Like Crimea, ‘Trump is Ours,’ Russian products proclaim and other neglected Russian stories

A Russian sugar manufacturer celebrated the election of Donald Trump the next president of the United States of America by putting his likeness on their products (Image: social media)

A Russian sugar manufacturer celebrated the election of Donald Trump the next president of the United States of America by putting his likeness on their products (Image: social media) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

The flood of news stories from a country as large, diverse and strange as the Russian Federation often appears to be is far too large for anyone to keep up with. But there needs to be a way to mark those which can’t be discussed in detail but which are too indicative of broader developments to ignore.

Consequently, Windows on Eurasia presents a selection of 13 of these other and typically neglected stories at the end of each week. This is the 65th such compilation. It is only suggestive and far from complete – indeed, once again, one could have put out such a listing every day — but perhaps one or more of these stories will prove of broader interest.

1. For Russians, Putin Fills the Role of Trump and Brexit Taken Together, Lukyanov Says

Fyodor Lukyanov, a leading Russian foreign policy specialist, says the anti-government populist wave sweeping the West would come to Russia as well were it not for the fact that Vladimir Putin fills the role of “Trump and Brexit combined.” Thus, Russians support him even though they distrust or even hate their government in general.

But Putin did not get all good news this week. Some commentators criticized him for his selective approach to sending New Year’s greetings to foreign leaders, and many said they were disappointed in his message to the Russian people in advance of the holiday.

Other writers suggested that under Putin, Russia had become a zero sum game, one in which what’s good for Putin is bad for Russia because of all the harm he has done to the economy and to Russia’s standing with decent people around the world. And the Kremlin leader may have been unhappy with two other reports this week: one showing that paranoid projection is the proper basis for understanding Putin and Putinism and a second finding that when Russians turn to Yandex and search under the letter “p” they are not prompted to look at materials about Putin.

2. Like Crimea, ‘Trump is Ours,’ Russian Products Proclaim

At a time when Russian officials are being anything but graceful about the retirement of President Barack Obama and are openly celebrating the coming to power of Donald Trump, ordinary Russians are being encouraged to think positively about Trump with Russian manufacturers labeling some of their products “Trump is Ours,” an analogy to the “Crimea is Ours” meme of the past several years.

That Trump may really be Russia’s is suggested by a former Soviet intelligence officer who says that Moscow has been cultivating the New York developer since his fist visit to the USSR in 1987.

3. Tidal Wave of Bad Russian Laws Keeps On Coming

The Duma has been issuing ever more laws, almost all of which are intended to tighten the screws on the Russian people and which have been made worse by the tendency of Russian officials to ignore restrictions on their actions and view the letter of the law only as the basis for yet more repressive actions on their own. The next few months promises to bring still more such laws.

The Moscow Patriarchate wants the Duma to impose fines for cursing in public, and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) wants prison terms imposed on anyone who compares the Soviet system to the Nazis. Regional legislators are following suit. In Chechnya, they want to make it a crime for anyone who ignores civic new year’s celebrations, something many devout Muslims think they should do.

Officials are using these new laws to limit the rights of Russians even further than the State Duma at least ostensibly has yet been prepared to go. A court in Karelia has confirmed the dismissal of a local editor for news reports officials didn’t like, saying that doing so was not in her job description; and a yoga enthusiast has reported that, in Putin’s Russia, engaging in that exercise program can land one in prison.

4. Communists Issue a Pin-Up Style Calendar about 1917

Published in Russia: A "revolutionary" erotic pin-up calendar in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Communist Revolution of 1917 that brought the deaths of millions of people in Russia and abroad. (Image: sfw.so)

Published in Russia: A “revolutionary” erotic pin-up calendar in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Communist Revolution of 1917 that brought the deaths of millions of people in Russia and abroad. (Image: sfw.so)

The war about the past in Russia heated up over the holidays with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) putting out a calendar in pin-up style about the 1917 Revolution, part of the communist effort to attract more young people to their cause.

Meanwhile, Moscow’s focus on the past created some problems for Russia’s current rulers: Some Russian recalled the democratic traditions of Novgorod which Muscovy destroyed, others took up the cudgels over just what the country’s coat of arms should look like, and activists in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) called for the opening of a Stalin Center there to balance or ultimately overwhelm and put out of business the Yeltsin Center in Yekatrinburg, and Chechens remembered a man who fought the Russian advance into the Caucasus in the 19th century.

Perhaps the best summation of what is going on in this and other sectors of Russian life came from Igor Yakovenko who pointed out that 2016 was the year that “the true and the good” disappeared from Russian media and Russian public life.

5. Russians Forced to Eat and Dream Less in 2017

The continuing problems of the Russian economy mean, commentators say, that Russians will have to eat, drink and dream less in the year ahead. Others say that Russians have already adapted themselves to this new if unfortunate reality, at least in part because they’ve had so much practice:

  • According to one study, the Russian state has been robbing the Russian people for 350 years and there is no reason to expect any change soon. Mikhail Delyagin points out that in Russia today, the rich continue to get richer and the poor poorer, a trend highlighted in these days by the opening of a casino in Sochi, the site of Putin’s much-ballyhooed all-Russian Olympic project, that only the rich can afford to go to.
  • Meanwhile, the Russian state budget shows that the government is spending far more on paying its bureaucrats than for health care and education for the population, and Moscow’s cutbacks in transfer payments to regions and localities mean that the center has “legalized” poverty at the local level.
  • Suggestions that NGOs should be recruited to help fill the gap left by the exit of the state from social services have been denounced as “a form of capitulation” by the state and are receiving support, although some NGOs are trying to help fill the gap. Social problems are multiplying at least in part because of economic problems.
  • In Belgorod, one of the most ethnic Russian regions of the country, two out of every three marriages now ends in divorce and birthrates are plummeting, and despite the fact that Vladimir Putin has proclaimed 2017 the year of the environment, Muscovites are suffering from the release of a poisonous gas during the holidays.

6. Stalinist Institutions Making a Comeback

While a debate rages on whether Russia is a dictatorship, some of the most notorious Stalinist institutions are making a comeback: forced labor centers opened in four regions of Russia at the end of the year, a bill has been introduced in the Duma to restore collective farms, regional governments are moving to control the print media by centralizing control over printing, and, the most disturbing step of all, officials in Daghestan are setting up special children’s homes for the offspring of militants, thus restoring the so-called “detdomy” of Soviet times which produced Mankurt-like officials prepared to suppress their own peoples.

Two other reports may signal that the future is only going to get worse in this regard:

  • A communist commentator said that Putin’s formation of his personal “national guard” is the most important event of the last year because it will allow him to attack those who should be attacked.
  • Sergey Markov, someone close to the powers that be who has ties to many in the West as well, declared that “it is sometimes necessary to punish the innocent” supposedly in the name of some higher purpose.

7. Vodka – Foundation of Russian Statehood

Putin-brand vodka, priced at USD $2-$4 per bottle

Putin-brand vodka, priced at USD $2-$4 per bottle

The Russian state, a Kyiv newspaper says, rests on vodka and the propensity of the Russian population to consume enormous amounts of vodka. On the one hand, excise taxes on vodka provide the government with enormous sums of money for the state budget. On the other, over-consumption of alcohol keeps the Russians from challenging the regime and makes them easier to rule.

8. Moscow Patriarchate Takes Lead in Compiling Enemies Lists

The Moscow Patriarchate has taken the lead in compiling and distributing lists of Russophobes via its media outlets, according to Russian journalists, a pattern that is sparking complaints about this kind of obscurantism and the way it can lead to heightened social tensions and more repression. Unfortunately, such “enemies lists” are encouraging some of the worst elements in the church, including calls for canonizing Rasputin and, from one priest, calls to take revenge against the Jews for all of Russia’s problems.

9. 109 Bodies from First Post-Soviet Chechen War Returned Home

Twenty years after the end of the first post-Soviet Chechen war, Russian officials have finally returned 109 Chechens who were abducted and killed in that conflict. Unfortunately, the condition of the bodies is such that only two have been identified and returned to their families; the rest will go in mass graves.

10. Kazan-Moscow Power-Sharing Treaty Should Be Extended and Copied by All Other Federal Subjects, Shevchenko Says

This year, the power-sharing agreement between Tatarstan and the Russian Federation is up for renewal. Tatarstan is the only republic to still have such an arrangement with Moscow. Russian commentator Maksim Shevchenko says that it should not only be extended but should become the model of similar accords between Moscow and each of the other federal subjects as well.

11. Tortures and Deaths Continue Unabated in Russian Prisons

Stalin’s dictum that one person’s death is a tragedy but a million deaths is a statistic continues to apply in Russia. Numerous commentators this week focused on the issue of where a single prisoner, Ildar Dadin, was being kept. They devoted much less attention to the reality that in the last year, at least 99 prisoners died while in Russian penal institutions and to the even sadder one that tortures continue and may even be increasing in prisons holding Muslims from the North Caucasus.

12. Russia has Lower Share of World’s GDP Now than It Did in 1922

All of Soviet and post-Soviet efforts to expand the economy there have been in vain: the Russian economy today is smaller as a percentage of the world’s GDP than it was at the end of the Russian Civil War of 1917-1922, a reality that calls into question all the sacrifices the peoples of that country have been forced to undergo.

Meanwhile, Aleksey Shiropayev, a Russian commentator, has pointed out something even more disturbing. He writes this week that the country has not managed to resolve any of the tasks that the Russian Provisional Government set in February 1917 and does not appear on course to do so anytime soon.

13. ‘Bio-Trash’ Among New Terms that Define Russia Today

Whatever the guardians of culture think, language is a living thing, which both reflects and informs how people respond to the world around them. This past year, Russians have begun using many new terms, like “Brexit” and “Trumpampam” but perhaps the most unfortunate is one that appears likely to survive long after those disappear is “bio-trash,” a term many Russians are now using to describe those young people who are driven to suicide.

 

And six more from countries near Russia:

14. Nero had Nothing on Turkmenistan’s President

Roman emperor Nero famously sang while Rome burned. Now, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, who many see as having failed to develop his country even as he promotes an ever more elaborate personality cult, has composed songs and sung them to his nation.

15. Armenian and Azerbaijani Losses Mounted in 2016

The Karabakh conflict may be a “frozen” one for international observers, but it is still costing the lives of people on both sides of the fragile ceasefire line. During 2016, Armenian forces suffered 165 deaths, while Azerbaijani ones lost 147. Over the last 14 years, Caspian Defense reports, Azerbaijan has had more than 1000 combat deaths.

16. Belarus Now has Its Own Oil Field

Belarusian officials announced that they have discovered oil, but international experts say the field is quite small and is unlikely to affect Minsk’s dependence on oil from Russia.

17. Ukraine Making Enormous Progress in De-Sovietization Effort

Over the last 12 months, the Ukrainian authorities pulled down 2389 Soviet monuments, including 1320 devoted to Lenin alone, renamed 987 cities and towns and more than 50,000 streets. Vinnytsia, Kharkiv and Kyiv oblasts were the leaders in this process. Even more significantly, Ukraine made progress in reorienting its trade away from Russia and CIS states toward Europe and the West.

18. Minsk Process Dead, Moscow Analyst Says

The Minsk process in which so many in the West have placed so much confidence is dead and will not lead to the resolution of the conflict in Ukraine, according to a Moscow analyst writing in Vzglyad. Two other reports this week suggest just how far the Russian invaders are from wanting or being able to make peace: According to the first, Russian commanders have had to keep their subordinates confined to base in the Donbas lest they be attacked by the population if they go outside. And according to the second, one of the Russian force commanders said that he had used an order Stalin issued in 1941 as the basis for his killing Ukrainians over the last three years.

19. Choosing When to Mark New Years and Christmas Dangerous in Russian-Occupied Portions of Ukraine

People living in the Russian-occupied portions of Ukraine must celebrate the winter holidays according to the Russian Orthodox calendar which is two weeks behind the Western one or face problems with their current rulers.

 

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  • Terry Washington

    Does this mean that Trump has been secretly suborned by the KGB and its successor the FSB? The old acronym for Soviet intelligence recruiters is “MICE”( Money, Ideology, Compromise , Ego). Trump’s a billionaire so money can NOT be the reason, neither can ideology- which leaves compromise and ego!

    • Turtler

      “Does this mean that Trump has been secretly suborned by the KGB and
      its successor the FSB?”

      Probably not consciously. After all, while the Soviets would make a loud cheer about people they liked overtly (such as George Wallace), the people they actually had bought or pledged fealty from in government they kept out of the spotlight at almost all times. Take for instance Alger Hiss, who we know was one due to Venona and which caused a fair amount of consternation among the Soviets but without them making much in the way of an announcement.

      While I realize the FSB is probably not as competent or terrible as the “Golden Age” KGB or other Chekist incarnations, I do not think they are nearly stupid enough to leak one of their assets in such a pointless way.

      Of course, that leaves the possibility he’s not a puppet but a useful fool. He certainly has ties to Russia and has butt kissed the Kremlin in public a bit (again, not usually the actions of an outright spy but certainly a worrying case for someone who might appease him).

      “The old acronym for Soviet intelligence is “MICE”( Money, Ideology, Compromise , Ego). Trump’s a billionaire so money can NOT be the reason, neither can ideology- which leaves compromise and ego!”

      Point of order: we actually don’t know Trump is a billionaire for sure, because (as the public brouhahah’d) he did not release his tax returns. Sure, he’s CLAIMED he is one, but we know he can speak out of both sides of his mouth (not unlike his two Democrat opponents). The fact that the IRS hasn’t bent him over is an indication that the tax return release wasn’t due to anything illegal. So chances are it would undercut his “Super Rich!” Claims.

      But yeah, I on the whole believe. Trump even more than money is driven by Ego. And I imagine if Putin has half a whit of sense that is what he would play on.

      The danger for the Kremlin is that ego is also what I figure would lead to conflict between Trump and the Kremlin, precisely because Putin likes pants’ing American Presidents but Trump is not likely to just take an affront lying down.

      • WisconsinUSA

        The Soviets said they liked George Wallace. That is news to me. Where did you source that from turtle ?The FSB today is more competent than the KGB of old. Case being the FSB runs Russia today. Bernie Sanders did not speak out of both sides of his mouth, there you go again turtle. Donald Trump suffers from a severe form of narcissism.

        • Turtler

          “The Soviets said they liked George Wallace. That is news to me.

          Where did you source that from turtle ?”

          *Facepalms self.* I mistook my Wallaces.

          When “George Wallace” the segregationist Southern Governor, I meant George A. Wallace the Left-among-Progressisves Democrat Vice President. Mea Culpa.

          And as for my sources, here’s just one. https://books.google.com/books?id=oOaJCpyZFW8C&pg=PA120&lpg=PA120&dq=Soviet+statements+wallace&source=bl&ots=kdYbxSWuzE&sig=G-ZCcvdPgPTyy44fWzzchxgpOXU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiBurnZ7bDRAhUm8IMKHYymCl4Q6AEIKjAD#v=onepage&q=Soviet%20statements%20wallace&f=false

          It isn’t hard to check.

          “The FSB today is more competent than the KGB of old.”

          And you know this how? Have you bothered researching their history or checking out their operations?

          Much less talk to a couple people who you can guess are probably-not-necessarily-certainly-but-you-can-read-between-the-lines- FSB?

          “Case being the FSB runs Russia today. ”

          No, they quite blatantly do not. Putin may be from their lineage, but that does not mean Putin is their slave. Just the opposite. As this *very site* shows.

          The FSB got into a conflict with Putin’s Chechen vassal, Kadyrov. And as a result Putin sided with *Kadyrov* and has been progressively neutering the FSB.

          http://euromaidanpress.com/2015/03/14/putin-disappeared-to-avoid-conflict-between-fsb-and-kadyrov-forces-belkovsky-says/

          http://euromaidanpress.com/2016/06/12/new-round-of-game-of-thrones-in-the-russian-special-services/

          Or are those just more “Fake News” for you?

          “Bernie Sanders did not speak out of both sides of his mouth, there you go again
          turtle.”

          Yes, he did.

          What do you call claiming to be a “democratic socialist” and singing the praises of places like the Scandanavian Monarchies (which objected to his classification of them as Democratic Socialists by the way), but ACTUALLY going to profoundly *UNdemocratic socialist totalitarian dictatorships? Regimes that actually killed real democratic socialists by the thousand?

          Such as Castro’s Cuba, Sandinista Nicaragua, and the Soviet Union, each time putting money into the hands of a thoroughly repressive and murderous regime and its’ secret police, and each time giving legitimacy and vocal support for them?

          For Christ’s Sake, he even went to the Sandista equivalent of the Nuremberg Rallies. But I suppose Trump is really really bad mkay?

          • Eolone

            Turtler, thank you for your introductory note.

            I think you mean Henry A. Wallace, of the Progressive Party, who ran against Truman in 1948, due in part to Truman’s hard-line stance against the Soviets.

          • Turtler

            Thanks.

            And yeah, Is crewed up there and had to do it. And that’s what I get for burning the midnight oil so hard, I make stupid screwups like that.

          • WisconsinUSA

            Wrong,you’re wrong again turtle. The man’s name is Henry WALLACE turtle not GEORGE. We’re you homeschooled ?

          • Turtler

            “Wrong,you’re wrong again turtle. The man’s name is Henry WALLACE turtle not GEORGE”

            Yes, for once you are right. The issue is I ADMITTED THAT. Unlike you, who has been insisting that CNN is “fake News” for contradicting your claim that the Benghazi attack lasted less than an hour rather than under one.

            Did you not read my corrections on the previous two comments? Were you literally that stupid?

            “When (I wrote) “George Wallace” the segregationist Southern Governor, I meant George A. Wallace the Left-among-Progressisves Democrat Vice President. Mea Culpa.”

            “And yeah, I screwed up there”

            So CONGRATS. You managed to correct me *HOURS AFTER I CORRECTED MYSELF. TWICE.* Aren’t you impressive?

            So impressive you have forgotten my key point. That my description of what the Soviets did with Wallace is accurate.

            ” We’re you homeschooled ?”

            And here we get back to the incredibly bigoted, and utterly uninformed prejudice against the homeschooled.

            And for the record: No I am not.

    • Brent

      COPRECTION: Drumpf CLAIMS he is a billionaire…how does anyone actually know? Most of those buildings with his names on them are ‘licensed’ to use his name and not actually owned by him.

      https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-06-16/just-how-rich-is-donald-trump-exactly-

      http://www.redstate.com/leon_h_wolf/2016/01/22/every-bank-wall-street-owns-donald-trump/

      How many ACTUAL BILLIONAIRES could not get loans from U.S. banks due to bankrupcies?

      http://time.com/4433880/donald-trump-ties-to-russia/

      • Quartermaster

        The ability to license his name is part of his paper wealth. How much, I can’t say.

    • zorbatheturk

      Trump is simply a fool.

  • Rafael Hernandez

    I got cancer from reading this horsesнiт

    • Oknemfrod

      Nah, you’ve just misascribed the source of your pain. It’s a cancer therapy session to treat what you’ve developed from watching Russian TV. In this case, your cancer treatment comes in the form of the truth, so you shouldn’t be surprised that it hurts.

      • Rafael Hernandez

        Lol, the amount of lies and shит Euromaidan just wrote here is just ridicoulous. However I give them credit for brainwashing so many people, or person with several accouts. I would even say that Euromaidan is more biased than Ukraine today, and that does say the least

        • Oknemfrod

          Cancer therapy, by its very nature, must be biased to eliminate the malignant cells and preserve the healthy ones. You’re complaining that your medicine is bitter and calling your doctors names; but let me remind you that nobody has forced you to come here for treatment. Evidently, it hasn’t worked thus far, but take heart: First, you came here with stage IV, and second, it’s not unusual for a patient to feel worse before he starts feeling better and, hopefully, is eventually cured, so I wish you a recovery as speedy as your condition allows.

        • Brent

          Is little walnut brained Ralphie scared of some competition in the “Lying and Sh*t” propaganda THAT A FAKE NORWEGIAN LIKE RALPHIE likes to spread???

          Don’t worry, you’re still as stoooopid as you were when the Kremlin posted you to troll on Ukraine Today….

    • Brent

      Ralphie “The Walnut brained fake Norwegian” is still trolling for the Kremlin on his new assignment at Euromaidan Press……I’ve got some advice for you, that cancer you think you’ve got is actually your cranium and not a polyp……

    • zorbatheturk

      RuSSians ARE a cancer. They are a cancer with gangrene.

  • Eolone

    New here, but I know many of the commenters, including the trolls, who were on Ukraine Today and other Ukrainian sites.

    It is fallacious to believe that since Trump is a billionaire he is not motivated to increase his wealth through the presidency. It is a false as to say Putin is not interested in wealth and power.

    From the start, I expect Trump to fall on his face. He has amassed a dysfunctional cabinet and staff; and he will treat them like contestants on his Apprentice show. Those in his administration to flock out the door because, well, as often said, to spend more time with their family.

    Holy St. Stalin! Kirill wants to canonize Rasputin! Kirill will have a gold St. Rasputin watch to commemorate the canonization.

    • Eolone

      “those in his administration will flock out…”

    • Turtler

      “It is fallacious to believe that since Trump is a billionaire he is
      not motivated to increase his wealth through the presidency. ”

      Agreed. I don’t think that his primary interest (for the same as Clinton and Sanders) since I think the Ego Drive is strong with him, but I certainly would not say he would be adverse to it.

      “It is a false as to say Putin is not interested in wealth and power.”

      Agreed.

      “From the start, I expect Trump to fall on his face. ”

      Well, there’s only so hard you can fall on your face as POTUS out the gate. The one main exception I can think of (short of a drongo like William Henry Harrison who died ASAP) would be someone like Andrew Johnson who was basically powerless in the face of a post-Civil War Congress. Even people who I personally think were deeply unsuccessful rarely did.

      “He has amassed a dysfunctional cabinet and staff; ”

      Eh, we’ll see. I’d be interested in hearing what you think, though I honestly disagree. Especially given their credentials, and how one might also call the likes of Lincoln or FDR’s cabinet “dysfunctional” on the face of it.

      “and he will treat them like contestants on his Apprentice show. ”

      I doubt it. Because if there is one thing I know about the Apprentice, it was a piece of showmanship. For entertainment. Trump is a natural showman (like a prima donna) but I doubt he doesn’t realize there is a difference. I’d expect he’d treat them more like the executives he meets with for his companies behind closed doors.

      Especially since The Apprentice candidates were all looking for a job. His picks have already been given one. That is a fairly significant difference.

      That might not be a good thing, but I do think it’s a mistake to not keep it in mind.

      “Those in his administration to flock out the door because, well, as often said, to spend more time with their family.”

      We’ll certainly see, one way or another.

      “Holy St. Stalin! Kirill wants to canonize Rasputin!”

      Honestly, of all the things I have heard the KGB Patriarkh do, this probably rates as one of the less ludicrous. Not to say I * agree* with it or think it’s that becoming to grant it to a heterodox sex fiend, but I can understand.

      Especially when you realize that the Moscow Patriarch has tended to glorify those who put “Russia First” or who were nationalists, and Rasputin was one. He also wanted to get the Monarchy to pull out of WWI more or less regardless of the terms, which led to his enemies at court and one British agent shooting him in the head and then demonizing him wellllll beyond what he deserved.

      (In particular in terms of how hard it took to kill him).

      So I am not that surprised or radically offended. Now, the white washing of STALIN on the other hand…..

      • Eolone

        Put down adviser James Woolsey as the first to leave Trump. Then, watch for the infighting within the administration and even with Republicans in Congress.

        • Brent

          What have you got against Linda McMahon, wife of WWE founder Vince McMahon? Or Rick Perry, who wanted to get rid of the Department of Energy in the 2012 Primaries, and is now picked to head it????….if only he could remember its name……or Scott Priutt running the EPA???

          If there was a Department of Culinary Services, I’m sure Drumpf would have nominated Jeffrey Dahmer…

    • Quartermaster

      We don’t know what will happen in Trump’s administration. It is unlikely to be as bad Obama’s. Your judgment of Trump’s appointees as dysfunctional is some of the worst speculation that anyone has posted.

      • Eolone

        Bannon: “What we need to do is bitch-slap the Republican Party.”

        Priebus, re: Trump’s treatment of women: “All these stories that come out – and they come out every couple weeks – people just don’t care.”

        Ben Carson: “I’ve advocated a proportional tax system. You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You make $10, you pay one. And everybody gets treated the same way.” — But, of course, they don’t.

        Tom Price, of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a fringe conservative group.

        Robert F. Kennedy, anti-vaccine alarmist.

        Rex Tillerson: Putin is not a war criminal. Tillerson, to question after question, needed more material to know what happened. Russian bombing in Syria. Needs more time and material to answer that.

        DeVos: charter school activist taking over Education Dept. AFT assessment: The sum total of her involvement has been spending her family’s wealth
        in an effort to dismantle public education in Michigan. Every American
        should be concerned that she would impose her reckless and extreme
        ideology on the nation.

        But you get the idea. It’s in line with Trump knowing more than the generals about ISIS.

        I’ve advocated a
        proportional tax system. You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You
        make $10, you pay one. And everybody gets treated the same way.
        Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bencarson714254.html
        I’ve advocated a
        proportional tax system. You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You
        make $10, you pay one. And everybody gets treated the same way.
        Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bencarson714254.html
        I’ve advocated a
        proportional tax system. You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You
        make $10, you pay one. And everybody gets treated the same way.
        Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bencarson714254.html

        • Quartermaster

          None of what you listed gives me any reason to change what I said.

  • veth

    The people in Donbass complain that the food the Russian deliver as aid, is of very low quality and over the expiration date..hahaha

    • WisconsinUSA

      Solyent Green perhaps.

      • Forewarned

        Recycled “bio-trash” maybe?

  • zorbatheturk

    RuSSiya: the world’s largest open-air lunatic asylum.

  • zorbatheturk

    The Fascist Republik of Vodka.