Friday, March 28, 2014

Your Getting Dated


Well here is the latest in operation humiliation. President Obama has paid a personal visit to King Abdullah with the news full of descriptions like "Offers Assurance" to strengthen the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence of Saudi Arabia probably summed it up best, when, as the Brits report, he stated, “Several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white.”

The appearance here is the President is looking back, while repairing old relationships that were really important in about the 70's.  So Barak, your getting dated.

Probably as King Abdullah and Barak were secretly puffing after diner cigars, guess who calls? Well, it's Vladimir, who wants to talk about "the external blockade of Trans-Dniestria" and "the continuing rampage by extremists in Ukraine, who are committing acts of intimidation against civilians, bodies of power, and law enforcers in different parts of Ukraine and in Kiev and do so with impunity."

What is the Obama response? You should pull out of Ukraine and send me a memo.  I'll have John Kerry talk to Sergey Lavrov later this week. After the click of the phone hanging up, they probably could hear the laughs in the Kremlin all the way in China. I wonder if they asked the King if he  had Prince Albert in a can.

Is this story carried by MSNBC? What do you think? At least Politico is carrying the story, while putting the "continued rampage of extremists" down at the bottom of the piece, where the low information voter's attention spans will keep it hidden.

Meanwhile, new relationships are brewing in Europe.  Speaking from France earlier this week, referring to Napoleon Bonaparte's warning that China was a "sleeping lion," the Secretary General of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping said, "Today, the lion is awake, and it's peaceful, nice and civilized." In Germany today, Xinhuanet trumpeted increasing bilateral trade relations with Germany, while reporting "The two countries also stressed that they respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other, while Germany reiterated its adherence to the one-China policy and support for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations."

The next reset?  Well, when it comes to our President, its Girls Talk.

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This morning, after meeting with Charman Xi, Germany is talking about renegotiation of the EU treaty to include economic policy tools, Sergei Larov is pleased people are talking about a Ukrainian federation that will dis-empower the Right Sector extremists that surrounded the Parliament in Kiev last night and Barak Obama talked about giving King Abdullahl some of his MANPADS - but whether that actually happens, it depends ...  

That Side's Yours and This Side's Mine


I see today that the Pentagon believes its possible that the Russian forces could push through Ukraine to the other end very quickly, to annex Moldova's separatist territory Transdniestria.

The Russians just can't help but come running to rescue a damsel in distress. The day following this Mail Online western western notice of Nina Shtanski, the Russians followed on.

On the other side of the Ukraine, we see we see Victoria Nuland mugging for the cameras alongside Oleh Tyahnybok of Svboda, a political party that has roots Andriy Parubiy’s Ukrainian Nazi party organized during the occupation of Ukraine. Not the best optics. I still want to kmow whether Victoria expensed the yummy strudel. The Russians chose the face of the U.S. meddling in Ukraine well indeed.

The Russians again earn a high score for defining the debate with images that auger in favor of a Danubain Pincer.  Slide it on over.  

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What You Say?


The Bush steamed through the Suez Canal on Wednesday, according to a Navy release. I guess she just had enough of those Greek dignitaries. I suppose its time to flaunt a little bit in front of those Iranians, who seem to have a bit of Bush envy. Perhaps the Bush is really racing to India or China to accept their dignitaries, as part of a quintuple containment strategy.

Meanwhile back in the Ukraine, NATO is beginning to think about Moldova. But not to worry, they might get to it next month or so.  At the same time, The Border Service of Ukraine has unilaterally blocked the exit from the Republic of Crimea to Ukraine. This needs investigationlittle doubt.

Yes, its true, the best way to counter Russian aggression is with love. So maybe the New Normal is that Russia and China annex other countries' territories with impunity. Quite a turn around for our foreign policy.

How the Bush is being deployed seems to be clearest indicator of our foreign policy. It hit the Agean, sailed for the Dardanelles and then ... a new dance .. The Jibe Turkey.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Salty Soup that Stays Hot for Years




Via the South China Morning post:

The deadline to develop a new design of nuclear power plant has been brought forward by 15 years as the central government tries to reduce the nation's reliance on smog-producing coal-fired power stations.

The technology under development in Shanghai involves burning the radioactive element thorium in a salty "soup" to, in theory, release heat many times greater than today's reactors.

I have posted this John Kutsch video before, but it is worth listening to when news like this bubbles up.  You should also check in with Kirk Sorensen.

The Chinese began with a start-up budget of $350m and the recruitment of 140 PhD scientists at the Shanghai Institute of Nuclear and Applied Physics. It then had plans to reach 750 staff by 2015, but this already looks far too conservative.

Still My Tongue Tied


Meet the new Prosecutor General of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya.

She said, "What happened in Kiev was, first and foremost, an anti-constitutional coup and an armed seizure of power."

Guilty!

She said her office received petitions from the Berkut police officers who had been brutalized during the Ukrainian revolt.

Guilty!

She said a Crimean EuroMaidan won’t happen.

Guilty!

She said the actions of a sniper that opened fire in the Crimean capital Simferopol on Tuesday were similar to those of snipers who earlier shot people on Maidan in Kiev.

Dude, you are so, so guilty!!

Look, I have apologized before that the Crimea is a long way from NJ. I am obviously transfixed by this story, not so much for what is going on, but for the masterful way the Russians have managed symbolism.  

In the court of the low information voter, opposing them makes no sense.  So when it comes time to for the MSM to run reports about the corrupt law enforcement practices of a puppet regime, whose face should you put up on the screen? Moscow's answer is Miss Natalia Poklonskaya's, from Russia with Love.  

Danubian Pincer


The Russians are dancing to the tune of a very old waltz:

"Because at the same time, we're receiving reports about clashes in Kharkov, it's an east city of Ukraine, in eastern region. So there are clashes and sounds of gunfire, and also some reports about one or two people being wounded. Those clashes between military gun men and fighters extremist coming from western regions, so we do expect Ukrainian government to protect Russian population. Otherwise Russia simply cannot stay without reaction. We will have to react. We will have to protect Russians, and those Ukrainians living there."

Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca (1774) returned Wallachia and Moldavia to the Ottoman Empire, while giving Russia a right to protect Christians in the Ottoman Empire. Under the auspices of the treaty, Russia annexed Crimea in 1883. Russia interpreted the treaty as giving them the right to protect Orthodox Christians in the Danubian Principalities. Amazing what flintlocks and a little education about their use in the Seven Years War gave the Russians.

Now comes this BBC story, Moldova's Trans-Dniester region pleads to join Russia.

And what city is between is between the left bank of the Dneister and Crimea?  The oligarchs there have a decision to make about what is best for business.  Ketchum will be working overtime little doubt.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Voluntary Renunciation of Duties


It is difficult to believe that we as a country really look this bad. It's so bad that a serious piece over at the Daily Beast reads like it should be in the Onion.

In response to an executive order hitting the Russians with tough sanctions, Russian Official, Vladislav Surkov, said, “It’s a big honor for me. I don’t have accounts abroad. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.”  Well isn't that a holy trio of diplomatic speak.

In response, we have news of "Vladimir Putin's sanction list." The number one candidate for the list is ... drum roll ... Senator Dick Durbin. Well gee! I've been wanting to sanction that guy for years!!  Thanks Vladimir!

Also on the list might be our own RFNJ Doughnut Girl, Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for Europe. My sources tell me that Victoria still maintains a fundamental disagreement with the Kremlin because it was yummy strudel with piped frosting and not doughnuts she fed to CIA clients in Maidan Square.

Regardless, the fellows over at the Daily Beast tell us that, "The tit for tat sanctions are not likely to convince either side to back down." Well, how big is that tit? (Calm down - no link for that one).

They also tell us that "There are signs that Putin is preparing a scenario ahead of a possible invasion of Eastern Ukraine, including sending Russian intelligence agents inside Ukraine to stir up unrest as a pretext for a possible expansion of the invasion." NO WAY! That's like a wolf in sheep's clothing! A horse of a different color! Or some other tricky animal!

It is so bad, the press just has no heart to report what is going on. Our policy of petulance community organized Occupy Kiev. The real professional organizers took the opportunity to fundamentally change the borders of a nation. That's change you can believe in!

Meanwhile, back in Kiev, Dmytro Yarosh, who made a name for himself as an expert with firebombs, will be running for President with the backing of the Right Sector.  By all means John McCain, let's arm these guys, so they can blow up Russian oil pipelines!  

All the while, the Ukranian Parlaiment never impeached Viktor Yanukovych from office. They simply voted to accept his “voluntary renunciation of duties.”

When planning a revolution, "The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers." Looks now like Russia is doing just the opposite (Come on click the link if you didn't click on the picture!)  The Ukrainian courts may declare the present regime in Kiev as illegitimate within the next three days.  That is illegitimate as in illegal, unlike the legal vote that just took place in Crimea.  Dad, get me out of this.   

Demonstration Line


Donetsk, as it has been known since 1961, was founded in 1869 by a Welsh businessman, John Hughes, who constructed a steel plant and several coal mines in the region.  That community in the background looks pretty organized, eh?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I wonder if Tom ever tried one of these?






It looks like fun. Almost as much fun as shooting down the animal rights activist's drones.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

333 Years a Slave



Maybe it's because I'm getting old. I am closer to 55 than 50. I am just see more and more people getting it all wrong. I tend to experience the world like a low information voter when I get really busy, like this week. The blurbs and bits that filtered through to me about the Crimea was just facepalm material.

The MSM in the US needs eyeballs, no doubt. The template they use is conflict attracts readers. Lain over the top of this, more and more it seems to me, is a strategy draws attention away from the errors of liberal icons. As a result, we arrive at the Putin is Hitler template. Will Putin invade Belarus or Lithuania next?

In the meantime, among Russians, Putin's approval rating has soared to over 71%. How does a mad dictator with designs to threaten Europe and conquer the world do that?

I have proposed on pages of this blog that innovations in firearms precipitated the the conditions that hosted our Civil War. Innovations in military technology almost always change political realities. The Golden Horde is one such example. They employed mounted riders using bows while protected with silk shirts layered beneath a tunic. Arrows do not penetrate silk, which was not readily available to Europeans. Thus, the steppe between the Asia and Europe became the highway for the plundering Khans.

The westernmost reach for the Pontic-Caspian Steppe falls approximately along the demonstration line I called The Shape of East Ukraine.  As the Golden Horde receded, it left the independent Crimean Khantate beginning in about 1441. Crimean Tartars, who are Sunni Muslims, supported themselves in grand fashion by "importing" slaves to the Ottomans. Raiding parties crossed the Oleshky Sands to the north of the Crimea to harvest their crops. The volume of imports from the pontic steppe and beyond totals probably three million souls.

The Tartars wreaked total devastation to the very fertile steppe areas, which became known as the Wild Fields.  Zaporzhian Cossacks, escapees from everywhere not beholden to the Ottomans, the Poles, the Lithuanians or the Russians, stood between the Tartars and their slave harvests from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Russians bearing flintlocks ended the Russo-Turkish War of 1768–1774 with the Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca.  The Russians put the Crimean Khantate under their control.  Order came to Zaporzhian pontic steppe when the Russians put down Pugachev's Rebellion and felled the Zaporzhian Sich. The stability the followed led to the westernmost Pontic-Caspian Steppe becoming a highly profitable grain producer.  Then rose Odessa as an international port.  The Wild Fields became the breadbasket of Europe.  The end of slavery begat Novorossiya, which became part of the Ukraine only in 1954 under circumstances that are far less than clear.

Talk to any Russian. Russia is a country, but with Novorossiya, it is proudly an empire. The lands 333 years a slave of the Crimean Khantate are no more and never will be again.  Relinquishment of Novorossiya to doughnut eating CIA backed westerners is the opposite of progress.  Thus, the 71% approval rating for Putin.

Now, back to the original question.  Will Putin sweep across Belarus and Lithuania and into Europe?   Let's ask John Kerry!   

Friday, March 14, 2014

-So Where is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

The latest is the plane may have been deliberately diverted and flew on for another five hours or so... but to where?
Conspiracy theories abound... Desert Island? But who would do this and why?
...nod to JJ for the vid reference!
 
 

- Horsing around in the Crimea: From One Horse's Patoot to a Real Horse Faced Dope.

http://freenj.blogspot.com/2013/04/about-that-foreign-policy.htmlBeen There, seen it, done it...



It's going to get interesting real fast.
The New Talking Point PRO-Hillary is "She called Putin Hitler!"Jim Cramer blurted out that Putin is behaving like Hitler and started talking about Europe being afraid of retreading 1933... to which his choir chirped: "Hillary said that!" Cramer has a Matt Damon ocular view of history.
When a former Sec of State swings wildly from the peanut gallery, it actually adds tension rather than eases tension. Once again, Hillary proves she lacks the nuances of a true global leader.
We don't even have to discuss Benghazi. She was an awful Secretary of State and as President she would most likely lash out when challenged rather than engage in the subtle nuances of diplomatic chess. Could you imagine Hillary with the nuclear football?
John Kerry, I'm actually starting to feel sorry for this moron, then again, the citizens of Massachusetts owe the rest of the USA and apology for anointing this churl "Senator for life"... after he disgraced our military.
Kerry is working with Hillary's mess and Obama is going on comedy shows in an effort to promote that terrible joke called the ACA.
While pro-Hillary opinion will support her "Putin is Hitler" outbursts, their purpose is to resurrect Hillary as the Thatcher of the left, which is utter nonsense based on the now solidified historic record.
Kerry tried to act like Obama's strongman in Syria and we walked away from that with egg on his horse face. The new mantra is economic sanctions.
Economic sanctions could do some immediate and severe pain to the Russian economy, however they have endured more severe pains and purges than western liberals could ever dish out. I would suggest sending a group of liberals to Russia and have them spout off all day long. That would too much to endure for anyone.
As I type this, Bloomberg Terminal is on fire with headlines: *LAVROV SAYS KERRY `DIDN'T THREATEN RUSSIA WITH ANYTHING'... *LAVROV SAYS WESTERN SANCTIONS WOULD BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE... *LAVROV: WESTERN POWERS DENY CRIMEA RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION...
Russia will do whatever it wants because the US has proven it is incapable of doing what it has to do.
Estonia, believes Putin will eventually go too far. Russia Is Preparing to Invade East Ukraine.
Not because they want to, because they can. This isn't about Hitler rolling through Europe, this is about Western Europe looking like North Korea overnight. Sanction Russia, Russia Turns off the power. Look at Putin like the landlord from the Honeymooners. If Putin cuts power to Europe, takes East Ukraine, then you will get a complete out of control, bank run across the EU.
The markets just rallied because the belief is "Crisis Averted". This is a marathon, not a sprint. While it will look like nothing is happening on Monday, the Crimea will vote to go Russian, Ukraine's illegal government will shriek in horror and Obama will play golf or go to a party. This will go on for quite some time. I expect the current administration to completely abandon the Ukraine after conceding Crimea. They are boxed in and have no aces in the hand of jokers.



Friday, March 7, 2014

Accidental, with Elements of the Inevitable


There's the answer if your asking. I wondered out loud whether our navy developed some stones with the Love Boat taking a cruise in the Agean so near the Moscova. But I was wrong. Pictured above is the Black Sea hydra on patrol near the scuttling of the Ochakov. So the Bush lays far away, splayed open with hardware on her decks, receiving dignitaries of all manner. This is the height Obama gunboat diplomacy.

Xinhua has taken note that the USS Truxtun (DDG 103), an Arleigh Burke Destroyer equipped with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense is passing through the Bosporus. Maybe there is an adult somewhere in the Navy who survived the Google Purge and recognizes that we have strategies to deal with Slava Cruisers.

Xinhua publication of this movement is significant, where Beijing has publicly weighed in that sanctions are not the best way to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. People's Republic of China and Ukraine Strategic Partnership Development Plan (2014-2018) calls for Chinese military support in the event of in the event of a nuclear attack or the threat of one.

In the meantime, the health services department aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in port a Yokosuka Japan has been preparing its crew for action by conducting a cardiopulmonary resuscitation training class for sailors, on March 3. 

This training served to be a very useful exercise, when the following day Chinese President Xi Jinping told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, "The situation in Ukraine, which seems to be accidental, has the elements of the inevitable."  I personally am very gratified that, in the event the Washington actually had to deploy, so that the Chinese may think we want them to STFU, our sailors will be prepared for the stressful conditions.  

Not that the Chinese might be watching the Crimea, thinking about inevitability, just as a general concept.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

-Harvard Law Review... Expert in Constitutional Law... ?



...Well, it seems that the Ukrainian Constitution was violated with the ouster of a democratically elected president and the "mob-rule" that prevailed is "Unconstitutional" according to Article 69 of the Ukrainian Constitution.
The expression of the will of the people is exercised through elections, referendum and other forms of direct democracy.
Unless the definition of "direct democracy" means something entirely different, I can't see how the endorsement of the "New Ukrainian" Prime Minister is in sync with Article 69 and International Law.
Article 105 says: The President of Ukraine enjoys the right of immunity during the term of authority.
Persons guilty of offending the honor and dignity of the President of Ukraine are brought to responsibility on the basis of the law.
The title of President of Ukraine is protected by law and is reserved for the President for life, unless the President of Ukraine has been removed from office by the procedure of impeachment.
Since when is an unruly mob consistent with procedure of impeachment?
Ah, but maybe Article 108 can shed some light on the subject:
The President of Ukraine exercises his or her powers until the assumption of office by the newly-elected President of Ukraine.
The powers of the President of Ukraine terminate prior to the expiration of term in cases of:
  1. resignation;
  2. inability to exercise his or her powers for reasons of health;
  3. removal from office by the procedure of impeachment;
  4. death.
Well, they damn near killed him and certainly threatened his health, but he wasn't impeached and he did not resign... hey, 2 out of 4 ain't bad...
Article 73 of the Ukrainian Constitution requires an all-Ukraine citizen referendum when it comes to altering the territory of the Ukraine. (ibid)
Article X is specific to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Article 137 clearly states that Crimea is inseparable from the Ukraine, but it is autonomous and the Ukie Constitution does give latitude to the locals to handle their own business.
This is where it gets a bit muddy and where the cry of "International Law!" is heard with reckless abandon.
What is International Law?
It is a liberal or socialist straw-man that is always called upon when "the experts" are at a loss for answers...
A good litigator once said about cross examination of a witness: "If you don't like the answer, change the question!" The red-herring "International Law" is brilliant shiny object flashed into the eyes of reporters. They don't want to appear uninformed, so the chorus nods in agreement..."ah yes of course... international law..."
Now I believe the international press is busy combing through the myriad of treaties and legal documents to see if International Law has been violated... just like they had done when Bush was in office and continue to do till this day...
Don't count on it!
There is a high degree of search relevance regarding specific treaties impacting Crimea, Ukraine, Russia and the USA, but it is moot since Ukraine violated its own constitution.
Next time President Obama says "It clearly violates International Law" I would hope to hear someone pipe up and ask: "which International Law or Treaty are you referring to?"
Maybe we can get Frithguild a seat in the press corps?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

False Flag over Kiev



You need to examine the truth of some matters pretty carefully when it comes to the little details. The Russians have been saying that Victoria Nuland was seen handing out doughnuts to the Madian in Occupy Kiev. This is not true. Upon close inspection of the photographic evidence it appears to be some kind of yummy strudel with piped frosting.

Some of the other photographic evidence is strange as well. There are many flags in Kiev that are the right colors, but they have writing on them I can't understand. Which leads me to the question - were there false flags in Kiev when unidentified pro-Russian snipers shot protesters? Perhaps EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister Paet can enlighten us more on this topic.

This also brings up the question whether the 17 busload Unternehmen Zitadelle rent a mob in hot pursuit of Viktor Yanukovych on February 22 were bringing false flags with them as the on the way to Karkiv.

Those Russians are pretty sensitive about things like that.   

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) News!


As has been posted here at RFNJ, the Parting Shot, putting the punctuation at the end of the sentence, our Russians friends this afternoon put their ICMB sky rockets in flight.

In a related story, the USS George HW Bush put into port in Piraeus, Greece, leaving her sailors the opportunity to explore the neighboring cities including Athens, as well as take part in community relations events. "I am really excited to visit the Acropolis," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Chase Tallent, a member of VFA-31 aboard George H.W. Bush. "I also can't wait to learn about all the history."

"I'm looking forward to being able to give back to the local community in a positive way," said Seaman Andrew Johnson, a first time deployer and native of Mount Vernon, Texas. "I'm also interested in seeing other countries ways of life."

The command structure aboard the vessel will be hosting a reception on board for dignitaries and participating in community relations projects.

It sounds so excellent!  So if I too am heading toward Athens, can I call a travel agent for a boarding pass?  

-Parting Shot?


RUSSIA TEST-FIRES INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILE - RIA CITES DEFENCE MINISTRY

-Venezuela: Things are not really what they seem...



The Guardian continues the tradition of analysing from afar based on selective evidence. Often you encounter wanton unrepentant socialists or communists in journalism but the attempt at sounding half intelligent is fleeting.
Having recently visited Venezuela and seeing the rapid disintegration of the Socialist Paradise first-hand, it is quite galling that "journalists" that have never had the pleasure of tasting the fruits of socialism find the need to ignore stark staring evidence of its failure.
Rightly so, several posters in the comments below the linked story identify the author of the article as a proud recipient of the Walter Duranty Award.
Even the title of the article "Venezuela is not Ukraine" reeks of Orwellian embellishment, as if someone from the ministry of happiness authorized the title.
In bizarro-liberal journalist world, Mark Weisbrot is doing what he is expected to do. All those folks without sanitary paper, clean water, jobs, rice, beans and other basic necessities are merely the 1% acting out. That Venezuela is really a battle between the neanderthal right vs the enlightened socialists...
The author tries to frame an idiotic argument and decides that the shirtless emaciated kid hurling the Molotov cocktail is just another Mitt Romney type (he or his editor selected the photo!?!?!).
The left is hoping Venezuela is not the Ukraine in the sense that the protesters (which are made up of a broad cross-section of society from rich to poor, but mostly what we would call "working class") will not gain the upper hand against the Maduro regime.
There is plenty of information out there to poke more holes in this dreck than Alpine Lace Swiss Cheese.
Here is an example of selective research. Weisbrot ignores information to the contrary:

"Back in 2003, because it did not control the oil industry, the government had not yet delivered much on its promises. A decade later, poverty and unemployment have been reduced by more than half, extreme poverty by more than 70%, and millions have pensions that they did not have before. Most Venezuelans are not about to throw all this away because they have had a year and a half of high inflation and increasing shortages. In 2012, according to the World Bank, poverty fell by 20% – the largest decline in the Americas. The recent problems have not gone on long enough for most people to give up on a government that has raised their living standards more than any other government in decades."

Is this guy serious? Has he even visited Venezuela? Even in "good-times" 1/3rd of the population is starving and what about that quadrupling murder-rate?
According to Weisbrot, Venezuela is full of self absorbed spoiled power hungry rich people, and everyone else is fat and happy expecting their pension checks to be delievered.
Why does he ignore that in 2011 that over 30% of the country was living below the poverty line? What happened from 2011 until present? Really nothing out of the ordinary happened other than the regime was running out of other people's money and goods.

The truth is that Chavez died in the nick of time. Chavez had been running out of resources to pilfer.
It is amazing that a country that is a large as Venezuela can't even grow basic grains. Their soil is not deficient, they have plenty of land... so what happened? It was easier for the Kleptocracy to leverage its fenced wealth around the globe, outsourcing its agricultural needs in exchange for oil.
Colombia sends grain to Venezuela in exchange for PDVSA Bonds. If the bonds decrease in value, the size of the shipments decrease.
The regime in Venezuela is exactly what a Socialist enterprise sets out to do: steal from working class and wealthy to buy-off the poor. Idiots talk about how the Chavistos would deliver baskets of food to the poor people to win them over.
Mussolini did this in Italy. Hitler did this, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot etc....
Of course you are going to feed your cattle, but you are never going to let them out of the barn.

Liberal journalists are in a constant state of denial. They are cheering for Maduro to crush the resistance. No comment on the lack of freedom or the paramilitary gangs terrorizing the poor neighborhoods, because it spoils the glorious narrative of Socialism defeating the Evil 1%ers!
You are not supposed to bite the hand that feeds.
I hope the people of Venezuela wake up like the Italians did and string Maduro up by his bootstraps or his Reeboks. Mr. Weisbrot, please dust off your mantle for the coveted Walter Duranty Award.

Feeding Occupy Kiev


December 11, 2013: "Photos posted on Twitter showed Nuland shaking hands with security personnel and there were many reports that she had helped distribute food to the protesters." Pictured above seems to be U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt in Kiev.  Itsa pretty big bag!  I wonder if she expensed it.

Monday, March 3, 2014

George Bush to the Rescue



Авианосная группа ВМС США в составе 17 кораблей и трех атомных подводных лодок, во главе с новейшим авианосцем «Джордж Буш», прошла Эгейское море.

Translation: Navy carrier battle groups the U.S. comprising 17 ships and three submarines, led by the aircraft carrier latest "George Bush", passed the Aegean Sea.

24Feb2014,arrived in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR)
24Feb-25Feb2017, EastLant

My sources tell me Congress will rename her the USS Petulance before she arrives in the Black Sea.  Finally they have the stones to sail past the Moscova and her nuclear ship to ship missiles.


-President von Munchausen

Our strange foreign policy of the past few years is now under close scrutiny. Not as close as the Bush Administration's foreign policy, but still, certain members of the press are starting to shake the cob-webs from their heads.
Putin pretty much ignored whatever warning Obama and Kerry threw his way, and the pansies that populate the EU bureaucracy  are now trying to figure out whether they should kiss Putin's ring or get out of dodge.
Fear not! President Obama - known for referring to himself in the third-person claims that the foes of liberty are shaking in their boots ever since his first term commenced. He claims that based on his actions, and his astute knowledge of the players and the places, he believes that his presence alone is a deterrent to bad behavior.
In this piece, you have an examination of the interview that reveals a president that has publicly stated his delusions.
Interesting turn of events: Russia threatened Ukraine, Obama in turn threatens Israel.
You can read the interview in question. Its actually quite wince-inducing.
You will find yourself thinking: "He really believes this!?!?!"

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Location, Location, Location for the Night Wolves


The Night Wolves official site now enjoys first page real estate for my Google search of "Night Wolves."  Of note on their history page:

2009 год — XIII International Bike-Show was taking place in the city of Russian glory, city-hero Sevastopol. 5.000 motorcycles, 50.000 spectators... Action was supported by Russian Black Sea Navy, government of Sevastopol, Russian Government and blessed by the Patriarch of Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill.

1998 - 2009 - The Foundation of the Night Wolves' and Biker's Association's subdivisions in the 33th regions of Russia and in Belarus, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Latvia, Germany.  

I still don't know whether they have a Chapter in Odessa, but I bet they do.  

The Shape of East Ukraine


For anybody listening, which excludes our Secretary of State, the Russians yesterday gave the world the map for East Ukraine.

We here in the States consider protests to be a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment in the 1960's tradition. But Russians know that rent a mobs populate all demonstrations. Perhaps with the OWS movement here in the states we can shed some of our naivete.  I have shed mine, and in so doing I have drawn a line from each of the cities where there were pro-Russian demonstrations took place yesterdayin Kharkiv, Donetsk, Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk.  Donetsk is a throw away, because it is the home city of Viktor Yanukovich.  There you have it clear as day - East Ukraine.

The other takeaway from how developing situation is the local's reaction to the Moscow description of Occupy Kiev. It seems obvious the Russians know the CIA is up to its ears in Kiev, when they make it known publicly that our State Department said "f--- the EU", because the plan in Kiev was moving too slowly. Moscow, thus with credibility, maintains that Yanukovich's removal was a coup by dangerous extremists funded by the West. The Ukrainian reaction seems to be a collective yawn. Of course the protest was paid for by the West. What protests aren't paid for?

Finally, Britain's International Institute of Strategic Studies estimates Kiev has fewer than 130,000 troops under arms, with planes barely ready to fly and few spare parts for a single submarine. I bet they are short approximately 592,825 AK-47 Magazines, which would fit in ten 40 foot containers by my estimate.

The best Mr. Kerry can muster on the Sunday TV shows is, “19th century behavior in the 21st century” and "If Russia wants to be a G8 country, it needs to behave like a G8 country." Uhm ... I don't think the Black Sea Fleet will need to be scuttled in the Sevastapol inner harbor in defense of the city any time soon. Even lowly Congress critters have reasoned that sending Navy ships to the Black Sea “not a very good idea.”

As far as the G8, the message is likewise clear. Lukoil has stopped oil supplies to the Kherson refinery in Odessa and police have sealed the oil tanks and blocked all exits, "Because of debts." Does the EU want Russian natural gas or not?

Kerry's rhetoric is about two steps behind on all fronts, while looking at history that has no modern analog. A foreign policy of petulance will always leave you "late for a very important date." Putin, in the meantime, has showed how to assert power, while respecting Ukrainian sovereignty with a fig leaf. The Moscova stays in the Mediterranean and our carriers are in the Arabian Sea.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

On the Dark Side of Odessa


Thousands of Odessa residents have gathered under Russian and Soviet flags in the Kulikovo Field, the Interfax-Ukraine reports Saturday. Well, opportunities multiply as they are seized.  

I wonder if John Fund knows whether there is an Odessa chapter for the Night Wolves.  Maybe I could figure it all out before them.  Maybe not, because after all, we at RFJ ain't great, we're just some guys from Jersey.

Take Time to Play


Ok, its an extremely far fetched scenario, I realize.

Organizing the New Cold War



Maybe I am a little too focused on the Ukraine for a guy from New Jersey, probably because I partly concentrated on Russia in my study of economic history thirty some years ago.  But this whole thing is just becoming hilarious. As the retrograde United States publicly draws down its military strength, we are reduced to the media propagandists telling the low information voters what is happening.  While trying the catch the latest on on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, it wafts into our consciousness that President Obama on Friday issued a harsh warning against any further military action.

Cue the Big Bad Wolf!  Alexander Zaldostanov, nicknamed "the Surgeon," has mounted his hog along with his brother Night Wolves to roll through the Crimea to Sevastapol. Brother Vladimir has remained ensconced in Moscow, taking care of business.

“Every cobblestone in [Sevastapol] is covered in the blood of our fathers and grandfathers,” frames this story.  Advertisers are flocking to the search terms, "Crimean War."  With the issue so framed, the Night Wolves could not have defined their policy statement more clearly:  “We are here to defend our country, or at least the parts of it that remains ours. We will defend it from the fascists who have come to power. So let it be known to all of them. Wherever we are, wherever the Night Wolves are, that should be considered Russia.”  You have moments of clarity while riding your hog I suppose.

"A true outlaw finds the balance between the passion in his heart and the reason in his mind. The outcome is the balance of might and right."  Now, as the Night Wolves ride into minds of the American low information voters, who know the Jax really loves Tara, our foreign policy is reduced to a debate with the Russian SAMCRO.

In the meantime, the Moscova has kept our carriers pinned in the Arabian Sea, without much of a chance of a naval engagement that decimates the Black Sea Fleet. Score one for the Russians and the Night Wolves, zero for the little piggies

John Kerry insists this should not be a Cold War story. It already is a Cold War, because that is how Community Organizers thrive.