Do These Comments Apply to the US in the 21st Century

Just some interesting thoughts that have been attributed to Lenin — how many seem applicable in the 21st century?


The aim of socialism is not only to abolish the present division of mankind into small states and all-national isolation, not only to bring the nations closer to each other, but also to merge them.
The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its currency.
No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.
Destroy the family, you destroy the country.
…the concentration of capital and the growth of their turnover is radically challenging the significance of the banks. Scattered capitalists are transformed into a single collective capitalist. When carrying the current accounts of a few capitalists, the banks, as it were, transact a purely technical and exclusively auxiliary operation. When, however, these operations grow to enormous dimensions we find that a handful of monopolists control all the operations, both commercial and industrial, of capitalist society. They can, by means of their banking connections.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin quotes (Questionable): 
A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.
Only an armed people can be the real bulwark of popular liberty.
The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.
All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all.
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.
It would be the greatest mistake, certainly, to think that concessions mean peace. Nothing of the kind. Concessions are nothing but a new form of war.
While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State.
One of the basic conditions for the victory of socialism is the arming of the workers (Communist) and the disarming of the bourgeoisie (the middle class).
…first ascertain exactly the position of the various capitalists, then control them, influence them by restricting or enlarging, facilitating or hindering their credits, and finally they can entirely determine their fate.
Ideological talk and phrase mongering about political liberties should be disposed with; all that is just mere chatter and phrase mongering. We should get away from those phrases.
We do not have time to play at “oppositions” at “conferences.” We will keep our political opponents… whether open or disguised as “nonparty,” in prison.
The bourgeoisie is many times stronger than we. To give it the weapon of freedom of the press is to ease the enemy’s cause, to help the class enemy. We do not desire to end in suicide, so we will not do this.

Racial Slur and Racism Claims – Is it an Excuse to Behave Badly

I’ve blogged about the racial slur and racist claims people – often liberals and democrats – make about others. Now – let me start by saying this is not an endorsement of any of Lindsay Lohan’s behavior, but this article reminds me of the racism claims.

None of these people behaved appropriately last night. But Mitchell came up to Lohan and “got in her space” – afterward she admitted that Lohan and everyone else was very drunk. Lindsay told her to back off and may have mumbled “f**king Gypsy” as she walked away. The Mitchell’s friends called Lindsay a whore – supposedly provoked by Lindsay calling her a Gypsy.

I admit that I know very little about Gypsy’s, Travellers, psychics etc – but I do know that the typical term I’ve always heard is Gypsy. However, I’ve heard some things about, people formerly known as Gypsies, wanting to be called Travellers. It obviously isn’t politically correct – but I think of people who ramble, travel and frequently moved from one area to another – that is the definition of a Gypsy to me. Hmmm….

But here is the point of this post – do you feel that people resort to claiming others are racist or said something racist in order to excuse  their own bad behavior? I mean, how many of us remember years of being called names we didn’t like, being treated in ways we didn’t like, being made fun of for things we couldn’t change – and on and on. While I didn’t like the way these people acted toward me – that didn’t make them racist or sexist. In a country where you have and enjoy freedom of speech – these are things that will happen. When you deal with people who don’t think or don’t care how their words and actions will affect others, these things will happen. But – that does NOT make them racist – and it does not give you the right to assault them.

This is an excerpt from a TMZ article about one of Lindsay Lohan’s misadventures last night. Not sure what it says about a person with the money or resources to get in legal troubles on the west and the east coast in the same night…

TMZ spoke with Tiffany Mitchell — a well-known psychic who was at the club Avenue with a friend Wednesday night when Lohan walked in.  

Tiffany tells us … she had a premonition about Lohan and approached her inside the club to offer her a free reading … but Lohan turned her down saying, “Give me my space.”

As she walked away, Tiffany’s friend says she heard Lohan call her a “f**king Gypsy” … and it set her off. 

We’re told the friend went ballistic — unloading a bunch of insults back at Lohan … calling her a “whore” and telling her “Liz & Dick sucked.”

At that point, Lohan lost her cool and socked the psychic in the eye … and all hell broke loose inside the club. Lohan was eventually arrested for assault. 

Tiffany’s husband tells TMZ, “We are not Gypsies. That has nothing to do with our religion … it was a racist comment.”

So – what do you think??

Another question — Do you think that maybe the “racist” problem is in the mind of groups who perceive certain words as being derogatory? For example the claim that certain words are “racist code words”. And the thing that drives me really crazy, is that people of the same race or nationality can call one another by these “code words” but when a person of another race or nationality uses the words – its racist. Seems to me that the problem may be in the perception not by the person saying the words…..

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I couldn’t resist the irony of a picture with Lindsay Lohan leaving an Adele concert featured in Global Gypsy Chic –

Prepare Students for Real Life

I’ve heard a couple of variations of this story, but it makes awesome points about real life. I appreciated the comment about “feel good, politically correct teachings” not preparing kids for reality — so true….

Bill Gates recently gave a Commencement speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes; learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this – Thank a teacher!
If you are reading it in English – Thank a Marine!!