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August 21, 2013

'Putin' us in trouble

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The last time the president was in Buffalo, some woman with raging hormones felt it was necessary to tell the POTUS that he was “hot.” That did nothing to improve the general impression that the rest of the world has of Western New York, and I am sure that something will happen this time around to allow us to retain our title of “that snowy place up north that is desperate for attention” for another year.

The people who are into protesting have a lot of things to choose from. There is Obama making his way to our neck of the woods, Governor Cuomo is always a target for general frustration and the Russians have done their best to upset a world that is finally realizing that people are people, regardless of who they want to cuddle with.

I am not surprised that the Russians are taking such a stance against the gay rights movement. I am just surprised that everyone else is surprised. No matter who assumes the office of president, or premier, or whatever, let us be clear that Vladimir Putin is the guy in charge in Russia. He tried to put a figurehead out there to deflect some of the heat, but it didn’t work. Everyone knows that Putin is in charge and there is no one in Russia who will argue that fact.

The Russians have said that anyone who tries to protest in favor of gay rights during the Olympics will be imprisoned. This has shocked a lot of people. I know it can be hard to forget that Russia is essentially a dictatorship run by Putin, but that is the way it is. There is no regard for human rights in Russia. Nor does Vlad really care about the growing trends towards compassion that have taken hold in the rest of the world.

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