"This is NOT America here!"

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"This is NOT America here! Putin will teach you how to love the Motherland!", yelled the uniformed Cossack thugs as they beat and whipped various members of that strange group known as Pussy Riot in the streets of Sochi. No shit, Sherlock!!!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFrZfluKDrc&t=174s

 

On one hand, I gotta hand it to those post-Commie cunts for having the sheer BALLS (irony of ironies) to confront their society in a way they see fit. Also, that has to be the best band name I can think of in recent memory, although it's hard to describe the anti-Bolshevik bitches as a band; performance artists would be a better term for them. Although their stunts are pretty harmless in the grand scheme of things, they nonetheless are mercilessly beaten, jailed, and generally harassed by the authorities. Being a former punk rocker myself (and still am in many ways), I can certainly relate to cops wanting to beat you because you're trying to be FREE and live in a FREE COUNTRY.

 

However, the more I read about them, the more I thought about where do you draw the line? It all started a couple of years ago, when those seemingly lawless labias performed one of their "shows" in a Moscow church, which got them an all-expenses paid trip to one of Moscow's grim pokeys; judging from the carnage and destruction, they clearly went too far:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grEBLskpDWQ

 

Little-known fact: The Russian Orthodox Church survived for decades under harsh and seemingly atheistic Communism by essentially acting as a network of informers for the government, so it makes perfect sense that someone like Putin would be so close to them, and vice-versa. It seems that times haven't changed, and Russia is still Russia. Eastern Europe seems to be the last bastion of dickheaded macho-hood left in the world, so I'll continue to watch and enjoy the fun.

 

I thought that Putin handled the situation adroitly:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgaYag-XjTQ

 

As Putin pointed out, when someone's protest activities, or any other ones for that matter, start to infringe on the rights and freedoms of others, that's where the line is drawn. Before the church incident, Pussy Riot hosted a "dick riot" in the form of a very, very public group sex session in a museum. That was one of many, many stunts they pulled with impunity before they finally were arrested for their church "gig".

 

Anyway, the comment "This is NOT America here!" reminded me of countless occasions when someone's rights here are violated or perceived as being violated; "This is NOT Russia!" The way things are going, a supremely ironic and tragic black comedy is being played out on a grand scale. The United States will become the equivalent of the USSR, and Russia will take the place of the U.S. as being the defender of the free world. So far they're becoming neck and neck, as the U.S. becomes more and more of a repressive police state.

Comments

Ryan Messano Added Jul 8, 2018 - 7:14pm
Very true, Putin was a far better leader than every last Democrat in America since Billy Jeff could ever dream of being.  
Michael B. Added Jul 8, 2018 - 7:26pm
Yeah, I gotta hand it to rootin' tootin' Putin; the dude is clearly not an idiot. Can't say that I'm a Putin-watcher, or any other politician on this planet for that matter, but from what I've seen, he seems to have a firm grip on things, but then again, dictators usually do, lol.
Leroy Added Jul 8, 2018 - 9:58pm
Interesting article, Michael. 
 
It took being an expat in Communist China to realize what a police state the US has become.  And, I have seen the inside of a police station in China before, more than once.  I was called in to help resolve a conflict between two Chinese women which resulted in blood being let.  One would think there would be no tolerance for such violence in a communist country.  The police didn't put them in jail.  They didn't even put the mother of one of them in jail who tried to beat the other woman with an umbrella.  She said to the police, "Go ahead and put me in jail!"  The police responded, "We don't have a place for you, little woman."  The mother absolutely stalked the girl and threatened her later on.  The police wouldn't get involved. The police did their best to calm them down and to help them reach a settlement.  Money is the typical way of settling things in China.  Rather than just throwing people in jail, the police actually try to resolve conflicts.  This was in China's most populous city.  In the US, we just throw people in jail and let the lawyers figure it out.  China is less of a police state than the US.
Leroy Added Jul 8, 2018 - 10:16pm
I met this black musician performing in Shanghai at a party.  I asked him how he liked Shanghai.  I will never forget his response: "I like it just fine.  The police almost never search me."
Michael B. Added Jul 8, 2018 - 10:39pm
Yes Leroy, it is increasingly disturbing how it's getting easier and easier to be charged with something, or nothing at all, and be handcuffed and/or thrown in jail. If we're more repressive than the Red Chinese, that's far from being a good sign. It doesn't take much to get intense police attention these days, depending on where one is. For example, I had two co-workers and two friends that went to Indiana for different reasons and in different places several years apart. Both of them were pulled over and interrogated by cops merely for not being from around there. Oh, and all of these guys are white.
 
On the way back from work the other day, I saw three different people being arrested in the span of about 15 minutes. I look at the arrest log of the local police fairly often, and I've noticed that arrests I've personally seen were not reported. Strange. And, it seems that about half of the arrests are for various warrants, which could be anything from drug trafficking to parking tickets. I routinely see vehicles and pedestrians pulled over and having their vehicles and possessions being rifled through by cops. The rise in animosity and outright hatred of the police and the apparent increase in people killing cops obviously has them rattled. Unfortunately, that only perpetuates the cycle.
Flying Junior Added Jul 9, 2018 - 1:59am
Heavy shit, Michael. I hope to get back to you.
Stone-Eater Added Jul 9, 2018 - 4:20am
Good one !
The Burghal Hidage Added Jul 9, 2018 - 5:16am
Punk is not dead! We need more Pussy Riots!
The Burghal Hidage Added Jul 9, 2018 - 5:20am
Pigs, Michael. Lets call them what they are. Not cops. Pigs
Leroy Added Jul 9, 2018 - 5:49am
If you don't return your library books, they will haul you away in cuffs.
Leroy Added Jul 9, 2018 - 6:15am
A few weeks ago, I get this nasty letter from the DMV saying it couldn't verify my insurance and I would be fined $20 a day until the situation was remedied.  They were kind enough to wait 15 days before sending me the letter.  If I didn't take care of it immediately, I would lose my license and would be charged a hefty fee to reinstate the license.  It caused a panic.  It seemed a little draconian to me.  As it turned out, my insurance company missed the last digit of the VIN that it supplied to the DMV--two years ago.  I just received my new insurance card.  It is still missing the last digit.  I'll likely go through the same thing next year.  It was no big deal.  It took a few days to take care of it.  I didn't drive my car over the weekend.
 
But, just think of the person who got caught up in life and missed a payment or an elderly person with medical issues or a poor person who couldn't make the payment for insurance in time.  It would cost them a minimum of $400 and possibly cause them to lose days at work, and, if they drove and happened to get pulled over, then a lawyer might be involved, plus at least a day off to go to court before a judge.   They might even lose their job.
 
In general, we are becoming more bitchy as a society.  There is no civility, starting with our government.  Every time you turn around, it is trying to nail you with something.   As the public pension crisis gets worst and the local and state governments become more desperate for money, it will only get worse.  It will look at the least infraction as an excuse to levy a fine against you.  Speed traps will become more common.  And, to top it off, your chances for being sued over something trivial is greater than ever.  We have created a system run by lawyers for the benefit of lawyers.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Jul 9, 2018 - 6:56am
starting with our government.  Every time you turn around, it is trying to nail you with something.
 
How's that whole "they hate us for our freedoms" GWB was selling thing working out for ya? Hmm? 
 
Michael B. Added Jul 9, 2018 - 9:02am
Thank you all for your valuable comments! I'll try to get back when I can!
The Burghal Hidage Added Jul 9, 2018 - 10:03am
He's must have found new hunting grounds gang! School is out of session. Maybe we'll find him at the local municipal pool
The Burghal Hidage Added Jul 9, 2018 - 10:04am
Blessed are the fornicators for they shall be fruitful and multiply
The Burghal Hidage Added Jul 9, 2018 - 10:06am
Wait for it....Ryan will be on here momentarily to remind us that this produces bad fruit. Never mind all the rotten flesh and sour pits begat from the marriage bed
Leroy Added Jul 9, 2018 - 10:53am
Oh!  TBH, you are tempting the authorities.
The Burghal Hidage Added Jul 9, 2018 - 11:00am
Which authorities? I am about free speech, no matter how outrageous.  The fundamentalist and the hedonist have more common interest than they know. While they fail to respect each others' peaceful coexistence they are divided against a common foe that would take either or both of their liberties by fiat
Dino Manalis Added Jul 9, 2018 - 3:41pm
 We must all maintain law and order to prevent chaos and a refugee crisis!
Ric Wells Added Jul 9, 2018 - 6:09pm
Michael depending on who you are or what you represent America has always been a police state of one kind or another. It's just more prevalent now with the advent of instant communication.
Pardero Added Jul 9, 2018 - 8:27pm
Michael,
I very much regret watching part of a video of Pussy Riot 'performance art' that featured a dead chicken and a woman in a supermarket. I lost any small sympathy that I had for the troupe. 
I was initially appalled by the Cossack beatdown, but in retrospect, it wasn't far from being perfectly appropriate. I do believe that the authorities are too harsh with Femen, whose activities seem rather benign, in comparison.
James Travil Added Jul 9, 2018 - 10:51pm
Pardero I've read elsewhere that Pussy Riot is funded and directed by western (as in from the United States) intelligence agencies for the purpose of causing civil disturbance in Russia. It's not hard to believe seeing videos like that. 
Kurt Bresler Added Jul 9, 2018 - 11:01pm
>>>"On one hand, I gotta hand it to those post-Commie cunts for having the sheer BALLS (irony of ironies) to confront their society in a way they see fit. " 
  Obviously, these women had contacts in Government, which they made as their band progressed over the years, Even from the Name , Pussy Riot, it is clear that attention getting at any expense was the MO.  Men are pushovers when a woman pulls out that vagina.  That's how battles between Men and Women are decided.. Which one has a Vagina? Oh Okay  She wins automatically.
Michael B. Added Jul 11, 2018 - 12:25am
@ TBH, Leroy, and Captain Gilbert - Brethren! You guys are among the reasons I stay here, lol!
Michael B. Added Jul 11, 2018 - 12:25am
@ Dino - As per usual, STFU, Dino, lol.
Michael B. Added Jul 11, 2018 - 12:26am
@ Ric Wells - True, that.
Michael B. Added Jul 11, 2018 - 12:26am
@ Pardero - Yes, Pussy Riot aroused numerous conflicted thoughts and emotions with me. It's something that I've been confronted with here and there: How much is too much, lol.
Michael B. Added Jul 11, 2018 - 12:26am
@ Kurt B. - Hmmm...OK! LOL
Pardero Added Jul 11, 2018 - 1:12am
James Travil,
I was not aware of Pussy Riot's funding, but Femen's funding seems to be the usual suspects.
 
I recall reading something about the CIA promoting modern art, in an effort to belittle the Soviet Union, which could not compete in that arena. 
 
I really wish that we could move past such devious machinations. 
 
I saw talk of 'banning' people on another thread. Can we all agree that the CIA should be banned, if only for inflicting modern art on us?
James Travil Added Jul 11, 2018 - 1:55am
Lol, much agreed Pardero! 
Luther Wu Added Jul 11, 2018 - 7:21am
What's that Pardero? Not into "Piss Christ"?
Pardero Added Jul 11, 2018 - 7:33am
LOL
Ward Tipton Added Jul 13, 2018 - 11:07pm
Russia has the Motherland, Germany has the Fatherland ... and we are stuck with the Homeland Homies ...