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Vsia vlast’ Sovetam!

Vsia vlast’ Sovetam!

On the other hand, not everything is a plot against the Republic.

There’s been a lot of nonsense written on the Right about the Soviet posters in White House press secretary Jay Carney’s kitchen. Here’s some now, first from Reason – “Jay Carney, Communist Propaganda Connoisseur:”

White House press secretary and occasional beard grower Jay Carney likes political art. Particularly, he likes Soviet military propaganda.

This fact was accidentally revealed in, of all places, the latest issue of Washingtonian MOM magazine. The journal did a profile on Carney’s wife, Claire Shipman. There’s a lot of fun facts about Carney’s preferred brand of $275 sneakers (Hugo Boss) and how the family’s Portuguese water dog is related to Obama’s (cousins!)… Can you spot the strangest thing about this totally candid picture? Hint: It’s not that each member of the Carney clan eats a pyramid’s worth of food for breakfast.

Rather, it’s the World War II-era Soviet poster pointing over Shipman’s shoulder, which asks if you’ve enlisted in the Red Army yet (because you’re going to get drafted anyway), and the other one beyond the sink, which asks if you’ve gotten a factory job to fill in for your husband (who has probably been shot on the front lines).

And this, from the American Thinker:

The sad fact is that progressives in much of the developed world have a soft spot in their hearts for communism. Yeah, it murdered a hundred million people or more, but you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. And those who were murdered were not very fashionable, for the most part.

The Washingtonian photo is a tell. There is a sickness, a willful blindness toward the crimes of communism because it is so close to the progressive ideology that animates the American Ruling Class. Shipman and Carney are the perfect exemplars of that class. Smart, fit, busy, anxious to make their own lives perfect, and convinced that the price other people pay for their progressive dreams is not worth mentioning or even noticing.

Oh, please. By this standard, I’m a Commie symp myself, since I also have Soviet-era posters adorning the walls of my home; I picked them up in Moscow and Leningrad during my various working trips to the late Soviet Union. Which is where I met my old Time colleague, Jay Carney, who was working in our Moscow bureau while I big-footed in on various occasions for both Time and Time International. I have a splendid poster from 1985 celebrating the top men in the Politburo, with a birthmark-airbrushed Mikhail Gorbachev leading the pack, as well as a suitably martial Soviet military triptych, just awaiting a frame big enough and more wall space. Not to mention various artifacts from the German Democratic Republic, including the piece de resistance, a chunk of the Berlin Wall that I sledgehammered out myself and brought back to the States as a souvenir of the triumph of the West. Know thy enemy, I always say:

Bulgakov's Devil, come to life

Bulgakov’s Devil, come to life

Sometimes a poster is only a poster. Sometimes it’s a warning shot. And sometimes it’s a real pleasure.

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Political power and influence abuser Harry Reid is a money grubbing criminal. So are his 4 sons. The BLM are Brownshirt thugs. The Bundys have the moral high ground or the country has gone mad.
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The 2nd amendment zone was put in place to enforce the 1st amendment zone.
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Michael, you have Communist posters adorning your walls? Why? The chunk of Berlin wall is one thing, but hanging up representations of the brutes who slaughtered millions is creepy. Decorate your house as you wish, but don't ask me to think well of you for it.
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Yeah. That Nazi flag in my living room and the swastika sticker on my car are just memorabilia of that wonderful summer in Dachau. Too bad Jay's son's Che T-shirt was in the wash. I never got to do the Gulag tours like you. Maybe next time one of those regimes kills millions again you and me can travel there, buy some stuff and show our support. Ah. Fun times.
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I'm going to start wearing one of these, to put anyone around me on notice, that we're always in a 1st amendment area... http://designcr51.tumblr.com/post/82875026080/http-teespring-com-1stamendmenarea-amendment
34 weeks ago
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About this so-called gangster government -- I would note that most criminal enterprises are interested in maintaining a facade of legitimacy. I don't believe that can be said of the Obozo regime. Carney and the other clowns in this administration tell ham-fisted lies -- whoppers -- with utter impunity. Apparently they believe the American public is just too stupid. Ditto for the tawdry, obviously fake photoshopped "pics" of Carney's household -- like Obozo sheet shooting -- it is all a fraud. A lie. And when their incompetence displays itself, they don't care -- it's part of their carnival performance.
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You want to know what's creepy? It's not Carney's commie posters, it's displaying a child's severed finger in your bookcase...(thanks to one lousy photoshop. Couldn't they afford a professional? too cheap?)
35 weeks ago
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Can anyone translate the words on the Lenin poster at the end of the article? "Lenin" I got, but the rest....?
BTW,of course, National Socialism and Soviet Leninist-Stalinist Socialism are knuckles on the same bloody fist.
35 weeks ago
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"Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Lenin will live."

It was a bastard child of the Russian Orthodox religion, you see. Complete with the Savior, saints and sacred texts.
Those posters took the place of icons.
They had an advantage, though: They'd mummified their savior and stuffed him in the Mausoleum for the faithful to admire.
Beat that, Catholicism, with your shards of the True Cross!
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There are some super Nazi posters out there too.......gotta get me some.
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"So we identified two areas where the public could safely and conveniently express their opinions without having to go through the codes and ordinance process and apply for permits."

Pretty much says it all. I don't think "free speech" means what they think that it means.
35 weeks ago
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I grew up in USSR, and for me the communist posters and the fascist posters look similarly attractive.
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Walter Duranty always thought them attractive also as did the whole staff of the New York Times.
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There is gonna be a reckoning soon.
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Bureaucrats and trial lawyers have made Legal Precedent and Constitutional Lawfulness 2 absolutely different things. Constitutional Lawfulness is straightforward language that anyone can understand. Legal Precedent needs a bureaucracy of lawyers and administrative law judges to tell the rest of us what "the law" means. Why do I need to get a lawyer and 5 permits before I can bake a pie and sell it?
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