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Sunday, 13 July 2014

13 July 2014. Only in Russia! Snow in the Urals in Mid-July

00 unseasonal snow in Chelyabinsk Russia. 13-07-14

This image is from late April… another unseasonal time for snow, but less unusual than mid-July

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On Sunday, heavy rain in the town of Zlatoust in the South Urals suddenly gave way to a blizzard in a rare twist of weather for the summer. ITAR-TASS quoted Valery Semyannikov, an eyewitness, as saying, “It wasn’t just rain and snow, but real snowfall with snowflakes as white as during winter. It melted quickly, of course. A fantastic sight”. In some areas of Chelyabinsk Oblast, snow lay 5-10 centimetres (@ 2-4 inches) thick. It’s the first-ever mid-summer snowfall in the South Urals. The Chelyabinsk weather service predicted “wet and windy weather with moderate to heavy rain throughout the region, thunderstorms and soft hail in the east and ice hail in the mountains”.

13 July 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_07_13/Snow-falls-in-South-Urals-in-mid-summer-1564/

Editor:

“This is Siberia, but even we don’t get snow in July!” I’ll betcha that this one woke up more than one sleepyhead (not to mention more than one, “I’ll never drink that much again, no sir!”). Even Siberia has a summer (and a rather hot one at that)…

BMD

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13 July 2014. A Point to Ponder… The Hobby Lobby Case Made “Evangelicals” a Class of Superior Citizens… Do You Want That?

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00 Art Young. Jesus wanted poster. He stirreth up the people. 1913

Here’s the Christ that I believe in… David Green worships “Jayzuss”, the false idol of the American Radical Sectarians

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I took John Marshall Harlan’s famous dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson and changed the word “colour” to “religion”. It comes out as a ringing denunciation of the judicial travesty just committed by the Roberts Court:

In view of the constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens. There is no caste here. Our constitution is colour-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens. In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law. The humblest is the peer of the most powerful. The law regards man as man, and takes no account of his surroundings or of his [religion] when his civil rights as guaranteed by the supreme law of the land are involved.

That is, everyone is equal before the law, regardless of their beliefs… that’s fundamental in the USA. However, Hobby Lobby ripped that to shreds. It says that people can weasel out of the law by blubbering about “freedom of religion”. We should fight such evil with all our talents and strength. For instance, people who belong to the “peace churches” must pay federal income taxes, even though much of that money goes to warmongering, which is against their religious beliefs. In like manner, their young men are liable to the draft (with special exemptions against combatant duty or with the option of doing vital civilian service). The peace churches didn’t do what the Greens did… they didn’t use shyster lawyers to wrangle an “exemption” from the law; they worked with the government to fulfil their obligations within the law.

You see, the US Constitution guarantees the rights of PEOPLE, not corporations. Under the US Constitution, Hobby Lobby as a corporation has no rights, for it isn’t a person… it’s only a legal construct fabricated to do business. It doesn’t go bump in the night. David Green certainly has a right to constitutionally protected religious expression and belief, but Hobby Lobby doesn’t, as it isn’t alive, it doesn’t have a soul, and so, it can’t have a religious faith. Hobby Lobby doesn’t attend mass… it doesn’t go to liturgy… it can’t go to services… it can’t go to shul on Shabbos or to the masjid for Friday prayers. To assert that Hobby Lobby has an exemption against a law because of religious faith is absurd, Kafkaesque, and downright weird.

It’s one thing to allow religious groups to “discriminate” in the ordination of their ministers… that’s an internal affair; it only affects members of that faith. However, many, if not most, of David Green’s employees don’t share his faith, so, for him to withhold a benefit on the grounds that it offends his conscience makes him an obstructer of the law… that means that he belongs in the slam. No one is limiting Mr Green’s free exercise of his religion. However, Mr Green is obstructing the free exercise rights of his employees, which means that he shits on the US Constitution and expects applause for so doing. What’s even shoddier is that he cloaks his nastiness in religious vesture, which makes it even worse. Let me reiterate, Mr Green, by vetoing contraceptives for his employees, engages in an illegal pressure tactic to ram his beliefs down his employees’ throats, and he expects the full backing of the state in so doing. That makes “Evangelicals” a privileged class, a situation that Mr Justice Harlan found repugnant. We should take equal outrage… no one should have the right to ram their personal religious notions down another’s throat… full stop.

I’m a believer… no doubt on that score. However, I have no right to ram my beliefs down another’s throat. That’s what David Green is doing. He deserves a Cossack horsewhip across his face for such evil. He brings shame and obloquy on all believers. He can rest easy… his money buys him “respect” and the legal muscle to silence his opponents. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make it right… Our Lord Christ said, Woe those who call good “evil” and evil “good”… don’t forget, the David Greens of His time tacked Him up to a cross for that…

BMD

13 July 2014. Why the West ALWAYS Misjudges Russia

00 russian bear. 10.07.14

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Russia is never as strong as it appears… Russia is never as weak as it appears.

Klemens Wenzel Lothar Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg zu Beilstein

Russians aren’t Germans.

Old Russian peasant saying

Today, many Western voices, especially, American neocons, deprecate Russia, call it names, disparage its strength, and write it off as a dead duck. The same thing happened after the Russian Revolution… one of the reasons for Operation Barbarossa was that Hitler felt that he could conquer Russia up to the Urals in six months time (the so-called “Arkhangelsk-Astrakhan line“). I seem to notice that it didn’t turn out that way. Today, you hear all sort of rot from Western pundits… well, I’m old enough to remember the 1970s and 1980s as an adult. Some of the older rightwingers back then were screaming that the USSR was all-powerful and if we didn’t throw trillions at the Military Industrial Complex, the West would go down the shitter and the commies would take over the world. No lie, kids… that’s what those Chicken LittleChicken Hawks squawked back in the day. Then, the August events occurred. These events had NOTHING to do with the Cold War… they had everything to do with M S Gorbachyov‘s incompetence and zapadnik orientation. In other words, had L I Brezhnev or Yu V Andropov been in charge, the USSR would’ve stayed together. Lyonyo wasn’t the brightest bulb in the pack, but he knew better than to listen to crackbrained schemes. Andropov was simply one of the most competent men to lead Russia… but renal failure carried him off unexpectedly. Personalities DO matter. Gorbachyov didn’t attend to domestic matters… he sashayed around the West, where everyone loved him, but he ignored party and local concerns, which turned many against him (that’s why most Russians today hate him and what he did). The fall of the USSR had nothing to do with the West, the failure of Socialism, or the Cold War, which means that most Western analysis is fatally flawed and crank. The USSR committed suicide and M S Gorbachyov put the gun to its forehead.

Keep that in mind… it’s why the current Western punditry is completely off-base and wrong. Besides that, the pundits don’t know the Russian character and they don’t know Russian history. “Russians aren’t Germans”… that means that Russians don’t give a shit until the bricks fall on their head. Then, they become Berserkers and tear the hell out of the invader, who wonders what hit them. “Those Russians drink like fishes, they don’t plan for the future, they don’t work hard at all, they’re the laziest jabronies on God’s Green Earth. Yet, they beat the hell out of us, and sit in our capital!” After all, in 1762, the Russian army was ready to march into Berlin, only the death of Tsaritsa Yelizaveta Petrovna and the pro-Prussian Pyotr Fyodorovich‘s accession to the throne saved Frederick the Great‘s bacon (in fact, Germans call this “The Miracle of the House of Brandenburg“). In 1814, Tsar Aleksandr Pavlovich dictated the peace in Paris. In 1945, the Red Army raised the Red Banner of Victory over the Reichstag. In short, Russia hasn’t been unsuccessful in its wars. If that wasn’t enough, they forget that Russia emerged from the Smuta stronger than ever and that it weakened Poland enough so that it fell in the next century, being partitioned by Russia, Prussia, and Austria.

Therefore, everything that you hear from the Western media and from Langley is wishful thinking. They’ve forgotten Metternich’s dictum… he seems to be one of the few Westerners to have an inkling of the real Russia. Russia IS different from the West… the West ignores that, so, most of its assaults upon Holy Rus end in abject failure. Shall the west receive another sharp lesson in Novorossiya? That’s a “work in progress”, we’ll have to see…

BMD

13 July 2014. Politics Through a Cartoonist’s Eyes

00 A Profsoyuzov. The Zaporozhe Cossacks Read the EU Requirements. 2014. 13.07.14

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00 Vitaly Podvitsky. well, there's no more problem. 13.07.14

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The first one, of course, is a takeoff on Repin’s famous painting, The Zaporozhe Cossacks Write a Mocking Letter to the Turkish Sultan, satirising EU efforts to bureaucratise everything. You should know that Uniate efforts to use Cossack imagery is a gross imposture. NO Cossack EVER approved of the foul Unia… quite the opposite. Poles could live, but the Cossacks invariably put Uniate quislings to the sword. In short, in this, as in so many other things, the Uniates lie egregiously and unashamedly. In the second, one should know that Uniate fanatics commit most of the killings in Novorossiya. In light of the history of the UPA and of the fact that Uniates ratted on their neighbours in World War I to the Habsburgs (the Austrians did fill Talerhof somehow, didn’t they?), this double-dealing murderous policy shouldn’t surprise us. NEVER hate… but do oppose these creepos when they pop up… in Novorossiya, the locals have to kill Uniates when they find them… they’re that treacherous and that false. We DO live in a fallen world.

BMD

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