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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said that we should Punish Anonymous Hate Speech on the Internet with More Vigour

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Department for Church and Society, thinks that we should more vigorously pursue those who make anonymous posts on the internet inciting ethnic or religious hatred. On Tuesday, at a roundtable discussion at the RF Public Chamber, he said, “The Internet’s a communications channel. Why do people think that if they hide behind a pseudonym, a username, that they can insult other nationalities or religions? Why do some people think that such a thing’s OK? We don’t accept it anywhere else”. At the same time, Fr Vsevolod urged us to use greater vigour in identifying abusive Internet users and holding them accountable for their actions. “I’m absolutely convinced that we must apply the full force of the law to crimes committed using the Internet”, he emphasised.


11 October 2011


Editor’s Note:

Fr Vsevolod doesn’t have any quarter on “anonymous posters”… nor should you. Note well that most of JP’s most rabid supporters hide behind “usernames”… which means that Fathausen approves of such chicanery. These people are punks and cowards, full stop. My pieces are ALWAYS signed or have my initials. I stand up… I can be counted. How can you “count” a sock-puppet username? Such people are the scum of the Internet… and I say so loudly and proudly. I have GOOD company in that assertion… Fr Vsevolod agrees with me. You can agree with Fr Vsevolod (and me), or, you can agree with Fathausen and his merry band of anonymous posters. Openness and honesty or secrecy and duplicity… make no mistake on it, Fathausen’s offering you the latter. Is that what you really want?



13 October 2011. Jewish New Year Pilgrimage in Uman THE UKRAINE

You’re never given an obstacle you can’t overcome.

Rav Nachman Breslover


Every year, thousands of Chassidic Jews converge on Uman in the Ukraine for Rosh ha-Shana (ראש השנה‎, Rosh Hashanah), the Jewish New Year. Usually, about 25,000 show up, mostly from Israel. Uman isn’t far away from Medzhibozh, the burial place of the Besht (Rav Yisroel ben Eliezer (רבי ישראל בן אליעזר ), also known as the Baal Shem Tov (The Master of the Good Name)), the founder of Chassidism. His teachings laid stress upon religious fervency; not upon religious forms. He considered the Law to be holy and inviolable, and emphasised the importance of Torah-study, but he also taught that one’s entire life should be oriented to God, and that this would constitute true worship of Him. Uman is the burial place of Rav Nachman Breslover (נחמן מברסלב‎), the great-grandson of the Besht, who was a tzaddik and a reformer of the Chassidic movement. Many Chassidic Jews make this pilgrimage due to a promise of Rav Nachman:

If someone comes to my grave, gives a coin to charity, and says these ten Psalms (the Tikkun HaKlali), I will pull him out from the depths of Gehinnom! It makes no difference what he did until that day, but from that day on, he must take upon himself not to return to his foolish ways.


13 October 2011. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words… The REAL DEAL on the End of World War II

The Red Army met the US Army on the Elbe… snapping the Nazi snake in two…


An American soldier rounds up the “Supermen”…


American soldiers pray in an old Nazi HQ… “Shma Yisrael Adonai elohaynu Adonai echad (שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד)”… “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is Our God, the Lord is One”…


Red Army men raise the Red banner of victory over the Reichstag


The FIRST Victory Day… Red Square in Moscow on 9 May 1945…


Evil was laid in the grave… but at what a cost! Remember this… there IS a “cost” to freedom and a price to be paid for the removal of evil… be wary of those who say, “It’s all over”, when they’ve done NOTHING to bind up the wounds or succor the injured. Recovery takes MUCH time… that’s the way it is… that’s the way Nature has it. To think otherwise is farcically juvenile, and I say so openly.


13 October 2011. Where DOES the True Weight of Taxation Fall? Why, On YOU, Of Course… You’re NOT Productive… the Republican Party Sez So

Read this and this. Note this, 61 percent of American households that “didn’t pay Federal Income Tax” made 20,000 USD (625,000 Roubles. 14,560 Euros. 12,720 UK Pounds) or less per year. That is, they were below the HHS standard for poverty (22,050 USD (689,250 Roubles. 16,060 Euros. 14,020 UK Pounds) for a family of four). Earth to Republicans… the original peacetime income tax statue only taxed those with an income above 4,000 dollars (equivalent to 140,000 2011 baloney dollars (4.38 million Roubles. 102,000 Euros. 89,000 UK Pounds))… less than 10 percent paid it. That is, the income tax’s “original intent” was to tax only the most affluent sector of society. Hmm… is that what the Republicans fear? They’re in dread of a fairer tax system that’ll target their fatcat backers!

Certain taxes are regressive… the FICA tax, sales taxes, and user fees. Yet, that’s what rightwing slimers like Herman Cain are advocating. They want to cut income taxes on the most affluent by imposing a 9 percent national sales tax that would fall hardest on the modest-of-means. What great people (special note to Orthodox people: Paffhausen, Potapov, Whiteford, and Dreher all droolingly approve of the rightwing’s shibboleths on this matter)… let’s cut taxes for gazillionaires whilst we RAISE taxes on welfare recipients and Social Security sorts. Yep… welfare recipients pay taxes… and plenty of ‘em! They pay sales taxes, property taxes (landlords pass on their property taxes to their tenants), hidden excise taxes in the cost of goods, and user fees (e.g., road tolls and fees for government services). Cain (and the rest of the Radical Right) wants to bludgeon the weakest Americans, and, when they’re down, kick them full-force in the face, so that the most affluent can piss on you and laugh.

Don’t forget… the government taxes capital gains at a far lesser rate than earned income is taxed… 15 percent top rate as compared to 35 percent. Why don’t we just equalise the two rates? If we raised the capital gains rate to 35 percent, it wouldn’t embeggar the affluent. They’d merely have to cut back on their conspicuous consumption. It wouldn’t put them in the poorhouse (although their soulless media shills like Rush Limbaugh would make it sound so)… but it would put the state on a sound fiscal basis. It’s time to stop the raid on the Treasury by the Feckless Five Percent. We can have a sound social safety net and sound finances, too.

Do beware another thing. To distract you from their shenanigans, the oligarchs dream up cockamamie and nonexistent threats from foreign parts. They love blaming Iran, China, and Russia. Look at this example. I doubt that Iran would target Saudi diplomats in the USA. After all, consider the source… the KSA is the sworn enemy of Iran. The majority of its population’s Shi’ite… they’re oppressed by a kleptocratic Sunni minority. Ergo, the Saudis see Iranians under every rug and in every cupboard. Iran has no intention of attacking the USA or of attacking Israel either. Anyone who believes that one needs to get a life… such stuff is like the Tooth Fairy and the Zapruder Film. Oh… if there WAS a war, who’d get the profits (mucho bucks in their wallets)? Who’d pay the price (sons coming home in coffins)? Answer that one…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

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