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Not My Usual

This is not my usual funny, personal story. But I just have to rant for a bit. The world’s in the frying pan. Let’s hope we don’t get dumped into the fire!

Putin may have a gazillion dollars, but money has never been his primary focus. Rebuilding the Soviet Union has always been his plan.

If he was really worried about having a large NATO country on his border, instead of invading Ukraine, he would woo the Ukrainians with promises of cheap oil and gas, and easy passage between the countries. After all, there are lots of ethnic Russians in Ukraine, a shared history and many relatives in the two countries.

If Putin can’t stand the thought of NATO on his border, conquering Ukraine just brings Poland, Hungary and Romania, all NATO countries to his border.

Then what?  Putin installs a puppet government in Ukraine and the Ukraines will never accept his government. There will be a never-ending insurgency and until something happens to end it, Ukraine will remain a pile of rubble, bordered by NATO. Ukrainians don’t want to be under the Russian boot. Look what happened to East Germany under Soviet control.

There is no way that a civilised world can accept a country invading its neighbour just because it wants to. Is Moldova next? What happens if Poland, for example doesn’t want to be bordered by the new Soviet Union?

Would that be WWIII? Or has it already started?

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Irish Fishermen vs The Big Bear

The Irish are a stubborn lot. According to my DNA results from Ancestry.com, I’m 85% Irish. I prefer to think of myself as determined, not stubborn, but my mother would have said pig-headed. I, however, contend that whatever you call it, determination, stubbornness or pig-headedness, it has served me well throughout my life.

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Dona’s Poems

Finally ready! A collaborative effort with Dona’s son, Dean Smith, who is a poet and writer extraodinaire himself, Larry Lowrimore, Dona’s husband, and yours truly.

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America’s Philosophy?

“He hosted a super-spreader event to honor a justice who would have the government control your body but refuse the duty to care for it, and when the virus he helped go around came around, he availed of the healthcare he would deny others, financed by the taxes he refuses to pay” (Anand Giridharadas )

I couldn’t have said it better. In one sentence, Giridharadas has summed up the philosophy of Trump and his cohorts in the Senate and House. And his call-to-arms to right-wing militarists (“Stand Back and Stand By”) only pushes the country closer to anarchy, if not armed conflict.

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Pride Cometh Before a Fall

The good news is: I don’t have Corona Virus.

The bad news is: How I came to find that out.