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26
May
11

Ratko Mladic Captured

He was living in Serbia, of course. In case you don’t know who Mladic is, he’s the guy who did this. Nothing they can do to him will really amount to justice.

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26
Jan
11

Communist Joke of the Day

Two Party apparatchiks meet at Chernenko’s funeral.

“How did you get in?” one asks.

“I was sent a personal invitation. How about you?”

“Oh, I’ve got season tickets.”

01
Jan
11

Quote of the Day

Guantanamo is but one example of Obama’s fondness for the grand gesture and the glib dismissal of everything his predecessor did without a plan for dealing with the thorny issues behind them.

26
Dec
10

Communist Joke of the Day

Q: What were Brezhnev’s last words?

A: “Leave the plug alone, Yuri.”

 

22
Dec
10

… And You Thought Hugo Chavez Was the Communist Joke of the Day!

Q: What are the key components of the Soviet space program?

A: German technology, Czech uranium, and a Russian dog.

Laika, in memoriam.

20
May
10

Quick Hits

  • Just in case you forgot. Or didn’t know in the first place.
  • This is one of the better academic smack-downs I’ve seen recently. I thought the original article was kind of breathless, and Berlinksi’s response to Radosh’s criticism is pretty weak. On the other hand, I think it’s undeniable that former communists and their fellow-travelers haven’t faced the sort of opprobrium former Nazis (rightfully) endured, and I’m generally sickened by public displays of reverence or affection for figures like Lenin or Che by people who really ought to know better. Then again, as Radosh writes:

… the world Left continued to argue that there was an essential difference between Communism and Nazism: the former supposedly emerged from Enlightenment philosophy and a well-meaning search for a more humanitarian and equal social order for the people of the world; the latter emerged from volkish ideology, espousal of war as a philosophy, and the espousal of evil and extermination of the Jewish people as a necessary basis for a new Aryan order. [emphasis added]

  • RIP Dio:

Also, like CJ, I offer my apologies for the lack of posts in recent weeks. Thesis proposals, seminar papers, massive amounts of Russian to translate, and looking for summer housing on the other side of the country have eaten up most of my time lately.

27
Apr
10

In Former Soviet Country, Bill Ratifies You!

By way of our friends at the Oregon Commentator comes this video of the Ukrainian Parliament “discussing” extending the country’s lease to a Russian naval base. Discussing, as in “throwing eggs and smoke bombs.”

God, it looks like a senior-edition of Wild and Krazy Kids. Remember when people were mortified that what’s-his-face-Republican-guy shouted “You lie!” at Obama?

P.S. On a tangentially related note, Dick Cheney recently said in an interview that telling Patrick Leahy to “go fuck yourself” on the floor of the Senate was “sort of the best thing I ever did.” Keep on rockin’ in the free world, Mr. Cheney. Say what you will about the man, but you have to kind of respect his unrestrained chutzpah.

P.P.S. It’s a tradition among my roommates to announce “Dick Cheney shot a man in the face” at random moments, to keep alive the knowledge that, once upon a time, the vice president of the United States of America shot his friend in the face with a shotgun … and then his friend apologize for getting in the way of his birdshot.