Last full week of 2013 and we are ready to put this one to bed. There is some news not adequately covered by the corporate media, such as the death of Mr. Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose name became synonymous with death and destruction for his eponymous weapon -- the AK-47. It killed more people in the 20th Century than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
"AK-47's easy maintenance and light weight led to its becoming the armament of choice for at least 50 armies worldwide, as well as guerrilla factions, terrorist groups, drug gangs and pirates.
"A symbol of resistance, revolution and independence, the rifle with the signature curved ammunition clip is celebrated on the flags of Mozambique and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.
"The 1940's invention of what is now the world's most ubiquitous weapon was attributed to Soviet military designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, who died Monday in Izhevsk, the Udmurtia Republic capital where the factory he ran produced about half of the estimated 100 million Kalashnikovs still waging war and terror the world over."- Advertisement -
Rest in Peace hardly seems the appropriate sentiment, does it Truthseekers? And speaking of agents of death, Phil Robertson, of recent Duck Dynasty infamy is unapologetic over his extremely bigoted, racist and homophobic rant in the current issue of GQ.
"Phil Robertson has spoken out for the first time since his homophobic comments in a magazine interview went public and refused to go back on his controversial remarks. The Duck Dynasty patriarch led a small Bible study group in his home town church in West Monroe, Louisiana on Sunday, granting MailOnline exclusive access. And the deeply religious outdoorsman stood by his incendiary statements. And at the end of the session he led a defiant prayer, which included the words, 'I will not give or back off from my path because you conquered death, Father, so we are not worried about all the repercussions.'
"Earlier he stood in front of the small class, at White's Ferry Road Church wearing his full camouflage suit and addressed the group for around 45 minutes. 'We murder each other and we steal from one another, sex and immorality goes ballistic. All the diseases that just so happen to follow sexual mischief... boy there are some microbes running around now. ...Sexual sins are numerous and many, I have a few myself. So what is your safest course of action? If you're a man, find yourself a woman, marry them and keep your sex right there.'"
Sex and microbes, what a lovely holiday sermon! Nothing about the divine birth of the immaculate conception? No nativity rembrance? Sounds more like an ad for Trojans than a Bible study. Speaking of weirdos, Rand Paul is back in the news (almost as often as Miley on some news cycles), with his "Festivus" tweets airing his grievances against Washington politicos, and various members of his staff who are critical of his wardrobe choices. At least he's entertaining.
Monday, Dec. 23, is Festivus, the Seinfeld-birthed holiday where you traditionally gather around an aluminum pole, participate in feats of strength, and air grievances about one another. The Costanza-proclaimed "festivus for the rest of us" is already being celebrated in state capitals across America. And now at least one U.S. senator is getting on board.
Starting this morning, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has hopped on the grievances train, airing on Twitter everything that peeves him about life in Washington and the federal government. Most of the grievances come as slightly altered versions of his more standard anti-Fed, anti-big-government talking points. But that's not all that's bothering Paul.
Here are some of the more nonpolitical highlights:
"I can never remember when to move my car for DC street cleaning."