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26 February 2015

'The Price of Appeasement'

If the West and others would have come down swift and hard on Russia one year ago, when its military forces invaded the Crimean peninsula ahead of the March annexation, the world would be a better place today.

Instead, because of the West's dithering in refusing to confront the Kremlin dictator's expansionist aims, Ukraine is bleeding as a nation. More than 5,000 of its people have been killed in Russia's war, its treasury has been depleted and its economy is shrinking because of the toxic combination of Russia's military assault and economic blackmail, domestic corruption and incompetence, and the natural reluctance of investors to put their money in a nation at war.

Because of the lack of Western leadership, from U.S. President Barack Obama to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and everyone in between, the cost of saving Ukraine has gone up exponentially for the West.

Now Western powers face a stark choice: Give up or fight...

25 February 2015

Hump-Day Humor

CRISPY CRITTERS: New Nevada Solar Plant
Not  For The Birds

Boondoggles: A solar-power project set to open next month in Nevada has fried 130 birds during tests and will soon join another solar farm in California in avian incineration.

If as many birds being burned by solar power farms built in the U.S. were to wash up on our beaches soaked in crude oil from a leaking offshore well, the outrage would be deafening.

But as with the wind turbines that now cover acre upon acre of former "pristine" countryside, what amount to avian Cuisinarts slicing and dicing everything that flies, including endangered species, only the crickets are chirping.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is a big fan of green energy. 

So is her brother-in-law Ronald Pelosi. He was a senior executive with a company called Pacific Corporate Group (PCG). Among PCG's investments is SolarReserve, based in Santa Monica, Calif., which received a $737 million loan guarantee to build a 110-megawatt solar-thermal plant near Tonopah in Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid's Nevada.

The aid was granted on the last day of the stimulus loan program...