Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on March 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

President Obama has warned Russia that “there will be costs” for a military intervention in Ukraine. But the United States has few palatable options for imposing such costs, and recent history has shown that when it considers its interests at stake, Russia has been willing to pay the price…

The administration could impose the same sort of banking sanctions that have choked Iran’s economy. And yet Europe, with its more substantial economic ties, could be reluctant to go along, and Mr. Obama may be leery of pulling the trigger on such a potent financial weapon, especially when he needs Russian cooperation on Syria and Iran.

“What can we do?” asked Fiona Hill, a Brookings Institution scholar who was the government’s top intelligence officer on Russia during the Georgia war when Mr. Putin deflected Western agitation. “We’ll talk about sanctions. We’ll talk about red lines. We’ll basically drive ourselves into a frenzy. And he’ll stand back and just watch it. He just knows that none of the rest of us want a war.”

***

A president who has made clear to the American public that the “tide of war is receding” has also made clear to foreign leaders, including opportunists in Russia, that he has no appetite for a new one. What is left is a vacuum once filled, at least in part, by the possibility of American force.

“If you are effectively taking the stick option off the table, then what are you left with?” said Andrew C. Kuchins, who heads the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “I don’t think that Obama and his people really understand how others in the world are viewing his policies.”

Rarely has a threat from a U.S. president been dismissed as quickly — and comprehensively — as Obama’s warning Friday night to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

***

Why did Obama publicly state that aggression in Ukraine would trigger “consequences”? Clearly he was telling Putin to recalculate the potential costs and benefits of an invasion. But Obama was ignoring a simple fact: Putin would incur almost any risk to avoid losing Ukraine. To put it another way: There are no consequences—none that the United States could credibly threaten—that would keep Putin from doing whatever it takes to hang on to Ukraine.

More often than not, Obama has acted like a foreign-policy realist in the five years of his presidency. In his public statements on Ukraine these past 24 hours, he has not. Rather, he has drawn another “red line” that the threatened party feels it’s worth the risk to ignore

Neither side wants an escalation in violence and disorder. The question is how much each side is willing to accept an escalation in the pursuit of its vital interests. And in that equation, Obama and the EU do not hold strong hands.

***

“Stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators,” Graham said. “It is not your strong suit. Every time the president goes on national television and threatens Putin or anyone like Putin, everybody’s eyes roll, including mine. We have a weak and indecisive president that invites aggression.”

“President Obama needs to do something. How about this — suspend Russian membership in the G8 and the G20, at least for a year, starting right now. And for every day that they stay in Crimea, add to the suspension. Do something.”

***

“Yesterday, from various media, we heard how U.S. President Obama declared that Russia would dearly pay for her politics,” Yury Vorobyov, the body’s deputy speaker, told an emergency session called to hold the war vote. “I think these words of the U.S. president are a direct threat, and he crossed a red line, he insulted the Russian people.”

The phrase “red line” was no accident, and not one thrown around often in Russia. It was a direct reference to Obama’s much pilloried foreign policy disaster over Syria, something largely forgotten at home but constantly referenced abroad — from Moscow to Tel Aviv to everywhere in between…

The question now is whether Obama can look towards the long-term. Obama has tried to play nice with Russia, and been rebuffed at every turn. Russia will never cooperate on Syria. It will eventually try to disrupt Obama’s “reset” with Iran. Putin has turned anti-LGBT into a tool of foreign policy. Now he is sending troops into Ukraine.

Obama has made dialogue and cooperation a cornerstone of his approach to the world. But what if some countries don’t reciprocate?

***

Too much of the Washington policy establishment looks around the world and sees only reflections of its own enlightened self. That’s natural and perhaps inevitable to some degree. The people who rise through the competitive bureaucracies of American academic, media and think tank life tend to be those who’ve most thoroughly absorbed and internalized the set of beliefs and behavioral norms that those institutions embody and respect. On the whole, those beliefs and norms have a lot going for them. It would not be an improvement if America’s elite institutions started to look more like their counterparts in Russia or Zimbabwe.

But while those ideas and beliefs help people rise through the machinery of the American power system, they can get in the way when it comes to understanding the motives and calculations of people like President Putin. The best of the journalists, think tankers and officials will profit from the Crimean policy fiasco and will never again be as smug or as blind as so much of Washington was last week. The mediocre majority will go on as before.

***

We didn’t think Putin would do this. Why, exactly? This has often puzzled me about Western analysis of Russia. It is often predicated on wholly Western logic: surely, Russia won’t invade [Georgia, Ukraine, whoever's next] because war is costly and the Russian economy isn’t doing well and surely Putin doesn’t want another hit to an already weak ruble; because Russia doesn’t need to conquer Crimea if Crimea is going to secede on its own; Russia will not want to risk the geopolitical isolation, and “what’s really in it for Russia?”—stop. Russia, or, more accurately, Putin, sees the world according to his own logic, and the logic goes like this: it is better to be feared than loved, it is better to be overly strong than to risk appearing weak, and Russia was, is, and will be an empire with an eternal appetite for expansion. And it will gather whatever spurious reasons it needs to insulate itself territorially from what it still perceives to be a large and growing NATO threat. Trying to harness Russia with our own logic just makes us miss Putin’s next steps…

Putin and those around him are, fundamentally, terminal pessimists. They truly believe that there is an American conspiracy afoot to topple Putin, that Russian liberals are traitors corrupted by and loyal to the West, they truly believe that, should free and fair elections be held in Russia, their countrymen would elect bloodthirsty fascists, rather than democratic liberals. To a large extent, Putin really believes that he is the one man standing between Russia and the yawning void. Putin’s Kremlin is dark and scary, and, ultimately, very boring…

Russia’s next target is eastern Ukraine. Because pessimism conquers all, don’t bet that Putin is going to stop once he wrests Crimea from Kiev’s orbit. Eastern, Russian-speaking Ukraine—and all its heavy industry—is looking pretty good right now. And if you’re thinking “Why would Putin take eastern Ukraine?,” well, you haven’t been reading very carefully.

***

Any [Russian] invasion—which is what it would be—of a vast country of 46 million in the heart of Europe, sharing borders with NATO allies Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, would pose a major security challenge for the United States and other key European powers. Even without further Russian action, allies such as the Baltic countries will be seeking U.S. reassurance. Lithuania has already asked for Article IV consultations under the NATO Treaty in response to a clear threat to its security. These countries likely will also ask for hard reassurances—such as deployments of U.S. and other allied troops and equipment on their territory—as Turkey did in 2012 when Syria shot down a Turkish jet. They will also need help to shore up their eastern borders and prepare for possible flows of refugees from Ukraine. The Baltic states will probably ask for similar reassurances. One can also expect cyber attacks and intrusions, false alarms and an atmosphere of tension the likes of which have not been seen since the worst days of the Cold War…

The break in the West’s relations with Russia is bound to be deep and lasting. The G-8 will be its first casualty with the Western powers likely to reconstitute the G-7 in its original form as a direct rebuff to Putin. Other important international mechanisms —the U.N. Security Council, ad hoc diplomatic efforts on Syria, the P5+1 process on Iran, the Six-Party talks on North Korea, and so on—will be filled with renewed acrimony and dysfunction. Some may break down entirely. Inevitably, there will be congressional calls for sanctions against Russia, which the White House will be hard-pressed to resist no matter how much it may want to preserve the shreds of cooperation with Russia on Iran, Syria or Afghanistan. The West and Russia are in uncharted waters.

***

The Crimea crisis will not pass soon. Kiev is unlikely to agree to Crimea’s secession, even if backed by clear popular will: this would be discounted because of the “foreign occupation” of the peninsula. The crisis is also expanding to include other players, notably the United States. So far, there has been no military confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian forces, but if they clash, this will not be a repeat of the five-day war in the South Caucasus, as in 2008. The conflict will be longer and bloodier, with security in Europe put at its highest risk in a quarter century.

Even if there is no war, the Crimea crisis is likely to alter fundamentally relations between Russia and the west and lead to changes in the global power balance, with Russia now in open competition with the United States and the European Union in the new eastern Europe. If this happens, a second round of the cold war may ensue as a punishment for leaving many issues unsolved – such as Ukraine’s internal cohesion, the special position of Crimea, or the situation of Russian ethnics in the newly independent states; but, above all, leaving unresolved Russia’s integration within the Euro-Atlantic community. Russia will no doubt pay a high price for its apparent decision to “defend its own” and “put things right”, but others will have to pay their share, too.

***

Born in tandem with the nuclear age, the Cold War was defined from the outset less by outright confrontation than by caution. And with caution came adjustment, compromise, improvisation and at times retreat. As often as not, both sides blinked…

A year later [in 1956], when Moscow sent two Red Army tank divisions to quell anti-Communist protesters in Budapest, killing as many as 30,000 people, the cry went up for action. “What are the West and the United Nations going to do?” one despairing protester asked an American reporter.

The answer: nothing. Counteraction would only provoke Moscow to tighten its noose and perhaps “go back on de-Stalinization,” Eisenhower explained…

Calculations like these are the true prologue to the approach that Mr. Obama seems to have adopted in trouble spots from Syria to Ukraine.

***

Ukraine isn’t a country: it’s a Frankenstein monster composed of pieces of dead empires, stitched together by Stalin. It has never had a government in the Western sense of the term after the collapse of the Soviet Union gave it independence, just the equivalent of the family offices for one predatory oligarch after another–including the “Gas Princess,” Yulia Tymoshenko. It has a per capital income of $3,300 per year, about the same as Egypt and Syria, and less than a tenth of the European average. The whole market capitalization of its stock exchange is worth less than the Disney Company. It’s a basket case that claims to need $35 billion to survive the next two years. Money talks and bullshit walks. Who wants to ask the American taxpayer for $35 billion for Ukraine, one of the most corrupt economies on earth? How about $5 billion? Secretary of State Kerry is talking about $1 billion in loan guarantees, and the Europeans are talking a similar amount. That’s not diplomacy. It’s a clown show…

What should we do (or what should we have done)? It’s obvious that the Ukrainians have no faith in their democratic institutions, having staged a coup against a democratically elected president. In that case, the next step is constitutional reform. The existing system has broken down and the people should choose a new one. But constitutional reform has to take into account the prospect of partition. Lviv and Sevastopol have about as much in common as, say, Bogota and Montreal. The West should encourage the Ukrainians to amend their democratic institutions in order to achieve a national consensus, which might mean a different sort of nation. If Crimea, for example, were to vote for partition, why object? If it voted against partition, that would put Putin on the spot. The West would have come off better by getting in front of the events rather than chasing them.

***

Russia sees an America distracted: Putin’s Ukrainian gambit was a shock to the U.S. foreign policy establishment. They prefer talking about China, or participating in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Russia sees an America vulnerable: in Afghanistan, in Syria and on Iran—a United States that desperately needs Russian support to continue shipping its supplies, host any peace conference or enforce its sanctions…

[Putin] knows that millions of Russians will cheer him as a hero if he returns them Crimea. He knows that European bureaucrats will issue shrill statements and then get back to business helping Russian elites buy London town houses and French chateaux. He knows full well that the United States can no longer force Europe to trade in a different way. He knows full well that the United States can do nothing beyond theatrical military maneuvers at most.

This is why Vladimir Putin just invaded Crimea.

He thinks he has nothing to lose.

***

“He is not going to gain by this,” Kerry continued. “He may be able to have his troops for some period of time in Crimea unless he resolves this. But the fact is, he’s going to lose on the international stage, Russia is going to lose, the Russian people are going to lose. He’s going to lose all of the glow that came out of the Olympics, his $60 billion extravaganza. He is not going to have a Sochi G8. He may not even remain in the G8 if this continues. He may find himself with asset freezes on Russian business, American business may pull back. There may be a further tumble of the ruble. There’s a huge price to pay. The United States is united, Russia is isolated. That is not a position of strength.”

***

“Do you have any indication at all that President Putin is taking heed of what President Obama is saying?”

***

If you look at the White House read out, which I encourage everybody to read and try and piece through the gobbledegook, Obama said Russia was “violating international law.” That’s just about the most serious thing in the world to Barack Obama and its probably on a long list of priorities for Putin, something pretty close to the bottom.


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Resist We Much on March 2, 2014 at 9:14 PM

G’night darlin’

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Beware the Ides of March

Lawdawg86 on March 2, 2014 at 9:19 PM

More like they are dumb enough to stick around here and get the crap kicked out of them day after day after day…

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

I can’t hate everybody. There’s only one I truly despise.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Present and accounted for!

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Resist We Much on March 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Damn girl! You had a lot of folks worried.

ToddPA on March 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Nite RWM

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Lest we forget non-nonparisian, Antwerk and Bluegill4Evah.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

True!

Geeze dude, your getting smacked around a lot tonight. These girls are killing you!

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Happy Casimir Pulaski Day Eve.

steebo77 on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Hey! We should meet up in GA and be the Walkers!!!!

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Hey! We should meet up in GA and be the Walkers!!!!

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

That would be wrong. Very wrong…

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Good evening, peeps.

tommy71 on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

I can’t hate everybody….

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM

I can. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Bluegill4evah rocks.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Happy Casimir Pulaski Day Eve.

steebo77 on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

That’s an official holiday in IL.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

tommy71 on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Hiya.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious evening!

XOXO, SoRo

Resist We Much on March 2, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Good night.

ToddPA on March 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

BHO sounds like he is whining. Weak and pathetic. Either take action or just STFU.

tommy71 on March 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

From whom did you hear it?

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I don’t remember. I just know I haven’t seen her since.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

I told her not to mess with me.

I ate her.

Alien on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I told her not to mess with me.

I ate her.

Alien on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Nice – you got her before the Obamacare did!

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I can. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Only thing you need do is avoid becoming a follower.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

ALT, me too, the 7th circle in hell may not be big enough for all those stinkin’ liberals.

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Ratso just ate some pineapple upside down cake, stupid apple-head…

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Darryl just killed zombie Arnold Palmer.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

The ‘Incredible’ Thing an 8-Year-Old Boy Did for a Soldier Will Be Remembered For a ‘Lifetime’

Seven Percent Solution on March 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Seven Percent Solution: Thanks for that 7%, very touching:0

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Submitted without comment or snark…

The ‘Incredible’ Thing an 8-Year-Old Boy Did for a Soldier Will Be Remembered For a ‘Lifetime’

Seven Percent Solution on March 2, 2014 at 9:15 PM

While we have young people like that, there’s still hope for this nation.

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I ate her.

Alien on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Did you get indigestion?

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

If Obama secretly wishes he lost the election, hopefully he’s learning why.

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

I’m blessed to live in a very conservative area. I kept my Romney sign up until the Bosto bombing-and NOTHING was done to it.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

BHO sounds like he is whining. Weak and pathetic. Either take action or just STFU.

tommy71 on March 2, 2014 at 9:23 PM

…or better yet, drop dead.

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Did you get indigestion?

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

The purple pill. Highly recommended.

Alien on March 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Ratso just ate some pineapple upside down cake, stupid apple-head…

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

That cat will eat anything. Lucy started on Sara Lee cheesecake.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

I worked a Christian rock concert about 3 weeks ago-and one of the ‘goers’ showed up in a ‘No walkers’ shirt. *siiiigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Thanks, we needed that. Really. :)

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

I’m a distance cousin of Sara Lee.
Really.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

You sure about libfree? I smacked that idiot just the other day.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

If you think about it, you were the last one among us to see Knucklehead alive.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Democrat Gots Done Caught:

California, US
4m
California state Sen. Ron Calderon, indicted on corruption charges, decides to take a leave of absence – @ReporterClaudia
see original on twitter.com
============================

GOOGLEY:

https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=cr&ei=GGtcUuuYCOrs2QX52IHgDQ#q=+Sen.+Ron+Calderon%2C

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I’m a distance cousin of Sara Lee.
Really.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

You would be wise to maintain that distance … ;)

Alien on March 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Knuck unfriended me on FB-and then accused me of racism because I didn’t like Herman Cain.
I do hope that she’s doing well.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:30 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Your lucky. I live in a mixed zone of Obama zombies, conservative rednecks(ok), and the definition of low info voters.

Stupidity is rampant in this local, I long for my posse out west.

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

According to Canop-he did indeed.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Is anyone watching the Oscars.
Did Jared Leto mention Venezuela & Ukraine?

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

You sure about libfree? I smacked that idiot just the other day.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 9:29 PM

He made a big deal about being “too busy” to post for a while … then showed up and posted the next day.

Alien on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Is anyone watching the Oscars.
Did Jared Leto mention Venezuela & Ukraine?

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Why the hell would we be watching the oscars and the DeGenerate lez…

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

What is a “walker”?

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I’m a distance cousin of Sara Lee.
Really.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Your a cheese cake?

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Ha.
Sara Lee’s a cousin of my late evil grandmother.
No-she doesn’t know I exist.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Is anyone watching the Oscars.
Did Jared Leto mention Venezuela & Ukraine?

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

I’d rather be water tortured.

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Your a cheese cake?

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

You’re
*runs*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Why the hell would we be watching the oscars and the DeGenerate lez…

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I was curious. Saw this on my fb feed:

Pete Snyder
Ukraine and Venezuela – Right outta the gate… Renewed faith. Thank you and congrats, Jared Leto. ‪#‎USA‬ ‪#‎Ukraine‬ ‪#‎Venezuela‬ ‪#‎Freedom‬

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

SMAK!!

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 9:16 PM

BLECH!

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

I’ll punch you, stupid dog!!!!

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Sara Lee’s a cousin of my late evil grandmother.
No-she doesn’t know I exist.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Sara Lee, or your evil grandmother?

Alien on March 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

A zombie.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

Don’t most of us live in mixed obama zombie zones, sheesh, it can get real ugly round here sometimes, but, at least some of the churches are trying to make headway, and trying to stop the violence esp the black on black stuff… and this is an average sized town!

Scrumpy on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Your a cheese cake?

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Ha.
Sara Lee’s a cousin of my late evil grandmother.
No-she doesn’t know I exist.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I think you avoided answering the question young lady.

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

What is a “walker”?

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

It’s like a Swalker only…. not…

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Ha.
Sara Lee’s a cousin of my late evil grandmother.
No-she doesn’t know I exist.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Hmmmm, ok. That nips a totally inappropriate thread in the bud! Heh.

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 9:24 PM

That cat will eat anything. Lucy started on Sara Lee cheesecake.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Lanceman: My female cat has a liking to Blueberry yogurt:0

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

What is this “Oscars” you speak of? ;)

Scrumpy on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

My fools like whatever I’m eating-unless it’s veggies.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I’d rather be water tortured.

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Yeah, it’s a huge vanity show for me. But I only speak for myself here.

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

You’re
*runs*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Twerp!

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Lanceman: My female cat has a liking to Blueberry yogurt:0

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Weird. Lucy wrinkles her nose at pungent stuff like that. She loves sweets, which a cat isn’t supposed to.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Lanceman: My female cat has a liking to Blueberry yogurt:0

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

LOLZ, I thought you foreigners ate cat meat…
/

OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Resist We Much on March 2, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Good thing the NSA didn’t keep you. Hopefully they didn’t break your spirit. More than ever the (free for now) world needs you.

No one replaced you, nor would ever attempt to.

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I ain’t young-and I ain’t no lady!
*Shut up, Lance!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

I think you avoided answering the question young lady.

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

hahahahaha, yep she did!

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Did you get indigestion?

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Jeeze. I did. Ran out of Prilosec. I need to hoard for the zombie overthrow….

ladyingray on March 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I ain’t young-and I ain’t no lady!
*Shut up, Lance!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Younger than me probably.

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Lance, condolences for your loss.

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Is anyone watching the Oscars.
Did Jared Leto mention Venezuela & Ukraine?

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

22044:Kinda,…AllahP, already has it:0
=========================================

Ukrainian political crisis
3m
Best supporting actor Oscar winner Jared Leto on Ukraine and Venezuela in his acceptance speech: ‘We are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight’ – @ABC broadcast
end of alert

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 8:51 PM

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Scrumpy on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Out in rural western states, we don’t have that problem. Stupid people don’t seem to cotton to the open spaces. Too far from the welfare office I suspect.

As for the black on black problem, it is a shame. However they made that bed, they can sleep in it. Let it burn.

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Weird. Lucy wrinkles her nose at pungent stuff like that. She loves sweets, which a cat isn’t supposed to.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Maybe she’s the world’s only mutant cat that can taste sugar. You could make a fortune from a scientist somewhere I’m sure.

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Totally agree…

Country folk have it best, country living is too much hard work for most folk I reckon… :)

Scrumpy on March 2, 2014 at 9:41 PM

My female cat has a liking to Blueberry yogurt:0

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Our new puppy dog loves yogurt. He and Mrs. cozmo have yogurt breaks.

Very strange to watch.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Lance, condolences for your loss.

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I just keep getting dumped by these girls.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Egyptian Streets ‏@EgyptianStreets 5m

Jared Leto, winner of best supporting actor, gives a shout to protesters in #Ukraine and #Venezuela. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/G7rHz2cAeM

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Ukraine&src=hash

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

I ain’t young-and I ain’t no lady!
*Shut up, Lance!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

*humming “I like my women a little on the trashy side”*

This is great, Lance takes all the abuse!

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
3m
Best supporting actor Oscar winner Jared Leto on Ukraine and Venezuela in his acceptance speech: ‘We are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight’ – @ABC broadcast
end of alert

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 8:51 PM

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:39 PM

thanks, Canada

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Maybe she’s the world’s only mutant cat that can taste sugar. You could make a fortune from a scientist somewhere I’m sure.

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:40 PM

If it’s got sugar in it, she’s on it. Cap’n Crunch, syrup, pie, that cat will shove me out of the way and stick her head in the cereal bowl.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Our new puppy dog loves yogurt. He and Mrs. cozmo have yogurt breaks.

Very strange to watch.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

cozmo: Interesting—————–:0

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

I just keep getting dumped by these girls.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Sorry about this too, but I meant the relative or friend, 47 years old…

p.s. too many trolls and womens…not to worry

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

no one to call you Danceman, Lanceman. Must be a bummer…

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Present and accounted for!

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Resist We Much on March 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM

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Okay . . . . . who are you ? Did you just join hotair.com in the most recent ‘open-enrollment’ ?
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Good thing we can’t all just ‘dive’ into our respective monitors, ’cause the group-hug you’d get might SMOTHER you.

Thanks for ‘touching base’ . . . : )

listens2glenn on March 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

shut up and act…so glad I’m not watching it….just finished empire strikes back on spike….return of the jedi is next…

:)

cmsinaz on March 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

If it’s got sugar in it, she’s on it. Cap’n Crunch, syrup, pie, that cat will shove me out of the way and stick her head in the cereal bowl.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Don’t let Moochelle find out! :O

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Sorry about this too, but I meant the relative or friend, 47 years old…

p.s. too many trolls and womens…not to worry

Schadenfreude on March 2, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Oh. Cheryl’s brother. Poor guy. But it’s better this way. I’d want them to pull the plug if it meant I’d have to wear a bag or had brain damage. One day he’s fine, the next complaining about mild abdominal pain. 36 days later, dead.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:31 PM

What is this “Oscars” you speak of? ;)

Scrumpy on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

They’re wieners, you never heard of Oscar Meyer wieiners?

onesheep on March 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:34 PM

LOLZ, I thought you foreigners ate cat meat…
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OmahaConservative on March 2, 2014 at 9:36 PM

OC:Lol,… Boy did one of my Canadian Beavers give a leer,
at your comment, heading out to knaw on a tree!:)

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I ain’t young-and I ain’t no lady!

*Shut up, Lance!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

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How many ‘females of the species’ would publicly say that, and mean it ?

listens2glenn on March 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

*humming “I like my women a little on the trashy side”*

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Dude, its QOTD.

You cannot mention a good tune without linking it. Its good etiquette you know.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

no one to call you Danceman, Lanceman. Must be a bummer…

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Yeah. I miss that. It was her pet name for me. It brought back memories.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

You cannot mention a good tune without linking it. Its good etiquette you know.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Sorry, major screw up. Won’t happen again. Thanks for covering for me1

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

From last week?

Alien on March 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Springfield, Mo, early 80s.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

It brought back memories.

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM

From last week?

Alien on March 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:42 PM

shut up and act…so glad I’m not watching it….just finished empire strikes back on spike….return of the jedi is next…

:)

cmsinaz on March 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

cmsinaz: Evening CMS,,,oooh a Jedi flick,..cool,..no, not watching,
just staring at what pops up:)

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/2014-academy-awards/

canopfor on March 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Fenris on March 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I’m 43. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:52 PM

I’d rather be water tortured.

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Yeah, it’s a huge vanity show for me. But I only speak for myself here.

22044 on March 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I think you speak for millions of people.

onesheep on March 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

You cannot mention a good tune without linking it. Its good etiquette you know.

cozmo on March 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

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Sorry, major screw up. Won’t happen again. Thanks for covering for me1

captnjoe on March 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

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You’re welcome, but it still goes on your permanent record.

listens2glenn on March 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Putin is on a roll. And he knows that no one can stop him.

tommy71 on March 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Lanceman on March 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

You’re in your early 80′s?
You look older than that.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 2, 2014 at 9:53 PM

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