Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

18 June 2014. Johnny Cash… American Socialist…

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Johnny Cash was a Socialist… one of his main influences was Norman Thomas. Johnny was many things, all at once and all mixed together so thoroughly that to try to separate them is impossible. He was a sincere Christian believer… he was a deeply dyed Southerner… he was a son of the working class… and he was a SOCIALIST. Ergo, when a ‘bagger calls you a “Socialist” (or “Commie”), they’re PRAISING you. They’re putting you in the company of Johnny Cash… of Willie Nelson… of Norman Thomas… of Eugene V Debs. To those who’ve called me that, I say “Thank you. You’ve disassociated me from such trashy greedy filth as Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. You’ve confessed that I stand for the right, no matter what the cost. Again, ‘Thank you’… you’ve labelled me well”.

Don’t let the bastards get you down… Johnny didn’t. “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living”… Mother Jones said that, and it’s still true.

BMD

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Friday, 7 February 2014

7 February 2014. “My Get Up and Go Has Got Up and Went”… Thoughts on Nearing Sixty

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Johnny Cash doing If I Had a Hammer (Johnny was another Leftie… he was a socialist!)

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Peter, Paul, and Mary ‘s version of If I Had a Hammer

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My Get Up and Go Has Got Up and Went! But I’m STILL a contender!

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I was listening to the above song from the Weavers reunion in 1980. Lee Hays, who did the intro, died the next year, at the age of 67 (Hays wrote the lyrics for If I Had a Hammer, Pete Seeger wrote the music)… Pete Seeger just died at 94 this year, and Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman are still alive n’ kickin’. Some people think that reaching the “Six-Oh” is the end of the line. Not on your life! I don’t have the same zip as I once did, and it takes me longer to heal if I take a tumble, but I’m still pickin’ and I’m still grinnin’. God has given me tolerably good health and good friends, and little much else. However, I’m not morose, down inna dumps, or envious… I’m gonna keep swinging until the day I die! Yet, I’m beginning to have an understanding of what Browning meant in Rabbi Ben Ezragrow old with me, the best is yet to be; this is the last of life for which the first was made.

I intend to stay feisty and lively… and that’s the way youse guys like it, isn’t it? By the way, I’m still handing out the AKs, axe handles, Molotov cocktails, and RPGs at the backdoor. DON’T let the bastards grind ya down… shoot back! Even if they zap ya, ya didn’t die a bloody coward (like Rush Limbaugh, Richard Cheney, Bill O’Reilly, and Willy Romney). Be a happy warrior… and spread goodness and decency where and when you can, even if the plug-uglies try to squash ya.

Thank God for your life… it’s the best gift that you ever had… pass me the jug… this was thirsty work…

BMD 

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

11 January 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World: The Holidays Are Over! Come Alive, Folks!

The Holidays are Over! Come Alive, Folks!

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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“The morning of 10 January”… in Russia, there’s a long holiday from 1 January to 10 January, from New Year‘s to three days after Russian Christmas. As “liquid refreshment” is a VERY popular component of holiday merrymaking in Russia, society’s only dealing with reality. Would you want to deal with a bunch of hungover employees right after New Year’s and Christmas… I think not!

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Chinese Chi Kung will help you get rid of those post-holiday blues and blahs. The exercises have been practised in the Celestial Empire for several thousand years; they reputedly improve health and ramp up energy.

10 January 2012

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20120110/536194158.html

Editor’s Note:

As for me, I’m of the “take a shot of Bushmills and see what the morning brings” school. If worst comes to worst (a raging Excedrin Headache #1313 and a mouth that tastes like Secretariat just took a dump in it), there’s always the old reliable Russian cure-all, pickles and rossol (pickle juice). Hey, it works for us, and no one disputes our title as World Champion Hearty Partiers. If all else fails, try a “hair of the dog that bit you”… as Johnny Cash sang, “The beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert”… were you expecting otherwise from me?

BMD 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

29 November 2011. Video. JOHNNY CASH… Socialist and Fighter for Justice… The Left Isn’t Just for “Pointy-Headed Intellectuals”… It’s for Ordinary God-Fearin’ Folk, Too!

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Johnny Cash (1932-2003), the “Man in Black”… committed socialist (member of the Socialist Party of America), opponent of capital punishment, advocate of prison reform, and fighter for Social Justice… he was a follower of Norman Thomas, not Rush Limbaugh and Slobberin’ Ronnie… do think on that…

Norman Thomas said, “After I asked him [a student] what he meant, he replied that freedom consisted of the unimpeded right to get rich, to use his ability, no matter what the cost to others, to win advancement. No decent society can tolerate that definition”. Johnny lived that in his life… and that made our world a bit better…

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Johnny with his wife June Carter Cash (1929-2003)

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“Image from radical protest to defend the honour of Johnny Cash, who the Republicans… surprise, surprise… are trying to exploit… same as they claim that Jesus is their Saviour. They better hope that they’re gone shoppin’ when Jesus and Johnny come knockin'”. (I gleefully stole that one from Portland Independent Media… it was just TOO good)

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