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

Putin’s Phony Russian Procession has got to go on

"But he hasn't got anything on," a little child said. "Did you ever hear such innocent prattle?" said its father. And one person whispered to another what the child had said, "He hasn't anything on. A child says he hasn't anything on." "But he hasn't got anything on!" the whole town cried out at last. … Continue reading Putin’s Phony Russian Procession has got to go on

An Accident of War in Ukraine

Let's make something clear. Anyone who says that either Ukraine, Russia or the Russian backed rebels in Ukraine were out to shoot down a passenger plane at this time (Korean Airlines from the 80's not withstanding)  is out of their minds. Anyone with any knowledge of how war works know what has happened. One side … Continue reading An Accident of War in 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

If only we had a President as strong as Jimmy Carter

You sometimes get a rookie pitcher with a winning season but usually not. I’m hoping for Chester Arthur but I’m expecting Jimmy Carter. DaTechGuy blog Dec 2nd 2008 As the Obama Ukraine policy continues to crash and burn, Morning Joe today brought in the ultimate expert, a man who had to directly deal with a … Continue reading If only we had a President as strong as Jimmy Carter

Field Guide to CPAC 2014: The Breitbart Panel on Ukraine

Michael Corleone: Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind. Godfather III 1990 During my first day at CPAC 2014 I was greeted by Steven K Bannon, who amazingly recognized me sans fedora & scarf. He informed me that he was having a new "Uninvited" panel at the Westin where I was staying … Continue reading Field Guide to CPAC 2014: The Breitbart Panel on Ukraine

Russia Risk and Reward

You get more of what you reward Glenn Reyonlds While every news network continues to speculate as to just what happened to that Malaysia air flight.  The international poker game for the Rhineland Crimea has pretty much ended. The game was made a lot easier for Putin as the Ukraine gave up its best card … Continue reading Russia Risk and Reward

16 Days of Sarah Palin at CPAC: Day 8 Anticipation

This is the 8th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them: Day 1: The Crowd Day 2: The Entrance Day 3: Dr. Seuss Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good Day 5: Playing Prevent Day 6: Sinking Ships Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin We are at the half … Continue reading 16 Days of Sarah Palin at CPAC: Day 8 Anticipation

The 16 Days of Palin Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin

This is the 7th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them: Day 1: The Crowd Day 2: The Entrance Day 3: Dr. Seuss Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good Day 5: Playing Prevent Day 6: Sinking Ships Today things are getting a lot worse in Ukraine: BBC: Some … Continue reading The 16 Days of Palin Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin

Obama and psychohistory

By John Ruberry Isaac Asimov's greatest and best-known work was the Foundation series. The plot is centered on the mathematical model created by Professor Hari Seldon--one that can scientifically predict the history of our galaxy. On the surface it appears to be a dry read, but plot twists and intriguing characters make the stories work. … Continue reading Obama and psychohistory

Chrystia Freeland writes the Stupidest thing I’ve read in years

It is 4:45 at CPAC national harbor and I was about to write something about CPAC or schedule a few new videos when I decided to take a quick peek at Hotair.com. That's where I saw this story at the New York Times by Chrystia Freeland in headlines with the title: Russia Has Already Lost … Continue reading Chrystia Freeland writes the Stupidest thing I’ve read in years

Hillary’s Acomplishments? Dems still thinking

Last year I teased Doug Mataconis over his inability to name an accomplishment of Hillary Clinton as sec of state. Last month I made fun of Andrea Mitchell for not only not being able to name a Hillary accomplishment but suggesting that it would be up to John Kerry to determine if she had any. … Continue reading Hillary’s Acomplishments? Dems still thinking

Poland Gives History the Side-Eye (UPDATED)

by baldilocks Only soft-handed Marxists natter on about the “right” or “wrong side of history.” Countries like Poland, however, have been battered by real Marxism and proceed accordingly. NATO allies will hold emergency talks on the crisis in Ukraine on Tuesday, for the second time in three days, following a request from Poland, the alliance said on … Continue reading Poland Gives History the Side-Eye (UPDATED)