France: Russia’s reliable partner

Polity: A particular form of political system or government

Did you know that France is going forward with a $1.6 billion sale of two Mistral-class amphibious carriers to the Russian Navy, ignoring objections by NATO allies and the Pentagon and in spite of what is happening in Ukraine? Did you know that France has opposed an effort by the EU’s Eastern European countries to include an arms embargo in the next round of sanction in response Russia’s attack on Ukraine? I cannot help but wonder how long it will be until France appears at the doorstep of NATO and the U.S., hat in hand, asking for protection from the imperialistic adventures of an emboldened Vladimir Putin.

Red Bud City

Here’s a little musical ode to my idyllic hometown of Buchanan, Michigan, also known as Red Bud City. Hope you like it.

Clyde’s dale

I’ve always loved horses. Probably because, as I’ve noted in earlier essays, I was raised on a seemingly unending series of TV westerns during my childhood back in the 50’s (remember this? Cowboys and Cowgirls)…

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