Putin Goes All In…And May Have Gone Totally Crazy

Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine last week, in an unprovoked attack on a democratic country.

Putin has always been a brutal, dictator who has crushed all who oppose him. He has done cruelly and inhumanely, often killing opponents in slow and painful ways. Yet he has also been cold and calculating. Last weekend, we may have seen a Putin that has gone over the edge (even more than a power-hungry brutal dictator already is).

Putin’s mindset has become that any of Russia’s neighboring countries that don’t do what he wants, he threatens. The Russian government held up Ukraine as an example and threatened action against Finland and Sweden if they cooperated with or joined NATO. But Putin was not done. In a dramatic escalation, Putin raised the alert level of Russian nuclear forces, putting them in a “special state of readiness”.  Additionally, he hinted that Russia may use tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield.

These are major escalation points in what is already an unprovoked war of aggression against a neighboring country for the sole purpose of gaining more power. Russia was not facing any threat but Putin has made it clear that he has become a threat to international peace and world order.

The Soviet Union and now Russia have been threats to international peace for one hundred years, and over the last week, Putin has reminded us just how far he is willing to go to get his maniacal demands met. The rest of the world must respond, and respond in the longer term in such a way as to make sure the world will not be threatened by Russia again.

Additional note:  below is a long, but very good, article based on an interview with a long time Russian analyst who worked in Administrations of both Republicans and Democrats.


Witness From Syria

The civil war (or revolution) in Syria has gone on for a decade now, with no end in sight. Statistics of those killed and displaced are massive but somehow lose their impact through repeating over the last several years, yet are indicative of the massive human cost (and what people, such as Syrian President Assad, will do to maintain power–man’s inhumanity to man).

The link below is to an article, linked because it is worth reading in its entirety. From a resident of Aleppo, target of one of Assad’s chemical weapons attack on civilians, the narrative spells out what life is like and why she has chosen to speak out.

Lawmaker Dies, Liberal Journalists Celebrate

It’s no surprise to anyone that our political environment has become very partisan and very polarized. The days of someone like Ronald Reagan, who could be friends with political opponents and even compromise to get things done, seem a thing of the past.

But it is appalling when we find people who hope for harm or hurt to the people they disagree with, or who celebrate the death of another human simply because they didn’t like their opinions. Are we really not better than this?!

Such was the case when Luke Letlow, a Congressman from Louisiana, who died earlier this week from complications of covid-19 and left behind a family that included two small children. The link below is to an article that talks about the reaction of certain journalists from ‘The Daily Beast’ and ‘Vox’, who clearly are consumed by hate for anyone that disagrees. And it speaks to their employers that they allow this vitriol.


Biden Nominates Abortion Enthusiast As HHS Secretary

‘Abortion Enthusiast’ is a term you don’t often hear, but in the article below, Issac Schorr of National Review tells us why it applies to Biden’s nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.


The Same Medicine For All?

The current pandemic is something which none of us has ever experienced. Originating in China late last year, the deadly virus has spread across the world. More communicable and deadly than SARs and H1N1 Swine Flu, which also originated in China, the coronavirus has brought the world to its knees because of its rapid spread and because we know so little about it.

In the United States, just over a third of all deaths have been in New York City. Over half of the deaths in the country have been in New York and neighboring New Jersey.  Yet most of the country is sheltered at home, non-essential businesses have been closed and job losses just in the last three weeks have topped 15 million. Most of the country has imposed the same rules as there are in New York and New Jersey, and some have asked why, in those areas that haven’t imposed the rules, they aren’t forced to do so. Continue reading “The Same Medicine For All?”

China Tries to Spin the Pandemic to Gain Influence

The last decade has seen China use its growing economy to expand its influence around the globe. It has been a conscious, announced policy to use loans to foreign government, build highways and hospitals and invest in companies all over the globe to build goodwill, influence and set itself up for global expansion.

The article below talks about how the current pandemic seems to be another way that the Chinese government hopes to ‘spin’ the crisis, which actually began in China, to a way to further its influence. China is making big publicity out of shipping health supplies to other countries to help fight the pandemic started by its poor sanitation laws (though in the US, most of the testing kits that China sent proved to be inaccurate).


Feel the Bern–the (extreme) Radicalism of Bernie Sanders

After winning this weekend’s Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders has become the Democratic front-runner for their nomination for President. Sanders describes himself as a socialist and proposes to totally do away with the capitalist system. He has proposed increases public spending by over $92 trillion over the next ten years (while only proposing roughly $25 trillion in new revenue to pay for it, as an aside). So the fact that he represents the very left-wing of the Democratic Party is no surprise.

But most people would be very surprised at exactly how radical he really is, and has been for his whole adult life. Continue reading “Feel the Bern–the (extreme) Radicalism of Bernie Sanders”

When Supreme Court Justices Don’t Fit Their Mold

If you remember the last confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, you will remember the uproar that his nomination meant that the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) would be packed with Trump nominees that would march in lock-step and would radically alter the balance of power.

An editorial from USA Today, a fairly consistently liberal newspaper, shared details of a study that showed quite the opposite. Continue reading “When Supreme Court Justices Don’t Fit Their Mold”

Progressive Liberalism and Religion

One of the recent hallmarks of ‘progressive liberalism’ is a strong reaction to Christianity-not just indifference to religion but an almost visceral anti-Christian view . Though many may claim that’s not true, one need only look at recent criticisms of things that not long ago were very common in American society. Two senators have criticized judicial nominees simply because they were members of mainstream Christian religions, and the Vice President’s wife is lambasted because she took a part-time job as a teacher at a private Christian school.

Author David French writes in the National Review about the rise of anti-Christian attitudes. His article gives insight into the rise of sentiment that should trouble us, not just those who may be religious or Christians, but those who value freedom of thought and constitutional protections.

A link to the article is here. It is worth the read.


More On Increasing Bias in Pop Culture and the Media

Related to the post above, here is a link to a recent editorial in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel talking about the double standard that we find in a growing number of areas of society.



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