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Russia through a different prism

There seems to be little question Russian President Vladimir Putin may be "eager to stick a finger in the eye of the United States", as Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) characterized the Russian leader during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" -- when discussing Edward Snowden's prolonged stopover in Moscow.

That said, as even veteran foreign policy journalist Arnaud deBorchgrave reminded me, the United States was quick to take advantage of Russia's relative impotence after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. Indeed, it seems eons ago when Boris Yeltsin was the Russian President!

Of course, the Russians feel they've been unfairly portrayed in Western media.

A chap I know at the Voice of Russia forwarded me this rebuttal of the typical portrayal of Putin's Russia...


One factoid in this article I checked against different sources: The United States DID appear to have the highest divorce rate of any nation, although, by one measure of "crude" divorce rates, Russia's neighbor Belarus had an even higher rate (along with the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, for some inexplicable reason). But in one ranking of countries in 2012, Russia shot to the top. The Caribbean island of Aruba also ranks high, but it's technically not a sovereign, independent nation, but under the Dutch Crown. Ranking countries is further complicated by the nature of the calculations: "Crude" divorce rate vs. "refined" divorce rate vs. divorce:marriage ratio.

Posted at 6:32am on June 27, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Thu, Jun 27, 2013 7:12am
No head of state is more eager to stick his finger in the eye of the U.S. than Barack Hussein Obama. In addition, Obama sticks his middle finger in the faces of the American people and tells us "FU".

At least Putin gives the appearance of defending his own country as opposed to selling it up the river, and seems to make no apologies for it. Obama treats America like it's an embarrassment, when in fact HE's the embarrassment.

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Thu, Jun 27, 2013 7:23am
But Mr. Pizza, how do you square that with the Christian admonition, "Turn the other cheek"?

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 7:33am
What does that have to do with anything? I'm not seeking revenge - I just want the assault on America stopped.

While I'm on the subject of American traitors, I should also cite the liberals on the Supreme Court, particularly Ruth Buzzi-Ginsberg. As far as I'm concerned, they should all be deported to Zimbabwe!

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 7:54am
Zimbabwe: Poor human rights record. Authoritarian leader. Sounds like your kind of place, Pizza.

Once again, the wing-nuts feel entitled to decide who gets to stay in the country and who doesn't - and their criterion is agreement with their extreme and bigoted opinions.

Now that the fight for gay equality is over, Pizza and his ilk are going to keep complaining about it for the next several decades (just like abortion) but they are going to have find a new out-group to hate. Not enough people hate gays any more - even more, not enough care about this any more. So, whom can the Westboro types try to stir up hatred against now? Crazies need hate to get juiced up.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 8:12am
The Russian journalist in that article sounds exactly like our Western ones...both defending the president (propaganda) rather than acting as a "gatekeeper" to keep those in power in check.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 8:42am
Earl: Keeping power in check is what whistle blowers do. But you don't approve of whistle blowers. Very strange.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 9:56am
dude, never said I was against whistleblowers...just whistleblowers who then go on to make deals with our enemies. From what I have read, so far Snowden has not released state secrets...if he does then he is indeed a traitor.

The whistleblowers & journalists/reporters have to work together if the truth is to be revealed to the public.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 12:06pm
One has to be really careful with the definitions here. A whistleblower who does great good, but then must flee for his life to escape the "evil" that will kill him for exposing his past bosses as hypocrites, liars, or malicious thugs, cannot be held liable for leaks that occur in his attempt to save his life.

Esample: If you turn me into your enemy, then I would certainly tell my "new" friends who are helping me to fight you, anything I know of value.

The onus of responsibility falls upon the U.S. Government. It violated the Constitution (the Fourth Amendment) on all its citizens. I know tyranny is a big word, but "illegal search" would rank very high up there in justifying the use of that word, one would think... Somehow one who is fighting tyranny against the American people, is not fighting the American People. He is instead fighting evil.

Therefore it is the current US Government that must bear the responsibility. If I'm walking down Shipley Road, and someone comes up behind me, hits me in the back of the head, and tries to take my wallet, so I shoot that person dead, blaming me as the criminal and portraying the attacker as the victim, is in error. Yet, that is exactly the course plotted by this administration to paint Snowden as an outlaw... The actions of the government, in this case, the violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, should rank as the crime of outrage... not the response meeting the threat.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 12:54pm
kavips is so PC! How likely is anyone to get mugged on a nice residential street in the 'burbs? But he can't bring himself to admit that most street crime happens in the city and minorities are disproportionately involved.

Earl: Who are "our enemies"? Anybody the government says? Anybody who gets information Obama - who promised an open administration - wants to keep secret? Politicians mention "enemies" and think they can get away with whatever they want. Like corporate types say "job creation" and think they can get whatever they want. And people like you fall for it.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 1:23pm
bill: People like me? I trust very little what Big Govt. or Big Business says. Usually whatever they say...the opposite is the truth.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 1:43pm
Agreed, Earl. But that would make guys like Snowden and Assange heroes.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 5:14pm
BillS asks: "How likely is anyone to get mugged on a nice residential street in the 'burbs?"

Good question. Let's ask Trayvon Martin's dad.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 5:31pm
Kavips: I expected more logic from you. One exceptional occurrence in Florida. Compared to common occurrences in the inner city - happening multiple times on any given day.

Besides, the trial isn't over yet. Here you are assuming Trayvon did not provoke the incident. Trayvon is innocent because he belongs to an oppressed minority. Obama is great because he (half) belongs to an oppressed minority, although he personally never experienced oppression. The reverse bigotry of the politically correct at work.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 9:02pm
billsmith: Please accept my apologies for having not included you in the group of traitors I think should be deported to Zimbabwe. Can I buy your one-way plane ticket for you?

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 9:36am
Pizza, apparently your definition of a "traitor" is anybody who disagrees with you. It can't be anyone critical of the government because you take the prize in hating the government and hating people in office.

But if you have $750,000 for me to invest in Canada, I would qualify to immigrate and be happy to move. I really don't like being in a country dominated by ignorant, hate-filled, social and religious bigots bent on turning the country into a fascist state.

It is people like you who have betrayed the principles on which this country was founded - and on which Christianity was based, for that matter. It is people like you who have made the world hate the US, and I agree with the world.

For the record, I doubt anybody in the LGBT community has any interest in using the same restroom as you. There's always a chance what you have is catching.

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 6:56pm
billsmith: So you'll trade one fascist country for another fascist country? Seems like a waste of $750,000 to me!

Fri, Jun 28, 2013 7:37pm
Pizza: Which fascist countries are you talking about? The US is not yet a fascist country, although people like you are working on that.

Sat, Jun 29, 2013 10:16am
Wrong again, Bill. We're already there, thanks to Obama.

Sat, Jun 29, 2013 11:36pm
Actually, you are there because of Republicans and Conservatives... Get your facts straight...

Sat, Jun 29, 2013 11:45pm
With Trayvon it is a pretty good assumption that Trayvon did not provoke it. He went to get a bag of skittles and was talking to his girlfriend. On the other hand, in calls to the police, Zimmerman was using pejorative language, broke 911's order to stay in his car, pulled out a gun, executed Trayvon, and then beat himself up and invented the arguement that he was under attack. It was obvious, he was out to kill black people, Men women children.. he didn't care. He just wanted a dead black body so he could gloat. As well as those who put up his 1 million bail... They just lover themselves some dead black people. The more, the merrier... Sorry as bad as that sounds.. that's southern people for you, Especially in THAT town.

So yes. BillS.. Obviously Zimmerman needs to be killed himself and it should be done execution style... with gloating cheers from around the world...

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 2:17am
kavips: So if Republicans are the problem, then show me some hard data that proves it. No, I don't mean one of your corny explanations. Send me a link to some real data (not from a tabloid publication) that shows you're absolutely correct.

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 6:12am
kavips: I am having a hard time deciding whether you or Pizza is the worst racist. Now you are rabid for the death penalty - with "gloating cheers." You are as big a fascist as he is. He hates Blacks. You hate Whites. Not much difference between you two. You are both intolerant.
Are you a Black racist or a self-loathing, guilt-ridden, PC White?

Pizza: Facts? Not from a tabloid? You? You have not posted a documented fact here yet, and nothing that didn't come from some right-wing blog. And when you can't be bothered to do that, you lie. Right-wingers have zero integrity. You will say anything. Like your heroes Nixon, McCarthy, Atwater and the script writers who put words in Retard Ronnie's mouth. Jesus hates you.

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 9:38am
Thanks, Bill.

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 4:24pm
BillS... Ahem.. Pizza is the worst racist. There. Glad to have been a help.. :)

And Mr. Pizza. No amount of evidence is going to persuade you that Republicans aren't the curse of America. The problem is you; not our elucidation of all facts. It does very little good to dredge up the entire past election cycle because you weren't paying any attention, to prove the point, that point being that Republicans totally destroyed America under the term of George W. Bush, and are the roadblock still holding up progress making it better. If there were zero Republicans, we'd be growing at 5% GDP right now...

Your asking for proof, is very similar to a 3 year old child challenging his parents that the world is round... There is plenty of proof but you dismiss it because it makes you look very bad because you made the wrong choice to believe the opposite.

You are responsible for bringing yourself up to speed with the rest of the world; that is not our responsibility....

Everyone by now should know that had Democrats won in 2000, none of the bad events over the past decade could have taken place... if you have specific questions, we will be enjoy answering them to show you we are right and you are not.

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 4:31pm
Not to play into BillS hands here, but... the reason America is the highest divorce nation ... is because we are a Christian nation.

Our citizens have a perfect model of what a spouse should be, that no man or woman can live up to that bar.

So we divorce them; sit at home by ourselves, and order in Pizza.

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 6:58pm
Kavips: So you blame God for America's problems?

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 7:40pm
Pizza, I don't know about him but I blame true believers like you.

Sun, Jun 30, 2013 9:32pm
No, Mr. Pizza.. But keep in mind. God is in charge of everything.

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