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Don King Salutes Vladimir Putin

BY The Sweet Science ON February 10, 2014
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Feb 9, 2014



Without Struggle…..There Is No Progress...
Acting Courageously Creates Confidence

To Russia With Love

God sent the Lightning as an instrument of fear to the masses and a symbol of hope to those who wanted rain...

Thank you, President Vladimir Putin. I, Don King, along with all Americans wish you continued success in your battle against terror.

We are very happy and overwhelmingly proud to bear witness to the beautiful pageantry honoring the Russian culture, history and people of the opening ceremony and the start of the winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. The ceremony was not only spectacular, it occurred without any untoward violence or negative incidents.

Your courageous actions substantiate and validate your libertarian cosmic words: "Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms." The spirit of Russia lives on.



My being the People's promoter extraordinaire, I have lived with the challenge of risk...and the apprehension of fear, one promotion after another, the world over. This year is the 40th anniversary of my historic promotion of the "Rumble in the Jungle" - Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman held in Kinshasa, Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also the 39th anniversary of the "Thrilla in Manila" the third and final match up between Muhammad Ali and "Smokin" Joe Frazier held in Manila, Philippines.



Mr. Putin, you met the risk, and challenge of staging the Winter Olympics with indomitable courage, and you met the fear, and apprehension with an invincible spirit and a never say die attitude. Despite such pressures as the insurmountable difficulties of security and the incessant mental violence of destruction promulgated by the chatterboxes of imminent danger, perpetrated propaganda, you and your country persevered and have risen gloriously in front of the eyes of the world.



That is why, President Putin, I take my hat off to you, and I salute your dynamic leadership under crisis and congratulate you on the phenomenal promotion of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games held in Sochi, Russia.



May God continue to bless you and the great Russian people, as the journey of life continues.



Again, Thank you Mr. President.



The People's Promoter,



Don King

“The Reward is in the Journey”

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The Shadow says:

Lol wtf??

Radam G says:

Hehehehe! The fudging Don is wild. What is he up to? He is like a sneaky child. Holla!

deepwater2 says:

Good for king. Putin is not a communist . Putin fights the bolshivik/ communist agenda . He restored the orthodox church in Russia . The first thing the bolshivik terror did after killing the czar was burn all churches and kill the priests. Religion was replaced by the state. After the fall of communism Putin protected religious freedom now all religions are protected there. Despite what media outlits say you can even be gay in russia.That's why there was huge public reaction against the agent provacators pussy riot. Pussy riot went to the alter of the national church and said religion is do doo and very vulgar things. Besides public masterbation with chicken wings and orgies in museums pussy riot has dark motives behind their actions. just imagine if a nut pulled that at a synogue or mosque in America. Federal hate crimes would rain down and 25 year sentences would be accepted . Putin jailed them for 6 months in comparison . Disclaimer * this is not directed at anyone in an inflammatory manor. All opinion statements can be checked on Internet.

Grimm says:

A population that's been decreasing for decades. An average life expectancy of ~60 years for men. Journalists and dissidents being murdered. International investors withdrawing and not wanting to risk a dime in the stock market, factorys or facilities. A church given almost sharia-like authorities over matters concerning the inner lives of families. Regional and national laws against "homosexual propaganda". And on it goes...

Yeah, Russia is doing fine with Putin at the helm.

deepwater2 says:

Hey Grimm remember when all the churches were burnt , sacked and outlawed.? Churches were only allowed in the past few decades, what happened before that?

brownsugar says:

Grimm your bleak view of Russia almost reminded me of a movie I caught on cable late-night called the Chernobyl Diaries... Surreal.

deepwater2 says:

Please research it if you disagree.Russias birthrate is rising now and the usa and europe is declining.Feminists and anti family liberals hate Putin because he defends the unborn. Communist encourage abortion. Atheists hate Putin because he defends Christianity and all religions in Russia. Socialist hate Putin because he Promotes free enterprise. Look at the Ukraine debacle for an example.Putin: "In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state's role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated." Keynesian economists hate Putin because he opposes public debt and reckless money printing. More to the story ,please refute any statements and feel free to discuss

Radam G says:

I'm riding shotgun with deepwater2, because I know how Western war-and-hate propaganda is.

Putin and his Russian regime are good con men if all what haters say about them is even 10-percent legit. But every time that I go to Russia, I see a lot of what I heard in the West is 99-percent bunk. And I ain't saying that because a Russian billionaire is inviting Da Manny over there to fight for some BIG-BIG MONEY funk.

I'm just reminded of all the wacko lies that I have heard the Amerkano propaganda-and-hate machine say about the P-Islands, V-Islands, K-Islands, I-Island and even Cuba, Panama, Genada and Nicaragua.

Don't believe the hype. Fight the corrupted powers that be. They tell you what to see. And then create optical illusions that would make you ______ _______ and peepee. Hehehe! Holla!

Radam G says:

My bad! That above scratch of mine, I should've put it in the "Random Topics" section. You guys and gals need to holla there every now and then. It is for off-boksing topics. Where is da luv? We need to get that section rockin!' THERE! With the political issues of the planet, you can be $0¢K¡n!' Holla!

deepwater2 says:

Hey thanks man. For some reason I can't get onto random topics from by work computer.

deepwater2 says:

Hey some quick facts , from the ny times a couple months ago
1)
After years of fits and starts, a Russian-backed idea to form a free-trade zone on the territory of much of the former Soviet Union is closer to fruition today than ever before.
Adding to the momentum was the decision last week by the Ukrainian government to hold talks on aligning with this group, called the Customs Union, rather than with the European Union. Two other former Soviet states, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, have also committed to joining this group, a sort of Nafta of Eurasia.
From CNN a few months ago
2)The Great Recession and the slow recovery have been quite the romantic buzzkill.
The U.S. fertility rate fell to another record low in 2012, with 63.0 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's down slightly from the previous low of 63.2 in 2011
It marked the fifth year in a row the U.S. birth rate has declined, and the lowest rate on record since the government started tracking the fertility rate in 1909. In 2007, the rate was 69.3.
From NBC last year
3)Last March, three members of Pussy Riot staged an unauthorised "concert" in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Standing before the altar, they sang a pseudo-hymn to the Virgin, urging her to remove Putin and condemning the Patriarch Kirill as his slavish disciple. They have now been convicted of what a judge*termed*"hooliganism driven by religious hatred".

Few Western commentators have taken that religious element too seriously, but it is central to what Hollywood might term the back-story.

Look, above all, at the site of the demonstration. Historically, Christ the Saviour was a central shrine both of the Orthodox faith and of Russian national pride, and for that reason, the Bolsheviks targeted it for destruction.

In 1931, in a notorious act of cultural vandalism, the Soviet government dynamited the old building, levelling it to the ground, and replacing it with a public swimming pool. Not until 1990 did a new regime permit a rebuilding, funded largely by ordinary believers, and the vast new structure was consecrated in 2000. The cathedral is thus a primary memorial to the restoration of Russia's Christianity after a savage persecution.

It's difficult, perhaps, for Westerners to realise how bloodthirsty that government assault was. Russia in 1917 was overwhelmingly Orthodox, and in fact was undergoing a widespread religious revival. Rooting out that faith demanded forceful action by the new Bolshevik government, which had no scruples about imposing its will on the wishes of a vast majority. Government leaders like Alexandra Kollontai - the self-proclaimed Female Antichrist - illegally seized historic churches and monasteries, and used soldiers to suppress the resulting demonstration. Hundreds were killed in those actions alone.

Through the 1920s, the Bolsheviks systematically wiped out the church's leaders. Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev perished in 1918, shot outside the historic Monastery of the Caves, while Bishop Hermogenes of Tobolsk was drowned in a Siberian river. Archbishop Andronicus of Perm was killed the following year, followed by most of his clergy. In 1920, Bishop Joachim of Nizhni Novgorod was crucified upside down from the iconostasis in his cathedral. In 1922, a firing squad executed the powerful Benjamin, Metropolitan of Petrograd/St Petersburg. The repression was indiscriminate, paying no attention to the victims' records as critics of Tsarist injustice and anti-Semitism.
Don king may be a crook but he gets some things right sometimes

deepwater2 says:

Hey some quick facts , from the ny times a couple months ago
1)
After years of fits and starts, a Russian-backed idea to form a free-trade zone on the territory of much of the former Soviet Union is closer to fruition today than ever before.
Adding to the momentum was the decision last week by the Ukrainian government to hold talks on aligning with this group, called the Customs Union, rather than with the European Union. Two other former Soviet states, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, have also committed to joining this group, a sort of Nafta of Eurasia.
From CNN a few months ago
2)The Great Recession and the slow recovery have been quite the romantic buzzkill.
The U.S. fertility rate fell to another record low in 2012, with 63.0 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's down slightly from the previous low of 63.2 in 2011
It marked the fifth year in a row the U.S. birth rate has declined, and the lowest rate on record since the government started tracking the fertility rate in 1909. In 2007, the rate was 69.3.
From NBC last year
3)Last March, three members of Pussy Riot staged an unauthorised "concert" in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Standing before the altar, they sang a pseudo-hymn to the Virgin, urging her to remove Putin and condemning the Patriarch Kirill as his slavish disciple. They have now been convicted of what a judge*termed*"hooliganism driven by religious hatred".

Few Western commentators have taken that religious element too seriously, but it is central to what Hollywood might term the back-story.

Look, above all, at the site of the demonstration. Historically, Christ the Saviour was a central shrine both of the Orthodox faith and of Russian national pride, and for that reason, the Bolsheviks targeted it for destruction.

In 1931, in a notorious act of cultural vandalism, the Soviet government dynamited the old building, levelling it to the ground, and replacing it with a public swimming pool. Not until 1990 did a new regime permit a rebuilding, funded largely by ordinary believers, and the vast new structure was consecrated in 2000. The cathedral is thus a primary memorial to the restoration of Russia's Christianity after a savage persecution.

It's difficult, perhaps, for Westerners to realise how bloodthirsty that government assault was. Russia in 1917 was overwhelmingly Orthodox, and in fact was undergoing a widespread religious revival. Rooting out that faith demanded forceful action by the new Bolshevik government, which had no scruples about imposing its will on the wishes of a vast majority. Government leaders like Alexandra Kollontai - the self-proclaimed Female Antichrist - illegally seized historic churches and monasteries, and used soldiers to suppress the resulting demonstration. Hundreds were killed in those actions alone.

Through the 1920s, the Bolsheviks systematically wiped out the church's leaders. Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev perished in 1918, shot outside the historic Monastery of the Caves, while Bishop Hermogenes of Tobolsk was drowned in a Siberian river. Archbishop Andronicus of Perm was killed the following year, followed by most of his clergy. In 1920, Bishop Joachim of Nizhni Novgorod was crucified upside down from the iconostasis in his cathedral. In 1922, a firing squad executed the powerful Benjamin, Metropolitan of Petrograd/St Petersburg. The repression was indiscriminate, paying no attention to the victims' records as critics of Tsarist injustice and anti-Semitism.
Don king may be a crook but he gets some things right sometimes

amayseng says:

Thanks Deep for the info.

This country can be pathetic with its propaganda

brownsugar says:

Hey some quick facts , from the ny times a couple months ago
1)
After years of fits and starts, a Russian-backed idea to form a free-trade zone on the territory of much of the former Soviet Union is closer to fruition today than ever before.
Adding to the momentum was the decision last week by the Ukrainian government to hold talks on aligning with this group, called the Customs Union, rather than with the European Union. Two other former Soviet states, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, have also committed to joining this group, a sort of Nafta of Eurasia.
From CNN a few months ago
2)The Great Recession and the slow recovery have been quite the romantic buzzkill.
The U.S. fertility rate fell to another record low in 2012, with 63.0 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's down slightly from the previous low of 63.2 in 2011
It marked the fifth year in a row the U.S. birth rate has declined, and the lowest rate on record since the government started tracking the fertility rate in 1909. In 2007, the rate was 69.3.
From NBC last year
3)Last March, three members of Pussy Riot staged an unauthorised "concert" in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Standing before the altar, they sang a pseudo-hymn to the Virgin, urging her to remove Putin and condemning the Patriarch Kirill as his slavish disciple. They have now been convicted of what a judge*termed*"hooliganism driven by religious hatred".

Few Western commentators have taken that religious element too seriously, but it is central to what Hollywood might term the back-story.

Look, above all, at the site of the demonstration. Historically, Christ the Saviour was a central shrine both of the Orthodox faith and of Russian national pride, and for that reason, the Bolsheviks targeted it for destruction.

In 1931, in a notorious act of cultural vandalism, the Soviet government dynamited the old building, levelling it to the ground, and replacing it with a public swimming pool. Not until 1990 did a new regime permit a rebuilding, funded largely by ordinary believers, and the vast new structure was consecrated in 2000. The cathedral is thus a primary memorial to the restoration of Russia's Christianity after a savage persecution.

It's difficult, perhaps, for Westerners to realise how bloodthirsty that government assault was. Russia in 1917 was overwhelmingly Orthodox, and in fact was undergoing a widespread religious revival. Rooting out that faith demanded forceful action by the new Bolshevik government, which had no scruples about imposing its will on the wishes of a vast majority. Government leaders like Alexandra Kollontai - the self-proclaimed Female Antichrist - illegally seized historic churches and monasteries, and used soldiers to suppress the resulting demonstration. Hundreds were killed in those actions alone.

Through the 1920s, the Bolsheviks systematically wiped out the church's leaders. Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev perished in 1918, shot outside the historic Monastery of the Caves, while Bishop Hermogenes of Tobolsk was drowned in a Siberian river. Archbishop Andronicus of Perm was killed the following year, followed by most of his clergy. In 1920, Bishop Joachim of Nizhni Novgorod was crucified upside down from the iconostasis in his cathedral. In 1922, a firing squad executed the powerful Benjamin, Metropolitan of Petrograd/St Petersburg. The repression was indiscriminate, paying no attention to the victims' records as critics of Tsarist injustice and anti-Semitism.
Don king may be a crook but he gets some things right sometimes



Deep is going to have me reading the history of Russia...
Many Russians migrated to my hometown (Buckeye Country) during the turn of the new millennium. They lived in a modest area of the near east side.
Those guys weren't scared or nothing or nobody.
They have since dispersed from that location and have intermingled into all parts of the city.

deepwater2 says:

Hey thanks , I work with a 64 year old Russian who started telling me these things. The guy is a gentleman and has a world of knowledge. Also some Russian guys are beating everyone up at gleasons a lot of talent over there. When the networks and politicians start talking about pussy riot keep it in mind.

Grimm says:

Yep. Birthrates have increased in Russia - after hitting rock bottom at the end of the 90's. Good for Russia. During the same period - end of the 90's and up til now - the overall population have decreased with ca 5 000 000. (Source: World Development Indicator.)

Beyond the numbers, this so called free market is a market where the contractors for the Olympic Games all can be found in the court around Putin. This court, the policitical and financial elite of Russia, haven't changed much lately - only the names of the parties to which they are affiliated. Putin's mentor for a life as a power player was Yuri Andropov, former head of KGB, where Putin held an officers rank. Later, Putin were quoted describing the fall of the Soviet Union as "the biggest geopolitical disaster in history."

The opposition, on the other hand, is hard to be found - possibly because of incarceration. Chodorkovsky has just been released after years in prison and immediately left the country. Members of Pussy Riot has just been released after months in prison. Activists from Greenpeace has just been released after months in prison. No coincidence they were all released before the Olympic Games, and no coincidence the state - Putins free market, it is - has tightened its grip over television, as well as the murder of Anna Politkovskaya have ensured silence from other critical voices in the media.

Russia is a country with vast natural resources, with the potential for greatness. Insted, the nation is corrupt and inclined on "negotiating" with its neighbours via threats: either to cut off gas supply (as with Ukraine and other former republics of the union) or by gathering their troops along some border. You'll need strong glasses to see any signs of a free market - or freedom at all, except for the filthy rich nomenklatura.

deepwater2 says:

Pussy riot should be in prison longer. If masked people broke into the national synagoug and stood on the alter and said good for the holocost you would support that? Most of the criminal oligarchs that robbed the nation fled to London. Some are in Russian prison rightfully so. Putin may not be perfect but he is better then the bolshvik/ communist that are making a comeback .

Grimm says:

I suspect we'll never agree, but I always appreciate a good debate - and debater. Thanks.

The rioting pussies are back behind bars as of yesterday - for what I don't know, but I know they didn't break into any church. They didn't the last time out, either. They simply walked in. And as far as I know they didn't express any appreciation for any holocaust of any kind. The so called "punk prayer" adressed the relationship between the orthodox church and Putins regime, of which they are critical. One of their slogans was that Kirill, patriach of the russian orthodox church, believe in Putin instead of God. Kirill, on his side, have condemned feminism as a cardinal sin and, interestingly, stated that it is "against God to protest against authority". If anyone ever has summarized the essence of the soul of dictatorship, it is Kirill, thus giving several points away to the rioting pussies.

McTaggart, of course, was 100% right. The environmental challenges are universal, but the attempts to solve them are at best on a national level. No educated man or woman can ever dispute the fact that the environment are on a disastrous course. But even if he were wrong, even if the whole environmental movement is dead wrong: why the need to lock them up, without even permitting them to have their cause presented before a court of law? That sort of behaviour is - and has always been - the brand of a rotten state.

I don't mind continuing this discussion, but if so - maybe we should move on to random topics and let the rest of TSS go back to boxing. I wish you all the best.

brownsugar says:

This is good stuff

Carmine Cas says:

The Americanos and the international bankers are using the media to bash Putin. Whether any of it's true or not it fails to illustrate the good, Putin kicked out the Rothschilds and all the other ratchet banksters (who influence heavily much of the western world, including the US if not control it ) once he paid Russia's debt off. Russia is not in the pockets of any oligarchs.

Grimm says:

Damn, I'm starting to feel like a pale, dehydrated viking lost on the plains, surrounded by a bunch of hostile comanches, not a drop of mead left in my horn. Oh well.

@CC. As a swedish proverb goes: two wrongs doesn't equal one right. The fact Putin has taken measures to strengthen his grip over the economy, the political and judicial systems doesn't mean it benefits neither freedom nor the people. I'm probably as critical of multinational corporations and dirty banksters as anyone here, but still: when you replace a bad thing with a bad thing, its still a bad thing.

deepwater2 says:

Damn, I'm starting to feel like a pale, dehydrated viking lost on the plains, surrounded by a bunch of hostile comanches, not a drop of mead left in my horn. Oh well.

@CC. As a swedish proverb goes: two wrongs doesn't equal one right. The fact Putin has taken measures to strengthen his grip over the economy, the political and judicial systems doesn't mean it benefits neither freedom nor the people. I'm probably as critical of multinational corporations and dirty banksters as anyone here, but still: when you replace a bad thing with a bad thing, its still a bad thing.


Don't worry man you can have one of my beers. But check this out , the pussy riot went into the beloved national church and said this on a holy alter .Virgin birth-giver of God, drive away Putin
Drive away Putin, drive away Putin!

Black frock, golden epaulettes
Parishioners crawl bowing [toward the priest, during the Eucharist]
Freedom's ghost [has gone to] heaven
A gay-pride parade [has been] sent to Siberia in shackles

Their chief saint is the head of the KGB
He leads a convoy of protestors to jail
So as not to insult the Holiest One
Woman should bear children and love
****, ****, the Lord's ****!
****, ****, the Lord's ****!
Pussy riot also storms supermarkets and masterbates with chicken wings. Fact check that it will blow your mind the other antics they pull. Ukraine is split. The west ukraine wants the eu the rest of the country wants trade agreement with their neighbor Russia. The Ukraine uprising is not legitimate and the USA needs to stay out of it. Russia has a lot of problems and Putin has some problems but most things that we hear is propaganda . I have a old Russian guy next to me right now and he supports Putin and explains why.

deepwater2 says:

The Americanos and the international bankers are using the media to bash Putin. Whether any of it's true or not it fails to illustrate the good, Putin kicked out the Rothschilds and all the other ratchet banksters (who influence heavily much of the western world, including the US if not control it ) once he paid Russia's debt off. Russia is not in the pockets of any oligarchs.


Bingo

deepwater2 says:

I can't get onto the random topics but good debate. The global warming thing well .....Now, 30,000 scientists, including the founder of The Weather Channel, have come forward to sue Al Gore for fraud.* Al Gore has made massive profits in the promotion of the global warming mythology, and he played a key role in getting the 'Cap and Trade' legislation passed.* Perhaps this lawsuit will finally give the thousands of 'dissenting' scientists a voice again.

Grimm says:

Ukraine is split. The west ukraine wants the eu the rest of the country wants trade agreement with their neighbor Russia. The Ukraine uprising is not legitimate and the USA needs to stay out of it. Klitchco has lived in germany for the last 14 years and is being backed by other interest the Ukrainian interests. Russia has a lot of problems and Putin has some problems but most things that we hear is propaganda .


I mostly agree with you on this.

Hehe, I knew I would get you going with the global warming. Cheers!

deepwater2 says:

I knew you were baiting me .haha. I got a farmers almanac and snowstorms were worse around here 100 years ago so.......

Carmine Cas says:

Damn, I'm starting to feel like a pale, dehydrated viking lost on the plains, surrounded by a bunch of hostile comanches, not a drop of mead left in my horn. Oh well.

@CC. As a swedish proverb goes: two wrongs doesn't equal one right. The fact Putin has taken measures to strengthen his grip over the economy, the political and judicial systems doesn't mean it benefits neither freedom nor the people. I'm probably as critical of multinational corporations and dirty banksters as anyone here, but still: when you replace a bad thing with a bad thing, its still a bad thing.


You're completely correct Grimm. But it's a step to return power back in the hands of the nation and not in the hands of foreign corporations who can care less about the nation they exploit.

In mathematics; a negative multiplied another negative is a positive

Carmine Cas says:

Damn, I'm starting to feel like a pale, dehydrated viking lost on the plains, surrounded by a bunch of hostile comanches, not a drop of mead left in my horn. Oh well.

@CC. As a swedish proverb goes: two wrongs doesn't equal one right. The fact Putin has taken measures to strengthen his grip over the economy, the political and judicial systems doesn't mean it benefits neither freedom nor the people. I'm probably as critical of multinational corporations and dirty banksters as anyone here, but still: when you replace a bad thing with a bad thing, its still a bad thing.


You're completely correct Grimm. But it's a step to return power back in the hands of the nation and not in the hands of foreign corporations who can care less about the nation they exploit.

In mathematics; a negative multiplied another negative is a positive

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