The big news lately is the crisis in the Ukraine, especially over Crimea after ouster of the Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovych by pro-European protestors. Yanukovych fled the country, ending up in Russia, after the Members of Parliament found the president unable to perform his duties and set an election for May 25th to select his replacement as per the constitution. Not long after suspiciously Russian-like troops invaded the southern part of Ukraine called Crimea. Though Putin denies they are Russian troops, the men are well armed with Russian weapons, wearing Russian uniforms, and driving Russian military vehicles (including tanks). March 1st, Putin requested and received authorization from the Russian parliament to send troops to the Ukraine to “protect Russian speaking individuals in Crimea”.
First off, the whole “sending Russian troops into another, autonomous country to protect Russians” reason seems a bit on the far fetched side because:
- No one asked him to, there has been no request from the people of Crimea for any type of protection. Putin says he received requests, but he refuses to make those requests known.
- Russia, being on the UN Security Council and knowing full well the rules in such matters, did not bother to take the “plight” of Russians in Crimea to the UN.
- Russia never announce a “don’t go to Crimea, leave Crimea immediately” warning to its people. If they were so worried about the situation, why not warn Russians to not travel there?
- The whole “Russian citizens” in Crimea in the first place is a situation created by Russia just to keep Crimea Russian. Back in the Stalin era, May 18, 1944 to be precise, Russia deported, disfranchised, and murdered the indigenous population Crimean Tartars. By June 26th of that year, the Armenian, Bulgarian, and Greek populations of the region were deported to central Asia with the remaining Tatars. Russians were shipped in to the region and by the Summer of 1944, Crimea had been “ethnically cleansed” of all but Russians. It was not until the dissolution of the USSR that Tartars were allowed back into Crimea, at the much reduced population that remained. Then we have the whole passport situation in September 2008.
A little history lesson, Crimea is currently a sovereign state withing the Ukraine. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Crimea became part of the Ukraine when the newly formed Crimea parliament passed a constitution that stated that Crimea was an autonomous part of the country of Ukraine and would abide by Ukrainian law on May 5th and 6th of 1992. On May 19 of that year, Crimea agreed to remain part of Ukraine and annulled its proclamation of self-government. Ukraine had been very lenient with Crimea in the following years, even allowing the region to establish an office of the president and amending the constitutions of the countries to ease conflicts between Ukraine and Crimea. It was not until March 17, 1995 that the Russian-leaning Crimean President Yuriy Meshkov was removed by the Ukrainian Parliament and his office dissolved for his actions against the state and promoting integration with Russia. A new constitution for the area was drawn up and put into place, returning to the previous autonomous state within Ukraine minus the president’s office. Since that time Russia has been accused of various attempts at instability such as giving Russian passports to Crimeans to justify any future “intervention”.
Hillary Clinton is correct, this smacks of what the Nazis did right before the invasion of Poland that sparked World War II.
Next topic is what little we can actually do about the invasion.
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I know, it has been almost a year since I last posted an entry. I have just been sooooooo busy lately. It seems I wake up in time to go to work and get home in time to fix dinner and go to bed. I am going to try, and try is the operative word, to get back to regular posting.
One thing I must point out, unless you are going to go commando, you should put you pants on after you put on your underwear. Trying to put your underwear on after your pants will result in a lot of problems. Same goes with lace-up work boots, they should go on after your pants and after you put on socks. I must have been really sleepy when I tried to dress myself this morning.
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I have jumped to the conclusion that I am not the only one to say stupid things. Here are a few others and not I said.
- “I cannot find the car keys anywhere. Yes, I looked in the car do…” Guess why she suddenly stopped talking.
- “Did you stub your toe?” After watching me do just that.
- Me: ‘I want a hamburger with ketchup and mustard only.” Guy: “Do you want ketchup on that?” Girl in the background: “Ask him if he wants mustard on that too.”
- “If I were not in this car I would drive over him he is so slow.” You need another car to drive over people? Yes, she was driving at the time.
- “Is it okay to cross the street when the signal is flashing Do Not Walk?’ No, that is just for the people who cannot fly across the street.
- “I don’t like to go to funerals because there are dead people there.” I am not sure there is a funeral for live people.
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I got a few of the chores done yesterday and now I am paying for it. Your body can handle only so much work and stress in a day and this is a point in cleaning and scrubbing that you hands start to go numb. Plus there is that cleaning solution that cleans your skin layers off better than it does that stain in the toilet. And speaking of that stain on the toilet, how and who made this stain? It was not I. I don’t remember missing the toilet and painting the seat with pee. I think I need to have a talk with my son about his aim.
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Another lazy Saturday with nothing to do… scratch that. I have already been up and mowed the lawn, I have a pile of dishes to wash, and there are a list of other chores to do. I really wanted to take a day off and just relax but that seems like a lost cause. I guess I could just wait until tomorrow and do the chores, but the dishes are already home to some pre-sentient life mold that is sprouting antenna as we speak and i am sure they are eying the garbage that needs to be taken out.
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Another in the long line of making up a title then writing a post about it.
I like a wide range of music, but even I have some music I just cannot bring myself to like. I really do not like country western or rap. The country western I can understand as my father and his folks played it constantly without regard to how bad it was. Rap I just never got around to liking.
There are some exceptions, such as I like Rapper’s Delight and RunDMC’s cover of Walk This Way, in country I like the Crystal Gayle and Juice Newton songs… okay Crystal and Juice are not really country western. so right now I cannot think of any country western I like, I am sure that is a song or two. I keep listing country songs but i just cannot find a real country western.
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You know that sometimes you say something stupid, your mind is thinking one this and then you mouth says something different. Your mind may be about 5 sentences beyond the point that your mouth is and the mind does not want to wait for the mouth to catch up. In those cases the mouth gets confused and starts spouting out a string of words for which the brain did not send signals. Take the title for instance, I was talking about a politician when I got to what he said along the “if wishes were horses” line. Somewhere between my braind and mouth, “if horses were wishes all beggars would have a ride” because “if birds had wings they would fly”. Yeah, I am still trying to figure that one out.
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It has been almost four months since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and there is still no consensus in Washington, D.C. on what to do about the violence. I am all for gun rights and allowing people to own guns, but I still think that there should be some restrictions and responsibilities. Every freedom that we enjoy in this nation has both good and bad points, restrictions, and responsibilities, gun ownership should be no different. It is not like mandatory background checks and registration is a new concept, we have been doing this for years in various areas with no complaints. People are like sheep when it comes to overly cautious searches and background checks for boarding a plan (yes, they do background checks when you buy a plan ticket) but mention putting some responsibility and background checks into gun ownership and some people think the government is going to take over. I just don’t understand it. Well, yes I do, it is the NRA, a very vocal minority run by a power-hungry organization head, that is making such a fuss about nothing.
I favor extensive background checks on ALL firearm purchases, weapons and ammo alike. If you have nothing to hide then you should not be worried about them checking to see if you are actually sane or non-criminal enough to actually own a weapon, they check your background before letting you on a plane and you do not complain.
I favor making all purchases and transactions on weapons and ammo documented. Unless you are selling weapons on the black market or to your crazy cousin, you should not be worried about registering, you register your car. Registering weapons makes gun ownership the responsibility of the owner of the gun, if your gun is stolen, you need to report it. If you sell your gun, you need to report it. If you do not do so then anything done with that gun, robberies, murders, or accidents, will be your responsibility and you will be prosecuted for crimes. You do not want the government in your life, but you don’t want to take responsibility for your life either.
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Yes, another mindless post about nothing really with more unordered list….
- 1453 – The Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II begins the siege of Constantinople.
- 1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now Florida.
- 1755 – Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India.
- 1792 – The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
- 1800 – Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna.
- 1801 – Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Copenhagen – The British capture the Danish fleet.
- 1851 – Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand.
- 1863 – Richmond Bread Riot: Food shortages incite hundreds of angry women to riot in Richmond, Virginia and demand that the Confederate government release emergency supplies.
- 1865 – American Civil War: The Siege of Petersburg is broken – Union troops capture the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia, forcing Confederate General Robert E. Lee to retreat.
- 1865 – American Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his Cabinet flee the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.
- 1885 – Cree warriors attacked the village of Frog Lake, North-West Territories, Canada, killing 9.
- 1900 – The United States Congress passes the Foraker Act, giving Puerto Rico limited self-rule.
- 1902 – Dmitry Sipyagin, Minister of Interior of the Russian Empire, is assassinated in the Marie Palace, St Petersburg.
- 1902 – “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California.
- 1911 – The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country’s first national census.
- 1912 – The ill-fated RMS Titanic begins sea trials.
- 1917 – World War I: President Woodrow Wilson asks the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war on Germany.
- 1921 – The Autonomous Government of Khorasan, a military government encompassing the modern state of Iran, is established.
- 1930 – After the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
- 1945 – Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established.
- 1956 – As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format.
- 1962 – The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
- 1972 – Actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time since being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.
- 1973 – Launch of the LexisNexis computerized legal research service.
- 1973 – The Liberal Movement breaks away from the Liberal and Country League in South Australia.
- 1975 – Vietnam War: Thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quang Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops.
- 1975 – Construction of the CN Tower is completed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It reaches 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft) in height, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure.
- 1980 – President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound.
- 1982 – Falklands War: Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.
- 1986 – Alabama governor George Wallace, a former segregationist most widely known for the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door”, announces that he will not seek a fifth four-year term and will retire from public life upon the end of his term in January 1987.
- 1989 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Havana, Cuba to meet with Fidel Castro in an attempt to mend strained relations.
- 1991 – Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province when she succeeds William Vander Zalm (who had resigned) as Premier of British Columbia.
- 1992 – In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
- 1994 – The National Convention of New Sudan of the SPLA/M opens in Chukudum
- 2002 – Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
- 2004 – Islamist terrorists involved in the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks attempt to bomb the Spanish high-speed train AVE near Madrid. Their attack is thwarted.
- 2006 – Over 60 tornadoes break out in the United States; hardest hit is in Tennessee with 29 people killed
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It is kinda weird having April Fool’s Day on the day after Easter. I guess today is the day to “fool” people so here I go… WITH A BULLET LIST!
- The rabbit just ate your dog, he mistook it for a duck.
- Rabbit season, duck season, rabbit season, duck season.
- The Internet will be closed down at 3 pm Pacific time today for the annual cleaning up of X-rated Youtube videos.
- Breaking News! Kim Kardashian vowed today to become relevant and to actually look for a job in her skill set.
- Breaking News! The GOP exploded this morning, lobbyist sad.
- Breaking News! Democrats decide to cut all social services everywhere, including those in other countries that we do no fund.
- Breaking News! Fox News tells the truth.
- Bullets fired from gun does not kill you, it is the sound that kills you.
- The moon is not made from cheese, but Mars is made from chili powder.
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