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- Bible Verse of the Day -2 Chronicles 7:14
- Biden’s State of the Union
- Germany Steps Up
- Harsh Reality meets Miss Ukraine
- War In Ukraine: Week Two by Col. Kenneth Allard
- And more…
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DAILY BIBLE VERSE
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
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Russian media posted an essay that tried to justify the Ukraine invasion, but quickly deleted it. Could this have been the intended official cover story that was quickly blown apart when Ukraine fought back so hard?
Biden’s State of the Union
In his State of the Union Address Tuesday, President Biden will tell Americans about all the efforts he made to build a global coalition to stop Vladimir Putin from invading a foreign nation. Uh, I think I might spot a slight flaw in that sales pitch…
GOP leaders also predicted what will be in it, and let’s just say that they are pre-unimpressed.
I’m not sure what Biden will say (is anyone, ever, even when he has a Teleprompter?), but if it’s anything like what he’s said so far, it could get more votes for Republicans than the entire RNC ad budget. In one recent interview, Biden claimed that he had brought “decency and honor” back to the White House, brought our international alliances back together, restored real opportunity to the middle class and “restored the soul of this country.”
He also claimed that if Americans just don’t see how great everything is, it’s because COVID’s psychological impact has made us unable to feel happy.
So if you aren’t overjoyed that you’re paying twice as much for gas and heating oil, and far more for groceries (if you can even find them on the shelves), and it’s a real stretch since Biden had you fired from your job for refusing to be vaccinated, then it’s because COVID’s given you a bad attitude.
Yeah, Joe, go out there on Tuesday and tell Americans that.
Germany Steps Up
Germany appears to have been red-pilled about relying on Russia for energy, and has done a sudden about-face on shutting down all its traditional power supplies to appease the “Green” lobby.
How DARE they be influenced by reality?!
Michael Walsh runs down how a sudden tsunami of reality is roiling the nation, particularly the woke left and the Democratic Party, washing away several years' worth of woke garbage.
Ukraine is shining a spotlight on the absurdity of claiming you’re being assaulted because someone didn’t use your preferred pronouns. The Ukrainians are forcing even leftists to take a pro-Second Amendment stance about armed citizens being an effective deterrent to an army with planes and bombs. Russia’s oil-funded aggression and skyrocketing gas prices have shown the folly of shutting down our own fuel industry when we don’t yet have any “green” substitutes. And most obvious of all, both the truckers’ protests and the polling are forcing Democrats to drop their anti-scientific COVID tyranny or face annihilation in November.
This cold bath of reality is also making it clear just how silly, self-centered and vapid our “elite” leaders really are. For instance, John Kerry fretting about the smoke from bombs fired at Ukrainians possibly contributing to climate change…
…or Twitter twits scolding evacuating Ukrainians for not maintaining social distancing; or FEMA warning that in the event of a nuclear attack, we must wear masks and maintain social distancing to be safe. I’d say that in the event of a nuclear attack, COVID would not be our top health concern.
I’d also toss in the new viral meme showing Ukraine’s President Zelinskyy wearing an armored vest while leading his people in fighting off an invading army, and comparing him to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fleeing and hiding from peaceful truckers who were honking their horns.
Two obvious signs that the left knows the jig is up on their constant bullying, fear-mongering and claims of being outraged and offended: the CDC has determined that masks will no longer be needed for Biden’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday (although I wouldn’t bet against him still wearing one.) This in a chamber where everyone has been fully vaccinated since the earliest available shots, yet Nancy Pelosi continued putting heavy fines on those who refused to wear a mask.
And as you can see in the YouTube video embedded in that article, even “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend did a sketch about people who are suffering major cognitive dissonance trying to reconcile their two years’ worth of COVID hysteria with the gradually dawning realization that a lot of it was pointless theater. When the Dems are even losing SNL, it’s no wonder they’re desperately trying to reverse course before they ram into the November iceberg.
CNN has reportedly chosen a replacement for scandal-plagued outgoing president Jeff Zucker. The new president’s chief task will be changing CNN’s image from a left-leaning, Trump-bashing opinion channel back to a mainstream news channel. It’s Chris Licht, who previously worked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and is currently a producer for “Late Night with Stephen Colbert.”
Yes, that’s how far off-track CNN has gotten that the guy who produced Joe Scarborough and Stephen Colbert thinks it has much leftwing propaganda.
Harsh Reality meets Miss Ukraine
The Babylon Bee suggests another way that leftist narratives may be upended by harsh reality.
Funny, but don't tell that to the former Miss Ukraine.
War In Ukraine: Week Two by Col. Kenneth Allard
As he often does, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates succinctly summarized the Ukrainian crisis, telling CNN’s Fareed Zakaria “Our long holiday from history is over.” He should know, having long shaped the structure that suddenly collapsed when Putin savagely invaded an inoffensive, neighboring republic. In a flash, seven decades, innumerable precedents, conventions, untold trillions in defense expenditures, and a pervasive sense of peace vanished in the roar of missiles reaching their targets.
The burning question: How long could the courageous but over-matched Ukrainians hold out before Admiral Nelson’s famous dictum caught up? “Numbers annihilate.”
But from the conflict’s first hours, Ukrainian fighters seemed determined to walk a hero’s path running from Bastogne and the Alamo back to Thermopylae. Thirteen Ukrainian border guards achieved immortality when their wonderfully obscene response to a Russian warship quickly galvanized global websites. There were startling reports of Russian transports being shot down, of armored columns ambushed and destroyed. Yet even as the bristling combined arms force bore down on him, Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelenskiy provided a classic demonstration of courage under fire, coolly dismissing an American attempt to evacuate him. “I need ammunition, not a ride!”
Defying early assumptions of Russian cyber-war, the global info-sphere instead carried resounding messages praising Zelensky and his embattled cohorts, while universally condemning Soviet-style aggression. That’s the thing about genuine heroism: Its blinding light immediately reveals and shames anything less. That is why, as the war grinds into its second week, Vladimir Putin is in real trouble. Not only has the outside world turned against him - the ruble plunging to all-time lows - but internal dissent is growing, thousands of peace demonstrators arrested on the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg. A star Russian athlete even used his television time to write “No war, please” on the camera lens. Were these people no longer afraid of the gulag and the dreaded secret police?
Far more serious was Putin’s chilling announcement that Russian nuclear forces had been placed on high alert. Was this anything more than an obvious intent to intimidate, invoking the nuclear genie to distract from Russia’s lack of progress on the ground? If so, it didn’t deter Germany - Europe’s center of gravity - from announcing that it would now support the Ukrainian resistance with anti-tank and antiaircraft weapons. Berlin’s stunning reversal - from what had been a deeply ambiguous neutrality - may have been a mortal blow to Putin’s reputation for winning by intimidation. With growing diplomatic and economic reversals now added to military ineffectiveness, there were immediate questions about the strongman’s own survival. Senior American officials like Condoleezza Rice were even wondering about Putin’s mental stability.
So is he crazy or just incapable of making sound decisions? Either way, one looked for answers from Russian history, where popular “elections” mostly ratify previous decisions of the ruling elites. So it was that Nikita Khrushchev, in October, 1962, boldly gambled and placed Soviet missiles in Cuba: but he was forced to withdraw them when confronted by President Kennedy, backed by American military might. Not many months later, Khrushchev was gone, quietly replaced because of his “adventurism” in Cuba. So why should Putin’s fate be any different?
That answer may well depend on the battles now immediately before us. Russia can reinforce its advantages in armor, artillery, hyper-baric rockets and long-range fires to trash major population centers like Kharkov and Kiev - all of it viewed in exquisite detail by an aroused global audience. NATO countries on Ukraine’s borders can reinforce the resistance by covert infiltration routes - also subject to Russian counter-attacks and increasing risks of escalation. The courageous persistence of Ukrainian fighters has already been established: but how long before Nelson’s Law takes effect? Can they win a longer insurgency?
It is a dangerous time, perhaps our most perilous since the Missiles of October, but there is no conceivable way of turning back. Watching these events unfold over this momentous weekend, I kept comparing Putin to the mad Inspector Javert from “Les Miz.” A single tune kept replaying in my mind and perhaps you heard it too:
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
NOTE: Colonel Allard is the author of Command, Control and the Common Defense, winner of the 1991 National Security Book Award. After leaving active duty, he became an on-air military analyst for the networks of NBC News
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