Voices from Russia

Thursday, 15 November 2012

15 November 2012. A Photo Essay. Our Great Russian Motherland… The Bears of Lake Kurilsk in Kamchatka

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Here’s something special for my Nicky “bear”… shall I get a growl of approval? One hopes so…

BMD

Idaho Inmates Claim Officials Let Gangs Control Prison

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Inmates at an American prison in the state of Idaho claimed that officials ceded control to gang leaders and filed a lawsuit against the private company that runs the prison. Attorney Wyatt Johnson, one of the lawyers representing the eight inmates suing the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest private prison company, said, “The complaint alleges that Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) fosters and develops criminal gangs. Ideally, the lawsuit should force this to come to an end”. The inmates say that CCA allows prison gangs to control the Idaho Correctional Center in order for the company to save money on payroll costs by employing fewer prison guards.

The inmates contend in the lawsuit filed last Friday in US District Court that their rights were “sacrificed intentionally so that CCA may make an unfair profit by skimping on inmate (and guard) safety precautions” and that “the practise of using gang violence as a corporate cost savings measure is beyond reprehensible”. The lawsuit claims that in May inmates suffered serious injuries during an attempted mass murder initiated by two of the prison’s gangs, the Aryan Knights and Severely Violent Criminals, which the inmates say happened due to lack of adequate staffing in the prison that could’ve prevented the attacks.

The AP reported that observers described the Idaho Correctional Center as a place where correctional officers are afraid of angering gang members in the facility and enforcing certain rules, and that prison officials ask permission of some of the resident gang leaders before moving anyone to a new cell. In response to the charges, CCA said that its main priority is the safety and security of its prisons, employees, and inmates. CCA spokesman Steve Owen said, “We take all allegations seriously and act swiftly if our standards haven’t been met. At all times, we’re held to the highest standards of accountability and transparency by our government partners, and expect to be”. CCA has operated the Idaho prison, the largest in the state, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Correction, for more than 10 years.

15 November 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/crime/20121115/177470804.html

Editor’s Note:

This is the wonderful world of deregulation touted by the Grand Olde Phonies. Rather nasty, isn’t it? Prisons don’t exist to make a profit. CCA is cutting corners to make money, and that’s that. Idaho should take over the prisons and kick out the “Free Marketers”… remember, in the end, deregulation always ends by hurting the little people. NEVER allow it.

BMD

 

15 November 2012. Mollard to be at St Nick’s in the District on Sunday

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One of the Cabinet wrote:

Mollard is back at STM. He’s going to Syosset tomorrow to get all the “metropolitan” things. Then, he’s serving at St Nick’s in the District this Sunday. He’s not wasting any time! Y’ know, all that he really wants to do is to be a monk and walk his dog.

That’s why the OCA‘s end is going to be protracted and painful. Lyonyo’s chosen a “nice” front man… one with a more pleasant personality than Fathausen had. Again, “nice” and “pleasant” aren’t synonyms for “good”… all too often, they disguise a slide into degeneracy. God do help us…

BMD

PS:

The only way that Mollard can gain any cred is to fire Lyonyo and Tosi, depose Ray Velencia and quash his lawsuit against Mike Regan, defrock Vinnie Peterson and Fathausen, and to distance himself from Herman Swaiko (who was always his great benefactor and sponsor). Don’t hold your breath. Next year at St Tikhon’s on Memorial Day, he’ll have Feodosy Lazor, Herman, and Fathausen with him at the altar. Mark my words. The poofter party will reign supreme. Disgusting, ain’t it?

BMD 

 

The Separated States of America

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A petition campaign for secession launched in several American states is gaining momentum. A day ago, Texas succeeded to collect more than the 25,000 signatures needed for the petition to receive a go-ahead. Now, there are already seven states where the number of signatories has exceeded the needed threshold… besides Texas, they’re Louisiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. Although in any foreseeable future any secessionist move by the above states (and an unknown number to follow) is unlikely to bear fruit in terms of real secession, one should regard the move as a signal that the question is being included on the American political agenda.

The US Constitution doesn’t allow the possibility for any state to secede from the Union. The memories of the Confederation of 11 Southern states and the Civil War that followed are still fresh in the national memory. Probably, no one in the USA would like to repeat that experience, although in regional popular perception (most overtly expressed in Gone with the Wind) the southerners have the reputation as people of honour defending the core values of a free society.

The only state that has a formal exemption from the constitutional provision banning secession is Texas, which joined the Union as an independent state, and is still nicknamed the “Lone Star State”. It’s hardly surprising that the deeply-conservative state was the pioneer of the current secessionist campaign and was the first one to exceed the 25,000 threshold. It’s collected more than 100,000 signatures. However, even Texas, legally speaking, is highly unlikely to be granted independence… as far back as 1868, the US Supreme Court ruled in Texas v White case that states lacked the power to unilaterally secede from the Union.

Some critics of the petition campaign point out that the underlying reason for it is purely political and that this is nothing more than just a reaction of Romney supporters to their electoral defeat. In this sense, one can compare the campaign to the proclamation of the Confederation in 1860 as a reaction to Abraham Lincoln’s election. Nevertheless, one should not only note that Barack Obama is far from being a second Lincoln, but one should consider another small fact. Amongst the seven states that have so far collected 25,000 or more signatures, Obama defeated Romney in Florida on 6 November.

Other critics say that the secession of the states seeking it would serve the Union well and badly affect the states themselves. According to this point of view, the states seeking secession are amongst the weakest in terms of economy. “The Confederation of Takers” is what the Washington Post commentator Dana Milbank called the possible (or, rather impossible) future composition, writing, “If Obama were serious about being a good steward of the nation’s finances, he’d let them” secede, further including into the Confederation such relatively-poor states as Alaska, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Well, the above states may be relatively poor, but amongst them, only Tennessee is among the seven that have collected the needed amount of signature. Definitely, the label of “poor state” can’t be applied to states like Florida, and even less so to Texas, whose economy is booming due to vast oil reserves, and who would become the world’s 15th ranking economy in case it succeeded in gaining full independence.

Again, for the time being, such considerations don’t constitute anything more than wishful thinking. Still, the very idea of secession may not be ripe, but they’ve definitely sown the seeds for it. Back in mid-90s, I saw a map published in one of the American newspapers depicting the country in 2017. Apart from the Lone Star Texas as an independent, it showed sovereign entities like the Dixieland Confederation, Theocratic Kingdom of Utah, the Wild West and New England Republics, and some others.

However, seriously, even if one may disregard the idea of secession for the time being, one shouldn’t exclude it altogether. Do you remember what enthusiasm surrounded the enlargement of the EU some eight years ago, in May 2004? What’s become of European integration now? It’s best if we didn’t dig deeper into it, in order not to frighten the Americans. Lastly, supporting secessionist movements in countries that aren’t eager to follow American policy has become one of the basic principles of Washington‘s attitude towards global issues… from Kosovo and other parts of former Yugoslavia, to Baloch separatists in today’s Pakistan. Maybe, Washington strategists should remember the old maxim… “One who lives in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones?”

15 November 2012

Boris Volkhonsky

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_15/The-Separated-States-of-America/

Editor’s Note:

Texas isn’t “rich”… it has one of the most pronounced gaps between the Affluent Effluent and the rest of us in the USA. Its labour laws are laughable and union organisers are beaten and killed in the state regularly, with the perps never found. If the federal military bases and the federal government apparat were to leave Texas, it’d fatally harm its economy, and the Texas Grand Old Perverts know it. The other states of the Old Confederacy are even deeper at the federal slop chute. You see, the “conservatives” who scream about “rugged individualism” would be sunk if they weren’t sucking off “libtards” in New York, New Jersey, California, Washington, and New England. If we didn’t have to support the rightwing parasite states, we’d be in far better shape. Such is the TRUTH of America…

I say, “Let the bastards secede! Go! It’ll destroy the rightwing in what’s left of the USA”. Besides that, we could erect trade barriers against the “New Republic” (as they wish so badly to be “rugged individualists”). (sigh) Let’s be honest… these thieving holier-than-thou sanctimonious mofos aren’t going to leave us… their leaders realise that if they left, their personal finances would be affected, and that’s paramount to the greedy and godless (especially those who maintain a “religious” veneer).

BMD

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