We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The text is in Farsi, which I can't decipher, but the photo is one of the more heartbreaking I've seen in a long long time. I'm guessing that it's a public execution event and the woman on the right, who appears to be very young, is living her last minutes on earth, and the woman on the left, the lovely face distorted in utter grief, is her mom.
What I mean to say is, if Putin wasn't leading Russia to cover and enable A-jad & the Mullah fascisti, this past week would less likely have seen the child in the pic being hung.
The pic is astounding--the blurry unfocused way the soon to be dead human being seems already passing from life, the way mom is desperately touching, holding onto the pale wrist of her living dead child. In emotion it's almost a Christmas Manger scene, only in reverse, in the negative. Not from heaven but from hell.
Mitt's a good solid fella with a tradition of success in gov't and business behind him--in fact for several generations behind him. Known quantity. Good record, good family, good instincts, good handle on the issues. We could do far worse than elect him. I like Fred, too. Rudy, too. But i post this to defend your bete noir.
That nation was built by “Great” and “Terrible” megalomaniacs. How can you change that kind of culture?
Thery've been paranoid since the Mongol Invasions, one could truthfully say.
Then of course Napoleon & Hitler justified the paranoia.
But then again, maybe those two invasions wouldn't have happened had Rus people been less backward & seemingly vulnerable & ripe for conquest--which reasoning circles back to having been paranoid & xenophobic in the first place.
"Self-fulfilling prophecy", that xenophobia thing often is.
I recently had some carpet laying work done by some former Ukrainians. They said they left that place because it’s almost impossible to run a business there without having to pay some thug protection money – but that it’s even worse in Russia. I mentioned that in some relatively backwards places like Columbia vigilante groups like Los Pepes often formed to keep their powerful thugs in check – why didn’t they? But I couldn’t get a clear answer. Russian culture seems to speak pusillanimity to power.
1. Buddy - that is a painful link, whatever the facts.
2. Russia - Crazy country. Always will be. Not our problem anymore, tho.