Mar 192015
 

Why the U.S. does nothing in Ukraine .

a snippet from the Danger Room blog on Washington Post’s site. The whole article is worth reading

Russia is … a declining challenger (by its own standards) that offers the United States a … policy course of maintaining the status quo and waiting to negotiate later from a position of greater strength. If Obama believes that Russia has internal structural contradictions (resource-dominated economy) and is externally at its peak, then he finds himself roughly in the same position as Dwight Eisenhower roughly 60 years ago: confident of prevailing in a long war or arms racing against an adversary with internal structural contradictions (command economy), but wary of entering into short-term conflicts close to Russia. Just as Eisenhower failed to intervene in Hungary in 1956, Obama is failing to intervene decisively in Ukraine and giving Russia a fight at the latter’s time and place of choosing.

What is it about the Russians? Generation after generation, from the Tsars to Putin,  they get these third rate hustlers to lead them and then act like they are being cheated of greatness. No wonder they have such a great sense of humor.

 Posted by at 4:40 am
Mar 082015
 

Louis Armstrong – (What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue
New York, July 22, 1929
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Louis Armstrong – Black And Blue

Songwriters: Brooks, Harry / Waller, Fats / Razaf, Andy

Black And Blue lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics

Cold empty bed, springs hard as lead
Pains in my head, feel like old Ned
What did I do to be so black and blue?

No joys for me, no company
Even the mouse ran from my house
All my life through I’ve been so black and blue

I’m white inside, but that don’t help my case
Cause I can’t hide what is on my face
I’m so forlorn. Life’s just a thorn
My heart is torn. Why was I born?
What did I do to be so black and blue?

I’m hurt inside, but that don’t help my case
Cause I can’t hide what is on my face
How will it end? Ain’t got a friend
My only sin is in my skin
What did I do to be so black and blue?
Tell me, what did I do?
What did I do? What did I do?
What did I do? What did I do?
What did I do? What did I do?
What did I do? Tell me, what did I do to be so black and blue?
What did I do to be so black and blue?

 Posted by at 7:34 am