In Texas, more often than not these storms come through in long, narrow north/south bands moving from west to east. It will storm wildly for half an hour, then....it's over. Just like that.
I was impressed by this "supersonic goose" flying in from the northwest. It looks like it has its wings swept back like an F-14.
And then, pretty much as fast as it blew in....
....it was gone.
(Full disclosure: these beautiful photos were taken by K. :)
My Deep Thought for the week:
These are interesting times we live in. I've always enjoyed studying international relations. It's like a giant chess game: The smart players plan many moves ahead instead of just reacting to the last move of their opponent.
Yesterday Vladimir Putin made another move towards "check". The people of Crimea voted to join Russia, and of course Russia will immediately accept. Then they will no longer be an "occupier"; Crimea will be an integral part of the Russian Federation.
Shortly the ethnic majority in eastern Ukraine, also Russian speaking, will start down that same road. Those regions will sooner rather than later demand an election, the conclusion forgone, and Russian troops currently sitting just across their common border will move in to "protect" them.
The US, EU, and NATO will sit on their hands as usual while all this happens. They have the ability to act, but lack the will to do anything. Which is just as well since those regions mean more to Russia than they do to the West, and any efforts to intercede would be doomed from the get-go.
Fortunately for the West that will be as far as it goes. Any attempt by Russia to take over the rest of Ukraine would be received much the same as the treatment the Rooskies and the US experienced in Afghanistan....there would be a guerrilla behind every rock, something they can't afford.
I'm sure Russia would like to regain control of their former Baltic republics, but they are now integrated as full members of NATO and the European Union, and the West probably would get physically involved there if push came to shove.
That's my prediction. Let's see if I read it right or not. And If it turns out I did read it right, that begs the question, if dumb s__t little me sitting here in Frisco, TX can figure it out, why can't those overpaid gubment weenies in Washington figure it out, too? Why are they always caught flat footed?