Chess champion and Human Rights Foundation chair Garry Kasparov has been making the media rounds in New York City, but something about MSNBC in particular reminded him of the old days back in the U.S.S.R.

Relax; he’s just kidding, folks.

Still, he does have a serious point to make.

  • TugboatPhil


    • Johnny Right

      Tugboat, what’s your story? I see you on here a bit and you’re always good for a pithy post.

      • TugboatPhil

        Just another old b*stard that can’t believe my county was taken out from under me. The only place I can vent my dissatisfaction is online or screaming at the TV and radio….and I’d hate to be committed to a FEMA camp before my granddaughter is out of high school.

        • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

          Maybe we’ll all share a cellblock.. I’m retired, and sometimes. I come here too to let off some steam,..

          We wouldn’t have to if the media ever bothered being fair.. and covered everyone equally, but they don’t, haven’t for decades.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    Today’s Democrats are not the party of Truman & Kennedy; today’s Republicans are.

    • AmericanMom

      True. RINO republicans are yesterday’s democrats. Democrats are now socialists/marxists/communists. DiBlassio and Barry are prime examples of that – both insisting on controlling all aspects of our lives and then some.

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      No they aren’t, the old time democrats were anti-communist, today?

      only today could a democrat be born to a communist, be raised as a communist, work for communist goals, and be called a mainstream democrat like Obama.

      JFK would NOT approve.

  • JeffWRidge

    Mike needs to learn to read more carefully – and grow a sense of humor. Kasparov didn’t say that the U.S. government and it’s services are like the Soviet Union. Kasparov joked that MSNBC people were similar to people in the USSR.

    As for the U.S. not being like the USSR, this is true – for now. However, we become more like them every day as our liberties are taken from us in the name of equality, fairness, and supposedly for our own good.

    How much is it a leap from:

    The IRS targeting groups opposed to the President,
    Members of Congress and the executive branch expressing a desire to use government power to silence a news channel for airing opposing viewpoints,
    The EPA telling private citizens what they may and may not do with their own land,
    Elected officials trying to disarm private citizens,
    Elected officials trying to limit the size of soft drinks,
    The government picking which businesses should fail or succeed,
    The redistribution of private wealth,
    Government run propaganda (and much more),

    to a USSR style government?

    • BlahBlah

      Except for one thing. Nowhere did Marx, Engels, Lenin and co. encourage not working and being on the dole instead. This is completely opposite to the principles of socialism. On the contrary, *work* is in the core of those principles. Social programs are there as a safety net, not as a lifestyle.

      And this is where Barack and his crowd completely skewed the whole thing. Back in the old days of USSR and Yugoslavia I didn’t know anyone who was on welfare. We had full blown socialism but people were expected to work. So you had a job, however menial and stupid and boring but you had a job and you showed up every day. You were not encouraged to “free yourself of a job lock and go paint”. WORKERS were celebrated. Remember the old propaganda posters? There’s always a WORKER on them. Not Julia or pajama boy sipping hot chocolate.

      Secondly, education was valued. Our schools were tough. I mean kids in senior year now learn what we learned in 8th grade. Can’t keep up with school work? Well you better study all night every night then and stop whining. Being a doctor or a lawyer meant something.

      Thirdly, we had shame. Shame is a good thing. So is pride.

      • TugboatPhil

        In 2014 America when a Democrat refers to “working” Americans, they actually mean non-working Americans living on the dole…and illegal immigrants.

      • thedumbblonde

        One day I want to hear the real-life Blah Blah story.

        • BlahBlah

          Do you want the story of when I was arrested for refusing to rat on fellow dissidents? Or that time the cops beat me for going to church? Or that time I was hit with rubber bullets while rioting.

          Yeah none of that ever happened. πŸ˜€

          Seriously there isn’t much to tell. I mean no great stories of hardship and torment. Sure we had it a little more rough than y’all over here but it wasn’t *that* bad. Plus we could drink and smoke as kids. You can’t beat that! πŸ˜‰

          • AnnieLiz

            In all seriousness I have a question: if religion is frowned upon – or outlawed? – in a communist or socialist country, how/why are there churches to attend? This is an honest question although it may sound snarky! I don’t know how to word it so it doesn’t sound sarcastic, your comment about being beaten for attending church made me remember I’ve been curious about this. I’d prefer to hear the answer from someone who’s been there, not a pundit spinning it to suit himself or herself. Thanks!

          • BlahBlah

            I can’t really speak for the USSR because I don’t know for sure, but I do know they were harsher than Yugoslavia.

            In Yugoslavia we had our churches that were always there and that were open just like anywhere else. Now you were not supposed to go but you were not punished for it either. But then you also knew that people you see in church are, like you, anti communists.

            Me and my family always went. Our church was across the street from my grandma’s house and she has known our priest for decades so he would usually come to her house for Christmas and Easter and we’d all just gather there. We’d also go to Midnight Masses but to another church.

            So I guess everyone knew although you would never talk about it. This was downtown Belgrade in the 70s and 80s and at the time Belgrade with all the burbs was about 1 mil people. Downtown wasn’t that big and everyone knew everyone. I’m sure we were on some list or some such but we never suffered any consequences over it, at least that I know of. Maybe my parents couldn’t really get promoted at their jobs but I don’t know. The one thing I do know is that back in the late 50s my aunt wasn’t allowed to enroll the med school because of all this and so she majored in chemistry instead.

          • AnnieLiz

            Thank you so much for an honest, serious reply to a serious question!

          • BlahBlah

            You are so very welcome. And really it’s OK to ask anything. I ask such questions of people all the time. We can’t possibly know everything that goes on everywhere else in the world. Then we always learn something new.

          • AnnieLiz

            Thank you! And I so agree! I was just afraid my question would sound snarky or insincere ’cause you get a lot of that in these online discussions. :-)

          • Eponymous1

            A looooong time ago, I read a book ( The Persecutor – also known as Forgive Me, Natasha), by a Soviet Communist agent who burst into “house churches” and beat attendees. “former KGB agent and naval officer who from his late teen years carried out more than 150 raids in underground Christian communities in regions of the Soviet Union in the 1960s”

            On one occasion he helped a woman who he’d already beat at an earlier meeting. That set him on the road to conversion, and he later defected.

            Thank Google, I found him and his story with more details about all that…

            Great book — I’m going to try to find another copy for myself.

          • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

            I read about this when I was in the USAF..
            Belenko was born in Nalchik, Russian SFSR in a Ukrainian family. Lieutenant Belenko was a pilot with the 513th Fighter Regiment, 11th Air Army, Soviet Air Defence Forces based in Chuguyevka, Primorsky Krai. His name became known worldwide on September 6, 1976, when he successfully defected to the West, flying his MiG-25 “Foxbat” jet fighter to Hakodate, Japan.
            This was the first time that Western experts were able to get a close
            look at the aircraft, and it revealed many secrets and surprises.
            The differences between their air force and ours were astonishing.. They used high grade alcohol on part of the Mig for something, and had aircraft grounded because their troops stole it, for obvious reasons.. That drunk on duty was common,.. that most of their enlisted ranks were draftees and as reliable as a 30 year addict., since they hated being sent to the Republics where folks weren’t “white” believe it or not, Soviet racism.

            In the 70’s our news media played up the Soviet juggernaut as all wise and unkillable, I like the rest of my generation who enlisted, did so anyway, and we didn’t plan to let the US go down without a fight.

            His book opened a few eyes, Reagan was right, they were rotton inside,.. and in 89, the world knew it.

          • thedumbblonde

            You should write about it. Seriously. :)

          • BlahBlah

            Thanks but nah. :) It’s mostly boring stuff really. Sure there are funny tales to tell while drinking in a bar but believe me there is a looooooot of people and nations that had it far worse than we did. Plus I’m here now and it’s a lot more fun to count my blessings each morning and thank God for everything. :)

          • thedumbblonde

            I. for one, am glad you’re here. You are a perfect example of American Exceptionalism. I joke about you being my gf crush because I find you witty and wry, but am actually in awe of your dignity. Cheers.

          • BlahBlah

            Awww you wanna make me cry. <3 America IS exceptional. I wouldn't go live anywhere else if anyone offered. There's no place like this and it makes me mad when libs just don't see this. I guess a forced vacay in some other, not so nice place would fix this.

          • thedumbblonde

            One day, I’ll buy you a drink.

          • BlahBlah

            When you say “a drink” surely you mean 5 drinks yes? πŸ˜€

            Just kidding. When I come down there I’ma buy you a drink for being so nice. Because people like you is what I like about the south.

            Also I have to bribe you to show me where the best BBQ is.

          • thedumbblonde

            Email me at my handle + gmail.

            Drink is a verb down here. Not a noun. We are ridiculously nice. (Maybe because we drink?). We are kind to everyone, but love few. Non need for bribery: We’ll happily eat Q with you, but we’ll drag you for oysters in season…like now.

      • JeffWRidge

        If any of the lefties really believes that once the “progressive” version of socialism is fully implemented here, that people will be allowed to not work, they’re in for a big shock. Once the State owns you, you work for them. The only exceptions will be the elites who run the government.

        The reality is that the communism that was pushed in Russia before the revolution was not what they get after they won. Don’t get me wrong, they did try communist policies for a while, but once they realized that that those policies didn’t work, the USSR became a full dictatorship.

        The dumbing down of our educational system is just a means to an end. To get votes, the left needs low information voters. Informed voters don’t support politicians who legislate their rights from them.

        As for pride, that word has become a pejorative with the left. They accuse people of having pride the way the rest of us accuse thieves of breaking the law.

        • BlahBlah

          It is always the dictatorship because it is oppressive by default. There has never been a single socialist country that wasn’t a dictatorship.

          I love it when the lefties then cry BUT SWEDEN!!!111 Sweden is not a socialist country. But hey they want it to be so it must be.

          • JeffWRidge


  • Bristel

    MSNBC, or in Russian Novy’ye Izvestiya i Pravda. πŸ˜› Forgive any mistakes, I’m learning Russian for the eventual invasion and takeover. /sarcasm

    • TugboatPhil

      Watch Red Dawn a lot. The original.

    • Finrod Felagund

      I remember hearing the Russian saying “In the Truth there is no news, in the News there is no truth”.


    Wish more people would be like him, and call out MSLSD for their propaganda.

  • Clete Torres

    Lord Mike @lord__mike Follow

    @Kasparov63 That is not right. You of all people should know that western government and its services are nothing like the Soviet communism.

    Except for the IRS, DOJ, NSA, EPA, and their abuses of the American people and freedoms, he’s almost right.

  • Clete Torres

    spam. flagged.

    • CatHerder βœ“fire! βœ“fire!

      Somebody needs a caress with the ban hammer.

      • Clete Torres

        I can think of a few somebodies.

  • Jake Bradford

    Salon, Rolling Stone & contributors on MSNBC actually laud Marxism so how is that different from the philosophy of Soviet communism?

    • Hand of Doom

      Don’t forget about Mother Jones & the sewer cretins that emerged from the turds at The Nation Magazine.

    • St Reformed

      If they love Marxism so much, let me migrate to Venezuela–where (the late) Uncle Hugo’s Workers’ Paradise is coming into full bloom.

  • Hotlanta Mike
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    • prado4587

      This is a repeat of when Nobama bullied Bush into not responding to Putin’s incursion into Georgia. Nobama must go now.

  • Hotlanta Mike
  • Steve__Jacobson

    I think he has a misunderstanding of the role Truman and Kennedy had in the expansion of the USSR Communist regime.

  • Hotlanta Mike

    Georgia following the lead of Mark Levin…

    First state passes Article V Convention of States resolution

  • Peculiar Person

    Thanks for straightening us out, Lord Mike.
    We peasants were just imagining that the U.S. Fed government is becoming more tyrannical and oppressive.
    Not to mention that the Judeo/Christian ethic is under attack 24/7.
    We certainly can imagine things working out here in the field in the global warmed sun.

    • nc βœ“s & balances

      After all, Lord Mike understands the true nature of communism way better than this Kasparov guy. *eye roll*

  • FarmBoy11B

    it’s a trap

  • MrNewCastrati

    Today’s Democrat Party is not your father’s Democrat Party. They used to be the “loyal opposition”, now they’re just the enemies of America.

  • St Reformed

    Mr. Kasparov is so spot on.
    Obama must have deep regrets he wasn’t born 30 years earlier: He would have lost the Cold War for us flat out.

  • G26

    Since civilization’s institutions, such as liberty, can be hard to understand, it is not surprising that some get the itch to attack them.

  • Michael Griffith

    Lord Mike, “right-wingers” know the difference between Social Security/Medicare and a secret police force (NKVD) and a forced labor camp (Gulag). What right-wingers do is look at how programs like SS and Medicaid ended up in the old Soviet Union: they went into the toilet as the country slowly bankrupted itself.

    America is 17 Tril in debt and counting, with half of that debt added in just the last 5 yrs. America is in debt because it increasingly tries, like the old Soviet Union, to placate the masses with free programs while discouraging the accumulation of wealth.

    But at least the Soviets never promoted the concept of “job lock” like it was some sort of disease.