Sunday, December 03, 2006

The A-B-CCCP's

From: USAToday

"WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia under President Vladimir Putin is a "one-man dictatorship" and he should do more to help the U.S. confront Iran's nuclear ambitions, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday....."
Dear Senator Graham, Chairman of the Department of Redundancy Department,

“One-man dictatorship” ??? Hellooooooo.

For giggles, the Russian word for dictatorship is: диктатура

Which brings me to a little history:

This is the Alaska Flag:

Alaska was a Russian territory until 1867 when it was sold to the USA for $7.2 million (remember this was 1867 dollars and no one had found our oil yet).

There was, perhaps still is, a man in Juneau (our state capitol) who flew various flags at various times of the year but by far my favorite was his interpretation of the Alaska flag if Russia had not sold Alaska.

While I feel privileged to live in the United States of America, I still smile a little when I remember a little joke popular in 1991 when the Soviet Union dissolved:

If Russia hadn't sold us, we'd be FREE now!!


Jas said...

Isn't it ironic that Alaska is a "red" state?

I have to admit, I prefer the blue flag, though.

Now, can you SING the Alaska State Flag Song?

"Eight stars of gold on a field of blue, Alaska's flag may it mean to you...."

I can still play the tune in my head.

After 11 years in Oregon, I don't even know the Oregon song.

You can leap to a midi version of the song from this page:

You can listen to Oregon's song, which sounds like something from a funeral home. Creepy.

John Cowart said...

It is good to be King!

Eric said...

I happen to think that the Alaska Flag Song is pretty horrible. It's no "Swanee River," let me tell you.

PJ said...

Lindsay Graham is mostly right...Putin is a murderous one-man dictator. See this story for why.,,3-2489024,00.html#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=World