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Occupy Wall Street. Photo Ilya Galak

Q: Why do leftists wear condoms on their ears?
A: They’re afraid of getting Hearing Aides.

Here is just a few that stick out for me.

45 Declared Goals

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
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Most of these have already happened..

This is a pro-Bolshevik view of the 1917 revolution :The Tsar, the Priest and the Rich Man on the Shoulders of the Labouring People, coloured lithograph by A. Apsit, 1918.

Here is a photograph depicting a street protest:

It is 1917 a granddaughter of Decabrist (old revolutionary – see ‘”Decabrist Conspiracy” below) sits at her home and suddenly hears about unrest on the street. She asks her aid Anushka to go and check what is happening.

When Anushka comes back she gladly proclaims: “Lady, there is a revolution!!!!”

Lady: “Oh that is great, my grandfather wanted a revolution! What do they want? What do they desire to change?”

Anushka proclaims in happy and excited voice :”Lady, they want to get rid of the Czar, and they want to get rid of all these rich people, so there is going to be no more of them!!!!”

Lady becomes really sad and utters: “That is disappointing, my grandfather dreamed to make sure that there are no more poor people”

America, 2011

America, 2011

Marcus Santos for Daily News. The ranks of the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park show no sign of shrinking.

Decabrist Conspiracy

Huge parts of Siberia’s history are associated with the Decabrists. In December 1825, Russia’s metropolis St. Petersburg had an incredible revolt organized by parts of the aristocracy and army against the autocracy of the czar and against peonage. In November 1825 czar Alexander I suddenly died. Till the coronation of the new czar Nikolaj I a vacuum of political power developed. His older brother cut out the throne. At the day of coronation the rebels wanted to use this vacuum to bring down Nikolajs I. Ideas of the French revolution influenced many Russians to change the antiquated Russian circumstances. Before, these revolutionaries fought against Napoleon and pursued him to France, where they got in contact with the ideas of the French revolution. Within the Russian elite different secret alliances had been founded with the aim to bring down the czar, abolish peonage and change the country into a republic. On December, 14th, they put their plans into action and went down in history as Decabrists, named after “dekabr” (English – December). Unfortunately the revolt was organized very bad. The czar was already informed when a group of 2000 men met. His guards were ready to surround the rebels.

In the afternoon the revolt had been put down bloodily and many people had been arrested. The revolt of the Decabrists was the first revolutionary movement in Russia. Czar Nikolaj I had no mercy with them. It was a revolt with far-reaching political demands, so Nikolaj had to show his power. A number of 579 persons were called to account as relatives of the nasty society, 131 were judged by the court of St. Petersburg. Five leaders of the movement – Kondratij Ryleev, Pavel Pestel’, Sergej Murav’ev-Apostel, Michail Bestueev-Rjumin and Petr Kachovskij – were executed. Some death sentences were changed into forced labor. 121 members had to go to Siberia. At the same time a law was decided, that said women of exiles are regarded as widows. They could marry again without divorce. But eleven wives, among them two French women, followed their husbands to Siberia and annoyed the czar once more. These women became the real heroines of history, because they put up with loss of their state and possession.

Beyond, they had to accept that their children, born in Siberia, are serfs of the state of Russia. In 1826, deportation took place. Silver mines of Nercinsk and Akataj east of lake Baikal were the first destination for the Decabrists. The following year they were transfer to the prison of the fortress Cita, where they influenced the planning of the city very strongly. The next stop was Petrovskij Zavod. Countless petitions and obedience to warders in prison resulted in the possibility to have a certain influence on the choice of the exile. Usually they wanted to go to Irkutsk and its neighborhood. Prince Sergej Trubeckoj (1790-1860) was one of the founders of the first secret alliance “union of rescue”. He was one of the thinkers of the revolt and at the same time author of the manifest of the Decabrists. If the revolt would have been successful he should have been temporarily the leader of the state. His death sentence was changed into forced labor for life, because he didn’t take part in any armed conflict. His wife Ekatarina Trubeckaja (1800-1854) followed her husband as the first of all wives. After 20 years in different cities and mines they got the permission to move to Irkutsk. Prince Sergej Volkonskij (1788-1865) descended from an old Russian nobility. At first he also should have been killed, but later he was amnestied to 20 years of forced labor. His wife Maria Volkonskaja (1805-1863) was the granddaughter of the scientist Michail Lomonosov. She followed her husband against the will of her family. Between these two families a close friendship developed. It was forbidden for exiles to join public life. That’s why they took the public life home. Their houses became centers of high standing in the society of Irkutsk. They organized meetings, readings, concerts and theatrical performances.Thirty years later, Czar Alexander I amnestied the Decabrists in 1856. Sixteen of Nineteen Decabrists, who were still alive returned to European Russia. But admittance to Moscow and St. Petersburg was refused to them by Alexander I. The Decabrists became the epitome of the spirit of freedom towards czaristic absolutism.

“Occupy Wall Street”: A  list we all can agree upon…

Photo and comments by Ilya Galak

Yes, unfortunately this is a revolution as a result of total government corruption

Politicians to be sold to the special interest groups. No doubt. Big Oil, Big Labor, Big Pharma, Big $$$ - almost all the politicians represent them first.

Absolutely. Be a President. Start to work for the people, not for the special interest groups only. I understand, you need the Soros, GE, Goldman Sachs, Unions money. But we THE PEOPLE still can vote. Stop campaigning and ask the people what to do. I also understand that you are a college professor. You know how to talk, not how to listen. But....

Yes, these are very important issues. And.... a long way to go

"Obama called on Americans to have more grandchildren. Probably so there's more of them to pay off our debt" - JAY LENO

Eric Holder. Shame on You. AGREE!!!!!

If this kid is thinking about the Federal Reserve Bank or too much government - I am with him

Everything today is a Ponzi Scheme. But somebody always pay. In our case - the taxpayers and our children and grandchildren

I have no idea what does it mean, but looks cool

I just love people and.... money. But people I love more. Money simply can make the life better. Of course, if it is hard earned money. "Easy money" never make people happy

Truth hurts. How can we argue with that?

Bear market. I do not know what is this, but definitely not the Milton Friedman's type of market. We do not have a capitalism today. We do not have a free market. We have a very strange and dangerous mutant

US Constitution. The best document ever. Unfortunately almost all our politicians did not read it or simply ignore. They like green paper and the power much more

Really far from the New Deal

Please ask president Obama and president Bush. Make more sense

Absolutely. The first issue of the Tea Party movement in 2009 - against banks bail-outs

This is true. But... if you do not want to play with your money on Wall Street - do not play. Use traditional IRA or similar programs, like I do. I am in private business, I do not have the huge retirement plans like municipal workers. Just be conservative ...

Absolutely! This is the main source for all our problems. People must "occupy" Washington, and that may fix all the "Wall Street" problems

Me too... But our politicians like them very much. Our politicians need their money. Big Oil, Big Labor, Big Pharma, Big $$$ are always welcome in Washington

Bloomberg must protect the Wall Street. You may not like to hear that, but 20% of the NYC income is coming from there. Again - try to "'occupy" Washington. And the Wall Street will be fixed automatically

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' Ronald Reagan

Me too... But I think I know

Agree. Let's keep the corporation's CEO and union leaders out of the political process. That may help a lot

100% agree. But not only the rich. And not 90%. Many people simply do not understand the basic economy. Tax me 90% - I will close the business, lay-off employees and start to look for a government job. Why do I need the headache, work 24/7 in order to feed a Big Government. Guys, let's be fare! And smart! 50% of the American people do not pay taxes at all. More - they get government assistance (read - taxpayers money). Welfare, Medicaid, food stamps... Let them also pay their "Fare Share". Equal opportunities, not an equal salaries. If , god forbid, you are disable or a senior citizen - this is a different story. But the young healthy people must work . By the way - job is the best and easiest way to get money from the rich

And I am with you. We are not politicians. we do not have to kiss anybody else's ass in order to get re-elected

I wish.... I wish to have a Government for the People. Read US Constitution

100% agree. That is exactly what our founder - fathers wanted

Correct. Ronald Reagan said: "Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem."

Not only "financial" criminals. All the criminals!!! "Political" criminals also

I am happy some of the people understand that Obama is the huge part of the "corporate greed". I would say - the major part. Remember that in 2012. Vote for the people, not for the corrupted career politicians. 9-9-9

Old Russian Joke

It is 1917 a granddaughter of Decabrist (old revolutionary in Russia, 1825) sits at her home and suddenly hears about unrest on the street. She asks her aid Anushka to go and check what is happening.

When Anushka comes back she gladly proclaims: “Lady, there is a revolution!!!!”

Lady: “Oh that is great, my grandfather wanted a revolution! What do they want? What do they desire to change?”

Anushka proclaims in happy and excited voice :”Lady, they want to get rid of the Czar, and they want to get rid of all these rich people, so there is going to be no more of them!!!!”

Lady becomes really sad and utters: “That is disappointing, my grandfather dreamed to make sure that there are no more poor people”

Back to 1992. To the NY Times Editor:

I strongly disagree with Andrew Schotter in “Improve Capitalism. Use Some Socialism” (Op-Ed, Feb. 29). He calls for more socialism to deal with poverty and health care problems. Mr. Schotter gives us an excellent example of a mother of four, stating that “the economic battle for her is probably lost.”

I think Mr. Schotter does not know what real poverty is. I lived for 35 years in Russia, where my next door neighbor was Anna Uskov, a mother of six children, who lost her husband in World War II. The family lived in a single room with a kitchen shared with four other tenants, no water supply and no bathroom.

Most of the time the kids were hungry, and they ran barefoot in the snow because their mother was unable to provide shoes for them. When the oldest daughter married, for years she slept with her husband and two small children in the same bed. There was no welfare for that family because the fathers of socialism Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels decreed, “If you do not work, you do not eat.”

The streets of our suburb were infested by crime, yet all the children in my neighbor’s family became good and decent citizens. The mother worked hard as a janitor, and in the most important corner of their tiny apartment hung a traditional Russian icon, the symbol of God. The love and strong belief in moral norms, not Government programs, gave them the key to success.

In no country in the world has socialism, even in small portions, made people happy. Not in Russia and not in Sweden, which has the highest rate of suicides in the world. Our problem is not that we don’t have enough socialism; it is that we have too much of it.

The way socialism works is this: By distributing the wealth, it does not make all the people rich. It makes all the people poor.

JEFF MANEVICH Cliffside Park, N.J., Feb 29, 1992

Kids have a good time

Photo: Ilya Galak

From Wikipedia:

Main Street is the metonym for a generic street name (and often the official name) of the primary retail street of a village, town, or small city in many parts of the world. It is usually a focal point for shops and retailers in the central business district, and is most often used in reference to retailing and socializing.

In the general sense, the term “Main Street” refers to a place of traditional values.
From Wikipedia:

In the North American media, “Main Street,” or the interests of everyday working-class people and small business owners, is sometimes contrasted with “Wall Street” (in the United States) or “Bay Street” (in Canada), symbolizing the interests of corporate capitalism.

Main Street was an extremely popular term during the economic crises in 2008 and 2009: the proposed bailout of U.S. financial system, the 2008 presidential campaign, and debates.

Photo: Ilya Galak, Citizens Magazine

“Occupy Wall Street” Has an Anti-Semitism Problem

As Abe Greenwald of Commentary Contentions bluntly states:

A quick sampling of the anti-Semitism on display among the Occupy Wall Street set yields the flamboyant and aggressive protester who yells,“You’re a bum, Jew” at his yarmulke-wearing interlocutor; the conspiracy theorist  who laments that “Jewish money controls American politics,” and warns the Russians not to let the Jews take over Russia too; and  the self-described Nazi with the swastika tattoo who regrets that America has been handed over to “other people.” Ah, people power.

The Jew-hatred among protesters and sympathizers is diverse and unapologetic. It is, in fact, atmospheric. Tune in randomly to live television coverage of the spectacle and you’ll see—as I did—placards scapegoating Israel, Zionism, or “Hitler’s bankers.”  Check out the continuous flurry of protest-supporting tweets and blog posts, and you’ll get more of the same.

Does anyone recall how hard the media worked to portray the Tea Party as bigoted? The false accusations of racial slurs, the cropped photograph of the gun-wielding Tea Partier—who turned out to be black, the tortured racial interpretation of the Tea Party’s desire to “take the country back”?

Despite the press’s efforts there would be no denying that in the 2010 midterm elections the Tea Party supported a multi-ethnic set of candidates straight out of a Benetton ad. And while Occupy Wall Street enumerates classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in the name of progressivism, Herman Cain has become a Tea Party favorite, beating Mitt Romney by 41 percent to 7 among the movement’s supporters.

Where the Tea Party couldn’t be tagged as racist no matter how hard liberals tried, Occupy Wall Street protesters are literally boasting of their Nazi credentials. This striking distinction speaks to the core asymmetry of the two phenomena. The Tea Partiers held up signs that read, “Don’t Soak the Rich”; Wall Street Occupiers’ placards counter: “Soak the Rich.” The purpose of the Tea Party was to get government out of all Americans’ lives. The point of Occupy Wall Street is to scapegoat fellow Americans. And wherever political scapegoating takes place, anti-Semitism is sure to follow.

In a November 2010 COMMENTARY article, Ruth Wisse observed that “the doctrine of anti-Semitism arose in the 19th century not to address the realities of the Jewish situation but to meet the political needs of others and to satisfy the political ends of others.” In the 21st century it serves the same purpose. Wisse wrote:  “Anti-Semitism works through the strategy of the pointing finger. Through political prestidigitation, the accuser draws attention away from his own sins…by pointing to the Jews, whose demonically inflated image and luridly portrayed wickedness make them a plausible explanation for whatever ails his regime.” Welcome to Occupy Wall Street.

Anti-Semitism is the preferred medium of the pitchfork crowd. And today as the Manhattan mob heads uptown to protest at the homes of American business leaders (for their “”willingness to hoard wealth at the expense of the 99 percent”) there can be little doubt that that’s whom we’re dealing with.

Outside of immigrant-rich America, class warfare is often synonymous with ethnic prejudice itself. The Jews or the Gypsies or the Southeast Asians simply constitute the class to be held accountable. Class warfare is the pointed finger as economic philosophy. It eats away at the national project, lays waste to the self-reliant citizen, and disguises prejudice as justice. Liberal pundits and leftist intellectuals are at pains to impose upon the protesters a thoughtfulness that just doesn’t exist. In the New York Times, Todd Gitlin wrote, “This new protest style is more Rousseau than Marx.” But in truth there is no new protest style. What we’re witnessing is dumb, ugly, dangerous, and very old. And we will see a lot more anti-Semitism as this toxic swarm grows.