Yanukovych rewards tough loyalists with promotions

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Nov. 10, 2011, 11:45 p.m. | Ukraine — by Katya Gorchinskaya

Anatoliy Mohyliov

Katya Gorchinskaya

Katya Gorchinskaya has been the Kyiv Post's deputy chief editor since 2009 and is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @kgorchinskaya.

Toughness is rewarded, so are loyalty and patience.
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Anonymous Nov. 11, 2011, 4:04 a.m.    

Yanukovych will be rewarded in hell.

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Anonymous Nov. 11, 2011, 4:28 a.m.    

Katya, this guy is not a &quot;macho cowboy&quot; - he is merely a party hack, and what you are seeing is what they do in badly run corporations - people are rotated throughout various positions as &quot;rewards&quot; or &quot;punishment&quot; from the people at the top, without regard to ability of the person, or integrity, or profitability of the corporation.

There was actually a Cowboy Code, and much has been written about it - you can Google it.

But here is a link for you to ponder - and I want to assure you that a sovok mafia thug vampire like Mohilyop is, by no stretch of the imagination, a cowboy - macho or otherwise.

In fact, it would be very likely that if this thug found himself in the company of cowboys, he would be very quickly recognized for what he is - no better than a horse thief - and most likely find himself at the end of a rope.

I doubt that a thug like Mohiliop has ever heard of the Golden Rule. He certainly doesn't live by it. And neither do most of the vampire thugs &quot;political elite&quot; in Ukraine.

&quot;Back in the days when the cowman with his herds made a new frontier, there was no law on the range. Lack of written law made it necessary for him to frame some of his own, thus developing a rule of behavior which became known as the &quot;Code of the West.&quot; These homespun laws, being merely a gentleman’s agreement to certain rules of conduct for survival, were never written into statutes, but were respected everywhere on the range.

Though the Code of the West was always unwritten, here is a &quot;loose&quot; list of some of the guidelines:

Don't inquire into a person's past. Take the measure of a man for what he is today.

Never steal another man's horse. A horse thief pays with his life.

Defend yourself whenever necessary.

Look out for your own.

Remove your guns before sitting at the dining table.

Never order anything weaker than whiskey.

Don't make a threat without expecting dire consequences.

Never pass anyone on the trail without saying &quot;Howdy&quot;.

When approaching someone from behind, give a loud greeting before you get within shooting range.

Don't wave at a man on a horse, as it might spook the horse. A nod is the proper greeting.

After you pass someone on the trail, don't look back at him. It implies you don't trust him.

Riding another man's horse without his permission is nearly as bad as making love to his wife. Never even bother another man's horse.

Always fill your whiskey glass to the brim.

A cowboy doesn't talk much; he saves his breath for breathing.

No matter how weary and hungry you are after a long day in the saddle, always tend to your horse's needs before your own, and get your horse some feed before you eat.

Cuss all you want, but only around men, horses and cows.

Complain about the cooking and you become the cook.

Always drink your whiskey with your gun hand, to show your friendly intentions.

Do not practice ingratitude.

A cowboy is pleasant even when out of sorts. Complaining is what quitters do, and cowboys hate quitters.

Always be courageous. Cowards aren't tolerated in any outfit worth its salt.

A cowboy always helps someone in need, even a stranger or an enemy.

Never try on another man's hat.

Be hospitable to strangers. Anyone who wanders in, including an enemy, is welcome at the dinner table. The same was true for riders who joined cowboys on the range.

Give your enemy a fighting chance.

Never wake another man by shaking or touching him, as he might wake suddenly and shoot you.

Real cowboys are modest. A braggert who is &quot;all gurgle and no guts&quot; is not tolerated.

Be there for a friend when he needs you.

Drinking on duty is grounds for instant dismissal and blacklisting.

A cowboy is loyal to his &quot;brand,&quot; to his friends, and those he rides with.

Never shoot an unarmed or unwarned enemy. This was also known as &quot;the rattlesnake code&quot;: always warn before you strike. However, if a man was being stalked, this could be ignored.

Never shoot a woman no matter what.

Consideration for others is central to the code, such as: Don't stir up dust around the chuckwagon, don't wake up the wrong man for herd duty, etc.

Respect the land and the environment by not smoking in hazardous fire areas, disfiguring rocks, trees, or other natural areas.

Honesty is absolute - your word is your bond, a handshake is more binding than a contract.

Live by the Golden Rule.

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Anonymous Nov. 11, 2011, 5:47 p.m.    

It is good politics to reward loyalty.Yushchenko was crippled by disloyal supporters the worse offender being tymoshenko who spent her time trying to replace him as president.

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Anonymous Nov. 11, 2011, 8:40 p.m.    

The &quot;loyalty&quot; of government officials should be to the voters - not to other politicians.

Yushchenko was crippled by Firtash giving Yushchenko's brother $50 million.

Yushchenko was crippled by a non-representative system of government.

Same with Tymoshenko, except that she cut Firtash out of the mix, and is now paying the price based on trumped up charges and a stalinist show trial system.

As it is, Ukraine does not have a government - it is merely a collection of party thugs who treat the government as their own personal corporation, with no regard for the population.

Ukraine is a sovok mafia state.

Until Ukraine implements a representative, democratic system of government, it will remain a sovok mafia state - dysfunctional, twisted, perverted people in a dysfunctional, twisted perverted system of &quot;government.&quot;

&quot;If men were angels, there would be no need of government.&quot;

But men are not angels, and the twisted, perverted sovok mafia in Ukraine proves the point.

That's why government should be based on accountability to the people, through voting, and checks and balances.

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Anonymous Nov. 11, 2011, 11:37 p.m.    

Elmer where is gov't based on accountability to the people?USA,Canada,UK are ruled by the super rich and multinational corporations.

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Anonymous Nov. 13, 2011, 1:15 p.m.    

absolute poppycock

The USA, Canada, the UK, Germany, France are ruled by the people themselves - through their elected representatives, who are accountable to the people.

Governors are not appointed in those countries - they are elected.

There is no &quot;rotation&quot; of positions, like musical chairs, based on &quot;loyalty&quot; to someone like the village idiot, The Pineapple of Ukraine.

One has to stand for election - by the people.

Your delusional sovok mafia rhetoric totally disregards facts.

In fact, it is Ukraine which is ruled by a few wealthy people.

In fact, the people of Ukraine themselves have proved the point - not only by leaving Ukraine, but also by their overwhelming distrust of the jerks who are in government now, and of the system of government - as borne out by numerous polls.

In fact, the Ukrainian sovok mafiosi proved the point themselves, when they likened the political persecution of Tymoshenko to criminal persecutions in other countries:

&quot;oh, Ukraine is just like Iceland, and France.&quot;

The difference is that in France, a former government official is being held accountable by a court system which is not a Ukrainian stalinist sovok mafia kangaroo court.

In France, the former official, whom delusional Ukrainian sovok mafia like to point out as an example, is being held accountable by a system of checks and balances.

In Ukraine, it's just The Pineapple, Firtash, Boyko, and a few others running amok - and &quot;rewarding&quot; a hideous thug like Mohilov with a rotational government position.

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