Got a mind-blowing story here about rock ‘n roll in the Ukraine. Also, my thoughts on what to do about Trump, and, the weak prospects for any “ballot harvesting” by Republicans.
Stay with me.
First, a few “I told you so’s.”
Finally (days after the election), a handful of top Republicans / conservatives are admitting that McConnell’s strategy of running with no agenda, was a mistake.
Gee whiz, I’ve been screaming that since LAST YEAR.
Way to go, Mitch. Next time, call me.
Again, running on “inflation” was never going to work, when voters understand you’re equally responsible for it, and you have no idea what to do about it.
I SAID THAT ALSO, IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.
Again, reach out to me next time, LOL.
I should have added, local issues such as crime and education will stay local, unless you have some national plan for them. Otherwise, forget it.
What gets me now is, the geniuses in my comments, blaming the GOP’s sad performance on the Dem’s “Tammany Hall” machine—ballot harvesting, curing, etc.
Also, some of these bright bulbs are blaming dumb voters who’ve been misguided by the MSM.
LOL. What did the “red wave” people NOT know about the Dems and MSM, before the midterms, that they DO know now?
It doesn’t take a high IQ to blame the other side, for your own side’s failings.
And, yes, the big blue cities are always dirty. Their elections are Third World. Not much has changed since Gangs of New York days.
There is always a (roughly) one-percent fraud margin in every state—other than today’s Florida, which has been cleaned up and is said to be the national gold standard.
Again, what’s new?
Get your own shit together, THEN go fix the world.
Hearing Myself On Tucker Carlson
I’m going to toot my own horn again. (Skip ahead, if you wish.)
Finally, FINALLY, I am hearing it, from someone other than myself.
I’ve been saying it since LAST YEAR.
Speaking on Tucker’s show, Candace Owens said the Afghanistan gravy train was almost immediately switched to the Ukraine track, it’s just keeping the skim going, one project replacing another.
I’ve been saying this literally since the Afghanistan withdrawal.
OK, there was a time, briefly I thought they might switch it from Afghanistan to Taiwan…..
…..but then, by November 2021, I saw it was going to be the Ukraine, and I’ve been hammering that ever since.
Now, they’re finally saying it on Tucker, explicitly, in my terms.
Is Candace a Dreizin fan? I doubt it.
But, it still feels good. I’m gonna take a victory lap.
What BLM Looks Like in 2022
I think I wrote to my mailing list (before this blog), sometime in the second half of 2021…..
…..that Kiev’s rule in much of eastern and southern Ukraine, is a U.S.-financed, military occupation.
Surely, many thought I was nuts.
Check this out, below.
The below video shows Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, frontman of Okean El’zy (Ocean of Elsa), the Ukraine’s most popular, most successful rock band since the late 1990s.
Other than the senile, or some pre-teen children, EVERYONE in the Ukraine knows this guy’s name.
Even many millions of people in Russia, know his name. Okean El’zy had some hits in Russia, including Kvitka, one of Russia’s top rock radio hits in 2004.
Vakarchuk is a big-time Ukrainian nationalist. He and his band are from Lvov near the Polish border, which basically tells you everything.
Vakarchuk got behind the 2014 coup / revolution immediately.
In spring of that year, Vakarchuk was walking in Dnepropetrovsk. He passed a cop. He shouted to the cop, “Glory to Ukraine!” (the approved greeting for nationalist hotheads.)
The cop said he doesn’t need it, that Putin never did anything to him.
Vakarchuk filed a complaint, the department had no choice, the cop lost his job.
The cop was then obviously unemployable (as a cop) in the Ukraine.
I’d guess, he and his family moved to Russia, as did roughly a million “political migrants” since 2014 (this does not include about three million Donbass war refugees.)
(In the USA, cops and others can move from Oregon etc. to Florida or Texas. In the former USSR, they leave the Ukraine and come to Russia, LOL.)
The below video shows Vakarchuk, performing two months ago in Izium, a hard-hit town in Kharkov region.
Izium means “raisins”, don’t ask me where that came from.
Izium is the second-largest city in Kharkov region. Before this year, it had a population of 46,000.
Up to half of those have since fled, either to Russia or deeper into the Ukraine.
As Russia’s main base in Kharkov region, Izium was subjected to months of rocketing by the Ukraine’s Grad, Uragan, and Tochka missiles…..
….. most of which were shot down, but enough made it through. The city is quite damaged, although there is still power and water.
The only reason you might have heard of Izium…..
…..It’s where Zelensky’s reality show production crew dug up a mass grave of Ukrainian soldiers buried by Russia, and brought in the media and said, hey everybody, this looks bad…..
…..and it made the cover of the Amazon Post…..
…..and then the whole thing fizzled, and you’ll never, ever hear about it again. Same as all that “rape dungeon” crap (fed to morons) from back in April.
Now, see the below video.
Vakarchuk is on a chair, playing guitar in the town square.
Notice the army guard, off to the side, at 0:42. Vakarchuk didn’t just wander into town on his own, unannounced.
For him, this is an “event.”
Low-key, but nonetheless.
Again, this guy is the Ukraine’s all-time most famous, most lucrative rocker.
His band played to an absolutely packed soccer (football) stadium in Kiev—80,000 or more people—as recently as 2018.
They played to a crowd of thousands at a Ukraine fundraising concert in Prague, Czechia, this year.
Again, this is a town of 46,000 (might have lost half because of the war) in east Ukraine, not far from the Russian border.
Again, this is the town square. (Soviet cities are compact. In one of this size, most residents can walk to the town square, it might not be quick but it’s do-able.)
Again, this is an event, I assume it was announced or advertised, at least on Facebook or something.
Obviously, there was no price for admission. People could just go see the guy, for free.
Oh, did I mention this guy only ever sings in Ukrainian, never Russian (the language of Kharkov)?
THIRTY PEOPLE SHOWED UP.
See for yourself…..
(Oh, and in this clip, he sings not his own song, but Chervona Ruta, a Soviet-era Ukrainian quasi-folk song, probably the top tune from the USSR to have made it into modern Ukrainian culture… and the last thing most people in this town want to hear, LOL, especially as the singer who first blew up the song, despite earning most of her post-1991 income in Russia, later went over to the nationalists.)
I might (not sure) have posted six-seven months ago, footage of a no-name, generic Russian army rock band that came to nearby Kupiansk (population 27,000) this past spring.
A couple of hundred people (on the whole, much younger than this crowd) turned out for that one.
As I said, this is what BLM looks like in 2022.
Nobody needs it.
Of course, not all areas under Russia’s control (at one time or another) are 85 or 90 percent favorable to Russia.
In February, Kherson city, with 280,000 residents, was likely about one-third favorable, one-third indifferent (but could be brought around), and one-third Ukrainian loyalist.
As Russia cemented its control, a few thousand of the most hard-core Ukraine loyalists, left for Ukrainian-controlled territory.
Russia just finished a bloodless withdrawal from Kherson city, a few days ago.
Difficult to supply across a broad river with damaged bridges, the city became a strategic dead-end, and the Russian command evidently had other plans.
For weeks prior to the military withdrawal, civilians had been warned and encouraged to leave.
Russia offered transportation and free permanent housing (i.e. a free condo/apartment in Crimea or mainland Russia) to every household that left… with larger housing for larger households.
Reportedly, 130,000 left voluntarily. Of course, you won’t read about this in your MSM.
Almost all police, most teachers, supervisors in every department, tax office, all municipal and provincial officials, Kherson state university administrators…..
…..everyone that could be arrested and jailed by the Ukraine as a “collaborator”…..
…..has also relocated to the Russian-controlled east bank of the Dniepr…..
…..and is still getting paid, whether or not they are doing any work at their new duty station. Again, you won’t read about this.
(Yes, the city now has no civil government or services, and not surprisingly, notwithstanding some smartphone photos/videos that have gotten out, has been closed even to Ukrainian state journalists. But what can you as the “liberator” expect, when you promise to arrest everyone as a traitor? Go run your own fucking city.)
Multiple reports from the last days of Russian control in Kherson, describe a half-deserted city, with no police, and with functioning shops but very little road traffic. The 130,000 figure is credible.
These people really did move to “the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”
(Did I mention, you won’t read about this?)
The last ferry, with several hundred souls, reportedly pulled out just as the Ukrainian army rolled in to the port. (Movie material, “if true.”)
And yet… There should be well over 100,000 civilians still in Kherson. Many are not Ukraine fans, but it’s hard to leave your home behind.
In addition to the government buildings, there are housing blocks with thousands of apartments (flats, for you Brits) in the vicinity of the city’s main square, either directly facing the square, or within a few minutes walk.
This is how many souls turned up to greet the Ukrainian army, in the main square.
Well, now the Ukrainian army has announced, they will start drafting Kherson men as of the end of this month.
Let’s see how some of these guys feel, then.
Now, backing up a little…..
Before, during, and just after late September’s referendum to join Russia…..
…..the U.S., UK, and European MSM said the vote was a fraud, that people were being rounded up to vote at gunpoint.
The foreign minister of Germany literally said, on TV, that people were being forced to vote AT GUNPOINT.
Upon the end of the multi-day (turnout was expected to be thin at first, due to fear of terrorist bombings) referendums across Kherson, Zaporozhie, Donetsk and Lugansk…..
…..Reuters ran a story, quoting several Ukrainian loyalists who had just left…..
…..along the lines of “no one I know voted, it’s all a sham, they are rounding people up, no one I know voted.”
Yeah, like the mythological, “I can’t believe Nixon won. I don’t know anyone who voted for him.”
Here’s a video of the “join Russia” referendum vote in Melitopol’, Zaporozhie region.
More footage, same city:
And some more:
Of course, the result was pre-ordained, like Trump’s 2020 defeat.
In that sense, yes, it was “a sham.”
In all other respects, there was a vote, people voted, it happened. And, come on, YOU know how the majority voted.
Sure, you can argue about international law or whatever. (My American readers know, the strong do what they want.)
But… I don’t see any “gunpoints”, do you?
Here is video of a young-ish lady in Lugansk, voting and then tearing up her Ukrainian passport.
(Obviously, the gunpoint here is just out of camera view.)
(For true lunatics and addicts, the “soundtrack” is Донбасс за нами, the unofficial rock anthem of the Donbass, sung by these “girl next door” cuties, holy moly.)
For sheer propaganda and “unlawful voter interference” value, back to Melitopol’, still no gunpoints:
If this is all news to you, well, that’s why you’re here, isn’t it?
Just remember, all your news from the Ukraine is 80 to 90 percent fantasy. Some of it is total fantasy.
(Here’s a special shout-out from the Ghost of Kiev and the downed IL-76 to Senator Marco Rubio.)
When Russia invaded, I went by some Ukrainian sources.
Some members of parliament and local officials claimed Russian paratroopers were dropping in Dnepropetrovsk, and Russian marines were coming ashore in Odessa.
I shared this news with my mailing list, and said, sounds like the war may be over in a few days.
Well, it was all fantasy, like Japanese ships sailing up the Mississippi river on December 8th, 1941.
It’s one thing to be wrong in analysis or predictions, but sending straight-up fake news to my readers is a huge embarrassment.
I still review Ukrainian sources for laughs, or to see how they are coping. But, I don’t get my news from them anymore.
Once bitten, twice shy.
What about you?
You know, all these big respectable papers like the NY Times and Wall Street Journal, they have their Ukrainian sources on speed-dial.
What they’ve done, is gotten in with Ukrainian “fixers” or PR agents, who connect them with anyone they want to talk to in the Ukraine.
Like, if they hear about fighting in XYZ area, and they want to know how it’s going…..
…..they will be put through to some colonel on the ground over there, who will tell them all about it… from his perspective.
There is no second opinion, no doubt, no analysis, no perspective, no background knowledge, nothing.
THAT’S NOT “JOURNALISM”, THAT’S JUST BEING A MOUTHPIECE!!!
Lazy, lazy, lazy. Low budget and lazy.
“Journalism” is me telling you the story about Vakarchuk, for example. Weaving a narrative? Yeah, maybe, but it’s all true. You can decide for yourself if his local turnout means anything.
I’d say, just stick with the Dreizin Report.
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Trump Lashes Out
A reader asked me what I think of the Trump-DeSantis shitshow…..
…..which, so far, is just Trump’s shitshow against DeSantis, LOL.
My answer (copy/pasted from the comments) was as follows:
I look forward to seeing this shitshow play out. Trump is lashing out like some freaky stalker ex-girlfriend, leaving crazy stream-of-consciousness rants on your voicemail. In my younger days, I used to come across poor negroes on the Greyhound bus who had far more dignity and class (and sometimes, better English) than this motherfucker. Of course, his routine was fun when he defended himself against Democrats, our crooked FBI, etc. But, watching him go off against someone who is not (yet) even in the ring, it brings home how disgusting and demented he is. Trump has also attacked my governor Youngkin (who turned Virginia red) for no reason at all.
In my view, we should thank Trump for his service, tie him up, and put him in a cage on the far side of the Moon. If that doesn’t work, then get his voluntary, written consent, and euthanize him (again, only with written consent.)
I will say there is nothing more that Trump can do. He’s already lost the plot, forgot his original message. A second Trump term would be a nothing, just more shitshow. All the Trump cultists now just want to see him stick it to the Dems, that’s their only agenda, there is nothing else. They are like Third World peasants, cheering for their local drug lord, because he’s their guy and fuck hell yeah.
Trump had his chance in 2017, it was a long shot, but he failed. With more discipline and better communication, and less ego and more maturity (i.e. not walking into the viper den like he was going to charm everyone because he’s so awesome), maaaaybe he could’ve saved the Titanic. Now, forget it. We may be going down, but it would be a more dignified torment to have a captain who can speak complex thoughts in the English language.
“We Need To Harvest” Talk On The GOP Side is Nonsense
Since election day, I’ve heard some of my readers—and some major Twitter accounts—say Republicans should learn to “ballot harvest” like Democrats do.
For my foreign readers, this is the act of identifying and approaching people who would likely not otherwise vote…..
…..(based on absence of prior registration, and other indicators, such as, if they were also harvested in the last election)…..
…..registering them to vote…..
……then later offering them a ballot, sealing it, taking it, and depositing it (among many others) on the “voter’s” behalf.
Whether it’s “legal” or not, a small sum of money (perhaps $20 or $25) can easily change hands. Of course, the “harvester” gets paid as well, some fixed amount per ballot.
Ballot harvesting is totally illegal in some states, but not all.
It’s legal and widespread in Pennsylvania, where it probably swung the recent election.
Ballot harvesting also wiped out the Republican party in California in 2018. This is a fact, no one denies it.
In some documented cases, Democrats have gone into group homes for elderly or mentally ill/disabled people, and harvested from there.
Were the “voters” even awake to know what was happening? Probably not, but I’m sure some “honest staff” at those facilities got paid very well.
Yes, if you didn’t know, America has Third World elections.
(We also have “ballot curing”, where illiterate or semi-literate, mostly recent immigrant voters, who made some mistake on their absentee/mail-in ballot or how they folded it or whatever, get contacted by partisan volunteers AFTER the election, to fix their ballot, such that the election can last for days after the election.)
As for Republicans getting into this game…..
Anyone who suggests that, is IGNORANT or IN A CLOUD
It’s doubtful there are enough “couch potatoes” on the Republican side to make a big difference.
It’s been well known for decades: Democrats suffer from “low motivation” among their two most reliable voting blocs (blacks, especially poor blacks, and “young people”, i..e. under-25’s.)
It is these blocs that are targeted with ballot harvesting.
Poor blacks and college students tend to live very compactly. You can send some kids to go around campus or the housing project on foot. No need for a car.
Are there any such unmotivated major demographics available to milk on the Republican side?
Yes, there are some rednecks who normally didn’t vote, but who came out for Trump.
But, the numbers aren’t so great, and they are much more spread out geographically.
It would cost much, much more to pay someone to drive around and reach them all.
In conclusion, now that “white” America has swung to the GOP by a two-to-one ratio, and with a majority of Hispanics now also voting Republican…..
…..today’s Democrat party simply isn’t competitive, on a national level, without ballot harvesting.
Unfortunately, Republicans probably can’t match this trick.
They can only try banning it, in jurisdictions under their control.
But whenever and wherever they try, of course, the Dems fight like a cat getting a bath.
It’s life or death.
One Nazi, One Bullet
Please note, I have added a “no Nazis” clause” to my comments policy, below.
I do not tolerate Nazis, not in the Ukraine and not on my blog.
I do not tolerate Nazi commenters hiding behind fake Jewish names (yeah, real smart, Mr. “Schapiro.”)
My position is, one Nazi, one bullet.
And then we make soap, rope, and lampshades out of what’s left.
Any gold teeth, please let me know in advance.
Of course, that’s just funny talk. I don’t call for violence on this blog.
I understand that just like the original Nazis, all modern Nazis have closet homo issues. I embrace their diversity.
But, I do hope they’re all double-vakksed and double-boossted with an mRNA “vakkseen.”
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Excellent. I especially like having these two elections discussed side by side. Isn’t it ironic that the referendum, with no polling or.expensive media shenanigans is considered “a sham” but the circus of unchallenged incumbents feeding from a troth full of cash, ie American elections is a “pinnacle of democracy”.
P.S That said, I am still at awe that we consider individuals with brain damage or dementia as valid candidates. Never mind,. that neither of them would qualify for any other job. Obviously, someone else is actually doing their job and that someone was not elected,
Mr D, Very informative and much appreciated.
Your Comments Policy. Why “No Marxists”? Thank you, JR.
“My position is, one Nazi, one bullet.” can’t say fairer than that 😉
The crowd for the folk singer is kinda old for rock’n’roll, but they’re probably the age of my audience now, so no judgement. I prefer the two ladies (I almost said girls, but I’m learning) they had excellent harmonies and the band was cooking. I have to rely on Google Translate which told me the video title “half the sky is a flame, half the sky could, Donbass is behind us and God is with us” Not sure what the sky could or could not???
Question: WTF does “BLM” stand for? AFAIK BLM is now living in mansions in Malibu and spending the contributions they got from guilty rich whites.
And finally; I agree with your assessment of Trump. I voted’ for him the 2nd time, but I don’t think he should try again, he’ll be 80 in his 2nd year and that’s too old for a president. Just look at who we have now. I think we need to have an age cap of 65 or so for anyone running for the job. But I also think the president should have a single 10 year term, with confidence check votes every 2 years. Trump’s had his day and if he’d made better choices for his cabinet etc. I might think differently. Otherwise I say “Just say NO to the same old shit”. (I want that on a t-shirt.) I’m in FL and for once I voted for a winner. (That is unusual for me given my record (Nader, Stein, Trump.) Obama fooled me since I’m originally from Honolulu. It just goes to show that a silver tongue can talk you into anything–be careful.
How good is Russia’s military industrial production capacity. The MSM claims Russia lost inordinate amounts of hardware especially in the northern operation amounting to over a thousand tanks lost. If this is true how quickly can Russia replenish hardware losses. Do they have the capacity to mass produce tanks or other heavy hardware. Do they have enough equipment for the 300k reservists. If they do will these 300k reservists coupled with the preexisting forces overrun Ukraine? I can only imagine how NATO would react to such a humiliating defeat after needles staking their whole credibility on the outcome of this war. It makes me think that they would try some extraordinarily belligerent and it would likely be preceded by increasingly desperate rhetoric. So far that doesn’t seem to have started which is why I am unsure of the quality of the equipment fielded by the reservists.
“The MSM…. if this is true….” LOL.
Getting your info from MSM? Really?
They make it sound like the Ukes are on the outskirts of Moscow.
I was in Kherson when the Lenin statue was pulled down, it definitely drew a smaller crowd than this liberation event. I suspect this is the first time ever that a Ukrainian not from Kherson is happy to be in Kherson. I laugh every time I see the media talk about the importance of Kherson to Ukraine. It’s like when a family neglects a child, then gets angry at it for wanting to go play at the neighbours house.
‘Izium means “raisins”, don’t ask me where that came from.’
Rome. Likely 62BC
Thank you for your update on Kerson city and news related to the Ukraine. As you say, once bitten, twice shy so no msn for me on this subject (and all the others by the way) because I am tired of hearing about the great Ukrainian wins which, so far, does not materialise but cost me my basic comfort since here in Europe, we are supposed to suffer for this country in order to stick it to Poutine. Which is, of course, a big load of rubbish, our politics are just hiding their total incompetence as well as their incredible stupidity. On the American politics, I am wondering about what has happened to the Marco Polo report about Hunter Binden’s laptop? Will it just follow the usual standard procedure, that is these people never get caught…… too big to fail ?
Watching your blog, the thought occurred to me that many Ukrainians could have a Russian flag and a Ukrainian flag hidden in their homes. Then they come out with the appropriate flag depending upon the army that is currently occupying their town. As long as you stay away from the cameras and don’t sing to loudly, you don’t have to retreat with any of the alternating forces. That would be a funny spoof video for a little levity as a break from the tragedy.
A joke from Russian Civil War.
Guy 1: Who won?
Guy 2: Our guys.
Guy 1: Who are our guys?
Guy 2: Those that won.
‘One Nazi, One Bullet’, yeah I hate Nazis too, I live in the ‘Reich’ and I my heritage is ‘mixed’ so to speak, 4 nations in my blood, I f.ing hate them. That’s why I looked up in the beginning of the war some videos of Ukraine and what I saw was f.ing Nazis shelling civilian areas in the Donbas and making the ‘Sieg Heil’ greeting afterwards. Vile and disgusting.
I knew immediately that almost everything the West says is bs. But now I can laugh, whoever thinks the avenger of Zaporoje, Ghost of Kiev, Goat of Kiev (my personal favorite), Drone Boy or Snake Island or that Russia is having no ammo, missiles or fuel (since the beginning of the war) is a f.ing moron.
Good article Jacob!
GREAT writing Jacob — thank you !!!
“They Keep Us Focused On Decoy Dichotomies” — https://substack.com/inbox/post/84405554
The Republicans did have a platform:
“You have to vote for us because it’s a mid-term after the other party took the White House, so therefore it’s our turn”.
Luckily I live in California which is a one party State so we don’t get bombarded with partisan election nonsense. The referendums are the only thing that gets contested and the big ones this cycle were two dueling propositions about betting on sports in “Indian” casinos. We got a six month long media blitz featured competing groups of sad looking Siberian-Americans each plumping for one of the propositions and against the other one. I didn’t quite figure out either one so I just voted yes on both because I wanted those Indians to not be sad, and my wife and I like Indian casinos. Although we don’t gamble, when we are on driving trips the hotels are very nice, you can get a decent steak dinner for $25 and $6 cocktails in the restaurants, and their gasoline is (relatively) cheap if there is no Costco nearby.
LOL. Sounds like paradise. I’m sold!
Good writing Jacob. I’m starting to not miss your videos.
If Ukraine is about Russia, and Taiwan is China, then the people running the MIC-IMATT by the rule that those who don’t grow the profit after a quarter or two will be out on their arse, both become necessary, and then after a few more years a 3rd large threat becomes necessary… well, we all see where this is going, eventually the planet isn’t big enough, and sure enough the ground is already being laid. I guess it’s a matter of which gives out first, fiat printing or the resources.
This edition of the no BS Dreizin Report particularly rocks.
I love the Kherson liberation video: 1944 Paris it definitely is not. LOL. And that rock “concert”. It’s embarrassing. Why would they even film it? Let alone distribute the film. Somebody also forgot to hand out Ukrainian flags for it.
With respect to US elections the whole Tammany Hall thing obviously never died. Still, given that on most issues the two parties deliver the same results it really seems just to be a fight for who will control the federal money go round.
My wifes friend Greta(The Canadian Foreign Affairs Office here in Ottawa,where both my Sister in laws work,btw) from Toronto was overseas during the Crimea referendum as a ‘Official’ international observer, and told my wife see saw zero irregularities by the Russian reps. “The vote was clean,Helene,cleaner then a Federal Canadian election”.
De Santis seems like he does a good job in Florida and is an effective politician, is this the case? If so it would be an awful waste of talent if he ran for and became President.
I saw a video of a guy protesting against an OUN monument, replete with red and black flag, outside a Ukrainian church in Ohio recently. There was some interaction with the church attendees in the video. they stoutly defended Bandera and the OUN, they have an extraordinarily skewed version of history.
There is great ‘interest’ now in moving over to a DeSantis ticket for 2024. However, if you look at DeSantis funding, you’ll see he is being supported by big Republican (and Dem) money interests. Like Ken Griffin….DeSantis has already been endorsed by Paul Ryan (!!!). So, why this interest in DeSantis? What is the point? The point is to completely dilute the ‘MAGA’ populist movement, and bring past Trump supporters over to what they think will be ‘Trump light’. Sadly, there is no other populist leader on the horizon, to move the MAGA movement forward. Just curious, then, without Trump, who moves the populist movement forward???
“ Get your own shit together, THEN go fix the world.”
Gold Jacob, pure gold.
Btw, when taking that victory lap, could I politely ask to wear proper attire when you plan recording it? Once seen it can’t be unseen.
The media blackout regarding the 100.000+ people that left for Russian controlled territory seems almost total in Western TV news: I wonder how long it takes them to ‘remember’ that they had the story running that those leaving were ‘abducted’ by the evil Russkies.
Silly to rant about “no agenda” when right now in blue areas we have “no election.” Florida cleaned it up, Florida had the red wave that everyone expected. The rest is just dirty. Think your agenda can beat 100,000 fake ballots? Dream on.
Hey retard, Florida didn’t have any “red wave”, because all but one statewide elected post and both U.S. Senate seats were ALREADY with the GOP. A wave is when power changes hands. Get the fuck out of here.
Hmm. I live in the UK so am not directly affected by US election but, while I haven’t taken a deep dive into the numbers, I’ve picked up some of the headline figures. In 2018 De Santis won by 0.4%; in 2022 he won by nearly 20%. De Santis votes were up by 600k while Dem votes were down by almost a million, De Santis is a popular, proactive governor so that will explain his uptick. BUT – the Dem vote deficit is what would be expected in a protest vote during a period of economic turmoil with an unpopular leader.
We have a similar situation in the UK. If things don’t improve the current conservative government will be in big trouble. The opposition Labour party don’t need to do anything. They just need to keep breathing to record a landslide victory.
I’ve read that the Republic party won the popular vote by 6% If true. it suggests that there are some “anomalous trends” in tightly contested states.
Time to find the next landfill of corpses in Kherson and the man in the green tshirt (how does that work w greenscreens – talkin head?) w runny nose from sincere sadness at the place of russki atrocities
Izium would come from the Turkish word uzum, meaning grapes. Both u’s are umlauted.
Thanks for the etymology… but why a town named such?
Jacob, thanks for drawing attention to Izyum [Изюм] … People should educate themselves. Not sure if there is anything in English on this town. Its history is fairly entertaining, an historic and geographical linchpin kinda. Explains a few things going on now couple of hundred kilometers in every direction, especially south.
Название города имеет тюркское происхождение и связано с казах. өзен «река», кар. äzän «река», тат. üzän «низина», бар. üzön «ручей», тел. öizöm «низина». По другой версии, название города происходит от арамейского слова יזום [изум] — «инициировать, создать». Также есть версия, согласно которой название происходит от слова «изюм», поскольку в окрестностях города в 17 веке разводили виноград.”
I´d *guess* that it´s the same reason that there´s a town named “Asbest”, “Keramik” et cetera in the former Sovietunion/Tsarist Russia, name your production centers by the name of product, the Serfs got nothing to do with it and the “Elite” doesn´t have to spend time remembering what that town produces.
The Russian word for raisins (taken from turkish) is izium. Maybe there were vineyards there?
Trump … “walking into the viper den like he was going to charm everyone because he’s so awesome” I got a big chuckle reading this. Great wit! So true. Trump really turned out to be a yellow coward. Even at the end of his term he could have stuck a finger in the eye of these fucktards and pissed them off real good by pardoning Julian Assange and/or Snowden. But he didn’t have the frigging balls to do that.
Yeah, because, reportedly McConnell let him know that if he pardoned either of those two, the Senate Republicans would vote for impeachment conviction, and then he wouldn’t be able to run again for president. And you know, it’s all about Trump.
Gag me, but maybe Trump will *finally* be serving the purpose that caused the Hill-Billy pair to stroke him into running the first time, divide the base. I’ve be hearing that cackle in my sleep. If true, then for that he deserves to develop with his own hands a Trump tower on the dark side of the Moon.
Excellent post. Thank you.
Reading the ukie propaganda in the British tabloids like the Daily Mail is such a special treat…
Re: news sources. It’d be interesting to see comments here from the other camp … on all topics. I’m sure the ‘Russian speaking audience’ on this blog includes a few Ocean of Elsa apologists. Not me. They could share their sources to try and debate some of Jacob’s statements (per Jacob’s rules). Similar on the USA or Russia or China politics. That being said – I have tried to find a similar blog on the “west/right side of the Dnieper” [thoughts] internets (in English) … Nothing, not even close. Is the other camp (let’s call them neo-liberal), their sources, their analysts, their commentators and PR specialists, their propaganda after all … playing a different game? Or — are they simply low IQ and their ‘news’ are just LOLdicrous (stealing from another comment above or below)? Or, on the contrary, like some AI they are collectively (as some alien space bugs) smart with the end justifying the means in mind? In other words – does the other side have a no propaganda zone such as this? – would appreciate a link … I strongly doubt it (such a blog) exists though — not to mention, as a compliment to Jacob, that in ‘alternative commentariat’ this blog is unique too, IMHO
They have the entire MSM in the U.S., Canada, UK, EU, and Australia. Why would they need a blog????
I just wanna say THANK you for this laugh. The Trump comments were a belly laugh to start my day. As a Finn, in Finland, I have nothing to do with US voting but from a distance Trump was better than the alternative. But now….your commenters put it better than i could.
I appreciate the insight you give. And the commentary that accompanies the tragicomic farce of US politics. A pox on the planet.
What are the politics like in Finland? Your PM is nice-looking but seems like a dunce. How did she get elected?
Sanna Marin, Finnish PM, was never elected by the electorate. The guy that was got thrown out (resigned under pressure) on some (probably) fake excuses. The party then chose her. She’s pretty. The opponent wasn’t. She is WEF.
We have coalition governments that tend to keep policies quite central At present it’s center left. Next years elections will take us back to center(ish) right. It is rare for ANY party to garner more than about 25% of the vote. Ultimately it doesn’t really matter. They all follow the EU path uncritically. Most influential leaders in Finland are WEF. Europeanists.
Донбас за нами и с нами Бог
I came across this song sometime during the Dec 2020 Covid lock-down and took the trouble of going through the lyrics. When I saw the little communist atheists singing about having God at their backs and some mythical force called ‘Rossiya’ I realized that this all ran a lot deeper than political jurisdiction and preferences.
song, Chervona Ruta
I still liked the song, regardless
It’s a beautiful song, yes.
Heard the song before but not from these two hotties! Yowza!!
On a side note: I met a few Ukrainian women throughout my time. Some of them pretty. All of them crazy. Russian women I met were tough, hard to crack, some materialistic. Most very pretty and NONE were crazy.
So there’s that …
Only one of them is hot.
Yeah…there is a reason why Russian Pop music is dominated by the Ukrainians – typical much less reserved and expressive, than far more ‘nordic’ and passive aggressive Russians. I guess the expressiveness could be interpreted as as craziness, but personally I see little difference.
This is one of your best blogs Mr.D.
Your reporting on Kherson helped alleviate some of my frustration
with the Russian, not-so-special operation.
Also the two young gals singing that song
were not covered with tattoos like the Bandera babes.
I do not understand Putin strategy . Is he coming back to take Kherson? Is his plan to divide by Dneper River? Can these two countries exist in the future separated by river only? What about mobilization? 2024 will be Democratic as well. We must wait until Democrats spend US economy away, then people will vote with their pockets. Inflation is high but manageable eventually it will trickle down to wages, so people will get used to it. I do not believe abortion played a role, women still can do it in other states. Fox News muppets try to use it as excuse. But I think independents just did not see a difference between dems and reps, and stayed at home or went with dems.
This whole conflict is a multi-layered and complex military-political exchange, there is no 1-sentence strategy. Everything that is happening evolves and develops all the time. You have not only Putin but many actors who play a role in this, and not only on the Russian side. Regarding the current state of affairs: The Kherson withdrawal is actually a good sign since it shows that the Russian leadership gives more “creative freedom” to the Russian military (it is very bad when politicians “decide” military strategy, look at fuckface Hitler). When Ukraine collapses Kherson or a bridge to Kherson won’t matter since it will also mean that Europe was bled out economically/politically and Ukraine will have around 20 milion inhabitants instead the 30-40 it has now. What we see now is the deliberate and slow-motion/live destruction of a medium size country and it seems that all sides agree to that, even the political/military leadership of that country. As Dreizin writes sooner or later those ignorant bastards will call this a genocide or 2nd Holodomor, ignoring the fact that they are actively contributing to that.
You are dreaming Sir.
Everything’s points to the fact that current “leadership” in Russia wants a rump off, but since they have shown their inaptitude to everyone they are not getting any.
They are desperate.
History of military victories form the past does not translate into the present.
For last 30 years the Russians were exposed to omnipresent ‘western’ cultural influence. So there is NO motivation to fight for the Russian flavor of oligarchy.
Also, similar to the quality of the current political elites in the West, the Russian military have suffered from the negative selection over the years – becoming a breeding ground for the stupid and the opportunists. It is all on display now.
They might well evolve, though. To simply survive. BUT only if Uncle Sam is stupid enough to corner them, instead of using a carrot/stick approach. We will see.
“Negative selection”, OK. Don’t be such an obvious parrot of Russian blogs/Telegram, down to the exact term in the exact context, with the same depressed mood, and lack of perspective that this describes every peacetime army. You can’t come here and think Dreizin won’t call you out. I call out everybody who comes here to spew wholly borrowed thoughts. Next time, try to add something of your own.
There is no way that what’s left of Ukraine has 30-40 million. They must be very close to 20 already.
I hope the house goes red, even if by one. Senate is baked, McConnell is the baker, he thought he was making turtle soup. President about to turn up spending more time with family at best. It’s so dirty, I just want gridlock. AOC squeaking about impeaching the Supreme Court. Spell impeachment, you *’ing actress. Triple word score. I’m not a republican, just have come to hate the dems more after their pandemic stance, default to independent, progressive illusions ripped away. (Masks back soon in every blue state, but no bandanas, you alt right hosers, unless you’re a federali, then go for it) Looking at the races, I am shaking my head. So many 50.8% winning by a nose for blue in Nevada Arizona. But ye gads, New Mexico. Gerry Mander, he *’ed the * out of that state after the census, now they have zero – 0 – representation at the national level or Gubner. 40% republican voters overall in New Mexico, _no_ national representation. I went through there last November on my way to Texas and they had a real nice two story Target in Albuquerque and decent security to roll the meth heads out of the store, which I witnessed. If I’d been thinking ahead, I would have picked some meth up as barter material after Brandon gets us nuked.
Live and learn!
Hey if that happens you can say goodbye to the Democrat voting base. Forever.
So…why exactly can’t Republicans emulate early voting tactics the same as Democrats?? I agree that Democrats would immediately cry foul but that is expected.
To rephrase what Jacob said, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze. The GOP has limited resources and they’d likely get more votes per dollar with a different tactic.
Entirely agree, Trump is a walking, talking clusterfuq, a smidge of a degree less than Pedo Pete. The gravy train continues as has been the way since 1913 when global bank cartel took over the American project, good returns when you can finance both sides. As a holy Swami once said, “this world is not fit for a gentleman”. TULSI 24! haha
I don’t want DeSantis to run. I want him ready to take over the southern portion of the US when it breaks up in 10 years. Unsullied by the DC corruption. Course, as I hear it, he has all sorts of Big Money donors all lined up, so I’m just dreaming.
Fine with me if Trump gets another 4 years to throw bombs. I lived in the DC area for 15 years; the place is incurable.
There’s an interesting ‘conspiracy theory’ circulating around the latest crypto exchange collapse, and a supposed kickback scheme; US taxpayers supporting Ukraine, who’ve invested in the exchange’s crpyto coin, eventually fed back to the Democrat coffers. I read about it on C&C News (coffeeandcovid.com).
Good summary on Kherson – yes, obviously mainsteam media does not talk about any of the facts (the full housing certificates those who wanted got including new housing currently built already in Mariupol (remember that city?) or elsewhere in Russa). the part that is most interesting is that real people on the ground who are in the ‘undecided group’ (which is like half of population) gets to see and taste the difference between Russian state and Kiev puppet regime (force subscription, nazi gangs, etc)
OK, Jacob, I just watched the two gals from next door singing Донбасс за нами and I’m ready to go over and fight for Donbass, no more questions asked! If these two fillies don’t convince those Azov and Right Sector boys from over Kiev way to switch sides, then it’s got to be that kinky Nazsty proclivity you mention near the end of your post, the same one that got Ernst Röhm and his bed mate skewered back in July of ’34.
There is something for those mentioned near the end the post, and the ladies, too.
I love the fake smiles and pretend relaxed gait of the people being forced to vote at gunpoint. Oscars all round!! Ha ha.
At some point we have to start using brain power to innovate real solutions rather than just endless analyses of what ails us or cataloging our demise. No, voting harder will never work. Nor will cheating better than the Ds. And the R leadership is not going to be deposed, because the Uniparty is a real thing. This is what doesn’t work, so don’t chase the carrot of . . . “we’ll get um in ’24.”
The collapse is inevitable, and people like DeSantis can slow the descent, but why bother. It only makes the bottom lower in the long run. Better is a quick bottom now while most people still have some resources and motivation for self preservation. So plan and prepare to survive the collapse.
The ensuing fog of chaos becomes your cloak of invisibility, which will be the only real defense in the time of rising tyranny. Being invisible in the fog has many advantages. Think outside the box. Since our host loves old cultural references . . . “We have no fate but what we make.”
now since there is only one percent fraud in elections, if I read that right, then how did DeSantis after cleaning up the election system win by something like 20%? Watching one Lindell vid they showed the Duckworth contest in Illinois where she got a one million vote drop….. votes that were officially reported then a couple hours later officially unreported…. seems like massive voting fraud to me
I can’t even understand what you’re saying. Anyway Duckworth was not going to lose, it’s Illinois, get a grip.
Illinois is vote blue no matter who. However, Dems learned from 2020 made it less obvious, but you don’t have record low approval for president, Congress has literally single digit approval, 3/4 of country says wrong track and then vote for the same ppl that did it… Statically improbable. Every toss up or where it took 3 days + to count votes Dems won 85% of the time? I’m sorry but 7% of voters, millennials, turning out to vote doesn’t swing elections. USA doesn’t have long left… I think we still minority in the house! It’s a brave new world glad I’m on my way out.
HiLOLrious Mr. D. Gonna cut and paste this b1tch into a few texts to friends….
Just send them the link?
Oh, I always do, but I include my favorite comment(s).