Open Thread

Why haven’t the Russians finished off the Ukrainians? Short answer: they’re Russians.

Anyone who knows a bit of history knows the Russians have never been first rate at offensive operations, especially early on. It took some real effort for the Russians to produce Tannenberg with the Russian 2nd Army being essentially wiped out in a few days, but it does give the flavor of how Russia goes to war. It is part of the Russian natural character, I guess: being slipshod.

A guy who claims to be an expert on logistic matters (and he seems like he knows what he’s talking about) took a look at all that Russian transport that got bogged down in the mud and noticed that it was the tires causing the problem – they had fallen apart. He then noted that when he was in charge of the American version of such vehicles, they had to be continually maintained to avoid just that: tires blowing out the minute you go off road or otherwise hit something rough. Now, you can bet on it that the commander of those Russian vehicles reported himself 100% ready to go…which means he gundecked his readiness reports and had his fingers crossed when they invaded. This, to be sure, isn’t a disease just of the Russian army – all peacetime military forces suffer from it. But sorta double it for the Russians (and I’ve also heard tell that their Defense Minister is a Court favorite…another common failing in Russia is putting the lives of soldiers in the hands of the guy who can best entertain the Tsar).

So, Ivan did his usual. He did this in 1940, too, and got whacked from pillar to post by the Finns. The Russians left about 150,000 dead on the field there. And I think what a lot of people up high were expecting was for the Ukrainians to do the same as the Finns. Rely on it: our military intel people know the capability of the Russian army: in between lectures on pronoun usage, they still actually gather and assess data. Because of this, we and our allies went rather whole hog for Ukraine. But the Finns didn’t show up. The Ukrainians did. And, hate to break it to everyone, they’re just Russians with a different accent. With juicy, road-bound targets all over the place, the Ukrainians made no real move against them. And now the Russians have sorted out their issues and are starting to roll ahead – latest map I saw from UK MoD indicates a rapidly unfolding offensive which seems to be set on taking over all territory east of the Dnieper. Whether the Russians will go further remains to be seen.

Pudding Brain gave his speech. I didn’t watch. From reactions, it didn’t go over well. You know that if the Morning Joe people are praising it to the skies, it was a dud. Here is Joe’s problem:

The Mrs went out to get gas today and it was more than $4 a gallon. When she got to Ross to shop, she saw a man waltz out of the store with an armload of stolen goods…right past the security guard who is under instructions not to interfere. So, our budget is getting stressed by high food and energy costs and I’ve got to worry that my wife will be rubbing elbows with criminals when she goes shopping.

That is the State of the Union. There is no other State of the Union. And no amount of Pudding Brain/MSM gaslighting will change this.

After my wife told me that, my blood went into slow boil. I admit to actually getting feelings of hatred for those responsible. This was un-Christian of me and I’m sorry for it. But it was there. And I at last realized that even someone as relaxed as me has a limit. Our opponents have ruined this nation…and it is just getting worse and worse. Can you imagine what things will be like after 3 more years of this? I can’t – and I wonder just when those vastly less patient and merciful than me will get to their limit?

Manchin sat with the GOP during Pudding Brain’s speech. My guess: he switches either right before or just after the mid-terms.

19 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. Cluster March 3, 2022 / 8:47 am

    I admit to actually getting feelings of hatred

    Just now??? LOL, wow you are slow to anger but welcome to the club. I’m sure everyone has noticed, but the same people who have lied to us about WMD’s in Iraq, the dangers of Saddam Hussein, the imminent threat of Ghaddafi, Russia Collusion, the Ukraine phone call, the peaceful protests of 2020, and of course the election of 2020, are now selling us a narrative of desperation to enrich the Military Industrial Complex and of course themselves.

    Isn’t it odd that Ukraine’s border integrity and national “democracy” seems to be much more important to our media and politicians than our own? According to Democrat principles, anyone who crosses the Ukraine border is just looking for a better life and should be given social welfare and a path to citizenship. Shouldn’t that same principle apply in Ukraine as it does here?

    Secondly, the same American military leadership that got bogged down by goat herders in Afghanistan for 20 years before tucking tail and running, is now poised to confront Russia?? They may want to rethink that.

  2. Cluster March 3, 2022 / 8:56 am

    And weakness begets bullies;

    Sergei Lavrov has repeated his warning that World War Three would be nuclear as he accused the West of fixating on his dire threats. The foreign minister also compared the US to Nazi Germany in his latest rant after Russian forces seized the Black Sea regional capital of Kherson in Ukraine, its first major city after a week of fighting. On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s nuclear forces be put on high alert, accusing the West of taking ‘unfriendly’ steps against his country. The move was followed up by comments from Lavrov yesterday in which he warned another World War would be ‘nuclear and destructive’.

    Thanks Democrats, your pronoun obsession has put this world in one hell of a position. This is no bueno to say the very least. Thank God we have strong leadership. I think the VP of the United States said it best yesterday when she said and I paraphrase:

    “Ukraine is a small country that is next to a larger country called Russia. And Russia invaded Ukraine, which is not good”

  3. Cluster March 3, 2022 / 9:19 am

    As I sit and listen to the children on MSNBC promote the Deep State war agenda, I noticed this headline:

    A research team from UCLA found that Black Americans suffered the highest increase in drug overdose deaths during a recent COVID-19 surge. Deaths jumped 49 percent for the group.

    Not one word on this, weird. Just a reminder to all Black Americans, they only care about you during election cycles.

    • Amazona March 3, 2022 / 8:41 pm

      Do you mean Only Some Black Lives Matter? (Not tiny black lives killed in the womb, that’s for sure.)

  4. Cluster March 3, 2022 / 9:24 am

    Alright, I do believe in this

    Mom @gi_gi216 shared the moment on TikTok in which she filmed her toddler picking up an old photo of her grandmother and great-grandmother. Her daughter, Ella, repeatedly points at @gi_gi216’s great-grandmother in the photo, telling her, ‘That’s me!’ The TikToker said that they were at her mom’s house (Ella’s grandmother’s house) when Ella saw the picture for the first time. No one had told her who the women were, making the moment all the more shocking. The video has gone viral, and other commenters have shared their own similarly uncanny stories of children claiming to be deceased relatives.

    I have read other accounts of children who have accurately depicted the landscape and housing in area’s that obviously they have never been before and claiming to have lived there previously. I do believe our souls travel.

    • Amazona March 3, 2022 / 8:40 pm

      Several years ago one of the big networks did a story about a little boy named James who, at the age of about two, could recognize different WW II
      airplanes. His parents, Libs who were not into war history, couldn’t figure it out but encouraged him. One day in a toy store the mother picked up a model plane and said “Look, James, it even has little bombs on it” and he said “No, Mom, those are drop tanks.” He was about 3 or 4. When his father was looking at an atlas he was looking at an aerial photo of an island—it might have been Guam—-and James pointed at the pointed end of it and said “That’s where I went down.” Over time, they learned that a pilot named James had been the only pilot shot down over that island in the war, and as the child James provided more details including the name of the pilot’s best became clear that this child was that man. Even as a tiny child he insisted that his name was James Three, not Junior after his father. The story was later told in a book called Destiny of Souls.

      A couple of years ago for some reason I told this story to my cousin’s wife, who is from Viet Nam, and she said that happens all the time. A child will say he is in the wrong house, or the wrong village, or the wrong family, and when they go where they are told he recognizes a family that says oh, yeah, so-and-so died and yes, this is probably him. My cousin, who grew up in a traditional Catholic family in a small farming community, said it was nonsense, but she was adamant—this is a common occurrence and everyone accepts it. I think the more technological and mechanical our lives become the farther away we get from basic truths like this.

      • Cluster March 4, 2022 / 10:48 am

        So cool, and I am a believer. I believe our souls travel and accumulate wisdom and experience along the way which explains people like Leonardo de Vinci, Einstein, Jesus, Mother Teresa, etc.., their souls have traveled so extensively that the wisdom and knowledge just flowed out of them. And time is not linear. It’s an arc and maybe circular

  5. Retired Spook March 3, 2022 / 3:11 pm

    Excellent article from the American Legion this morning. the most comprehensive account I’ve seen of the support Ukraine is getting from NATO members.

    • Amazona March 3, 2022 / 8:45 pm

      “Putin has started a war of aggression in cold blood for one reason,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz explains. “The freedom of the Ukrainian people calls his own oppressive regime into question.”

      Expressions of freedom always call oppressive regimes into question, as we just saw in Canada and which is looming over us, after the experiment of Oppression Lite aka Covid.

      • Retired Spook March 3, 2022 / 10:29 pm

        But the yearning for freedom is an integral part of the human spirit, and nowhere more so than in the United States that has never not known freedom.

      • Amazona March 5, 2022 / 11:44 am

        If only I could agree with you, but about half of our nation (population-wise) yearns for what they believe is benign government control over their lives. They believe that hedonism is freedom, so when a powerful Central Authority promises them unlimited sexual adventurism with no responsibility or consequences they are eager to accept this in exchange for the freedom to hear opposing points of view, as one example.

        We don’t read a lot of political subtext into the popularity of cookie-cutter housing developments, for example, where residents can’t even decide what color to paint their houses, or fly American flags, because the bland uniformity appeals to people who want some form of authoritarianism to govern their lives—but it’s there.

        We just saw nearly all of our country meekly submit to government authority based on the claim “it’s for your own safety” and while compliance was for the most part, at the beginning, voluntary in the interest of what was believed to be the Greater Good, we saw what happened when people started to think for themselves and assert their independence from what was increasingly seen as demands for meek compliance, not rational science-based safety measures. That increased when the Central Authority demanded that there be no element of free choice in accepting its experimental drugs, and started to use its power to destroy the lives of people who did not bend the knee. That’s when people were not ASKED to participate in the experiment, but were FORCED to, or lose their livelihoods and personal treasure, while the authoritarian rabble demanded even more draconian punishments for refusing to bow down to the increasing tyranny.

        Worse, we saw and are still seeing a gap between people who believe in personal autonomy and people who not only embrace authoritarianism but openly praise it and demand total submission from others. This ranges from maskist virtue signaling to strident support of “take their stuff and put them in camps if they don’t submit and it would be better if they all just died”.

        Fortunately, there is still an inherent drive for freedom in this country, but we need to accept the fact that many of us reject it in favor of a powerful Central Authority and the giddy thrill of feeling a part of the authoritarian entity telling other people what to do—-bullying by proxy.

  6. Jeremiah March 4, 2022 / 1:19 am

    I was reading this article, thought maybe one of you all might also find interesting.

    I’m a nature enthusiast, angler and hunter so I find the biology 🧬 of these interesting.

    I know for many people it would seem unimportant considering the more important things their tax dollars could be going towards, and I don’t disagree.

    I just find nature fascinating.

    • jdge1 March 4, 2022 / 11:37 pm

      I’m always leery when “scientist / experts / government” attempts to “correct” a situation in nature deemed problematic, even one of their own making. More times that not the Law of Unintended Consequences kick in. There are near endless examples. Here are a couple.

      Because of its quick growth, scientist recommended a certain plant to be used on barren hillsides created by new construction, to help stop erosion. Unfortunately, the plan grew so well it started to engulf everything in its path including large trees, houses, barns, etc. It then became extremely difficult and costly to eradicate.

      In another example; In 1958 Mao Zedong launched the Democratic Republic of China into what he called “the Great Leap Forward.” Over the course of five years he intended to transform China from an agrarian society into an industrial powerhouse.

      One of the many goals Mao set was the eradication of those species he deemed to be unwanted pests. Flies, mosquitoes, and rats all made the hitlist for Mao’s Four Pests Campaign, as did sparrows since they ate seeds that could otherwise have been used for human consumption.

      China’s entire population was mobilized in Mao’s war against the sparrows. There could only be one winner. Within a few short years the birds had been all but wiped out, with catastrophic results.
      While sparrows did eat a small amounts of seed, the bulk of their diet was made up of insects. With the sparrows gone, China was overrun by a plague of locusts.

      Entire crops were lost. Mao belatedly realized his mistake and reintroduced sparrows obtained from the Soviet Union, but by then much of the damage was done and more than twenty-million people had starved to death in one of history’s most terrible famines.

  7. Retired Spook March 4, 2022 / 10:51 am

    I hope this message gets wide dissemination. I’m surprised Facebook didn’t cancel it.

    • Cluster March 4, 2022 / 7:06 pm


  8. Cluster March 4, 2022 / 11:24 am

    I implore all NATO countries to attack and destroy Moscow, today. Putin’s days are OVER.

    Distressing footage shows the two men, sat in the front of a car, pull over to the side of the road before a storm of bullets are fired at their vehicle. The father is left lying in the middle of the road in a pool of his blood as his son watches on helplessly, repeatedly urging him to ‘hang in there’ and to ‘stay down’ in fear of further gunfire. His son can also be heard shouting in pain as his ‘foot is torn off’, before his father’s body is eventually found in roadside ditch. Their car can be seen covered in bullet holes and the windows smashed, while the father’s final moments are captured. It comes as Putin today denied that his troops are deliberately targeting civilians, amid vast evidence to the contrary, as he insisted his invasion is going exactly to plan and schedule. The Russian President also hailed his soldiers as heroes who are fighting to save innocent lives and blamed Ukrainian ‘neo-Nazis’ for holding citizens hostage.

    • Retired Spook March 4, 2022 / 7:36 pm

      Another entry in the YCMTSU file: SOS Anthony Blinken: “a no-fly zone would result in war.”

    • Amazona March 4, 2022 / 10:03 pm

      There was a story about a solider on the phone hearing his parents, sister-in-law and niece and nephew get gunned down by Russian soldiers.

      Little Sofia Fedko and her six-week-old baby brother Ivan were slaughtered by Russian soldiers who targeted their family’s car..

      Denis Fedko said he had been on a call with his mother Anna when he heard her plead for their lives as the children cried – before a deathly silence.

      He said: “I was talking to my mother. I kept hearing my mother yelling that there were children [in the car] and “How can you [do that]?”.

      “I heard little Vanya [Ivan] was crying loudly. He was only a month and a half old. And then I heard shots.

      “Then there was silence after that, and then shots again. There were two bursts, each two to three shots long.

      “I realised they were finishing them off.”

      Harrowing footage shows a Russian tank flattening a passenger car on the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital — with a civilian inside who appeared to miraculously survive.

      Video of the shocking moment posted online early Friday showed the tank swerving to drive over the car in Kyiv’s Obolon district before reversing back over it.

      Several people are heard in the clip shrieking in horror while the tank sits atop the car before rolling backward.

      These are thing that are usually considered war crimes.

  9. Jeremiah March 4, 2022 / 8:01 pm

    Senator Graham made a statement that “Putin needs to be assassinated” … I can’t help but agree, but unfortunately those words may cost him his political career.

    Something like that would require supreme military expertise, on multiple fronts, in order to accomplish something like that.

    I’ve heard that Putin is hunkered down in an underground city in the Siberian, Altai mountains. I don’t know how much truth there is to that, but it seems reasonable considering what a coward Putin is. He’s swimming the blood of innocents, justification enough to bring before an international court and have him executed.

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