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Sunday, January 30, 2022
ISSUE #1097
Russia, Ukraine, a Supreme Court Nominee, Counterfeit Licenses, and Super Bowl Opponents

Will he, or won’t he? That is the big question this weekend? Will Putin invade? No, no, no. The big question is: Will Tom Brady retire?

Russia has half the world worried. Putin has moved every soldier in the whole country to the border with Ukraine. He even sent a few thousand into Belarus to practically surround Ukraine. Is he scared of being invaded by Ukraine? I heard Putin moved in portable hospitals and a supply of blood, I guess to patch up his soldiers that the Ukrainians shoot.

You may laugh, but it would be smart for Ukraine to take over a chunk of Russia. See, Ukraine has about a quarter of the very best farmland in the world and an equal amount is right across the border in Russia. I saw a report that the world faces a severe shortage of food. If Ukraine controlled almost half of the most productive soil in the whole world, why, they could produce thousands of train loads of grain and other food products, perhaps equal to our Midwest farmers.

I don’t understand why Germany and France are afraid Vladimir Putin will cut off the natural gas lines serving Europe. Didn’t those European countries brag about the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, to get rid of fossil fuels? They complained and yelled at President Trump for four years because he insisted on drilling for more gas and oil. We became energy-independent while most of Europe became more energy-dependent. Then they chose to buy their natural gas from Russia instead of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from us. (See quotes below)

Where is the United Nations? That’s a logical question because a country invading another country is against international law. Why doesn’t the UN take a forceful stand against a potential Russian invasion? And what about protecting Taiwan from China?

Democrats don’t agree on much, but they did get together and persuade Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to resign because he’s 83. Speaker Pelosi (age 81) and other old Democrats feel anyone 80 or 81 or 82 is in their prime. But at 83, “you’re over the hill.”

So, President Biden will nominate a Black woman. You may recall that he made that political promise during the campaign and it helped get him elected. It is not a surprise for the President to follow through on that promise.

In Indianapolis, U.S. Customs officials intercepted a package from Hong Kong with 1200 counterfeit state driver’s licenses. Many were for college students wanting to appear older to buy liquor. Most counterfeit licenses are ordered by illegal immigrants, who are willing to pay at least ten times as much as the students. It makes you wonder how many “packages” sneak past Customs in the other 49 states, especially states where the Biden Administration is flying the illegal border crossers? A fake driver’s license let’s ‘em drive, and VOTE.

Tom Brady won’t be in the Super Bowl. But an exciting young quarterback, Joe Burrow, and his Cincinnati Bengals will be after upsetting Kansas City, 27-24. And the Los Angeles Rams beat San Francisco, 20-17.

Presentation Piece: For presentations in Oklahoma, I always include this bit, based mostly on Will Rogers’ syndicated newspaper column, on Feb. 5, 1928. “Well, this used to be Indian Territory. They sent the Indians to Oklahoma in the 1830s. They had a treaty that said, ‘You shall have this land as long as grass grows and water flows.’ It looked like a good treaty. And it was till they struck oil. Then the Government took it away from us again. They said ‘The treaty only refers to Water and Grass; it don’t say anything about oil.’ So, the Government moved the Indians again and they settled the whole thing by putting them on land where the grass won’t grow and the water won’t flow. There was some speculation recently in the papers about giving Oklahoma back to the Indians. Now I’m Cherokee and very proud of it, but I doubt if you can get them to accept it– not in its present state.”

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“Russia don’t do as much harm to the rest of the world as they just worry ’em. She just loves to put a thumb in the soup and let the guests see it’s in there. The whole world’s nerves are ‘jumpy,’ anyhow, right now.” DT #1504, May 19, 1931

“If I wanted to start an insane asylum that would be 100 percent cuckoo, I would just admit applicants that thought they knew something about Russia.” DT #1291, Sept. 12, 1930

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