Reading about the history of Mormonism. Holy shit, are people ever gullible idiots!
I mean, Christianity, Judaism and Islam can always be excused by having been invented by and preached to backward, illiterate folks living in the middle of nowh... Oh.
Seriously, though! I mean, SERIOUSLY! The dude's family loses their farm and has to earn money by claiming to know a magic way to find buried treasure. That alone is enough to instantly dismiss the poor chap as a desperate fraud.
But the rest of it is just pure insanity.
But hey, why should adherents to an obviously insane and transparently invented lie not be respected for their sacred believes in magic underwear?
I mean, it's not like the "major" religions are any more believable. They just benefit from their origins' not being as well known.
The great value of Mormonism is it gives us a clear example of how major religions are formed. Everything is well documented and can be easily traced. A con man with a gift for story-telling and a magnetic personality. Joseph Smith is no different from Jesus, Mohummad or Moses.
Human history has known millions of frauds and prophets. It's a hard job to succeed in. But some do. It's safe to assume that a bastard child born in Judea and faced with many of the same problems Smith had growing up, took pretty much the same approach to building his own scam.
Having said all that, Dominik Hasek was clearly divinely inspired and preached the gospel of true virtue and rebirth encoded in his body movements, and anyone who doubts that is a cursed ovechkite heretic.

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5 Apr
Hey, jerkwad, listen up.
I am an immigrant. Yes, a dirty fucking immigrant who came to your country and is currently strutting around like he owns the place. I speak with an accent. I grew up watching soccer. I don't eat peanut butter.
And I am calling bullshit on your lies...
Oh my, baseball is getting politicized, you say? Holy crap, this like never happened before, you say? We can't allow to politicize something that is so unifying as sports, you say?
Yeah, sit the fuck down, you lump of semi-digested turnip, and let this immigrant educate your ass.
First of all, you balding monkey's ass, baseball was a unifying force in America's society for exactly zero seconds of its existence. It was universally beloved, yes, but unifying? Non-political? Ha!
Baseball was a subject of controversy from way back before it was even baseball!
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4 Apr
For 2000 years, a Jew's death has been commemorated by festive deaths of millions of people who didn't believe he was magic. Especially of his blood relatives.
Cultural appropriation is awesome!
"Loving one particular dead Jew specifically because he is dead so we can hate the rest of them" is an unbelievably badass move. As usual, Russians are Olympic gold medalists here.
I vividly remembered entering the Temple of the Holy Sepulcher ("WTF is a sepulcher?", my sister asked) and watching all these Russian/Ukrainian peasant women screaming in ecstasy as they writhed on the ground and thinking: "Damn, all a Jew needs to do to be loved there is die!"
Read 5 tweets
3 Apr
Remember when corporate America forced NC to back away from its bathroom bill? Well, in truth, most NC Republicans were just pandering to crazy, uneducated evangelical voters. They didn't really care.
This, though? Vote supression is an existential issue to GOP. They won't buckle
The GOP has convinced itself that high turnouts are deadly to it, so it has made it its mission to depress the turnout, especially in cities. This is how they plan to keep existing as a viable party. Life and death.
GOP's survival is contingent on killing democracy. In its mind.
They can coat it in any language they want ("robust", "secure" and "legal" are the buzz words de jour), but never let them get away with this. The intent is, always was, to suppress votes in blue-leaning areas.
Nothing else.
Nothing. Else.
Read 6 tweets
3 Apr
Sen. Graham is employing the word "robust" like three times in this thread. He also loves his "integrity."
Don't be fooled. These meaningless buzz words are ALWAYS used to mask the real purpose of these laws.
Which, of course, is to make it harder for black folks to vote.
"Robust" and "integrity" are talking-point words circulated in the GOP memo to make sure nobody accidentally says the quiet part loud.
The intent is as clear as day. The easiest example is the "no food or drink" provision. Look at it closely...
Pundits will defend it by saying many states prohibit gifts, including free food and water, being given to voters near the polling place.
What many states do indeed prohibit is electioneering, including bribery and enticement, near the polls. Food in exchange for a vote. That.
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3 Apr
The best part about the new Mighty Ducks is the speech the Mom gives early on. "All of these kids have zero chance of playing in the pros!"
Well, technically, it's Minnesota, so it's actually like 0.13%, but this speech must be required viewing for all Maryland hockey parents.
The rest of it is pretty cringy.
Who cuts players right on the ice, in front of other players? I don't care if you run a hard-ass athletic outfit meant to turn 12-year-olds into little Spartans. You just don't do this. It's stupid. It serves no purpose at all.
If they wanted to show a soulless, savage hockey program designed to rip the kids' souls out of their bodies through their nostrils, they should have just invited a Russian consultant. Because that's how they run hockey clubs in Russia.
But they don't cut kids on the ice either.
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31 Mar
A periodic reminder to new followers.
Slava does not stick to sports (or anything).
Slava is substantially to the left of Joe Biden, so if you are hoping for the standard "I have eskaped kommunism in kommunist Ukraine and I don't vant Demokrats to bring eet here" shit, sorry.
I feel like I need to explain the latter.
See, unlike most of my compatriots, I have learned (it was a process) to differentiate between "left of Ronald Reagan" and "the second coming of Brezhnev." I have learned that there is in fact A LOT of daylight between the two.
Suppose there was a US political party whose policies really would bring about the resurrection of the Soviet Union. Its program would necessarily include the following:
- a rigid ideology based about veneration of a sanctified party leader,
- prioritization of military spending
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