09 March 2014
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03 March 2014
Putin absolutely HATES the LGBT community and has been at the forefront of getting laws passed that are draconian in their treatment of the LGBT community. Putin justifies this by an appeal to xenophobic nationalism wrapped in religion. Just like RWNJ want this country to be.
Putin has established a cult that “outsiders are to be feared”. Non-Russians that are not totally subjugated to Russian demands and desires are to be viewed as constant threats to the nation. Another trait that RWNJ love to implement here.
Putin stresses a strong military above all else. So what if people live in poverty? That just provides a larger labor pool from which to draw more soldiers. Just don’t ask Putin or the leadership to provide any support or family members to the effort. Another RWNJ trademark.
Putin does not allow dissent from his opinion. RWNJ cannot do anything but disagree with President Obama, they long for the days of monolithic Imperial Presidents like GWB where dissent was frowned upon.
Given these circumstances, I would not be surprised if the RWNJ candidates for 2016 begin copying Putin’s style of rule, or promise to implement them if elected. RWNJ need a strong hand to lead them in order to stay united in their persecution of everyone else. It gives them a sense of belonging and a warped, weird purpose for their miserable little lives.
Putin has the advantage of geography. Ukraine is next to the new Russian Empire headed by Putin. No amount of protests from the rest of the world can make up for that. Without a concerted effort that would invite a broader conflict, there is no way that the rest of the world can assist Ukraine militarily to defend itself. Despite the fact that this would play right into Putin’s hands at home with his own terrified domestic audience, it would play upon the historic Russian fear of being the victims of aggression. The rest of the world will have to find another way to counteract this aggression because there is no stomach for a wider war between Russia and NATO. Since Ukraine is NOT a member of NATO, the treaty does not apply to them.
There is an historical parallel to this. Nazi Germany began by taking small steps of aggression in order to gauge the resistance that would occur. In 1936, Germany “militarized” the Rhineland, a section of land that had been declared military-free at the end of WWI. The other powers failed to react, and in fact, claimed that Germany was only reasserting itself over it’s own territory at that time.
In 2008, as the world prepared to watch the Beijing Olympics, Putin and Russia began a limited war against the tiny country of Georgia. The rest of the world protested, but once again, the situation was geographically in Russia’s favor and nothing was done. Putin learned from this the same lesson that Hitler learned from the Rhineland, and that was that taking unjustified military action against a weaker neighbor that was geographically isolated from any source of help would not risk dire consequences.
Hitler next turned his eyes to Czechoslovakia. He incited the ethnic Germans against their neighbors and then tried to appear as the savior that prevented a wider war by absorbing those ethnic Germans into Germany (and taking their territory of course). This action left Czechoslovakia a ruined state that was later annexed without protestation by the rest of the world.
Putin is now in this phase with Ukraine. He has tried to appear as the “protector” of the Russians living in Ukraine. When the Ukrainians overthrew a corrupt government that was friendly to Russia, Putin began to agitate the ethnic Russians living in Ukraine and inciting fear among them that they were being persecuted. After the fires were lit by Russia, they then put their troops stationed in Ukraine by treaty into action against the Ukrainian government and it’s people. “Spontaneous” rallies called for reunion with Russia. Historical precedent for this is Austria in 1938 by Nazi Germany as well as the Czechoslovakian crisis.
The rest of the world once again failed to act either militarily, or economically against aggression. I am not calling for war, but we have to realize what we are dealing with here. Ukraine is too isolated from sources of help for direct military action, but economic pressure and punishment of Russia is definitely an option.
What do I see when I look at Putin and Russia. I see Hitler and the 4th Reich.
I will see how much longer the snow falls here. Obviously, there are no plans to get out at all today. Since the weather is supposed to remain very cold through tomorrow, I will make up my mind about telecommuting or not for tomorrow sometime this evening. Chances are that if the government is open tomorrow that I will go into the office as well, since that means that the roads are considered passable.
This is the view from the 17th floor this morning. 3rd day of March. Unbelievable. I wish that this winter weather would just go away! Spring is supposed to be here in less than 3 weeks, but it seems forever.
01 March 2014
Local Weather Alert
Winter Storm Watch for Arlington/falls Church/alexandria, VA
From 12:00 AM EST, Mon., Mar 03, 2014 until 6:00 PM EST, Mon., Mar 03, 2014
Other affected areas:
District of Columbia, DC; Montgomery, MD; Howard, MD; Southern Baltimore, MD; Prince Georges, MD; Anne Arundel, MD; Charles, MD; St. Marys, MD; Calvert, MD; Augusta, VA; Rockingham, VA; Shenandoah, VA; Page, VA; Warren, VA; Clarke, VA; Nelson, VA; Albemarle, VA; Greene, VA; Madison, VA; Rappahannock, VA; Loudoun, VA; Orange, VA; Culpeper, VA; Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park, VA; Fairfax, VA; Arlington/Falls Church/Alexandria, VA; Stafford, VA; Spotsylvania, VA; King George, VA; Northern Fauquier, VA; Southern Fauquier, VA; Western Highland, VA; Eastern Highland, VA; Western Pendleton, WV; Eastern Pendleton, WV
Issued by The National Weather Service
Sat, Mar 1, 2014, 9:59 AM EST
Local Radar Map
Updated Mar 1, 2014, 3:35pm EST
... WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON...
* PRECIPITATION TYPE... FREEZING RAIN... SLEET... AND SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS... POTENTIAL FOR FIVE OR MORE INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET WITH SOME ICE ACCUMULATION FROM FREEZING RAIN ALSO POSSIBLE.
* TIMING... FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET LOOKS TO BEGIN OVERNIGHT SUNDAY WITH SNOW... HEAVY AT TIMES... LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY.
* TEMPERATURES... IN THE LOWER 30S OVERNIGHT SUNDAY... MID TO UPPER 20S FOR MONDAY.
* WINDS... NORTH 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
* IMPACTS... POTENTIAL FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL OVERNIGHT SUNDAY FROM ICY ROADS... BECOMING SNOWY FOR MONDAY.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW... SLEET... AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.