all those D’s who hated on Bush II: Is this not a version of “if you aren’t with us you are against us”? Or “if you don’t support us you are not a patriot”!

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Politics.


    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said of the issue, “The Pelosi Congress (and its police department) is telling a federal court it is immune from all transparency under law and is trying to hide every second of its January 6 videos and countless emails. The hypocrisy is rich, as this is the same Congress that is trying to jail witnesses who, citing privileges, object to providing documents to the Pelosi rump January 6 committee.”

    Fitton is exactly right.

  4. Sorry fellows. This whole article is a fallacy. How can you rationalize polical madness? …power balance? ….

  5. S Kent Troy says:

    The left hates Putin because he is an apostate.

    It is always funny to watch people who now want to shut down all debate here based on their interpretation of “truth” complain about authoritarian Putin.

  6. S Kent Troy says:

    Thinking back, the rationale for the Gallipoli operation was to open up the Black Sea to supply Imperial Russia while knocking the Ottomans out of the war.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      I have such STRONG NEGATIVE emotions when it comes to RFK Jr. The result of dealing with his zealotry on the environment and then vaccine links to Autism. Therein lies his problem with credibility. Once he convinces himself of something he is like a rabid dog and there are no rules of conduct. He will lie and distort and play all kinds of propaganda games. Because he BELIEVES. No matter how much evidence is presented against his position he will not change his mind. I have never seen him admit error. Instead he doubles down or just moves to the next issue.

      As for his speech, I guess, like a clock, he can be right every now and then.

  7. Just A Citizen says:

    I have never heard of this supposed loophole. Note that it was a theory proposed by an academic but to my knowledge never substantiated by any ruling. And if this applies due to some theoretical 50 mile radius, what about the rest of the federal reserves in the West which are hundreds of miles wide and long?

    All land within Idaho exists within a County of the State. So I really do not understand this argument. There must be something in the Federal establishment of the Park.

  8. Covid has worked it’s way through my houshold. We’re not completely well yet, but we are all better.

    • Just A Citizen says:


      Glad to hear that. Isn’t that the second time it hit someone in your household?

      • Yes, there was about 18 months between the first time she got it and this time. Peg got it , she was vaccinated, had a booster scheduled but got sick first. I haven’t been vaccinated and my daughter had prior infection. We all got sick at almost the same time, had basically the same symptoms.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      Good! I lost smell and taste for about three weeks. Now slowly coming back and still find myself sleeping more than usual.

      • I didn’t lose my taste or smell thank goodness ,only problem was that everything tasted terrible 😊

        • The only thing I have lost and not gotten it back is drinking out of a can…if I drink a Dr Pepper out of a can, it has a serious metallic taste. Pour it into a glass….it is a regular Dr Pepper taste and it does not matter what I drink out of a can…..nothing worse than a beer with a metallic taste.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            No virus in my house as of yet….knock on wood.

            No Colds
            No Flu

            • Same here. I had a mild cold in 1/2020 but absolutely nothing since. But my biannual hair cut is now annual.

    • Yeah, it hit my daughter’s house for the second time as well. One year to the week of the first time. This time, only the grands tested positive, not the parents. Good thing because son in law’s work is so woke that he is evil walking for not being vaxed. He never even told them his daughters tested positive. The girls handled it just fine. Daughter says they have had worse colds.


    Another no knock killing by police. If I were sleeping and had a bunch of unknown people barge into my house all yelling at the same time, I would be totally confused, scared and if I had a weapon handy would reach for it. Why is not one officer designated as the only one to speak during the entry processes so the orders can be heard clearly? The commands issued from multiple sources out of sync are just noise to someone coming out of a deep sleep.

    • Better yet, why is there such a thing as a no knock warrant. I understand the safety issues but, still, I think it sucks.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      There is some kind of idiocy being taught in police circles that says if you come into a house in the middle of the night shouting and screaming like an entire stick from a D-Day 82nd Airborne drop, you will stun everybody into being compliant. May work on some drug addled but certainly not on everyone.

  10. Dale A Albrecht says:

    This is rich coming from the administration.who has lied, misled and created division. I can see what’s coming. Anything different than what comes out of the governments mouthpieces will be considered a threat

    “In a statement, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin was fueled by multiple factors, including “an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors.”

  11. Just A Citizen says:

    This goes down as one of the most DISHONEST articles I have ever read which was posted on a major network’s website. SHAME on CBS.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      i can still remember the shock and amazement I had filing my 1973 return. It was out first “joint” return. Both the Bride and I had been in the rat race for over five years at that point and were used to getting several hundred dollars back, each. THAT year Uncle got several hundred EXTRA dollars from each of us. The marriage penalty.

      Junior did an analysis years ago and decided for lower middle class taxpayers it makes no sense for a family with young kids to have the wife work. You have extraordinary expenses and are nailed by bracket creep. It’s been improved but like working overtime you still get screwed.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        I did a similar analysis back in the day. When adding costs and looking at marginal returns I determined the break even point at somewhere around $24,000. This was over 15 years ago. Of course this was purely an economic analysis and ignored intangibles like the personal value of working outside the home either part or full time.

        The Marriage Penalty and the Singles Penalty have been virtually eliminated with the new tax brackets. Joint returns are 2X the Single return for the same brackets. Differences on the lower end are miniscule.

        The key point is not that working overtime gets you screwed, it is that Progressive Taxes screw anyone making more money. Doesn’t matter how you make that money or who you are.

        I find it ironic that the R’s, via Bush II and then Trump, made the tax brackets far more “equitable” but it is the D’s, who howl about equity, who want to make them disproportionate. Based of course on who you are.

        • But, but, but… the math is racist.

        • S Kent Troy says:

          I just could not believe just how much of the after tax 2nd income was eaten up by child care expenses.

          • I came to that conclusion as well. That is why we were a single income household. It meant some sacrifice but we were able to raise 3 kids and educate them w/o the second income.

            • S Kent Troy says:

              Incredibly fortunate to have the grandparents within a mile radius as the kiddies grew up. Denise packed in Public Education because she would have been traveling an hour plus each way to her job. Instead she taught at our local Catholic School that my kids went to. We could drive them and bring them home. The grandparents filled in for days off and sickness. Summer and school vacations obviously worked out.

              Downside was MONEY. Her Public School girlfriends, retired at 40 years at 100% of pay, well over $90,000 per year With a Masters plus 30 credits well over 100K. Catholic School with a much lower pay scale after thirty years generates $ 23,000.

              So, we never had the shore or lake house and have pretty much stuck to Dodge caravans and their spawn since 1985. But you will NOT see me complaining. Not many who raised four kids born between ’76 and ’83 who can say that the largest student debt any of them had was $ 20,000 for undergraduate. The various masters were all, except one, the GI Bill or Company paid. The last one was mostly Grandma financed.

              • By the time the third one got to college, I was being hit hard by medical bills for my wife. So the older two stepped in to help, essentially payback. All go through college debt free. They had to earn their own spending money as I payed the bills for tuition and R&B. It was touch and go for awhile. Cancelled all subscriptions and any other unnecessary expenses. My last vacation was in 2004. Took the wife to Hawaii figuring it would be her last trip.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        I only was paid overtime with one job in my entire career.

  12. Just A Citizen says:


    My understanding of statistics is not good enough to understand this report. Can you boil this down to something real? I will reserve my comments until you had a chance to look it over.

    • The 95% CI refers to 95% confidence limits (intervals). Typically this is 3x the standard deviation. It is statistically expected that 19 out of every 20 cases will fall within this limit. If the limit includes zero or one, then the parameter is not statistically determined. Given the wide range of the CI intervals, there is a large error associated with this data. The conclusions I come to is that cloth masks are useless, surgical masks are marginal and N95s have some effectivity. What surprises me is the high percentage of individuals in this group that came down with Covid in just a 2 week period unless I am reading Table 3 wrong. With that infection rate, we all should have caught it several times over by now. One major factor not discussed was time of exposure. Consider the difference between a clerk in a store compared to the shopper. You go to the grocery story maybe one hour a week while the clerk is there 40 hours. Another question I did not see is if the men were clean shaven. I have a full Santa Claus beard so no mask fits properly.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        I was struck by the wide CI as well. In my world that is like saying 95% of the time everything includes everything.

        My bigger question was the use of this other parameter. The adjusted tiered probability thingy.

        Don’t know if you notices the tables, as labeled, compare apples to oranges. In one column is the number infected and the other those not infected. If I read it correctly. And if they labeled it correctly.

        Bottom line I got out of this was that effectiveness measured by those getting sick/tested positive was about 15%. Which is similar to other studies.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        This is the thing, measure, I have never seen before: ” (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 0.44; “

        • I glossed over that but it is significant. Basically from what I can gather the odds ratio is a ratio of ratios. If you have 100 participants in the masked group and 10 come down with covid, then the probability of getting sick is 10/100 = 10% but the relative ratio of getting sick is 10/90= 11% Now add the control group of 100 unmasked individuals in which 20 get sick. The probability of those getting sick is 20/100 = 20% and with a relative ratio of 20/80 = 25%. Now the odds ratio of masked to unmasked is (10/90)/(20/80) = 44% implying that you are 44% less likely to get sick. Now since all variables are not well controlled in this experiment, they try to match people between the control and at risk groups. This is the adjustment. How that is done mathematically, I am not sure.

          Another issue not discussed is the accuracy of the covid tests used. This could have a major impact on the statistics.

          • The numbers in my example came out to 0.44 fortuitously. I did not plan to match their results. What are the odds of that?

          • Just A Citizen says:


            Your explanation is kind of what I thought it was, although I did not consider actual risk vs. relative risk. But I assumed that this “huge” significance is that, using their average conclusion, you have a 44% higher risk of getting Covid if you do not wear a mask.

            I am not convinced the data, ignoring issues about testing,etc., actually supports that claim. Then there is the issue of +44% of what? So if 10 people get infected out of 100 with masks then 14 of 100 will be infected without masks, 4 being 40% of 10. Another example of “percentage increases” or “change in odds” looking much worse that the actual numbers.

  13. Just A Citizen says:


    My God Man, I think I have discovered this entire thing is Ooompah! I am sure the data says what it says. The “conclusions” don’t seem to fit. Let me offer the following:

    From the report summary: “During February–December 2021, using a face mask or respirator in indoor public settings was associated with lower odds of acquiring SARS-CoV-2 infection, with protection being highest among those who reported wearing a face mask or respirator all of the time. Although consistent use of any face mask or respirator indoors was protective, the adjusted odds of infection were lowest among persons who reported typically wearing an N95/KN95 respirator, followed by wearing a surgical mask. These data from real-world settings reinforce the importance of consistently wearing face masks or respirators to reduce the risk of acquisition of SARS-CoV-2 infection among the general public in indoor community settings.”

    Note that this uses the term “lower odds of infection”. Two comparisons are made. One is how often a mask is worn and the other the type of mask. We do not know how often each type was worn. So lets look at just a couple numbers from Table 2:

    6.7% of the INFECTED people wore no mask, while 93.3.% of the INFECTED people wore a mask sometime to full time. But, all of these people were infected. So how can you compare those with N95 to those with surgical masks and conclude this had anything to do with a change in protection………..when they ALL were INFECTED?

    To make that comparison you would have to show how changing mask type or length of use changed the infection rate. That data is not available because 100% of the NOT infected had the same range of mask use. In fact, 3.6% of the NOT infected did not wear a mask at all. While 69.6% of the NOT infected wore a mask all the time, 60.3% of the INFECTED people also wore a mask all the time. But as near as I can tell you cannot compare the the two groups with respect to mask effectiveness.

    Ironically, if you look at Table 3, which is a different set of data, you find that almost identical percentage of the NOT infected wore NO MASK as did the INFECTED who work N95 masks. Yet their conclusion is the type of mask improves your odds of not catching the virus.

    These are smart people. University researchers. The data and the write up don’t align in my mind. So what the hell am I missing?

    • I found their explanation confusing too. When you start working with ratios of ratios, these are second order statistics and usually not too useful or trustworthy. Another confounding variable would be the supplements the participants are taking. How many are taking Vitamin C & D3 plus zinc? Were any D3 deficient and is this correlated to the infection rate? To know this, one would need a blood test.

      “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.”
      – Mark Twain

      Given the garbage the CDC has been putting out, I have lost faith in them as an institution.

    • JAC, I did a little more thinking on this. They use the odds ratio (OR) which is calculated from the risk ratio (RR). Both are different than the normal probability we are used to. For a sample size of 100 of which A gets sick, the probability of getting sick is A/100. The RR is A/(100-A). Note this is a non-linear function. When A is small it approximates the probability but at 50% it goes to unity and at 100% it blows up (100/0). It is always larger than the probability and must be interpreted differently. The OR is the ratio of the RRs for the masked and unmasked groups. Since the RRs are non-linear, the OR is non-linear as well.

      I suspect they chose this approach because the numbers favor the desired outcome knowing that common folks will interpret the numbers as probabilities. It is a poor and deceptive way to present data to the public.

  14. Pass the popcorn, this trucker thing is getting good.

  15. Just A Citizen says:
  16. S Kent Troy says:

    Thanks JAC and T-Ray for the analysis. It seems that these science guys never had the benefit of Nick Trynosky for a father. He demonstrated to me at a very early age, that on my Playskool workbench, the square peg would NOT fit into the round hole.

  17. S Kent Troy says:

    Thinking this morning about, of all things, Kent State. The shootings there which were unfortunate and brought on by the pure stupidity of the protesting students really changed the entire course of the United States.

    How long will it be until some dummy in Canada or here in the US orders cops or the military to shoot at protestors? Assuming Uncle Joe does not blow up the world next week, there is an excellent chance it will happen. Unlike Ashley Babbitt, it will be covered and it will be reviled by the population no matter how the media couches it and the entire course the US and/or Canada is on will be changed.

    Hate to use this opportunity to quote Jefferson on fertilizer for the tree of Liberty but it IS appropriate.

  18. S Kent Troy says:

    Most of the fools out there go, ho-hum at this not realizing that the CIA charter when it was created stipulated it could NOT do domestic spying. During the putch against Donald Trump it first became apparent a whole lot of lines were being crossed. Couple this with BATF keeping 100 Million firearms purchase records, which by law, were supposed to be destroyed. Anybody with half a brain can see we are in very deep shit. Anyone ignoring it, when they vote, will live to regret it, and soon.

  19. S Kent Troy says:

    A bit of Texican history for teh Colonel that I was unaware of. Mutiny! Imagine that.

  20. Just A Citizen says:

    Some time back I asked questions about who would be willing to do what was needed to carry out a real revolution in the USA. Not the complete chaotic shooting war but the need to stand firm as needed to truly apply pressure to the power elite. One of those questions was “who will the LEO and military stand with”?

    Well I think we have the answer if we just look to the Jan 6th response in the US and the Govt responses in Australia, Germany and now Canada.

    The Power Elite have the police force, via LEO’s and Military, to enforce their views and put down anything they see as threatening. They have the Media on their side and thanks to the partisan nature of our politics, about half the population will side with whomever is in power. Even thought the actual Elite don’t change that much. Just the color of their shirts.

    For those who have not read any reports this morning, the Canadian govt sent in large numbers of LEO’s to remove the truckers and other demonstrators from that sacred bridge. And part of this effort was the placement of “snipers” on rooftops surrounding the crowds.

    Now remember back when the Bundy standoff in Nevada happened and the Oath Keepers, among some others, placed armed snipers in locations to watch over Govt Snipers who had been deployed there? What the hell is our Govt doing deploying snipers against its citizens? Why are these “snipers” only deployed against the supposed “right”, you know those shouting Freedom, and not those who are actually looting and burning things?

    Somehow we need to reach out to the law enforcement groups in this country, and elsewhere, and get them to truly look at themselves in the mirror. Just how far are you willing to go to “follow orders”?????

    LEO will enforce the law or edicts against anyone they think is “breaking the law”. The key to controlling them has been in convincing them of how evil their fellow citizens are and thus action is justified. That is how it has always worked. There is also the fact that if LEO’s start to “refuse orders” the Power will fire them, or worse, and replace them with some willing lackey who wants more power.

    Now combine all this with our inability to create a coalition strong enough to PURGE the system using the ballot box. There is no good reason that every incumbent running this next cycle should be returned. They should all be RETIRED and ASAP. But it will not happen because there are just to many sheep in the herd.

    Sorry for the defeatist mood this morning but given the events these past couple months it is a feeling that is hard to escape, or shake.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      As I just said, the feeling is hard to escape.

      We should DEMAND to see a strong response and rebuttal to this garbage. Go ahead and present it. Then tear it to shreds in debate and lecture.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        As a follow-up; note the “Democratic Socialist’s” response to a peaceful demonstration in Paris, France. There is just so much “freedom” oozing from that Socialism you can’t hardly not get any on you.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      A great question. Now that we know BATF never destroyed the records they were required to destroy, the CIA is spying domestically on pretty much everyone and the Capitol Police are rifling through the files of disloyal congressmen, the shit has hit the fan.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        As ya’ll know, I am not a big Trump fan. But I have often said that perhaps his greatest achievement was pulling the curtain back so we could see what actually lay behind it.

        The odd thing is he did not do this on purpose. They did it to themselves because they let their emotional dislike for the guy interfere with their thinking. They viewed him a threat and went ape trying to destroy him, thus exposing themselves in the process.

        • Sometimes you need somebody that is disruptive to shake up the comfortable.

        • S Kent Troy says:

          What they were planning to do over the next 30 years, incrementally, they had to rush . AND IT SHOWS.

          Cat is certainly out of the bag if anyone cares.

  21. Just A Citizen says:

    We have discussed the issue of demonstrations here at SUFA over the years. Without any real solution as I recall.

    So again, how far should demonstrations be allowed to go before “Govt” steps in? Is there even a role for Govt.?

    The vast majority of us would agree, I think, that violence is not allowable. So if violence occurs, then Govt should step in. After all, one of the primary roles of Govt. is to dispense justice against those who “initiate” violence. The is the essence of what our laws are about.

    But what about when demonstrators block road ways? When the prevent the rest of society from going about their business? Are then not actually “imposing their will” upon the innocent when they block a road or prevent movement of goods and services?

    How about if they don’t block public roads but block govt. buildings or employees, elected officials, etc. from getting to work? Is blockade of public (govt) buildings allowed because they are different than private property?

    Our Constitution embodied, in fact codified, “peaceful” protest against the Govt. In my view peaceful means peaceful. That is LACK OF VIOLENCE. While I do not think they should impede movement of other free people, that is NOT VIOLENCE.

    I have one other thing to offer. An observation about Canada’s response to the truckers. Namely the rhetoric about stopping the flow of commerce. I have been up there many times and almost every time there is a major Labor Strike of some kind which is “stopping the flow of commerce”. Hell, they struck the Worlds Fair in 1986, holding it hostage to their demands. A stoppage which affected commerce beyond B.C.. Maybe the Truckers should just declare a “Strike” and then watch the lefty govt. wet themselves while trying to pretend they are not hypocrites.

    • I’ve watched some live stream video by Viva Frei (David Freiheit). He is a Canadian lawyer that vlogs on legal issues both US and Canadian. His videos show a very tame protest, no graffiti, no trash, and enough space for people to freely walk about. I also believe they have left lanes open for emergency traffic to move through (not so on the bridge). Anyone that steps out of line is asked to leave such as the Confederate flag waver so they police themselves. I have yet to hear if the government elites have met with the demonstrators although they had no problem meeting with the BLM/Antifa rioters.

      As to blocking commerce, isn’t this exactly what all the lock downs did?

      The Johns Hopkin’s report on the effectiveness of the lock downs showed they were essentially ineffective. The recent revelations of the poor performance of the unvaccines should also put a nail in this coffin. The only thing stopping us from going back to normal is the hurt pride of the elites and their inability to admit they were wrong.

      On another note, my wife’s daycare provider lost her younger sister to Covid yesterday. Another vaxx failure.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      Some fellow called in yesterday to one of the talk shows and merely suggested that the truckers publicly announce they are ALL going on vacation for one month thereby avoiding fines, confiscation or imprisonment. . Not as visible certainly but probably will get folks attention especially when the cream for Trudeau’s latte runs out.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      When I lived in Italy there were strikes all the time. One such strike was by the toll collectors on the Autostrada. Instead of blocking the highway, but when you exited they didn’t collect the toll. Only the government suffered. The people were not affected in any way.

  22. Just A Citizen says:

    I am sure SK is going to love this piece, especially the video about who owns whom.

    But there is a glaring problem with the stated conclusions. Let’s see if SUFA members can identify the issue(s).

  23. I find it strange that on the same day I’m reading about the old Russia, Russia Russia shenanigans. I’m reading about a new Russia, Russia,Russia catastrophe. Timing just seems to be coordinated.

  24. Broke down and turned on the game for the wife. What pathetic commercials. Man are cars getting ugly.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Commercials were in deed pathetic, and nonsensical. Halftime was the worst thing I ever saw. Couldn’t even hear the words over the LOUD music. And why do people who do hip hop and rap have to constantly play with their crotch??

      But the Game……….oh what a game. Our local boy from Eastern Washington Univ. shined once again when it was crunch time.

  25. S Kent Troy says:

    Video # 1 is down. When you talk about guys like Fink and Soros the built in answer from the opposition is that you are anti-Semitic. So, like complaining about some equal opportunity hiring failure you are stymied. I do NOT know how we can defeat that. I suspect one way would be to encourage conservative and orthodox Jews to lead the attacks. There is quite a difference between being born to a religion and actually practicing the tenants of that religion. We Catholics have always been bristled when others point out Hitler was a baptized Catholic as if the Vatican called him up and told him to do what he did.

    I see the reference to TR. I’m reading “the Strenuous Life”. Have you ever read it, not glanced, not scanned but read it?

  26. S Kent Troy says:

    see my comment below.

  27. S Kent Troy says:

    Something screwy going on with face book. My log in expired?

  28. S Kent Troy says:

    So, martial law in Canada. How soon here?

  29. Interesting times. The provinces in Canada are caving but Trudeau is digging in with the Emergency Act. We might have our own truck convoy in a couple of weeks. War drums in eastern Europe. On gong supply chain and inflation problems. Our southern border is wide open. Our military is woke and going green. Hillary was spying on Trump in the Oval. And I am running our of popcorn.

  30. Howdy folks……again, so sorry for mt intermittent postings, but things “down here” are rather on the busy side…………..I could be imagining things since our government says the border is closed..I mean, I am sure I am not seeing all these things.

  31. To JAC……above you asked Just how far are you willing to go to “follow orders”????? As of today, from the military stand point, there are enough officers in the field that will still NOT follow illegal orders. But they are dwindling in numbers. The generals in power are appointed bu whomever the POTUS says. Therefore, like in the Pentagon, as a POTUS, you will surround yourself with “like minded” people….trust me on this one, the power of wearing 3 stars are more is intoxicating. They are all “little Napoleon’s”.

    I am supposing the real question you are asking is if a unit like the 82nd Airborne were ordered to disperse a convoy of truckers or go into a city….I can tell you that the answer is NO, it will not happen….at least not yet. Now, as you know, I am loooong in the tooth….my ilk would not issue such orders, no matter how many stars are offered…but I can say, that the reason that I do not sport a star is twofold….first, I am not an “Academy Graduate”….I am not a “ring” knocker…..strike one. Second, I am am enlisted man turned officer….a “Mustang” ….a “Maverick” (not the Tom cruise type)….strike two. Third, and probably one of the foremost issues, is that I am candid and I do not blindly follow. I think, I reason, and act accordingly. One of the main issues, as I have stated before, is what is called an OER. You cannot get promoted without good ones…..there is a line in one of my OER’s where a senior rater made the following observation….“This officer exhibits candor and frankness to both subordinates and superiors alike” Which means… I speak my mind. If you expect to make it in the General Grade category… are expected to march in lick step,….so..strike three. I was passed over for general rank three times. hence, forced retirement from the regular Army.

    But, as you also know, I was immediately accepted in the Texas National Guard…I am still a colonel but that is perfectly fine with me…..I have a tremendous amount of power and none of the responsibility of a general officer. I am now under a civilian contract as an advisor but carry the rank of Colonel.

    Now, on to the other part of your question… far are we willing to go? Well, the Pentagon ordered the Texas National Guard off the border. We are still there. The Pentagon said that no National Guard troops have arrest or detainment ability…we are arresting and detaining. The Pentagon said that no “military uniformed units” are allowed to patrol the border…yet we are in uniform and patrol the border regularly.

    So, perhaps this answers your question?

    Now the Pentagon, under the War Powers Act, can create a National Emergency and, thereby, order the National Guard into Federal Service…..but………………..since Texas is the only National Guard unit in these United States that is stand alone..meaning that we are never assigned to “round out” a regular Army unit, this makes things difficult. We are a full operating Combat Division with our own Air Force….and we have our own leadership. AND, the War Powers Act can only create emergency reserves in over seas operations…..Biden will need to start a war some where to take the power away from the Governor. We have a full operating force of 30,000 in uniform and another 15,000 in a State militia.

    As it now stands with the migrants, true family units are returned to Mexico. When we catch the smugglers, traffickers, gun runners, and pimps, they are charged with violating State Laws…and since we are under the control of our Governor, we are authorized to enforce Texas State Law…in this case, Texas trespass laws. Our governor has declared a State emergency, thereby, we can incarcerate for 179 days without indictment. Then on the 180th day, we can indict and hold for trial those perps…..trial takes about 6 months to happen, unless there are “clerical” (read between the lines) delays.

    Much to the regret of the Biden administration, we are continuing to build the wall in certain places and have constructed two new prisons, on the border, to hold those perps. Yes, the ACLU and RAZA and several of the do gooder associations do not like our approach, but….as they say in Russia, toughsky shitsky,

    Now, sir, we are but one state that has the cajones. I might add that your guardsmen that are supplementing us here are having a blast because we do not answer to the government of the US. They absolutely love our “freedom” attitude and they are becoming addicted to fajitas and Dr Pepper with real sugar.

    For the time being…..there are enough officers across the spectrum that will not follow orders against the people….at least for now.

  32. S Kent Troy says:

    It is a good thing to know a little history of “the other guy”. Note the last sentence which does not include the years 1941-45.

    167 years ago today in 1855, Russian soldiers have now been under siege for over 3 months in the city of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula.
    During the 19th century, one of the older superpowers of the world, the Ottoman Empire, began to fall apart. First in the 1820’s with the Greek Revolution and European powers intervening to liberate the Greek Isles that had been occupied for centuries. Then the backbone to Ottoman military power, the Janissaries Corps, was crushed and forced to disband after an uprising in 1826. Russia would then go to war and decisively defeat the Ottomans in 1829. But they chose to keep the frail empire alive, to not draw the ire of other European powers. Then in 1831, Egypt under the famous Muhammad Ali Pasha successfully went to war with the Ottomans for more territory.
    Further adding instability in the Ottoman region, tensions between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches began to build amongst the European nations as both disputed their rights of pilgrimage to holy sites in Jerusalem. The Russian government promoted the Eastern Orthodox, and the French government was the main advocate for Roman Catholics. Czar Nicholas of Russia did not want to go to war with any Christians and continually advocated for the partition of the Ottoman Empire for decades, but it fell on death ears. Britain and France put aside their bloody past and continued to diplomatically prevent the large Russian Empire from gaining territory at Ottoman expense.
    In 1852, Czar Nicholas presented his plan to break apart the Ottoman Empire and remove the Turks from Europe: Russia was to gain Moldavia and Romania. Serbia and Bulgaria would become independent states and the Adriatic coast would go to Austria. Cyprus, Rhoades, and Egypt would go to Britain while Crete would be given to France. And Russia’s desire for the last few centuries would come to fruition with reestablishing Constantinople as a free Christian city under international protection. The war would begin between the Ottomans and Russia in 1853 as Russia easily destroyed their obsolete fleet and invaded the Balkans to put the city of Silistra under siege. France and Britain would shock the Russian Empire by being one of the only instances in history of Christian nations fighting in alliance with an Islamic one. As they declared war together against Russia in 1854. France and Britain rushed their fleet and armies to the region to go save the Ottoman Empire.
    Despite this setback for Russia, the Allied forces felt they would need to deal a more serious blow to Russian hegemony in the region and attacked Sevastopol, the base of the Russian Black Sea fleet on the Crimean Peninsula. The invasion and siege of Sevastopol would become an iconic example of military-leadership incompetence that led to a botched prolonged siege that cost 100,000’s of lives. After almost one year of siege, the city fell and with-it Russia’s military capabilities in the region.
    The Crimean War highlights the romanticism of war from the Victorian Era, but it also showed the dark realities of warfare in a modernizing world. It was one of the first wars in human history to ever be photographed and reported on by modern newspapers in a daily fashion. The brief conflict cost almost one million lives, with the vast majority of soldiers being killed by disease. The political ramifications and alliances of the conflict wouldn’t last a decade after the war as the Ottoman Empire fell out of favor with the European powers and Russia regained much of its lost territory and influence in the region.
    The war is a rather unknown event in Western history, however to this date the resistance and suffering of the Russian garrison at Sevastopol has been idolized and used in their national identity. There are an estimated 100,000-200,000 Russian soldiers buried in Crimea.

    • In the time of the ambitious Catherine whose latent policy and insatiable thirst of dominion were equaled only by her masculine talents, the first object of Russia next to the partition of Poland was, to obtain an island in the Mediterranean, and she actually offered to open a treaty with the British ministry for the purchase of Minorca, but Lord North resolutely rejected it. …

      … We always understood, too, that a plan of partition was agreed on at Erfurt between Alexander and Napoleon by which Napoleon was to take Spain, and Russia European Turkey ; …

      The Secret Treaty of Tilsit .
      ” Art. 1. Russia to take possession of Turkey in Europe, and to pursue her conquests in Asia as far as she thinks proper.
      ” Art. 2. The dynasty of the Burbons in Spain, and of the Braganza family in Portugal, shall cease to exist. A prince of the emperor Napoleon’s family shall be invested with the crown of those kingdoms.
      ” Art. 3. The temporal authority of the pope to cease ; and Rome and her dependencies to be annexed to the kingdom of Italy.
      ” Art. 4. Russia engages to assist France with her marine for the conquest of Gibraltar.
      ” Art. 5. The towns in Africa, such as Tunis, Algiers, etc to be taken possession of by French, and, at general peace, all conquests which might have been made by the French in Africa, during the war, are to be given as indemnities to the kings of Sardinia and Sicily.
      ” Art. 6. Malta to be occupied by the French ; -and no peace ever to be made with England, unless that island be ceded to France.
      ” Art. 7. Egypt, also, to be occupied by the French.
      ” Art. 8. Vessels belonging to the following powers only, shall be permitted to navigate the Mediterranean, viz. : French, Russian, Spanish and Italian ; all others are to be excluded.
      ” Art. 9. Denmark to be indemnified in the north of Germany, and by the Hanse Towns, provided she consents to give up her fleet to France.
      ” Art. 10. Their Majesties of Russia and France will endeavor to come to some arrangement, that no power shall, in future, be permitted to send merchant ships to sea, unless they have a certain number of ships of war.
      (Signed) “KOYRAKIN.
      “C. M. TALEYRAND
      “Tilsit, 7th July, (25th June,) 1807.”

      Charleston, January 25, 1808
      A treaty of partition is stated to have been signed, for the division of the Turkish empire ; the powers interested are France, Austria and Russia. France is to receive the provinces bordering on the Adriatic, the Seven Islands, the Morea and Egypt ; Austria is to have Servia, Bosnia and part of Wallachia ; and Russia the other part of Wallachia, Bessarabia, Moldavia and the Island of Crete. The destiny of Constantinople is said not to be fixed. -City Gazette.

  33. Wow, I can’t believe all this stuff Trudeau is doing. I bet Biden and his cronies are happy. Kinda nervous to see how it all turns out.

  34. S Kent Troy says:

    An interesting piece by Juan Williams of Fox whom I normally have no use for. Sad to say Juan, I fear we have reached the Point of No Return on the issue. It’s bled over into ALL communit9ies in the nation.

  35. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Here we go again….bring unvetted “refugees” into the united states, then salting them around the country.

    Like the Obama/Biden admin bringing in unvetted Syrians, the Biden/Harris admin bringing in Afghans unvetted, and now upon audits by an inspector general many of these refugees are being sought due to newly discovered “derogatory” reports. Problem is only 3 of those being sought can be found. The rest POOF.

  36. Well the siege of Ottawa is over except for some final mopping up. It has been most illuminating. Will the population now learn from this?

  37. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Ottawa Police Chief: “We Will Be Going After Protestors for MONTHS To Come! Financial Sanctions and Prison!”

    Wrong move Canada

    • S Kent Troy says:

      They learned it from us and the Jan 6th protestors.

    • It definitely sounds familiar.

      • S Kent Troy says:

        I think I’ve said it before but the Kent State Shootings basically changed the course of this entire country (in the wrong direction) . If somebody shoots these people, accidentally even, it will have the impact of not only Kent State but the Boston Massacre or even Lexington and Concord.

        Waco should have done it but the propaganda and lies told by the Feds convinced too many complacent people. Remember “We did it to save the kids” who like that mythical Vietnamese village, had to be destroyed to be saved.

        It is funny in a way, the real revelation of the power of the Deep State was not under Trump but that FBI joker who took down Nixon. He certainly did not do it alone. we just were not paying attention. That power kept Kennedy and his multitude of really disgusting affairs in office, kept LBJ in office despite his affairs and kept the sleeziest of them all, Bill Clinton in power too.

  38. S Kent Troy says:

    Why Ukraine?
    Well war or no war, somebody’s investment in Oil is going to pay off handsomely and it is NOT the oil companies but the “investor” class. This Biden sabre rattling has been planned long before he did away with our energy independence. Can we talk Hunter and Burisma here?
    When gas hits a high ($ 7.00) which it may not retreat from , the administration figures you will be more receptive to electric vehicles the car companies already have a heads up on that.
    When it is realized that not only do we lack the infrastructure to service electric vehicles and charge them but won’t be able to provide that without huge new investments (which we will not make) in power plants run by oil, gas or Nuclear, America’s love affair with the automobile will be over. Forcibly over!
    If you currently live in the exurbs or in the suburbs not close to Public Transportation you are S–t out of luck. The democrat party, its allies in the environmental community and the Crips and Bloods (plus a few cartels) will be happy to have you back in an already overcrowded city when you won’t be able to sell your existing home for even pennies on the dollar.
    If you figure you are safe in an old suburb, with Public Transportation, guess again? Pete Buttigieg will trot out his plan and Barack’s, to do away with zoning. Your little Cape, Ranch or Colonial will soon be sandwiched between apartment buildings where you can pick up your neighbors chicken bones and crack vials thrown from his fifth floor window (been there, seen that).
    Welcome to Amerika in the second quarter of the 21st century.

    • How to understand Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine? To what does this unilateral action compare? Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974… A more ancient act of imperialism, the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland took place during the late 12th century.

      The latter example not now nearly as pertinent as the former. The issue at stake, centers not upon Russian interests to keep the Ukraine out of joining NATO, but rather the disgrace of UN hypocrisy and its silence to denounce and condemn this latest invasion by countries who dream, think France, that they should merit the status as a ‘Great Power’ in Europe.

      The UN repeats and perpetuates this continuous drip-cowardice; the UN condemns repeatedly ad infinitum the Jewish State of Israel. Yet when China pulls shtik with the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, likewise comparable to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, UN piety immediately loses its religion. Therefore, it seems to me that Nations should respond to UN hypocrisy by withdrawing membership from this House of Cards club.

      The Russia\China axis thrived during the Stalin\Mao era. China faces a similar fuel crisis as did Japan during WWII. Formosa and the Japanese Islands make control of the ocean quite formidable. Therefore China would very much like to conquer Taiwan. For China to fight and win a war that would most probably trigger multi-national involvement, it requires a secure ally which can supply it with oil and gas. Russia fits that need to a tee. Mao rejected Khrushchev’s denunciation of Stalin’s war crimes. That’s when Sino–Russian relations turns south.

      Russia, even after the fall of the USSR, remains the odd man out among Nato dominated Western European governments. The West, currently jabbering about sanctions blah blah. The Art of War centers upon crippling the supply lines of the enemy. A failure which defines the defeat of US imperialist invasions in both Vietnam and Afghanistan. Those supply lines represent the underbelly of the beast. Quite naturally all belligerent nations understand this critical weakness. A Sino-Russian alliance make tremendous good strategic sense for a new Cold War Russia.

      • Just A Citizen says:


        First of all, welcome to SUFA. Second, a thoughtful commentary. Thank you for that.

        In the case of why Russia wants Ukraine perhaps the answer is more in line with Mr. Putin’s ego and/or psychological needs/feelings that truly strategic issues.

        Sorry I did not see your post earlier. It initially went to spam. That happens a lot here when people are posting for the first time or two, or three. Then sometimes it happens to those of us who have been here forever. A glitch of wordpress we cannot control. I will check in on the spam folder more frequently in case you respond again.

  39. Viva Frei is really hot during the first 35 min.

  40. I seem to recall hearing something about subsidies for the old stream media in the BB better bill. If I am wrong please correct me. Would this not be a violation of the first amendment? It is not wise to bite the hand that feeds you as we are seeing in Canadian media.

  41. Just A Citizen says:

    A family acquaintance has best finish for USA in decades. His father and Spousal Unit Leader worked together for several years.

  42. S Kent Troy says:

    Well I guess you all know that Russia DID NOT INVADE. What they did was formalize what they did in 2014-16. Take a look at a map some day. This move connects Crimea with Russia proper. All originally historic Russian turf.

    Ya know, if NATO and Bush/Obama had NOT tried to have the Ukrainians push the Russians out of their Crimean bases which were guaranteed to remain when the USSR split, NONE OF THIS would have happened.

    But hell, it is Putin’s fault, Right? With these comments, like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingram, I have crossed over into Putin’s pocket. Still waiting for the million ruble check. I guess I will be summoned before HUAC soon or maybe Senator McCarthy will condemn me. Yeeks! Blacklisted in my golden years.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      It is NOT traditionally Russian Turf. You can only make that claim by limiting your historic review.

      • S Kent Troy says:

        Yes! It actually belongs to the “Golden Horde”.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          After the horde invaded and took it from somebody else.

          • S Kent Troy says:

            Looking at 1914 European borders and their re-arrangement in 1919, 1939, 1945, and 1991, there is NOTHING carved in stone over there. It is either whoever has the biggest guns or which is the largest ethnic group.

            • why is everybody even arguing about Ukraine? It is a Europe problem. Let Putin do his thing…and let Europe stand up to it without US assistance. Let him take all the other little countries he wants….everyone knows he wants the old USSR back..he has stated so. Ukraine is full of food, minerals, and other assets. This is what he wants.

              Want to handle Russia?….cut off his funding. If Russia attacks with Cyber…cut off all the funding worldwide. think China will step in? Nope……Russia does not have anything that China wants other than oil and gas….and they are trading partners already. China does not gain…

              SO……why the hell is China holding back on Taiwan? They are missing an opportunity.

              • S Kent Troy says:

                Seriously Colonel, if you get the time (Hah!) watch that Ollie Stone interview. Not much impresses me, that did!

                • I have watched it. He was forthright and answered directly, as you said. But he is still the old guard KGB Colonel… is a Europe problem and does not become a NATO problem unless he crosses a NATO line. (even then, NATO will not do anything and he knows it) But he is still an old KGB Colonel that lives in the past using modern day ideology…but he is still an old guard KGB Colonel.

                  You gotta watch us old Colonel’s….we do not change much.

                  • And, as you mentioned, he was more honest and directly to the point……just like the one POTUS you did not mention….He Who Must Not Be Named……

                    • Oh, yes…… Ya know, if NATO and Bush/Obama had NOT tried to have the Ukrainians push the Russians out of their Crimean bases which were guaranteed to remain when the USSR split, NONE OF THIS would have happened.

                      This, I can agree upon.

  43. S Kent Troy says:

    I am NOT a fan of Oliver Stone but I caught his “Putin Interviews” last night on Showtime. I have been obsessing over the warm water port issue but have forgotten the Obama coup lead up which took down a Ukrainian government to install one “friendly” to NATO and more “pliable” toward cutting off Russian access.

    Putin fielded ALL questions and answered them frankly. To be honest, he was more forthright and candid than anybody in the Bush II, Obama or Biden administrations. Snowden and his revelations were discussed at length.

    As my high school History teacher would say, it “behooves” us to revisit those interviews now.

    • It is instructive to compare this interview with Putin to the speeches being given by our VP recently in Europe. What a total embarrassment.

  44. SK…one thing I HATE about it……it is distracting from the invasion on the border. It is pathetic down here…and vigilante justice is right around the corner.

  45. Hope everyone is ready for cyber attacks on the infrastructure. I see a coordinated effort approaching from Russia and China……………………….but who am I…just a **formally** retired old Colonel who knows nothing. Can you imagine the panic when gas pumps stop working, ATMs stop working, electrical grid stops working….the market suspends trading and the run on banks for cash begins?

  46. S Kent Troy says:

    Gotta admit, for the very first time in a very long time, I was wrong on a geopolitical move. Mostly, because I just do NOT see an end game for Russia. Unless Putin knows something about the Ukrainian people, that we don’t, I see nothing but trouble for him and the Russian people ahead.

  47. Now, here is a question for all…….should the US send in Special ops troops to help organize an insurgency?

    • What good has all our meddling done to date?

      We are woefully unprepared for a modern cyber or EMP strike. We no longer have the strategic infrastructure to sustain a long war. An EMP strike would send us back to the1800’s technology wise and leave use very short on food and medicine. We would lose 90% of the population in one year. We might be able to counter-strike with subs launched missiles and possibly some silo launches so Russia and China would be impacted as well. If we countered with our own EMP then they would be hurting as well but since they are more primitive societies, not as much as us.

      We would detect any launch from Russia or China so would have a 30 minute warning. But what if the warhead is already in space?

      “Here’s another mess you’ve gotten me into Ollie.”

  48. Chinese jets flying over Taiwan right now.

    • We have much closer ties to Taiwan than we do to Ukraine. A lot of our chips and other technology come from their. If I were Biden, I would tell Europe that Ukraine is their problem, we are going to concentrate on the western Pacific.

      It is way past time to start stockpiling strategic materials (rare earths, etc.) and to start rebuilding strategic manufacturing here.

  49. Dale A Albrecht says:

    It’s nice to know that the President of Ukraine, Zelensky, is an incorruptible politician. Money transfers from primarily 3 ukrainian billionaires into Zelensky’s Dresdner Latinamerika Bank in Costa Rica.

  50. Armored personnel carriers now visible on the border across from my sector. They are not Mexican Army..they are cartel. They have moved into Ciudad Acuna and control the streets. The Mexican government and the Mexican Army is sitting this one out. Uniformed cartel members are visibly on the banks of the Rio….AND NO BODY BUT FOX IS REPORTING THIS.

    We are being fired upon now…not by personnel carriers but by riflemen when we try to interfere with migrants crossing. The Southern border is now a free fire zone. This new cartel which has merged with the Gulf Cartel, has uniformed members with AK 47 rifles patrolling the river. They have yet to fire upon our gunboats (they would be stupid to do this)…but our POTUS is going to do nothing at all….but he sure is good at kissing the asses of Russia/China/Iran and the cartels.

    The President of Mexico said that he cannot send the Army into the border to clean it out. It is a US problem. Governor Abbot in return is ramping up to send armored units to the border. This is getting serious.

  51. moderation, please

  52. S Kent Troy says:

    Here is a question. How many “refugees” is the US going to take from the Ukraine where the race is white and the religion is Christian?

    If you guessed “less than zero”, you are probably right.

  53. Just A Citizen says:

    Interesting commentary. Personally, I don’t think the author made his case. But that is just me.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      The “ifs” when Russia fell, the road NOT taken say it all. Never thought I was much of a paranoid but having a smattering of knowledge of Russia, the way a newly independent country, not having a shred of history of “democracy”, was treated by us and our cold warriors leaves me angry, really angry.

      I fall back on Charlton Heston’s final comment in Planet of the Apes, “You maniacs, you blew it up! Goddam you!”

  54. Apparently in our efforts to avoid this war we shared intelligence with China and asked them for help. They in turn passed it on to Putin. Remember when Trump first met Putin and shared some intel on terrorists and caught holy hell for the disclosure. Trump was using one of the negotiating tactics in the book, give something small to the opponent and see if they reciprocate. If they do, there is the possibility of negotiating with them.

  55. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Lyrics “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield seem appropriate for everything that happening these past years.

    … There’s something happening here
    But what it is ain’t exactly clear
    There’s a man with a gun over there
    Telling me I got to beware
    … I think it’s time we stop
    Children, what’s that sound?
    Everybody look, what’s going down?
    … There’s battle lines being drawn
    Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
    Young people speaking their minds
    Getting so much resistance from behind
    … It’s time we stop
    Hey, what’s that sound?
    Everybody look, what’s going down?
    … What a field day for the heat (Ooh ooh ooh)
    A thousand people in the street (Ooh ooh ooh)
    Singing songs and they carrying signs (Ooh ooh ooh)
    Mostly say, “Hooray for our side” (Ooh ooh ooh)
    … It’s time we stop
    Hey, what’s that sound?
    Everybody look, what’s going down?
    … Paranoia strikes deep
    Into your life it will creep
    It starts when you’re always afraid
    Step out of line, the men come and take you away
    … We better stop
    Hey, what’s that sound?
    Everybody look, what’s going down?
    … You better stop
    Hey, what’s that sound?
    Everybody look, what’s going down?
    … You better stop
    Now, what’s that sound?
    Everybody look, what’s going down?
    … You better stop
    Children, what’s that sound?
    Everybody look, what’s going down?

  56. Just A Citizen says:

    Another “expert” on Russia offers his viewpoint.

    I do get a kick over how many people have quickly written articles expounding the “definitive” answer to what make Mr. Putin tick and why he does what he does.

    It would be a safer bet to never believe we clearly understand our adversary. Especially if they keep demonstrating actions we did not expect.

  57. I’ve been in a funk for a couple weeks mostly due to a bad back that struck back at me for the simple transgression of fumbling through a bag on a bench too long. I was never even able to stand up straight when I knew I was doomed. Walking slowly with a cane type doomed. Missed a bunch of days at work , then caved and went to the doc and got some good stuff, got healed up and lost the burr on my brow. Been following along here but had comprehension issues 🙂 So, rereading this page with a clearer mind, I have to say that….

    I’m glad the Colonel got passed over for general 3 times because… he’s our Colonel ! I’m trying to imagine addressing him as General on SUFA, but it Just. Doesn’t. Fit.!

    I’m tired of the mind games in the world today. Covid blew everybody’s mind but that brings up the reason to hate on Trudeau. Was he watching the same protests that I was watching?, because I didn’t see terrorism. It was millions, not a fringe minority. Multiple millions considering the protests are worldwide. They have unacceptable views? Says who? And he has the nerve to retaliate? The point being, he’s giving a whole different picture than what we actually see. And who were the plants with the confederate and nazi flags? Mind games. (And yeah, TRay…Viva Frei is a cool guy to watch.)

    Russia. Ukraine . Pick a side, the internet will back you up. Then you read that pictures posted of dead or suffering civilians are not from THIS war, but previous wars. Or the posted pics are from movie scenes not this war. Moving on, I saw a video where they demonstrate computer software that mimics facial movements and they can project those movements onto another person on video to make it seem as though the person said or acted a completely different way than they did on the original video. Looks authentic as heck. All this kind of stuff…blows MY mind. Ugh! The stuff comes at you from all angles, all day, nonstop. At least we have the Colonel to give us the real (not fake) bad news on the border.

    This week will be fun. Let’s see what in the Jan 6th is going to happen with our People’s Convoy. They fools already fenced themselves off again.

    The best thing I have going right now is March 1 is Freedom from Masks Day at Amazon. It will be optional whether vaxed or not. Hallelujah!

    • I’m glad the Colonel got passed over for general 3 times because… he’s our Colonel ! I’m trying to imagine addressing him as General on SUFA, but it Just. Doesn’t. Fit.!

      Thank you…I think.

      At least we have the Colonel to give us the real (not fake) bad news on the border.

      PerhapsI am a plant…maybe I do not exist? No, JAC blew that theory because he came here and we posted a picture…..also, I have met JAC’s daughter on another occasion (lovely girl). And JAC has seen my war room….so I guess that confirms I am real. Unless JAC is an alien from somewhere and we are in collusion on taking over the world.

      Now, on the serious side, you can take it to the bank on what is happening at the border in the sector to which I am assigned.

      FINAL NOTE: I am actually glad that I was passed over….I…JUST…DID…NOT…FIT.!!!!….I would be in jail for killing a bunch of political knot heads.

      • BTW….glad you are feeling better. Now, get back to work…I own part of your company.

        • Thank you, and yessir boss man. But the sooner you shareholders realize that we’re in a serious slow down….like real slow…like VTOing (Voluntary Time Off) half of the staff on every shift, every day for the last 6 weeks….you might be able to figure out how to get people to spend money again. Everybody is either freaked out and holding or already broke from basic expenses. Don’t know if its a blessing or a curse, but in my particular position, we need to sacrifice our first born for VTO, so I’m safe. Maybe tax refunds with snap the slowdown.

          Of course you don’t fit! Colonel Sherman Potter and Colonel Henry Blake showed us what real tough guys are made of. You fit in with them.

      • Aliens wear ten gallon hats?

    • My back is causing trouble also. Must be something in the water. Fluoride?

      I take it you caught Viva Frei and Barnes in their discussion of the Ukraine situation. There is much that our media is not telling us. This all could have been prevented.

      Viva got his eyes opened with respect to the lies being told by the MSM during the trucker convoy in Ottawa. On a lark he decided to live stream from Ottawa and found the situation was dramatically different that what the media was portraying. Once the lie is so dramatically exposed, it is hard to ever put any confidence in anything that the media is saying. Unfortunately there are far too many in this country who still believe what we are being told. The same goes for our government. The Covid lies and manipulation of the population should convince everyone that we were being played for fools. But I still see many who believe the BS.

      • Yeah, even some in healthcare buy into the whole Covid misinformation. I had to shut up real quick at the doc when the subject of Covid came up. I told the girl I’d been surrounded by Covid but never went down with it. She went on and on about asymptomatic transmission and I could have had it and been spreading it…. I wanted to slap her. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m just not buying it, and not living in fear over it.

        Its cool that Viva and others are seeing through the fog finally. Its still going to take more time, but that flows into what JAC was asking about earlier. When does push come to shove, and what does the shove look like? The Colonel answered for the military, but what about the rest of us? Protests will get you hounded til they find you, so that’s basically a no go. I can’t imagine 100 million revolutionaries showing up to do battle with guns. The answer has to fall back on individual resources. A full on economic assault is needed. Quit buying from Amazon and China. Use cash whenever possible. Spend it on mom and pops. Do we really need all that stuff anyway, or do we want it? But that’s a whole different rabbit hole. They only understand money, so we have to fight with money. Ignore MSM altogether. Trump was right about them being the enemy of the people. Use Alinsky tactics against them ( the elite). Mock them and shame them whenever possible. Hope for the best at the voting booth and vote them all out. At CPAC, Trump mentioned being able to fire DC bureaucrats. I really loved his speech there btw. Its a tall order but it can happen if everyone fights back. I refuse to believe that sane people are the minority.

        • CA is trying to pass a law that enhances penalties for physicians that promulgate “misinformation”. This prior restraint of free speech. As we have seen, today’s “misinformation” is tomorrows information.

  58. Just A Citizen says:

    A must read. Although I am at a loss as to when Mr. Trump indicated he was OK with Russia just taking Ukraine. Especially given the weapons he sent them, which were approved by Congress, just to be honest about it.

    • Wasn’t Hill part of the color revolution that toppled the last Ukrainian government? If so her hands are not clean. Soros is also involved and should have been banished from Ukraine years ago but was protected by Obama. Bush II, Obama and now Biden did more than Trump did to encourage Putin. Trump did give them weapons not just blankets. I have not heard Trump’s opinion on Ukraine. My position is that it is not unreasonable for Russia to request a neutral country on their border especially when nukes can be involved. There has been much duplicity in our and NATO’s foreign policy.

      I am happy to see that the natives are putting up a fight. To be fully appreciated, freedom must be won not given.

  59. Just A Citizen says:

    Alrighty then, it is really just about getting the word out. You know……… Public Relations work will fix our loss of affection for Tyranny.

    • What nonsense. The public does not trust government because they have been repeatedly lied to.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        I will submit that affection is also lost when WE see many Govt. leaders accusing us of being racists, fascists, ignorant rubes, etc, etc., each time we try to voice a grievance.

        When Govt. attacks the people what else would you expect. All the good contacts with a Park Ranger will not fix that.

  60. S Kent Troy says:

    Part of my surprise at teh Russian invasion was I did not trust a damned thing our government said about Putin and Russia. If anything I suffered from “Boy who cried wolf” syndrome.

  61. Anybody going to listen to the SOTU tonight?

    • S Kent Troy says:

      The 1982 Johnny Carson, Tonight Show re-run was better. I followed that up with Gregory Peck’s “Gentleman’s Agreement” with the usual masterly performances by Peck and John Garfield.

  62. Canine Weapon says:

    Does anyone else feel like Joe Biden has the same presence and energy as a middle school football coach at a mandatory pep rally?

    • Just A Citizen says:

      ROTFLMAO. A great description.

      I read stories from a wide range of sources last night after the speech. The authors all saw different speeches apparently. And how strange the “interpretations” followed along party lines so well. Who would have thunk it.

    • I don’t know… I’d rather listen to Biden than watch those two Cruellas behind him.

    • Maybe that’s where he thought he was. That might explain the random “Go get him!” that he threw in at the end.

  63. Just A Citizen says:

    I urge ya’ll to read this article. It does a great job of capturing the key elements of diplomacy to reduce conflicts. In reality the concepts apply to all negotiations. That is if a “negotiated settlement” is your goal.

    Which brings me to the second part…………. read the comments. First I am amazed at how quickly the left wing population changed to hating on Russia, especially Putin. This of course was because Mr. Trump dared to treat him as an equal. When Mr. Obama was doing the same that was all OK. But more importantly, note how the audience’s response is exactly what the author is warning against. Those calling for all out extinction of Mr. Putin obviously have a poor understanding of reality.

    • The author is right. A cornered animal can be vicious and unpredictable. We also need to realize that the West is in part responsible for this because we did not adequately respond to his legitimate concerns about NATO encirclement.

      I still think that Trump’s original thoughts about being more friendly with Russia were correct. Out major concern is China. It would be much better to have a friendly but at least neutral Russia in our efforts to negotiate with China.

  64. Just A Citizen says:

    Morning thoughts:

    The methods and tactics we use to deal with international conflicts, especially those of a military nature, are a failure. The reason is because they always impact the wrong characters.

    Whether economic sanctions or bombing, it always impacts the general population far worse than those who start the conflicts, those responsible. Wars used to end when the King or Emperor fell on the field of battle. Now conflicts go on and on and on, until the populations has starved nearly to death.

    Note how the modern rules of engagement include an understanding/agreement between major powers that “you do not try to kill the leader”. Of course if you are not a super power or serious threat to regional/global stability, all bets are off.

    On another related note, I read that Mr. Putin has been staying at a “stronghold in the Ural Mountains.” This was a single sentence buried deep in a much longer article on the Russian/Ukrainian situation. I found it interesting and curious.

    There is also the issue of how does a population react if we could take out their leadership. Would they rally against us or celebrate? I don’t think we really know the answer, whether it be Russia or Iran or even China.

  65. S Kent Troy says:

    I’m going to conduct a little survey soon. Back in the day I was told that Theodore Roosevelt was the beginning of intrusive, big government with his progressivism. Reading him, and his contemporary biographers as well as having a fair knowledge of the social/economic conditions of his era (my grandparents lived it), I came to the conclusion that he was far different than portrayed by my fellow conservatives. the few I have questioned so far on the issue know “bad” Roosevelt sort of like the modern “bad” Trump but no one seems to have actually read him.

    I challenge anyone who feels Roosevelt was some kind of huge monster and the founder of our modern welfare state to actually READ his, “The Strenuous Life”. A quick collection of his speeches. Go ahead, read it, then tell me what you disagree with. But, if you don’t read it please admit you have no idea of what you are talking about.
    My friends who complain about him are by and large middle and upper middle class conservatives like myself. None were born to the royal purple. I will comfortably state that if TR had not occurred, if the reforms he started were never undertaken, they would NOT today be enjoying their middle class lives but would be doing what their grandparents did to scratch out a living, rolling cigars in a tenement, working a Coal mine, doing migrant agricultural labor, or doing piecework for pennies in a sweatshop.

    So, read what HE had to say NOT what people said about what he said and then disagree, if you can.

  66. S Kent Troy says:

    Funny, the other day, I was listening to Charlie Kirk. He said Biden could pull off a miracle if he merely channeled Theodore Roosevelt’s actions in the Russo-Japanese War and ordered the Ukraine and Russia to meet him for negotiations at a neutral site. Might even pull a Nobel Peace Prize from it.

    In the Russia/Nippon squabble both GAVE UP something.

  67. Just A Citizen says:

    We wonder why our children seem adrift when it comes to the junction of morality and politics. Hint: They are watching us and this is what they see.

  68. Just A Citizen says:

    They wonder why the Nation is so contentiously split on political lines:

    “Biden holds back on going after GOP on Russia, to some Dem chagrin
    “‘We’re Zelenskyy Democrats. And they’re Putin Republicans’ would be my bumper sticker.””

    These Jacbites make me sick to my stomach.

  69. Just A Citizen says:

    And thus began the American legacy later called Fascism. Taken to ever greater heights by Wilson, Hoover, FDR, etc. etc.

    Note how the author tries to convey the idea they were really not against the Big Corporations, not realizing apparently that he reveals what they really wanted. TOTAL FEDERAL CONTROL. Of course not for all, just those THEY felt were misbehaving. And so many wonder when the Govt got in the habit of picking winners and losers.

  70. Just A Citizen says:
    • S Kent Troy says:

      A replay, on a much larger, more diverse scale, of the tom foolishness that led to the ’07 mortgage/financial collapse. Remember the Clintonians demanding mortgages for the unqualified? Or else!

      Lately I have been thinking that there is really nothing inherently wrong with Capitalism. Just about every major recession/depression we have had in the US has been the fault of bad judgement, greed or the combination of the two.

  71. S Kent Troy says:

    I’ve said it before, Mr. JAC, do not tell me what other people said TR said, did you read what TR said?

    Interventionists can use him, Neo-cons can use him, Liberals can use him, hell even ANTIFA can use him but only when they cherry pick what he says.

    Back in 2nd year Psych, when I first heard the German word “gestalt” it set the stage for me eventually leaving the pursuit of an advanced degree in that field. Can’t look at the parts, cannot even look at the whole. Must look at the whole in relation to all its parts. So, join me in reading 32 books on TR, some his, some by his contemporaries. I find the latter to be far more relevant since they knew him and modern biographers seem to often start with a conclusion then work their way backwards to justify that conclusion. Sort of like Faucian science.

    Little tidbits out there like Japan looking at Hawaii and the Philippines and having the ability to seize them make some of his positions more understandable. Ditto with his moves on corporate America. As T-Ray points out one of the great American virtues of our founding was “fairness”. With rapid industrialization that seems to have been left at the wayside by the “Gilded Age”. He understood the appeal of Bolshevism well. Wise men today will look at Bernie and AOC the same way he would have. We now have a larger foreign born base in this country bringing with them all the baggage of the failed societies they fled to scare teh living crap out of anybody who thinks this society can just keep rolling merrily along.

    I was not happy with his shifting politics after 1912 when he became radical even to me but I can well understand it , like Trump, the powers behind both parties tried to disappear him after he left office, a bad dream I guess. The 1912 nomination was stolen out from under him and resulted in the election of Wilson. People like to forget that Taft in ’12 was the spoiler. 7.6 million voted for either Roosevelt or Taft while only 6.3 million voted for Wilson. Roosevelt came in a very strong second and, based on some post election speeches, was really pissed.

  72. Just A Citizen says:

    Commentary on this to follow later. It is, however, a bucket of icy water tossed in the face.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      OK, first comment.

      Note the definition: Definition of realpolitik
      : politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives.

      It may seem nitpicking but I don’t know how one could set ethical “OBJECTIVES” relative to international or domestic politics.

      Ethics is the set of values, morals, which govern HOW we ACT towards others. How we act is the means we use to achieve a goal. Not the goal in and of itself.

      So, I find this argument little confusing and I fear that is deliberate. To claim realpolik applies instead of morality and ethics seems to rationalize abandoning morals and ethics completely. For the sake of what is easy, convenient or safe, ie. “practical”. One could justify almost any atrocity based on “realpolitik”.

      As ya’ll know by now, I believe the set of moral values/standards we choose should drive our politics. Morality defines what is right vs wrong, good vs. bad. From that flows ethics, or how we interact with others. Our behavioral code is thus informed by the more foundational moral code. Your political objectives and political behavior is thus informed by the moral code and ethical standards or rules of conduct.

      For example. Use of force against innocent people is wrong (Moral principle). Therefore, imposing your will on others via the use of coercion is wrong (Ethical standard). Taxation must be voluntary (Political goal). The political is dictated by the moral and ethical. Because if taxes are not voluntary they are “forced” via “coercion”

      When if comes to politics among nations we then have to raise questions about when, if ever, we can apply OUR MORAL Standards to others. Especially if yours dictates not using force to impose your will on others.

      So in A invading B an immoral act? Or is it when A kills people of B that the moral standard is violated. And is such killing considered immoral by A and B? What if by B but not A?

      Without getting into the philosophical weeds, which many think is a good way to avoid every doing anything, lets look at the Ukraine situation.

      Is it really the willingness to cave to reality that dictates no action? Or is is that we never reached a consensus among civilized nations as to A) What is acceptable and B) What the penalty is for violating said standard.

      If one cannot defend their moral standards in pursuit of political goals then you have to start asking questions.

      1. Is the moral standard proper?
      2. Is the political proper and consistent with the moral?
      3. Are either or both consistent with human nature?
      4. Is the problem simply lack of foresight and preparation?

      Now here is the JAC Summary

      If you have moral standards among a society (national or international) then you better be prepared to enforce them, come hell or high water. And that should not be subject to membership in any particular “alliance” or “fear” among members.

      After all, is realpolitik not really just FEAR with a fancy name?

      One other thing. A REAL BIG ETHICAL principle of mine. When you give someone your word it should mean something. You are obligated to follow through. Which is why my counter to that is “NEVER make promises you cannot keep”. Whether by intention or weakness.

  73. Would someone try to explain to this dumb old Colonel who knows nothing….why Facebook and Twitter cut off communications with populace of Russia, but allows Putin to continue posting unfettered?

  74. Just A Citizen says:

    This article describes a great ethical dilemma. Why is this a dilemma when the author’s conclusion seems so reasonable? Any takers?

    • How do, kind sir. I do not see a dilemma. But that is me. I remember a conversation between BF and myself when we talked about getting involved if we see a crime being done. The example was a woman being assaulted in a parking lot…what would you do. He plainly stated that he would not intervene but would call police. The example then turned to if he was or was not with wife and kids. His answer was that his first priority would be to his family and he would not take the chance of being hurt or even killed.

      Another example we talked about was if he spotted a burglar going into or coming out of his neighbors house, what would he do, He would do nothing other than call police and he even said, he would do it anonymously because he did not want to become involved.

      So, I see no dilemma in the article you posted. You should become involved. In Officers Training, we had an honor council and it was your duty to report wrong doing. (Cheating, etc.) and sexual harassment falls in this category.

      So, you would have to enlighten me as to the dilemma because not getting involved is not an excuse as far as I AM concerned.

      • Just A Citizen says:

        My dear Colonel and brother from another mother.

        The Dilemma is “what” are the rules that you are snitching about? Who wrote those rules? Are the rules acceptable to the broader public?

        The author focused only on whether to snitch, or get involved, or not. The assumption is that the RULES are sacred with respect to the law. But we all know that “not all laws are created equal”.

        By the way, not getting involved is not an excuse, as you say. Because the excuse is the reason you state for not getting involved. They are two separate things. “I did not get involved BECAUSE (excuse inserted here).”

  75. Well, horse apples, I am blocked again. Moderation, please.

  76. Just A Citizen says:
  77. Covid says: you can now go anywhere!

    Gas prices says: the f*** you can!

    • Up 50 cents in a week here. Paid 3.19 last week, this week 3.69. It was two jumps that I noticed. A 30 center, then 3 days later another 20 cents. Just when I was feeling good about maybe taking the long way home, or driving through the park to relieve some cabin fever. I had been riding dirty for over a month with bad wheel hub/ bearings and tie rods. That cost $415 plus $20 lunch tip for the guys since my car took up one of their hoists for a whole day…probably because I stalled for so long taking it in. Grrr to all of it…gas and repairs.

      • Dale A Albrecht says:

        It was $3.79 here in eastern NC last week. Taking 30 cent jumps. I’ve got to head out to the store tomorrow. I’ll hate to see what it is since the Biden announcement today.

        Spent two years paying the equivalent of $4.25-$4.50 a gallon in Sicily 44-42 years ago. Budget was $1200 a year. I modified my driving.

        Luckily I’m retired and do not have to drive anywhere but to the store 4 miles away. So far I’d been able to keep the inflation in check, but I fear now it’s really going to bite hard.

  78. S Kent Troy says:

    If, If, If,

    If there were no more NATO then the former NATO states could act to support Ukraine.

    IF the boundaries of NATO had stayed the same perhaps none of this would have happened.


    Drumroll please!

    Here is one you have forgotten ……. If Russia’s request for NATO membership had been accepted, then what?

    • Just A Citizen says:


      OK, I will bite.

      1. I agree, if NATO were gone then each country could respond independently, or they could form a group and act together. The question is really about how Putin/Russia would have responded to no NATO. Maybe they invade Poland. Despite all its flaws, NATO has acted as a coalescing factor in Europe’s defense against Russian aggression. Absent that I think the historical bickering between nations occurs, making them to slow to react.

      2. If boundaries had stayed the same I am not convinced we would not still be where we are. Because NATO has not been Putin’s only thorn needing removed. He constantly has talked about Russian Sphere of Influence. He wanted and still wants those old Soviet Bloc nations to be aligned with Russian and not the West.

      Which brings me to what I think is the real issue. He, and China, don’t want a singular Power running the world. They see that as a threat. Largely because of how the USA has behaved since becoming that power. So in the “what if” category should fall “what if the US had been more magnanimous after dissolution of the Soviet Union”?

      3. Russian membership in NATO seemed to me to be a fake request when it was made. But I do think Europe and the USA should have said OK. Then wait and see. My gut instinct says that if they had been a member Putin would have used that to tie up NATO, just as Russia and China tie up the UN Security Council. We may have even seen a “false flag” attack against Russia, to draw NATO into a fight against Russia’s target.

      At the time I thought we should have jumped on it as a long term strategy to neutralize China.

      Now lets address Russia’s other request. To join the EU. What if the EU had accepted? Would Russia have been helped economically to the point that Putin couldn’t have maintained his power? How would that have fit the Russian desire for “credibility” and “respect”? Maybe the Russians, and Putin, would have resented membership and then used that to attack others.

      Bottom Line: We are where we are because of many mistakes made by Europe and the USA. At the same time Putin is Putin, and I am not convinced that we could have neutralized his aims in the long run. Not unless the Russian people would have prospered to the point they saw Putin as a threat, instead of as a savior of their respect in the world.

      • S Kent Troy says:

        The only issue I have is that we continuously eliminated “options” for Putin backing him further and further into a corner. You neglect to mention the anger he must have felt being dragged in constantly, over a five year period, as teh bogeyman in the anti Trump affair.

        Nothing wrong with “spheres” of influence. James Monroe was big on them I hear.

        • Just A Citizen says:


          I doubt him being used to attack Trump bothered him at all. I do think Hillary Clinton’s comments about him set his agenda, for that day when the Democrats came to power. Remember, she attacked him personally as a political leader. Not just some talking head or political hack.

          Spheres are OK, depending on how you “influence” those within it. I was not castigating them alone. I am pointing out that Mr. Putin has often mentioned his desire that the old states turn to Russia “entirely”. I believe his first option was to coopt these countries, via diplomacy, creating the defacto Russian empire all over again. He would have tolerated just enough Western influence to enhance their economies and thus Russia’s economy.

  79. Just A Citizen says:

    The truth in my mind is that it is people like this author who have led us to the brink of war. All because they make their fortune by fomenting division between R and D. But mostly chastising R’s.

    The basics of negotiation is reduce the advantage of not negotiating. You do this one of two ways, or both. You make the alternative to negotiating less palatable and/or you make the negotiating more palatable than not negotiating.

    For four years Mr. Trump dangled the carrot in front of adversarial world leaders in an attempt to secure negotiations that would improve our trade and national defense. This was a sea change in the US approach, which had until then consisted or open criticism and complaint with only back door cooperation. He reversed that process. He was attacked then for being to praiseworthy of tyrants. Especially by the Diplomatic Corps. Oh my God, how dare he ignore their expertise. Yet those leaders talked with us and some arrangements were made. While I think his accomplishments in this area are grossly overstated the fact remains that things remained pretty calm in much of the world and huge gains were made in others, Middle East for example.

    The Democratic Party and never Trump crowd have staked their entire existence and reputations on painting Mr. Trump and the Republican Party as Anti-Democracy, Tyrant Loving, Anti-American TRAITORS. Their chattering monkeys and barking dogs carry this message ever day across the internet. The more sophisticated among them add support via the various media outlets. Posting BS stories like the one above.

    Their rage over Hillary losing blinded them to the opportunities presented by a Trump presidency. How ironic that the supposed “traitors” today are those who took part in the Jan 6th demonstrations or simply voted for Mr. Trump, and NOT THOSE who worked every day to undermine a duly elected POTUS willing to do business differently in order to secure a greater peace and prosperity.

  80. Just A Citizen says:

    Here is another example of those who profit on attacking the R side. In this case even those who publish their books. This one, however, pretends to be an intellectual and polished writer. Using a lot of descriptive words makes your argument appear as though they have more weight than actually justified.

    P.S.: I do think there is a legit criticism that can be levied against all the “right wingers” who write books. I think many just see it as a way to use RAGE to sell books and pocket more money. Money they keep. Not money put back into the fight. Do not take me wrong. Writing books and articles is one way to reach people and I have no angst over them making a living doing it. As long as their reasons are just and not trumped up just to sell books for their own gain.

  81. Just A Citizen says:

    If the elections within the States are so on the up and up, then why do the parties care so much about who is the Governor??? Yes, both parties.

    • For a party that claims to hate big money donors, they sure seem eager to accept the bucks.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Saw a joking comment yesterday while cruising the ethernet. Fauci has apparently disappeared because he was placed in the witness protection program.

      • Fauci and his cohorts need to be arrested and put on trial for crimes against humanity.

  82. Just A Citizen says:

    So I read and article this morning quoting the National Socialists of America which, among other things, waxed on and on about American “Imperialism.” Never mind that they completely distort the meaning of the word when the use as a rhetorical weapon against the US. What struck me was then coming across the following story:

    So it appears that imposing import taxes or tariffs on goods to force reductions in pollution of other countries is a good thing on the left and right.

    Oh wonderous and brilliant American Socialists, or anyone else, how forcing other nations to comply with OUR standards and doing so via coercive taxation does not fit your definition of “imperialism.” Go ahead and try, I will be waiting.

    • We seem to suffer from what the English had in the 18th and 19th centuries which is an abundance of arrogance.

      One mistake in the article is to call CO2 a pollutant gas. It is not. I could care less about the CO2 these countries are emitting but the level of other pollutants (NOx, SOx, O3, etc.) is a cause for concern.

  83. Col. I hope your friends in that pentagonal building are watching this thing in Ukraine closely. I would hate to think they are still worried about bathrooms and deplorables.

    • Depends on the side of the table you sit on…..Most of the Generals are appointed by the POTUS…..what is that you ask? Yes, it is true that the seniority and the expertise take a back seat to the political appointments. The POTUS brings its own generals…HENCE…the ideology of the POTUS is carried out. Now, it was very interesting in my tenure there years ago.

      I think that I have mentioned it on here previously that when I was assigned to the Pentagon years back, I encountered, in the hallways, an individual known as the “Protocol Officer”. His entire job at the Pentagon is to observe uniform equality….meaning, what ever “fruit salad” you wear has to be in proper order and, of course, earned. I was chastised for NOT wearing all the accolades that I had earned or awarded. It was apparently a SIN…I did not wear some of the things primarily because, now, you get ribbons for basically everything. This is so the generals of the Pentagon can wear all kinds of shit on their uniforms that makes them look like they conquered worlds and planets…when the majority of the Generals do not have a single combat ribbon or medal anywhere in their repertoire of colorful ribbons. Oh, they have earned everything they have but it is all classes and training……well, I ran afoul because all I was wearing were my overseas combat ribbons and various stateside awards for specific combat achievements like jump school, for instance. I did not wear ribbons for marksmanship or length of service or, what I considered, normal progression of training. I did not want 12 rows of ribbons and stuff…..but, I was informed, that I had no choice. Also, I was informed, that my uniform was indicative of a “line officer”…meaning that I was a field troop and that was viewed as, well. let us say, that the big boys ( non line officers) up there simply did not like line officers because of their experience and their proclivity for truth.

      (Please bear with me here…there is a point)

      So, one day, I return to my temporary office in that myriad of offices and “VOILA” there was a new uniform, exactly my size, with all the adornments prominently displayed in all its glory…hanging for me to change…..I needed to change because I was expected in a meeting later that day and not wearing a uniform that showed to signs of being a line officer. I also noticed that my “line officer insignia” had been removed per regulation prohibiting the wearing of “blood patches”….example…They took my Special Forces combat patch off my right shoulder. They took my command “green tabs” off as well…which signified combat command stature. I was told that the wearing of ribbons was sufficient.

      Being the non compliant officer who exhibits candor and frankness to both subordinates and superiors alike ( a statement from my Officer eval that has followed me forever ), I did not wear the new uniform and presented myself at the meeting in my class A Line Officer uniform. No one really said anything but if looks could kill, I am a dead man talking.

      Now, I went through all of this to answer your question of whether or not the guys are watching what is going on…….The answer is yes sir…if any line officers are left up there in the swamp…otherwise, the correct answer is no sir…they are ideologists and are worried about appearances at dinner, not liking line officers with experience to grace the halls of the Pentagon, not liking the but having to accept the wearing of combat ribbons, not asking the opinions of line officers that have “been there”, making statements that wars fought long ago are different than today and experience is outdated….etc.

      Last I looked….dead was dead. These glorified bellhops in the Pentagon are watching….but not learning.

      (sorry for the long diatribe…you obviously hit a hot button).

      • Your commentary reminds me of Sherman’s victory march in DC after Lee surrendered. While previous armies had marched through the city in new uniforms, Sherman’s marched in the the uniforms they had fought in.

        I am saddened to hear your conclusions. What a great opportunity to observe Russia’s strengths and weaknesses.

    I find this deeply disturbing. Not so much that it happened, but that no one seems to care. I’m not sure that there are any champions of free speech anymore or even free thought.

  85. Just A Citizen says:

    A damn Men………….

    “Here’s a thought for the champagne socialists controlling both political parties: should you want the American people to back your play against foreign enemies, perhaps you shouldn’t disparage them as enemies, too. Perhaps it is asinine to mock them daily, hunt them down as “domestic terrorists” for their political beliefs, and add nothing but misery to their lives. Perhaps constantly trying to start domestic race wars, inflating the costs of fuel and food, and sticking it to white men out of sheer petulance isn’t a winning strategy for building national unity and ferocious loyalty. ”

  86. Just A Citizen says:

    Thought for the day.

    One of the goals or hopes of “globalists”, not the one world govt types but the free traders, was that global economic ties would foster greater peace. If Nations are tied together economically they will not cause war.

    What have we learned? That if good nations become tied to nations led by tyrants the good nations are held hostage to those economic ties that were supposed to bring peace.

    In fact it makes “good” nations dependent upon the “bad” nations.

    It looks the same can now be said for the idea that nuclear weapons and the concept of MAD would help keep the big countries from misbehaving. What we now see is those same weapons are used as blackmail against the “good” nations. “If you interfere in our invasion of others we will launch our nukes” cries Putin. And the world shudders in fear.

    So it looks like the diplomacy assumptions of the past 60 years have been proven BANKRUPT. What does this leave us?

  87. S Kent Troy says:

    As the King would say “with a puzzlement”.

  88. Just A Citizen says:

    BOOM ……………………….. going to get interesting in Idaho real quick.

  89. S Kent Troy says:

    What goes around, comes around.

    Lordy, I really wish I remember things better, not old age but just have always had a problem with names. So my apologies to the unnamed commentator I watched last night.

    Last night I listened to an interesting analysis of Russia, Russians, Pan Slavism and Putin. The guest managed to link the beginning of WW 1 and now. In a nutshell Russia reacted to Austria-Hungry’ ultimatum and crackdown on Serbia (Slavs) after Franz-Ferdinand’s assassination by going to war to protect the Serbs with the notion, “if they go after them ….. then they will eventually come after me”.

    The commentator then drew a parallel with Clinton’s actions against Serbia where the post USSR hopes for an accommodation with the West were dashed. I remember at the time hearing about the poor Bosnians. I knew full well that when you deal with that particular part of the world, EVERYONE lies and EVERYONE is guilty. But we were fed a steady stream of propaganda which we eagerly ate up.

    Apparently Putin noticed. The Post Bosnian expansion of NATO into places it had no business being, the toppling of the Ukrainian government by Obama and his CIA and Department of State, the Biden backchannel urging of Ukraine to join NATO made the conflict all but inevitable. Now do I think Putin acted wisely? Hell no! But, I do understand his reasoning a lot better. “they came after them ….. now they are coming after me.

    That Santana guy had it right. Learn or do it again.

    • Just A Citizen says:


      Why do you always talk about the overthrow of Ukraine’s leader by the Obama admin (USA) but not about how the guy who was removed was Russia’s puppet. Installed by Putin via the normal Russian version of a “free and fair election”????

      • S Kent Troy says:

        Because we did not like the outcome of the “free and fair” election we have the God given Wilsonian right to topple him? C’mon as old Joe would say. We talk of puppets? With OUR history?

        The purpose of toppling that government was not to establish any neutral government but to kick the Russians out of the Black Sea and the Med. I remember in ROTC 101 they made us read Mahan. Instructive. It didn’t hurt that the result was lucrative for the Biden’s and I suspect a lot of others. But, that was icing on the cake.

  90. T Ray…my answer to your question above is…………………………………in moderation.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      You sir are probably just the person to explain to us non oil drilling/producing people how we really got from energy independent to non energy independent in 14 months. My leftist friends are all stuck on “Well, the pipeline wasn’t completed , it had no effect”. So, what actions in DC did have an effect, an immediate effect?

      Muchas Gracias Coronel

      • SK, I am not sure if I have all the facts but when the Covid lock downs hit, oil usage dropped significantly creating a surplus and low prices. It even got to the point that all tankage was full with no place to put the oil. Prices dropped to the point were shale oil drilling was near breakeven so drilling rigs were idled. Just when the economy started coming back, Biden issued the XL ban and the bans on new leases on federal land and in Alaska. The war on fossil fuels means that investors are hesitant to take risks. The pipeline was to bring Canadian tar sands crude to our south coast refineries. It also could carry some of the Dakota oil south. That oil now must be shipped by rail or tanker truck which adds to its cost.

        As for energy independence, rising demand means we need more wells. We also need to constantly replace depleted wells. While the price is now high enough to make good profits, the political climate is not positive. Federal lands are now verboten. I suspect they are making permits hard to get as well.

        As an aside, I was thinking of a good example of EPA problem solving. You of course are familiar with the old Gerry cans we used to fill our mowers and lawn tractors. Have you bought one of the new EPA approved gas cans? The are designed to prevent excess vapor losses. I bought one and took it to the gas station, stuck the nozzle in it and pulled the trigger. Naturally I had to hold back the vapor cup on the hose nozzle. I got a geyser of gas back in my face, shoes, pants and hands. The mesh flame arrestor screen prevents full flow. So now there is a pint of gas turning to vapor on the ground. I had to trickle the gas into the can while holding the vapor cup back all while breathing in vapors. Not a good start.

        Then I tried to fill up the tractor. The can has a valve in the spout that you have to hold open with your thumb. There is no air vent. So once the initial gas goes into the tank and it draws a vacuum on the can, it goes into glug, …. glug… glug…. mode and all you get is a trickle out of the spout. All this while holding 35 pounds of gasoline at an awkward height and holding down a strong spring loaded valve with your thumb. It took me 10 minutes to fuel the tractor and it was not spill free. So the net result was that I vented more vapor than I had ever done with a Gerry can and took 5x longer to do it. This is what the wunderkinds at the EPA consider a success story.

        It took me about 2 hrs to reengineer the can.

      • SK…three things. (1) Through exec order Biden banned drill of oil and gas on Fed Lands (within his purview) (2) Biden, through executive order, banned off shore drilling (within his purview)..(3) Biden changed the Director of the EPA who believes in using regulations and rules procedures, within the purview of the EPA, to restrict fracking and slant and horizontal drilling. Also through rules procedures, has forced the flaring of natural gas instead of capturing and selling. Just these three things have shut down about 35% of our capacity.

        In addition, since I have first hand knowledge in this…my brother is a geologist and runs the oil and gas side of our family business, private permitting, through the new czar of the EPA, has extended permitting for private firms to about 24 months now… we are sitting on leases that we cannot drill until we get the permits that are held up in the EPA.

        This help any?

        • I might also add, that within two weeks of banning offshore drilling to Americans, the Chinese were allowed to drill two wells, so far, within the 3 mile territorial limit in the Gulf of Mexico. Try that on for size.

          • S Kent Troy says:

            Amazing what a few billion in an offshore bank account with the password, “the Big Guy” can accomplish, isn’t it?

          • S Kent Troy says:

            Helps a lot. I figured everyone was going to get a little hinkey after Biden’s announcements last year. Looks like it happened.

        • I thought they did not like methane released into the atmosphere. Per their philosophy would it not be better to capture the methane, use it to displace some other fuel and thus release it as CO2 and water? What kind of follow the science is this?

  91. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Well everything at the store including the price of gas, regular unleaded, just grabbed my undivided attention today. For the last year I’ve been able to hold off any affects of the inflation by shopping a little differently. However, since yesterday’s announcement of ceasing the purchase of gas and oil from Russia the price went up $0.40 cents to $4.19/gal. Items in the store that held steady are no longer where they were. An item I but usually is $4.69 was on a flash sale for $3.99, but when the sale is off after tomorrow, the price will be $1.00 more than the $4.69. I only buy a lobster on rare occasions maybe once a year, went up $4.00/lbs since yesterday. The imports from Italy, wheat based, havent reflected the insane costs theyve just been hit with on wheat.

    One of their ministers yesterday said you have to make sacrifices. Itll be at least 30 months to realign the losses of gas and oil from Russia. The estimate Van Leyden said the other day the people will see a 4X increase in those prices.

    Here take that Russia, we’ll destroy our people to punish you.

  92. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I do makeqmy own bread again. I’ll unpack my pasta maker soon and once again make my own.

    When the fish start running on the coast I’ll start surf fishing again. I have a lifetime salt and fresh water license

  93. Just A Citizen says:

    OK, maybe it is just me and my “old fashioned thinking” but:

    Who the hell delegates International negotiations and gravitas to the VP during a major International WAR incident?? I mean, name one POTUS in history or world leader who sent their Second to stand in on such a thing?

  94. S Kent Troy says:

    So today we find out that the “conspiracy theory” the US funds bio labs in Ukraine is in fact true. In multiple locations no less! The quick government “denial” is a riot. It says “we do not OWN the labs.” Nobody ever said we did.

    My question is exactly WHY we have bio weapon research that we pay for going on in Ukraine and Wuhan and God knows where else?

    Searching my memory I believe the reason is that it is PROHIBITED in the United States proper. Has been, I think, since the 1970’s. I believe that this is called an end run.

    I would lay 12 to 1 odds that if you asked President Donald Trump about this, he would not have known anything about it. Nor would his cabinet. The crazy-as-loons unelected, mid level, nut case bureaucrats are at it again. When the Russkies take it and reveal what has been going on, it will be called “Russian disinformation”.

    The “X-Files” was nowhere near as far fetched as I thought.

  95. Isn’t it amazing how “transitory” our inflation is not a problem, according to the Fed…

    • Just A Citizen says:


      From Mises, as of this AM:

      “The official CPI in the US was 7.5 percent in January 2022 (to know more about this huge increase, click here). However, if measured by 1980s methodology (as is done by Shadow Government Statistics), the CPI was above 15 percent in January 2022. This huge difference can be explained by the several changes made in the methodology of calculating the CPI since the 1990’s:”

      • Why do I have this urge to write a song that parodies the Jaws theme… Just when you thought it was safe to go shopping again….

  96. So they have extended mask mandates on planes and in airports until April 18. Do the understand the significance of the day? “T’was the eighteenth of April in ’75…”

    • Hmmmm….one of by land…two if by sea…frantic waving if nukes are on the way?

      • I lived for a few months in an apartment in Acton, MA and later Groton, MA. The road I drove to work on was called the Great Road which was the line of march for the Minute Men into Concord and then from Concord to Boston for the militia harassing the Red Coats on their return march. The battle was April 19th, Patriot’s Day.

  97. S Kent Troy says:

    Figured it out, really brilliant but simple solution for the Ukraine (and us). Since their President is Jewish and he and many elderly Jews in the Ukraine are threatened, Lease or HIRE THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE to take out the Russians. I’m sure they would love it. Israel is NOT in NATO and we could replace any losses. Hearkens back to the Spanish Civil war and the “proxy” war between Germany and the USSR. Also would be the modern equivalent to our “Flying Tigers” in WW II.

    Israel flies top of the line stuff soooo let’s see just how good Vlad’s stuff is.

  98. Dale A Albrecht says:

    I read today that Biden has threatened China with consequences if they continue to support Russia and dont get on board with the sanctions

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Yeah, he threatened to send Kamal over there and tell them where the Panda shats in the bamboo.

  99. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Today in Italy the price of gas (Benzina) for your car was €2.51/liter. Or $10.34/gallon.

    Here you nasty Russians, we’ll show you.

  100. Just A Citizen says:

    WAR has a cost, in treasure and human lives.

    You can pay the money or pay the money along with having dead people. But the costs remain what they have always been.

    I am frankly a little disgusted watching people, most of whom are R’s, whining about the price of gas while ripping on Biden for “not doing enough to stop Russia”.

    Sure, the gas price last month was not due to war. But now we want to hurt Russia because of Ukraine. IT WILL COST US to do so. Just hope that this cost is limited to Treasure.

    My personal opinion is that we could spend all of our treasure and it will not make a difference in Putin’s game. That leaves only the other option.

    NOTE: Mr. Biden has made two significant claims this morning. We will NOT engage US troops with Russian troops. While NATO members are committed to not allowing Russia to advance one inch into NATO territory. Are these two statements in contradiction to each other? How does Putin interpret this?

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      Agree on third statement.

      But Ukraine is not part of NATO, or did I miss something?

      • Just A Citizen says:


        It is not a member. You missed my point which was that Biden’s message is conflicting and/or confusing. It in essence tells Putin he has free reign in Ukraine, for one thing. But then he says NATO will fight back. But he didn’t say we won’t engage in Ukraine. He said US troops will not engage Russian troops……… period. Such a definitive statement could be taken to mean even if they attack NATO.

        • Dale A Albrecht says:

          Sir…I got the message as you intended. Yes it was a contradicting statement.

          But if the Poles had knuckled under to Biden’s green light for them to transfer Migs to Ukraine and we’d backfill their losses smacks of a provocation. Goading Russia to attack polish airfields.

          • Just A Citizen says:


            First, it is my understanding that Mr. Biden did NOT green light that deal. He in fact killed that deal. Even giving them to us and then us letting Ukraine have them.

            As far as the bigger issue of “provoking”, we supplied arms and intell to Afghans fighting Russians. We did the same in Georgia. The Russians did the same to us in Iraq, Viet Nam, and central America.

            So far the world has turned their eyes away from this practice to avoid greater war. Frankly I think that is “chicken shit” but that is just me. So I am not sure why we should view sending jets or any other arms to Ukraine as anything different that what has been done.

            Ukraine is, in my view, becoming just another in a long line of examples of what happens to the US, and the West, due to a lack of clear principles and policies. We constantly try to implement the “we are only half pregnant” plan.

            We either stand with other nations against invasion or we do not. If we do we need to do what is required to stop tyrants in their tracks. This is not an example of us getting into a Civil War, no matter how many try to twist it into such.

            On the other hand, if we do not have the stomach for standing up to tyrants then just say so and pull our troops all home. Then pray for the best angels to somehow take hold of these sociopaths who run Russia, China, Iran, etc..

    • S Kent Troy says:

      Send in the Israelis’. I’m not kidding either.

      Then they could also imitate the AVG in China in ’41 have people resign their commissions with a wink and a nod then sell bargain priced “gently” used US aircraft to Ukraine. All nice and legal and gentlemanly.

  101. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Here’s an interesting piece of news on “unintended” consequences”

    These mega yachts of Russians being seized in Italy must be maintained and crews paid by the confiscating country. A captain of a yachts like these get around €15000/month. The crews make serious money.

    In conversations with Hinckley yachts in Maine, I know a sailing yacht around 70 feet costs with crew and maintenance around $500000/year. A captain of a yacht if that size makes $9000 per month. 1st mate a little less, and deck crew less, but still a serious amount of money and then still have expenses paid while on board.

    The costs to maintain yachts the size of these mega yachts is a serious chunk of change now assumed by the seizing parties

  102. S Kent Troy says:

    When you have members of “the Long Grey Line” from West Point on “Spring Break” (since when do Kaydets get Spring Break?) checking out Cocaine and Fentanyl, you KNOW this country is DOOMED!

    What the hell ever happened to the code? Want your kid led into combat by these people?

  103. Beware the Ides of March!

  104. It sounds like ya’ll are worried about Russia….why? You should be more worried about Biden. Never let a crises go to waste…remember? Is it beyond your thinking that the Dems ant a war? Guarantees another term.

  105. S Kent Troy says:

    If you have an interest in old books, a highly recommended one in these days of Nuclear Brinksmanship. Written by a science professor from my old college regarding the actual effects of a 20 megaton nuclear device detonated above 59th Street and Columbus Circle in NYC. A copy should be sent to the Kremlin, the White House along with a DVD of “On the Beach” and “The Day After”. Might as well include a copy of Philip Wylie’s “Triumph” too. That one is a highly readable “novel” based on Wylie’s knowledge of the results of Nuclear war garnered while The Director of Civil Defense (there is none) during the Kennedy Administration, he resigned when he realized this. .

    • If you want to know what an EMP strike is like, read One Second After.

      • S Kent Troy says:

        There was another SciFi book about that years ago whose title I forget. First I had heard about EMP.

  106. I’m not sure that I completely understand this but what is scarier is that I don’t think our President completely understands this.

  107. Dale A Albrecht says:

    Draghi in Italy is allowing 700,000 ukrainian “refugees” in. With two years of lockdowns and restrictions, untold #’s of sub-saharan “rescued” migrants still being dumped into that country by NGO’s that are NOT Italian, their inflation makes what going on here childsplay. Supplying weapons out of their inventory. Germany buying F-35 and getting rid of their Tornado’s. Going where?

    Why do I feel we’re at the brink of an Archduke Ferdinand moment.

    Russia made a huge tactical error. They should have done what Mexico is doing to our border. Sending millions of people in an unarmed invasion. (Excluding) the cartels that is.

    I can not believe our fearless congressional leaders giving Zelensky a standing ovation with him calling for a massive escalation by the west and creating a no fly zone. Would that include his planes also? Or does he have any left?

    • I have always viewed the Russians as chess players who plan several moves in advance. We on the other hand seem to have forgotten how to play checkers. I feared Hillary because her weakness and ego could easily bungle us into to a major powers war. I had not planned on Biden.

      We imploded the USSR by outspending them on Star Wars. The tables are now turned. We are now the ones in financial difficulty plus being severely divided at home. If Putin has properly planned this through, he could seriously injure us financially w/o firing a shot in our direction. Our weakness is the dollar plus the strategic commodities Russia ships to the world such as fuel, palladium, fertilizer, etc. He could demand payment in rubles instead of dollars.

      One thing that has surprised me is the inefficiency of the Russian quartermaster corpse. This means the lower military echelons do not know how to plan. Except for their nukes, Russia is looking like a second rate military power. Our superior technology should easily handle their air force, naval, and ground attack capability if not overwhelmed by numbers. I do not think they will go nuclear or attack NATO but they can very likely attack in unconventional ways, cyber and financial, etc.

  108. Just A Citizen says:

    Because there is just not enough anxiety going around these days…

    Kind of funny how this issue has just faded from our minds and the media.

  109. Question for everybody………..How long do we sit and say..It is a European problem? Do we allow a new iron curtain to be established? Do we intervene in the Balkans when Putin decides to take it…and he will try…..we is enough……………..enough?

    • S Kent Troy says:

      The other day I was watching a news clip about the wonderful new tunnel that’s opening between Germany and Denmark under the sea. Looks fantastic! Amazing the engineering marvels you can build when you don’t have to pay for your own defense. Meanwhile, BACK AT THE RANCH, this country is literally falling apart. Let those F!@#$%s in Europe get up off THEIR asses and do something for a change.

    • Just A Citizen says:

      Direct questions deserve direct answers.

      It is ALREADY enough. We are LATE to the game.

      But that is just me.

      Some don’t want to play in the game at all. Some are afraid, and that is understandable. But that does not solve the problems, nor advance us in the game.

      As I have said before, if we are not going to play the game for keeps, to win, they maybe we should in fact withdraw.

      Another thought, which I would like your response to. We are unwilling to back Ukraine due to FEAR of Putin firing off Nukes or this leading to WWIII. So what is the benefit of NATO then? If Putin invades or attacks a NATO country why or how does the impact change in reality? Isn’t the fear of WWIII still exist? Doesn’t the fear of a nuclear exchange still exist?

      As much as I don’t like Mr. Trump and disagree with those who thought him a “great” POTUS, I fully understood his remark about our ability to win and survive a nuclear war. At least I think I understood it when he said it. He was sending a message to Putin and Xi, and the little Rocket Man. The message was clear: “You start it and I will finish it.”

      Of course the D’s and the media used it to paint him a madman out of touch with reality. Funny how the same was not said by them of Putin when he made the not so veiled threat of using tactical nukes.

  110. Wow…it sure looks like my keyboard cannot seem to write correctly…it could not be me, of course… the last sentence above is…..when is enough………enough?

  111. BTW….we are taking small arms fire from across the border now…..

  112. Can someone explain to me, Why we can’t give Ukraine planes? We’re giving them other weapons. It seems like we can help extend the conflict but not give them what they actually need to win.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      Problem is they do not have the qualifications to fly our aircraft. That is why, it was suggested that the ex Iron Curtain countries who still fly Soviet built aircraft should send them to Ukraine. I believe Germany, Poland, Rumania and Bulgaria and probably a few others still operate those planes. We could easily arrange to forward those countries the F-15’s and F-16’s in exchange. We are about to send to those planes to the Arizona boneyard so they could be used as $ 50,000,000.00 targets.

  113. S Kent Troy says:

    seems like there are some 3,000,000 Ukrainian refugees and it is necessary for those who want to come to the US to go to Mexico and sneak over the border? Seriously, that was news report the other day.

    • Too late….we caught a group of Ukranians already. When asked why they are crossing the border, they told us that they heard the easiest way was to cross from Mexico. Trying to do it legally took too long. So, they bought tickets to Monterrey and came up to the border, walked across and said they were from the Ukraine and “VOILA” here they are. It was a family and I had no problem with it except they did it illegally……


      • S Kent Troy says:

        It is reported taht we have accepted SEVEN into the country legally, the nine that were apprehended on teh Southern border are reported to have been held on orders.

        I suspect that the concept of accepting English literate, educated White people into the country many with blond hair and blue eyes who would easily blend into old Kansas who happen to be Christian goes against Biden Admin values. THAT is why Kamallah laughed when asked about refugees. In other words, “what, are you people F@#$%^G kidding?”

  114. ST Patty’s day facts that I did not know. The British evacuated Boston on 3/17/1776 and NYC on 3/17/1783, so today is evacuation day.

  115. Just A Citizen says:

    When you don’t think our politics could stoop any lower you get this from the office of the President:

    For those that do not know it, the Ukraine relief was attached to the over 1 Trillion Dollar spending bill and amounted to less than 1% of the legislations cost. This is a game the politicians have played before. To bad we don’t have a Whole Man in the White House to call BS on this tactic. Instead they use it themselves. DISGUSTING

  116. Just A Citizen says:
    • S Kent Troy says:

      The day to do that, to institute a Pax Americana on Nukes passed in August of ’45. You would have to ban ALL nuclear power, everywhere, then figure out a way to enforce it. THAT would be to take out the capitol of the offending party.

    • I think once something like this is created, getting rid of it is impossible.

  117. Just A Citizen says:

    Articles like this provide so much information but little application to the actual problems. In this case, it doesn’t matter what Russia’s intentions are or how people perceive them, or how the propaganda works. It is a fact that Russia has warned against NATO expansion. It is a fact that the US agreed not to expand and then did.

    These are real world developments in real world geopolitics. Drama triangles are irrelevant. We could all tell Russia to “Buzz Off” and what happens? Russia invades Ukraine anyway.

    So at some level I classify this piece informative but mostly Sophistry.

  118. Just A Citizen says:

    File this under: “When journalists become propaganda chiefs for politicians.”

    • Just A Citizen says:


      Severe speculation on the author’s part, in my humble opinion. That is that either Kamal or Mr. Biden are removed and replaced. Although I would not be shocked to see Mr. Biden just drop dead before his term is over. A risk for all of us who get closer to the big 80.

      I do not dismiss the idea that there are powers behind the curtain. True for probably every POTUS and their administration. Even Mr. Trump could not escape it entirely. But I think the selection of Kamal Harris as VP prevents such a move. They have nothing good enough to force her out. And remember, Mrs. Clinton was her big support.

      Which leads me to an even darker scenario. The powers push out Mr. Biden. Ms. Harris gets her promotion and immediately selects Mrs. Clinton as her V.P. replacement. The Democrats go all happy, happy, happy and vote 100% in line. Leaving the usual squishy Republicans in the Senate to say AYE. They only need one to vote yes.

      Now acting against this whole thing is the upcoming mid term elections. If the R’s regain the Senate the D’s and their brokers will not control the outcome of any attempt to replace Kamala and thus Uncle Joe.

      So as I say, very serious speculation and most likely not happening. On the other hand, the NYT piece does serve notice to Mr. Biden that he is NOT running again.

      • Tis pretty bad. Even the Aussies are laughing at us. Dan Quail looks like a genius now. The D’s boxed themselves in with Kamala. She is and always has been totally unfit for the job and they should have known that. Likely it was a calculated risk to ensure Biden made it through the full four years. If Biden dies, retires or is booted, this leaves the Senate at 50-50 until a new VP is appointed. It also leaves Nancy on deck, thus no improvement unless the House D-caucus smartens up and dumps her for someone more suitable. In this they might even get R support. If Biden goes before the midterm, then appointing a new VP will be difficult. Anyone too radical or too controversial will be rejected by the Rs unless as JAC fears, one of them breaks ranks. Contenders for the job would be Newsom and Tulsi. Cuomo shot himself in the foot so is disqualified. Newsom would be another disaster. I think the Rs could support Tulsi. She is at least sane.

  119. Dale A Albrecht says:

    This PC shit has got to stop. These forts were named in order to bind the wounds. Every one of these generals were famous before the war. Also Virginia has pretty well gutted the monuments in Richmond. They just removed the vestiges and statues of Lee.

    The Army posts being renamed are Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Benning and Fort Gordon in Georgia; and Fort A.P. Hill, Fort Lee, and Fort Pickett in Virginia

    I just wonder how many southerners will not enlist or reenlist over the erasure of our nations legacy.

    Looking at it from a different view. These generals were the “Ying and Yang” of their counterparts in the Civil War. All believed deeply for their cause. Except McClellan on the union side. Remove one half of the ying and the yang is out of wack.

    Even Putin is smart enough to embrace the pre communist legacy of Russia. The churches restored, the murdered Czar and his family recovered and buried with all the pomp and circumstance. We’re going in the opposite way. Alienating a significant portion of our people and history.

    • Fort Hood has been in the rename list for a long time……but it is not imminent. Fort Hood, unlike others, is on leased property. Until the progressives take control, I do not see the name being changed here…..but……time will tell. They tried to change the name of Fort Sam Houston,,,,it is still Fort Sam…(short for Fort Sam Houston).

      • Why would they go after Sam Houston, he opposed secession? When do we stop fighting the CW?

        • Apparently never……

          One other tidbit….the left is now after the Alamo and the Gonzales “come and Take It” flag. They want the Alamo torn down and the Gonzalez flag….declared hate speech.

          Well, In guess you know how that is going over down here.


    This article is in AT and deserves some cautions. It is about nebulizing H2O2 to treat lung infections. I have had significant experience in the detection of H2O2 vapor which is used in industrial sterilization of pharmaceutical packaging. The OHSA time weighted average (TWA) is 1 ppm. At 10 ppm it is most definitely hazardous to your health. H2O2 is a strong oxidizer. Most drug store solutions are 3% or 30,000 ppm. The article does not state if the solution is further diluted before nebulizing. Naturally once released into the air, it will be further diluted. I would not advise this in a closed small room with a nebulizer placed placed close to the patient.

  121. Now they really pissed me off. Can’t they EVER leave well enough alone?

    They cancelled The Golden Rule! It’s been upgraded to The Platinum Rule, because everyone might not want to be treated the same. Now we’re supposed to treat them how THEY want to be treated. Ex: This guy deals with stress by talking it out with another person, while that guy would rather just be left alone. Another: This guy wants an atta boy for a job well done, while that guy would rather stay under the radar. The key is to have EMPATHY and to ask questions rather than just approach with your solution to their problem.

    Apparently my approach of B****, Please is not acceptable. I had to sit through an hour of this BS during my Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness training at The Amazon. Luckily, I was sitting across from a like minded co worker at the time. At one point our eyes met and we could not look away for a long moment, as though we both knew what the other was thinking. I’m thankful I was able to hold it together without busting out in uncontrollable laughter at how ridiculous the training was.

    • This BS will continue until workers decide to walk out.

      • It’s like they don’t catch on that people get along how ever they choose to get along. Maybe its me, but as far as I observe daily life, things work pretty smoothly without being micro managed. I find its a huge waste of time and money, and my sense of civility, to even have this training.

        • The whole purpose is to divide and conquer. I had to sit through a lot of quality training some of it was OK; but much of it was physician heal thyself. I am glad I do not have to sit through this BS. I am not sure that I could.

          We had to sit through safety training. After one film clip, I got up and pointed out all the safety mistakes they made in the clip. One was walking up to a guy on a post grinder from behind and tapping him on the shoulder to remind him about PPE. One never startles a person working on rotating equipment.

          • Dale A Albrecht says:

            Remember the Ohio Highway Patrol films we had to watch before going on leave

    • Just A Citizen says:

      I am having trouble accepting the premise that it is just stupidity.

      Although I have often said, ignorance is lack of knowledge and stupidity is the refusal to accept knowledge once it is gained.

      This argument discounts, to much in my mind, the impact of deliberate manipulations which no amount of intelligence can over come. Such as the sociological link. Very smart people will, mostly speaking, succumb to the peer pressure of group think.

      It takes real MAVERICKS to push back or reject the “norm”. But I can tell you first hand that being a Maverick has a cost, in terms of career, income and friendships.

      • S Kent Troy says:

        I can particularly relate to your last paragraph. Often doing what is right has consequences. The wife and I were discussing this the other night. # 1 son is every bit the stickler for doing it right but somehow or other he has the gene I missed allowing him to appear to never be a threat. Ergo, he gets the job done legally and morally correct without having to pay with his head.

        The exceptions to this rule for him, in Federal Service over the past few years have more to do with his gender, heterosexuality and skin color which are all wrong for modern times.

  122. Just A Citizen says:

    I am sorry and apologize to the “we must get along” crowd regarding Ms. Jackson, the soon to be new POTUS.

    She should be DISQUALIFIED. The rest of her record be damned. Two simply statements, or answers, were enough to convince me of who she really is and why she should not be on the Appellate Court nor the Supreme Court.

    1. Child pornography laws are to strict because they did not for see how easy it would for pedophiles to get pornography from the internet.

    2. Can you define what a woman is? No, I am not a biologist.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      Loved the answer the woman did at the swim meet where “Lea” won his championship. “That’s not a woman” “WOKE” man in front of her, ” Are you a biologist?” She answered, “No, I’m not a veterinarian either but I know what a dog is”.

      • Funny, they keep bringing up biology. Their whole premise is based on biology being moot.

      • I feel like we are living out “the emperor’s new clothes” . Only in this version, the child who points out the emperor’s nakedness gets stoned by the mob.


    Hope he’s right about the eventual outcome. I’m not so sure.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      Talking to a friend the other day about the “reset”. See what the Ukraine looks like? We may well get to see something like it. Every day I lose more and more hope that this can be settled peaceably. Sorry but MY side always tries to tell the truth. Theirs lies repeatedly. If not teaching 5-6-7 year old’s about sex or gender is “don’t say gay” and bigoted, if if photo ID is bigoted, If pointing out a 6*3″ man who has apparently taken NO female hormones is allowed to compete against women and I object and am therefore bigoted, then there is NO HOPE! There is NO common ground.

      • Which comes back to the argument above, is it stupidity or willful ignorance (JAC’s term). The sad part is they play a long game and refuse to stay defeated.

        I just listened to part of Stossel’s interview of Ed Snowden. When you look at the level of lies we have been told over the years starting with the Gulf of Tonkin, it is a wonder that anyone believes anything our government says.

    • Full text:

      It does use the term perinatal without a stipulation of time period or baby status.

      Definition of perinatal

      : occurring in, concerned with, or being in the period around the time of birth

    • S Kent Troy says:

      Just what do you expect from people who have no religion, no belief in an afterlife, no soul and no morals. I am not somebody who believes that you have to believe in God to be a moral person but I will steal a line, altered for the occasion, from the “philosopher” Jesus as Bill O’Reilly sometimes calls him, “It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a man without religion to be moral”.

      It ‘can” happen but it is rare.

    • Dale A Albrecht says:

      California, the new Sparta.

  124. Just A Citizen says:

    I think the author identifies some real issues with counting ballots by hand. Machines are by far much faster and they could be accurate if we demand that they are accurate. And they can be firewalled from the internet, if we demand that as well.

    Note: I love how it is the “Trump People” who are so dumb as to question machine voting. As I recall it was the left and Dems howling about funny business with machines back when Bush II won. And that howling was not just about the punch card type ballots.

  125. Just A Citizen says:

    Citizen frustration with the party system spills over the computer screen. Many good points but also many merely speculative causes or “reasons” for things being what they are. However, error in assigning reasons does NOT change the reality of what goes on in D.C. under the name Republican.

    Note: A reminder, from the way back machine. SUFA was started by our good friend USWeapon when he recognized that no political party really represented him any longer.

  126. Just A Citizen says:

    I understand the author’s desires but this is absolutely lazy philosophy, aka thinking.

    “Catholicism schools its adherents on the seven deadly sins, behaviors or feelings that if left unchecked will inspire further sin. They consist of pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. To these, I propose adding deception, the inclination or practice of misleading others through lies or trickery.” from American Thinker

    The seven sins are inherent human feelings or attitudes that manifest in behavior to which we assign these labels. They are CORE.

    Deception is not really a CORE emotion or attitude as I see it. It is like a second tier action or behavior. Deception comes as a result of the other “sins”.

  127. Just A Citizen says:

    We have just seen what happens when a crisis occurs and has to be handled by an addled old man being propped up by the machine.

    Mr. Biden’s speech in Poland is being heralded as Churchill like on the left wing blogs, including CNN, although I am being redundant.

    But what Mr. Biden did today was make the whole Ukraine vs. Russia thing a PERSONAL attack by Mr. Biden, aka the USA, on Mr. Putin. While I do believe we need to be very hard on Russia and Mr. Putin this is not the rhetoric of statesmanship. This is the rhetoric of someone who wants war and thinks he can win.

    Mr. Biden addresses the Russian people as a way to soften the personal attack. Despite the fact we know the vast majority of Russians have NO ACCESS to news outside Russia.

    Forgive me for thinking that with Europe’s leadership, or behind the scenes control, that Mr. Biden could stumble through this conflict and actually be successful.

    • S Kent Troy says:

      Putin may lose but if he retains the Crimea and the eastern provinces, we didn’t “:win”. Putin has, as my Mom would say, bit off more than he can chew.

  128. Just A Citizen says:

    For those that have not noticed, a NEW article is posted.

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