Again, I lost everything I wrote to post just before I posted. So, in summary form as best I can remember.
Belarus has changed its mind and wil not join the Russians in fighting Ukraine. The is good news.
The bad news is that Mexico will not agree to impose economic sanctions on Russia. Their President wants to be friends with everyone. That is faulty reasoning. Sometimes one has to choose sides. Do you think that maybe Trump’s calling The people of Mexico whores, druggies, murderers etc and building a wall had anything to do with this decision? Asking for a friend
Is there any doubt in your mind that the Nobel Peace Price, Maan of the Year and most other awards will go to the President of the Ukraine? He is the new darling of the world.
Yesterday, I tried like hell to reach the Biden people with my idea to pipe in a message from the Ukraine President at the State of the Union. He could have thanked the United States and praised Biden. Both Presidents need each other. Ukraine does not want to deal with a Republican administration. It would have been a win/win.
I sent a message to my Congressswoman whom I know reads my posts and tried to reach her, Schumer, and Biden’s Chief of Staff through a friend who knows each of them very well.
I thought Biden might even present the Ukraine President with the Medal of Freedom. Then, he could say he looked forward to the customary ceremony as soon as circumstances allowed the two of them to meet in person.
At least, Biden has Ukraine’s Ambassador sitting with Jill Biden. That was a nice touch.
I give Biden A— for his speech. I give the Republican so-called rebuttal a C. It really was not a rebuttal but rather just an attack of Biden and the Democrats.
Yogi Berra once said “when you come to a fork in the road, take it”. I think Biden faced many such forks in crafting what he would say and always took the right one.
Happily, everyone on both sides of the aisle conducted themselves well enough not to embarrass our country on the world’s stages. Both parties stood many times and Biden received a very warm welcome.
Marco, the schmuck Rubio boycotted in protest of having to be tested for Covid. His lame brained excuse was that he was too busy to be tested.
I am not a military strategist, but it seems to me that those Russian troops slowing marching toward’s Ukraine’s Capitol are sitting ducks. Why are they not being attacked?
Enough politics. I am really made at the avaricious baseball owners. The first two series of the season are now cancelled. The games will not be made up, and the players not paid.
The ripple effect on the vendors and others who depend on baseball for some or all of their livelihood is devastating. No one or few think of the damage done to others. The owners are all multimillionaires and the lowest paid player make at least 20 times more than the highest paid school teacher.
I will spare everyone a lecture on income distribution in our country. Suffice it to say that there is something wrong with the picture.
I have vowed to tell no more Polish jokes. The people of Poland have stepped up big time to assist the people of Ukraine From now on it is “what do 1492 and 1776 have in common? They are adjoining rooms at the Moscow Hilton”. Or “why don’t they have ice cubes in Russia? The lady with the recipe died”.
The Russians thought this war would be over. Now they have food and gasoline shortages. Many Russian soldiers are very unhappy. Russia is taking several big time hits. The ruble is now worth less than a penny. The stock market is closed. People are being hit in their pocketbooks. The havoc being caused to the Russian economy is Ukraine’s best chance of prevailing.
I, for one, do not see how Ukraine can prevail militarily notwithstanding that, so far, the Russian troops remind me of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. Russia is loaded with nuclear weapons and has a madman at the helm. Ukraine needs, not necessarily in this order the following.
1. Troops from other countries actually in the Ukraine fighting side by side with the Ukrainians.
2. Air support from other countries to bomb those sitting ducks.
3. Putin’s being deposed or assassinated.
4. Maybe a major snowstorm.
5. A lot of luck because Russia is still way stronger than Ukraine. This really is David. Goliath.
6. Every possible economic sanction must be imposed asap.
I fully understand Biden’s now firm position not to send our troops into the Ukraine. My crystal ball is broken, but, frankly, I cannot see how there can be a happy ending unless our military might comes to bear. The threat of a nuclear war only is effective if the principals are rational. I do not know how to handle a maniac.
Enough for now about this tragic situation which I think is the most serious threat to our country since Hitler. ———————
Yesterday I went to lunch with friend Mark Goldberg at Del Frisco’s Grill on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. We each ordered a hamburger. I asked for mine to be cooked without salt but requested grilled onions and some mustard and hot sauce. It took three or four requests to get the hot sauce, another three or four requests to get the mustard. I never did get the onions despite asking each time I asked for the other condiments.
I was Mark’s guest so I said I think they should not charge for my hamburger which I finally ate cold. He agreed, and the waiter agreed. When the waiter brought the revised check with $17.50 removed for my hamburger, guess what,? There was a charge on the check for $3.00 for grilled onions I never did get. It took about 45 minutes to work all of this out.
I parked at a garage. My parking fee was $10.00. I put $20.00 in the machine and waited for my receipt and $10 change. The receipt came totally blank. My change never came. I called the hotline and man who answered said someone would bring me the $10 change. I waited and waited but now cars were lining up behind me and my car was blocking their exit. I called back and was told no one was on the premises to pay me. I had no choice but to drive away having paid $20 to park and with no receipt to prove what happened. I figured out that my grilled onions and $10 are off together having a good time without me.
“See you tomorrow”. That is a phrase that the Ukrainians wish they could utter.