The Bravery of Zelenskyy vs. The Cowardly Convoy

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Does anyone know what happened to the “freedom convoy?” For some reason, I haven’t heard much from the MAGA crazies who took off from Southern California last week. You know, the ones with the Trump flags and banners; the “Let’s go Brandon” crowd. Some were supposed to arrive in time for President Biden’s State of the Union speech. Others are supposed to arrive over the next few days.

They were poised to do what the idiots in Canada did a few weeks ago, blocking bridges and traffic, yelling about their freedoms being infringed upon, and demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau be imprisoned.

Eventually, those folks were disbursed, arrested, and shown to be what they were: a bunch of loud-mouth jerks who didn’t like all of the mandates surrounding COVID-19. To Fox News viewers, though, you may as well equate them to Rosa Parks and other civil rights activists from the 1960s.

Only in America would we have right-wing media canonize a bunch of cowardly malcontents who couldn’t be bothered to get a jab in their arms or wear a cloth over their face. Not just to protect themselves, but more importantly, their fellow citizens.


Meanwhile, overseas, we’re seeing horror and bloodshed brought about by a murderous thug dictator, who at the present time continues to bombard the innocent citizens of Ukraine, who only want to live their lives free of tyranny from their big bully neighbor to the East.

The bravery we’re seeing play out on major news outlets and social media is beyond inspiring. It’s quite clear now if it wasn’t before Vladimir Putin unleashed his war machine upon the Ukrainian people, that freedom — yes, actual freedom — is at stake, and they will fight the invaders with every last breath they take.

And the leadership we see from their President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, embodies the true human spirit. Here’s a guy, a one-time comedian, who played the role of president of Ukraine on a TV show there, telling his people he’s in the fight for the long haul.

Instead of taking the easy way out as the disgraced president of Afghanistan did, fleeing when the Taliban began taking over, Zelenskyy has remained in his country. We’ve seen him having lunch with his troops, doing interviews with journalists, making statements on social media, and vowing to repel Putin’s military from his country no matter what.

And he’s doing all of it knowing he’s public enemy number one in Putin’s eyes. There’s a bounty on his head, and he knows it. If he somehow doesn’t survive, so be it. Fighting for his country was more important.

Do not think for a minute that the bravery of Zelenskyy isn’t tied to the courage of his people. When you see a guy who knows he could be killed at any moment standing up for freedom and the rule of international law, you know it makes an enormous difference. If he’s willing to die, then so are they. How can you not be impressed?


But sure, let’s talk about the “freedom from tyranny” our convoy pals are so riled up about. We’ve had to deal with a deadly pandemic now for over two years. All we did was ask people to do the bare minimum to help get us through the nightmare.

That’s right, put a mask on indoors when you’re around other people and get a vaccine so we can get on with our lives. A majority of folks heeded the call. They did what was right and what was asked of them. Yes, a few bitched and moaned about it, but most still did the right thing in the end.

A lot of it was simply people being people, in that most of us don’t like being told what to do. Still, though, to live in an orderly society, there are rules by which we must abide. Otherwise, it’s chaos and anarchy. In the case of a health emergency such as COVID, federal, state, and local authorities have every right to set rules to protect the public. The MAGA freedom crowd does not agree.


I hear conflicting news reports about the convoy. Some on social media are saying the protest is losing steam. Others say the movement is fractured, with some set to arrive in D.C shortly or merging with similar convoys on the road who are supposed to eventually converge on the nation’s capital.

Our government has been forced to respond. The National Guard is there, just in case, as is temporary fencing. That’s the way it is these days. On January 6, 2021, we saw what was possible when a cult decided they didn’t like the results of an election. God forbid we have an angry mob pissed off about wearing a mask.

And the funny thing about it all now is that mandates are slowly going away across much of the country. Soon, their ridiculous protests will be all for naught. But they’re pissed anyway because their dear leader isn’t president. He’s still a defeated loser, so they can whine and moan about that, I suppose.

Meanwhile, folks are dying in Ukraine, not knowing what carnage may be on the horizon. Thousands are fleeing, forced to abandon what they used to call home. Their president gives them hope, though. His bravery and calm under immense pressure have shown the world what heroic leadership looks like.

The convoy of losers heading to D.C. ought to take some lessons from President Zelenskyy and his fellow citizens. The next time society asks you to do something to help protect the public from a dangerous pandemic, remember the types of sacrifice going on right now in Ukraine.

All men, 18 to 60, were asked to stay in Ukraine to help fight the war criminals currently occupying their country. All we asked of Americans was to take a jab in the arm and put on a freaking mask. See the difference?

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  1. Tuesday, 1 March 22

    Hola, Jeff–

    As supportive as I am of the people of Ukraine (one of my favorite college professors was a native of Kiev), I’m fervently hoping that we won’t follow the neocons into war. Max Boot, Bill Kristol, etc., are Dems now, and, it seems, have a lot of sway.

    As of yesterday, at least one lawmaker called for our establishment of a No Fly Zone, (Repub Kinzinger) and, General Clark is making noises about it, also. Obviously, a bunch of talking heads are angling for war. We’re just trying not to worry about it (for now). Again, we wish only the best for the courageous people–not to mention their young Leader–of Ukraine. Godspeed.

    Comments below will be brief. Hope to drop back by after State Of The Union address, and add to them. (once I see what President Biden actually says regarding lowering the deficit, and, what he wants to do about drug pricing reform)

    Head Up — Appears Sanders is joining with Admin and Manchin in deficit reduction. Called for slashing Medicare Part D last week to tune of almost 1 Trillion dollars (900 billion–will post the speech he made, later, if anyone wants to read it).

    (Barely remember HTML code, and, not sure if it works in comments, but, may applying it, for emphasis.)

    Lately, been tied up trying to get ready to depart for SA (later this year), so, don’t have much time to blog or Tweet. But, hoping to get some healthcare writers (on Twitter) to post about this newest drug pricing proposal that Sanders brought to the floor last week.

    A case in point – our 2022 Part D Plan has 3,450 prescription drugs in its formulary.

    From white papers I’ve read, it appears that the VA formulary has only 1200 RX’s–including almost 200 OTC drugs, medical supplies/appliances (test strips, etc.) and injectables. None of these additional items are included in our 3,450 RX’s.

    Yikes!

    When I put in several (4 to be exact) common drugs prescribed for Type 2 Diabetes, none of them were available. And, only 2 of 10 common forms of the ancient and very cheap RX–Metformin–were available.

    Read earlier that the President will talk about lowering the deficit–which is why Sanders and Manchin are proposing striping the Part D Program, and converting it into a program with a national (narrow or skinny) formulary. Below is the line that states that it will “save” 900 billion dollars. (none of the so-called “savings” will be funnelled back to, or spent on seniors, that I can tell.)

    From Sanders’ remarks:

    “If the VA can negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies to substantially reduce the price of prescription drugs, you know what? We can require Medicare to receive the same exact prices that the VA pays for prescription drugs. And when we do that, we could save Medicare some $900 billion over the next decade.

    Again, the VA achieves this “savings” thru severe and restrictive rationing of RX’s. And, its formulary covers mostly generics.

    (Guess it’s “Keytruda for me, but not for thee.” That’s the RX credited with saving former Pres Carter, btw.)

    Of course, lawmakers (and SCOTUS) all have access to treatment and drugs they need through the OAP. So, it’s of no concern to them if/when the FDA approves a drug, and CMS decides not to allow it to be included in Part D formularies. Phew!

    (the VA National formulary only has “3” tiers, compared to “5” tiers in most, if not all, Medicare Part D formularies)

    Five Things to Watch In Biden’s State Of The Union Address

    . . . Administration officials also said that Biden would talk about the need to lower the deficit, a detail that seems geared toward winning over Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who torpedoed the House-passed version of the bill in December when he said he could not support it due to ongoing concerns about inflation. . . .

    Sorry–this is a mess. But, got to run and take out “Rambo” (her nickname) before the SOTU address begins.

    (If my HTML code didn’t work, sorry! Not sure whether to us “i” or “em” for italic.)

    Hope Everyone is doing well. Thanks for this post. Zelenskyy truly does deserve our great admiration and respect. As do his people.

    Later.

    Blue

    First They Came For The Communists

    First they came for the Communists,
    and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Communist.
    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn’t speak up,
    because I was a Protestant.
    Then they came for me,
    and by that time there was no one
    left to speak up for me.

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    1. Good to hear from you Blue. I totally agree with you about the war mongering. I’m anti-war, generally. But, I do realize there are times when America needs to take the lead. This is one of those times. I think, so far, Biden is leading in the right way. We aren’t sending troops in. But we of course are obligated if the crazy man from Russia crosses into NATO territory. God I hope that doesn’t happen.
      My hope is that Putin has completely miscalculated and maybe, just maybe, the people in his country will rise up and get rid of him. I know, big IF! I’m trying to be optimistic. It’s not easy.
      As for the drug pricing, I appreciate the usual do-diligence you’ve done on this Blue. When you say Sanders seems to be on board with the deficit reduction/in lieu of letting VA/Medicare negotiate drug pricing, I was frankly a bit surprised. Again, I’m not as well versed in this area as you, Blue. Are you basically saying that this is a bad deal for seniors if it were to come to fruition?

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      1. Thank you for the reply, Jeff.

        I’ll need to include some reference material to fully explain my views. It’s pretty late (here), so, will catch up with you tomorrow or Friday.

        Blue

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  2. //www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2022/03/01/remarks-of-president-joe-biden-state-of-the-union-address-as-delivered/

    Quick follow-up from White House transcript of SOTU address:

    My plan to fight inflation will lower your costs and lower the deficit

    17 Nobel laureates in economics say my plan will ease long-term inflationary pressures. Top business leaders and most Americans support my plan. And here’s the plan:

    First – cut the cost of prescription drugs.

    Just look at insulin. One in ten Americans has diabetes. In Virginia, I met a 13-year-old boy named Joshua Davis. . . .

    For Joshua, and for the 200,000 other young people with Type 1 diabetes, let’s cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month so everyone can afford it.

    Drug companies will still do very well.

    ~~No problem with this proposal–except that he plans to pay for it by taking it out of the hide of seniors by slashing their Medicare drug benefits.~~

    And while we’re at it let Medicare negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs, like the VA already does.

    ~~Sounds great unless you understand “how” it is that the VA achieves such immense savings. Notice that he omits the fact that it is this proposal that “lowers the deficit” through “savings.”~~

    “Savings” which are derived by greatly slashing the RX formulary, particularly, by totally excluding many brand name and/or specialty drugs.

    Per Bernie, said “savings” is almost 1 Trillion dollars (or, 900 Billion).

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Heh, will need to wrap up my thoughts regarding this proposal when I’m not so tired.

    But, what incenses me most is that lawmakers appear to look at all these proposals as zero sum gain, or, “Paygo.”

    Why can’t they simply create new revenue streams for all their proposed social welfare programs? (with all the talk about taxing “the wealthy”)

    Seems that since O’s quest to “strike a Grand Bargain” began–meaning, financing many non-mandatory federal programs with cuts to either Social Security and/or Medicare–it’s been a relentless onslaught against senior citizens.

    Look at the atrocious way seniors were treated during the entire COVID pandemic/fiasco.

    All Mr Blue and I received to help keep us well was a faintly printed letter to remind us to get a Booster shot (two years after pandemic started), and, after the mask mandates were lifted by the CDC–our Walgreens finally received their allotment of government-issue N95 facemasks Mr Blue picked up our “6” masks at the Pharmacy drive-thru, yesterday. Whoopee!

    [sarcasm intended 😉 ]

    (took a pass on COVID tests, since didn’t care to give out so much personal info)

    BTW, supposedly, Medicare will start paying for these test kits some time this Spring. I’ll let you Guys know when that new benefit goes into effect.

    Enough whining for now. Will catch up with you Guys later . . .

    Blue

    “Everyone thinks they have the best dog–and none of them are wrong.”
    ~~W. R. Purche

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  3. Freedom Convoy?
    What do these a’holes know about living in a nation where there is no freedom??? They’ve not got the faintest idea what that is like.
    Same mindset as an adolescent being told they have to tidy their room before they get their next allowance.

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    1. I wish they’d just go away Roger. They make a mockery of this country. Sadly, there are millions who think they’re heroes. Think about that for a minute!!

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      1. Heroes? Driving around the country mob-handed, carrying firearms and intimidating folk.
        Did you ever see the film Billion Dollar Brain, and in particular the of the ignoble demise of the private army?
        A company of Ukrainian would see them off.

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    1. Thanks for that Keith. Yes, it is what a true leader looks like. And Chef Jose is someone I’ve been an admirer of for a long time. He really is a wonderful human being. We need more like him!

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  4. You have outdone yourself with this one, partner! There really is no comparison between the courageous people of Ukraine and those who, by their cowardice, are killing people in this country. My hat is off to Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people and my thumb is down to those in this country who care not one whit for their fellow countrymen.

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    1. Thanks so much Jill. What makes it even more ridiculous is these bozos are still doing the protest as mandates are slowly going away. They just have to have something to bitch about and blame Biden. Freedom my ass!

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      1. I tried to re-blog this post, but every time I tried, I got an error message. I even re-booted my computer, thinking that was the problem, but no joy. I was able to re-blog Roger’s post with no problem. Not sure what happened, but I thought you should know.

        As re the bozos who are still protesting even though most mask/vaccine mandates are gone or going … it just shows how very ignorant they are! And the two b*tches who interrupted Biden’s State of the Union last night should have been hauled out in handcuffs and should be expelled from Congress NOW! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Seems to me that these people need a dose of what people who really have no freedom go through. Let’s send ’em all to Russia or Afghanistan and see how they like it there? Maybe they’d learn to appreciate what they have instead of bitching about what they don’t have!

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      2. I could not agree more Jill. Those two are just performance artists who are simply there to own the libs. Nothing more, nothing less. Disrespectful **$$$. I’ll be nice! LOL
        Anyway, thanks for trying to reblog. So sorry you couldn’t. I get so frustrated at WordPress sometimes. A couple of others also reblogged. I’ll check with them to see if it worked. I will let you know Jill.

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      3. I cannot remember a time when any member of Congress acted with so little respect, made such a fool of themselves as those two. Surely the people in their districts in Georgia and Colorado will NOT send them back for another term??? Yes, WP can be frustrating … more than once now, readers have discovered that they no longer follow my blog, though they themselves didn’t make that choice … apparently WP made if for them! Roger and David have both had this happen more than once! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

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      4. Yeah, I’ve had the same thing happen as well. What I’m noticing is that for me, WP works better with Google Chrome, than with Safari, which is what I now use. Our new Mac is awesome, but not having Chrome as our browser adds layers to posting that I didn’t have before. Sigh. I’m contemplating downloading Chrome again on our new computer. But I’m not sure if that’s even a good thing to do. Oh well. Decisions!
        I suspect those two will probably be reelected. Unless maybe there’s been some positive gerrymandering for the Dems in those particular districts. But, the people who reside in them may like the dimwits for all I know. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

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      5. Jeff — that’s interesting what you said about what kind of computer you use, as well as the browser. It makes me wonder if this is why some folk complain that they “hate” WordPress. Personally, I have no problems … but I’m on a PC and I use Chrome, so there may be something to what you wrote. 🤔

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      6. I think so Nan. I also use Grammarly as part of my editing, and since I’ve got the new Mac, when I tried downloading it I ran into all sorts of issues. Not to mention the fact that I can’t even download OpenOffice (which is what I used on my old computer to write my posts) either, without jumping through hoops. I’m going to check and see if downloading Chrome may cause performance issues with my Mac. You never know these days. So frustrating.

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      7. I have found that it works better with FireFox than with Opera! And in fact, using Opera I cannot even view comments! Odd that it makes a difference, isn’t it? I think, if posting is taking you extra time and effort, I’d definitely put Chrome on the new computer … you’re like me and don’t have time to waste playing WP’s games.

        I’m not so sure about Greene … there is a candidate (can’t remember his name just now) running against her that seems to be gaining momentum. I haven’t looked at Boebert’s district lately, but her gun fetish will probably get her re-elected. Sigh.

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      8. Ok, actually I just checked their websites and both were able to reblog the post ok. So, not sure what happened Jill. Like I said, sometimes WordPress just decides not to work properly!!! Very frustrating.

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    1. Complicit? Really? I’ve asked you this before friend-where in the hell do you get your news? The blame for prices going up recently lies with one man: PUTIN. Stop spreading misinformation, please. And Keystone doesn’t make a damn bit of difference.

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      1. No wonder he describes himself as a King of Drones. Drones have no mind of their own and he’s clearly bought into Trump-like rhetoric if he blames prices on Biden.

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  5. Very astute of you Ben. I’ve relieved Mr. Drone of his ability to comment here. He’s been doing the same on Twitter. If I didn’t know any better, I might think he was trolling me!! LOL

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