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Monday morning with Lady Death

by | Sep 26, 2022 | Mondays | 3 comments

Well, here we are again, Monday has rolled around, and it is every bit as depressing and miserable as one would expect it to be. Fortunately, the Great Mondaydact Browser Killer is here to waste the time away so that you just don’t have to worry about it – for a while, anyway.

As bad as Monday is, just remember, it could be A LOT worse – especially back in WWII, and especially if you were a soldier fighting in Crimea at the time. This was back in the days when the Ukrainians hadn’t gone full potato, the way they have today, and were an integral part of the Soviet Union. When the Axis forces invaded, hundreds of thousands of them took up arms, just like their fellow citizens, to push the invaders back – including several thousand women who served in the front lines.

Among them were about 2,000 female snipers that served in the Red Army. And within those ranks, served one Lyudmila Pavlichenko, nicknamed “Lady Death” for her staggering record of 309 confirmed kills, including 36 enemy snipers.

Her life story is a remarkable one, even by the standards of that terrible time. When the Axis invaded, she was a student at Kiev University, studying for her Master’s degree in history. She enlisted in the Soviet Army and quickly established herself as a lethally effective sniper. Indeed, in all of history, as far as I know, only three men have ever exceeded her total number of confirmed kills – one of them was Simo Hayha, the Finnish sniper known as “White Death”. (Carlos Hathcock apparently killed between 300 and 400 men, but he is officially credited with “only” 93.)

So, as bad as your Monday is, remember, it could be a hell of a lot worse.

Here is a good scene from the 2015 film, Battle for Sevastopol’, a joint Russian-Ukrainian production made in better times when relations between the two countries were rather better than they are now:

That did actually happen. Ms Pavlichenko did in fact give a speech in Chicago where she basically got fed up of a bunch of inane questions from the crowd and gave them a piece of her mind (though she likely did it in Russian, not English).

Here is archival footage of her speaking while on tour in the USA, to drum up support among the Americans for opening up a second front, in 1942:

As you can see, she was a remarkable woman. She fought with distinction in the Battles of Odessa and Sevastopol – major battles which have commemorative stars in the row of plaques near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the gates and walls of the Kremlin. (I’ve been there many times. It is truly a remarkable place.) She received the Order of Lenin twice and was wounded in battle four times.

Because of her immense value as a morale-booster and public figurehead, she was pulled out of battle in 1942 and sent to drum up support among the Allied nations for the Soviet cause. From 1942 to the war’s end, she trained other snipers, passing on her knowledge and skills.

After the Great Patriotic War, she put away her rifle, returned to academia, and became a historian, eventually becoming a research assistant at the Chief HQ of the Soviet Navy (probably attached to the Black Sea Fleet). She died in 1974, at the age of 58, after suffering for years from a set of symptoms that we now recognise as PTSD.

This is the kind of hero(ine) that the Ukrainians should revere, and rightly so. Instead, they worship human scum like Bandera and Shukhyevich. Is it any wonder, then, that their country is so thoroughly messed up?

By the way, the movie is VERY famous in Russia itself, in part because of the song that Polina Gagarina sang for the soundtrack. It is a take on the famous Russian song, “The Cuckoo”, but redone to be much more emotional and powerful. It’s worth a listen:

The Mighty God-Emperor

His Most Illustrious, Noble, August, Benevolent, and Legendary Celestial Majesty, the God-Emperor of Mankind, Donaldus Triumphus Magnus Astra, the First of His Name, the Lion of Midnight, may the Lord bless him and preserve him, sat down for a long interview with Sean Hannity and opened up on a number of subjects:

The God-Emperor, for all of his MANY flaws, was (and is) perhaps the last American peacemaking President that we will see in our lifetime. I don’t expect the USSA to remain standing in its current form for more than a few years – I would be amazed if it stays intact beyond 2025 – but while it exists, I think that the Deep State will continue to ensure that only warmongers and/or puppets get access to the levers of power.

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Dawn of Battle

The Male Brain has lots of good stuff for us this week. We begin with the crossover of all crossovers – a mashup between the Honest Trailers and ScreenRant guys, with Ryan George doing his sketch comedy thing:

Felix Rex breaks down your options for retirement:

New channel DEATH BATTLE! asks who would win – James Bond, or John Wick:

Gotta be John Wick, especially against the Daniel Craig incarnation of Bond.


LRFotS Randale6 sent over the Flashgitz take on DEM RANGZ O’ POWAH!!!, and it is every bit as weird and disturbing as you might expect:

Poli-ticking Off

Mark Dice reports on some positive news coming out of Canuckistan, for a change:

China Uncensored looks at the ongoing protests against mortgage lenders in China, which appear to be causing some disruptions in the country – though I wager they are not nearly as significant as they might like to believe:

Winston Sterzel aka serpentza unpacks a not-actually-recent phenomenon of young Chinese people slacking off and saying, “bugger this for a bag of crisps”:

He’s right. It’s not new. Chinese culture has some very weird features to it. Not everyone in it is interested in working hard, because Chinese society doesn’t actually reward the hard work of the individual, in general. It rewards instead the achievements of the collective. That is typical of East Asian cultures, and it does have some advantages. But it creates some serious long-term problems, due to the lack of incentives for people to achieve individual wealth and security.

Digging to China examines Xi Jinping‘s attempts to create an autarkic economy, though this is done through a very pro-Western lens, and I think this analysis tries far too hard to downplay any possibility of success for Chinese efforts to decouple from the West:

The dynamic duo over at Redacted go over the consequences of the vote in what was, and will only be for a short time, southern and eastern Banderastan:

Jackson Hinkle points out that declarations of Russian failure in 404 are entirely premature, because they are about to gain over 100,000 square kilometres of new territory and millions of new citizens:

Дед Сварливый Говорит!

Grandpa Grumpuss grumps, grumpily, about the meaning of the Russian partial mobilisation and what will happen once the troops hit the theatre of operations:

It’s All Greek To Us

The good gentlemen of The Duran look at the geostrategic implications of partial mobilisation and the referendums:

The Bald Truth

Brian Berletic of The New Atlas offers up his own thoughts about the referendums and what they mean:

Semper Fi!

Maj. Scott Ritter sat down with Judge Andrew Napolitano last week to talk about the latest news from the Banderastan War, especially in light of the partial mobilisation and referendums:

Righteous Rantery

Lord Razor of the Fist Clan has absolutely no tears to shed over the epic demise of G4TV, and Frosk’s role in that meltdown:

PJW cannot help but admire the sheer brass balls of Ron DeSantis, the Chadernator of Florida:

Dr. John Campbell worries about excess deaths in Europe, and wants some answers as to why it is happening:

My reading of Dr. Campbell is that he is a man of integrity and wants to know what the hell is going on with the not-vaxx, but he cannot bring himself to say it out loud, because he works for and with the NHS, and does not want to be kicked off YouTube. I get the distinct impression that he is an honourable man and a good doctor who goes where the evidence leads him.

But, let’s be really honest about this:

Warriors of Faith

The Dizzle breaks down the most foolish and stupid tactic favoured by Izzlamists when trying to support their claims that Mo’Lester was the purveyor of some sort of great truth:

Dr. Jay Smith from PfanderFilms and Lloyd De Jongh lkook at the different levels of Islamic authority – this one is worth watching, there are some startling findings from Mr. De Jongh’s research:

Al-Fadi from CIRA International and Rob Christian explain why the Koran is such an unholy mess:

Manly Men of Manliness

Terrence Popp tells you, entirely corectly, to stop worrying too much about what women think, and concentrate on doing what you need to do to build yourself up:

Joker from Better Bachelor sends the female rationalisation hamster on an extended Tabata run while unpacking the infidelity allegations surrounding Adam Levine:

Burn Paedowood to the Ground

Midnight’s Edge understands, as the rest of us do, that DEM RANGZ O’ POWAH!!! is a catastrophe for Amazog, and a well-deserved one:

Overlord Dicktor Van Doomcock breaks down the ratings for She-Hulk, which is apparently even more terrible than any of us realised:

Gary from Nerdrotic compares the Game of Thrones prequel with DEM RANGZ, and reckons that the former is just plain better:

Ryan Kinel cringes so hard while watching GUYladriel, the Elf-Girl-Boss, kicking ass in a sword fight, that I think he might have broken something:

The Drinker is not happy about the endless stream of Devil Mouse House remakes, and with good reason:

Reading Too Much Into Things

Your “Science is F***ING WEIRD” moment of the week is all about bugs:

Your long read of the week is from former Clinton Defence Secretary William Perry, who has a lot of things to say about the parlous state of US-Russia relations, and how they can be restored;

Many have pointed to the expansion of NATO in the mid-1990s as a critical provocation. At the time, I opposed that expansion, in part for fear of the effect on Russian-U.S. relations. But the larger issue was not just NATO expansion but what it represented: a general failure by Western governments to respect the vital importance of this nuclear power to the world order.

Before NATO expansion, our two nations were on track toward developing a relationship that could have resulted in a true global partnership. When I was Secretary of Defense in the early and mid-90s, I had a cooperative and cordial rapport with the Russian Minister of Defense, Pavel Grachev. We both made a concerted effort to build on this emerging relationship; I hosted Minister Grachev on visits to U.S. military bases, and he, in turn, hosted me at Russian bases. We conducted collaborative military and disaster relief exercises in Europe and Hawaii. I even brought Minister Grachev as a guest to several NATO meetings. We recognized that communication was critical between our two nations; each of us had a hotline on our desks that we could use to quickly work out any defense issues that might arise.

As a result of these efforts to build a sense of trust and respect between our countries, we were able to collaborate on reducing much of the massive nuclear stockpile left over from the Cold War. As the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we viewed nuclear weapons stewardship as a joint responsibility. As part of this responsibility, we collectively dismantled approximately 9,000 nuclear weapons in both countries. Despite leftover bitterness from the Cold War, the U.S. government recognized that it was in the best interest of national security to provide financial support for this denuclearization effort.

But unfortunately, our economic aid has only extended so far. In the early ‘90s, as Russians were attempting to convert from a communist economy to a market-driven one, they suffered through a severe depression. Just as they were beginning to recover, the global financial crisis of 1998 wiped out the ruble’s value. Throughout these crises, the main message from the West seemed to be “just tough it out.”  Our failure to provide substantive relief sowed bitterness in many Russians that remains today.

Also, during this period, we began joint programs with all Eastern European nations through a NATO program called the Partnership for Peace. Partnership for Peace allowed Russia and other Eastern European countries to work with NATO without becoming  NATO members. This included joint peacekeeping operations that allowed Eastern European military units to work cooperatively with NATO military units.

However, many Eastern European members were eager to attain actual NATO membership, so the Clinton administration initiated discussions on NATO expansion. Russia expressed its objections to the proposed changes on its borders, but its views were ignored. As a result, Russia began to withdraw from its cooperative programs with NATO.

The combination of the West failing to act during Russia’s financial crisis, and ignoring their strongly-held views on NATO expansion, reinforced a prevailing Russian belief that we didn’t take them seriously. Indeed, many in the West saw Russia only as the loser of the Cold War, not worthy of our respect.

Linkage is good for you:

And some more from Dawn Pine:


The Neo-Tsar‘s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, perhaps the greatest diplomat alive today, gave an absolute cracker of a speech at the United Abominations about the situation unfolding in eastern Ukraine – or rather, former Eastern Ukraine, because those territories will be Russian within a week;

Those Who Fail To Learn From History…

History lessons of the week:

Your Great Man of the Week is the legendary Russian General Aleksander Suvorov:

HALO Nation

Roanoke Gaming goes on an extended rant about how badly 343i has screwed the pooch with the HALO franchise:

It’s worth trying to put some numbers around the general ill feeling and irritation in the HALO community with respect to the game – and that is precisely what Ascend Hyperion has done:

And now let’s watch slayergod Remy aka Mint Blitz do his thing:

Learning at the Master’s Feet

Nerd of the Rings looks at the origins and fates of the great dynasties of Men in the LEgendarium:

Bring on the Grimdark

Baldermort’s Guide to Warhammer looks at the most badass of Space Marine chapters:

That’s Not Gone Well…

Wazzocks gonna wazzock:

Kitchen Nightmares with the Angry Scot:

Comedy hour:

Benny Hill sketches simply do not get old:

Meme Warfare

Let’s start with some good stuff from The Male Brain:

Leftist logic
Good call
Not a fair fight
I want to use it now. A lot.
Good point
Obama does have some sense
That implies he has sense left in him (pun not intended)
Run. Run FAR, run FAST.
Asian parents
Entitled? Yes, but not as a leader.
No one would ever think a person drinking Fanta as Fantastic. It’s not that good.


That, alone, is reason enough to demand secession
Oh that ain’t right!!!
It all started with the butt-buggerers wanting “equality” – look where it’s going
That will haunt your dreams

Headlines of the week indicate that Floriduh Man should not be allowed into stores that sell scissors:

Your “Footloose” moment of the week:

That absolutely did happen. If you look at the actual story, it’s even more bizarre and macabre than the headline tells you. It is a story of homogamy and cannibalism for the ages, and definitely not one for the faint of heart (or stomach).

Your “As Long as We’re Banned from Boinking Vegetablists” moment of the week:

Your “WAY Too Much Free Time” moment of the week:

Your “Cookery Class With Heisenberg” moment of the week:

Your “Gone Paleo” moment of the week:

Your “Bad Move” moment of the week:

Your “Circle of Jerks” moment of the week:

We’re doomed
And a hooray for boobies
Certainly true in the Didact household

Animal Planet

Your aminules are adorkable moment of the week:

And also your animals are absolute DICKS moment of the week, to balance things out:

And finally, your “Meanwhile, in Russia” moment of the week:

Yes, in Russia, they keep cheetahs as pets… (Well, some crazy people do.)

The Lords of Steel

Gym beast props this week go to the great John Haack:

Ass-Kicking of the Eight Limbs

Petchmorakot truly is a wrecking machine:

And then there’s Rodtang Jitmuangnon, who really exemplifies the “NOT ONE STEP BACK” philosophy of fighting:

They See Me Rollin’…

Tom Hardy is not just a good actor, he’s genuinely a very skilled martial artist, particularly in BJJ, as he proved recently:

And now let’s watch one of the more amusing BJJ “fails”, so to speak, from recent times:

Her boyfriend/husband is probably in a very weird place with a woman who is that flexible, with that kind of rack, but is also capable of choking him out with almost no effort…

Gingervitis Treatment

For the truly afflicted among us:

Livin’ in the Land of the Metal Gods

Also Einstein: “I fear that someday people will post my pic on the Internet with bogus made-up quotations in Comic Sans font”

Rock Out With Your Glock Out

Hot Totty

I have to admit, a couple of the specimens among the gun girls above are rather difficult to follow. Nonetheless, we must carry on and power through, because we are at the final instalment of this mashup of madness, this buttload of brilliance, this pack of peculiarities. And that, of course, is the Instathot to get the week off to a conspicuously concupiscent start.

(In case you are wondering – no, I never entered a spelling bee as a kid. Good thing, too – I was already too nerdy for my own good at the time.)

So this here is Katerina Bolinger (Катерина Болингер), which is almost certainly not her actual name, age 34, from Moscow. She is a model who posed for Playboy and MAXIM in Russia, and she has an OnlySimps account, so you know what to expect.

OK, that’s all, back to work, you lot, show’s over.

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  1. Ramkumar

    For a guy that jacked, Haack has incredible shoulder flexibility. That deadlift speed was insane.


    The Dark Angels and their Deathwing company would like to have a word with you regarding your choice of “most badass Space Marine chapter.” If we’re including traitor legions, I’m partial to the Word Bearers since their Horus Heresy book (The First Heretic) is one of my favorites, and because they’re basically evil Catholics. At least he didn’t pick Guilliman’s Smurfs!

    I find the whole Martha’s Vineyard situation comical in the extreme. The God-Emperor, may the Lord bless and preserve him, threatened to do this a few times, but Javanka always stopped him. The two of them are the main reason I’d hesitate to vote for the man again.

  3. Robert W

    Gingertail playing the Mandalorian theme, three takeaways:

    The musical theme has a lot of oddball instruments, no wonder it is evocative of a different place and time. Well done.
    She is a savant with musical instruments, with a voice to go with it. Incredible.
    Grogu playing the xylophone better an easter egg in the next season because that was a hilarious insert.


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