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)”

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”

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)”

Focus on the News: Ukraine Defies Russian Invasion with Blood and Guts

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Sunday, February 27, 2022. It is a warm Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 78˚F (26˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 64% and the wind blowing from the south-southeast at 4 MPH (6 KM/H), the heat indexContinue reading “Focus on the News: Ukraine Defies Russian Invasion with Blood and Guts”

On the Ukraine-Russia War of 2022: My Feelings About the Conflict, Plus a Bonus ‘Open Message’ to Trump Supporters

Hi, there. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Saturday, February 26, 2022. From what I can discern from my window, it seems to be a nice “Florida winter” day – the sun is shining, it’s warm and a bit muggy outside, and there’s no rain in the forecast. I don’t want to writeContinue reading “On the Ukraine-Russia War of 2022: My Feelings About the Conflict, Plus a Bonus ‘Open Message’ to Trump Supporters”

Focus on World News: As Russia Invades Ukraine, U.S. Right-Wing Figures Blame Biden, ‘Stolen Election’

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, February 24, 2022. It is a warm Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area, but I’m afraid it’s going to be hotter. Presently, the temperature is 78˚F (26˚C) under sunny conditions. With humidity at 68% and the wind blowing from the southeastContinue reading “Focus on World News: As Russia Invades Ukraine, U.S. Right-Wing Figures Blame Biden, ‘Stolen Election’”

On Politics: As Russia Invades Ukraine in ‘Slo-Mo,’ GOP Senator Blackburn and Fox’s Tucker Carlson Show Their Pro-Russia Stance in Tweets and Rants

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. It is a warm Florida winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 80% and the wind blowing from the east southeast at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), theContinue reading “On Politics: As Russia Invades Ukraine in ‘Slo-Mo,’ GOP Senator Blackburn and Fox’s Tucker Carlson Show Their Pro-Russia Stance in Tweets and Rants”

Focus on the News: Ukraine, Russia, & Why Putin’s Kremlin Loves Donald Trump So Much

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022. It is a sultry, subtropical winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 80˚F (27˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 62% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 12 MPH (20 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “Focus on the News: Ukraine, Russia, & Why Putin’s Kremlin Loves Donald Trump So Much”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 16, 2022, or: ‘West Side Story’ is on Pre-Order…Now Let’s Hope World War III Doesn’t Break Out Over Ukraine

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022. It’s a balmy winter day here in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 79˚F (26˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 52% and the wind blowing from the east-southeast at 15 MPH (24 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, February 16, 2022, or: ‘West Side Story’ is on Pre-Order…Now Let’s Hope World War III Doesn’t Break Out Over Ukraine”