Saturday Bullet Points: April 9, 2022

Here we are, forty-five days into the Russian invasion of Ukraine that Putin thought would have ended in no more than seventy-two hours! It’s safe to say that, sometimes, things don’t go as planned!

Is it any closer to being over? Heck, who knows. All we can say is Putin has proven what most people on Earth felt he was — a brutal despot and dictator. The wanton slaughter of Ukrainian people — men, women, and children — proves that he is brutal, a true authoritarian and that he may be ill. But there’s far more happening on Earth than just this war. Let’s get into our Saturday.

Bullet Points

  • Republican high hopes to flip the U.S. Senate red have received some real hope for that to happen. While it seems likely that the GOP will regain control of the House, the Senate is far more complicated. Hopes are that Republicans can gain a seat or two, but a new possibility in a swing state is looking more likely it could also turn red. Nevada’s Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) is losing ground in what was expected to be a very close race. Her Republican opponent is gaining ground giving the GOP hopes to flip that seat. For complete details, click on this link:
  • I don’t know about you, but I was shocked when I heard what happened between Will Smith and comedian Chris Rock a the Academy Awards last week. Rock cracked a joke in which he commented on Smith’s wife’s hairdo. Little did Rock know that Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett, has alopecia, a disease that causes one to lose their hair. Smith couldn’t take it, stormed the stage, and slapped the snot out of Chris Rock. Smith then calmly walked back to his seat. The Academy has been examining what penalty should be levied against Smith for his actions. I’m pretty certain the action is unprecedented. The Academy held a meeting this week, and Friday came back with what many consider a pretty stiff sentence for Smith. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Do you remember that bizarre plot in Michigan when several men were caught plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer? Fortunately, the plot was foiled, and those allegedly involved in the plan were arrested. It turned out during the investigation that the FBI had been involved in it all along! The trial for those perpetrators was held, and Friday brought some shocking results. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Spring is here and portends the soon “dog days of Summer.” Summer always brings fun, vacations, relaxation, and lots of mosquitos! Who doesn’t despise the outdoors in Summer, fighting mosquitos during a picnic or Little League baseball game? But, guess what: scientists have developed in a laboratory a”super mosquito” that is genetically modified to take care of OTHER mosquitos. Is she a space-age model that fights with and kills others of her kind? It’s not quite that exciting. But Californians seem to close to becoming the first recipients of the miraculous promised outcomes of this experiment. For more details, click on this link:
  • Life goes on, even in the lives of Russians who watch the happenings of their nation’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine and wonder what is down the road for their country. Of course, their nation must continue to live life as they’ve known it regardless of what’s happening in their country at the time. What’s happening in Russia? Funerals. Yep, among numerous other things, people still die and still have funerals, even during a war. But one recent funeral had a surprise attendee who carried a strange thing into the funeral memorial. That attendee happened to be Russian President Vladimir Putin. And that peculiar “thing” he held in his hand during the funeral was Russia’s nuclear briefcase! Wow! For complete details, click on this link:
  • The circumstances in the war underway in Ukraine certainly have some similarities with other wars that have happened. But those similarities are not significant in number. Every segment of military preparation, implementation and staging of an actual war has become far more intricate and demanding than wars back in the 20th century. Have you given any thought to how the soldiers feel about a relatively new set of daily actions for most of them in this war? I wonder, what do they do about social media? Russian soldiers certainly do use social media as most young people worldwide do. But something’s different for Russian soldiers today. Russia’s government has forbidden the use of social media by any Russian military members during the war! What is this all about? For complete details, click on this link:
  • Several days ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbott shocked the nation by announcing that Texas would charter buses to transport illegals caught entering our country illegally to Washington D.C. Imagine the shock when the Biden Administration heard about Abbot’s plan. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis almost immediately followed suit. In Thursday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded when asked by one reporter what the President felt about Abbot’s plans. Psaki snidely quipped that no state has the authority to transport illegals anywhere. That right belongs solely to the federal government. But, Gov. Abbot Friday put some meat on that bone of buses to the southern border. Texas dispatched an unknown number of buses to south Texas to immediately begin the process! For complete details, click on this link:
  • You may have heard that a Russian missile fired at a Ukrainian train station killed at least 50 children in the attack. We, of course, know that in war, no one is exempt from war’s deadly consequences — even children. Because of that, in wars, those entities engaged in the fight carefully plan their offensive moves to avoid killing civilians and certainly avoid killing women AND children. What happened in this railway missile strike obliterates any humane avoidance of that missile impact on women and children. But there is evidence today that that missile strike had specific intentions. For complete details, click on this link:
  • Something striking odd, and unusual is set to occur in South Carolina later this month. A man convicted of murder and sentenced to death is set to be put to death in a firing squad. Like many other states, South Carolina has had problems with getting the drugs used in the death sentence by lethal injection. What could be a reasonable alternative? A Firing Squad! There’s more to the story. Want details? Click on this link:
  • President Biden tore into Republicans for their “verbal abuse” and “vile baseless assertions” during Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Senate hearings as he celebrated her confirmation at the White House. There’s no doubt her being confirmed is a historical event. But the President has a short memory are REAL cognitive disabilities if he doesn’t remember the way DEMOCRATS treated the latest two Republican nominees who later were confirmed to the Supreme Court. Jackson was not accused of being a rapist or a drunk — without any evidence. Brett Kavanaugh WAS accused amid hostile and nasty questioning by Democrat Senators Cory Booker and now Vice President Kamala Harris. Justice Amy Coney Barrett survived similar brutal questioning from Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, although not rising the vitriol of Kavanaugh’s. In comparison, what was Biden referencing in his tirade Friday from the White House? For complete details, click on this link:

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