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  • Many in Slovenia yearn for old Yugoslavia

    12/29/2007 2:17:31 PM PST · by joan · 37 replies · 221+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | December 29, 2007 | Bruno Waterfield
    As Slovenia prepares to take on the presidency of the European Union growing numbers of Slovenes are yearning for the old Yugoslavia. The phenomenon of Jugonostalgija has come to Slovenia despite the country's successful entry to the euro, the first of the new EU countries to join, and after 17 years of independence. Slovenia is hailed as a great Balkan success story and a glowing EU example for the other countries of the former Communist Yugoslavia that collapsed amid civil war in the 1990s. But many Slovenes look back longingly with "Yugo-nostalgia" to the days before EU membership. Marco Sporar,...
  • Baby Boomers Driving Profits in the Classic Car Industry

    12/15/2007 3:32:37 PM PST · by Daffynition · 10 replies · 58+ views
    FoxBusiness ^ | Dec. 14 2007 | Kathryn Elizabeth Tuggle
    NEW YORK -- For many baby boomers, the purr of a vintage hot rod’s engine is music to the ears. And for those who are auto restorers and investors, it also sounds like money in the bank. Today, the collector-car industry is worth an estimated $20 billion per year, according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB). With aging baby boomers fueling the market for beloved convertibles and muscle cars, the industry has grown at a rate of 20% over the past five years -- a rate that KBB expects to continue for the next 10. The finite supply of cars in...
  • When Life Was In Black and White

    12/11/2007 7:45:53 PM PST · by yorkie · 26 replies · 105+ views
    Email ^ | December 11, 2007
    Sit in your favorite chair, pour yourself your favorite beverage, put your feet up, turn your speakers on, and relive.....just a little bit of the past. Dang! With all the news these days, I wish we could go back. Don't you?
  • Putin Party Scores landslide Win in Russian Election

    12/02/2007 11:35:34 AM PST · by america4vr · 62 replies · 226+ views
    AFP via yahoo News ^ | December 2, 2007 | Sebastian Smith
    President Vladimir Putin's party won a huge majority in Russian parliamentary elections Sunday tainted by fraud allegations, early results showed, paving the way for the Kremlin leader to retain power after leaving office. The United Russia Party won 62.3 percent of the vote, according to official results with 12 percent of the ballots counted and with opposition complaints mounting. United Russia and its allies, A Just Russia and the Liberal Democratic Party would enter the State Duma with a collective 86.3 percent of the vote, according to an exit poll by the All-Russian Centre for the Study of Public Opinion....
  • Happy Broderick Crawford day

    10/04/2007 6:59:45 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 27 replies · 969+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | 10-4-2007 | NonValueAdded
    Happy Broderick Crawford day, fellow FReepers. Here's a chance to show your age.
  • Communist nostalgia

    07/01/2007 4:40:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 532+ views
    Reuters ^ | 29 Jun 2007 | Madeline Chambers
    BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - Visitors to the German capital who are disappointed by the scant remains of the Berlin Wall can get a taste of the old days at a new communist-style hotel which revives the atmosphere of East Germany. In a multi-storey concrete block near the city's eastern train station, former communist leader Erich Honecker, wearing his trademark thick black glasses, stares down at guests from the walls of each of the 39 rooms. Garish orange patterned curtains and retro brown sofas clash with lime green walls. Plastic plants and old-style lamps stand by windows overlooking more concrete blocks...
  • A Tiresome Blast for the Past (Dean Barnett on Peggy Noonan)

    04/23/2007 9:16:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies · 1,294+ views
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | April 23, 2007 | Dean Barnett
    ...Let me start by paying appropriate homage to Peggy Noonan. She’s a gifted wordsmith, and when she’s got her mojo working, she’s something to behold. But Peggy also has a grating tendency to lapse into a nostalgist’s fondness for an idealized yesterday that never actually existed. Too often she dines out on an “ice cream cones were bigger then” shtick that is both inaccurate and irritating...
  • US Seeks Better Relationship With Mexico

    03/15/2007 8:27:03 PM PDT · by lonestar67 · 18 replies · 446+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 13, 1986
    he US and Mexico are hoping to put recent strains in their relations behind them, and concentrate on common objectives, in talks between President Ronald Reagan and Mr Miguel de la Madrid, the Mexican President, at the White House today. US officials say that the meeting, the fifth between the two presidents, will focus on Mexico's economic problems and the war against drugs, demoting Mr Reagan's contentious policy towards Central America to at most a side issue. In preparation for the visit, the Reagan Administration has been making a concerted effort to be nicer to Mexico after a period of...
  • If you love America, you will love this website.

    02/14/2007 6:00:32 AM PST · by Eagles Talon IV · 23 replies · 1,652+ views
    I believe this is the finest website of it's kind I have ever seen. It will make you laugh, cry, get angry and feel proud of our magnificent country. It is a very large site and will take time to fully explore but PLEASE take the time, even if you do so over many days. I believe every educational institution in America should have this available to their students (ok, I know, it's just a thought).
  • The Official Friday Silliness Thread Salutes Nostalgia

    11/17/2006 1:20:37 AM PST · by sully777 · 502 replies · 7,486+ views
    Amiright.com ^ | November 17, 2006 | Sully777
    NOSTALGIA (Noun) Nostalgia a longing for something past; homesickness (a longing to return home) (Adjective) Nostalgic [Related to: nostalgia] unhappy at being away and longing for familiar things or person.
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....09-19-06....Do You Remember?

    09/18/2006 10:29:02 PM PDT · by DollyCali · 226 replies · 1,753+ views
    DollyCali and all of the Finest AT the Finest | September 19, 2006 | DollyCali
    A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.   Over 100,000 people have registered for posting privileges on Free Republic, and the forum is read daily by tens of thousands of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world. A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day was introduced on June 24, 2002. It's only a small room in JimRob's house where we can get to know one another a little better; salute and support our military and our leaders; pray for those in...
  • A Cold, Commercial World

    07/26/2006 8:43:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies · 210+ views
    New Oxford Review ^ | June 2006 | Mitchell Kalpakgian
    I remember living without a car. I remember weekly trips to the library. I remember Sunday visits: You did not have to call or await an invitation. I remember life without Little League and without a Recreation Office. I remember real neighborhoods. I remember stay-at-home mothers. I remember the innocence of movies. In Milford, Massachusetts, in the 1940s, I remember my mother walking from our home to my father's locksmith shop to bring him a hot meal for lunch. I was about three or four years old and walked by my mother's side as she pushed a baby carriage for...
  • Actress June Allyson Dies At 88

    07/10/2006 2:45:35 PM PDT · by lunarbicep · 112 replies · 3,917+ views
    ktla.trb.com ^ | July 10, 2006 | Bob Thomas
    June Allyson, the sunny, cracked-voiced "perfect wife" of James Stewart, Van Johnson and other movie heroes, has died, her daughter Pamela Allyson Powell said Monday. She was 88. Allyson died Saturday at her home in Ojai, with her husband of nearly 30 years, David Ashrow, at her side, Powell said in a telephone interview. She died of pulmonary respiratory failure and acute bronchitis after a long illness, Powell said. During World War II, American GIs pinned up photos of Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable, but June Allyson was the girl they wanted to come home to. Petite, blonde and alive...
  • Gone With The Wind (column by George Will)

    06/25/2006 9:55:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 188 replies · 3,591+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2006 | George Will
    Confined to her bed in Atlanta by a broken ankle and arthritis, she was given a stack of blank paper by her husband, who said, "Write a book." Did she ever. The novel's first title became its last words, "Tomorrow is another day," and at first she named the protagonist Pansy. But Pansy became Scarlett, and the title of the book published 70 years ago this week became "Gone With the Wind." You might think that John Steinbeck, not Margaret Mitchell, was the emblematic novelist of the 1930s, and that the publishing event in American fiction in that difficult decade...
  • June 6, 1933: First "drive-in" opens

    06/06/2006 8:42:20 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 191+ views
    History Channel ^ | June 6, 2006 | anon
    June 6, 1933: First "drive-in" openshttp://www.historychannel.com/tdih/tdih.jsp?category=automotive&month=10272958&day=10272971 http://tinyurl.com/ra8d4 Richard Hollingshead opened the first drive-in movie theater in Camden, New Jersey. Hollingshead was the sales manager for Whiz Auto Products in Camden when he came up with the idea for the drive-in. He acted on the notion that few Americans at that time would give up the pleasure of going to the movies, had they the chance. In 1933, though, moviegoing wasn't a family event, as few couples felt comfortable bringing their kids to the theater. Going to the movies involved getting dressed up, finding a babysitter, and driving down to a...
  • Hip to Be Square: Why Young Buyers Covet 'Grandpa' Cars

    05/10/2006 4:48:01 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 248 replies · 9,620+ views
    WSJ ^ | 05/09/2006 | By JENNIFER SARANOW
    AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jabari Bryant didn't go to a car dealership to buy his new car last fall. The 28-year-old went to a retirement community in Tybee Island, Ga., where for $2,000 he bought a navy blue 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Brougham from a man who was "at least 83." The seller said "his eyesight was going and he had no use for the car," recalls Mr. Bryant, an automobile glass installer from Savannah. Young people today don't want their father's Oldsmobile -- they want their grandfather's. Some of the hippest wheels for under-30 drivers today are models commonly identified...
  • The Wal-Martification of America

    01/30/2006 10:19:44 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 154 replies · 2,370+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 01/30/2006 | Leonard Pitts
    The Wal-Martification of AmericaI don't expect you to shed any tears about Aron's closing. Unless you grew up in L.A. as I did, you've probably never even heard of it. Aron's was this used record and CD store that I discovered 30 years ago. It was a quirky place, an audiophile heaven where there was never any telling what offbeat treasure you might find. More to the point, it was “my” place, a store where I spent endless hours browsing for rarities and oddities you could never find elsewhere. To this day, no trip back to L.A. is complete without...
  • To all those born in the 30's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's...

    01/18/2006 11:36:08 AM PST · by HHKrepublican_2 · 36 replies · 684+ views
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    First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm...
  • Showstopper: Lamborghini Pulls Wraps Off Retro Miura Concept (Detroit's North American Auto Show)

    01/13/2006 9:58:09 AM PST · by sully777 · 80 replies · 2,355+ views
    Edmunds.com ^ | Date posted: 01-06-2006
    LOS ANGELES — Lamborghini introduced the retro Miura concept, which hews closely to the celebrated 1966 original version, on Thursday at the Los Angeles auto show. In a statement, Automobili Lamborghini said the new concept is "strictly a concept, with no firm date set for its production launch." However, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann recently told Car magazine: "We are not yet talking about production. But every project has its meaning." The Miura concept is a landmark vehicle and the first Lamborghini to be designed by Walter de'Silva, head of design at the Audi Group. The company said de'Silva aimed at...
  • Russians feel nostalgic when it comes to the USSR (Pravda)

    12/01/2005 10:17:07 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 9 replies · 4,931+ views
    Pravda ^ | 11/30/2005 | Vasily Reznichenko
    Russian population is accostumed to being guided by the leader's ruling firm hand Soviet flag. Recent sociological research shows that Russian population feels more and more nostalgic about the Soviet past. However, by full-fledged socialism they mean not a political regime but rather a system that presupposes government's responsibility to provide decent life to the citizens. Getting rid of the communist past is not about rewriting history textbooks and changing the names of the streets. Confusion in people's heads caused by galloping capitalization still impedes them from using their suddenly acquired rights and performing their new civil responsibilities efficiently. The...
  • Christmas Memories, Cookies, Candies, and Desserts.

    11/26/2005 7:32:00 AM PST · by carlo3b · 459 replies · 9,014+ views
    CookingWithCarlo.com ^ | Nov. 26 2005 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
      Christmas Memories, Cookies, Candies, and Desserts For me, it was the official start of the Christmas season, seeing the matriarchs gather in coffee klatches and recipes exchanges. As a little tike, anything that signaled the approach of Christmas was enough to cause excitement around our home. Watching my great-grandmother summon the elderly women of our family and neighborhood, was a sure sign that big things were heating up in our little kitchen. These beautiful women were dignified and almost aristocratic in their black mourning dresses, with clouded stockings, and clumpy shoes. I can still recall the gentle scent of...
  • Twilight of Russia's "red" and "brown" parties

    11/01/2005 10:05:24 PM PST · by jb6 · 6 replies · 288+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 01/ 11/ 2005 | commentator Peter Lavelle
    MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Peter Lavelle) - For some reason a subterranean belief persists among Russia-watchers and members of the media that the Russian electorate remains enamored with the political extremes of the old Communist left and the seemingly resurgent ultra-nationalist right. A closer look proves the opposite. The majority of voters have supported the Kremlin’s middle-of-the-road “party of power” and is set to do so for some time to come. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) and the so-called ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) led by Vladimir Zhirinovsky have declined relative to other parties...
  • Plans for Russia-Belarus Union Play on Nostalgia

    11/01/2005 5:11:16 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 148+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | November 1, 2005 | Francesca Mereu
    After several years of gathering dust, the longstanding proposal to unite Russia and Belarus into a common state is being revisited, with plans afoot to draw up a constitution proposal later this month. It is unclear, however, whether the move is anything more than an attempt by the Kremlin to court an electorate nostalgic for the Soviet Union. An alternative scenario much discussed in the Russian press -- that the formation of a Russian-Belarussian union could be used as a way to keep President Vladimir Putin in power beyond 2008 -- is thought less likely, due to strong resistance from...
  • TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's

    10/11/2005 10:47:59 AM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 195 replies · 3,263+ views
    E-Mail | 10/17/05 | E-mail
    TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !! First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. <> They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. <> Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no...
  • The high waves of emotion

    09/06/2005 6:41:18 AM PDT · by manny613 · 1 replies · 173+ views
    The Labor Day weekend marks the official end of summer, usually offering a final burst of reflection, with the singing of the crickets of late August bathing consciousness in a sad symphony of vague melancholia. We yearn to remember summer through the haze of lazy, happy days when nothing much happened. Not this year. News of suicide bombs in Iraq, horrendous wind and high water in our own South and anti-war protest in Texas seize our attention. Reflection this year carries high anxiety.
  • Some Russians Long for Soviet Union

    08/26/2005 10:20:44 AM PDT · by lizol · 12 replies · 366+ views
    Agnus Reid Consultants ^ | August 26, 2005
    Some Russians Long for Soviet Union (Angus Reid Global Scan) – Some adults in Russia are disappointed with their country’s current affiliation with the rest of the former Soviet Republics, according to a poll by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. 32 per cent of respondents favour the restoration of the Soviet Union, up four points since 2001. The Soviet Union was officially established in 1922, following the Bolshevik Revolution. A 1991 coup attempt severely hampered the authority of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The Russian Federation was formed in December 1991, after public support shifted to Russian nationalist Boris Yeltsin....
  • Russia’s Darkness at Noon

    08/19/2005 10:09:07 AM PDT · by spanalot · 16 replies · 634+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | July 22, 200 | By Jamie Glazov
    A new resurgence of nostalgia for Joseph Stalin is reverberating throughout Russia. As recently reported by the Telegraph, new monuments in several Russian communities are being erected to honor the genocidal Soviet dictator who liquidated millions of Soviet citizens.
  • SIXTIES NOSTALGIA: CINDY SHEEHAN AND MADNESS AS TRUTH

    08/18/2005 1:49:31 PM PDT · by ritt · 7 replies · 352+ views
    Horsefeathers ^ | 8-18-2005 | Stephen Rittenberg
    Horsefeathers has refrained from commenting on Cindy Sheehan on grounds that psychopathology is best dealt with in the privacy of the consultation room, and that deranged individuals should be quietly led to treatment, not encouraged to dramatize their delusional ideas for the evening newscast. One doesn’t require the 70+ years of combined clinical experience we possess to note the detachment from reality this woman exhibits. Her obvious rage at her son, her trashing of his life, her paranoid fantasies about the 'neocons' and Israel, her Bush hatred, her self inflation, her weird affect, the strange smile as she articulates barnyard...
  • New drive-in theaters are popping up in Texas and elsewhere

    07/23/2005 11:49:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 133 replies · 4,291+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 24, 2005 | PAUL J. WEBER
    GARRETT - Martin Murray wanted to build something straight out of the 1950s. So he cleared 30 acres of rural pasture off Interstate 45 about 20 miles south of Dallas and built his Galaxy Drive-In like a museum to a mostly extinct industry. Cars squeeze between poles tethered with speaker boxes, and campy, vintage commercials rescued from Hitchcock-era reels roll before the main feature. "I wanted to take people back to a simpler time," Murray said. "You hit 1958 once you enter our driveway." Probably a lot of traffic, too. Texas drive-ins are seeing the biggest surge in decades, as...
  • How Do You Explain the"Good Old Days" to the kids? (Happy 4th,FReepers!)

    07/01/2005 2:11:20 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 85 replies · 1,116+ views
    Chron Watch ^ | 07/01/05 | Unknown (but it could mostly have been me)
    How Do You Explain the 'Good Old Days' to the Kids? Friday, July 01, 2005 "Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "what was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?" "We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All the food was slow." "C'mon on, seriously. Where did you eat?" "It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my...
  • They've got used to freedom, so why do Russians still hunger for the USSR?

    06/18/2005 7:39:40 PM PDT · by familyop · 81 replies · 1,520+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 19JUN05 | Niall Ferguson
    After a week in St Petersburg, I can't seem to get that old Beatles number out of my head: I'm back in the USSR/ You don't know how lucky you are. Russia's pre-revolutionary capital has certainly changed since I was last here in 1990. It has, needless to say, acquired all the garish trimmings of post-perestroika capitalism: billboards for US-style sports utility vehicles and a rash of neon lights along the Nevsky Prospekt, the city's Champs Elysées. And not just the trimmings. Fifteen years ago, the state-run shops lacked even the most basic essentials; people appeared to subsist on air...
  • The Needless Destruction of the American Paradise.

    06/11/2005 5:22:21 PM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 50 replies · 1,272+ views
    The Tin Ear/MND ^ | 6/11/05 | Will Malven
    I’m sitting here trying to figure out how to reclaim the future of my youth. It was a future of optimism and of science, and it was stolen by the Socialist ideologues of the Left, the spoiled flower children of the 60’s and the Leftist professors who brainwashed so many of them.. The time was the mid-fifties to early sixties (pre-Beatles). Donald Fagan immortalized it in the album “Nightfly.” It predicted a future of Eames designed furniture and décor, characterized by smooth flowing lines, tapered legs, futuristic “space age” tables and chairs. Everything was and would be from then on...
  • Mbeki (SA) Lamblasts Brown (UK) For 'Imperial Nostalgia'

    05/29/2005 7:14:11 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 328+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-30-2005 | David Blair
    Mbeki lambasts Brown for 'imperial nostalgia' By David Blair in Johannesburg (Filed: 30/05/2005) President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa rebuked Gordon Brown yesterday, accusing the "presumed successor to Tony Blair" of promoting nostalgia for British imperialism and joining in a "discourse" that "demonises" blacks. Mr Brown is leading the Government's efforts to help Africa during Britain's presidency of the G8 group of rich countries. But any credit this might have earned seems, in Mr Mbeki's mind, to have been dashed by remarks the Chancellor made during his tour of Africa in January. While in Tanzania, Mr Brown said the "days...
  • Founder Of Coit's Root Beer Stands Dies At 79

    05/19/2005 1:02:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 9 replies · 336+ views
    AP ^ | 05/19/2005 | Channel Oklahoma
    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Donald Dean Coit, the founder of Coit's Root-Beer Stands, has died. He was 79. Coit battled a lengthy illness and had been hospitalized for three weeks when he died Tuesday, his granddaughter Karen Coit said. Coit opened his first drive-in restaurant, Weber's, in 1954, in Oklahoma City. The exclusively curb-service establishment opened in an era when dragging the strip in a Model-T was the ultimate weekend activity. Coit changed the name of the drive-in to Coit's Root-Beer Drive In and added two similar stores in the city. Oklahoma City resident Steve Hallmark said he knew Coit for...
  • Russia: Is The Country Pining For Stalin?

    05/12/2005 12:54:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies · 580+ views
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | 12 May 2005 | Claire Bigg
    Fifty-two years after his death, Soviet leader Josef Stalin still has a special place in the heart of many Russians. The 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany this week has once again brought questions about his legacy to the forefront. Stalin has long entered Western history books as a ruthless dictator. But in Russia, observers and opinions polls are suggesting that the man who ruled the Soviet Union for almost 30 years and was responsible for millions of deaths is back in favor. Moscow, 12 May 2005 (RFE/RL) – Like many pensioners in Russia, 63-year-old Maria Vinokurova...
  • Vladimir Putin's sinister nostalgia

    05/11/2005 11:00:54 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 443+ views
    National Post ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | John O'Sullivan
    Vladimir Putin's sinister nostalgia John O'Sullivan National Post Wednesday, May 11, 2005 PRAGUE - Statesmen from all the over the world gathered in Moscow this week to mark the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in what Russians call the Great Patriotic War. Two heads of state were noticeably absent, however, namely the presidents of Lithuania and Latvia. They declined invitations to attend because Vladimir Putin, Russia's President, refuses to apologize for the Soviet occupation and ethnic cleansing of their countries after 1945. Russia officially regards that as a liberation. It is greatly to the credit of U.S....
  • Dictator Stalin stirs nostalgia as Russians remember war

    05/10/2005 2:06:42 PM PDT · by familyop · 15 replies · 631+ views
    [Photo]ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO II / AP A big portrait of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, at left, was part of a re-creation yesterday of victorious Soviet troops returning to Moscow by train after World War II. MOSCOW — One poster stands out among the billboards splashed across Moscow for celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany: Josef Stalin against the backdrop of a Red Army soldier raising the Soviet hammer-and-sickle over the Reichstag in Berlin. Stalin always has been a contradictory figure in Russia, seen as either the powerful boss who led the country to victory over...
  • Stalin returns to favour for Russia's Victory Day party

    05/09/2005 4:51:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 335+ views
    AFP ^ | May 8, 2005
    Soviet dictator Josef Stalin made a comeback as commemorations of the defeat of Nazi Germany 60 years ago got under way today and Russia tried to airbrush out of the picture the brutality of this towering figure of 20th-century history. As Moscow prepared to host nearly 60 world dignitaries for commemorations of the end of World War II in Europe, celebrations took a surreal turn as a "Victory train" arrived in Moscow's Belarus station with a huge portrait of the moustachioed Soviet leader mounted on its engine. It bore medal-bedecked veterans who had made the long journey home 60 years...
  • Stalin revival signs at VE Day parades

    05/08/2005 11:00:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 344+ views
    stuff ^ | 09 May 2005
    Among all the bright flags and billboards dotting Moscow for celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in World War II, one poster stands out. It shows Josef Stalin against the backdrop of a Red Army soldier raising the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flag atop the Reichstag in Berlin. Stalin has always cut a contradictory figure in Russia, where he is seen as both a powerful leader who made the country strong and led it to victory over the Nazis – and as a tyrant responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of his own people. Under President Vladimir...
  • Bush takes a back seat amid Soviet nostalgia

    05/09/2005 3:28:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies · 514+ views
    bangkokpost.com ^ | 10 May 2005 | AP
    Moscow - It was awkward theatre for US President George W. Bush, given a seat of honour yesterday in a reviewing stand next to Lenin's tomb to watch goose-stepping soldiers and flags adorned with the Soviet hammer-and-sickle that recalled days of communist might. Russia's 60th anniversary celebration of its World War Two victory with other Allied forces over Nazi Germany offered only a one-sided, rosy picture of the Soviet Union's war legacy, and has been accompanied by increased nostalgia for its wartime tyrant, Josef Stalin. That poses some difficulty for a US president who has made democracy's spread the singular...
  • Peace Movement Struggling ("Anti-War" Activists Long For The Good Old Days)

    05/09/2005 10:48:48 AM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 21 replies · 761+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | May 9, 2005 | Michael Stetz
    Gloria Daviston helps with the crosses. Even with several people working, it takes hours to put them all up. Space has become a problem, too, because they stretch so far. In short: There are too many now. Each cross represents a U.S. soldier or Marine killed in Iraq. Daviston belongs to an organization, Veterans for Peace, that erects the crosses in different parts of San Diego County every few months. The San Diego native and former Army drill sergeant is part of the nation's anti-war movement, a small, stubborn band of people who just can't let the war in Iraq...
  • GOING HOME: Blacks return to the South -(Blacks from blue to red)

    05/01/2005 4:23:49 PM PDT · by sirthomasthemore · 42 replies · 1,663+ views
    Stamford Advocate ^ | 5/1/2005 | Joy Woodson
    When Sarah Perry looks out her window in Gretna, Va., she sees her childhood. Across the street is the rambling white farmhouse where she grew up. It's part of the reason she returned to the South. Nostalgia called. In 1957, Perry left Virginia for Bridgeport to attend business school. The North offered blacks opportunity, she had heard. In Greenwich, she landed a job in the accounting department of a magazine publisher and later for a major international mining company. She married and raised four children in the area. But after four decades, the North began to lose its luster. Her...
  • Russian victory festivities open old wounds in Europe

    04/29/2005 9:21:53 AM PDT · by lizol · 29 replies · 881+ views
    The Guardian ^ | April 29, 2005 | Ian Traynor
    Russian victory festivities open old wounds in Europe 60th anniversary of Nazis' defeat is hit by boycotts and bitterness Ian Traynor in Warsaw Friday April 29, 2005 The Guardian As President Vladimir Putin gears up for the biggest spectacular of his five-year rule, Moscow and its former satellites in eastern Europe are mired in rancour and recrimination about the chapter of history they are about to commemorate. Most central and east European leaders are due to join President George Bush, Tony Blair, the German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, and more than 50 heads of state and government in Moscow next month...
  • Mourning Mother Russia

    04/28/2005 2:23:50 AM PDT · by infocats · 17 replies · 519+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 28, 2005 | David Brooks
    Vladimir Putin gave a bizarre speech this week in which he described the fall of the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century" and said that an "epidemic of collapse has spilled over to Russia itself." The sad thing is he is half right. Most of us are grateful for the fall of communism, but the phrase "epidemic of collapse" is not a bad description of what Russian society is suffering through right now. You can measure that collapse most broadly in the country's phenomenal population decline. According to U.N. projections, Russia's population will plummet from about...
  • Soviet Union's end was no catastrophe

    04/28/2005 2:22:02 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 68 replies · 1,195+ views
    jdnews.com ^ | April 27,2005
    Russian President Vladimir Putin grew up under the Soviet school system, where history was notoriously rewritten to suit the needs of ideology, so he can be forgiven for clinging to certain skewed perspectives. But he went over the top in his nationally televised state of the nation speech to parliament Monday. "First and foremost it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century. As for the Russian people, it became a genuine tragedy," Putin said. There may be Russian nationalists and old people nostalgic for the certitudes of the Soviet...
  • New Russians gripped by Stalin's old spell

    04/23/2005 6:49:14 AM PDT · by qam1 · 19 replies · 985+ views
    Guardian&Mail online ^ | 4/22/05 | Staff
    It was the site of one of the most infamous political executions in Stalin's Russia. Stalin ordered 157 political prisoners, including the sister of his enemy Leon Trotsky, taken from their cells on September 11 1941 and shot in the woods outside the town. But now, as nostalgia for Joseph Stalin swells in Russia and the 60th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Nazis on May 9 approaches, Oryol has rekindled its affection for a man seen by many as the 20th century's worst mass murderer. The town council has written to President Vladimir Putin demanding his support for...
  • APRIL FOOL'S DAY + 1

    04/01/2005 3:43:42 PM PST · by infocats · 119+ views
    Infocats Productions | April 1st. 2005 | infocats
    APRIL FOOL'S DAY + 1 Music guaranteed to make the most hard hearted Freeper turn gushy with delight :-) Let the Good Times Roll
  • GERMANS ‘MISS’ BERLIN WALL

    03/29/2005 11:19:50 AM PST · by lizol · 30 replies · 1,038+ views
    The World News ^ | 29.3.2005
    GERMANS ‘MISS’ BERLIN WALL 29.3.2005. 13:46:22 Almost 15 years after German re-unification, one in four western Germans wishes the Wall was still standing, a poll has shown. The survey, carried out by Berlin's Freie Universität and Forsa polling institute, showed that 24 percent of western Germans would rather have their country divided into separate East and West German states. Only 12 percent of eastern Germans said it would be better if the country was still divided. Only 11 percent of respondents in western Berlin wanted the Wall back, and 8 percent of those in the eastern part of the city...
  • Many Germans Want Berlin Wall Back, Study Finds

    03/26/2005 10:58:24 AM PST · by wagglebee · 49 replies · 2,163+ views
    My Way News ^ | 3/26/05 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of western Germans and 12 percent of easterners want the Berlin Wall back -- more than 15 years after the fall of the barrier that split Germany during the Cold War, according to a new survey. The results of the poll, published Saturday, reflected die-hard animosities over high reunification costs lowering western standards of living and economic turmoil in the east. The survey of 2,000 Germans by Berlin's Free University and pollsters Forsa found 24 percent of those living in western Germany want the Wall back -- double the eastern level. In Berlin itself,...
  • "Those were the good old days, my friends".......(we thought they'd never end......)

    03/28/2005 6:40:30 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 982+ views
    Private Email | MARCH 28, 2005 | Unknown
    MEMORIES A little house with three bedrooms and one car on the street, A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat. In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone, And no need for recording things, someone was always home. We only had a living room where we would congregate, Unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate. We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine, When meeting as a family those two rooms would work out fine. We only had one TV set, and channels...