The history of Democratic Party failures on Russia

By John Ruberry Since Donald J. Trump's upset win in 2016 over Hillary Clinton--who after the election the left-wing media belatedly informed us was a flawed candidate--we've been bombarded with story after story that the president is either colluding with Russia or is weak in dealing with it. But the Democrats have a decades-long history … Continue reading The history of Democratic Party failures on Russia

Review: Karl Marx City

By John Ruberry If you know a millennial who craves communism, then I suggest that you sit that person down to watch the documentary Karl Marx City by Petra Epperlein and her husband, Michael Tucker, which was released last year. Epperlein was born in 1966 in Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany, which is now, as it was … Continue reading Review: Karl Marx City

Red Century story makes me see red

Remember the series of wistful articles the New York Times ran in 2008 to mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of Adolf Hitler's Thousand Year Reich? Me neither -- because, of course, it never happened. But that's not as crazy as it sounds considering the Times is running a series of stories under the … Continue reading Red Century story makes me see red

The nobody who changed the world

We've just passed the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I, which certainly is no cause for celebration. Although the U.S. formally declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917 -- unlike the speedy action after Pearl Harbor, it took Congress four days to concur with Woodrow Wilson's request for action … Continue reading The nobody who changed the world

Modern Times

baldilocks I’m “reading” Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Jerusalem—actually listening to the audiobook version from the Los Angeles Public Library. It’s a lot easier to get other things done this way, though it is sometimes necessary to scroll back when my attention wavers. With these big, sprawling histories, it’s easy to lose track of who the author … Continue reading Modern Times

Puzzle Pieces

by baldilocks I found myself thinking back on the last few weeks, especially on the San Bernardino Islamic Terror Attack. This was spurred by happening upon the unbelievable libeling of one of the victims--Nicholas Thalasinos—by one fortuitously-named New York Daily News columnist, Linda Stasi. Her surname, of course calls to mind the old East Germany … Continue reading Puzzle Pieces

My evening with patriotic illegal aliens

By John Ruberry Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I will be attending at party tonight in Chicago's northwestern suburbs--a birthday celebration for one of her closest friends. Like my wife, her friend is an immigrant from Latvia. Both are in the country legally, Mrs. MP is a US citizen. I imagine there will be about 50 … Continue reading My evening with patriotic illegal aliens

I’m old enough to remember when countries sought the US as an ally

What do you do if you are a nation facing one of the most powerful militaries in the world and your former ally, thanks to the leadership or lack thereof of the head of the free world, is no longer reliable? Why you make some reliable allies instead: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin wrapped up … Continue reading I’m old enough to remember when countries sought the US as an ally

The Fear of Obama is Gone

One can not look at this election cycle and watch the once feared Obama collapse without seeing parallels with the historical fall of tyrannies. If you look at the history of repressive regimes there are two hard and fast rules concerning them: 1.  Their Power is completely based on the fear of the population: Mirror … Continue reading The Fear of Obama is Gone

Putin kept at bay in Latvian elections

By John Ruberry After seizing the Crimea and invading Ukraine, Russia-watchers wonder which former Soviet republic is next on Vladimir Putin's expansion list? Latvians fear it could be their nation. Yesterday parliamentary elections were held in the small Baltic state. Ethnic Russians with Latvian citizenship--not all of them enjoy this benefit--mostly lined up as predicted … Continue reading Putin kept at bay in Latvian elections

DaTechGuy’s Rebuttal to our Putin/Russia Guest Post

A few hours ago this guest post went up on the site as a guest post to rebut a piece of mine concerning Putin and Russia. That post contained some rather....interesting...opinions concerning Russia, Putin, the west and the Catholic Church the like of which have never been posted on this site before and are unlikely … Continue reading DaTechGuy’s Rebuttal to our Putin/Russia Guest Post

The Orcs of Russia and Memphis

You know his tactics; Your Excellency; A demand for concessions and when the concessions are granted then new demands each one more weakening than the one before, until the object of his attention is either too weak to oppose him further or is at least so weakened as to make armed resistance fatal. C. S. … Continue reading The Orcs of Russia and Memphis

History and End-Times Ramblings

by baldilocks The 75th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is today and the names of the two signatories—the two foreign ministers--practically scream “USSR” and “Nazi Germany." The agreement is infamous; one in which the envoys of a pair of tyrants agree to divide Poland and several other countries. I’m looking for something perversely symbolic to happen today; … Continue reading History and End-Times Ramblings

Do you remember the Outrage at Hamas for targeting Commercial planes?

The world continues to express its outrage at the shooting down of a commercial airliner, likely by Ukrainian separatists.  While it is highly likely that the those firing mistook said aircraft for an enemy plane the idea that civilian aircraft carrying civilian passengers might be targeted, even accidentally, is an unacceptable outrage. Strangely enough I don't seem … Continue reading Do you remember the Outrage at Hamas for targeting Commercial planes?

Lech Walesa is displeased US no longer world leader

By Steve Eggleston In an interview with the Associated Press, former Polish President Lech Walesa said of the world and the American role in it, "(T)he world is disorganized and the superpower is not taking the lead. I am displeased." Walesa, who led the Solidarity movement that led to the end of Communism in Poland, … Continue reading Lech Walesa is displeased US no longer world leader

Unlike Obama, two world leaders take responsibility for failure

By John Ruberry For pretty much the entirety of his first term in office, President Obama blamed the stagnant economy on his predecessor, George W. Bush. Of course the Obama economy is still in the doldrums and I wouldn't be surprised if it remained dormant until after he leaves office. Obama's biggest, ahem, achievement as … Continue reading Unlike Obama, two world leaders take responsibility for failure

“Never Again” ends Today in Donetsk East Ukraine

Judith: They've arrested Brian! All: What? Judith:They've dragged him off! They're going to crucify him! Reg: Right! This calls for immediate discussion! Life of Brian 1979 Hey you remember when the world said "Never again" after the Holocaust? Nevermind Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to … Continue reading “Never Again” ends Today in Donetsk East Ukraine

Ukraine acts, will Russia?

You know his tactics; Your Excellency; A demand for concessions and when the concessions are granted then new demands each one more weakening than the one before, until the object of his attention is either too weak to oppose him further or is at least so weakened as to make armed resistance fatal. C. S. … Continue reading Ukraine acts, will Russia?

Ripples of the Ukraine crisis in the Baltics

By John Ruberry The effects of Russia's annexation of the Crimea are being felt in the Baltic States--Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The three states were part of Czarist Russia, but they won their independence from the Bolsheviks after World War I. It was not to last--the tiny nations were seized by the Soviet Union in … Continue reading Ripples of the Ukraine crisis in the Baltics

Field Guide to NRLC 2014 Rep Peter King NY-2

I spoke to Rep Peter King at the NRLC 2014 event in Nashua NH There are more than a few members of the GOP and Tea Party who have some serious critiques of Congressman King for various reasons and I agree with some of them, nevertheless his advice on how America carries itself in the … Continue reading Field Guide to NRLC 2014 Rep Peter King NY-2