Support Igor Birman’s Bid for Congress

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Last night, my sister and I attended Liberty Karaoke here in Arlington, VA to support Igor Birman’s Congressional bid in California’s 7th District.

Normally I don’t go out of my way to support every Republican candidate because many fail to uphold conservative principles. However, Igor Birman is not your usual candidate. He escaped the Soviet Union at age 12 alongside his family and came here in 1994. He’s both fiscally and socially conservative. He’s anti-establishment.

Igor is a candidate who can help pivot California in the right direction.

As a child of Soviet immigrants myself, I can greatly relate to Igor. He understands the problems inset in big government policies. He gets the importance of never taking our freedoms for granted. He holds no punches and is a fighter. And of course I would be partial to a fellow California conservative. Who wouldn’t be?

If you need any more reason to vote for or support Igor, check out his campaign video:

Like what you see? Donate to his campaign: http://www.igorbirman.com. He faces two Republicans and incumbent Democrat Ami Berra in the jungle primary on June 3rd, 2014.

I’ve donated to his campaign, and I hope you join me in doing so. Ultimately all members of Congress represent ALL of us, not solely their constituents. There’s no better person to represent us in Congress than a man who saw firsthand how destructive big government policies were in the former Soviet Union.

Follow Igor on Twitter, LIKE his Facebook page, and check out his campaign website.

 

 

Happy Birthday to Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy!

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Like so many of you, I’m a proud patron of “hate-chicken” haven Chick-fil-A.

Today, I hope you join me in showing appreciation for this company by wishing its founder – Truett Cathy – a happy 93rd birthday.

Mr. Cathy, thank you for giving millions of Americans the opportunity in indulge in delicious chicken sandwiches. Thank you for employing thousands of people and demonstrating the beauty of free enterprise. Thank you for having strong convictions against attacks from naysayers.

Happy Birthday, good sir!

#HandsOffUkraine Rally in Washington, D.C.

Yesterday my parents and I ventured to DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C., to join other Americans from Eastern Europe – including Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Georgians, Poles, Ukrainians, Russians – to protest Russia’s illegal invasion into Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

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The protest was organized by Joint Baltic Americans National Committee (JBANC). Lithuanian Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis and Ukrainian Ambassador Oleksandr Motsyk gave brief remarks at the event.

I’m pictured with some diplomats from the Lithuanian Embassy. [ Lithuania is my ancestral homeland, for those of you wondering.]

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With my new friends Rolandas Kacinskas (L) and Lithuanian Ambassador to the U.S. Zygimantas Pavilionis (R) at the #StopRussianOccupation rally in support of Ukraine. The ambassador’s sign reads, “Obama Beware! One day Putin might come “rescue” Russians in Brighton Beach, NY!”

Amb. Motsyk of Ukraine gave brief remarks at the protest.

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Amb. Pavilionis of Lithuania addressed the protest.

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Lithuanian Ambassador to the U.S. and Mexico Žygimantas Pavilionis

Pictured below is the Lithuanian National Flag alongside the Lithuanian State Flag with Vytis.

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A sign cautioning against Russian “liberation” of Crimea/Ukraine is shown below.

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LTU World covered the protest, as with Daily Caller.

I’ll have a column in Townhall.com later this week about the situation in Eastern Europe. As Americans, we should encourage means other than war to punish Russia for its behavior.

Stay tuned…

New Townhall Column: Soviet Communism Was a Disaster, Not a ‘Pivotal Experiment’

Millions tuned to NBC last Friday night to watch the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Despite subpar construction, dingy hotel conditions, and athletes trapped in bathrooms, the Sochi spectacle was masterfully executed—except for the Olympic ring that didn’t budge and the glorification of Soviet symbols.

To anyone with family members that escaped the Soviet Union—including yours truly—the opening ceremony brought back terrible memories of the Old Country.

The opening montage began with, “Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it’s resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence.”

The narratorGame of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage—continued by saying, “The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures…”

What’s so “pivotal” about centrally-planned government, food rationing, prison labor camps, a secret police, and millions of deaths? Much to the chagrin of NBC, the Bolshevik coup d’état and Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror comprised the so-called “pivotal experiment” in Russia.

Continue reading my column at Townhall.com.

UPDATE: Got a very nice shout-out from Stacy McCain at The Other McCain.

NBC Should Apologize to Victims of Communism for ‘Pivotal Experiment’ Comments

Wow.

Last night’s opening ceremony at the Sochi Olympics was painful to watch. Apart from familiar Russian songs, admittedly impressive visual effects, and great dancing, I wasn’t too impressed watching the Putin-orchestrated display. Gotta love the hammer and sickle motif-among many things-being front and center during last night’s proceedings! (Not.) If anything, the opening ceremony brought back memories of the pain the Soviet Union inflicted on my family, in Europe, and across the globe.

What irritates me (and should alarm you) about present-day Russia is its leaders’ aspirations to recreate a Sovietesque Union, its rampant cronyism, its disregard for free speech, and its refusal to condemn past crimes committed by their predecessors. I’m grateful my ancestral homeland was the first Baltic Republic to break away from the former Soviet Union.

Even more alarming than the ceremony was NBC’s commentary humanizing Soviet communism as a “pivotal experiment”:

Newsbusters has more on it:

NBC whitewashed Russia’s communist legacy in the lead segment of its Friday broadcast of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage narrated the network’s lionization of the largest country by land mass: “Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it’s resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence.”

However, Dinklage continued with a glorification of the Marxist-Leninist totalitarian state that slaughtered tens of millions of people between 1917 and 1991: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

(h/t Hot Air)

PETER DINKLAGE (voice-over): The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it’s passion that endures….

[Right Scoop first brought this to my attention.]

Many people rightfully lashed out at NBC for singing praises of Russia’s “glory days.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) chastised NBC for ignoring Soviet crimes:

The Joint Baltic American National Committee – a group that promotes independence in countries formerly occupied by the Soviet Union – equally lambasted the Pravda wannabe for the ignoring horrors and deaths caused by Soviet communism:

Other Twitter users also took NBC to task for downplaying the horrors of the Soviet Union.

Late last night, I called on NBC to apologize for dishonoring the victims of global communism.

Who’s going to hold NBC accountable? I know I will. Will you?

The Sochi Olympics’ shortcomings shouldn’t be treated lightly. When making fun of Putin and mediocre conditions inset in modern-day Russia, remember the pain and misery the former Soviet Union wrought. Be thankful our relatively free market country is superior, cleaner, and intact.

USA! USA! USA!

23rd Anniversary of Lithuania’s Day of the Defenders of Freedom

Picture Credit: LTUWorld

Picture Credit: LTUWorld

January 13, 2014, marks 23 years since Lithuania’s Day of the Defenders of Freedom.

LTUWorld has more on the event:

On this day in 1991, unarmed Lithuania struggled for its right to be a free, independent and proud country. 14 people were killed, about 1000 were injured as the Soviet occupation army and the KGB attempted to overthrow the legitimate government of the country and to seize the Lithuanian national radio and television building, the TV tower and publishing houses. The people of Lithuania demonstrated their inner strength, they defeated the Soviet aggression and defended their freedom in the spirit of truth and love.

We will never forget that tragic day. The anniversary of January 13 is a day of history, emotion, and reflection for most Lithuanians wherever they live. Over the last twenty-plus-years, this day has also come to symbolize the resilience, kindness, and unity of the Lithuanian people.

This anniversary is always commemorated with forget-me-not flower pins. More on this custom below:

The pins represent forget-me-not flowers and they are meant to mark the Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania.

As an American of immediate Lithuanian descent, I happily acknowledge Lithuanian holidays that celebrate freedom. Lithuania was the first Baltic Republic to leave the Soviet Union. Soviet totalitarianism brutalized the Baltics and other formerly occupied countries. This is something that needs to be told.

Growing up, I’d hear my dad tell stories about his time building the famous Vilnius TV Tower that the Soviets tried to seize in 1991. My mom also reminds me that my uncle, her brother, stood alongside other Lithuanians during this important day. Although my parents were already in America by 1991 – the year I was born – they were proud of their fellow Lithuanians for standing up to Soviet bullies.

No matter the demands for big government, freedom will always trump collectivism. Freedom is contagious; spread it around!

Happy 28th Freedomversary, Mom and Dad!

Today marks 28 years since my parents came to the U. S. from then Soviet-occupied Lithuania. Grateful to them for instilling a love of freedom in me. They are the best Americans I know. Happy Freedomversary, mama and daddy!

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Read more about this anniversary at Storify.

Conservative Women Must Continue to Fight Back

To the Martin Bashir’s and Man-Child Eunuchs of the World:

Your attacks on conservative women like Sarah Palin are unwarranted and disgusting at best. Did your mothers not teach you to treat ladies with the utmost respect and kindness? Or does your wayward ideology get in the way of any rational thinking? Your ilk, which touts itself as “pro-women,” continues to defile us and justify government-subsidized birth control/abortion to satisfy your casual sex fixes all the while telling us to settle for victimhood. How peachy. If you disagree with conservatives, be respectful and polite – not crass and unhinged. Sadly, given the violent nature of leftist movements throughout history, we shouldn’t expect any civility from most of you.

We conservative women are constantly targeted by you on the Left for defying conventional wisdom that tells us to sulk off of the government from cradle to grave, to kill the preborn in the womb whenever convenient, to behave like sexual predators, and to treat men like dirt. Believing in personal responsibility, free markets, gun ownership, traditional values, and limited government is too much for you feeble-minded folks to bear. For example, your kind has called me a c*** and stupid b**** numerous times, told me to put a gun in my mouth and pull the trigger, told me that “your parents shoulda died under Stalin,” and much more, for defying big government policies. Much to your dismay, your fighting words encourage me to expose you. The insults you invalids hurl at us won’t go unnoticed anymore. I hope more conservative women (and men) call you out for your sheer disregard of manners.

Fellow conservative females: Be fearless, continue to speak out, and have the courage to spread the good word of conservatism. Maintain class and poise when dealing with these creatures. And remember: #FightLikeAGirl!

Originally posted on Facebook.

New Counter Cultured Blog: Curious Case of Sandwich Making

I’ve penned a new column at Counter Cultured about the brouhaha surrounding 300Sandwiches.com.

Read more below:

 
by Gabriella Hoffman 

“I met a guy. I made a sandwich. I started a blog. And I enraged feminists everywhere,” writes NY Post reporter Stephanie Smith. 

Smith’s blog, 300sandwiches.com, has garnered praise and ire alike. A woman is making her boyfriend sandwiches? She’s submitting to patriarchy? Queue the moral outrage! 

Smith explains the purpose behind 300sandwiches:

On Wednesday, I wrote in The Post about how my boyfriend Eric’s joke remark after making him a snack — “Honey, you’re 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring!” — inspired me to do just that and chronicle the project on a Web site, 300sandwiches.com.

Much to the dismay of radical feminists, it was inspired by an innocent, harmless joke between Smith and her boyfriend Eric:

The blog started as a lighthearted joke between boyfriend and girlfriend. I presented it to the world because I thought at least one person would find the humor in the idea of sandwiches for an engagement ring.

This project is not about me promoting myself as some gourmet chef, nor a desperate plot to win Eric’s love — or a movie deal or Internet fame.

It’s an idea that made us laugh and made for a good, lighthearted blog with some drool- inducing sandwich photos.

When one peruses the blog, they will stumble upon photos of delicious creations and accompanying sandwich recipes. (My personal favorites are “Weeklong Effort” Beef Brisket Sandwich, “Baked at Halftime” Fried Green Tomato BLT, “Michael White’s Forbidden” Mortadella and Ricotta Cheese on Focaccia, and “Three P’s” Prosciutto, Parmesan and Pesto Croissant sandwich.) What’s not to like about photos of delicious food and witty commentary about life? Many on the Left–particularly radical feministshave condemned her efforts, citing “sexism” and “oppression” a la patriarchy. They think every man is a pig who boasts a primitive “make-me-a-sandwich” mentality. (Men deserve respect too, radical feminists.)
 

RIP Tom Clancy

Prolific writer and author Tom Clancy died today. He was 66.

Clancy is best known for novels like The Hunt for Red October. He was also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a supporter of conservative causes. He was also a fan of President Ronald Reagan.

May his memory live on and his work be celebrated for generations to come.

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