We’re kicking ass.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu for first time since Feb 18th before Russia invaded Ukraine. “Secretary Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and emphasized the importance of maintaining lines of communication”

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25 thoughts on “We’re kicking ass.”

  1. kemosabe, as the ukrainians might say:”we?”

    See the source image

    they’re the ones who’re doing all that kicking. we’re just helping by trying to level the playing field.

  2. in honor of jen who did more & better pressers in less than 2 years than her predecessors in loser former guy’s press sec.s altogether did in his 4 miserable years

    The Late Late Show host James Corden replaces White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, but It doesn’t go as planned. This short clip started the 2022 White House Correspondent Association Dinner hosted by Trevor Noah.

  3. ever wonder how you say “F*** you” in Finnish?

    the guardian:

    Finland’s president, Sauli Niinistö, told Vladimir Putin about Helsinki’s plans to join Nato by phone, Reuters reports.
    Russia has said Finland’s bid to join Nato was a hostile move that “definitely” posed a threat to its security, to which it will respond.

  4. Finland Tells Russia of NATO Plan, Downplays Turkey Concerns – Bloomberg

    The conversation with Putin “was direct and straight-forward and it was conducted without aggravations,” he said in a statement. The move would be a “mistake because there are no threats to Finland’s security,” Putin told his Finnish counterpart, adding that it could harm relations between their countries, according to a statement from the Kremlin.

    Earlier on Saturday, Niinisto pushed back against suggestions Turkey would prevent his country and neighboring Sweden from joining the military alliance, given that the US supports the move.

  5. President Niinistö spoke with Russian President Putin – Presidentti

    Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
    Press release 32/2022
    14 May 2022
    […]
    President Niinistö repeated his deep concern over the human suffering caused by the war Russia wages in Ukraine. President Niinistö stressed the imperative of peace. He also conveyed the messages on securing the evacuation of civilians delivered earlier in the same week by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
    The phone call was initiated by Finland.

  6. in case you’re wondering

    2022 Finland Military Strength (globalfirepower.com)

    For 2022, Finland is ranked 53 of 142 out of the countries considered for the annual GFP review. It holds a PwrIndx* score of 0.8149 (a score of 0.0000 is considered ‘perfect’). This entry last updated on 05/02/2022.

    *Each nation is assessed on individual and collective values processed through our in-house formula to generate its ‘PwrIndx’ score. Some values are estimated when official numbers are not available.

     

  7. When god (and I use the term loosely) saved Noah and all the good people how did all the bad people manage to come back to life? 
    I bet a lot of those people already had they own boats that god didn’t know about.

  8. I was in Ruidoso one time when it rained for a month…..it got real muddy but it didn’t flood.  

    I guess the book’s telling me that 15 more days woulda done it.

  9. jamie, thanks for that wonderful little ditty to perk up the day.

    and speaking of clarence…

  10. nother day, another protest in DC. here’s coverage of prelims for the rally and clarence’s protest in his own words 

    Justice Clarence Thomas expressed his dismay at the Roe v. Wade draft opinion leak while speaking at a conference hosted by the American Enterprise Institute.

    click here for Eric Holder telling Clarence he shouldn’t lecture the american people. also includes about need to recuse himself from any jan6 cases

  11. I guess we’re abnut to see……”Clarence Thomas—-UNBOUND”

    That could get ugly.

  12. Buffalo, white supremacist (manifesto and all). 10 dead in supermarket, black section of town.

  13. The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming, but it wouldn’t be springtime in America without a mass-shooting or five.

  14. The minute somebody tells me that they have a manifesto—that does it, I’m outa the immediate vicinity.

  15. Ukraine band makes plea for Mariupol at Eurovision | The Hill

    […]

    “I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal, right now,” the band’s front man, Oleh Psiuk, said, to the live crowd of some 7,500, many of whom gave a standing ovation, and global television audience of millions.

    The plea to free the remaining Ukrainian fighters trapped beneath the sprawling Azovstal plant by Russians served as a somber reminder that the hugely popular and at times flamboyant Eurovision song contest was being played out against the backdrop of a war on Europe’s eastern flank.

     
     
     

    President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave signs that he was watching from Kyiv, and rooting for Ukrainian band.

    […]

    alush Orchestra was among 25 bands performing in the Eurovision Song Contest final front of a live audience in the industrial northern city of Turin, while millions more watched on television or via streaming around the world.

    The Ukrainian band was heavily tipped to win by bookmakers, who are giving the group that mixes traditional Ukrainian rhythms, costumes and dance moves with contemporary hip hop a 60% chance of winning.

    […]

    Russia was excluded this year after its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, a move organizers said was meant to keep politics out of the contest that promotes diversity and friendship among nations.

    Ukraine’s song, “Stefania,’’ was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother, but has transformed since the war into an anthem to the beleaguered nation, as lyrics take on new meaning. “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed,” Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk wrote.

    The six-member, all-male band received special permission to leave the country to represent Ukraine and Ukrainian culture at the music contest. One of the original members stayed to fight, and the others plan to return as soon as the contest is over.

    […]

    The winner is chosen in equal parts by panels of music experts in each competing nation and votes by the viewing public — leaving room for an upset. Britain’s Sam Ryder and Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs are each given a 10% shot while the Italian duo of Mahmood & Blanco have a 6% chance of winning.

    The winner takes home a glass microphone trophy and a potential career boost.

    [continues]

  16. 7,445,986 views Mar 10, 2022 @KALUSH Orchestra will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin with the song ‘Stefania’. The song Stefania is a tribute to Oleh’s mother, which she only heard for the very first time when she saw her son’s band compete in Ukraine’s Eurovision pre-selection process, Vidbir.

  17. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/05/13/texas-power-conservation-heat/

    “After six power plants went down unexpectedly Friday — and with hot weather expected across Texas this weekend — the Electric Reliability Council of Texas on Friday evening is asking consumers to conserve electricity through Sunday.”

    “ERCOT did not say why the plants unexpectedly tripped offline.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/14/us/texas-heat-wave-ercot-conserve/index.html

    “Temperatures from the mid-90s to the low 100s are expected on Sunday, with much of central and western Texas reaching 100 to 105 degrees – approximately 10 to 15 degrees above average.”

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