I wrote this three years ago:
Much of the brouhaha is absolute hooey. It merely gives the terminally religious another occasion to feel superior to their fellows and fill the air with loud Jeremiads about how everything is going to hell in a handbasket, yadda, yadda, yadda. As for me, I observe that much of what goes on in American society on Halloween is just harmless kid fun… let’s leave it at that. In any case, the thing with ghosts and spirits had nothing to do with Satanists or any other oddball cult. It’s because Halloween is All Hallows Eve… the day before the Feast of All Saints on the papist calendar. Evangelicals would do well to remember that, but then again, they’re known for their long faces and disapproval of anything remotely FUN.
It still stands. Last year, I wrote:
Don’t let the Halloween naysayers get you down. Most of ‘em are killjoy religious hobbyist nutters. There’s nothing wrong with secular fun… God LOVES innocent amusement (that’s why He made it, lunkhead). Pass the jug n’ smile… and don’t cross the paths of any black cats (we have one, he’s a neat beast), mind you…
That still stands, too, as does this. I once asked an Old School NEPA Coal-Cracker priest about Halloween, and he said:
Anything that gets people out of themselves is good. We’ve always had a Halloween party in the Church Hall. We open up the bar for the parents, and everyone has a good time. God smiles.
As for me, I believe. If you don’t… I ain’t gonna argue the point with you nor am I going to let your asshat attitude spoil any fun. Fie on you! Halloween is innocent!
Argentina, the second-largest country in South America, agreed to allow Russian military bases on its territory. Whilst the USA and the whole world were fixated on the events taking place in the Ukraine, Russia stepped up its diplomatic efforts in the Western Hemisphere. President Putin discussed the idea of military bases in South America with Defence Minister S K Shoigu in February. Russia is considering establishing military bases in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Argentina. In recent years, all these countries were active Russian allies. Argentina’s OK to Russian military bases seriously strengthens Moscow’s position in South America. According to the publication Guardian Liberty Voice, the USA actually slept through the appearance of Russian military bases. A Russian military presence in the Western Hemisphere confronts the USA with a difficult task and marks a reduction in Washington’s influence. The USA has never had sufficient funds for missile defence along its southern borders.
25 October 2014
On Thursday, Head of the Presidential Administration S B Ivanov told reporters, “Why should Russia pay for the Ukraine’s insolvency? Can anyone explain that to me? During the last 20 years we’ve already supported the Ukrainian economy for hundreds billions of dollars. Moscow would like to see the Ukraine a self-sufficient state. As of today, four leading Russian banks have credit commitment for 25 billion USD (1.05 trillion Roubles. 153 billion Renminbi. 1.53 trillion INR. 28.1 billion CAD. 28.5 billion AUD. 19.8 billion Euros. 15.6 billion UK Pounds) in the Ukraine. However, for how long can it last?” Ivanov added that the Western states that praised the birth of a “new democracy” in Kiev in February should be the ones responsible to support it financially now.
23 October 2014
The “independent” Ukraine only existed thanks to Russian subsidies to its economy and lower natural gas prices. What thanks did we get from Uniate filth? “Knife the Moskali!” That says it all. I’ve seen the hate peddled by “Ukrainian Catholics” and “Ukrainian Orthodox” up close and personal. It’s ugly, racist, and utterly false… but the US government subsidises it to the tune of thousands a year from Langley (to be truthful, some of our Russian people were on the Langley dole, too (some, like Potapov, still are)… Lebedeff admitted it openly). If you have anything to do with “Ukrainian Catholic” or “Ukrainian Orthodox” institutions, you collaborate with evil, and no decent Russian Orthodox person should have anything to do with you. Shitbirds of a feather DO flock together…
Yesterday, the HuffPo said that despite Big Macs being cheap, McDonald’s sales and profits decreased, with McDonald’s earnings falling by 30 percent. BBC reports said that although the company’s sales fell in Russia, Germany, and especially China after a scandal over meat supplies, the key reason for the poor numbers is low sales on the home front. Earlier, experts speculated that McDonald’s sales plummeted because lower-income Americans suffered from the weak economy; therefore, they weren’t able to afford eating out at McDonald’s. However, this could be a false conclusion, as Bureau of Labor Statistics data published by HuffPo showed that McDonald’s menu prices grew only by a mere 4.8 percent between 2009 and 2014, whereas prices at other fast-food eateries rose anywhere from 6.7 to 16.9 percent. Despite higher prices at other fast-food eateries, their sales actually increased. Therefore, the issue plaguing McDonald’s may be its falling reputation. According to the HuffPo, the commonly held perception is that McDonald’s food isn’t worth eating at any price. Now, CNBC News reported that McDonald’s is trying to re-brand itself as a seller of fresh and good quality food by introducing “transparency initiatives”, such as last week’s campaign asking customers to submit their opinions about the company’s food.
24 October 2014
We prefer to eat at Burger King… the food tastes better… full stop. Mickey Dee’s is all over the place, but we prefer to buy food on the road that we can TASTE. Besides, everyone knows how Mickey Dee’s abuses and underpays its help… it’s the Republican Party Paradise writ large. Now, that I have the Burger King app on my tablet, I’ll never have to stop at McClown’s again (Friendly’s is a good bet on the road, too)!