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Thursday, 15 January 2015

That’s a Whole Lotta Chutzpah Department… Fatso and Freddie to Hold Dixie Fry in Chi-Chi DC Suburb… 50 Clams a Head or Go Home

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Well… it looks like California Fats has resurfaced… with Freddie M-G as his Sancho Panza. These two great startsi are going to give a lecture, The Orthodox Path to Contemplation, and it’s gonna cost 50 smackers a head (75 “for families”). Let’s see, Freddie normally scalps people 25 a head for her bloviations, so, if you get two “speakers”, you pay twice as much… that’s the Free Market Crapitalist Gospel at work! 50 bucks for 3 1/2 hours of pearls of wisdom from two unimpeachable non-authorities (Freddie has no Orthodox theological training in a real resident Orthodox facility at all; Fats dropped out of GTU, he only has a basic MDiv).

Let me tell ya, Old School ethnic parishes had lectures… they had speakers… they had “teach-ins” and seminars… they were gratis… it didn’t cost you one thin dime to come in. Most times, they didn’t even pass the hat. If they did, the money went to the local parish. Usually, the ladies whomped up some nice Old Timey grub… pierogies n’ kapusta, anyone? That was usually on the house, too. Unlike Little Mizz Freddie, Madame Koulomzin would come to a parish, and she wouldn’t charge an entrance fee. She and her husband Nikita would’ve been MORTIFIED if a parish charged admission… people were glad to throw money in the techka to help her take religious books to the USSR. However, Sophie and Nikita would’ve NEVER charged an entrance fee… they were Old School First Wave émigrés… those sorts had class; they never did things like that. They’d die before they’d do something so crass as to charge admission!

By the Way… Leesburg VA is an oh-so-toney DC burb… the median family income is 105,000 USD (6.83 million Roubles. 650,000 Renminbi. 6.5 million INR. 125,000 CAD. 128,000 AUD. 90,000 Euros. 69,000 UK Pounds)… only the RIGHT KIND OF PEOPLE will be there. Makes ya wanna hurl, doesn’t it? By their fruits ye shall know them… as far as Freddie and Fats are concerned, that’s all that one needs to say… Fats got shitcanned for sticky fingers with money and insubordination to the Holy Synod… Freddie hangs out with the Uniate enemies of the Church. QED… sorry, ain’t it?

Bite the coin… there be counterfeits out there.

One last thing… perspirin’ minds wanna know if Potapov and Webster are going to show up? Now, that’s INTERESTING…

BMD

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

25 October 2014. My life in Russia: Bobby Rome from Virginia… Great Vid About an American Expat in Piter

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click here for the page with the vid

Bobby Rome is a professional football player from Virginia. For several years, Bobby has been in St Petersburg playing for the Vikings. Bobby’s wife Gabrielle convinced him to move to Russia, “I wanted him to pursue his dreams, because I know he has a lot of potential. I had to try to push and convince him… ‘Maybe we should take this risk, maybe we should take this leap of faith and go after it? We only live once, why not take full advantage of it?'”. As Bobby said, it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

21 October 2014

Russia Behind the Headlines

http://rbth.com/multimedia/video/2014/10/21/my_life_in_russia_bobby_rome_from_virginia_usa_40757.html

 

Monday, 1 April 2013

About 75 Vehicles Collided on Highway in Southern Virginia in the USA, Three Dead

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On Sunday, citing local police sources, the Associated Press reported that about 75 vehicles collided on a highway in the eastern USA, killing at least three people, and injuring more than 20. The accident occurred in south-western Virginia, near the North Carolina border, around 13.15 EDT (10.15 PDT. 18.15 UTC. 21.15 MSK. 04.15 1 April AEST). Police say that the accident snarled up traffic on the highway for over 13 kilometres (8 miles). Several cars caught fire, but firemen rapidly extinguished the flames. Presumably, the accident was due to severe weather conditions… there was thick fog in the area of the accident. RIA-Novosti reported that emergency crews are on the scene.

1 April 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/2013_04_01/Okolo-75-avtomobilej-stolknulis-na-trasse-na-vostoke-SSHA-troe-pogibshih/

Thursday, 22 November 2012

President Obama Pardons Turkeys as the USA Marks Thanksgiving


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As millions of Americans sit down to turkey dinner today, US President Barack Obama pardoned two birds in an annual White House Thanksgiving ceremony to mark the national holiday. Now, the birds will live at George Washington’s restored Mount Vernon estate. Two 40-pound turkeys, named Cobbler and Gobbler, came from Virginia. Gobbler’s role was to replace Cobbler, should the latter be unable to fulfil his duties. Obama pardoned both birds. Whilst granting his ‘presidential’ pardon, Obama joked about his recent re-election, saying, “You know, they say that life is all about second chances. This November, I couldn’t agree more. So, in the spirit of the season, I have one more gift to give. It goes to a pair of turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler. The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward”. Americans chose the turkeys through an online vote.

According to the White House website, the traditional pardon dates back to President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s son Tad begged his father to write out a presidential pardon for the bird meant to be the main dish in the First Family’s Christmas feast. The young boy argued that the turkey had as much right to live as anyone. However, not all US Presidents followed this tradition. Some didn’t pardon their gift turkeys; they ate them. In November 1963, just four days before his assassination, President John F Kennedy spontaneously spared a turkey. The bird he was presented wore a sign reading, “Good Eatin’, Mr President”. Kennedy responded, “Let’s just keep him”. Since 1989, the tradition was formalised.

The estimated number of turkeys that Americans will eat on Thanksgiving 2012 exceeds 46 million. Some 13 percent of Americans won’t be feasting on turkeys this Thanksgiving season, as they’re dependent of food stamps. Officials say the figure will only increase, given the economic slump and the devastation in the Northeastern USA caused by the recent Hurricane Sandy. According to a new report by the Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit government watchdog group, today, as many as 42.2 million Americans, which equal the population of California and Connecticut combined, are in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). According to the report, SNAP estimates that a meal costs 1.00 to 1.25 USD (31 to 38 Roubles. 0.80 to 1.00 Euros. 0.65 to 0.80 UK Pounds) per person.

The number of Americans dependent on SNAP has increased by 70 percent since 2007. Last year, it involved approximately 44.7 million Americans and cost the US government a record 72 billion USD (2.25 trillion Roubles. 56 billion Euros. 45 billion UK Pounds). Meanwhile, due to past summer’s drought food prices have skyrocketed while supplies remain low. For some low-income families, a turkey for Thanksgiving is an unaffordable luxury.

22 November 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_22/Obama-pardons-turkeys-as-US-marks-Thanksgiving/

Editor’s Note:

The main cause of the increase in SNAP cases is the meltdown caused by Republican deregulation and crackbrained giveaways to the Affluent Effluent (coupled with inordinate spending on unnecessary warfare in foreign parts). Another reason is the “givebacks” demanded by management as they increase their own pay and bonuses (case in point being Hostess, where the management gave themselves an 80 percent pay hike and demanded “concessions” of the workers). Many of those “employed” at Wal-Mart are on SNAP… bear that in mind as you hear fatcat investors bleat about the cost of the ACA. I find that reprehensible and vile. Yet, they’re going to sit down to Thanksgiving Dinner without a care and with the lunatic notion that they’re the oppressed in this nation. If nothing’s done, there’ll be an explosion… and they’ll have no one else to blame but themselves (the same was true in 1917… ponder that).

By the way, the cost of SNAP is only some 10 percent of the bloated war budget. If there are 42.2 million people on SNAP, and the entire programme costs 72 billion USD, that means, if all monies were spent on benefits (and they’re not, for there’s administrative overhead in that figure), each individual on SNAP would receive 1,707 USD (53,300 Roubles. 1,325 Euros. 1,070 UK Pounds) a year, which works out to 142.25 USD (4.440 Roubles. 110 Euros. 90 UK Pounds) a month. That’s not a princely sum; all the bloviating that you hear about “welfare queens” and “welfare Cadillacs” is lies, and what’s more, those who spread such falsehood, do so knowingly. That’s called evil, kids.

The cost to taxpayers is 240 USD (7,500 Roubles. 186 Euros. 150 UK Pounds) a year per person… the US war budget eats up 2,500 USD (78,000 Roubles. 1,941 Euros. 1,566 UK Pounds) per person per year (much of that is kickbacks to corrupt pols and bloated management compensation)… now, can you tell me where the fat in the budget is? It’s NOT in “entitlements!” It’s not quite what the rightwing fanatics are telling you, is it? Reflect on that as you hear such unrepentant greedy cretins as Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity scream about “entitlements”. They spend more than that on their country club dues or on one meal out. Let God see and judge…

BMD 

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