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Dana Loesch says the quiet part out loud

Did you ever wonder how Herschel Walker got so close to winning a senate seat in Georgia in spite of his massive hypocrisy, lies and traumatic brain injuries?

It’s because the Republican voters in Georgia have only one thing on their minds:

The thing that bothers me about this clip, well, there are a lot of things that bother me about this clip, is the concept of using women’s bodies as stepping stones to unlimited power to do whatever the f}%^ they want once they get into power.

By the way, tax dollars do not pay for abortions. See “Hyde Amendment”. Been that way for decades, Dana, though I know of at least one Republican who didn’t know this. So I’m assuming that it’s a fairly common misconception among her audience.

Still doesn’t change the fact that women are being used by people of bad intent to take over the country.

All the more reason to vote them all out and keep them out until the flame of fascism burns itself out.

I am not a general…

… and no one has ever accused me of being diplomatic (that’s why we have blogs). But maybe Elon Musk should take the praise and adulation from his Starlink contributions to the Ukrainian government and stop trying to manipulate the market, or whatever, by trolling. By the way, Elon, many of us have seen a significant uptick of the worst of the worst MAGA Republican Congress critters in our Twitter timelines lately. They’re full of insulting talking points and pointless general statements that the emptiness inside of them have grasped like the deflated life vests under their seats. Pathetic. If their purpose is to persuade voters, it’s failing miserably. If it’s just intended to saturate Twitter with troll spam, making themselves irritating, and daily blocking a game of whack-a-mole, mission accomplished. Just wondering how tweaking the algorithm so that rational people are presented with a constant stream of cultish MAGA garbage makes Twitter a better public forum.

There’s some former GOP operative who wrote a book called Why We Did It or something like that who said that the thing that motivates Republicans the most these days is their absolute contempt and hatred for Democrats and their idiotic tweets are proof of this. The one that features Mayra Flores is just creepy, like in a stalker way. She gets close to the camera and tells you she and all other Latino voters are Conservative, like she just annexed southern Texas.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, the war on Ukraine. It’s my new obsession since February. I follow Ukrainian and exiled Russian journalists, read Mick Ryan’s 25 part threads, dip into the International Study of War, and listen to former American generals whose analysis stimulates the strategic and logistical elves in my head.

Here’s my conclusions:

  • Russia is going to lose this war. No, really. It went to Ukraine like a tsunami. It threw all of its manpower and firepower at Ukraine upfront, probably thinking that a Blitzkrieg and overwhelming force would quickly subdue the Ukrainians. With this in mind, it had no backup plan. It probably didn’t even think about how it was going to resupply itself because after it had overturned the government in Kyiv and terrorized the civilians, it would just setup an occupying force and go back to cheating, stealing and oppressing it’s own citizens. There would be time to make new tanks and ammunition later.
  • What it didn’t count on was the depth of reservists in Ukraine. They had a surplus of volunteers to go to war and a shortage of supplies. Zelenskyy convincingly got the world behind it. And while the US is supplying arms to the Ukrainians in phases, Ukraine has sent its reservists off to NATO countries to be trained and equipped so it comes back to the front in waves. Not huge tidal waves but more like a constant rising tide with erosion.
  • Whoever is planning out the strategy for breaking the Russian army knows what it’s doing. Illia Ponomarenko, a Ukrainian war journalist says it’s like a game of Jenga. The strategists and logistics people have studied the landscape of this war very carefully and have been pulling out blocks Little by little. There’s a possibility that the whole edifice will collapse suddenly. That looks like it’s happening now in Kherson Oblast. Some generals on the tube have been cautioning the army to not get ahead of itself and distance itself too far from its supply lines. Yes, they are giddy and motivated but they have to be mindful of all the blocks around them that need to be pulled out as well.
  • I have no idea who blew up the Nord gas pipelines but I agree with Julia Ioffe that Russia has more of a motive to do it by cutting off Europe from the possibility of resumption of deliveries if the Russian regime falls. That puts a lot of pressure on European governments just as it goes into winter. There are already protests in the EU. That’s going to get worse as the cold really starts to set in and Germany realizes how stupid it was to decommission so many nuclear power plants.
  • The best way to avert Putin from launching a nuclear device is to pull Ukraine into NATO. That’s my personal opinion. As Gary Kasparov says, Putin won’t deploy one unless he thinks he can get away with it. Right now, Ukraine lacks a nuclear deterrent because we talked them into giving up their nukes. But once it’s under NATO’s umbrella, it gets back it’s nuclear deterrent capability. It’s inevitable. Ukraine will never be neutral after this war. And putin didn’t invade in order to prevent it from joining NATO. It was all about a war of opportunity.
  • Now comes the delicate part of this war. How far does Ukraine have to push Russia out before NATO becomes a reality? I have no idea but instability is growing and bringing this war to a swifter conclusion seems likely. Timing is everything. Dragging it out only destabilizes international markets and makes the financiers impatient. They’re the other set of players in this game and they can be formidable.