Medals Monday

One who’s out and about and one who’s not, which one is the real leader of his country?

The Guardian:

The Ukrainian president visited soldiers in hospital on Sunday, awarding them state honours for their sacrifices in the fight against the Russian invasion.


36 thoughts on “Medals Monday”

  1. when was the last time Vlad, unlike Volodymyr, walked openly in the streets of his country? question could be, has he ever?


    President Zelensky walked to a hospital today to visit wounded Ukrainian soldiers and award them with state honors for their sacrifices.

  2. there should be a special medal of bravery today to our friend in ukraine and a suitable statue in honor

     Image result for cartoon medal for bravery


    “Russia has asked China for military support, including drones, as well as economic assistance for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, according to conversations CNN had with two US officials.”

    Liu Pengyu, spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in the US, said in a statement, “I’ve never heard of that.”

    “Liu expressed concern for “the Ukraine situation” — calling it “indeed disconcerting” — and said China has and will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine.”

    “We also are watching closely to see the extent to which China actually does provide any form of support, material support or economic support, to Russia. It is a concern of ours. And we have communicated to Beijing that we will not stand by and allow any country to compensate Russia for its losses from the economic sanctions,” Sullivan said.”

    “While Beijing has seemingly tried to strike a neutral tone on the international stage, Chinese domestic media coverage has promoted Russian disinformation campaigns and described the war as a “special military operation.” Psaki also tweeted Wednesday that Beijing “has seemingly endorsed” false Russian claims that the US is developing chemical weapons in Ukraine.”

    “The national security adviser also reiterated comments from Biden earlier this week that Russia “would pay a severe price” if they chose to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, adding that Russia’s accusations against Ukraine preparing to deploy chemical weapons “is a tell, a tell that they themselves may be preparing to do so and then trying to pin the blame on someone else– that’s a classic page out of the Russian playbook.”

  4. Pogo – Answering to your thoughts from the last post – I too started to notice people dropping “too young” after I turned seventy.  A couple years in and I am becoming less happy about those around eighty going room temperature.  The list of people not attending our sixtieth high school reunion is getting to be a bit long.

  5. while we’re at it, according to military benefits:

    A Brief History Of Military Medals

    On a historic, and world-wide scale, military decorations have been used since the days of antiquity. Egypt had its Order of the Golden Collar, the Roman legions used decorations to honor their elite fighters, and Sweden has the distinction of having quite possibly the oldest military decorations that are still employed to this day.

    The Swedish “For Valour in the Field” and  “For Valour at Sea” awards were originally created in the late 1700s by King Gustav of Sweden.

    Other very old military awards still used today include the Austro-Hungarian Honour Medal for Bravery, created in 1789, by Emperor Joseph II. Another good example is the Poland War Order of Military Valour, presented for the first time in 1792.

    On American soil, the Badge of Military Merit was created by General George Washington in 1782, created to honor enlisted soldiers who performed a “singularly meritorious action.”

    Circa 1932 the Badge of Military Merit evolved into the Purple Heart, meant to honor the same bravery as the Badge of Military Merit. But the Purple Heart was also intended (at the time) to honor the bicentennial of George Washington’s birthday.


    The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor presented for valor. It is also the only military award that is congressionally approved for presentation by the President.

    Criteria for receiving this award usually involves going above and beyond the call of duty while “engaged in action against an enemy of the United States.”

    and then there’s this one which macron might one day bestow on a little clown turned brave leader

    Image result for medal for bravery croix de guerre

  6. BB and Pogo,

    take heart,  one could say those who surpass and are years beyond the dying-of-natural-cause age are therefore un-naturally (perhaps super-naturally) endowed.

  7. ABC News: Ukraine’s human rights monitor says Russia used phosphorous bombs in an attack on the town of Popasna in the eastern Luhansk region, calling it a “war crime”


  8. i took Sunday off from watching Putin shoot missiles at innocent women and children in apartment buildings, unfortunately Ukrainians don’t get a break, fuck Putin

  9. Somebody yesterday asked me why gas prices are so high and what Biden was doing about it, so i replied “Well, it all goes back to the Cuban missile crisis…”
    He didn’t want to talk about politics, anymore 

  10. Pogo & BB

    I used to take comfort in the fact that the average life expectancy in my family was 89.  Now that I’m 78, it feels way too close. 🙂


  11. medals for mitt and adam for speaking up while their cowardly colleagues stay quiet about putin and those it’s said who are indebted to his campaign donor largesse [see salon’s story about “Accused Russian agent who lobbied lawmakers only donated to one politician: Tulsi Gabbard”:  

    Sen. Mitt Romney accused Tulsi Gabbard of ‘parroting false Russian propaganda’ after her comments on biolabs in Ukraine (

    Republican Sen. Mitt Romney strongly condemned former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, seemingly responding to comments she has made in recent days about US biological laboratories in Ukraine.
    “Tulsi Gabbard is parroting false Russian propaganda. Her treasonous lies may well cost lives,” Romney said in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. A representative for Romney did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment on what specifically he was referring to.
    Earlier in the day, Gabbard, who ran for president in 2020, posted a video on Twitter repeating claims about US-funded biolabs in Ukraine. She also appeared on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show last week and said she was “deeply concerned” about claims of bioweapons in Ukraine.
    Rep. Adam Kinzinger also lashed out at Gabbard in a tweet in response to her comments: “Actual Russian propaganda. Traitorous. Russia also said the Luger center in Georgia was making zombies. Tulsi should go to Russia.”

  12. I think the article was in the current Book of the Month:   BY-LINE ERNEST HEMINGWAY
    But my copy of same lies in some unmarked cardboard box in some dusty nook and I’m not in possession of the time it would take to dig out said box.

    I found it but can’t copy and paste……rats……it ends:

    So you can sell a second hand mouth organ. But there was no market for a D.C.M.
    You could sell your old military puttees. But you couldn’t find a buyer for a 1914 Star.
    So the market price of valor remained undetermined.

  13. Yes it’s in the By-Line book along with 2 excellent articles about Mussolini, biggest bluff in Europe; and Tchitcherin, a Russian toy soldier.   Also calls him a chocolate soldier.  

  14. Wow….  Tulsi Gabbard has indeed shown her true colors.  When she was running for the Democratic nomination for president, I remember some saying she was a Russian plant.  At the time, I didn’t like her… but thought that accusation was a bit nutty.  Guess it wasn’t.

  15. Fast food chains with stores in Russia still operating: Burger King – 550 stores Domino’s Pizza – 121 stores as of 2017 Papa John’s – 197 stores as of 2019 Subway – 450 stores Dunkin’ Donuts – Around 20 stores

  16. Average life expectancy for males in states I’ve lived in range from 72.1 (current residence) to 77.2. My dad died at 78, Mom at 77, Grandmothers at around 67 (from diabetes related issues) and 97.  Maternal uncle is 94 and my paternal aunt lived to her upper 80s.  Grandfathers at 65 (heart attack) and mid 80s from cancer.   I don’t have any (so far) of the comorbidities that took out my forebears so I’m guessing mix it all together and I’m prolly looking at mid 80s as a wild ass guess. I’m not going to worry about it considering how crappy the drivers around here are.

  17. Not Dunkin’..!.!.!…  McD’s, Domino’s, BK, PJ’s, Subway – if I never had another from any of them I couldn’t care less, but Dunkin’? Now this is getting serious. Damn.  It’s my coffee stop. 

  18. Gravity batteries  –

    London (CNN Business)In the Swiss municipality of Arbedo-Castione, a 70-meter crane standstall. Six arms protrude from the top, hoisting giant blocks into the sky. But these aren’t building blocks, and the crane isn’t being used for construction.

    The steel tower is a giant mechanical energy storage system, designed by American-Swissstartup Energy Vault, that relies on gravity and 35-ton bricks to store and release energy.
    When power demand is low, the crane uses surplus electricity from the Swiss grid to raise the bricks and stack them at the top. When power demand rises, the bricks are lowered, releasing kinetic energy back to the grid.

  19. That whole world  we built back in the 90’s is dying like a beached whale .
    You know , the WTO and grow, grow, grow. 
    It was to make us all more “together” , well that slogan is a corner of a barnacle encrusted shipping container of sneakers  floating in the Pacific. 
    The price of nickel  went from  $44,000 a ton to $100,000  in 6 hours last week , they turned trading off , it’s going to open again on  Wednesday. 
    This latest war, and this plague have masked , and quickened our under laying problem .
    Too many, wanting too much , from too little.

  20. Death –
    I am an organized system of atoms created in the belly of stars long gone.  I am headed back to that same pool of atoms.  I find great comfort in that.  To realize that over Billions of years they all came together to produce me , and understand that  is a great gift. 
    It is Big Medicine 

  21. OM =- the nickle thing was the result of a Russian oligarch trying to short the nickle market. He failed as the price of nickle went high and he had to buy back at the top price or supply the nickle.  KGB agent putin is said to be working on supplying Russian nickle to get the guy (and Russia) out of trouble. Russia has a lot of nickle, so does Canada, but Canada may not care to help Russia right now.

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