Shrinks present latest plot to remove Trump from office

By John Ruberry "But... but maybe he's only a little crazy like painters or composers or... or some of those men in Washington." Julian Shellhammer, Macy's toy department head in Miracle on 34th Street. "On 24 March 1943, Päts was sent to forced treatment in psychoneurotic hospitals first in Kazan, then in Chistopol in Tatar … Continue reading Shrinks present latest plot to remove Trump from office

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

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

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