Voices from Russia

Saturday, 6 October 2012

6 October 2012. Ike was Right! It’s Time to Emphasise Kids, Not Bombs

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A half-century ago, Ike warned us about the military-industrial complex and how it’d eat up the resources that America needed to remain strong and healthy. Ike wasn’t a weak-kneed pacifist, he was a general who led the successful campaign in Western Europe in World War II. What we need to do now is to end the hellishly-expensive wars in foreign parts… all that they do is to eat up resources that’re better spent on our kids’ future (as Ike pointed up in his famous speech). That’s not to mention the maimed and dead warriors (my heart goes out to all the families)… that’s a cost that can never be expressed in dollars (how DOES one “price” sorrow? You simply can’t). If we’re “pro-life“, then, let’s get serious and let’s “get down”… let’s give all of our kids a decent shot at a good future, and that’s going to take some serious bucks. I don’t know about you, but I know where we can find them.

Kids or bombs, which do you want?

BMD

Friday, 23 December 2011

23 December 2011. Video. “A War to End All Wars…”

War Loan: Everything for Victory!

Unknown Artist

1914-17

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from Nelson Eddy‘s film Balalaika (1939)

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“Romance” sung by Lyube from Admiral (2008), a film about Admiral Aleksandr Kolchak (1874-1920), one of the White Guard commanders

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War Loan: The Purpose of the Loan is to Speed Victory Over the Enemy

Unknown Artist

1914-17

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Zhanna Bichevskaya sings Вальс юнкеров (Белый вальс) (The Waltz of the Junkerov (Cadets’ Waltz))

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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

29 December 2010. A Point to Ponder…

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We’re not going to ponder a thought… look at the picture above. It’s a snap of Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (1954- ) of Germany, taken when she was a young woman in the DDR, that is to say, communist East Germany. A few days ago, I posted a piece by Fr Vsevolod Chaplin on modesty. Whether one wants to agree with it or not, the communist governments of the Cold War period were hardly “permissive”. Indeed, the commies of today are far less accepting of perversity than most Western societies are. For me, this photo shows that Ms Merkel was formed in the socialist DDR, and US Republicans delude themselves if they think that she’s one of them. She was 35-years-old when the DDR fell, which meant that she was a fully-formed adult, not an impressionable child. The commies did much good… and we do violence to history to say otherwise. Whom would you want as your next-door neighbour? Would you want the Angela Merkel of the DDR years, or, would you prefer the greedy pill-popper Rush Limbaugh? I think that I’d choose the “commie zombies”… they’d be closer to God than a ravening and grasping Neoliberal. What about you?

BMD

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