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My response to those wanting Ukraine to concede real estate to the Russians.

We've all now read that there are those suggesting Zelensky give territory to Putin to end the Russia's current aggression in Ukraine. The Donbas has about 4 million residents and the Crimea another 2.5. Much of both areas has be reduced to rubble. Maybe a better deal would be for Macron and Italy's Draghi to pick several cities in their countries and still and good shape, to trade off to Russia. They could do this without the bother of losing one soldier or civilian or school or hospital and I'm sure Putin would be overjoyed and surely will be dissuaded from ever using his threats of Nuclear weapons and bad boys from the east to gain any more real estate.

Kissinger, of course, has nothing to give up so nothing will shut him up. His reputation is already in the dumpster and nothing will clean up his record during the few years he has left. His ideas in the 60's and 70's cost thousands of lives and many lost far more than real estate. I guess he thinks other people's real estate is of no consequence.

Satellites showing fires and hot spots around globe indicate where the fight is in Ukraine.

Here's a link to the FIRE maps used to track wild fires etc. around the world. Updated twice a day, the red dots show where the fight is in Eastern Ukraine as the Russian try to move south and close off the rest of the Donbas they so much want.

[link:https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/#t:adv;d:2022-05-07..2022-05-08;@37.9,48.9,9z|

Turn on the "streets" layer to get town names.

My take: Leaker was acting on direction of one of the justices.

Leaker was acting on direction of one of the justices.

What we know: 5 or 6 conservative justices voted to favor Mississippi in the case and an opinion writer has to write it up by June/July of 2022.

Turns out they are not in agreement as to whether to throw out Roe or simply allow the 16 week rule to stand. Maybe they can't get 5 to agree on one side or the other. Without the 5, the case is lost for Mississippi. Panic ensues and the deadline looms. More time is needed and the perfect excuse to push the decision beyond the deadline is to leak the arguments which would allow Roberts to declare a delay would be warranted. Alternatively, the leak moves the intransigent justices to move from the overthrow position to joining the 16 week restriction justices so the deadline is met and some 'progress' is made.

Am I right that there can only be one “winning” opinion while opponents can write as many opposing opinions as they choose? That the majority has to sign the one opinion.

The crazy talk of moral war needs to stop.


For some reason the NATO countries are bending over backwards to keep from giving Putin the excuse to use nuclear weapons. Somehow they think he won’t if we just let the Ukrainians beat them without any more help than a few Javelins and Stingers. They think Putin will simply quietly call his commanders and tell them to turn around and head back to Russia. Or maybe our western leaders, steeped in the morals of correctly fighting wars are just waiting for the inevitable, that is the Russians’ victory, which will include the death or removal of millions of Ukranians. The morally superior will then condemn the Russians, talk about how they were so morally blessed not to risk a nuclear war and how everything will be fine now that the war is over…thousands dead or displaced? So be it.

Why do so many think that Putin will not justify his use of Nuclear weapons as he is backed into a corner militarily and economically? Is there any indication he has the slightest hint of a moral compass as he attempts to revive his dream of super power? Does his history of past actions, including poisoning his political rivals, demolishing former Soviet states and his current actions in Ukraine give you any indication of what to expect will be his reaction to lose to Zelensky and the Ukrainians?

When the Nuclear missiles start flying, at least as we shift through the ruins, we will be able to congratulate ourselves for being the ones that didn’t escalate the war and give Putin an excuse to shoot the first one…..as if he needed one.

Where were all the moralists in Washington as Bush ordered his unprovoked Shock and Awl bombardment of Baghdad? 600,000 Iraqis dead. For What? Terrorism? What are the Russians committing in Ukraine right now? Why the hesitation? Did anyone go to Hell for our anti-terrorist wars? In fact, has anyone even mentioned the immorality of the torture brought to the Middle East by our forces?

You don’t want me in charge, that is for sure, but consider this:

Sign Ukraine into the EU and NATO right now. Advise Putin that he needs to remove his troops from Ukraine by March 15th or expect NATO to react as they would to any incursion of any NATO country. March 16th enforce the expulsion of the Russian military from Ukraine…by any means necessary. Call it a “Special Military Operation”. Threaten the use of Nuclear weapons if resisted. Why is Putin the only one that can use such talk? Ukraine has been recognized by the entire political world as a distinct sovereign nation for years. What is holding the moralists back from doing what is apparently necessary to keep Putin from killing those poor people?

Huge Russian convoy falls off Media's Radar.

As the vehicles started moving, or not, the Media continues to cover the easy to find 2.0 Million evacuees and avoids any mention of the Convoy. Many, across the world, have put forth all sorts of ideas for destroying the Convoy, but its fate seems to lie in simply becoming invisible to any actual scrutiny. There is one report of the earth opening up and swallowing the trucks
but that was 3 days ago.

Putin has apparently read about Hitler's problems in 1944.

In this picture of Putin at his long table, indications are he doesn't want to risk being blown up by his aids.

[link:?quality=75&auto=webp|

US trade with Russia is less than with Vietnam.

Not even within top 15 countries.

[link:https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/toppartners.html|

Hey! I'm looking for some coverage of Ukraine's Military Defense.

My main source of info so far about pending invasion is from the NY Times. While there seem to be many pictures of Russian Tanks, Missile carriers, Fighter jets, helicopters etc. all I've seen of Ukraine's capabilities are pictures of individual soldiers in WW I like trenches. No equipment ie: Trucks, tanks, Howitzers, jets, helicopters...nothing...not even groups of more than 10 guys standing in the same area. There was a picture of some Florida national guardsmen getting ready to leave and some movies of some training with anti tank bazooka like weapons.....but again not too many troops and no equipment.

So has anybody seen anything different that would lead them to think there will even be a fight?

Just got an interesting spam attempt...thought I'd share:

Email from known sender says they were sharing a message in Dropbox..click on link. This link sent me to a sort of official looking Dropbox page which asked me to sign in using one of about 6 possibilities...for example, YahooMail, Amazon, facebook, AOL, outlook.... etc.

Apparently the page wanted me to divulge my password to one of these to get to a dropbox message.

Did not buy it. Went to my Dropbox account which hasn't been active since 2014. No message for me there.

Whaduya think?

Now we are learning there is NO way the GOP can stop a Justice appointment!

Got the wrong story, so sorry and thanks so much DU for setting me straight. As stated below, apparently, unless a Democrat Senator along the way doesn't go with Biden's pick, a stalemate in the Judicial Committee and full support from the 50 Democratic Senators will confirm his nominee...Ya-Hoo!
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