Over this past weekend:

Putin to Finland: “Now you did it!”

(Mail) As Russia tries to get its hands around the unintended consequences of the Ukraine invasion that was supposed to last for a week and end in a big victory…

Vladimir Putin told the President of Finland he is making a ‘mistake’ by joining NATO as it faces ‘no security threats in a phone call this morning.

And in a speech on the 80th day of the war in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: ‘The collective West has announced a total hybrid war on us.

‘It is difficult to forecast how long this will all last, but it is clear that the consequences will be felt by everybody without exception.’

Finland and Sweden’s efforts to join NATO met a hurdle when Turkish President Erdogan said he could not support their entry bids because of Kurdish terrorist organizations operating in the Nordic countries.

All 30 NATO member states must sign off on each new entrant.

Erdogan’s top foreign policy advisor clarified today that the country is ‘not closing the door’ on the countries’ bids.

Ibrahim Kalin: ‘We are not closing the door. But we are basically raising this issue as a matter of national security for Turkey.’

The Kremlin attack dog added: ‘We’ve done everything to avoid a direct clash but the challenge has been thrown to us and we accept it. Cancel culture against everything Russia is being used against us.’

‘We are doing everything we can to defend the interests of our citizens abroad. Ukraine is an instrument, a tool, to contain Russia’s peaceful development,’ he said.

As to the Turks – would anyone expect less?

Sweden is next. Maybe Russia can threaten to invade them too in a show of peace and fellowship?


Onerous regulations, bad trade policy, and a recall contribute to America’s worst baby formula shortage in memory.


This Week in History


The crusader knight, Simon V de Montfort, returned to England in 1263, at the invitation of the barons who were convinced of King Henry III’s hostility to all reform and raised a rebellion with the avowed object of restoring the form of government that the Provisions had ordained. Henry quickly gave in and allowed Montfort to take control of the council. His son Edward, however, began using patronage and bribes to win over many of the barons. Montfort agreed to allow King Louis IX of France to arbitrate their dispute. Civil war broke out almost immediately, with the royalists again able to confine the reformist army in London.

In early May 1264, Simon marched out with 5,000 men to give battle to the King’s 10,000 knights and soldiers. His army marched from their camp at Fletching to take up position on Offam Hill, whilst Henry had left the relative safety of Lewes Castle to engage the Barons in battle. The barons made one last attempt at negotiation and compromise, but their overtures were insultingly rejected.

Henry’s forces initially enjoyed some limited success when his son, Prince Edward (later King Edward I) routed part of the Baronial army with a cavalry charge. In doing so, however, he may have also cost the day, as in the pursuit of his quarry he not only left the battlefield, but Henry’s flank exposed. The royal infantry suffered significant casualties as the only option now left to them was to attack the Baronial army on top of the hill. It was a bloody fight: numbers killed during the battle may have amounted to some 3,000.

Simon captured the King, Lord Edward, and Richard of Cornwall, Henry’s brother and the titular King of Germany. Montfort used his victory to set up a government based on the provisions first established at Oxford in 1258. Henry retained the title and authority of King, but all decisions and approval now rested with his council, led by Montfort and subject to consultation with parliament.

Illustration Captioned – by Graham Turner: “Cry Dragon! – Henry III at the Battle of Lewes. As the terrible clangour of the trumpets rings out, the dragon standard is unfurled, and the king’s supporters spur their destriers forward against the rebels on the hills above.”



Blogging (housekeeping)

The blog goes on. I’ve been asked in e-mail how much time I put into the blog every day. It takes me somewhere around 30-45 minutes to come up with the blog. I type very fast and that’s a help. I’m curious so often you are the victims of my curiosity. (it killed the cat but satisfaction brought him back) Often it’s a break that I take from some of the work that I do. It allows me to shift gears in search of clarity. I appreciate all of you who comment. I also appreciate those of you who are able to add to the general content.



U.S. Navy Underwater Demolitions Team (predecessors to the SEALs) in Tokyo Bay, post-surrender. 1945

We are the sons of UDT.  As best I recall, Class 162 (recorded here) was going through BUDS circa 1990 and the first Gulf War. I recall seeing 162 helmets when I was at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado when we were gearing up to go to Saudi Arabia. Over thirty years ago now. I’d been a drilling reservist at NR-Team 1/3/5 when Saddam invaded. Seems like yesterday but it wasn’t. (too old to rock and roll, too young to die) I think that the current class is 345 or 346.


  1. Off Topic: Randy Weaver from Ruby Ridge passed away last week (https://reason.com/2022/05/13/randy-weaver-dies/). My research found that the same sniper – Lon Horiuchi – that shot Vicky Weaver and their infant daughter supposedly also shot David Koresh at Waco less than one year later.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon_Horiuchi#Waco: On September 13, 1993, Charles Riley, a fellow FBI sniper deployed during the Waco Siege claimed that he had heard Horiuchi shooting from “Sierra One”, an FBI-held house in front of the compound holding eight snipers, including Horiuchi and Christopher Curran, on April 19, 1993. Riley later retracted his statement, saying that he had been misquoted, and that he had only heard snipers at Sierra One announce that shots had been fired by Branch Davidians. Riley later clarified that he had heard a radio report from Sierra One that someone at that position had witnessed gunfire from within the compound.[10]

    Three of the twelve expended .308 Winchester[clarification needed] casings that the Texas Rangers reported finding in the house were at Horiuchi’s position. However, officials maintain that they could have been left behind from the earlier use of the house by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives snipers on February 28, 1993, and that it would be “nearly impossible” to match them to Horiuchi’s rifle, as it had probably been fitted with a new barrel since that time.

    • If I recall correctly, there were two FBI investigations of their own shooting at Ruby Ridge. Both were whitewashed. The third investigation, conducted by the Postal Inspection Service had been demanded by Congress and that investigation was fair. I know that because I personally know the Postal Inspector who did the investigation and trust him 100%.

      My level of trust in FBI integrity is 0%. It’s difficult to reach 0, but from what I have personally seen the FBI do, and cover up, they earned it.

      At Waco, Koresh used to go into town all the time, predictably, walking his dog, etc. ATF could have arrested him without incident. This is from ATF people who worked for me personally. It was a complete goat rope on ATF’s part that escalated to the point we’re all aware of. I’m not a particular fan of the Branch Davidians either, for this historical record.

      People I know personally were part of the clean-up crew after the fact at WACO.

      “My” ATF people weren’t there but they were very critical of the way that it was managed.

      • At the time, the administration needed to show that they could do whatever they wanted to do — just as they did in Arkansas.

        In the typical manner of local cops escalating a situation so that they can arrest, tase or shoot someone with impunity, the David Koresh affair should have resulted in the firing of supervisors and others. Instead, it just faded away with the TV pundits telling us that they Branch Davidians were just crazy and had to be eliminated.

        • Ruby Ridge was the Administration and FBI flexing muscles.

          Waco was a local cock-up by ATF that went out of control when their messed dynamic entry got them killed.

  2. 30 to 45 minutes? It takes me that long to turn on my computer in the morning.

    You’re dead on about those popsicle sticks. I’m saving mine for a new deck.

    • I’ve threatened to disassemble my house and sell the lumber a piece at a time, the goal is to become a lumber billionaire. The steel Roof that cost me $25K now would cost me $70K, so that would be for sale too. It’s all insane, Odie. Let’s go Brandon!

  3. so the lefty gungrabbers got their holy grail in buffalo this weekend. took sleepy joe and his handlers til monday to wake up and say something. joe’s beauty sleep couldn’t be interrupted. turns out two victims were white, shooter is a lefty nut job. after a few gaffs from slojoe this will fade quickly from the headlines, before the details can be disseminated….funny how quickly finland and friends quit their valiant neutrality in favor of a nato blanket. they forget the blanket comes with strings, and offers concealment but not cover….india, others, having food riots. brandon spring begins. gonna be a long hot summer.

    • The progs always hope that a shooter is a good, conservative, Christian with a family. The reality is that most of them are leftists with grievances and a history of providing information to the FBI.

      I recall the (narco-gang) homicide of Jason Gauv in Garden Grove, CA. The FBI showed up, all a flutter, interested in this and that. Sure enough, he was murdered with a handgun that the FBI gave to a guy they sprang from prison to go on the street as an informant. It’s more typical than you’d think.

  4. I for one am very pleased that you blog! I really enjoy your wide range of interests and I often learn something new…

    • Agreed. I greatly enjoy your info and insight. I only wish I could get going on mine again. Seems like I get mind block lately when I try to write. LOL

  5. Thank goodness for your “mind breaks” it provides all of us with a lot of information and some realistic analysis.

    NATO, we are not making things easier to resolve. I remember when the Soviet Union was breaking up one of the positions that the US had was that NATO would not extend any farther East. That was quite a few countries ago. I am not saying that it is the sole cause of the mess in Ukraine but it sure added fuel to the fire.

    Don’t know how the statistics could be gathered but it would be interesting to see how much crime is actually committed by confidential informants and the like and how much crime would be reduced if it was not encouraged by the FBI or other government agency.

  6. “30-45 minutes”…when you do something that long it becomes second nature. Even still, that’s a very short time for the level of varied content you present. And switching gears isn’t that easy…well, for us engineer types anyway (that “linear” thought process thing).

    “‘We’ve done everything to avoid a direct clash but the challenge has been thrown to us and we accept it..”

    Nowadays every perpetrator blames their victim, trying to sound like THEY are the real victim in something they caused (you cannot be a victim of something you caused). The newest rape defense by scumbag attorneys torturing the facts: “My client had a sexual relationship with the deceased which is why his DNA was found on the victim.”…WHO HE MURDERED AFTER.

    Russians using the same “we had no choice but to attack” technique as HRC, Mr MAGU, and every congressional reprobate is repulsive but informative…they all play from the same evil handbook that affords a clear conscience to their misdeeds. A Fredd pox is needed.

    • The Russians are somewhat predictable – but I must admit that Putin’s general invasion of Ukraine surprised me. And I’m sure that it in turn, going as it did, surprised Putin.

  7. I am always impressed by the quality and varied content of this blog. (This includes commenters.)
    Hat’s off to you, Larry.

      • Your posts, and the comments with it, are what coalesce my random thoughts into form so I can post comments as well.
        If I contribute, it’s because of what has been posted beforehand.

      • What Frank ^^ said.
        Your blog attracts the commenters who in turn enhance its value. Their various interests and experiences add depth and perspective.

        • Agree with all the comments. I usually wait to read the blogs 24 hours after they are published to that I can read the comments and LL’s oftentimes witty and insightful replies.

  8. Not qualified to comment often. But read every day. Always something to learn. I really appreciate your insight into current events. Really glad you have access to unvarnished truth. It matters a great deal.

  9. My apologies as this adds nothing to the comments. When I first opened the main page where the top picture is seen in miniature, being tired and bleary eyed, I thought this would have an article on Africa. I thought the red, and yellow knights in the bottom left, were two African women in traditional dress, as seen from behind. Didn’t realize differently until I opened the page.

  10. I must have seen the Richrd Widmark movie “The Frogmen” a dozen times or more when I was a kid. Between that and “Sea Hunt”, I was hooked on SCUBA gear.


    Agree with the others…..Thanks for doing the blog. It keeps us informed of current events, past history, and amusing memes.

  11. Yep, don’t understand ‘what’ Putin is trying to do… And Turkey is being Turkey… sigh
    The Battle of Lewes is the classic case of what happens when the cavalry goes haring off on its own.

    • As with Gettysburg — Cavalry is a part of the military, not some sort of adjunct designed to bring glory to the cavalry commander/leader.

  12. My days seem to follow a pattern: Wake up still breathing (always a positive), SS&S, make coffee, pet the dog, pet the wifey, feed the cat, then peruse the latest news on the net….your blog is at the top of my favorites right after Tuckers opening monologue. Living the dream.

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