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If only Stalin knew

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Josef Stalin was adored by his people. He was also a charismatic man with a plan. He had the vision to take the Soviet Union forward to prosperity. But there were famines and genocide. The starving were not exiled to Botany Bay for stealing a handful of corn, hundreds of thousands of them were shot, all while Stalin occupied the Kremlin.

The means of production were breaking down all around. Newly manufactured tractors idled in fields, because simple replacement parts were never produced, causing production targets to be missed, with a whole host of consequential ramifications.

Yet the people remained in awe of their genocidal oppressor. “If only Stalin knew”, they would say, “he would end the suffering and fix all these problems”. It was Beria, or some other apparatchik, who must be responsible.

“If only Stalin knew” has become a phrase to describe a characteristic of human nature. We grow to worship those who inspire us to revolution and reject all evidence when they drive us into the sea. Faults and failings are blamed on others. If only the man (less commonly, woman) at the top was in complete control, this mess would have been avoided.

You will note this morning that “King took a backseat during the recruitment process as Graeme Park, with Stewart Robertson and Andrew Dickson alongside, drove through Caixinha’s move… to Ibrox”.

The sentiment is clear: what is needed is not less influence from King, but more involvement. The plan is great, it just needs to be executed the way King wants it to be.

It’s not like we haven’t warn them.

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  1. Looking forward to another masterclass from the invincibles. We should be able to get at a defence with Broadfoot and Greer playing. Killie have a few promising youngsters but Stevie Clarke has not had time to knock them into too much shape yet.

     

     

    Nice to see some balance in the JFK/LBJ argument. We tend to revere JFK because he overcame, maybe with a bit of help from Daddy’s bootleg pals, the long standing US prejudice against Catholic candidates. LBJ did take us deeper into Vietnam but there is little reason, other than his untimely death, to suspect that JFK would have been able to resist the clamour to tackle the North Vietnam Nationalist movement that they drove into the arms of the commies, in a self fulfilling prophecy. After their Korean stalemate in the 50’s, they were determined not to lose more ground in SE Asia. I would recommend Robert Caro’s book- LBJ was one of those presidents prepared to go against his close party interests and, having been mentored by the good ol’boy Southern Democrats, he turned against them with his social policies, aimed at helping the poor and racial minorities. Never did the USA get so close to having a semi-civilised social programme that we in Europe take too much for granted. Like that old psycopath, Teddy Roosevelt, with his anti-trust laws, he was able to stand up to internal party enemies who would not support him. LBJ and Teddy were both brave and oddball figures. LBJ was a superb political machine operator who had a conscience at heart, and old Teddy was someone who belatedly turned against the excess of his own party’s supporters and funders. Donald Trump isnae fit to lace their drinks.

     

     

     

    A wee tune

     

     

     

    Take on Me

  2. Discussing the role of the new Sevco (sic) manager, Matthew Lindsay of The Herald (one of Scotland’s supposedly quality newspapers) actually wrote …..

     

     

    “There will not, despite the steadily improving financial situation at Ibrox, be a “bumper transfer war chest” for him to lavish on new men. ”

     

     

    So there you have it, fellow numpties – the financial situation at Ayebrokes is actually improving! M Lindsay wouldn’t write porkies, would he?

  3. Delaneys Dunky on

    Saint Stivs

     

     

    Went online to get a ticket for Roger Waters concert Glasgow Hydro. Chucked it when I saw cheapest brief was £97 to stand.

     

    Viva Palestine and Pink Floyd.

  4. Delaneys dunky

     

     

    Decent wee double bill, I went to holyrood and mind Jim and Charlie swanning around in their long coats. Looked like rock stars even then.

     

    When new gold dream came out I couldn’t comprehend how guys from my school could make this music for the future.

  5. Southside-DD- seen SM about 9-10 times, The Hydro about 4 years ago, with great acoustics up there with the Barraland all those years ago.Lovesong sounded as if it was 3 months old, best recieved choon on the night.

  6. Saint Sivs

     

     

    I didn’t have a season ticket when we beat Barca. Watched it at home.

     

     

    My wee Bhoy was wee then. At the end of the match he said, why is that old man crying?….Why are you crying dad????

     

     

    This is what it means to be Celtic.

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  7. Jobo,

     

     

    That’s a hell of a sad thing….knowing yer gonna be watching paint dry on 11/11…..;-))

     

     

    H.H.

  8. Thekurkintim

     

     

    I’m terrible for staying up if it’s not a school night.

     

     

    Heading now. Thank you!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  9. !!BADA BING!!

     

     

    Seen simple minds a few times. First time in ’82ish in the barrowland. Remember being told it was the first band to play since it was closed after bible John – don’t know if it’s true or an urban myth

  10. A good pal is an ex DCI, who looked into ‘Bible John, in the late 90s, he said the connection was a myrh, press driven stuff HH

  11. Off to paradise tomorrow with ss junior. Love the walk from dalmarnock to cp.

     

    was heading off to bed but Bob Marley’s just come on.

  12. If yer of a mind….watch Wind River….or Jungle….or Lost City of Z….

     

     

    humanityCSC

     

     

    H.H.

  13. Used to listen to radio five at night on the earphones. Bit depressing. Discovered “stuff you should know” podcasts. Good fun and very informative. Night night.

  14. sevco sacked mccoist when they were 2nd in the league

     

    warbs when 3rd

     

    pedro when 4th

     

     

    i guarantee the fall they take when big eck and bazza are in place will be the steepest yet

     

     

    anyway kieran tierney is tracking to beat big Billy’s appearance record of 800+ and i think PL will be pushing a sort of guaranteed top wage at club deal to the bhoy soon.

     

     

    He really is getting better by the week

     

     

    HH

  15. Kieran, Moussa and Tom are exceptional players, Broonie is in the form of his Life.

     

     

    All Good.

     

     

    Mustn’t Grumble, Mustn’t Grumble.

     

     

    The Young Ones below the Celtic Hood, I just know they will be very Good, Incredible in fact.

  16. nally81 on 28th October 2017 2:14 am

     

     

    sevco sacked mccoist when they were 2nd in the league

     

     

    warbs when 3rd

     

     

    pedro when 4th

     

     

    i guarantee the fall they take when big eck and bazza are in place will be the steepest yet

     

     

    anyway kieran tierney is tracking to beat big Billy’s appearance record of 800+ and i think PL will be pushing a sort of guaranteed top wage at club deal to the bhoy soon.

     

     

    He really is getting better by the week

     

     

    HH

     

     

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    The new Ironman isnae interested in Money, he will make a fortune @ Celtic anyway. :))

     

     

    The new Maestro – in a different way.

     

     

    Not being of the Davie Hay era, I’d love to see as much footage as possible of him. Not seeing a lot on the olde youtube. :((

  17. These adverts are such a pain and so off putting.

     

     

    Impossible to browse sometimes.

     

     

    WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

     

     

    The Loading pages Times on CQN is Quite Frankly Sh!t, ditch the pictures of them, A Cure….. I have seen enough to see my observations will indeed fall on DeafEars.

     

     

    Celtic can be taken out in an instant, Always be Humble Paul67.

  18. Invincible GG, missing your score updates from the World Series. 4-1 to the Astros in the 4th innings. Hail hail

  19. Details officer Dibble?

     

     

     

    Will I get my first over 3.5 goals first half? when Thee Incredible Celtic play the Scottish club Kilmarnock….

     

     

    Who knows.

     

     

    ….perhaps Curtley Ambrose could surprise Celtic by turning up as an auxiliary right winger in a 2-1-3-4 formation.

     

     

    Back to the Future is a Winner.

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