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April 16, 2022



Look up Congressional Resolution for Rev Billy Graham.


Why wouldn't you be covered by the Geneva Conventions if you are a mercenary. Providing he is in a Ukrainian uniform he should be covered.


Davod, The British journalist interviewing Aslin stated mercenaries weren't covered by Geneva. Perhaps he's wrong?

Last one for today.

Donbas: A Documentary By Anne Laure-Bonnel (English Subtitles) The Truth About The War In Ukraine

Apr 17, 2022


nite all, babysat today, I'm beat


Anti-Gunners Hopping Mad After Donald Trump, Jr Ruins Easter With a Pic of Armed Easter Bunnies
By Grace Stevens - April 18, 2022



From JOM2

anonamom wrote: ↑Mon Apr 18, 2022 7:21 pm
pilot announcing mask mandate rescinded. Video from cell phone

https://twitter.com/RubinReport/status/ ... 1417696264

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

More info than I care to read on mercenaries and the Geneva Conventions.


did not take long for that video to disappear on twitter


It's Easter



Probably Surber's very best:https://donsurber.blogspot.com/2022/04/musk-threatens-to-bring-freedom.html#more

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Concur, clarice.
"Democracy" as the hideous Pelosis of the world use it is an authoritarian cudgel in search of Saddam-like election returns.


Tonight's ONT (Ace's) has been brought to you by Creative Protesting.



Ignatz. Thanks for the Geneva Conventions info.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki



Ace landscape





Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

And thank you, Davod, for all the beautiful and entertaining links.
I don't click on them all or even most, but I never regret the ones I do click on.

jim nj

Two assessments of the Ukraine war:



jim nj


N.J. Herald ends Monday print newspapers

Latest victim of Gannett cutbacks is Sussex County’s daily newspaper

jim nj

I'm not buying China's published 1st quarter GDP numbers.


China’s rising household debt is shattering dreams of financial freedom, and ‘fears are spreading’

Salary reductions, lay-offs, lockdowns and regulatory crackdowns are upending the lives of those who were once the envy of China’s middle class
If coronavirus-induced lockdowns and restrictions drag out for more than two months, some warn that the impact could be ‘unimaginable’

jim nj

With all eyes on Ukraine there's other stuff happening.


IDF says it struck Hamas weapons depot in Gaza in response to 1st rocket in 4 months
Military reportedly doesn’t believe terror group launched rocket but says it holds enclave’s rulers responsible; no immediate reports of injuries or damages


Deadly Pakistan strikes in Afghanistan reflect growing cross-border tensions

The attacks, which killed more than 45 people this weekend, were in retaliation for a spring offensive by the TPP, a Taliban ally.

jim nj


Wearing a mask may still give some people a sense of security, but they could breathe more easily if they’d face the facts.

jim nj


No, tanks will not be obsolete in the wars of the future
"I don’t think the time of the tank has passed.”

"But U.S. armor experts don’t buy it. Instead, they argue that it isn’t a question of whether tanks should be used, but how they’re used in coordination with other elements of the military. This concept is known as combined arms and it’s one that Russia hasn’t seemed to grasp.

“A tank, in general, is — for ground stuff — the most lethal thing you can put on the battlefield,” Lt. Col. John Dolan, the chief of tactics at the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, told Task & Purpose last week. “It’s got a ton of armor, it can go really fast, it can see everything … I don’t think the time of the tank has passed.”

But Doland also said that using “any one thing by itself” isn’t enough. The combined arms aspect of military strategy — using an infantry force alongside a military’s tanks, for example — is critical."

jim nj


Confessions of a Disney writer

"Every kids' TV writer knows that, when crafting a story, you have to be careful about "modeling behavior." Whatever kids see, they imitate, so you should "model" positive traits in your scripts, particularly when writing for preschoolers. Imagine inserting a pint-size Larry David character in your story who is obnoxious, argumentative, and sneaky. Inevitably, you'd get back notes from the story editor telling you to revamp the script to avoid modeling negative behavior.

So Disney's recent commitment to "add queerness" wherever possible can't be explained as just trying to teach tolerance and inclusivity. The executives know that by showing "queerness," they are modeling queerness and encouraging kids to imitate that behavior."


I can’t believe the president of Ukraine is only three inches taller than Davy Jones.


Ukraine Claims Russian Phase 2 Has Begun



Rocco. He writes as if this is a good thing.


DO NOT MISS TODAY'S REAL LOL-ITEM 3:https://donsurber.blogspot.com


Davod, Yes I agree. There are a few websites that are pro Russia and Hoft is among them, CTH is also. A week ago I saw a poll on CTH with 70% in favor of Russia so there's quite a few conservatives siding with Putin, IMO. But it coincides with the 3 phases I posted about earlier.

Here's today's Patrick Lancaster's latest from the front line in Mariupol. Graphic warning.

Chechens & Russian Army Battle Azov & Ukraine on Mariupol frontline
Apr 19, 2022



Good morning!

From Twitter, we see DeSantis continues to act:

BREAKING: Governor DeSantis announces Florida’s special session will include ENDING Disney’s tax privilege & special exemption


Good morning MissM, I hope you're feeling better.

Davod, here's the poll from CTH I referenced. I guess it was a month ago or so.

Majority of Americans Sense Something Doesn’t Add Up in the Media Ukraine Narrative
March 12, 2022



Evidently the Daily Beast doxxed Gonzalo Lira.



Hans Mahncke
Joffe has a filed a motion to stop Durham from obtaining four crucial Fusion emails. Here's Joffe's argument why those emails are privileged. Basically Joffe hired Sussmann to give legal advice but since Sussmann couldn't do it, Fusion did. Total hogwash.


Rick Ballard

Massive increase in Black Americans murdered was result of defund police movement: experts

The Bloods vs Crips drama in the Ukraine has an interesting counterpart in every Blue Hell here in the States. Turf wars between gangs of thugs date back to before the end of the Roman Republic (probably before the end of Sumeria as well but written history is rather scant for that era).

The propaganda machine that elevated a cheap black thug to St. Floyd status as well as successfully de-funding community policing to the point where black on black homicide is becoming as common as drug dealing in the same communities is the same machine trying to enlist support for one side or another in Ukraine (albeit, with higher civilian casualties).

Trying to determine whether Putin stinks worse than Zelensky has become too tiring. It's like trying to determine whether Harris or Biden has higher cognitive function in comparison to the average turnip.


I THINK SO, Rick. Must we view this awful war like a video game where we pick which side we want to win.


Oilfield Rando
They wanted the bureaucracies to get the money. They never cared about results. Just like the American Recovery Act.

Alec Stapp @AlecStapp
Huge own goal here by the Biden admin.

This will increase costs & slow down delivery times for projects funded by the infrastructure bill.

Baffling that they would sabotage their own signature legislation over an environmental process law that’s been exploited by NIMBYs.



John Hayward
Aha, here's that Michael Anton piece. He called it the Celebration Parallax: "The same fact pattern is either true and glorious or false and scurrilous depending on who states it."

That's the Lefty Law @libsoftiktok is being punished for violating.




and the irony is this is coming largely from the folks who thought a mere statement of support for the captive nations was too provocative,

reference the trek episode with the 500 year simulated war,

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

The universal need to find a good guy and bad guy in every conflict not only leads to more conflicts, it is absolute catnip to the cynical manipulators who wage these conflicts for their own background reasons and use that stupidly idealistic and sentimental need to find a pristine white hat [preferably an underdog] to wave the pom-poms for to nudge the dopey masses whichever way they need them nudged to keep the bodies piling up.


so the moskva was targeted because of the strike on snake island, which didn't really happen, I'm confused,


has to do everything themselves,



Top Democrat Funneled More Than $200,000 In Campaign Cash To Family Members

Democratic South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn has distributed more than $200,000 in campaign funds to entities controlled by his relatives, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show.

Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, has made 15 rental payments to a company controlled by a daughter and son-in-law, and 39 direct payments to another daughter and son-in-law. Clyburn’s grandson also appears to be a salaried employee, and has received twice-monthly payments from the Clyburn campaign since October 2021.

The disbursements were first reported by Fox News.

The Clyburn campaign paid 49 Magnolia Blossom LLC $62,500 in 15 installments from March 2020 to January 2022 for “office rent,” according to FEC filings. 49 Magnolia Blossom LLC was incorporated in 2018, with Clyburn’s son-in-law Walter A. Reed listed as the company’s agent. Walter Reed is married to Clyburn’s daughter Jennifer Clyburn Reed, whom President Joe Biden appointed federal co-chair of the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission. In addition to the funds paid to his LLC, the Clyburn campaign paid $650 to Walter Reed personally for “office maintenance lighting” in May 2021, Fox News noted.

Clyburn Reed also received significant payments from the Clyburn campaign. During her father’s successful 2020 re-election campaign, Clyburn Reed was paid $45,000, which the Clyburn campaign described in filings as a “campaign management fee.”

Walter and Jennifer’s son, Walter A.C. Reed, was employed by the Clyburn campaign as well. Walter A.C. Reed, Rep. Clyburn’s grandson, received $37,500 across eleven payments from the campaign since October 2021.

The Clyburn campaign also paid the congressman’s other daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Cecil Hannibal, a combined $90,762 for various activities dating back to 2010.

Overall, Friends of Jim Clyburn has paid Clyburn’s family members and entities they control $236,412 since 2010.



Hi, Rick ... Good to hear from you, even if the news is depressing.





how are you doing sbw


Visiting nurses came.checked all my vitals, which were ok. Now I am going to nap for a bit.


Hi Narciso ... Plugging along. Temp down to 100, mild sore throat, aches, and started monoclonal antibodies because I’m old and -- they say -- fat. BMI >26. Harrumpf!

I’ll be fine and glad to be able to claim natural antibodies from now on. :-)


good to know,


marko must be embarassed

matt - deplore me if you must

Democrat corruption??? Color me shocked!

Apparently Pissaki wept when calling Republicans homophobes at a recent press conference while Joe was wandering aimlessly around the White House lawn.

Now they can't help but screw up even their own initiatives. Funny how Abbots illegal immigrant dispersion program isn't getting any mainstream press. When asked to comment by Peter Doocey Pissaki said "Yo quiero illegales!"

This descent into madness has to be stopped. We need an intervention. The president is a imminent danger to himself and others as the involuntary commitment laws say.

matt - deplore me if you must

Re: armed Easter bunnies

I saw several variations on wholesome holiday hares and other icons dressed in military gear during the Iraq and Afghan wars. All in good fun, of course.

We won't tell the snowflakes about fishing with explosives.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--because I’m old and -- they say -- fat. BMI >26--

Join the club, SB. I'm 6'4", weigh 210, wear a 33" waist on my jeans and my BMI is 25.6 which is "overweight".

mike in houston

I found a picture of a Young Taylor Lorenz





what is gross negligence for 1,000



Elias testimony has dropped. 104 pages.

https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap ... 8.79.1.pdf


is there a better link


Glenn Simpson Testimony has dropped:



well his lips were moving, more conjecture based on supposition,


From JOM2.

"henry wrote: ↑Tue Apr 19, 2022 10:11 am
Explanation of why diplomacy wont end Ukraine war.

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1516 ... 88288.html "

Very long. But very interesting. It's all about languages. Doesn't relate to just Russia and Ukraine.

"...The motivation behind Z-war is not "security", "alliances" or even political affiliation. It's the need to extinguish wrong cultural memes and impose correct ones. That's why Z-war has such a wide popular support and why Russians so easily agreed for a total war against Ukraine ...

...Arrogant it may sound, I think that in order to understand cultural context, you need to consume content in a language of the country. Those analysts who consume content in Russian typically view Z-war as inevitable. They saw it coming. But those who don't, are usually surprised...

Z-war happened because Russia never accepted existence of Ukraine in the first place. And by "Russia" I mean not only the state, but also the people, especially the cultural elites. It was the so much glorified cultural elite that prepared this war rather than ignorant masses ...

Russian invasion of Ukraine can be understood only in cultural context. Kremlin didn't plan for a war, it planned to "liberate" Ukraine, save it by imposing the correct memes. But it turned out that Ukrainians didn't want to be saved. That's how Special Operation turned into war ...

Initial Kremlin's assumption was that Ukraine isn't irredeemable. It's a country of somewhat inferior Russians controlled by the "Nazis" who brainwashed the rest into submission. But what Ukrainians secretly want is to drop the farce of "Ukraine" and become normal (=Russian) ..."


FoiaFan @15poundstogo


In these paragraphs, Elias possibly admits to possible collusion with possible foreign powers and possible efforts to possibly corrupt the US Intelligence Community, though possibly corrupt means, possibly with the knowledge of someone who possibly rhymes with Cillary Hinton.



Replying to @15poundstogo

someome dug this up….

Elias has a problem….



Ignatz. In the 70s, in Australia, the RAAF moved to the BMI standards. My boss went for his check-up and came back really pissed. He was too fat.

This was a guy who was fit and wiry. Didn't look to be carry any fat at all.


of course there is a problem with this cronology, putin was fine until at least 2004, with ukraine, he didn't actively invade until 2014, the lack of plausible resistance re Georgia, might have been a clue,

Ukraine was subject to similar witch doctors, as with Russia, Sachs and Summers, who brought the inflation rate to something like 10,000 percent, in the immediate post soviet interregnum, this also was the era of the oligarchs founding,


is boies the counsel of record, it is rather an improvised argument, any false statement would fall under wire fraud or mail fraud, I do remember that part from the Firm,



Does the Hillary campaign really think they can pay the fine to the FEC for improperly claiming it as "legal work", then turn around and claim it was still is "legal work" ?


The world didn't know the horrors of the concentration camps until the allies entered them at the end of the war. And even then they were hesitant to publish them until the missing were identified if I remember my history correctly.

I wonder if the outcome would have been different had the world been witness to Hitlers actions leading up to his plans to exterminate the Jewish race, via cell phones and computer apps that we have today? Isn't it better to see both sides of a conflict to get a better idea of the truth?


Quebec, City after the rain, by Roman Marutov



What is this faucet magic? (32)



I mean, a stick is stick.. 😅 (20)



Oh yeah, that's the spot..🐕🐾🐄😍 (14)



Ninja kitty got a little carried away..🐈🐾🍇🍉😅 (7)



A curious baby squirrel and curious baby cow getting to know each other.🐿️🌳🐄😍 (10)



A captain never abandons his ship...🐈🐾📦😂😂 (10)



Hoppy Easter..🐈🐾🐰🥕😍 (17)



Snuggle buddies..🐈🐾🦦😍 (15)



6 year old got welcomed back at school after beating leukemia.. (14)



Bat tastes watermelon for the first time (53)



Rottweiler deserves Oscar for his acting performance 😊 (1:14)




Perfectionists will appreciate it! 👌 (17)



Stairway to heaven on the Donnerkogel mountain in Austria (21)



A bird discovers golf balls can bounce. Now it cannot stop playing.𓅦🎱⛳😍😅 (33)



Love that he's trying to reason with the bird. (15)



Pool time (1:04)


Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--I found a picture of a Young Taylor Lorenz--

The scary thing is it does kinda look like her.


rocco. Roosevelt was well-informed and chose not to do anything. The NYT knew and chose not to report ithttps://www.tabletmag.com/sections/arts-letters/articles/franklin-roosevelt-holocaust

jim nj

Three assessments of the Ukraine war:




jim nj


It's a little odd the way these briefings go.

Howitzers? Howitzers? and they kind of skip over this:
"Some nations have provided spare parts so that they can get their inoperable tanks operable again. And I would say the same on -- on aircraft. I mean, they have received support on -- for -- for -- to -- to get some of their fixed-wing aircraft, you know, more operable again. So I mean, look, the proof’s in the pudding there.

I mean, they right now have available to them more fixed-wing fighter aircraft than they did two weeks ago. And that's not by accident, that's because other nations who have experience with those kinds of aircraft have been able to help them get -- get more aircraft up -- up and running."

Has somebody, or several somebodies, sent more planes and tanks to Ukraine? Well, the operable phrase seems to be "operable" :)

Does that mean just shipping in spare parts or also a logistics team to assess what's needed and to help with the installation of those parts?

jim nj



BabylonBee has offered LibsofTikTok a job.


This is fraud.

There Is No Balm in Gilead

Anthony Fauci’s NIAID rigged the trial of remdesivir, ineffective against COVID but highly profitable for its maker.



They hack more than Russia, and share with journolists... see thread.


I don't think people fully appreciate just how much, after invading Ukraine, people are hacking Russia. There are multiple hacks a week and it's only increasing. For first time in internet history Russia is fair game for cyber attacks, and this is what it looks like 🧵




Fauci is eally an evil crook. He belongs in jail.


Well said, Miss Marple.

So sorry to read that you've been ill. I hope that you are feeling better!

matt - deplore me if you must

Regarding the howitzers these are self-propelled US howitzers, a battalion's worth.

Apparently the Ukrainians are being trained somewhere in Eastern Europe on them.

A fair number of parts for MiG's floating around Poland (remember those planes?) and the other former East Bloc countries.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Just a random thought, but maybe Musk should make a bid to buy Dominion Voting Systems. :)

I love the sight of progbrain exploding in the morning.



I love that idea!


Thanks, Barbara. I am feeling much better today.


Good to hear miss marple


the disturbing element is dulles from his perch, at 13 herrengrasse, probably was informed about the camps,



ah the bigger picture



greg price,

BREAKING: The Florida Senate just passed DeSantis' congressional map that creates four new GOP-leaning districts, wipes out Dem gains in redistricting across the nation, and removes Disney's self-governing power and special exempt status.


mcguirk was allegedly caught in fragrante delicto with a journal reporter, on the roof of the US Embassy in Baghdad, hence my nic for him,


Thanks Clarice.

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