Rally ’round their flag, boys. Rally ’round the flag!

“Show your standing! Come from your offices, your homes, your schools and universities. Come in the name of peace. Come with Ukrainian symbols to support Ukraine, to support freedom, to support life. Come to your squares, your streets. Make yourselves visible and heard. Say that people matter. Freedom matters. Peace matters. Ukraine matters…. All as one together who want to stop the war.”

Zelensky calls for global rallies to stand with Ukraine | TheHill

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  1. tune for today:  Rally ‘Round the Flag

    Battle Cry of Freedom, also known as Rally ‘Round the Flag, was written in 1862 by George Frederick Root. This version is from the film ‘Lincoln’

  2. speaking of rallying for freedom, you won’t see ted or josh there.

     ‘toon for today

  3. Kimmel Pokes Fun at GOP’s ‘3 Ring Circle Jerk’ During Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmation Hearings (Video) (thewrap.com)

    […]
    “You know it was another day of grandstanding, speechmaking and hissy fitting in the Senate today,” Kimmel said at the start of his monologue. “It was day three of the confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. 58% of Americans support Judge Jackson’s appointment to the Supreme Court. It is the most support a Jackson has had since Thriller came out.”
    “She has said that the fact that she was even nominated shows how far we’ve come as a country,” Kimmel continued, “and so some of the Republican Senators on the committee have been hard at work to show how far we haven’t.”
    “Three of them in particular — Hawley, Graham and Cruz — have been putting on a three ring circle jerk this week, desperately trying to get a sound bite that might make it onto Fox News. Unfortunately for them, they’ve made it here instead,” Kimmel said.
    “Josh Hawley of Missouri has been working hard to insinuate that Judge Jackson, a Harvard educated, 51 year old mother of two daughters is somehow cool with child pornography,” Kimmel said. “They’ve been beating this drum for three full days now until finally Dick Durbin, who is the chair of the Judiciary Committee, had enough.”
    Kimmel then played a clip of Durbin pointing out, as we did last night, that Hawley has on multiple occasions supported judges with records essentially identical to Jackson’s. The clip ended with Hawley looking very frustrated.
    “And at that moment, for the first time in his life Josh Hawley realized that he sucks.” Kimmel quipped.
    [continues]

  4. in other news

    the guardian

    In a February resignation letter obtained by the New York Times, Pomerantz wrote that the team of lawyers investigating Trump had “no doubt” he had “committed crimes” and that Bragg’s decision not to move ahead with prosecuting Trump “will doom any future prospects that Mr Trump will be prosecuted for the criminal conduct we have been investigating”.
    “His financial statements were false, and he has a long history of fabricating information relating to his personal finances and lying about his assets to banks, the national media, counterparties, and many others, including the American people,” Pomerantz reportedly wrote.
    The clock is ticking on the case against Trump, as the current term of the grand jury which has been hearing evidence expires in April.
    […]
    While the resignation letter conceded that the case against Trump could be challenging and that there were “risks” of bringing it to court, it argued that there was a strong public interest in prosecuting Trump “even if a conviction is not certain”.
    The former Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance, who had been deeply involved in the case, had “directed the team to present evidence to a grand jury and to seek an indictment of Mr Trump and other defendants as soon as reasonably possible”, Pomerantz reportedly wrote, but Bragg, who was sworn in this January, reviewed the case and did not agree.
    Pomerantz believed Bragg’s decision not to seek an indictment of Trump was “made in good faith” but also “misguided and completely contrary to the public interest”.
    Pomerantz did not respond to a request for comment.
    “The investigation continues,” Danielle Filson, a spokesperson for the district attorney, wrote in an email. “A team of experienced prosecutors is working every day to follow the facts and the law. There is nothing we can or should say at this juncture about an ongoing investigation.”

  5. Three ring circle jerk. LOL. Kimmel is my No. 2 in late night and is very close to Colbert for No. 1.

    But in other news, Steve Ratner just mentioned something that really got my attention. 90% of the neon gas we get comes from Ukraine. Vegas aside, one of the critical uses of neon is in the manufacture of microchips. Now I’m not familiar with neon gas production but I assume it’s an extractive process from the air around us. Sounds like neon production could be an emerging industry in the US. There’s certainly a huge demand for microchips in the US and the world. Might not be the next Apple stock but sure seems like a good investment risk to me.

  6. pogo, here’s what wiki says about neon‘s

    Production

    Neon is produced from air in cryogenic air-separation plants. A gas-phase mixture mainly of nitrogen, neon, and helium is withdrawn from the main condenser at the top of the high-pressure air-separation column and fed to the bottom of a side column for rectification of the neon. It can then be further purified from helium.

    About 70% of global neon supply is produced in Ukraine as a by-product of steel production in Russia. As of 2020, the company Iceblick, with plants in Odessa and Moscow, supplies 65 per cent of the world’s production of neon, as well as 15% of the krypton and xenon.

    Global neon prices jumped by about 600% after the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea, spurring some chip manufacturers to start shifting away from Russian and Ukrainian suppliers and toward suppliers in China. The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine also shut down two companies in Ukraine that produce about half of the global supply, and is likely to exacerbate the COVID-19 chip shortage, which may further shift neon production to China.

  7. need a getaway? 

    BBC:

    Private Caribbean islands owned by the deceased sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein are up for sale and could fetch up to $125m (£94.7m).
    A lawyer for Epstein’s estate confirmed to the BBC that the two islands – Little St James and Great St James – have been listed.
    Lawyer Daniel Weiner said some proceeds from the sale will be used to settle outstanding lawsuits.

    An aerial view of Jeffrey Epstein's island Little St. James

  8. patd,  sounds like that neon gap is a great opportunity for an enterprising chemical industrialist to grab a huge chunk of the world market demand for neon, and apparently for krypton and xenon as well.

  9. Karma, Dumbass style.  Wapo.
     

    By Jennifer Rubin

    Defeated former president Donald Trump is notorious for turning on allies if they fail to show sufficient loyalty. When his first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, properly recused himself from the Russia investigation, Trump berated him until he resigned. Even Supreme Court justices whom he appointed felt his wrath when they did not produce his desired outcome. And who can forget all the people Trump claimed he barely knew when they ended up in trouble or criticized him

    But disloyalty can come back to bite you. On Wednesday, Trump yanked his endorsement from staunch supporter Rep. Mo Brooks for a Senate seat in Alabama, faulting Brooks for not wanting to dwell on the 2020 race. Brooks struck back with a damning written statement.

    “The only legal way America can prevent 2020’s election debacle is for patriotic Americans to focus on and win the 2022 and 2024 elections so that we have the power to enact laws that give us honest and accurate elections,” Brooks wrote. “President Trump asked me to rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency.” Twisting the knife, he added, “As a lawyer, I’ve repeatedly advised President Trump that Jan. 6 was the final election contest verdict and neither the U.S. Constitution nor the U.S. Code permit what President Trump asks. Period.” Oops.

    This account, if true, is invaluable to the Jan. 6 committee and to any criminal investigation given the difficulty in proving Trump’s “criminal intent.” If Trump asked Brooks to rescind the election, as Brooks alleged, and if Trump understood from Brooks that there was no legitimate way to overturn the election, Trump’s risk of being charged with obstruction of an official proceeding (i.e., the electoral-vote-counting session), attempting to defraud the United States or seditious conspiracy increases dramatically.
     
    ***
    Trump might come to regret pulling the rug out from under Brooks. Sometimes you want to keep friends close — and potentially dangerous witnesses closer.

    Indeed.

  10. https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/24/business/blackrock-globalization/index.html

    Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Good advice.

    “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has ended globalization as we know it, says the head of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager.”

    “The CEO, whose company manages $10 trillion in assets, predicted that Russia’s isolation will “prompt companies and governments worldwide to reevaluate their dependencies and reanalyze their manufacturing and assembly footprints.”

    “Longer-term, I believe that recent events will actually accelerate the shift toward greener sources of energy in many parts of the world,” Fink wrote.”

  11. Hmm – following the lack of news about a person who was to be discharged from a hospital a few days ago.  Lots of people are waiting, with bated breath, for whether to cheer or boo.  I would not be surprised that a few office pools are starting with day and time. 
     
    A couple of pundits are working the angle that he is looking for his exit now that his wife has announced she is an insurrectionist.  It is plausible.

  12. BB, yes yes, hopefully he will announce retirement ’cause he wants to spend more time with wifey.  otherwise he needs to reconsider his personal rule of non-recusal.  perhaps he saw the light when the current nominee declared she will recuse herself from an upcoming particular case due to appearance of conflict if she gets the job.

  13. i have to think that the desired result would just be entirely too cosmic to actually happen right now……but stranger things have happened. And, sorry–not sorry.

    Besides……most people dearly love Retirement.

  14. BB, what do you make of this other case of someone not showing up for duty for days except for a questionable reappearance after much ado about heads rolling

    Sergei Shoigu Reappears After Missing Russian Minister Prompts Speculation (newsweek.com)

    Russia has released footage of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu following reports he had been missing for nearly two weeks amid the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

    […]

    The video was released after Agentstvo [The Agency], a Russian independent investigative news outlet, detailed Wednesday how Shoigu, 66, one of Vladimir Putin’s closest allies, had not made an appearance in public since March 11.

    Agentstvo also alleged that Russian state-run news used week-old footage when reporting how he presented military awards on March 18

    […]

    Agentstvo said a possible reason for Shoigu’s absence was that he had fallen ill with heart problems. Some reports have also suggested that he may be under house arrest, along with others at the forefront of the fledgling invasion of Ukraine.

    The Wall Street Journal reported on March 19 that a U.S. official had described as credible reports that the commander of Russia’s FSB intelligence agency’s unit responsible for Ukraine had been placed under house arrest. The official also said bickering had broken out between the FSB and the Russian Ministry of Defense as the invasion has stalled amid stiff Ukrainian resistance.

    […]

    On Wednesday, the Pentagon said U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and General Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, have been desperately trying to arrange a phone call with Shoigu and Russia’s chief of the general staff Valery Gerasimov—who has also not been seen since March 11—but the pair have “have so far declined to engage.”

    In its report, which was widely shared in Russia on messaging service Telegram, Agentstvo reported that the Kremlin’s website said Shoigu met with Putin along with members of his Security Council to discuss the conflict in Ukraine on March 18.

    However, while Shoigu was reported to be present at the meeting, no pictures or video of him were posted online.

     

  15. Sen Whitehouse is right, there was a LOT of money changed hands over Kavenaugh.
    Yeah, there’s always some sniveling little weasel there wanting to judge you.

  16. the guardian 40 minutes ago:

    Joe Biden appeared to signal that he may attempt to meet with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the embattled Ukrainian president, after the US president travels to Poland tomorrow.
    We await clarification or further intel. But during discussion of his trip to Poland and meeting Ukrainian refugees, Biden just said at a press conference in Brussels after a Nato meeting that he would probably meet “with those who have made it across the border” from Ukraine.
    And he added: “As well, I hope I’m going to be able to see Z… I guess I’m not supposed to say where I’m going am I?” And he chuckled softly.

  17. Putin Doesn’t Realize How Much Warfare Has Changed

    The Russian president’s obsession with World War II is hindering his invasion of Ukraine.

     
    Otto von Bismarck once said that only a fool learns from his own mistakes. “I learn from other people’s,” the 19th-century German chancellor said. Astonishingly, the Russian army is repeating the past mistakes of its Soviet predecessor. In April 1945, Marshal Georgy Zhukov, under intense pressure from Stalin, sent his tank armies into Berlin without infantry support. Vladimir Putin’s forces not only made the same error; they even copied the way their forebears had attached odd bits of iron—including bed frames—to their tanks’ turrets in the hopes that the added metal would detonate anti-tank weapons prematurely. This did not save the Russian tanks. It simply increased their profile and attracted Ukrainian tank-hunting parties, just as the Soviet tanks in Berlin had drawn groups of Hitler Youth and SS, who attacked them with Panzerfausts.
     
     
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/03/putin-doesnt-realize-how-much-warfare-has-changed/627600/

  18. In his opinion piece today at WaPo Michael Gerson has a particularly notable line regarding the repube party of today.

    Republicans have gone from arguing about the intent of the Founders to reproducing the night’s lineup of questions from Tucker Carlson.

    Add that to Kimmel’s 3 ring circle jerk line and you’ve summed them up nicely.

  19. patd – My suspicions are he went through room temperature a day or so after disappearing.  Perhaps another general dies in a firefight?
     
    OM – there is a saying that the generals are always fighting the last war.  There are serious concerns that KGB agent Putin has some mental disease or something which is making him do stupid.  What is mentioned occasionally is that many/most Russians have close relatives in the Ukraine.  KGB agent Putin is forcing his military to attack their own families. That is not a good way to get a lot of “kill the enemy” blood and guts fighting in your troops. 
     
    Something has been going on in the background about U.S. veterans who served during the Vietnam War, the Vietnam era. This is not in country, but during the time period.  Just as we talked about the WWI veterans, then the WWII veterans and the Korean veterans, the VA is now changing the discussion about the Vietnam era.  We are now Vietnam veterans.  The time has passed for the public to identify those who served in combat regions and those who served outside of the countries, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand.  Now whether you served in the European region, the countries such as Japan, Guam, stateside or Johnston Island, you are a Vietnam veteran.  Getting old.

  20. New solar carport solution from France

    The PowerPark carport is equipped with 5.6kW of monocrystalline modules and one or more WallBox charging stations for hybrid or electric vehicles. French company Aterno is selling the system, starting from €19,900 – excluding VAT – depending on the project configuration.

    New solar carport solution from France

  21. I guess I’m now a Viet Nam veteran.   I proudly served in the Memphis and North Carolina theaters.

  22. That Bismarck article  mentions that the Russian Army’s communications are being hacked by by the Kraines. 
    And that the Kraine’s have very good sniper teams .
    That would explain 6 dead Russian generals. 
    This reminds me of Spain in reverse .
    3,000 Americans have joined the fight , and over 30,000 from all over the world.
    If these numbers are true .  Franco is rolling somewhere in his grave. 
    The idea that 3,000 Americans  are in country is a big deal , given we have a lot of vets who have a very deep understanding of  how a smaller force fights a larger force.
    Remember all those Russian kids are draftees.
     

  23. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/ukranian-american-missionary-allegedly-kidnapped-russian-forces-rcna21415

    “The wife of an American pastor said her husband was kidnapped by Russian forces last week in Melitopol, a city of 150,000 in Ukraine’s south.”

    “They just came in in the morning,” Helen Bodyu said. “They took our phones, gadgets, computers, documents — and took him somewhere. I don’t know where.”

    “Helen added that the Russian troops seemed to know he was a pastor and confiscated his U.S. passport.”

  24. https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/24/politics/ginni-thomas-mark-meadows-text-messages/index.html

    “The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riot has in its possession more than two dozen text messages between former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Virginia “Ginni” Thomas…”

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/24/politics/debra-meadows-mark-north-carolina-voter-form/index.html

    “Last week, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation confirmed to CNN that its Special Investigations Unit is investigating allegations that Mark Meadows registered to vote in 2020 at a home where he never resided.”

  25. Now Ginni Thomas is proven to be in on the conspiracy of Jan 6.  Recently claimed her hubby was receiving Ivermectin even though no responsible hospital would give it to a patient.  Today is day seven since Thomas entered the hospital.  He has not had any interaction with the other Supremes.  No update on possible release.

     

  26. https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/24/us/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-austin-pride-week/index.html

    “We aren’t worried about Paxton’s letter,” Austin ISD spokesperson Eddie Villa told CNN. “Pride Week and sex education are different. Celebrating diversity and acceptance is completely legal.”

    “In a Tuesday letter to the Austin Independent School District’s superintendent, Paxton, a Republican, wrote, “The Texas Legislature has made it clear that when it comes to sex education, parents — not school districts — are in charge.”

  27. The SCOTUS wars just took a left turn.  It seems Clarence’s wife Jenny  put his ass in sling .
    Bob Costas via CBS tonight. 
    You can’t make this stuff up. 

    “Ginni” really ?

    Let’s open that Super Jumbo Can of Worms impeachment of a sitting justice.

  28. https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/23/us/california-school-anti-biden-chant/index.html

    A California mother is asking for accountability after she received a video last month showing her child’s preschool teacher leading her class in a political chant against President Joe Biden. The video was taken by an unidentified teacher at Turning Point Christian School…”

    The ‘vangelicals are still drinking the Kool-Aid and trying to make the kiddies drink it, too.

  29. Here we go –
     
    ” Virginia Thomas, a conservative activist married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, repeatedly pressed White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to pursue unrelenting efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in urgent text exchanges in the critical weeks following the vote, according to copies of the messages obtained by CBS News chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post.”
     
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/virginia-ginni-thomas-clarence-wife-mark-meadows-texts-2020-election/

  30. This is quite some lowness but suppose the dipshit sues hillary after she comes up positive for covid……so basically he’s just suing her hoping she’ll not survive the disease, and then he can say he would’ve won.   No way he’d go thru discovery so if she comes thru it he just drops the case.
     

  31. This is well worth the time to read –
     

    Ukraine’s Three-to-One Advantage

    It’s not technology or tactics that has given Ukrainian fighters their greatest edge.

     
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/03/american-volunteer-foreign-fighters-ukraine-russia-war/627604/
     
    As Jed sat across from me in the empty restaurant, with his shoulders hunched forward over the table and his palms cupped around the tea, he explained that since arriving in Ukraine at the end of February, he had been fighting as a volunteer along with a dozen other foreigners outside Kyiv. The past three weeks had marked him. When I asked how he was holding up, he said the combat had been more intense than anything he’d witnessed in Afghanistan. He seemed conflicted, as if he wanted to talk about this experience, but not in terms that could turn emotional. Perhaps to guard against this, he began to discuss the technical aspects of what he’d seen, explaining in granular detail how the outmanned, outgunned Ukrainian military had fought the Russians to a standstill.
     
     

  32. Napoleon, who fought many battles in this part of the world, observed that “the moral is to the physical as three is to one.” I was thinking of this maxim as Jed and I finished our tea.

  33. Sturg –
    Putin’s playbook accuse the other side of your crimes. 
    Rattle a your keys , Lie, deny, rinse, repeat. 
    The fund raiser e-mails are in his minions inbox as I type. 

    Just another grift.

  34. You know I remember my steel wheel roller skates , and thinking , “Well these aren’t very good at all”. 
    Later on I was told to stop making skateboard decks in 8th grade shop.  Skateboards were always seen as contributing to the decline of Western Civilization. 
    I never under stood that , I learned about laminating wood making those decks. And how a small stone can stop a steel wheel. 

  35.  
    Bob, those Atlantic articles are good reads.
    It Something that occurred to me as I read both of them. Both the US and the Russians have never fought against modern weapons, So tanks and armor work.  Nato is supplying Ukraine with modern weapons and Tanks are setting ducks.
    Evidently so are ships loaded with munitions. 
    Jack

  36. Mr. Jones  was wrong , the world has never woke up from history .
    It just rolls over from steel roller skates , to seeing the first stars. 
     
    Faster and Faster. 

  37. Jack –
    I am so glad you read them , and yes  the world has rolled over since my dad drove the Red Ball in France.  Hauling gas, and ammo  to Sherman  tanks .  Which as you know was a shitty tank.  We just made more of them than the Germans.
    This is that moment in warfare  when a whole lot of iron becomes useless.
    The Kraines sunk a supply ship ,  off loading .  Waiting for those details. 

  38. Every military  in the world is up rethinking .
    Pretty sobering when an nuclear  aircraft carrier , turns into a duck. 
     
    All that treasure , and muscle turned into junk. 
     

  39. Bob
    The other thing is you can’t wage a war from the top down, with the troops being mostly cannon fodder. You need creative warriors who can think for themselves. Those kind of warriors aren’t developed in an authoritarian system.
    Jack

  40. Why no cyber attacks ?
    Maybe everyone  went after the Russians  weeks ago ?  And I mean everyone.  If I was Israel , I’d be at them hammer and tongs. 
    This is a hidden story of this war.  I am sure there is a rich story about all this. 

  41. CL=F
    -0.47%

     

     

    0:48
     
    5:52

      

    Gas prices: ‘We’re starting to see demand destruction,’ energy strategist says
     So any potential supply  chain disruption for oil 

    Fortune

    The world’s biggest oil company just doubled its profits, and now it’s planning to produce even more

    Tristan Bove
    Mon, March 21, 2022, 4:37 PM·3 min read

    In this article:

    CL=F
    -0.47%

    One of the world’s biggest petroleum companies more than doubled its profits in 2021 as global demand soared. Now, it’s doubling down, and investing tens of billions more into oil production this year as prices soar.
    Saudi Aramco, a major oil and gas company owned and managed by the Saudi royal family, announced it made $110 billion in profits last year, a 124% increase from 2020, according to the company’s annual financial statement released on Sunday.
    And that was before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    https://www.utilitydive.com/news/coal-plant-owners-seek-to-retire-power-in-pjm/620781/

     

  42. One other item about anti-tank .
    The Javlins  have a night vision headset .  That does not stop working after they shoot the warhead. 
    I got to think they need more of this , and body armor . 
    Police  around the world  should  buy new vests, and ship their old ones to the Krianes.   
     

  43. Along with  all our other woes , we will see the shutdown of power from the Glenn Canyon Dam. 
    It is right at our door .
    What I want to know is how we treat our own refugees  ?

  44. i was always more of a “Car 54, Where Are You” guy.  Gunther Tooty = best tv character ever

  45. What if we harness the energy produced by kicking the can down the road???
     
    Give my Nobel Prize to someone else that wants it ✌️🇺🇦

  46. Think soccer-ball ice cream maker (actual product), but replace the soccer ball with a can and the ice cream with the POWER OF THE SUN.
     
    ok ruminate on that

  47. Nite all –
     
    I am juggling a bankruptcy of the mind, the heart , the soul , and the will.  A place I have been before .  On many occasions. 
    But I am not 24 anymore. 
     

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