A Conservative Russian Lion With Real Mass Influence – The Painter Ilya Glazunov | Russian Insider

 

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Source: A Conservative Russian Lion With Real Mass Influence – The Painter Ilya Glazunov

While I’m on Russian Insider: an interesting article on an interesting individual!

“In contrast to the values of the marketplace, [Glazunov] calls for placing spiritual and political ideals in first place. He believes that patriotism, service to society and its head, a monarch, are far more important than filthy lucre.”

Two examples of his paintings will illuminate the point. Continue reading “A Conservative Russian Lion With Real Mass Influence – The Painter Ilya Glazunov | Russian Insider”

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R.I.P. Russiagate. Here’s What We Learned | Bloomberg Opinion

 

 

Source: R.I.P. Russiagate. Here’s What We Learned

My apologies for once again inserting a political post into Lent.

But I did say that I’d make exceptions for significant incidents, and I’d say that the conclusion of the Mueller investigation – a two-year muck-raking expedition foisted on the American public square by Democrats and their fellow-travelers on the left side of the political aisle in an attempt to bring down the President, which has now ended without finding any evidence whatsoever of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign – is a significant incident.

“People who pushed the conspiracy theory are already busy telling their audiences that Trump still isn’t out of legal trouble. None of the legalistic niggling, however, will change the basic fact: A thorough, hard-hitting two-year investigation by a team that can’t be accused of being Trump sympathizers has found no proof of a conspiracy that has dominated U.S. airwaves since before Trump got elected. After this, any further political use of Russiagate can, and will, be deflected with an eye-roll.”

The author of this piece clearly has no love for Trump (unsurprisingly, for a Bloomberg contributor), but that makes it even more of an indictment of the Democrats’ absurdity in pursuing this misguided strategy:

“Democrats have clearly shot themselves in the foot. Instead of wasting their time on Russiagate, they could have focused more clearly on issues such as inequality, health care, the opioid epidemic, climate change. They have a chance to run a more meaningful campaign now that Mueller’s done – but the mistake will hang over them just as the Iraq war still hangs over the Republicans.”

It’s interestingly ironic – and it would be amusingly ironic, if not for the huge and lengthy expenditure of time, energy, and cash, not to mention the further polarization of American politics, resulting from this political fishing expedition – that many of the same people who accused (not entirely without justification) the likes of Breitbart and Alex Jones with promoting conspiracy theories have themselves been… promoting a conspiracy theory. “The pot calling the kettle black,” as my mother would have said.

Not cool, kids. Go to your rooms. No supper for you!

Small Beer: Raising a Glass for Freedom | The Imaginative Conservative

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Distributism is the only practical solution to the problem of rampant corporatism and the globalism which is its inevitable consequence. Next time we raise a glass of craft-brewed ale, we should not merely enjoy its flavor, we should also raise a toast to the political and economic freedom that it represents. (essay by Joseph Pearce)

Source: Small Beer: Raising a Glass for Freedom ~ The Imaginative Conservative

It doesn’t take the proverbial rocket-scientist to perceive the perils and pitfalls of socialism. Tens of millions of dead, and untold misery among the living, over the last century provide more than ample reason to view socialism as what it is: a tried-and-failed vision of political economy, a utopian ideal in the worst sense of the word (“utopia” means, literally, “no place” – a vision that is by its very nature impossible to achieve), a shipwreck foundered upon the shoals of its own misunderstanding of human nature.

What is less obvious – especially among many on the conservative side of the political aisle – is that capitalism doesn’t exactly enjoy a shining historical record, either. As a useful ally to Western liberal democracies (back when “liberal” meant something close to its original definition) during the long struggle against totalitarian Communism, being seen as the antithesis to Marxism, capitalism acquired something of a luster that it may not entirely deserve.

While capitalism has not (so far, at least) sent anyone to the gulags, that does not mean its effects have been entirely benign, either.

Continue reading “Small Beer: Raising a Glass for Freedom | The Imaginative Conservative”

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Didn’t try too hard, either…!

And when the Democratic candidates were dropping in the polls, and Republican ones rising, with a caravan of would-be-illegal-immigrants on the way…? I’m sorry, I don’t claim to know the truth behind the mail-bombs – the perpetrator may indeed be mentally deranged, and acting entirely on his own – but the whole thing still seems just way too convenient, to me!

Florida man Cesar Sayoc arrested in “insidious” mail bomb spree as more packages are found – ABC News

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Cesar Sayoc, 56, faces 48 years in prison for the charges, officials said.

Source: Florida man Cesar Sayoc arrested in ‘insidious’ mail bomb spree as more packages are found: LIVE UPDATES – ABC News

In my last posting in this blog, I suggested that the recent spate of mail-bombs looked suspiciously like a false-flag operation by left-wing operatives.

Well, alternatively, it could just be one whacked-out nut-job with a bad attitude and a rap sheet as long as my arm!

I hasten to note that I left myself an “out” by including the caveat, “unless the perpetrator is, in fact, certifiably insane.” It appears well that I did so: within hours after I’d posted my last, law enforcement officials arrested and took into custody a suspect – one should probably say “the” suspect, as they are quite sure they “caught the right guy” – in the mailings. The individual, Cesar Sayoc, 56, appears to be vigorously pro-Trump and anti-Democrat, and as I say a repeat offender:

“Court documents obtained by ABC News show that Sayoc has a long history of criminal charges, including at least eight arrests in Florida alone, ranging from giving false information to get a refund to grand theft auto.”

He was also no stranger to explosive threats, though it remains open to question whether his devices would actually explode. Continue reading “Florida man Cesar Sayoc arrested in “insidious” mail bomb spree as more packages are found – ABC News”

Investigators search for person who sent mail bombs, motive | Associated Press

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Investigators have been searching coast to coast for the culprit and motives behind the bizarre mail bomb plot aimed at critics of the president

Source: Investigators search for person who sent mail bombs, motive

First, before I say anything else, let me be clear about one thing: politically-motivated terror is never acceptable, under any circumstances, and that is exactly what this is regardless of who is responsible or the motives behind it. I condemn in the strongest possible terms any use of terrorism to advance a political agenda.

I particularly abhor the fact that this is happening here, in the United States, where we supposedly have representative, Constitutional government, and the rule of law, and where there is a defined and clearly functional (despite the fact that some people will, inevitably, not like the results) system to bringing about political change in an orderly, rational, and legal way. That system must be defending against lunatics and zealots, alike.

That critical point having been made clear, let’s talk about the current situation. Continue reading “Investigators search for person who sent mail bombs, motive | Associated Press”

I Was A Never Trumper Until Democrats Went Gonzo On Kavanaugh | The Federalist

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As a voter who recognizes the unfortunate realities of our politics, I believe supporting Trump has become the responsible choice.

Source: I Was A Never Trumper Until Democrats Went Gonzo On Kavanaugh

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

For decades, now, the Democratic Party has been moving further and further to the Left, embracing more and more draconian and authoritarian approaches to political correctness, subverting the Constitution to serve its ideological agenda (not that it has a monopoly on that), and branding anyone and everyone who questions it as racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, and downright deplorable… even while proclaiming loudly how tolerant, liberal, compassionate, and committed to diversity and multiculturalism they (the Democrats) are.

Maybe so, as long as that diversity and multiculturalism was sexual and racial. But if it was intellectual or philosophical – particularly if, quelle horreur, it included conservative or traditional views on politics, society, philosophy, morality, or religion – the story was quite different. Still, until recently, they were fairly adept at concealing most of this behind a brocade curtain of liberalism and “love trumps hate.”

[The kind of “love” that hounds opponents and their families out of restaurants, screams profanities, vandalizes buildings and cars, and hits people with everything from eggs to bicycle locks, as it turns out, but I digress…]

That brocade curtain sagged and gapped a bit during the 2016 election, when Hillary Clinton depicted her opponents as a “basket of deplorables” (it had begun to flap open a little in 2008, when Barack Obama described his as “clinging bitterly” to God and guns). But it was ripped open and the ugly and dangerous machinery behind it exposed for all with the eyes to see during the Kavanaugh hearings. Continue reading “I Was A Never Trumper Until Democrats Went Gonzo On Kavanaugh | The Federalist”