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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Bah, Humbug Department… Merry Christmas From the Members of Congress Who Voted to Gut Food Stamps

00 Jesus at the Republican Convention. 22.09.13

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00 The Republican said to God

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00 Sen Daniel Inouye. 22.12.12

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00 Rush Limbaugh and Adolf Hitler. 29.12.13

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Editor’s Foreword:

Mark down the names mentioned below. They’re all godless hypocrites who stand in opposition to what all major leaders in Catholicism and Orthodoxy teach on social justice and our responsibility to the poor and needy. Both Orthodoxy and Catholicism BLESS single-payer healthcare. HH thinks that the Cuban healthcare system rocks… it gives Cuba a lower infant mortality rate than the USA has (and a similar life expectancy)… thanks to the greed and selfishness of those named below. Is there something much worse than the open antitheism of Richard Dawkins? Yes! I’d say that the smarmy mawkish religiosity of those who wave “Pro-Life” signs, but who vote against Food Stamps, single-payer healthcare, and social welfare is consummate duplicity and vile deceit. They DO vote for the promiscuous use of the death penalty, wars in foreign parts, force-feeding the Pentagon, and untrammelled trafficking in firearms; besides which, most of them wish to treat unions exactly as the Nazis did. God has a very cold corner of Hell waiting for them if they don’t repent and grasp the onion. There’s much ill in our crank world… but some things are too much of a muchness. This is one such…

BMD

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In September, 217 members of Congress voted to cut food stamp availability dramatically, on top of a scheduled rollback that kicked in on 1 November. However, they’d like to wish you Merry Christmas, and they ask you to remember the spirit of the season. We looked at every Christmas-related tweet from that group of legislators. The tweets ranged from the ostentatiously religious…

to the goofily personal:

However, most of the members of Congress were a bit more formulaic.

Congress members mentioning Jesus:

Congress members citing The Gospel according to St Luke 2.11 (“Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you”) explicitly:

Merry Christmas #NY27. I hope you and your families have a safe and joyful holiday. pic.twitter.com/DOrvxbrveC Rep Chris Collins (@RepChrisCollins) 25 December 2013

Congress members simply wishing you a “Merry Christmas”:

Congress members offering pictures or videos of things:

Congress members recognising service members:

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! May you enjoy a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/YWpjnhVEqg Jeff Denham (@RepJeffDenham) 25 December 2013

Congress members offering greetings “from my family to yours”:

Two particular categories were sparsely populated.

Congress members who own reindeer farms and wrote stories about their reindeer farms for the local paper:

Rep Kerry Bentivolio

Congress members who voted for food stamp cuts who mentioned remembering the needy:

  • None
  • Zero
  • Nichevo
  • that’s all folks!

26 December 2013

Philip Bump

The Wire

http://www.thewire.com/politics/2013/12/merry-christmas-members-congress-who-want-gut-food-stamps/356492/

Editor’s Afterword:

Orthodox Christians should note the following names:

They’re the Orthodox Christian members of the House (there are no US Senators). I list them in order of political orientation. Issa and Bilirakis are Hard Right, Amash is Right of Centre, Sarbanes is Centre-Left (but leaning to Left to Centre), and Titus is Left of Centre. My Spectrum is Hard Right to Right of Centre to Centre-Left to Left of Centre. There’s only one Leftist in the Congress, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The old “Centre-Right” (moderate Republicans and “Dixiecrats”) is gone. No Republicans are to the left of “Right of Centre”. Likewise, no Democrats are to the right of “Centre-Left”. That’s why it’s so difficult to reach a governing compromise. In earlier years, moderate Republicans and Dixiecrats would hammer out a mutually-satisfactory deal… good examples of such would be Gerald Ford, Jacob Javits, Sam Nunn, Harry S Truman, and Estes Kefauver. This class in gone… it died out after Slobberin’ Ronnie (not all at once, but there’s not any left as of 2013).

The konvertsy go gaga over the first three named… they’re “Pro-Life!” In a pig’s arse… Issa and Bilirakis are Hard Right warmongers, whilst Amash is a heartless laissez-faire cheerleader. I looked into things and what I found out is that Sarbanes and Titus want a reduction in abortions, but wish to use a strategy of increasing access to contraception, sex education, and upping aid to pregnant moms. This is in accord with Church teaching… so, all of the konvertsy Sturm und Drang about these two is uninformed and out of line. The Church doesn’t take the Catholic approach… we believe that God reforms sinners… not an Inquisition or a Crusade. The Church tells us to “save your own soul and thousands will be saved about you”.

By the way, President Obama is Centre-Left… he’s not even Left of Centre. The sad thing is that he’s appealing to a Centre-Right that no longer exists. Oh, one last thing before I go… the big champions of government-sponsored healthcare were Otto von Bismarck and Graf Pyotr Stolypin… both of whom were actual Traditional Conservatives, NOT Neoliberal Hard Right Free Market Radicals (mislabelled “conservatives” in the Anglosphere). Interesting, eh? In the end, the Left is more Conservative than the self-labelled “conservatives”. Who woulda thunk it…

BMD 

 

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29 December 2013. You Can Learn a Lot From a Cat… Five Lessons in Life from Doctor Seuss…

 

00 Dr Seuss message. 27.10.13

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Ted Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss, wasn’t only a great writer of kid’s books, he was a great fighter for social justice. That’s why he opposed the so-called “Pro-Life” movement. He saw through their rhetoric and realised that they were nothing more than a front for the nastiest wing of the Republican Party. I think that we can and should cut abortions… in fact, most “Pro-Choice” people agree to that (they’re NOT the ravening baby-killers caricatured by the Randall Terrys of this world). Indeed, if we call ourselves Christians, we should NOT work to illegalise abortion… instead, we should look for ways to make it possible for hard-up moms to keep their kids and to help poor families live in dignity. That is, we shouldn’t cut Food Stamps or any other social welfare programme to suck up to the likes of Rand Paul and Paul Ryan… they’re godless greedsters (Ryan hates his own pope… fancy that!) who only want to smash ordinary folk so that the Affluent Effluent can profit hugely and party hearty without a care for the rest of us.

I stand with Dr Seuss on this one. No one should “enable” the “Pro-Lifers”; they’ve become the willing running dogs of the most grasping anti-people politicians out there. Keep the social safety net whole… then, we can all aid moms to keep their kids. We don’t live in Mayberry… hell, Mayberry NEVER existed. We live in a complex modern society and that means that we need things like Food Stamps, single-payer healthcare, and a decent welfare system (not the present knackered and castrated system).

Stand with the creator of the Cat! Stand against the Greedster Rats! ‘Nuff said…

BMD

 

RIA-Novosti Presents… Russia Says Farewell to a Great Patriot and a Great Man in Izhevsk and Moscow

00 Kalashnikov funeral 01. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

On the evening of 25 December, after soldiers brought his coffin to the church, about 8,000 people came to say goodbye to legendary small-arms designer Lieutenant General Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov at St Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk (Udmurt Republic).

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 01a. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

The honour guard consisted of cadets from the Kazan Higher Military Command School (KVVKU).

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 02. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

The coffin with Kalashnikov’s body was in the centre of the church, draped with the Russian national flag, and his decorations were at its foot. 

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 03. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

Services lasted until 22.00 MSK. Services continued on 26 December, the church funeral was from 10.00 to 13.00 MSK; after that, there was a secular ceremony.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 03a. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

People crowded in to pay their last respects to the great man. Many waited in queue for four hours. Kalashnikov’s son Viktor Mikhailovich thanked everyone who came personally.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 04. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

Yelena Mikhailovna Kalashnikova, the daughter of the legendary small-arms designer (right) and his son Viktor Mikhailovich Kalashnikov say their farewells to their father at St Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 05. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

Kalashnikov’s decorations were at the foot of the coffin.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 06. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

People came singly and in groups to bid farewell to the legendary designer, they laid down flowers and wreaths as tributes.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 07. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

Aleksandr Volkov (centre), Head of the Udmurt Republic, at the funeral services for Mikhail Kalashnikov at St Michael Cathedral in Izhevsk.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 08. Izhevsk. 29.12.13

The Moscow funeral of Mikhail Kalashnikov will be 27 December at the Federal Military Memorial Complex in Mytishchi Raion, in the Moscow Oblast suburbs. Kalashnikov’s coffin went by plane from Izhevsk to Moscow for burial on the evening of 26 December, his funeral procession passed in front of places where he lived and worked in Izhevsk.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 09. Moscow. 29.12.13

On Friday, the burial of legendary gunsmith Mikhail Kalashnikov took place at the Federal Military Memorial Complex in Mytishchi Raion, in the Moscow Oblast suburbs. The coffin was on a gun carriage as it went down the central alleyway of the complex.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 10. Moscow. 29.12.13

President Vladimir Putin sat with the Kalashnikov family at the services.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 11. Moscow. 29.12.13

The farewell in the main memorial hall.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 12. Moscow. 29.12.13

Deputy Defence Minister Army General Arkady Bakhin said at the funeral, “Today, we say goodbye to a remarkable man, a man who’s a symbol of Russia”.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 12a. Moscow. 29.12.13

The farewell in the main memorial hall.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 12b. Moscow. 29.12.13

The honour guard at the ceremony.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 12c. Moscow. 29.12.13

Kalashnikov’s body lying in state in the memorial hall.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 13. Moscow. 29.12.13

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu attended the ceremony.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 14. Moscow. 29.12.13

A military band played proper music in honour of Mikhail Timofeyevich’s memory.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 15. Moscow. 29.12.13

Kalashnikov’s daughter Yelena Mikhailovna said that her father devoted his life to working for the benefit of the motherland, “he couldn’t do otherwise”.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 16. Moscow. 29.12.13

On his last journey, volleys from his iconic AK-47 assault rifle accompanied the procession.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 17. Moscow. 29.12.13

Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov of Krutitsy and Kolomna (left) served the religious part of the funeral.

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00 Kalashnikov funeral 18. Moscow. 29.12.13

Mikhail Kalashnikov was in intensive care since 17 November. Mikhail Timofeyevich died Monday 23 December 2013 in his 95th year.

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Note well that Metropolitan Yuvenaly Poyarkov served the Church end of the funeral in Moscow. Yuvenaly is second only to HH in the hierarchy at the Centre (he’s the effectual “Metropolitan of Moscow”). This shows you the stature of Mikhail Timofeyevich. The West mostly ignored his passing…

Note well that Viktor Mikhailovich thanked EVERYONE who came personally in Izhevsk… now, that’s CHRISTIAN. The well-known loudmouths here in America ought to hang their heads in shame. They have no clue about Christianity (and some of them are in the Church, sadly enough). President Putin didn’t come to the Izhevsk services… this allowed the Kalashnikov family to take centre-stage, as is right and proper. It doesn’t matter if you like President Putin or not, he’s a genuine and decent human being… unlike so many Western “leaders”.

This is the future… a creative and fruitful union of the Red and the Christian… may God grant me to see it in full flower.

For more on Kalashnikov’s death and the state memorials for him, click here

26-27 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/photolents/20131226/986540585_986459220.html

http://ria.ru/photolents/20131227/986876171_986869360.html

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