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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 10:37 AM


Waving the flag and reaching out to Republicans

But which flag to wave???

Out with the Stars and Stripes, out with the Stars and Bars, and in with the Russian Tricolor: three horizontal stripes, from top to bottom: White Blue and Red.

Please don't confuse these colors with the flag of the Netherlands which is Red White and Blue. When the Dutch helped built Russia's first ships in the 1600s, the Russians adopted the Dutch colors for their own navy. In order to distinguish the Russian from the Dutch, they changed the order of the colors. When, after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia reinstated the tsarist flag, this confusion of colors also was reinstated, resulting in some embarrassing moments even in official media. Some have suggested a helpful mnemonic: KGB upside down:

B = belyj (white)
G = goluboj (light blue, also Russian slang for gay hmmmm)
K = krasnyj (red)

While we're at it, toss out the Star Spangled Banner with its militant lyrics and impossible to sing music. Time to acknowledge the Fatherland in words and music. The music dates to the early 20th century when it was the Bolshevik faction's anthem -- apparently everyone needs a hymn, even godless Bolsheviks. It wasn't until 1944 that the Soviets set words to that hymn, words that praised Stalin and the Soviet Union. After Stalin's demotion as a deity, however, the hymn could be played only without the Stalinist lyrics. Eventually a second version was written to eliminate reference to that deity. Once again, after the fall of the Soviet Union, the hymn was played without words; some prominent people refused to stand for the hymn because of its association with the USSR. That is, until 2000 when President Putin ordered new lyrics and regulations for the playing of the hymn. So, my Republican friends, I reach out to you. No more bombs bursting in air:

Russia our sacred state,
Russia our beloved country.
A mighty will, a great glory
Yours forever for all time!


Be glorious, our free Fatherland,
Ancient union of brotherly peoples,
Ancestor-given wisdom of the people!
Be glorious, our country! We are proud of you!

From the southern seas to the polar lands
Spread are our forests and fields.
You are unique in the world, one of a kind
This native land protected by God!


Wide expanse for dreams and for living
Are opened for us by the coming years
Our loyalty to the Fatherland gives us strength.
So it was, so it is, and so it always will be!


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BigmanPigman Jul 2017 #1

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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 04:31 PM

1. I have a visual preference for the old soviet one that's red with the hammer, sickle and star

sung to the Beatles Back in the USSR (it's got a good beat).

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