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The truckers can just say no… we don’t feel like working this month. No poutine or Cornish pasties for you, Ottawa! Then what? Throw them all in jail? How will that help move stuff from Point A to Point B? It kind of looks like they have Mr. T over a Molson barrel. For now, it’s a stand-off, but it looks to me like the Prime Minister must resign and whoever takes charge next will have to rapidly rethink the country’s entire Covid-19 policy in a not-insane direction.

“In reading The History of Nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities, their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first.” ― Charles MacKay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

The Democratic coalition is an hourglass, top-heavy and bottom-heavy with a narrow middle. In addition to hoovering up the votes of college-educated Americans, the Democrats are the party of the Big Rich—tech billionaires and CEOs, investment banking houses, and the managerial class that spans large corporate enterprises and aligned prestige federal agencies like the Justice Department and the national security agencies. This mostly white and Asian American group cannot win elections without the overwhelming support of Black Americans, and smaller majorities of Hispanic and Asian American voters, clustered in the downtowns and inner suburbs. The high cost of living in Democratic hub cities forces out the multiracial middle; the exceptions tend to be civil servants like police and first responders and teachers who can (sometimes) afford to live in or near their downtown jobs.

The social base of the Democrats is neither a few liberal billionaires nor the more numerous cohorts of high-school educated minority voters; it is the disproportionately white college-educated professionals and managers. These affluent but not rich overclass households dominate the Democratic Party and largely determine its messaging, not by virtue of campaign contributions or voting numbers, but because they very nearly monopolize the staffing of the institutions that support the party—K-12 schools and universities, city and state and federal bureaucracies, public sector unions, foundations, foundation-funded nonprofit organizations, and the mass media. By osmosis, professional and managerial values and material interests and fads and fashions permeate the Democratic Party and shape its agenda.

The kulak uprising in [your] 5 districts must be crushed without pity. . . .

1) Hang (and I mean hang so that the people can see) not less than 100 known kulaks, rich men, bloodsuckers.
2) Publish their names.
3) Take all their grain away from them.
4) Identify hostages . . . .
Do this so that for hundreds of miles around the people can see, tremble, know and cry . . . . Yours, Lenin. P. S. Find tougher people.

Biden Seen Looking At Paint Color Swatches To Choose Next Supreme Court Justice | “He was trying to ask what the best shade of black is for total submissiveness to his progressive executive agenda. At first, I thought he was going to repaint the Oval Office. I told him black wouldn’t be great for a room.” “No, for people!” Biden allegedly yelled. “Black people! Come on, man!”

The Covid-19 saga gets darker every day, while the official alibis, cover-stories, and disinfo ops bend ever deeper toward an arc of criminality. The US government has lied about every plotline in the two-year horror show. In fact, a conscientious observer would have to conclude the following: That the government’s highest-paid employee, Dr. Anthony Fauci, led surreptitiously in the creation and release of a bioweapon; that he and his cohorts, along with the pharma companies, and other interested parties such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization, enabled the release of so-called “vaccines.”

The Kept and the Killed – The Public Domain Review Did Stryker give much thought as to where to put the hole through when he made his killings? These voids obliterate the hand of a little boy in fringed gloves who stares back calmly at his shooter; they slice through the pavement of an unnamed street where a pair of identical twins walks on unawares. They run like a sniper’s bullet through the legs of a man bending over to pick a fruit, whizz past the ear of a cop.

“Institutions will be increasingly bossy, limiting personal freedoms, chastising bad manners, and cleansing the culture. Powerful new civic organizations will make judgments about which individual rights deserve respect and which do not. Criminal justice will become swift and rough, trampling on some innocents to protect an endangered and desperate society from those feared to be guilty. Expect a loss of personal privacy.

in praise of lawn darts Hell, i’ll bet i can get half the moms reading this to hyperventilate into a paper bag by describing the in-ground pool with a 10-foot deep end and a diving board we were left alone with. our friends all came over. we spent summer after summer alone, unsupervised, doing cannonballs on each other’s heads and playing a game where you had to try to dive into the pool while other kids threw dodge balls at you. bonus points for doing tricks. we did not even have a fence around this wonderous Valhalla. we were 10 years old.

MoA – A ‘Parthogenetic’ Conflict – There Is No Russian Invasion Threat To Ukraine As of Jan. 23, we do not observe the required formation of several hundred thousand troops, not only on the border with Ukraine, but also on Russian territory behind the front line. Besides, we do not see the creation of strategic reserve units, nor the mobilization of the necessary connections and units on the basis of the centers for mobilization deployment. In general, a large-scale Russian offensive operation against Ukraine in 2022 seems unlikely according to many indicators, even judging by purely military requirements.

Boom: 5.4M first-time gun buyers, 33% women, blacks up 44% |

Don Surber: Government of the Government, by the Government, for the Government Hoover did not bother much with law enforcement. Instead he built a bureaucracy and spied on politicians and private citizens, creating one of the largest and least accountable bureaucracies the world. After more than 40 years in power, he died. Nixon passed over Hoover’s handpicked successor, Mark Felt. Within 2 years, Nixon– the first president to carry 49 states — was gone. Mark Felt and The Bureau had their vengeance.

One thing is certain to happen a little less than a year from now, the day a new Congress is sworn in: “Joe Biden,” if he is still alive, and still in office, will be impeached. And unlike his several predecessors — Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump — “Joe Biden” will be convicted in the Senate, too, and of serious crimes against his country, not just trivialities because the evidence is there. He’ll be convicted of the very things spelled out in the Constitution: treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

The goal of a Trumpist foreign policy in Europe is to withdraw American influence from Europe.This will guarantee the defeat of liberalism on the Continent. Here in America, this will show liberals and conservatives alike that liberalism is mortal—with gargantuan effects on the morale of both. And as Clausewitz said, all conflicts are mainly about morale.


“Velvet Shoes,” by Elinor Wylie

Let us walk in the white snow
In a soundless space;
With footsteps quiet and slow
At a tranquil pace
Under veils of white lace

I shall go shod in silk
And you in wool
White as white cow’s milk
More beautiful
Than the breast of a gull . . .

We shall walk in velvet shoes:
Wherever we go
Silence will fall like dews
On white silence below
We shall walk in the snow.

Inside BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors’ real-estate buying binge The self-described Marxist last month purchased a $1.4 million home on a secluded road a short drive from Malibu in Los Angeles, according to a report. The 2,370-square-foot property features “soaring ceilings, skylights and plenty of windows” with canyon views. The Topanga Canyon homestead, which includes two houses on a quarter-acre, is just one of three homes Khan-Cullors owns in the Los Angeles area, public records show.

Modernity is not at all short on ideas, arguments, insults, ideologies, strategems, conflicts, world-saving machines or clever TED talks. But it is very short on saints; and how we need their love, wisdom, discipline and stillness amidst the roaring of the Machine. Maybe we had better start looking at how to embody a little of it ourselves. —   Paul Kingsnorth,  The Dream of the Rood 

This Is Your Last Chance| Like financial and economic collapse, intellectual and moral collapse will center on governments. Billions of people indoctrinated in some version of statist dogma will look to governments as the solution for the government-created apocalypse. Courtier intellectuals, media lights, corporate shills, and other minions and toadies will be scurrying like cockroaches in a filthy kitchen when the lights are turned on. Their voluminous output of putrid, state worshipping dreck will have the same value as fiat debt and currencies.

It is true that in Kentucky the planters are not obliged to pay the slaves whom they employ, but they derive small profits from their labor, while the wages paid to free workmen would be returned with interest in the value of their services. The free workman is paid but he does his work quicker than the slave, and rapidity of execution is one of the great elements of economy. The white sells his services, but they are purchased only when they may be useful; the black can claim no remuneration for his toil, but the expense of his maintenance is perpetual; he must be supported in his old age as well as in manhood, in his profitless infancy as well as in the productive years of youth, in sickness as well as in health. Payment must equally be made in order to obtain the services of either class of men: the free workman receives his wages in money; the slave in education, in food, in care, and in clothing. The money which a master spends in the maintenance of his slaves goes gradually and in detail so that it is scarcely perceived; the salary of the free workman is paid in a round sum and appears to enrich only him who receives it; but in the end, the slave has cost more than the free servant, and his labor is less productive. — Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Volume One, 1835

Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness; only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where humans beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me? – – George Orwell, 1984, 1949

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  • Hyland January 31, 2022, 6:42 PM

    I hope everyone reads the essay, “In Praise of Lawn Darts” to recognize the social cancer that has enveloped and crippled childhood… a cancer I never came into contact with. The socially-helicoptered children of recent years have surely become the clueless lemmings who are masked-up and craving boosters and the forever dictates from above. Reminds me of this quote: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed; and hence clamorous to be led to safety; by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H L Mencken

  • ghostsniper January 31, 2022, 7:24 PM

    Just think, by this time next year your house will be “worth” twice what it is today.

    • Teresa Pittman February 1, 2022, 10:48 AM

      Not where I am going. Go to Zillow, set up a filter for $60,000 and move across several states. You will find there are bargains if you are retired or can work remotely. And they can be found in nice communities

    • RedBeard February 1, 2022, 12:02 PM

      And what is that prediction actually based on?

  • gwbnyc January 31, 2022, 7:36 PM

    actually, self described “train marzist”.

  • Hyland January 31, 2022, 8:00 PM

    You know we are in the fourth turning? This shit occurs about every 80 years. First calamity was the American Revolution. Another 80 years brought the Civil War. Another 80 brought the Great Depression and WWII. I’ve got the book of the same name authored by Strauss & Howe. Here’s a nice condensed version to ease you into the topic. https://www.theburningplatform.com/2022/01/31/fourth-turning-2022-bad-moon-rising-part-three/#more-257635

  • Anonymous January 31, 2022, 9:22 PM

    When the truckers stop delivering to cities, maybe the government will listen to them.
    It reminds me of the brain bragging that it was the most valuable part of the body—until the asshole clamped shut

    • John A. Fleming February 1, 2022, 1:08 AM

      The govocrats that infest the Western republics have no intention of listening to truckers or anybody else. They mean to rule well, but they mean to rule. They are convinced of the certitude of their decisions and actions, and no peaceful protest will move them. They now count the votes, so it doesn’t matter how many prairie folk are with the truckers, they will never lose another election and will never be thrown out on their keisters. They will now fire downrange ever-escalating “whiffs of [legal] grapeshot”, threatening all who resist with destruction of their lives and their families. No doubt the loonie equivalent of the NSA is making lists of all the trucks and the truckers, making association maps, identifying the organizers/key players and preparing plans to take them out and collapse the protest. Come 3AM, the big-rig tow trucks that have been commandeered from all over the province will suddenly show up and start towing and impounding, and swat-team violent takedowns will be visited on all owner/operators who attempt to resist and be thrown in solitary to languish indefinitely in torment until their trial.

      The Canucks have that French blood in them still, they will not always be polite. The government always prevails against the people, the Vendée uprising in the west will be crushed. When the truckers start resisting, it could blow up quickly, where the genteel government velvet-gloved nudgers remove the gloves and show the mailed fist like they always wanted to. Oh you know they so want to do it. They get aroused just thinking about sending the grapeshot into the crowds.

      • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 2:45 AM

        The truckers’ protest is a one-shot deal. They cannot keep this up indefinitely unless they receive outside support to the tune of tens of millions of dollars and hundreds of tons of supplies. The Canadian government need merely wait. Protestors, no matter if thousands of trucks are involved, must have a plan to overthrow the existing government in Ottawa or they will fail. Otherwise, what exactly is the point? Offices must be occupied, documents seized, officials arrested and a provisional government created. If not then simply driving a truck around for few days accomplishes nothing. If the government refuses to do anything but wait, then what will the truckers do? Eventually they will go home, the government will return to Ottawa, and that will be that.

        Watching the events in Canada unfold, I am reminded of Father Miguel Hidalgo in 1810 Mexico and his “Grito de Dolores!” He had 90,000 followers, but his attempt to overthrow the despotic Spanish regime failed. He ended up in front of a firing squad, his followers either killed or scattered, his revolt having achieved nothing. Or how about the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt in England? The leader of that revolt, Wat Tyler, had 60,000 men. What happened? Even though the peasants occupied London, they failed and accomplished nothing but bloodshed.

        “King Richard’s retribution was swift. Determined that such a revolt could never happen again, he hunted down and killed every rebel leader he could find—hundreds were executed by “drawing and quartering”, others were beheaded or hung. Thousands more were unofficially executed by local authorities, without even a trial.”

        So what’s the plan?

        • Dan Patterson February 1, 2022, 3:24 AM

          Right you are.
          Without a plan for succession the energy of the crowds is quickly dissipated. Tea Party, anyone?

          • Mike Austin February 3, 2022, 12:27 AM

            Some advice for those who would rebel: “If you set out to kill the king, kill the king.”

        • ghostsniper February 1, 2022, 4:27 AM

          To smear Tyson’s quote around a little, “Nobody needs a plan until they get punched in the face.”

          • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 6:41 AM

            I have been in enough fights to learn this about myself: I have no plan until I get hit in the face. Then it becomes “do whatever it takes to put the guy down. Whatever it takes.” Works for me.

            I have often said that the real revolution begins when people on both sides start to be killed, when both sides “are punched in the face”.

            • Jack February 1, 2022, 2:31 PM

              Likewise me. Up to a point in my life I would scrap and wade in like I was going to own the other guy and 9/10 I got my ass handed to me. You could set your watch by it but that was long ago.

              Today I’m too old and not remotely interested in fighting unless I’m tuned into UFC and MMA on TV but I do carry a gun nearly everywhere. I will still always back down but I’ll shoot that pistol before I’ll take that punch.

              • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 8:07 PM

                I’m too old to take a punch. Thus, I am always—always—armed. I will shy away as much as is possible, but there is a line that I will not allow any man to cross. I just want to be left alone. That is not too much to ask.

            • gwbnyc February 1, 2022, 3:13 PM

              a chair and m’teeth.

        • OneGuy February 1, 2022, 7:02 AM

          Have you noticed that the Canadian government is learning from ours to put interlopers and false flags into the crowd to do things that can be used to criticize the entire movement? Watch out all you Canadian Truckers that your government doesn’t set you up to be part of a false flag “insurrection” and then send you to the Canadian gulags.

          • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 7:06 AM

            I have not noticed—yet—but such a thing is not beyond any government. Ancient Athens practiced this, as did Rome.

          • Teresa Pittman February 1, 2022, 10:50 AM

            You mean the one yesterday with a Confederate flag?

            • Casey Klahn February 1, 2022, 5:49 PM

              There is one with a couple fuck Trudeau flags, A Maple Leaf flag, a Gadsen Flag, and a Nazi flag – it’s on Two=itter repeatedly. It is obviously a photoshop.

    • H (science denier) February 1, 2022, 4:05 AM

      The assholes have been clamped shut on the populace for the last two years; actually, a lot longer when you think about it. And much of the populace has enjoyed the stoppage, even fully supported it, or at least tolerated it. Who is John Gault? Better to ask who is Kneel Young.

  • Dan Patterson February 1, 2022, 5:28 AM

    Menken was thoroughly right.
    This run of current events summaries by our friend Gerard is nutritious and satisfying; many thanks for sharpening the short form essay like you have.
    To the point of the soft men making hard times there is that, but one other consideration as well. And I am aware of the rocks to be hurled at me: The rise of the female brain in public life, as that same character vacated the private one, has been the inflection point. American culture has suffered badly and possibly irretrievably from that cancer and there are many metrics that prove the point. Oh, go on with your screeching about choice and the cult of abortion, and how much more satisfying a work life is than motherhood. Go on, get it out, get it all out. Deny biology all you like. Now look at the results.
    Does a female brain bring better reasoning and logic to problem solving in the public square? Doubtful. There are exceptions no doubt but compare the state of discussion during any past chunk of time with the recent and we have a stark difference, and one that does not favor modern methods. Does the female brain create a safe and supportive small environment that nurtures and protects her loved ones? Yes and adamantly so.
    So there you have it. The ruination of a society because of the dismantling of family, and the subsequent wandering as people seek their new roles.

    • julie February 1, 2022, 7:38 AM

      Along those lines, Kim Du Toit today has re-published his excellent essay on the Pussification of the Western Male

      • Dan Patterson February 1, 2022, 7:54 AM

        Thank you. His is a fine site, and like this one a valuable resource.

      • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 8:37 AM

        I read that essay years ago and for several times after. Spot on mostly, but Kim occasionally makes the common cultural error of judging masculinity by outward appearances, by externals. Such as:

        “You know the definition of homosexual men we used in Chicago? “Men with small dogs who own very tidy apartments.”

        Well Kim, I have both “the small dog and tidy apartment”. You’re welcome to see for yourself, but kindly avoid disturbing my Ruger, my SCCY, and Smith & Wesson and my Kalashnikov. And don’t bother my 26 year old model girlfriend. She packs a Springfield Armory .9mm on her belt and would not take kindly to your attention.

        Kim states that “John Belushi…was, incidentally, a real man and not a fucking woman…” Really? The borderline obese Belushi died from a “combined drug intoxication involving cocaine and heroin, a drug combination known as a speedball.” He was 33. That’s a “real man”? Maybe to Kim Belsuhi is a real man because he was a fat slob, and to du Toit “men are, by and large, slobs.” Well, I have not been a slob since around 2 years old or so. And I actually make my bed every day.

        Kim gets all excited when writing about large, fierce dogs, drinking to intoxication, ogling women in public, watching animals fight to the death—all of which he equates with being a “real man”.

        I certainly understand Kim’s frustration about how the culture portrays males. And I agree with it, mostly. But a reminder: The manliest Man who ever walked the earth was Jesus Christ. How would He measure up to Kim’s definition of a “real man”?

        • ghostsniper February 1, 2022, 6:16 PM

          In the same way as Vox Day, but diffrent, it’s hit or miss. I too caught that Belushi thing and thought WTF???

          • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 8:43 PM

            Du Toit does not so much define a “real man” as he does a precocious high school boy.

      • ghostsniper February 1, 2022, 12:15 PM

        Kim’s been my 2nd stop of the day for many years.
        First learned of him from Bill Beck, the dood that was instrumental in my conversion from prisoner to outlaw during the interwars of usenet: https://billybeck.substack.com/ and https://rumble.com/c/c-361435

  • KCK February 1, 2022, 5:38 AM

    I read the MoA article, and the Gray Mirror one by Curtis Yarvin (I think). While the idea of a complete decoupling from Europe is a fine thought, and the outcome of a defeat of the liberal forces therein is to be desired, it isn’t going to happen by turning Ukraine over to Putin. That is a snide thought, and I am the king of snide, but it sticks in my craw. Also, he goes at length on how Ukraine is Russia and yet (I’ll be damned) they have 2 different names! Shazaam. Wiping Ukraine off the map, mentally, is something I am seeing again and again in iso articles and it’s starting to make my butt itch. It’s the equivalent to saying “the Jews deserved it” in the Holocaust. It is almost as rich as the “Whose bitch this is?’ meme, except the guy in that meme has better motives than the writers of these articles.

    So much yes! to an ideal Trump withdrawing from Europe, in theory. The way he slapped the shiT out of NATO when he first got into office was comedy gold. Trump had a way of managing big places like China, Mexico and the EU with actual skill and intention.

    Also, he gets Clausewitz wrong. If this shit doesn’t stop, I’m going to have to woodshed all of these writers and pundits one dumbass at a time. “Morale” is the mood of the troops, and in most cases, the people of the nation. “Moral” is the mental or psychological component of war, as differentiated from the physical component. While Clausewitz, and every military thinker, understands correctly that bad morale will lead to defeat, please understand that Clausewitz did not write that morale was everything. He wrote that the moral is to the physical as 2 is to 1 in war. If this mistake keeps happening, you get an F in my mMilitary Science class, and a one way ticket to the Russian front with Col. Klink and Sgt. Schultz.

    The MoA article got much more of my agreement, because it provides an alternative reading of the situation vis., actual likelihood of an invasion by Putin. It, in substance, agrees with what GEN Jack Keane is saying, which is that Putin won’t invade before Summer. But, Keane’s been wrong before. Also, I have no Earthly idea where Putin’s forces are, but at least the article tries for some photographic support to its assessment. My personal assessment is that Putin is the King of Surprises, and his butt Buddy in Washington just gave him the green light. My assessment is not informed by actual intell, but simply a reading of what filters down to me at my little quarter-sawn oak library desk in the country, with my sparky iMac and some WiFi.

    I know I sound horny for war, but that’s because I once wore a uniform and studied how to make war with the Soves. But, no one wants it less than me; the idea is to be so realistic and pessimistic that you scare the other guy into not going across his Line of Departure. Articles about how fukt Ukraine is and how they “speak Russian” there are not helping.

    I once went to Russia. It was the year after they took Crimea, and I thought that since I was very close (Helsinki), that I’d better get on a cruise ship and go see their epic Matisse holdings before relationships with Russia went fully to hell. When I boarded the ship, it was a weird moment; I knew that that gangplank was a walk into the devil’s bowels. I had a short wait in the terminal, but on the Russian side, and all of a sudden I needed to rush to the bathroom and I just barely got to the toilet and released everything in my bowels like an explosion! I must have been scared, inwardly, but outwardly I looked cool as a cucumber.

    Shitting my bowels completely: morale. Boarding the ship anyway: moral. Yes, the art I saw changed my life. Matisse came to me in visions and we had conversations.

    Canada: keep it up, brothers. I’m looking for news on the drive to DC but can’t find any.

    • James ONeil February 1, 2022, 12:10 PM

      I differ concerning Russia Casey.

      Ukraine? Seldom an independent nation, one side of the river, basically Russian since mid 1600s. Spent a wee bit of time there & other parts of the USSR in ’89, Citizens Ambassador program.

      Later I’ve probably spent at least half a year in the Russian Wild Wild East, two weeks to a month at a time.

      Yep Putin’s a right b___ (I do wonder who has the longer removed with extreme prejudice list, Putin or Clintons, Obamas, Bidens…) but it would take a lot to convince me that he doesn’t have Russia’s interests at heart, hence the closest thing to a statesman on today’s political scene. Yes he’s Czar, little father, remember Russians are fewer generations away from a feudal state than any other ‘civilized’ nation except Japan. My impression is Russians want and need the little father at this stage in their history. Do any of our ̶d̶e̶m̶o̶c̶r̶a̶t̶i̶c̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶e̶l̶e̶c̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶ duly appointed leaders care at all about America?

      Would I want to live in Russia? No, but if I had to chose twix Russia (Far East) and today’s Canada…

      All in all I suspect we’d do well to have Russia as an ally rather than the broke in China the woke in the EU.

      Matisse. It was Ruben’s Bacchus that grabbed me at the Hermitage; from across the room a jolly, party hardy, young god, closer, the eye bags & flabbiness from an eternal drunk start catching ones attention. Six feet away taking it all in, standing there five, ten, minutes before noticing the cherub on the right pissing toward Bacchus’ foot. Haven’t had any conversations with him but Peter Paul and I have shared many a laugh across the centuries.

      • ghostsniper February 1, 2022, 12:18 PM

        “All in all I suspect we’d do well to have Russia as an ally rather than the broke in China the woke in the EU.”
        I see no point in creating enemies.

      • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 1:31 PM

        Rubens? At the Hermitage? Give me a Russian painter anytime. Here is Ilya Repin’s painting of Ivan the Terrible after killing his son.


        It’s the eyes, yes?

        • James ONeil February 1, 2022, 5:13 PM

          Yep. I spent 15-20 minutes laughing at/with Ilya Repin’s Cossacks writing the letter to Turkish sultan.

          Here’s a link to a supposed copy of the letter; https://www.labrujulaverde.com/en/2019/05/the-irreverent-letter-the-cossacks-wrote-to-the-ottoman-sultan-in-1676/

          Having spent some time drinking with Cossacks, I suspect the original was quite a bit more graphic, that the copiers cleaned it up leaving out the juicier parts. -grin-

          • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 7:21 PM

            Ever since watching Taras Bulba as a mere lad, I have dreamed of drinking with the Cossacks. Civilization, no matter how advanced, always needs some Cossacks around to clear things up as required.

      • Casey Klahn February 1, 2022, 5:58 PM

        You have good experience with Russia, but one problem with giving Ukraine “back” is that the whole of the former Warsaw Europe will line up to be in Russia’s orbit. I find it incredible that we could go from frenemies to enemies and then to friends. I like Russians, as far as that goes. But they certainly haven’t done Ukraine any favors, historically.

        If I had to choose a non-Modernist painter at the hermitage, it’d be Rembrandt, in particular the (poorly restored) Prodigal Son. I’m not much for looking backwards, although I am a historologue.

        Saying Ukraine is essentially Russian has no merit on its face. Two names. They are Western-looking and this is pertinent to the argument. If we excuse ourselves out of wars from fear, we’ll get it good and hard in due course of time.

  • jd February 1, 2022, 6:39 AM

    Love the poem, Gerard. Thank you.

  • Mike Seyle February 1, 2022, 7:48 AM

    That first item … new batteries in the hearing aids this morning, but volume still up all the way. I’m a little more deaf now than I was before clicking the “play” button.

  • Hyland February 1, 2022, 8:07 AM

    I remember March 2003 very well. President W proclaimed, “Saddam Hussein tried to kill my daddy.” Lots of people thought Iraq was responsible for the plot of 9/11 and America’s blatant preemptive war was full speed ahead. Protests were conducted in cities world wide. The participants counted way up into the millions. W said, “I’m not impressed.” I was in the Philippines hanging out scuba diving and drinking San Miguel with a lot of foreigners. Fortunately, I could and still can do an excellent W impersonation. That cooled off the heat. If I didn’t hate that asshole along with the rest it would have been a very unpleasant visit. I remember it all and here’s the moral of the story… protesting does absolutely nothing except empower the government. These psychopaths laugh at the bleating sheep. The more sheep only emboldens their resolve to say “NO”… at their convenience, of course. The finest protest is to have never obeyed in the first place. People should never have participated in the 14 day “flatten the curve.” To drive all the way to Ottawa and then ask, “May we have our freedom back?” is a spineless clueless exercise of human ignorance. End all the madness in your vicinity effectively, right now, and stop complying, stop asking and waiting for permission to live.

    • Gordon Scott February 1, 2022, 8:30 AM

      Funny, I don’t remember GWB saying “Saddam Hussein tried to kill my daddy.” He certainly didn’t proclaim it.

      I never met anyone who thought Iraq was responsible for 9/11, either, other than providing some shelter to terrorists on the run. And I don’t give a flying foch about protests in other countries. Their media is just as wrong, just as mendacious, as ours has become.

      People can disagree on whether the Iraq invasion was a good idea. But most Americans thought it was, at the time. Perhaps had we executed the after war portion better, most Americans still might.

      • Mike Austin February 1, 2022, 11:07 AM

        I had no problem at all with kicking the shit out of Hussein and ending his regime. I did have a problem with the bizarre “rules of engagement” instituted by Bush and his Pentagon. I expected that we would get out of Iraq after smashing her army and killing Saddam and his sons—but nope. We hung around to do “nation building”. That worked out well.

        • ghostsniper February 1, 2022, 12:21 PM

          One thing always leads to another where the criminal US gov’t is concerned.
          As long as the criminals are in charge there will be mayhem everywhere.
          I am not supportive of anything it does.

      • Fletcher Christian February 2, 2022, 1:26 AM

        I agree with you about this:

        Whether Saddam Hussein had WMDs or not, he most certainly had nothing to do with 9/11. That “honour” falls firmly on the rulers of Mordor, a.k.a. Saudi Arabia. And the response should have been one of, in descending order of desirability:

        1. Two extremely bright flashes in very specific places in that kingdom.

        2. Arc Light (or similar) strike on the palace of the King of Mordor.

        3. Full-scale invasion of same, with occupation of both the above cities and the rulers of that bandit kingdom given the same treatment as Mr. Hussein got in the real timeline.

        • Mike Austin February 3, 2022, 12:16 AM

          Evidence for the role of the Saudis in 9/11 is almost overwhelming. Yet we blamed Afghan goatherders and a few homicidal maniacs in Iraq. Getting the truth about 9/11 is like getting the truth about JFK or the truth about the Oklahoma City bombing or the truth about Seth Rich or the truth about Waco or the truth about Ruby Ridge or the truth about Michael Hastings or the truth about Vince Foster or the truth about…well, you get the idea.

          To use “US government” and “truth” in the same sentence is like using “whore” and honor” in the same sentence.

  • Hyland February 1, 2022, 9:48 AM

    Well Gordon, you don’t remember much. W said it… and when a President says something it’s a proclamation. You could do some research because I don’t feel like finding it for you. Lots of people thought Iraq was partially responsible for 9.11 and you can find that too if you want to look. You and W are on the same page regarding not giving a fuck about protests… in this country and every other one. Protests don’t accomplish anything. Though someone here at AD reminded us of the “yellow revolution” that drove Marcos out of the Philippines. That was an extremely rare peaceful protest, though plenty of people were harmed, and it actually worked. Most Americans did NOT think invading Iraq was a good idea. Try to find that factoid… but you can’t… because you’re wrong.

  • gwbnyc February 1, 2022, 10:01 AM

    Approach your opponent from the rear at a greater height with the sun behind you. Make one pass.
    Boelcke, I believe.

    Yeager said as much about the bird hunting mentioned, except his boys were off the farm. Training with shotgun from a moving trolley arrangement at claybirds was used, too.

    • Richard G. February 2, 2022, 12:36 PM

      As a friend coached wing shooting: swing through the bird and recite “Butt, Beak, BOOM.” It works.

  • Bear Claw Chris Lapp February 1, 2022, 12:39 PM

    Charles McKay is a good author. I have to laugh sort of. What did turdeau accomplish by running and hiding. A day at the beach, a meal with family being a good neighbor. They can all run and hide as far as I am concerned but really they can’t go far enough. The blue hive’s are the only places they have influence and they will be dispatched by their own doing.

  • Mike Austin February 3, 2022, 1:03 AM

    The two Bukowski poems are the best advice outside of the Bible on how to live your life.

  • Mike-SMO February 9, 2022, 8:01 PM

    Please try and keep up with the Saudis. President Trump sent a daughter (traditionally the messenger had to be a blood relative) and a “list” to the new King and Crown Prince. Note that almost all of the “old faces” from the Obama and Neocon years have been replaced. Plus a lot of the hard corps had unfortunate “accidents” in the Syrian desert. There has been no “official” announcement but “retirement” in the Saudi Kingdom has always been a tricky business. The Kashoggi (Sp?) incident was just the tiny tip of that iceberg. The sword on the Saudi flag is a reminder. .