Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Why Do Boehner and McConnell Want to Punish the Unemployed?

Filed under: politics,USA — 01varvara @ 00.00

Read these:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/29/chamber-commerce-lobbying-millions-bush-tax-cuts_n_789155.html?ir=Politics

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20101129/us_ac/7300288_unemployment_benefits_extensions_expiring_related_to_bush_tax_cuts;_ylt=AiWKLpT4Gm7q0.jcUKoE7Ut1EcF_;_ylu=X3oDMTU3ZGp1bWM1BGFzc2V0Ay9zL2FjLzIwMTAxMTI5L3VzX2FjLzczMDAyODhfdW5lbXBsb3ltZW50X2JlbmVmaXRzX2V4dGVuc2lvbnNfZXhwaXJpbmdfcmVsYXRlZF90b19idXNoX3RheF9jdXRzBGNjb2RlA21wX2VjXzhfMT

Let’s keep this simple. Millions of people are going to have unemployment benefits expire tomorrow all so that Boehner and McConnell can kiss the bums of their rich benefactors. Note well that Messrs Boehner and McConnell never questioned George Bush’s voodoo economics; they praised his tax cuts and expensive warmongering. Messrs Boehner and McConnell don’t say, “We refuse to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan until you tell us how you’re going to pay for them”. They don’t say, “We refuse to fund new strategic weapons programmes or ABM research until you tell us how you’re going to pay for it”. In short, they are inhumane and unpatriotic hypocrites… as are all those who voted for the Tea Party last November.

The rich are NOT going to take any money “saved” through tax cuts and invest it in the USA to create new jobs. They’re going to invest it in “outsourced” industries… where they can use the bullyboy Tonton Macoutes of the local El Jefe to brutalise and terrorise the labour force. THAT doesn’t bother them in the bloody least… “You have to break eggs to make an omelette, y’know”… it tells you volumes about Radical Neoliberal “conservatives” and what they actually believe in (there are no true conservatives in the USA, but that’s a topic for another post). For shame… millions are going to suffer and these godless bastards don’t care one little bit (as a Russian bishop said, people like this are “Christian Atheists”). “Pay me off big time or I’ll stomp on this helpless guy who’s lying flat on the ground! Trust me, I’ll do it!” That’s what they’re really saying, if you take away all of the pious and smarmy claptrap.

If they refuse to repent and turn away from such evil, may God damn such sorts to the coldest corner of Hell…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 30 November 2010

Albany NY

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Svetlana Medvedeva Emphasised that We Must Support the Family and Motherhood as Our Duty to the Motherland and to God

Fotinia Golyakova, a priest’s widow and mother of 12 children… after her husband’s death in an auto accident, the press publicised her plight… and Russians opened up their hearts (and their wallets). Now, she has a large house with siding, double-glazed windows in place of the old cracked ones, and a yard with a children’s slide and sand box. Inside, there are six freshly renovated bedrooms and a spacious kitchen. The house has two televisions, a computer, a washing machine, a dishwasher, bunk beds for the kids, and special study rooms for study. “I’m grateful to everyone who supported us in such a difficult time. My dears, if you hadn’t, I would’ve ended up in the nuthouse, and my kids would’ve landed in an orphanage”. In 2007, His Holiness Patriarch Aleksei Rediger of Moscow and all the Russias awarded Fotinia Gloyakova with the Medal of Motherhood (First Class).

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Svetlana Medvedeva, the wife of the President Dmitri Medvedev, in her role as Head of the Fund for Socio-Cultural Initiatives, stressed the importance of the state’s role in care for expectant mothers and for families with many children. “Supporting families, motherhood, and the nurturance of our children is our common duty, it’s a responsibility we owe to future generations, to our motherland, and before God”, Svetlana Vladimirovna said in a speech before the First all-Russian Forum Святость материнства (The Sanctity of Motherhood). She emphasised, “The state must help a woman to want to keep her baby, to remove any possible doubts in her mind, so that she makes the proper decision, to save her child. No woman should be left unsupported and alone, she should know with confidence that her decision is backed by the state, her family, and society”. Svetlana Vladimirovna noted, “the vast majority of abortions are performed for reasons of social convenience”, not for medical reasons. She found it necessary “to create programmes of social support for teenage girls, young women, and unmarried women”.

More than a thousand delegates from 53 regions of Russia and other countries gathered last Saturday in the church hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Svetlana Vladimirovna told the audience that Russia faces a demographic crisis, but it has recently taken steps to support traditional family values such as the Лучезарный ангел (Radiant Angel) Charity International Good Cinema Festival and the institution of the Day of Family, Love, and Fidelity, which is becoming more popular. Recently, a new campaign began with the slogan “Подари мне жизнь” (Give me life), which stresses “the child’s right to life, the joy of motherhood, and the safeguarding of women’s health”. Svetlana Vladimirovna called Mother’s Day, which celebrated in Russia on November 28, “a very warm and fitting holiday. It’s filled with deep meaning as it unites people of different spiritual traditions, because it is honours the unselfish devotion of mothers and their dedication to the good of their children”.

29 November 2010

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=38439

Editor’s Note:

Attend to what Svetlana Vladimirovna said, “Supporting families, motherhood, and the nurturance of our children is our common duty, it’s a responsibility we owe to future generations, to our motherland, and before God. … The state must help a woman to want to keep her baby, to remove any possible doubts in her mind, so that she makes the proper decision, to save her child. No woman should be left unsupported and alone; she should know with confidence that her decision is backed by the state, her family, and society”.

The state has a necessary role in social programmes, as Svetlana Vladimirovna points up. Russia would never allow 15 percent of the population to lack access to basic medical services… as money-grubbing teabaggers such as Sarah Palin, Joe Miller, John Boehner, Rush Limbaugh, and Mitch McConnell so blithely accept (EEKH! My tax bill would go up 1.5 percent! Oh, the humanity!). If a state (or a political party) refuses its responsibility to its citizens by shredding the social safety net and refusing to ensure that everyone has access to basic medical services, especially if it’s for the specious reason of lessening the tax burden of the rich, it’s evil and serves Satan. Both communists and Orthodox agree upon that. It’s why so many contemporary communists are believers… Our Lord Christ was NOT a gelt-grabbing salesman… if I recall correctly, he did something with a cat o’ nine tails, didn’t He?

BMD

30 November 2010. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… RC “Street Priest” in Kiev

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Rather an unusual place for a confession, but what the hey… gotta give the priest credit. He’s out there where the people are. It also proves that the Polacks are keeping their religion sweet and up to snuff… good on them! There’s more to being Polish than just Happy Louie, kielbasa, pierogies, and beer… this picture says it all.

BMD

Aren’t You Glad It’s Lent? Insects for Dinner? I’ll Pass

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The Chinese have a saying, “We eat everything with wings except for airplanes and everything with four legs except tables and chairs”. Well… the gal in the picture doesn’t appear to be too thrilled with Bug Supreme or Scorpion Frites… I’m with her. Do you see the fellows chowing down heartily in the back? Hmm… it looks like dining on bugs is a “guy thing”… like chomping on raw habaneros or eating the worm in a pulque bottle (they probably believe that it “puts lead in their pencil”… sheesh).

However, if you’re Orthodox, you’re spared this for the time being, as Christmas Lent began on Sunday. Yep… ain’t we Orthodox lucky… we got FOUR Lents (we do… no lie… no time to go into detail). There are arcane rules followed by pettifoggers and konvertsy, but the short form is that we’re not supposed to use meat, eggs, or dairy products during a Lenten period. Russian customary usage allows fish and olive oil (the rules are stricter, but we Russians are a nation of artful dodgers… look at the historical practise, not the books) at this time. In fact, a third of the people keep the Lent as stated above (very, very few follow what’s in the books, including monks and nuns), a third eat no meat, but use eggs and dairy products, and a third don’t follow the restrictions. I don’t comment on what this means for an obvious reason… it’s an occasion for satanic pride, as the internet vapourings of so many konvertsy show us. God sees the heart… and that’s what counts.

We’re spared Cockroach a la Mode for now… as for later, no thanks, for my part… as for you, I can’t tell you what to do.

BMD

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