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Friday, 3 January 2014

3 January 2014. Politics Through a Cartoonist’s Eyes…

00 Politics. Black Friday. 02.01.13

Black Friday” is the High Black Mass of Consumerism… note well that most Born Agains aren’t against it. “No man can serve two masters…

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00 Politics. Christie. 02.01.14

The Republican Party hasn’t had a new idea since the ’80s… only gerrymandering and that the Electoral College gives disproportionate weight to small states has given it any cred to the present. After all, “steal from the poor to give to the rich” can take you only so far…

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00 Politics. He Listened to the Tea Party. 02.01.13

Our economy is knackered due to two factors. Firstly, the sensible restrictions on capital passed in the New Deal were repealed by Republican fanatics. That means that many (if not most) financial shenanigans now engaged in by the Affluent Effluent were illegal (thus, criminal) prior to 1981. Secondly, the Tea Party deliberately starves the government of funds to try to collapse the edifice to create a “small government”. All it’d create is chaos… and these demented toddlers cream their jeans at the prospect…

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00 Politics. Income Gap. 02.01.14

The Affluent Effluent (the Top Five Percent) have 275 percent of their 1980 income in real terms. The rest of us have 85 percent of our 1980 income in real terms. That’s due to Republican giveaways to the rich and mad cuts to sensible social programmes. Any questions?

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00 Politics. Mandela NO. 02.01.13

South Carolina DID lower its flags to half-mast for the racist pig Strom Thurmond. One of these things is not like the other…

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00 Politics. Merry Christmas... There's No Room at the Inn. 02.01.13

When you wave a placard at a Pro-Life rally, you march in favour of unrestricted capital punishment, perpetual warfare in foreign parts, the destruction of the social safety net, torture at secret black sites, and so much more from the Republican enablers of the Pro-Life Movement. I’d see that’s not only not pro-life… it’s anti-Christian to the bone. Get your minds right…

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00 Politics. Santa's Bonus. 02.01.14

I know of a company that abolished production incentives for workers and stopped providing coffee cups in the break room… but it still paid multi-million bonuses to top management. That’s another thing that you march for in a Pro-Life March… after all, that’s what the GOP backers of the Movement want, and the marchers don’t take them to task for it.

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00 Politics. Cash Cow. 02.01.14

Did you note how the Affluent Effluent REFUSED to bear any of the burden of the Great Recession? Then, again, they refuse to serve their country in the forces… do ask Paul Ryan, Willard Romney, Rush Limbaugh, and Richard Cheney about that… they all screamed for war, but refused to serve themselves. None dare call it treason and cowardice…

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00 Politics. Tea Party Fantasyland. 02.01.14

The above cartoon is a rightwing fable. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was a dour dictatorship… a prying theocracy worse than anything imagined in contemporary Iran. Government was EVERYWHERE. If you doubt me, read about Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson

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00 Politics. Tea Party Santa. 02.01.14

Need I say more? Teabaggers attend to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin… none of whom hew over-closely to the truth. After all, there aren’t palm trees in Moscow in the winter! Rush doesn’t come clean on his avoidance of military service, and Lil’ Mizz Sarah can’t see Russia from her doorstep…

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00 Politics. Teabaggers listening to Rush's Fairy Tales. 02.01.14

Rush just signed a contract for 400 million (13.28 billion Roubles. 426 million CAD. 448 million AUD. 295 million Euros. 244 million UK Pounds)… that’s far above the average income. It’s puts a new spin on his screaming, doesn’t it? How do you spell P-R-O-S-T-I-T-U-T-E?

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00 Politics. The GOP's favourite target. 02.01.14

The simplest way to help the Middle Class is to abolish the cap on the FICA tax and abolish the preferment shown to capital gains earnings. That’d lessen the burden on moderate-income earners… but it won’t happen. The rich and their Republican whores won’t let it happen. Why? It’d lessen the burden on the Middle Class (and Fox, Limbaugh, and Palin couldn’t blame the poor any more and use them as pawns to stir up the Yahoos).

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00 Politics. Zimmerman again. 02.01.14

Only in rightwing “deregulated” criminal Florida

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Keep it simple, kid… vote AGAINST the Republicans this November. Oppose their Anti-Christian agenda… and note what “Christians” support them. On one side you have HH and Pope Francisco… on the other, you have Franklin Graham, the mega-churchers, and Pentecostalists. I know what side I’m on… do note who’s a Quisling and who hobnobs with sectarians… that’s not being in step with the Church and with Christ. After all, HH is pals with Gennady Andreyevich and Fidel Castro Ruz, NOT Mikhail Prokhorov or Paul Ryan. Remember, good birds of a feather DO flock together (as do the shitbirds… and never the twain shall meet)…

BMD

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3 January 2014. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 2-6 December 2013

00 Sergei Yolkin. Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin. 2-6 December 2013. 2013

Events of the Week in Cartoons by Sergei Yolkin: 2-6 December 2013

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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Look carefully at the middle “panel”, and look at the central (and highest) dome of St Basil Cathedral. Yolkin makes it seem as though the building has a sardonic smile as the Vuitton pavilion stamps off the Square. Another Yolkin “visual pun”…

The “golden pistol” is in reference to a fight two RF Gosduma deputies had in an office, and a gun “fell out” of a deputy’s pocket or he brandished it. Now, everyone says that it was all a big misunderstanding. However, the Speaker did say that he wouldn’t tolerate fights, as they do in the Ukrainian Rada. Martin Van Buren (“the Little Magician”) would’ve been at home (American congressmen of his day carried canes, swords, daggers, and pistols into the chamber, besides chewing tobacco and spitting into spittoons in the midst of debate)…

BMD

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Sergei Yolkin looks at the Ukrainians on the Maidan, the taking down of the Louis Vuitton pavilion on Red Square, and how a golden pistol dropped from a deputy’s pocket during a fight.

6 December 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20131206/982531999.html

Kuraev Gets the Boot for Thumbing His Nose at Church Authorities in Blog Posts

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Editor’s Note:

Andrei Kuraev was at his zenith in 2008 (along with the Blunder). However, he lost out when HH became patriarch. Bit by bit, he became increasingly cranky. The Church doesn’t allow that in its clergy (under normal circumstances… the American Russian Orthodox diaspora isn’t “normal” yet, and it won’t be until we wise up and unite)… at least, not in public. As a priest told me once, “I have to be diplomatic, as I represent the Church. You, as a laywoman, can be more direct”. You see, Kuraev wanted the post that Vladimir Legoida ended with. Finally, the Church shitcanned him… he’s been spouting off for some years now. Will he spin off into heresy? I don’t know… I do know that he’s spun off into irrelevancy. It’s a sad end for him… we all had great hopes for him in the early 2000s…

BMD

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The MDA sacked Archdeacon Andrei Kuraev, a prominent Orthodox academic and well-known blogger, from his post as a professor for writing blog posts and giving interviews at variance with the MP’s official position on current affairs. On Tuesday, according to sources at the MDA, the Church fired him from the faculty for “scandalous and provocative activities…in the mass media and in the blogosphere”. Frequently, Kuraev aired his views on current events on his personal LiveJournal account, including the anti-Kremlin protest group Pussy Riot and a recent church sexual harassment scandal. Although the MDA didn’t specify which of Kuraev’s comments attracted the Church’s ire, it said that he’d ignored how his public statements reflected on the academy and the church.

Kuraev complained that the decision about his sacking was on the MDA’s Monday meeting agenda without a vote and in his absence. He wrote in a post on LiveJournal, “[The decision] happened not by reason, but by fervour. I couldn’t recall a similar case in the 300-year history of the Academy”. Kuraev criticised the Church’s handling of a scandal in Kazan in mid-December, when a clergyman dismissed for allegedly sexually harassing male students went immediately into another diocese in Tver. Kuraev said on his blog that the incident was “proof of the existence of an influential gay lobby in our Church”. Kuraev has a kandidatura in philosophical sciences, being on the MDA faculty since 2004.

Besides that, he questioned the motivation behind Pussy Riot’s “punk prayer” protest in a Moscow cathedral last year. Three of the group’s members received two-year prison sentences for the stunt; one got out on probation, while the other two got early release due to a presidential prison amnesty earlier this month. Kuraev called a Pussy Riot documentary made by a pro-Kremlin TV journalist untruthful, and told liberal newspaper Novaya Gazeta that a top city official might’ve staged the protest to boost support for President Vladimir Putin before the election.

31 December 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131231/186120000/Russian-Orthodox-Academic-Fired-Over-Blog-Posts.html

Armenia to Become Full Member of TS EvrAsES in 2014

00 Tatev Monastery. ARMENIA. Russia and Armenia Friends

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On Wednesday, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan said that his country would join the Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community (TS EvrAsES) this year. He said in his televised New Year speech, “I’m sure that we’d become a full member of the Customs Union this year. It’d create a new environment for Armenia, in which it’d have better protection and be more competitive”. In September, Armenia decided to join the TS EvrAsES. It signed a preliminary agreement towards this on 24 December. In early December, Russia and Armenia signed an intergovernmental agreement to cancel export duties on natural gas, oil products, and rough diamonds shipped to the South Caucasus nation.

1 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140101/186146033/Armenia-to-Become-Full-Fledged-Customs-Union-Member-in-2014—President.html

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