Our Great Patriotic War

By Flatus, a Trail Mix Contributor

The Great Patriotic War (1941-1945)

“The Nazi invasion of the USSR in June 1941 heralded the beginning of the most titanic battle in the history of humanity. The war ended in complete defeat for Nazi Germany less than four years later with the fall of Berlin on May 9, 1945. Over 20,000,000 Soviet citizens and soldiers died in the struggle to liberate the Motherland from the fascist aggressors.” — www.marxists.org.

Why in the dickens did President Trump choose, for his special day, this name?

National Day of Patriotic Devotion


Author: Flatus

Just an Ohlfahrt getting older--80ish widower living in northeast Columbia, SC adjacent to a beautiful nature preserve. Mind my own business--never go out nor entertain outsiders.

50 thoughts on “Our Great Patriotic War”

  1. After the nazis (Germans) invaded the soviet union (russians, mostly), commies in Britain called for Churchill to open ‘the Second Front’. The reds put up posters all across the country, and daubed buildings with their demand for ‘the Second Front’. Finally, Churchill made a radio speech in which he reminded people that russia was ‘the Second Front’.

    In fact, Britain was already engaged on TWO fronts, whereas stalin only had one front to deal with.

  2. oh boy it’s pipeline city  Pres Pussy Grabber brings back the keystone and dakota access pipeline

    if you were holding on to the idea he would be good on energy issues—you should be disappointed now


  3. As I asked yesterday, what does one DO on drumpf’s NDPD?  Face Washington and genuflect? Praise god for giving us Cheeto?  Help me here.

  4. It’s not enough to all the condom a liar –stop putting her on the air and giving the lying sack of shit a platform
    ROSEN: I don’t think the people interviewing Kellyanne Conway know why they are doing that. Meaning that the journalistic logic of it is growing dimmer with every interview.
    KAFKA: ’Cause the journalistic logic is, “We’ve heard from one side, let’s ask the other.”
    ROSEN: Yes. And also, Peter, the logic is, this is a representative of the president. This is somebody who can speak for the Trump administration. But if we find that what Kellyanne Conway says is routinely or easily contradicted by Donald Trump, then that rationale disappears. Another reason to interview Kellyanne Conway is, our viewers want to understand how the Trump world thinks. But if the end result of an interview with her is more confusion about what the Trump world thinks, then that rationale evaporates.
    KAFKA: So it’s not the lying? It’s the inconsistencies?
    ROSEN: No, it’s not just lying or spin or somebody who is skilled in the political arts of putting the best case on things or not answering a question, which is a pretty basic method of doing politics. It’s that when you are done listening to Kellyanne Conway, you probably understand less. That’s a problem.


  5. Flatus: It could be worse…he could have called it National Day of Presidential Devotion-Really surprising that he didn’t call for a National Day of Trump Devotion!

    Pat: re his new look(previous thread) I think after all the tweets about his orange hair, his keepers have decided that whiter hair looks more presidential.

    So, he meets with CIA to talk about National Security and honor the fallen and talks about the numbers attending his inauguration being lies. He meets with congressional leaders and talks with them about the popular vote numbers being lies due to the millions of illegal votes. No, he’s not narcissistic and crazy at all!!  Someone should give him a copy of “How To Be President-For Dummies”!

    In other news Piers Morgan has been bashing the Women’s March in articles and tweets. May trumplestiltskin will appoint him to something…he’d fit right in!

  6. Seems dear leader Kim Jong-un had the same idea as dear leader, only earlier.  Due to constant and persistent plagiarism issues with the administration one might be tempted to think dear leader copied from dear leader.

  7. He started changing his hair color during the primaries and also modified the style for the exactly the reason pat mentions –what looks presidential.

    You all know people who have not changed their hair style ever.  Trump is like that – he found a look he thinks works for him, only it was 50 years ago

    And lets stop that other lie that Trump is not a politician – he has been playing politics for years including his pay for play activities about which he is happy to brag about.   He never did any good he was more in the succubus category

    Mrs. Greenspan must have spent all morning reading her thesaurus — she would not utter the word lie but did use canard  seriouly  and she also said the  CREW lawsuit was nothing but Democrats and had some creepy skeletor  saying the suit was nothing —- really Mrs G  what have you done with all your money that you are still working –did you lose it in the 2008 crash

  8. Flatus….   because someone who knew a smidgen of history told him it would make a great title….  knowing all along that frump wouldn’t care even if he did know where it came from.  After all…  it’s not like he respects the troops and most of the WWII vets are dead anyways.

  9. 636057429159772200-Cop-law-JRW06.JPG
    (Photo: Jenna Watson/IndyStar)

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Sen. Jack E. Sandlin is facing a social media backlash for a Facebook post that called the masses gathered for last weekend’s Women’s March “fat women out walking.”
    Sandlin, a Republican who represents 36th District voters who live between 10th Street and south of Greenwood in Johnson County, took down the message but not before screenshots had been widely shared on Facebook and Twitter.
    The post in question went up Sunday and showed a photo of a mass of protesters, many in pink hats and carrying signs, with the words “In one day Trump got more fat women out walking than Michelle Obama did in 8 years.”

    Now he is trying to pretend he just doesn’t know how it got there.

  10. Pres Pussy Grabber is creating a few house vacancies which will all be filled by special election

    the constitution sez so

    Even though they are safe gooper seats the Dems should mount good campaigns with good candidates it’s an opportunity to discuss issues…I think people will like that even in Kansas
    I think there are enough people looking for things to do that these campaigns could be a lot of fun and maybe help out someone interested in running for office — and in this case not much expectation of winning but getting some good attention.

    Bring back the 50 state strategery!

  11. Putinists have already infiltrated our government- pointing out that fact won’t put the genie back in the bottle.

  12. NDPD is New Speak for Bow Down  Before Trump.   Or, maybe the initials stand for something.

    Not Donald; Putin Dictates.

    If it is just one day, Inaguration Day, and it doesn’t apply to every January 20th, nor even every four years, what was the point of naming  it?   Just something crazy to distract everyone?

    Maybe the media needs to sack up & deal with Trumpco differently.

    Assume everyone in his coven (apologies to good witches) is lying or trying distract from a real story.

    Have REAL journalists cover everything but Kellyanne, Spicer, Reince, etc.

    Let the (as C’bob called them) glorified kindergarten teachers who up-talk even when they aren’t asking a question cover Trump’s mouthpieces…and then edit coverage into negative soundbites that will drive Trump right off the rails.

    In other words, play games like he does, allowing real journalists to shine a light on the real news.

    It’s time for news people to get serious, again.


  13. Democrats should immediately  call for an investigation of voter fraud and include in it the improper removal of people from the voting rolls

    Good job dems they have their own infra structure and jobs bill
    now they need the national service bill 2 years at 18 lots of choices men and women

  14. Trump bars EPA from issuing public grants, media updates
    Politics  7 minutes ago
    According to the Huffington Post, the Trump administration has instructed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees to respect a social media blackout as well as instituted a freeze on public grants and contracts awarded by the agency.
    soon the only news we will get will be from Mr and Ms Alternate Facts

  15. that gag order prolly is to snuff alerts and helpful info from going out and motivating reaction for these pipeline actions.

    from nytimes:

    President Trump moved assertively on Tuesday to resurrect a pipeline in the Dakotas that had become a major flashpoint for Native Americans, while reviving the Keystone XL pipeline, which had stirred years of debate over the balance between energy needs and environmental concerns.
    The actions were the latest to dismantle Obama era policies. The former president rejected the proposed 1,179-mile Keystone pipeline in 2015, arguing that it would undercut American leadership in curbing reliance on carbon energy to address a warming climate.
    Mr. Trump signed a document clearing the way for the government to reconsider the pipeline as well as another expediting the Dakota Access pipeline from North and South Dakota to Illinois.
    The Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota became the focus of protests when the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe objected to its construction less than a mile from its reservation. The tribe and its allies won victory last month when the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would look for alternative routes for the $3.7 billion pipeline instead of allowing it to be drilled under a dammed section of the Missouri River.
    Mr. Trump signed an executive memorandum directing the Army “to review and approve in an expedited manner” the pipeline, “to the extent permitted by law and as warranted.” In his session with reporters, he added, “Again, subject to terms and conditions to be negotiated by us.”
    Mr. Trump owned stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the company that is building the Dakota Access pipeline, according to his most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission. Last month, a spokesman for Mr. Trump said he sold all of his stock in June, but there is no way of verifying that sale, and Mr. Trump has not provided documentation of it.

  16. Seeing notes on the ‘net stating that the new administration is putting in restrictions on federal employees interacting with the public.  The actual notices/emails should be showing up very soon so we can see exactly what is allowed, starting with every contact is not allowed.

  17. Just returned from five hours going between the VA and the State offices helping the survivor of a Navy petty officer navigate the structure that will eliminate the property tax burden on their dwelling and car. He died more than five years ago of his service connected, 100-pct disabling, conditions.

  18. the gag order goes hand in hand with the Holman rule.  altho the article is about gov’t outsiders vs gov’t expertise, it does give a little light on that sword now hanging over anyone who talks/tweets.  here’s an excerpt from Washingtonian: “How Many Outsiders Does It Take to Run a Government?”

    In the late afternoon of its first day in session, the 115th Congress reinstated a long-dormant measure known as the Holman Rule. This abstruse piece of law allows legislators to cut funding for individual programs or, even more surgically, reduce the salaries of individual federal workers to a dollar. The move—which effectively creates a work-around for pols to fire job-protected civil servants—made national headlines. Which, of course, was the point.

    Some 12 percent of the greater Washington workforce is employed by the feds and, like the rest of permanent Washington, has gotten used to being pilloried during campaign season—candidates have been promising to pull the stopper and drain the swamp pretty much since the swamp was established. President Trump’s calls for a federal hiring freeze, a pension reduction, and an end to lockstep pay increases are, in this way, nothing new.

    The resurrection of the Holman Rule, though, looks like the opening volley in a war on the civil service. At worst, it’s an ultimatum to dissenting workers; at best, it’s a stunt that will nonetheless have a chilling effect on dissent. It also signals an alarming cultural shift. Seen alongside the new administration’s green Cabinet picks, only 10 of whom have government experience, Holman feels like another potshot at a familiar bogeyman of our discontented age—one that’s a point of pride for Washingtonians of all ideological stripes: expertise.

    it’s not just those pesky know-it-all good gov workers they’ll use the Holman on…. goodbye anybody who blows a whistle via social media.

  19. and now for the winner. open the envelope please…


    Controversial conservative firebrand Dinesh D’Souza’s burgeoning career as a filmmaker may have taken a significant hit on Monday. His widely panned recent pseudo-documentary “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” was nominated for four Razzies, an award that recognizes the worst movies of the year. [….]

    The Razzies, which also shouted out critically reviled films from last year like “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Dirty Grandpa,” nominated D’Souza for Worst Actor, Worst Director (a dishonor he shared with Bruce Schooley) and Worst Picture. Additionally, Becky Turner, who appears in some of the film’s panned scripted portions, was nominated for Worst Actress for her performance in the film.

  20. Published on Jan 23, 2017

    Seth takes a closer look at the new Trump administration openly lying on its first full day in office.

  21. fearless leader on huffpo: Putin’s Art of the Deal

    While President Trump wasted time griping about coverage of his Inauguration crowd size, Russian boss Vladimir Putin got busy making a heck of a deal that threatens U.S. influence in the Middle East.

    On Inauguration Day Russia inked a long-term agreement to greatly enlarge its military presence in Syria, more than doubling the space for warships (including nuclear subs) in Russia’s only Mediterranean port and securing rights to a major air base.


    What’s happening here is the outflow of perceptions that the U.S. is withdrawing from the region under Trump. And Putin is picking up the slack.

    way to go, boss!


  22. Pussy Grabber is a terrible deal maker

    since being elected he made very bad deals or taken credit for other people’s work

    ‘It was a costume inauguration party! All the guests came dressed as empty seats. #SpicerFacts’

  23. I am pondering something. A friend who reads us regularly said that we seem to be a closed community. I don’t really understand that, but I’ve heard it before. How do we remedy that?

  24. Maybe we need a post (or a tag line to the daily post) inviting lurkers to join in the mix.

    Now Trump is going to make us rely on hacked info to find out what’s going on?

  25. Keystone makes no sense, not even in Trump’s bizarro world.  Canadian oil cutting through & polluting American land & water to go to Chia-Nah.

    No long-term jobs with the exception of a few for maintenance to try plug up the leaks and the clean-up crew.


  26. Closed community? Hell, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    Ping comes by. At least he’s polite and thoughtful. That’s open enough.lol

    And then there’s Jack and Solar……ain’t nothing closed about those two…….

  27. Craig…   I’m with Sturg on that one.   I mean….  are you saying if we could only change people’s perception….  the way they think.   Well…. yeah….   if pigs could fly.

  28. Maybe it’s because most of us have been around for such a long time that the conversational tone seems clique-y. I think the lurkers just need a written invitation.

    How many dudes have to shuffle off this mortal coil before we get to someone relatively-normal in line of succession as POTUS?

  29. Craig

    Glad to see you writing again.  I agree an open invitation to the thoughtful and courteous even in disagreement.

  30. Craig….just checking in…..Ive been trying to warn the trail for the past cpl of months….yes the trail is a very closed community… its taken a few years….lots of Indies and or different minded have not felt very comfortable….I’m stuburn and know and consider all here my freinds…but sometimes its a struggle ….so ive become more of a lurker now…..few years ago we had a few….6/7 Indies around …lots to talk about around the clock… now the conversation stops pretty early……give you an example……ive welcomed all the recent new comers…asked them direct question.s….mada……. carol started a blog …..all Indies…I participated on both….no
    Matter what I said after a cpl of years. Carol seemed answer with a religouse tone…I l pulled out little…….u ever try contacting… Chloe…coreen..other Indies? Nn
    Take a look at the past cpl months…..see if you can see what I see…..or just ignore me like u alwlays do….same with the others elites ……all dens need to find ways to include us….I have suggested a few…..what happened to that big tent……dens can rah…rah rah all they want..talk about a strong bench but all the players look the same…hope the trail doesn’t follow……later

  31. Nice blog on Huffpo, Craig.   trumpence is changing the geo-political landscape.  Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem?  Expect massive amounts of money to be sucked from the US to the ME.  Meanwhile, china is romancing Mexico and most of Latin America to fill the vacuum trumpence will create by his isolationism.

    As for a closed community?  Your headline almost says as much…’A user supported news commentary.’  Not very inviting…exciting, imo.   When you had comments rolling on the side, etc., it acted as more of a tease to read more.  Perhaps you should have a lurker’s day…no old timers allowed and let the lurkers have at it.



  32. Come on gang – the only thing that’s happened over the past couple of days that is Trump is the size of the crowd at the inauguration and the assertion that 3.5 million people voted illegally.

    Everything else, and I mean everything, is the White Haired-Devil standing behind Trump when he signs the crap:  Mike Pence.

  33. Our friend Vanilla Birdies (Arabella) just posted this on Facebook and gave me permission to cross post.

    So I’ve kept relatively quiet over the last few months on here after the election. Although, like most people I know, I managed very well to alienate and piss off a number of people. I don’t regret that. Many people, whether left or right leaning were very anxious to get the election over with so that they could return to normalcy with friends, family and acquaintances. Sometimes though, that’s not possible. Sometimes there are indeed sore losers…And sometimes there are sore winners. This isn’t that. This is hate. This is an idea of entitlement to something or someone or somewhere that isn’t yours to control or take. This is ignorance and fear…Or in other words, this is hate. After the election, I’d never felt more Jewish. I grew up in a very nice Manhattan liberal bubble but I’ve had a fair share of bigotry and sexism…And plenty of privilege. But after the election and swastikas appearing in New York…I felt very Jewish. I don’t mean that as a sudden attachment to my religion. I felt the fear. Like many of our collective ancestors, mine came to this country to escape persecution and murder. And while the hope of better opportunities (not easier) were a factor…The escape of persecution and murder were the reason. So, I’m six generation american (bringing back the lower case a, with a nod to Abbie Hoffman) on my paternal grandfather’s side. This is the same grandfather who fought in WWII. This is also the same grandfather whose uncle was ruined and forgotten by WWI…We are not a country fair to the very people we espouse as being patriots. We are not a country fair to the prospect of people immigrating…Immigrants exactly like your ancestors…Neither better nor worse. We as a whole see equality as being yet another thing that someone is asking for (i.e. isn’t blank enough??) rather than an unalienable human right. We bloat and deplete and destroy the planet and the animals and humans that reside in it. Or we turn our heads when we see it happening. This is a genuinely frightening time. And I blame. I blame those that voted blindly or with blatant agendas. You are not good. We are not okay. There are no sore losers or sore winners. But this horror show is still your reflection and may you continue to see it as long as people continue to feel it. And if you don’t feel shame or fear, I hope at least that you can see yourself in it.

  34. I forgot to share my Sophie Cruz meme here!

    Craig: Glad you’re writing out in the big bad world again 😉 Russia having a big military presence in S.E. Asia/Middle East gives me pause!

    Someone (Flatus maybe???) said a few days ago that trump will sign anything they put in front of him. I absolutely believe that’s true. He doesn’t have the mental capacity to have thought through the things he’s already signed. We may be in deeper shit than even I thought possible 😮

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