October 21, 2012

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Romney’s Final Debate Prep’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Tuesday, when we’ll see if Romney brought out any of the “Three must-mention points (which) may be the difference between a win and a mandate.”

RIP …

Filed under: Economy,News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:36 am

George McGovern.

The establishment press obits won’t bring this aspect of McGovern’s life up (the linked Associated Press writeup didn’t), so I will:

After he left office, he started a small bed-and-breakfast and hit the regulatory wall he helped create. Later, he wrote, “I wish during the years I was in public office I had this firsthand experience about the difficulties businesspeople face. … We are choking off business opportunity.”

We still are — to a degree far worse than McGovern would have experienced almost three decades ago.

Reno Paper: ‘Fluke Takes Center Stage’ to Speak to ‘About 10 People’ (See Updates)

Saturday evening, via Emerson Marcus and with the Associated Press contributing, the Reno Gazette-Journal, which I hope doesn’t try to describe itself as a family newspaper, published an irony-free a 500-word story (HT to a NewBusters tipster) on an appearance by Sandra Fluke earlier in the day “in front of about 10 people at the Sak ‘N Save in north Reno.” You can’t make this stuff up.

The story is currently the “Most Popular” at the paper’s rgj.com home page. The Gazette-Journal seems to have been determined to hype Fluke’s appearance no matter what so it could take shots at Rush Limbaugh and employ the “s-word” (“slut”) Rush Limbaugh used (and then apologized for having used) to describe Ms. Fluke. It even employed the word in promoting her upcoming appearance in advance in one of two items dated Friday which were apparently meant for Saturday’s print edition.

The first also employed the s-word (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102112)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Soviet propaganda posters show importance of religious freedom

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver, Colorado:

Oct 19, 2012 / 05:43 pm

Some 40 Soviet propaganda posters against Christianity will soon be displayed at Denver’s Catholic cathedral as part of an exhibit dedicated to religious liberty.

“These posters remind us that societies can turn very deadly when you have a kind of radical secularism which manifests in an anti-Christian attitude … you see it in all its ugliness through the lens of these posters,” Father Doug Grandon told CNA Oct. 17.

The posters displayed at the cathedral are part of the collection of Fr. Grandon, parochial vicar at St. Thomas More parish in Centennial, Colo.

The October 1917 revolution in Russia led to the atheistic, communist government of the Soviet Union which hoped to eradicate religion, and in particular the Catholic Church, from its empire.

To do this, the government produced thousands of different propaganda posters which denigrated Christianity and which the Soviet Central Committee described in 1931 as “a powerful tool in the reconstruction of the individual, his ideology, his way of life, his economic activity.”

Between 1919 and 1922, 7.5 million of these posters were distributed in the Soviet Union. As many as 250,000 copies of a given poster could be made in the 1930s. The propaganda posters continued to be made through 1983.

The posters showing the Bolshevik worldview fall into three basic categories: icons of the worker, women, and the enemy. The Soviet government also produced anti-religious cartoons and postcards.

The posters contain such imagery as Lenin sweeping clergy from the earth, hypocritical priests, and Christians as sheep being fleeced by their priests.

A poster from 1965 shows a young woman throwing out her icons while she watches a satellite in space on television. The poster says, “the bright light of science has proven there is no God.”

Fr. Grandon first encountered the posters at a flea market in Moscow in 1999. “When I first saw them I was fascinated by the blatant and ugly attack on religion that the posters represented,” he recalled.

He believes the posters are important for Coloradans to see because they “give us a warning that this could happen again. Where you have a disrespect for the freedom of religion, a rampant kind of secularism, this could happen again.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.