Saturday, May 21, 2022


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The hyper-sexualized American military man behaving badly. Punished harshly as a consequence of his actions..

Courtesy the tip from Kenny the story by the New York Post.

"National Guard Officer Retires After 'Motoroboating' (Don’t Look This Up) Subordinant…"

"A Louisiana Army National Guard officer was allowed to retire with full benefits after he was convicted of assault for 'motorboating' a subordinate soldier during an informal promotion ceremony last year, a report said."

"Capt. Billy Crosby, a logistics officer with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployed in Jordan, spent 30 days in the brig for 'placing his face between [the junior soldier’s] breasts and moving his face from side to side,' in May 2021, according to court documents."

"According to the docs, he told the soldier twice in January that he would 'motorboat' her at her upcoming promotion ceremony."

End of career and everlasting shame and humiliation. Not good.


Friday, May 20, 2022


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"War is politics by other means." War is too important to be left to the generals." Etc.

From U.S. News & World Report by Paul D. Shinkman May 19, 2022.

Micro-management the Ukraine Conflict. Vlad takes charge?

"Putin Loses Faith in Top Generals"

"The battlefield commanders who have survived the fighting in Ukraine so far now face suspensions and firing as Putin takes greater control of decision-making in the flagging war."

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has lost faith in his top general and has fired other senior commanders for their high-profile and embarrassing failures on the battlefield in Ukraine, British intelligence believes."

"U.K. military intelligence reports Tuesday morning that the Kremlin has fired Lt. Gen. Serhiy Kisel, commander of the elite 1st Guards Tank Army, for failing to capture Kharkiv. International attention has focused on the strategically critical northeastern Ukrainian city in recent days following news Ukrainian forces capitalized on Russia’s retreat and had pushed the invading troops back to their border."


And it comes amid growing belief that Putin himself is now directing the tactical decisions of his military as Russian forces continue to fail to meet their objectives, chiefly seizing control of the Ukrainian government, while facing growing pressure at home.

See from the Internet web site "Strategy Page" an interesting article micro-management of the Vietnam War by the most senior civilian governmental apparatus to include personally the President USA. The bane of the military commander widely disliked and thought often by some to be a reason [among many] for American defeat during the Second Indo-China War.

As with President Johnson in Vietnam so too now with Vlad in Ukraine?



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"For the use of high-precision weapons, the operation of weapons and military equipment, highly professional specialists are needed. Experience shows that they become such by the age of 40–45,"

WANTED! Professionals Russia for military style duty. Age be no barrier.

"Struggling Russia Paves Way to Sign Up Over-40s for Army"

From Newsmax and thanks to same. 20 May 2022.

"In a sign of Russia's urgent need to bolster its war effort in Ukraine, parliament [Russian Duma] said on Friday it would consider a bill to allow Russians over 40 and foreigners over 30 to sign up for the military."

"The website of the State Duma, parliament's lower house, said the move would enable the military to utilize the skills of older professionals."


"The Duma said the proposed legislation would also make it easier to recruit civilian medics, engineers and operations and communications specialists."

Persons normally beyond military age now can volunteer for duty if you possess certain skills and have a background which seems to be of the Information Age technology nature.

NOT older individuals being assigned to combat duty on the front line! Let us be clear about that.

It does sound reasonable.



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Shortages USA. Baby formula. The military connection.

"Infant formula, baby formula or just formula (American English) or baby milk, infant milk, false milk, or first milk (British English), is a manufactured food designed and marketed for feeding to babies and infants under 12 months of age, usually prepared for bottle-feeding or cup-feeding from powder (mixed with water) or liquid (with or without additional water)." [a substitute for mother's milk]

BABY formula now USA a priority national defense item?? What can go wrong?

1. "Biden invokes Defense Production Act to bring in the baby formula. What could go wrong?"

First from American ^ | May 19, 2022 | Monica Showalter.

"Joe Biden is suddenly serious. He's taken control. Instead of sending a spokeswoman to laugh off a question about who was 'running point' on the baby formula crisis, or telling moms with hungry infants to ask their doctors for free samples, if not call their local community organizer, he's invoked the Defense Production Act to empower the federal government to take control of the baby formula shortages that have come as 50% of baby formula has disappeared from store shelves."

Also see:

2. "Biden invokes Defense Production Act to address national shortage of baby formula"

From NBC News ^ | May 19th. 2022 | By Kristen Welker and Zoë Richards.

"WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday invoked the Defense Production Act in a major step to boost the supply of baby formula. The announcement means the federal government will prioritize key ingredients for formula production and compel suppliers to provide the needed resources to formula manufacturers ahead of other customers ordering those goods. In addition to invoking the 1950 law, which allows the government to direct manufacturing production for national defense"

Devoted readers to the blog and those merely perusing much more casually please be fully aware of the RIDICULOUS and OUTRAGEOUS nature of this "baby formula" shortage. The USA is as a nation a population that suffers from overweight [obesity] and even morbid obesity and has done so for many decades. Too MUCH food such an abundance has been the case ever since the end of the Second World War.

And now out of nowhere this shortage UNPRECENDENTED the solution to be implemented by invoking the Defense Production Act?

OH MY! Something very wrong here!



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Twenty years in reconstruction? Twenty years? And still not done?

1. "Most powerful Navy vessel [Russian] now almost 20 years under reconstruction"

"And there will be more. Representatives of the shipyard hint that there is still a long way to go with Russia’s nuclear missile cruiser «Admiral Nakhimov»."

Story By Atle Staalesen the "Barents Observer" July 2018.

"The 251 meter long vessel in July 1997 sailed through the Barents Sea and into the Northern Dvina river to Navy city Severodvinsk. Since then, the nuclear-powered ship has laid docked at shipyard Sevmash."

"Officially, reconstruction started in 1999 and the ship of the Kirov-class was to return to active duty few years later. Then the plan was revised, not once and twice, but numerously."

"In 2015, shipyard Sevmash said that 1,000 workers were involved in the reconstruction and that the work staff would soon be increased to 3,000. The ship was to be completed in 2018."

"Then, in 2017, it became clear that the vessel would be completed only in year 2021. But also that might be too optimistic."

Additionally and updated by Atle Staalesen.

2. "The "Moscow" [Moskva] is on the bottom of the Black Sea, but on the shores of the White Sea awaits a new cruiser"

"The 'Admiral Nakhimov' will be the most powerful surface vessel in the Russian Navy when reconstruction is completed presumably in 2023."


"According to the Navy, the ship will be ready for sailing in 2023. However, time schedules have been repeatedly extended and additional delays are likely."

"Judging from a recent video of the reconstruction process, there is still a long way to go before the ship is ready."


Presumably the vessel will be ready to go in 2023 but perhaps not so. Vlad cannot be pleased. I know I  would not be.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Letts II.

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Letts = Latvians.

Conclusion. The Latvian connection the Ukraine Conflict.

Item # 1 source Russia Times. Item # 2 source TASS. Item # 3 source Sputnik. Thanks to one and all.

1. "Mother condemns son’s arrest over Russian flag"



"The mother of a young Latvian man, who is facing charges for brandishing a Russian flag during World War Two Victory Day celebrations in the EU country’s capital, has insisted that his arrest was groundless".

"Alexander Stefanov was detained by police on May 10 near a monument commemorating Soviet soldiers in Riga. He had a Russian national flag with him, and was charged with justifying genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes against peace and war crimes."

2. "Latvia suspends railway transit of military cargo of Belarus"

"VILNIUS, May 15. /TASS/. Latvia has decided to suspend rail transit of Belarusian military cargo through the country's territory to its Baltic seaports, Latvian Ministry of Transport said on Sunday."

"According to Delfi news website, starting from May 10, Latvia suspended the agreement that allowed direct rail transportation of military cargo from Belarus to third countries through Latvian ports."

Violation of an agreement between the two nations that was signed in 1994. Old news now!

3. "Latvian Mercenaries 'En Route to Ukraine' Sport Nazi Insignias– Photos"

Sputnik International, 15.05.2022.


"Scores of foreign mercenaries flocked to Kiev in the month following the start of the Russian special military operation. Moscow warned that they will become legit targets for its armed forces, and advised foreign governments to dissuade citizens from travelling."

"A Latvian activist has published a photo of a group of seven of his countrymen who he claims decided to travel to Ukraine and fight alongside Kiev's forces. In the photo, two of the military-clad men can be spotted bearing Nazi Totenkopf insignia on their caps."

A grand total of seven young Latvian men is an extreme danger to Vlad and his Ukraine machinations? I think not. That Nazi symbology however often cited as a reason for Russian military action Ukraine.


Letts I.

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Letts = Latvians.

Latvia, the Ukraine Conflict connection.

All items courtesy the controlled [?] Russian Internet media outlet "Russia Times".

1. "MP suggests turning Soviet war memorial into prison"

From RT [Russian Times] 13 May, 2022.

"Latvian lawmaker says that people laying flowers at a World War II memorial in Riga should be deported to Russia"

This is part and parcel of the controversial 9 May Victory Day celebration.

"Veteran Latvian lawmaker and nationalist politician Alexander Kirstein has said that people laying flowers at a World War II memorial in Riga, in defiance of city authorities, should be incarcerated at the site and then expelled to Russia. His proposal, made on Twitter on Wednesday, targets locals who oppose their government’s stance on Russia."

Soviet war memorials the various Eastern European countries often viewed as an affront. Occupation by Soviet military forces WW2 not always viewed favorably.

2. "Protests kick off over plans to demolish WW2 memorial"

"Multiple protesters and opposition politicians were detained in Latvia"

Again, the controversial 9 May Victory Day memorial celebration now celebrated with enthusiasm in  some Eastern European nations.

"Protests kick off over plans to demolish WW2 memorial"

"Several hundred people attempted to gather outside Riga’s town hall on Friday as the legislature in the Latvian capital convened for an extraordinary meeting to consider demolishing a monument to Soviet soldiers who liberated the city from Nazi occupation. The move was ultimately supported by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers."

3. "Baltic will be ‘NATO sea’ – EU member"

13 May, 2022.

"Latvia’s foreign minister has embraced Finland and Sweden’s plans to join the alliance"

"Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has said his country approves of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, noting that their addition to the US-led military bloc will turn the Baltic Sea into 'a NATO sea' in a Friday interview with the Financial Times." 

Recall that during the Russian Revolution there existed two groups of Latvian riflemen. Reds and Whites. The former the most trusted of all Red Army contingents. The latter those Latvians opposed to the Reds fighting for an independent homeland.