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Stalin Rules. Trotsky Drools

Lenin has died from a massive cerebral hemorrhage, leaving a leadership vacuum in the Soviet Union. The heir presumptive has been Leon Trotsky, but as Lenin's health deteriorated Joseph Stalin was made General Secretary of the Politburo. He leaned hard on Georgians to accept Soviet domination... uh... I mean guidance. Trotsky and Lenin wanted the Soviet Union member states to be treated equally, but to Stalin, some states are more equal than others. He forced a merger between Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Lenin has died a little too soon to transfer power to Trotsky, so Trotsky goes for reconciliation. Hey! Can't we all just get along? Apparently not. Most members of the Communist Party are unaware of the conflict within the Politburo, so when Trotsky receives a rousing ovation, Stalin and his cronies are upset. Thus begins a concerted effort to sideline Trotsky. Soon he will be a figurehead. Later, he will be removed from the Politburo and then kicked out of the Party. Years later he will live in exile without influence or power, and eventually he is going to get an ice pick to the head. Stalin never forgets. [1] [2]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
A couple of years ago, I picked up my son's high school textbook and looked up Stalin. There was one sentence about him. One! It said that he was once the leader of the Soviet Union. Nothing about murdering millions. Nothing about threatening the United States with nuclear war. Nothing about virtually wiping out Ukraine by starvation! And nothing about the New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, Walter Duranty, lying his backside off while Ukrainians dropped like flies. In those days news reports tended to favor leftist causes. (They still do.) When the truth about Stalin finally came out, most people ignored it and moved on. Today, I am told that Russia is the source of all evil and we can never work with them. While I'm not ready to kiss Putin, he seems to be reacting to what the USA is doing rather than implementing some nefarious plan to destroy America. I have the feeling that the news media is attempting to mislead the public... again. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

FYI: I actually know someone who has recently lived in Ukraine. She likes Putin. I'm not as enthusiastic as she is, but heck. She knows the area a lot better than I do.

Sterilization: It's the Law Today... not 1924... TODAY

Carrie Buck is a 17-year-old adopted white girl who is treated more like a servant than family, so it was not surprising when she was told to drop out of school to work as a maid. One day a visiting relative forces himself on Carrie and she becomes pregnant. The family is willing to take the baby, but Carrie has to go. They tell Virginia authorities that Carrie is feebleminded, and they can no longer care for her. Her biological mother is already held in an institution for the feebleminded, so Carrie is admitted. No one is interested in verifying the facts. Virginia has recently passed a law allowing forced sterilization of the feebleminded. Carrie fits the profile. They want to take the case to the Supreme Court to lock it in, but don't worry. Carrie will have legal representation. It says so in the law. Well... her lawyer is working hand-in-glove with Virginia. (This is considered unethical, but no one cares.) Her lawyer will be strangely incurious about her school grades. (They were reasonable.) The fact that she is pregnant is proof enough of her promiscuous behavior. (She was raped, but no one asks.) When doctors claim that Carrie's 6-month-old baby is also feebleminded, no one asks how a baby could be tested to determine that. Carrie is being railroaded, and she doesn't know it. In a few years, the Supreme Court will rule 8-to-1 in favor of sterilization. In all that time, no one will bother to explain to Carrie that she is going to be sterilized. They are going to do it, one way or the other. [10] [11]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
IT'S THE LAW! Your Supreme Court has determined that forced sterilization is a state function within the bounds of the Constitution. Just like vaccination! And here's the kicker... that ruling has never been overturned! Are you frightened? You should be. When President Obama appointed a science advisor that once advocated mass sterilization it was a decision with serious potential consequences. These sort of things don't happen by accident. The Scopes Monkey Trial was not an accident. Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus was not an accident. These were contrived events meant to force the issue into the courts. The fact that we like the outcome of the Scopes Monkey Trial and Rosa Parks, makes the process no less contrived. And if such methods can be used in our favor, they can also be used against us as with Carrie Buck. [12] [13]

Notable Births

George H. W. Bush. (Living): President Bush the Elder. [14]
Gloria Vanderbilt. (Living): Heiress and mother of CNN News anchor, Anderson Cooper. [15]
Rod Serling. Host of the Twilight Zone. [16]
Earl Scruggs. Developed the 3-finger picking style of the Bluegrass banjo. [17]
Lauren Bacall Actress and wife of Humphrey Bogart who was old enough to be her father. Bogie, YOU DOG!. [18]

**Note: (Living) means they were alive when I checked on 2017-Jan-4.

In Other News

  • Chariots of Fire! Scottish Christian Eric Liddell refuses to compete at an Olympic event scheduled for Sunday. (The movie is terrific.) [19] [20] [21]
  • No more secret police! After criminal wrongdoing within the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover is put in charge... temporarily. (That will fix it!) [22]
  • Benito Mussolini wins a landslide election in Italy for the fascists. Adolf Hitler is watching closely. [23]

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 1924, Wikipedia.

See Also

References

  1. Vladimir Lenin - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  2. Joseph Stalin - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  3. War ended: Russia withdraws troops from peaceful Syria - Pravda Report. pravdareport.com (2016). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “It is also known that the Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to reduce the group of Russian troops in Syria. As the Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu reported, everything necessary had been already undertaken.”
  4. Pravda - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “In 1996 there was an internal dispute between the owners of Pravda International and some of the Pravda journalists which led to Pravda splitting into different entities. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation acquired the Pravda paper, whilst some of the original Pravda journalists separated to form Russia's first online paper (and the first online English paper) Pravda.ru, which is not connected to the Communist Party.”
  5. USATODAY.com - N.Y. Times urged to rescind 1932 Pulitzer. usatoday30.usatoday.com (2003). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “A 1932 Pulitzer Prize awarded to The New York Times should be revoked, according to a historian hired by the newspaper to review the winning work, which has been questioned for years.”
  6. Walter Duranty - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “Many reporters of Duranty's time slanted their coverage in favour of the Soviet Union.”
  7. Putin congratulates Trump, not Obama, in New Year's statement - CNN.com. cnn.com (December 31, 2016). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump, rather than President Barack Obama, in his annual New Year's greetings statement to foreign heads of state and government.”
  8. Playing the angles: Who wants what in Russian hack battle - CNNPolitics.com (December 30, 2016). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “President Barack Obama and his first secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, entered the White House in 2009 with visions of a 'Russian reset.' But Obama will leave office next month in the midst of a shadowy Cold War-era fever dream, as Washington and Moscow are, once again, beset by accusations of diplomatic chicanery and outright espionage.”
  9. Trump could reset Russia ties in 'grand bargain' with Putin. cnbc.com (December 29, 2016). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “Foreign policy experts suggest that a 'grand bargain' could be negotiated between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which could address the global terror war and resolution of the Syrian conflict. Yet any potential agreement comes amid high tensions between the two countries, as President Barack Obama announced retribution on Russia in response to alleged U.S. election tampering.”
  10. Cohen, Adam. Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck. Penguin Press. “John and Alice Dobbs liked to tell people they had taken Carrie in as an "act of kindness." If that had been their initial motivation, the wellspring of goodwill had long since been depleted. Carrie had always fit in well with the household, and had been working harder than ever since her foster parents decided to take her out of school. Recently, however, there had been trouble. The Dobbses said they could no longer care for their young charge, and they had decided it was time for her to leave.” 
  11. Carrie Buck - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “At 17, Buck became pregnant as a result of being raped.[6] Subsequently, on January 23, 1924, Buck’s foster parents had committed her to the Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded on the grounds of feeblemindedness, incorrigible behavior and promiscuity.”
  12. FrontPage Magazine - Obama's Biggest Radical. archive.frontpagemag.com (February 27, 2009). Retrieved on 21 December 2016. “The trio prescribed a rigidly enforced, government-imposed limit of two children per family. Holdren and the Ehrlichs maintained 'there exists ample authority under which population growth could be regulated.' Hiding behind the passive voice, they note, 'it has been concluded that compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.' (Emphasis added.) To underscore they mean business, they conclude, 'If some individuals contribute to general social deterioration by overproducing children, and if the need is compelling, they can be required by law to exercise reproductive responsibility' (pp. 837-838). Moreover, if the United States government refuses to take proper measures, they authorize the United Nations to take compelling force.”
  13. Alex Shrugged notes: I'm not providing a lot of references, but I did read the entire book, cover to cover: "Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck" by Adam Cohen. His book is quite detailed.
  14. George H. W. Bush - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “Since 2000, Bush is often referred to as 'George H. W. Bush', 'Bush 41', 'Bush the Elder', or 'George Bush Sr.' to distinguish him from his eldest son, George W. Bush, who became the 43rd President of the United States.”
  15. Gloria Vanderbilt - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “She is a member of the Vanderbilt family of New York and the mother of CNN television anchor Anderson Cooper.”
  16. Rod Serling - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science-fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone.”
  17. Earl Scruggs - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style (now called 'Scruggs style') that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music.”
  18. Lauren Bacall - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “Bacall began her career as a model,[3] before making her debut as a leading lady with Humphrey Bogart in the film To Have and Have Not in 1944. She continued in the film noir genre with appearances with Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948), and starred in the romantic comedies How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and Designing Woman (1957) with Gregory Peck.”
  19. Chariots of Fire - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.”
  20. 1924 Summer Olympics - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016.
  21. Eric Liddell - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 1 December 2016. “At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Liddell refused to run in the heats for his favoured 100 metres because they were held on a Sunday. Instead he competed in the 400 metres held on a weekday, a race that he won. He returned to China in 1925 to serve as a missionary teacher. Aside from two furloughs in Scotland, he remained in China until his death in a Japanese civilian internment camp in 1945.”
  22. Weiner, Tim. Enemies, Enemies: a History of the FBI, Random House. 9781400067480. ISBN 9781400067480. “On May 10, Harlan Fiske Stone summoned J. Edgar Hoover, second in command of the lawless Bureau. Still seven months shy of thirty, his hair slicked back, thick neck straining at his tight shirt collar, Hoover looked up at Stone, who stood a head taller at six foot four. Stone looked down, with steely eyes under thick gray brows. He told Hoover that he was on trial.” 
  23. Italian general election, 1924 - Wikipedia (2016). Retrieved on 4 January 2017. “General elections were held in Italy on 6 April 1924.[1] They were held under the Acerbo Law, which stated that the party with the largest share of the votes would automatically receive two-thirds of the seats in Parliament as long as they received over 25% of the vote.[2] The National List of Benito Mussolini (an alliance with Liberals and Conservatives) used intimidation tactics,[2] resulting in a landslide victory and a subsequent two-thirds majority.”

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