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Monday, 20 August 2012

20 August 2012. This is Why All Decent People Must Vote Against the Republican Party in November…

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Todd Akin, he of the “legitimate rape” comment, also said:

At the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God. … This is a systematic effort to try to separate our faith and God, which is a source in our belief in individual liberties, from our country. And when you do that you tear the heart out of our country.

Although he backtracked later, take a GOOD look at this remark. It’s what so-called Born-Again “conservatives” believe in their heart-of-hearts. They hate all of us on the Left… they hate us enough to lie about us. They don’t believe that we’re patriotic… they don’t believe that we’re decent… they don’t believe that we’re moral. Remember, this came from a man that used the term “legitimate rape”.  Look at his weasel words:

My statement during my radio interview was directed at the political movement, Liberalism, not at any specific individual.

That’s mealy-mouthed evasion. He hates what we stand for, and he labels all of us on the Left as unbelieving immoral indecent perverts. Then, the Grand Olde Perverts wonder why the rest of us get angered at their bloviating. I’ll say this, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, who’s a VERY holy man, far holier than Mr Akin is (indeed, far holier than any in the Republican Party), said this about the state’s role in REAL pro-life:

We must do our utmost to persuade women to give birth. In this, just to talk about it isn’t enough. We must give support to all mothers who refuse to have abortions. I’m sure that the state would support this, because this is really aimed at changing the demographic situation for the better.

That is, His Holiness rejects the Republican nonsense that the state is trying to take the place of God. What baloney! The Church and the state have their proper spheres. The state is there to step in when the weak are preyed upon by the strong (that’s not always the case, especially in the American South, but it’s the bedrock underneath the role of the state). Mr Akin is a shameless shill for the rich; he refuses to give state aid to the poor because of his twisted religious ideas (based in “giving your heart to Jesus”, having “Jesus as your personal saviour”, and other such sectarian gibberish). His Holiness wants to link hands with the state in common cause, as all decent people do, whereas Mr Akin, along with all greedy people, think that the state’s the enemy (an aside to Orthodox people… it makes you think of a certain oddbod parish in Maryland and a certain arrogant “mother of the parish”, doesn’t it?).

You can agree with Mr Akin… or you can agree with His Holiness. Why do I agree with HH? Here’s why, in the words of a good friend (they said it better than I could):

I don’t expect heaven on earth…. goodness knows, I know where I came from, but, even there, there was a consciousness of God in everything… I don’t know. What’s wrong with us? Why do “we” support the rightwing? Why don’t “we” see the coal miners, the factory workers, the steel workers, and the farmers are what makes nations great? When did so-called Christians… good God, the children of a carpenter… turn against the working man and woman? What haunts me to this day is how one of my family was put off Christianity by its association with capitalism and died resenting the God he didn’t believe in. I suppose it’s the wheat and tares, but I don’t believe He ceases to extend relief to the poor… ever.

I agree with the above… as does His Holiness. You can walk in the path that Christ pointed out to us, or you can follow the path of Mammon and the Almighty Dollar. Choose well.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 20 August 2012

Albany NY

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Addendum

The Easter Message of Gennady Zyuganov

Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

With great joy, on the most significant holiday of our people, we greet one another with the Resurrection of Christ, and we celebrate the triumph of Eternal Truth… the victory of truth over falsehood, of good over evil, of Life over Nihilism. On this day, again and again, we detect the pulse of the beating of the heart of our Motherland, wounded, but as history shows us, always emerging resurgent after any trial. Our love for Russia and our hope for its revival rest in our faith in the wisdom and fortitude of our people, in our respect of our common history, and the recognition of the lessons it teaches us. Certainly, we know that the power of a thousand years of Russian spiritual tradition and the Orthodox faith, our faithful allies, and our army and navy are the guarantors of our existence, of being an independent people. This is what sustains Historic Rus. In recent years, a most bitter struggle between good and evil raged around these pillars of our society. We must work together to resist attempts to demean the ideal of service to the Motherland, to destroy the army, to misrepresent and debase our great history, to mock the traditional family and common spiritual values, and to desecrate holy places and objects. The duty of all honest citizens of our Motherland is to thwart those who wish to implement such monstrous plans. We must remember this duty especially during the happy days of Easter.

We believe that the haters of Russia won’t stifle the ideals of goodness, justice, fraternity, and equality proclaimed two thousand years ago. I’m confident that these values will continue to show the people of our long-suffering Motherland the way to illumination and joyousness. No matter how different we are, let’s close ranks, shoulder to shoulder, to promote the common welfare of our shared homeland, for the good of everyone. On this happy day, suffused with the Light of Christ’s Resurrection, we give our good wishes to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias, to the bishops, pastors, clergy, monastics, and believers of the Russian Orthodox Church, to all Orthodox Christians, and to all who consider themselves followers of the Orthodox cultural tradition. Our oneness-of-mind (соборное) and our unity, both in heavy trials and in buoyant times, is a pledge of the triumph of goodness and justice, of the spiritual resurrection of the people and their prosperity.

http://kprf.ru/rus_soc/105021.html

THIS is what the Left believes in. It’s why we must fight Akin and all of his ilk… in the name of Life!

BMD

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Todd Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Remark

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In the USA, a wave of public outrage erupted in response to the statement of Congressman Todd Akin on the issue of abortion. The Congressmen, who’s running as Republican candidate for the Senate, said women’s bodies were naturally able to prevent pregnancy in the case of “legitimate rape”. In an interview with KTVI-TV, Mr Akin, known for his opposition to abortion rights, was asked whether he would ban abortion if the pregnancy were the result of rape. He replied, “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down, but let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something… I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, not attacking the child”.

The interview caused a torrent of criticism. On blogs and on Twitter, users expressed their indignation with the Congressman’s views, and their concern that he was a member of the House Committee on Science. Mr Akin’s rival, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, condemned his comments as offensive. A spokesman for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Mr Romney disagreed with this view and stressed, “A Romney-Ryan administration wouldn’t oppose abortion in instances of rape”. Later, in an e-mail statement, Todd Akin said that he had “misspoken” in his remarks, although he didn’t specify which points he meant.

20 August 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_20/Todd-Akins-legitimate-rape-remark/

Editor’s Note:

They’re not the Grand Olde Phonies for nothing… Willy can’t seem to be straight on anything. “Legitimate rape”… that’s indefensible. There’s a reason why rape victims are reluctant to come forward… and what saddens me the most is that all too many of those victimising the victims are so-called “Born-Again Christians”… now, that’s what I call EVIL.

BMD

Romney Tax Flap Highlights American Transparency Debate

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How much is enough? Three months ahead of the American presidential elections, wealthy Republican challenger Mitt Romney is resisting pressure from his opponent, President Barack Obama, to disclose more personal income tax records. The tussle between the Republican challenger and the Democratic incumbent brings into sharp focus a question at the heart of American politics today… “How much private financial data must we require a candidate for public office to provide for voters?” Romney says release of his tax records for the past two years is enough; Obama’s campaign says the former head of a hedge fund, whose personal net worth is approximately 250 million dollars (8 billion Roubles. 200 million Euros. 160 million UK Pounds), must release more data in the name of “transparency”.

On Thursday, Romney told reporters, “Over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent” in income tax, again, insisting that he wouldn’t release for public scrutiny anything beyond the 2010 and 2011 tax returns he’s already published. His remark came after US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, citing an unnamed “source” in the investment firm Romney once headed, said recently that Romney took advantage of loopholes, and paid no taxes on his substantial income for 10 years. Romney rejected that claim as “totally false”, and his wife, Ann Romney, reiterated in an interview last week with NBC News, that her husband would release no more personal tax information to the public before the 6 November election. Romney told Bloomberg Businessweek earlier this month, “We have a process in this country, which was established by law, which provides for the transparency which candidates are required to meet. I have met with that requirement with full financial disclosure of all my investments”.

In contrast, Obama released 12 years of his personal tax records. His supporters imply that Romney refused to publish more of his own records because he has something to hide, and analysts say he’s in a political quandary on the issue. Joseph Thorndike, director of the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts, a publisher focusing on tax policy, explained, “Mitt Romney isn’t the skimpiest, and he isn’t the most forthcoming, but he’s definitely on the skimpy end of the spectrum when it comes to disclosure”.

The law doesn’t require American presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns, and there are no hard-and-fast rules dictating how many they should release. Historians and political scientists state that in the half century since the practise began, the number of tax returns candidates choose to disclose has fluctuated greatly. When Romney’s father, George Romney, the former governor of Michigan, ran unsuccessfully for president in 1968, for example, he released 12 years of tax returns to the public. However, the practice of releasing tax returns didn’t become entrenched in American presidential politics until 1973, when President Richard Nixon, embroiled in the Watergate scandal that would result in his resignation, opened up his tax returns for the previous four years. Thorndike said, “Every president after that chose to release tax information in the interest of keeping things looking clean, and most major party candidates have released returns as well”.

Craig Holman, a veteran expert on governmental ethics with Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy group said that American presidential and vice presidential candidates are required to file personal financial disclosure reports, but the information divulged in these publicly available documents is extremely vague, noting, “Tax returns are much more explicit in revealing conflicts of interest”. Presidential candidates in Russia are required to submit publicly accessible declarations of their assets and income, and former President Dmitri Medvedev… now, the prime minister… signed a decree in 2009 mandating senior officials to release this information also. However, Ivan Ninenko, deputy director of Transparency International in Russia, said that both statutes leave room for a candidate or official to keep wealth hidden from the public.

In the USA, presidential candidates’ personal finances can impact voter opinion significantly in connection with the candidate’s broader reputation, according to Marc Hetherington, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University who has written extensively on the role of trust in American politics, pointing up, “Attacks against someone always work better when they play into an existing narrative about the person, and the existing narrative about Mitt Romney is that he’s a little slippery as relates to his positions on issues… and that he’s well off”. In a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted last month, 44 percent of respondents said they believed additional tax returns released by Romney would reveal damaging information about the candidate, whilst 42 percent said they believe the additional returns would not include anything detrimental to his White House bid. The poll had a margin of error of five percent.

Jamie Chandler, a political scientist at Hunter College in New York City, said, “If Romney released his taxes at this point, he’d be putting himself on the defensive in responding to the president’s attacks. You don’t want to yield to the opponent’s calls for you to do something”. Obama’s campaign last week offered a “deal” on the tax issue to Romney, calling on the Republican to release five years of his personal tax returns in exchange for putting the matter to rest as a campaign issue. Chandler stated that the furore over Romney’s tax returns might fade from public view following Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. Democrats will likely find a “bigger political bang for their buck” attacking Ryan’s contentious plans for the federal budget, which critics say would negatively impact the middle class and the poor whilst providing tax breaks for the wealthy.

20 August 2012

James Schreck

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20120820/175326123.html

Editor’s Note:

George Romney released 12 years of his personal tax records (as did the Prez)… his son, Wafflin’ Willy, refused to release more than two years worth of his records. This shows to all but the slow learners that Willy has contempt for the public, that he’s secretive, and that’s he a wilful and juvenile brat. The only reason for refusing to release these records is that Willy’s hiding something. If he were elected (not probable, but if he were), he’d reinstate the policy of torture at secret black sites abroad, and he’d make Joe McCarthy look like a kindergartener, insofar as smearing people is concerned. A vote for Willy is a vote for “the public be damned”.

Oh… Willy’s father worked together in amity with Walter Reuther… Willy’s a ravening anti-union lunatic. In this case, the apple DID fall far from the tree…

Special Note to Orthodox People:

The konvertsy are virtually all members of the Extreme Right. Key members of this cabal are Freddie M-G, Patrick Reardon, John Whiteford, Jonas Paffhausen, Rod Dreher, and Terrence Mattingly. They don’t raise a ruckus over Willy’s refusal to come clean. Does this mean that they approve of secrecy and skulduggery in high places, both in the church and in the state? Look at the history of the Church in the USA over the last ten years, and it’ll give you an answer. In short, the people named aren’t worthy of your respect or trust… they believe in dishonesty in both the Church and state, and that’s sad. Do note that most of those that I named are disciples of and deeply influenced by the questionable Gleb Podmoshensky… it does put their rants about “homosexuality in high places” in a different light, doesn’t it?

NO… don’t run a witch-hunt. That’d be falling into the same hole that these jabronies are in. However, DO note down who’s doing what, and do your best to remove them from positions of influence. That’s what grounded Christians do…

BMD

20 August 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Roles of Group Members in Social Networks

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19 August 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/infographics/20120819/175186540.html

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