Voices from Russia

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


00 The Republican said to God


00 Sen Daniel Inouye. 22.12.12


00 Rush Limbaugh and Adolf Hitler. 29.12.13


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…



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


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…




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