"Fascism and communism both promise "social welfare," "social justice," and "fairness" to justify authoritarian means and extensive arbitrary and discretionary governmental powers." - F. A. Hayek"

"Life is a Bungling process and in no way educational." in James M. Cain

Jean Giraudoux who first said, “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”

If you have ten thousand regulations, you destroy all respect for the law. Sir Winston Churchill

"summum ius summa iniuria" ("More laws, more injustice.") Cicero

As Christopher Hitchens once put it, “The essence of tyranny is not iron law; it is capricious law.”

"Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan

"Law is where you buy it." Raymond Chandler

"Why did God make so many damn fools and Democrats?" Clarence Day

"If I feel like feeding squirrels to the nuts, this is the place for it." - Cluny Brown

"Oh, pshaw! When yu' can't have what you choose, yu' just choose what you have." Owen Wister "The Virginian"

Oscar Wilde said about the death scene in Little Nell, you would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh.

Thomas More's definition of government as "a conspiracy of rich men procuring their own commodities under the name and title of a commonwealth.” ~ Winston S. Churchill, A History of the English Speaking Peoples

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” ~ Jonathon Swift

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stalin and Hitler Divided Up Poland in 1939

After the Russian Revolution, Lenin ordered the the Bolsheviks to invade Poland. The Polish-Bolshevik War lasted from 1919-1921. The Poles beat off the Bolshevik invasion and deflated Lenin's plan for a World-Wide Communist Revolution. 
Then, as World War II was nearing it end, the Poles who could, fought in a desperate uprising against the Nazi Army in 1944 as the Germans retreated from the Soviets. Stalin order the Soviet Army not to help the Poles and let the Germans kill as many Poles as possible and destroy what was left of Warsaw. That left a defeated and weaken Poland for Stalin to occupy and keep under Soviet domination until 1989.
Distrust and loathing of Merkel and Putin are mild reactions to the terrible past Poland has suffered stuck between the ruthless occupation by both Germany and Russia. m/r

Trump is welcomed in Warsaw ahead of speech to thousands bused in by the government – as ordinary Poles say 'anyone who Merkel and Putin don't like is good news for us'

  • U.S. president landed Wednesday night in Warsaw for meetings with Poland and other nations engaged in a new trading bloc that weakens Russia
  • Dignitaries – but not the Polish president – greeted the Trumps on an airport tarmac, along with a small military honor guard and the U.S. ambassador 
  • Poles see Trump's nationalism as a mirror of their own as they push back against EU mandates on immigration and refugee resettlement
  • 'There is no love for Germany in Poland,' one man said Wednesday on a Warsaw street; 'Screw Russia. We don't need Russia,' said another
  • Trump will speak Thursday in Krasinski Square, where a monument stands to a 1944 popular uprising against German occupation

The nation of Poland prepared a hero's welcome for U.S. President Donald Trump in advance of his Wednesday night arrival in Warsaw. But the Polish government executed a decidedly understated ceremony to greet Air Force One at Chopin Airport.
Lawmakers in the formerly communist nation see in Trump a mirror of their own brand of nationalism that has seen many Poles bristle against an iron-fisted European Union centered on Germany.
Among the European nations, Poland is one of the holdouts against the notion of resettling massive numbers of foreigners.
'The Polish government has the same position as Americans — we want strict restrictions on refugees,” legislator Krzysztof Mróz told The Wall Street Journal

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