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

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 goes through the Ferguson Window

Remember when I said a few days ago that the Western media's obsession with Ferguson opened a window of opportunity to several players on the international stage Well it looks like last night Putin just crawled on through: An apparent incursion of tanks and personnel carriers into southeastern Ukraine Monday, one day before a high-stakes summit, demonstrated … Continue reading Putin goes through the Ferguson Window

Windows of opportunity in In Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq

One of the odd side effects of an event such as Ferguson and the gigantic media black hole that attracts all the possible coverage in US media is the opportunity that it creates for people to act on issues totally unrelated. This was evidenced last month when the shoot down of the Malaysian airliner taking … Continue reading Windows of opportunity in In Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq

Barack Obama’s Russia Credibility Problem in One image

With a big hat tip to Hotair.com   With 11 days to go we need $1100 to make this month's goal. If just twenty of you can hit DaTipJar for $50 or more July will end as a success. If you think the coverage and  commentary we provide here is worth your support please consider … Continue reading Barack Obama’s Russia Credibility Problem in One image

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?

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

The Price of Woof Tickets

by baldilocks woof tickets— a slang phrase meaning a verbal threat, criticism, or insult used to intimidate an opponent. The phrase originates from woofing, meaning aimless talk, an onomatopoeic reference to the sound of dogs barking. (It’s a sad day when Wikipedia has a better definition for a black slang phrase than does the Urban … Continue reading The Price of Woof Tickets

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

A Comedic Primer in Russian Salami Tactics

There are a lot of people including who have compared what is going on with Russia & Ukraine to Germany & Europe pre World War 2. Unfortunately things being what they are educationally a lot of people really know nothing about WW 2 and how it came about. All they get taught about the war … Continue reading A Comedic Primer in Russian Salami Tactics

DaTechGuy on DaRadio Noon till 2 EST Ukraine & More

Today will be a busy day for DaTechGuy Today at 10:30 I will be appearing on GROK TALK to talk about what I saw at the NLRC (and perhaps give an update about the outbreak of Scozzafever in Massachusetts.) Then at Noon it's time for DaTechGuy on DaRadio, Like Richard Tisei I won't be at … Continue reading DaTechGuy on DaRadio Noon till 2 EST Ukraine & More

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

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

The Ukrainian If Then Statements

Right now the Ukrainians have some awful decisions to make. The only way for those decisions to be made intelligently is to answer some important IF/THEN questions. Question #1  Will Russia/Putin go to war to keep the Crimea? If the answer is "No" THEN of course the thing to do is refuse call Putin's Rhineland … Continue reading The Ukrainian If Then Statements

DaTechGuy & DaBloggers v MSM Always Trust DaBloggers

Via Stacy McCain we have a collection of MSM wisdom on Ukraine from Ace and Walter Russell Meade we have a collection of the great wisdom of the MSM on Ukraine There were, we were told, lots of reasons not to worry about Ukraine. War is too costly for Russia’s weak economy. Trade would suffer, … Continue reading DaTechGuy & DaBloggers v MSM Always Trust DaBloggers

The MSM’s Ukraine Spin Crisis

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters XIII Cat:  Man Reality Sucks Red Dwarf Back in the Red 1999 Last week in Arizona we saw one of … Continue reading The MSM’s Ukraine Spin Crisis

What Would Reagan Do?

By Pat Austin I'm missing Ronald Reagan today. It seems inconceivable to me that we have fallen to such low regard in the world, with our weak, inept leaders, that Russia is once again spitting in our face and laughing behind our back.  It could not be more clear that Vladimir Putin thinks that President … Continue reading What Would Reagan Do?

It only took Obama 5 years…

...To turn a cold war victory that it took half a dozen presidents from Harry Truman to George Bush 41 to win into defeat. The question isn't if Putin is going to keep the Crimea that's already been established, the question is: Will there be an independent country called "Ukraine" anymore or if it does … Continue reading It only took Obama 5 years…