Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)

Title: The Lions of Leningrad (2022) Written by: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem Art by: Thomas Du Caju Translated by: Joseph Laredo Publisher: Dead Reckoning (an imprint of the Naval Institute Press) Reviewer’s Note:  I received a copy of The Lions of Leningrad from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of this compilation book, withContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)”

On Trump-Era Politics: Flags, Pledges, Memes, and Damnable Conservative Lies

“One of the hallmarks of the Trump era is the alacrity with which intelligent people embrace stupidity.”― Stuart Stevens, It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump Over the past few years – and certainly during the 2020 Presidential election process –  Facebook and Twitter users have noticed a flood ofContinue reading “On Trump-Era Politics: Flags, Pledges, Memes, and Damnable Conservative Lies”

Focus on International Relations: On Russia’s Alleged Motives for Its ‘Special Military Operation’ in Ukraine

Russia Claims NATO is to Blame for Ukraine War On Thursday, February 24, 2022, Russian forces invaded its neighbor to the west, Ukraine from positions in Russia, Belarus, and parts of eastern Ukraine – including the Donbas, Luhansk, and the annexed-by-Russia Crimean Peninsula. The result: the largest armed conflict in Europe since 1945, which hasContinue reading “Focus on International Relations: On Russia’s Alleged Motives for Its ‘Special Military Operation’ in Ukraine”

On the Russia-Ukraine War: Russian Forces Hand the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Site Back to Ukraine After Troops are Exposed to Deadly Radiation

Yesterday, April 1, was April Fool’s Day, but one of the few news items I saw online about the Russian invasion of Ukraine was no laughing matter. Since Vladimir Putin sent the Russian armed forces across its western border with Ukraine on February 22 on what he euphemistically calls a “special military operation,” the 1,000Continue reading “On the Russia-Ukraine War: Russian Forces Hand the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Site Back to Ukraine After Troops are Exposed to Deadly Radiation”

My Frustrating Thursday: Could It Have Been Caused by Russian Cyberattacks Against the West?

Yesterday was a frustrating day. Extremely frustrating, quite frankly. Let me explain. I usually start writing posts for A Certain Point of View, Too on Microsoft Office’s Word either late in the morning or early in the afternoon. Okay, there have been times when I’ve written my post-of-the-day early in the morning (even before sunriseContinue reading “My Frustrating Thursday: Could It Have Been Caused by Russian Cyberattacks Against the West?”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 14, 2022, or: Closely Watched Packages…and Other Monday Thoughts

This morning I woke up twice. The first time was at shortly before 4:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time, and as is becoming routine, it was to “answer the call of nature.” When my bladder started calling for attention, I half-opened my eyes, saw that it was still dark, and blearily padded over to the bathroom.Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 14, 2022, or: Closely Watched Packages…and Other Monday Thoughts”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, March 11, 2022, or: Carefully Watched Packages – The Saga Continues (It Never Really Ends, Right?)

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It is midday/early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Friday, March 11, 2022. It is a hot spring day here in the Tampa Bay area.[1] Currently, the temperature is 86˚F (29˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 13 MPH (21 KM/H) and humidity at 65%, the heatContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, March 11, 2022, or: Carefully Watched Packages – The Saga Continues (It Never Really Ends, Right?)”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 10, 2022, or: Updates on My ‘West Side Story’ 4K UHD Pre-Orders (and Other Matters)

This morning I received an email from Amazon telling me that my order of the 4K UHD Blu-ray set of West Side Story (2021) will ship soon – probably on Monday or Tuesday of next week – and should arrive by Thursday, March 17. So, at least with that order, I have some idea aboutContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 10, 2022, or: Updates on My ‘West Side Story’ 4K UHD Pre-Orders (and Other Matters)”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 3, 2022, or: Nope, We Are NOT Going to Disney World (or Busch Gardens….or Universal Studios)

Greetings, Dear Reader. As I start this, my 789th post in A Certain Point of View, Too, it is late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, March 3, 2022. It is a warm Florida spring day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing fromContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, March 3, 2022, or: Nope, We Are NOT Going to Disney World (or Busch Gardens….or Universal Studios)”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 2, 2022, or: Biden Speaks, Ukraine Resists, and Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Streams

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s midday/early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. It is a warm Florida spring day (meteorological spring began yesterday) in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 74˚F (23˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 9 MPH (14 KM/H) and humidity atContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, March 2, 2022, or: Biden Speaks, Ukraine Resists, and Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Streams”