Quotes of the day

posted at 10:31 pm on March 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

The United States plans to expand military cooperation with Poland and Baltic states to show “support” for its allies after Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.

“This morning the Defense Department is pursuing measures to support our allies,” including expanded aviation training in Poland and increasing the US role in NATO’s air policing mission over Baltic countries, Hagel told lawmakers…

“This is a time for wise, steady, and firm leadership,” Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Privately, Western diplomats in Kiev have admitted throughout Ukraine’s crisis that the Kremlin is a big black blot on their map. Russia’s ambassador, Mikhail Zurabov, makes a point of refusing to speak to them. Senior U.S. officials worry their Russian counterparts are not really the ones deciding policy. (Russian officials who spoke to Kommersant Vlast magazine for a recent deep-dive on Ukraine policy all nodded at the ceiling and said, “Everything was decided up there.”)…

It’s all part of the rules of the game. And Putin knows that game very well. He never had a reason to believe otherwise: All the Western criticism of his human rights record didn’t — and still, judging by their foot-dragging on sanctions, hasn’t — stop European governments from looking the other way as Russia’s corrupt cash passes through their capitals. Putin cracked their secret: Say one thing while doing another, and change your tack whenever you feel like it. The symmetry’s deliberate; there’s even a term for it, “whataboutism.”…

Putin has got the upper hand in Ukraine precisely because he treats it as a show. If the threat isn’t serious, then making it doesn’t entail any risk: You know all too well your opponent won’t up the stakes with something real. Invade a neighboring country, and what happens? The U.S. withdraws its Paralympic Games delegation. Britain insists any banking sanctions don’t bar Russian access to London’s banks. Merkel pushes for an OSCE mission. None of that is going to keep the lights on late in the Kremlin.

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But more recently global convergence appears to have ground to a halt, and nowhere more so than in the mind of Vladimir Putin. The Russian president’s blitzkrieg occupation of Crimea was hardly an isolated act. Rather it should be seen as part of a long-term effort by Putin to resurrect Russia’s cultural and political dominance in the former Soviet sphere, even as he has gradually turned himself into a quasi-czar/Soviet-style ruler and subverted Russian democracy. Putin’s brazen bid to buy off ousted President Viktor Yanukovych and induce him to join a “Eurasian Economic Union” including Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan—based on what Putin called “the best values of the Soviet Union”—may have been politically motivated, but it was largely justified on cultural grounds.

The Russian leader and the conservatives he surrounds himself in the Kremlin have long sought to promote the reconstitution of Russian power based on the idea that many of these countries with large Russian-speaking populations, including the breakaway Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia (now under Moscow’s control), are part of a distinctive Eurasian culture that is different from the West on many levels, including spiritually. “We should not be shy when bringing back the ideas of ethnic unity,” Putin’s protégé, former Russian President Dimitri Medvedev, said in 2011 as they laid plans for the Eurasian union. These views have deep roots in Russian academic literature, playing out in debates over concepts such as “Neo-Eurasianism” and “Byzantism,” whose unifying theme is a rejection of Western values…

U.S. presidents, both Democratic and Republican, have also naively tended to see Putin as someone who believes that Russia’s fundamental interests lie in global integration, democracy and capitalism. But based on his rhetoric and actions since he first rose to national power in 1999, Putin appears to believe that Russia is engaged in if not quite a new Cold War, then a civilizational as well as geopolitical struggle with the Western powers. He has made a mockery of Western-style democracy, and he has done little to transform or integrate Russia’s economy, despite what should have been a world-class tech sector stemming from Russia’s defense and science prowess. Indeed, it is striking that while China and the U.S. have grown far more financially and economically interdependent, Putin’s Russia is still trying to exert old-style geopolitical influence as a “natural-resources superpower.”

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Let’s start with Putin. Any man who actually believes, as Putin has said, that the breakup of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century is caught up in a dangerous fantasy that can’t end well for him or his people. The Soviet Union died because Communism could not provide rising standards of living, and its collapse actually unleashed boundless human energy all across Eastern Europe and Russia. A wise Putin would have redesigned Russia so its vast human talent could take advantage of all that energy. He would be fighting today to get Russia into the European Union, not to keep Ukraine out. But that is not who Putin is and never will be. He is guilty of the soft bigotry of low expectations toward his people and prefers to turn Russia into a mafia-run petro-state — all the better to steal from…

What disturbs me about Crimea is the larger trend it fits into, that Putinism used to just be a threat to Russia but is now becoming a threat to global stability. I opposed expanding NATO toward Russia after the Cold War, when Russia was at its most democratic and least threatening. It remains one of the dumbest things we’ve ever done and, of course, laid the groundwork for Putin’s rise…

For a long time, Putin has exploited the humiliation and anti-Western attitudes NATO expansion triggered to gain popularity, but this seems to have become so fundamental to his domestic politics that it has locked him into a zero-sum relationship with the West that makes it hard to see how we collaborate with him in more serious trouble spots, like Syria or Iran. President Bashar al-Assad of Syria is engaged in monstrous, genocidal behavior that also threatens the stability of the Middle East. But Putin stands by him. At least half the people of Ukraine long to be part of Europe, but he treated that understandable desire as a NATO plot and quickly resorted to force.

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Just as Putin is not as much in command as many Western hawks suppose, Russia is not as great a power as Putin himself likes to project. It’s at best a regional power, with no global reach. Even his incursion into Crimea is hardly an imperial gesture. Leonid Brezhnev sent five tank divisions into Czechoslovakia. (Now that was aggression!) U.S. military advisers estimate that the Russian army could invade eastern Ukraine if Putin so ordered, but they say it’s much less clear how long they could sustain an occupation, especially with even sporadic insurgent resistance.

Obama’s policy of “resetting” relations with Russia rested on two premises. First, the United States and Russia had a lot of common interests, so it would be good to solve problems and meet challenges together. Second, Putin’s predecessor, Dmitry Medvedev, seemed more a more willing partner. They did accomplish a fair amount for a while. But now it’s not working much at all. Russia plays a limited role, at best, in the various hot spots the United States is facing. Yes, it’s helping to rid Syria of chemical weapons, but that’s very much in Russia’s interest; Putin would be doing that regardless of broader relations. Russia also helped carve the initial P5+1 talks to limit Iran’s nuclear program, but Iran’s main motive in continuing the talks is access to American and European economies, not Russia’s.

So, given that Russia isn’t helping out much in the world anyway, the best way to impose “costs” and “consequences” on Putin’s behavior is to ignore him.

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Let’s have some perspective. Putin may look decisive and bold enough to play skins in world politics. But Russia is acting out of weakness. The breakup of the Soviet Union saw the Kremlin’s dominion shrink, and despite promises to the contrary by George H.W. Bush, NATO has expanded closer and closer to Russia’s borders.

Having lost important influence over Kiev’s government, it has taken a provocative gamble in occupying Crimea. Perhaps Putin wants to make sure that his own interests and the interests of Russian speakers in Ukraine are taken seriously by the new government. Or maybe he has written off that hope and is settling for an annexation to preserve access to the Black Sea, with a dash of intimidation for good measure. Perhaps he simply saw an oncoming regional disaster for his own interests and acted hastily. In that case, Obama should take Jacob Heilbrunn’s advice and offer Putin opportunities to back off.

But the political class in America should remember that Moscow is mostly a symbolic foil in world affairs, not a great geostrategic foe. America’s political class should stop ducking under its desks and wailing for some kind of symbolic action or rebuke to soothe the nerves. It’s unnecessary. The Kremlin used to compete with the free world for entire continents — now it is reduced to an embarrassing grab at Crimea. An aggressive U.S. response over a sliver of Ukraine would not be meeting Putin’s strength with our strength, but matching his desperate anxiety with our own.

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Obama’s critics contend that he’s not Ronald Reagan, but Reagan, as eager as he was to speak to the moral failings of communism, treated the Soviet Union with more nuance than his ideological hagiographers would suggest. Indeed, by the end of 1983, Reagan grew skeptical of those advisers who urged him to treat Soviet leaders as belligerents, as if they were routinely and only deceiving him — which is to say, not to deal with them directly at all — and instead recognized that in order to advance the cause of nuclear disarmament, he would have to acknowledge that the Soviets had legitimate interests and that those interests had to be recognized…

After Able Archer, Reagan wrote in his diary that “I feel the Soviets are so defense minded, so paranoid about being attacked that, without in any way being soft on them, we ought to tell them that no one here has any intention of doing that.”

Within weeks, he had consolidated control of the nuclear portfolio into the White House, and out of the Pentagon. Reagan would never labor under the illusion that the Soviet leaders were telling him the full truth. It confounded him, for example, that Gorbachev would deny the existence of a Soviet strategic missile defense program, even though the U.S. was observing its testing from the skies. But he looked beyond that. He found a way to talk, to negotiate, with people intent on deceiving him. Obama admires Reagan for thinking beyond his present moment. Here is a chance for him to do the same.

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Nite Dorian

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 1:46 AM

I was one of the babies of the class–drinking age was 18 at the time and I couldn’t par-tay like most of my classmates :-(

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 1:41 AM

…..that was one of the nice things about living in St. Louis…it was 21 there, but 18 for beer and wine in Illinois…..and they didn’t “card” people……and all you had to do was cross the bridge on 270….or go “the other way” to East St. Louis

…..and have an “East St. Louis Toodle-oo”….

williamg on March 6, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Ken, to you I only said “Nite”. Just be sure that the rest of my comment was in re: to Sparky, not about anything from tonight.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 1:44 AM

No worries. Just messing. keep busting Sparky’s chops!

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 AM

31giddyup on March 6, 2014 at 1:44 AM

YMW*, Giddyup–it’s been a pleasure! Niters and sleep well!

*You’re Most Welcome

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Newtie need to clarify. I cleaned ducks not deer. That’s where “being a girl” came in handy.

31giddyup on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 AM

. . . forgot what I was saying.

Axe on March 6, 2014 at 1:43 AM

Extraterrestrials, it’s just a night at HA, sans the fights.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 1:48 AM

williamg on March 6, 2014 at 1:46 AM

Fun tune!

NJ lowered it’s drinking age to 18 back c 1 Jan 1973 and FL followed suit c 1 Jul 1973. I didn’t turn 18 until about three months after graduation in 1974 :-(

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 1:51 AM

31giddyup on March 6, 2014 at 1:47 AM

Ducks are smaller and lighter, but you have all of those pesky feathers. Scaling fish is an acquired talent, though.

One good thing–you didn’t go “Ewww!” in biology lab ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Midnight train.

KCB on March 6, 2014 at 1:52 AM

Temptations – Ball of Confusion

And on that note, I bid Friends and Lurkers niters and sleep well!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 1:59 AM

Also, I have to meet up with a pimp and work off $40 tonight, cause “he likes me,” and, “don’t want this to come to no messy troubles.” Even though — AS I EXPLAINED AT LENGTH — Micki — not once — sat in my lap per the $40 agreement, and also, we made that deal while Micki was still a girl and before I pulled my back.

. . . or was it Mindi. Look, it’s all blurry. His real name is Jason anyway.

So, you know . . . I’ll be around. Working and whatever.

Axe on March 6, 2014 at 2:00 AM

Well, I guess it’s pointless at this time, to lurk further.

Oh well. I gave it a try.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 2:03 AM

Fun tune!

NJ lowered it’s drinking age to 18 back c 1 Jan 1973 and FL followed suit c 1 Jul 1973. I didn’t turn 18 until about three months after graduation in 1974 :-(

Newtie and the Beauty on March 6, 2014 at 1:51 AM

…..yeah – it was a little longer for me, but – like I said: They weren’t too busy “carding” people in the ’70s in Illinois…..they were too busy makin’ money off of them!……Trust me – I didn’t look old enough to drive, never mind “18″…….

williamg on March 6, 2014 at 2:05 AM

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 2:03 AM

I’m pretty sure you stopped lurking around 2:03 and decided to comment about lurking.

SparkPlug on March 6, 2014 at 2:14 AM

I’m pretty sure you stopped lurking around 2:03 and decided to comment about lurking.

SparkPlug on March 6, 2014 at 2:14 AM

I was hoping to draw out frankgill and jack with it some more. Lousy unreliable retard.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Oh. BG searched for Frank to be mean to Twerp.

SparkPlug on March 6, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Oh. BG searched for Frank to be mean to Twerp.

SparkPlug on March 6, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Hagfish is frank. No doubt in my mind.

Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Grisman’s tremolo on the mandolin is ridiculous. Garcia ain’t bad on banjo!

Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Nope not bad at all. It was where he started.

kcewa on March 6, 2014 at 2:42 AM

Hello??..Is there anybody out there??..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Hello??..Is there anybody out there??..:)

Dire Straits on March 6, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Hey buddy. I am up late recovering a system for a client.

gh on March 6, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Oh. BG searched for Frank to be mean to Twerp.
SparkPlug on March 6, 2014 at 2:17 AM

Hagfish is frank. No doubt in my mind.
Lanceman on March 6, 2014 at 2:22 AM

Quite the brain trust we have here frequenting the QOTD thread.

You both are dead wrong.

First, I am not Frank. I do not want him to be blamed for anything I say on here. I might express some strong and/or unpopular opinions about some things, and I want to make clear that they are mine and mine alone. I have, and have always had, only one screen name on here.

Second, I never set out to do anything mean to anyone. I am sick of silly drama that some regulars like to stir up. I am here to comment on the articles and express my opinions. Get that straight.

Hopefully that will be the last we hear about that nonsense.

bluegill on March 6, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Monster Black Hole Spins at Half the Speed of Light

http://www.space.com/24936-supermassive-black-hole-spin-quasar.html

going2mars on March 6, 2014 at 5:09 AM

2014 DX110 (missed us by that much)

http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html

going2mars on March 6, 2014 at 5:11 AM

Good morning HA family
Going to take a break until Easter…. y’all be good

:)

cmsinaz on March 6, 2014 at 5:12 AM

“This is a time for wise, steady, and firm leadership,”

Agreed, but we don’t have the luxury of waiting until a Republican president is sworn in.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 5:18 AM

cmsinaz on March 6, 2014 at 5:12 AM

Be well. :-)

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 5:19 AM

Be well. :-)

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 5:19 AM

Good morning Flora. I guess we’re the only ones up.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Good morning Flora. I guess we’re the only ones up.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Good morning. I guess we are. It’s good to see you back. My laptop recently bit the dust and I was without for a while, so I know what you went through.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Good morning. I guess we are. It’s good to see you back. My laptop recently bit the dust and I was without for a while, so I know what you went through.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 5:42 AM

I had numerous viruses and don’t know how I got it. People who can fix computers are gods.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 5:51 AM

wondering how long before the “r” word gets mentioned in regards to issas treatment of cummings.

renalin on March 6, 2014 at 6:04 AM

DC is clueless. Everybody thinks that the Cold War is over accept Putin and the former soviet bloc countries. This troop exercise with Poland will do nothing to stop him, as Obama will back down when the going gets tough. You have to hit Putin economically, the European Union can’t do it, but the US can, but chooses not to do so. It wouldn’t take much to do it, but the ecowackos dictate policy to president jugears

Brock Robamney on March 6, 2014 at 6:07 AM

http://www.space.com/24936-supermassive-black-hole-spin-quasar.html

going2mars on March 6, 2014 at 5:09 AM

Isn’t it interesting?

It’s not that the thing stops moving; it’s that the thing stops moving from the point of view of things which are still in the Universe. The Universe is self sealing; the “holes” in it are patched with time that doesn’t pass.

Axe on March 6, 2014 at 6:21 AM

fresh off his refudiation of the tea party, jim demint to appear on morning joe to plug his new book.

*facepalm*
i’m outta here.

renalin on March 6, 2014 at 6:27 AM

If Obama wanted to think outside the box, that is to actually be FORWARD LOOKING, he might not have reneged on deals with the Poles, Czechs and Slovaks about ballistic missile defenses.

But that would mean that he had a real capacity to think geopolitically instead of just thinking anti-american.

Ideology trumps common sense every time with Obama.

And still does.

ajacksonian on March 6, 2014 at 6:29 AM

wondering how long before the “r” word gets mentioned in regards to issas treatment of cummings.

renalin on March 6, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Morning Joe @Morning_Joe
Reps. Cummings and Issa clash at a hearing on the IRS scandal. @RepCummings joins us at 7AM. #morningjoe

Wanna bet the “r” word comes up during this segment?

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 6:37 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

I never was one of the “cool kids”…Praise God.

My take: Marijuana Use in America: Consequences of a “Purple Haze”

kingsjester on March 6, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 6:37 AM

can’t watch cummings. he’s the stupid trash that our country is giving birth to these days.

he’s stupid as a door, yet by being in the democratic plantation, he’s in a leadership position.

mika even wonders why we bothering with the IRS.. isn’t it old news.

renalin on March 6, 2014 at 6:54 AM

mika even wonders why we bothering with the IRS.. isn’t it old news.

renalin on March 6, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Without a new President and AG, without a House Speaker with a spine, there is no will to get to the bottom of this.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2014 at 7:16 AM

mika even wonders why we bothering with the IRS.. isn’t it old news.

renalin on March 6, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Mika has the sense God gave a screwdriver.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Let’s face it, the world is divided into power blocs and those nations with military might get to be the power in their ‘hood.

No one is going to war with the Russians over Crimea, the whole Ukraine or any other former Soviet bloc country. NATO would collapse before it would respond militarily.

China also could crush the US allies in the Pacific if it wanted. The US is just enriching their leaders and buying them off until maybe such time that the people become rich enough to demand an end to the Communist state there.

It’s all just bluster and bluffing on the world stage right now.

PappyD61 on March 6, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

I never was one of the “cool kids”…Praise God.

My take: Marijuana Use in America: Consequences of a “Purple Haze”

kingsjester on March 6, 2014 at 6:51 AM

. . . started to mount a defense of Cheetos — a fine brand that I have accidentally, single-handedly brought into abuse through my overnight schtick working together with Hot Air’s megaphone — but thought better of it. :) No one would believe that was my doing anyway.

Anyway, enjoyed your take this morning.

So, as I have said before, stop eating your Cheetos, slackers, and listen tight: Your actions affect others. You are responsible to others. You are not alone in this world.

So, get up out of your bean bag, turn off the TV, move out of Mom’s Basement, and get a job.

lol — you should try to be less cryptic and more direct. :) I could barely understand what you were getting at.

Axe on March 6, 2014 at 7:40 AM

mika even wonders why we bothering with the IRS.. isn’t it old news.

renalin on March 6, 2014 at 6:54 AM

I think the house just keeps doing what they know how to do even if it doesn’t have results. That’s why our salvation doesn’t lie with government.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Well, one good thing today. CPAC gets underway. Good opportunity to see just how fractured the conservatives are. Hating Obama seems to be the only common ground these days between the pot-smoking nutjob Ron Paul “libertarians” and the social conservatives. That is pretty thin glue.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Breaking Politics @breakingpol
Obama signs executive order ‘blocking property of certain persons contributing to the situation in Ukraine’ –

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Mika has the sense God gave a screwdriver.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 7:22 AM

The tool or the drink with OJ and vodka?

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2014 at 7:47 AM

The tool or the drink with OJ and vodka?

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2014 at 7:47 AM

The tool. A useful tool for Valerie Jarrett.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Are we allowed to use the word “God” on here? I was worried because I used it and I was afraid I was going to be deleted.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Are we allowed to use the word “God” on here? I was worried because I used it and I was afraid I was going to be deleted.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 7:54 AM

yes

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Are we allowed to use the word “God” on here? I was worried because I used it and I was afraid I was going to be deleted.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 7:54 AM

Really?

Axe on March 6, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Mornin’ HotGas Patriots…

How’s WWIII going?

workingclass artist on March 6, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Well, one good thing today. CPAC gets underway. Good opportunity to see just how fractured the conservatives are. Hating Obama seems to be the only common ground these days between the pot-smoking nutjob Ron Paul “libertarians” and the social conservatives. That is pretty thin glue.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2014 at 7:42 AM

If you’re looking for perfection you aren’t going to find it. Just remember the basics. You’re looking for a grownup who cares about the country, cares about the welfare of the people (at least as much as his portfolio), who wants to cut spending and debt. A social conservative wuld be nice but lets get things back to normal first. Some of the things you don’t like about a politician can be fixed by holding his or her feet to the fire.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Well, one good thing today. CPAC gets underway. Good opportunity to see just how fractured the conservatives are. Hating Obama seems to be the only common ground these days between the pot-smoking nutjob Ron Paul “libertarians” and the social conservatives. That is pretty thin glue.

Happy Nomad on March 6, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Gov. Scott Walker not there this year?

workingclass artist on March 6, 2014 at 8:02 AM

I never set out to do anything mean to anyone. I am sick of silly drama that some regulars like to stir up. I am here to comment on the articles and express my opinions. Get that straight.

bluegill on March 6, 2014 at 3:46 AM

Re: FloraDuh

I don’t think that poor woman was well. She snapped at anyone who didn’t agree with her. Seemed to be perpetually in a pissy mood. I hope she got the help she needed. Some of her comments were good, but much of the time she came across a bit unhinged. Maybe she finally had that inevitable meltdown we all knew was coming and retired from commenting.

bluegill on January 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM

btw, sorry to hear about your Twitter account being suspended – again. :-)

#WAR

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

http://news.yahoo.com/big-power-talks-ukraine-crisis-little-progress-003521587–business.html

Embrace the Suck…Kerry…

workingclass artist on March 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Flora Duh is one of the least threatening people on here. Some of these people just like to create conflict. In fact I’ve often wondered if they are planted to do that on purpose.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Crimean parliament votes unanimously to become part of Russia
06/03 11:08 CET

“Crimea’s parliament unanimously voted in favour of becoming part of Russia on Thursday, RIA news agency said, citing the text of the decision.

It was agreed “to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation”, the text said.

A bill on simplifying the procedure for “parts of foreign states” to join the Russian Federation could be adopted next week, a politician who crafted the bill was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Itar-Tass news agency quoted Sergei Mironov as saying: “Speaking plainly, this bill was introduced by me for the sake of Crimea.”

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/06/crimean-parliament-votes-unanimously-to-become-part-of-russia/

Estonian FM denies leaked call blamed opposition

“A leaked phone call has been released between Estonia’s Foreign Minister, Urmas Paet and the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, Catherine Ashton, that poses fresh questions around the use of snipers in Kyiv during protests in late February.

In the conversation, said to have taken place a week ago, Paet notes:

“It’s really disturbing to know the new coalition doesn’t want to investigate what exactly happened. So there is a stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers it was not Yanukovych but somebody from the new coalition.”

Estonia’s Foreign Minister has since stressed that in this conversation he merely relayed opinions he’d heard and wasn’t drawing any conclusions. In a press conference on Wednesday he had this to say on the leaked phone call:

“I didn’t give any evaluation. I stated that this information was going around. Anyone can put together things like that. The conversation was held a week ago. But it was put up now, a week later, now when the new government in Ukraine has started work.”

Estonia has emphasised that Paet didn’t blame Ukraine’s opposition for Kyiv’s sniper killings, during his comments.

Talinn also called into question how some media outlets have since interpreted his words.

Ukraine’s interim government has now started an investigation into the bloody incident, for which both sides blame each other….”

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/06/estonian-fm-denies-leaked-call-blamed-opposition/

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/06/estonian-fm-denies-leaked-call-blamed-opposition/

workingclass artist on March 6, 2014 at 8:10 AM

My take: Marijuana Use in America: Consequences of a “Purple Haze”

kingsjester on March 6, 2014 at 6:51 AM

…you’re one of the “cool kids”………now!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Crimean parliament votes unanimously to become part of Russia
06/03 11:08 CET

“Crimea’s parliament unanimously voted in favour of becoming part of Russia on Thursday, RIA news agency said, citing the text of the decision.

It was agreed “to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation”, the text said.

A bill on simplifying the procedure for “parts of foreign states” to join the Russian Federation could be adopted next week, a politician who crafted the bill was quoted as saying on Thursday.

workingclass artist on March 6, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Surreal. What do you do with it? New headline:

Surrounded by the Russian military, Crimean parliament votes unanimously to become part of Russia.

–But then, there is wide-spread sympathy with that position, isn’t there?

Axe on March 6, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

http://news.yahoo.com/big-power-talks-ukraine-crisis-little-progress-003521587–business.html

Embrace the Suck…Kerry…

workingclass artist on March 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM

My heart aches for the people of Crimea. Lord knows we understand what it’s like to have an unfriendly government forced on us.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Thanks hon.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Mika has the sense God gave a screwdriver.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Never saw her as a “flathead”….maybe I will give her another look see. Hmmmm.

HonestLib on March 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM

My take on this is that if Crimea wants to be “a subject” of Russia and is full of Russians then let them. They probably deserve it. I’m concerned however that Putin will take courage from this and go farther as Hitler did in, you know, WWII. The European countries, especially the Eastern ones, must be very nervous.

crankyoldlady on March 6, 2014 at 8:17 AM

I never set out to do anything mean to anyone….

bluegill on March 6, 2014 at 3:46 AM

…*stands up*…
You Lie!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Yea, FD has gone out of the way to be nice with me. Never dealt with BG directly, but I have read her posts and she seems a little too much “wired for sound”….maybe just me.

HonestLib on March 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

btw, sorry to hear about your Twitter account being suspended – again. :-)

#WAR

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Too funny!!

Naturally Curly on March 6, 2014 at 8:33 AM

.maybe just me.

HonestLib on March 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

It’s not you.

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM

HonestLib on March 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

It’s not just you, she’s a nut job no matter how you slice it.

Sushi, anyone?

Naturally Curly on March 6, 2014 at 8:38 AM

ok its at 666 comments so I need to fix that
I was invited to live stream NRA address at cpac at 230 pm, link is here
https://www.theconservativevoices.com/media/cat/political/cpac-2014-featuring-wayne-lapierre-livestream-r689

dmacleo on March 6, 2014 at 8:49 AM

ok its at 6 66 comments so I need to fix that
I was invited to live stream NRA address at cpac at 230 pm, link is here
https://www.theconservativevoices.com/media/cat/political/cpac-2014-featuring-wayne-lapierre-livestream-r689

dmacleo on March 6, 2014 at 8:50 AM

sorry about doubling, user error. no excuse

dmacleo on March 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Hopefully that will be the last we hear about that nonsense.

bluegill on March 6, 2014 at 3:46 AM

nah. some people have no life outside of making smart comments on a blog. not replying to the crap they stir up is the high ground.

it all circles back to them. keep posting your opinions and discussing the issues: that’s how conservatives win, by listening and learning from each other.

ProudinNC on March 6, 2014 at 8:56 AM

sorry about doubling, user error. no excuse

dmacleo on March 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM

User error? Or someone interfering with your attempt to subvert the number 666?

kcewa on March 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

User error? Or someone interfering with your attempt to subvert the number 666?

kcewa on March 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM

nah I had hit back key at same time kitten jumped on keyboard, think thats what put the space there. my finger clicked post again at same time and due to difference it went.

dmacleo on March 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Sophie is back!!!!

wolly4321 on March 6, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Good morning HA family
Going to take a break until Easter…. y’all be good

:)

cmsinaz on March 6, 2014 at 5:12 AM

…wait!…what?…WE don’t want to give you up…for Lent!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 10:23 AM

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I’ve never been something someone gives up for Lent. I’m going to try not to take it personally. Just kidding. God Bless you, cmsinaz!

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I’m always amazed at the emotions that people seem to be able to attach to text. Short of all caps and a lot of punctuation, I’d have to conclude projection is a large part interpretation.

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM

“Redwood Poaching Prompts Park Service to Close Roads”

http://www.livescience.com/43885-redwood-poaching-causes-road-closure-in-california-parks.html

and where was Mr Spark Plug when this was going on??
who’s in charge of watching Sparky this week?

going2mars on March 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

going2mars on March 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Couldn’t have been SparkPlug, he can’t even find his way to my woodpile let alone clear across country. Sure as heII wasn’t me. Lock the poachers sorry asses up is my take.

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM

arnold, I see the better half peeked in on you. She didn’t even give me a heads up on it. She is so pissed at me. Well at least yesterday. Seems she wants a smokehouse built next to the corn crib. I asked what for and she totally freaked. She can bake a fine pie though. I’d take her up on that offer. ; )

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Lock the poachers sorry asses up is my take.

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM

locked up until the tree has repaired itself…
which should only be a few hundred years…

side question…the site you posted on urns ..was your stuff?
I thought that was someone elses site..did I get that wrong??..
still…it was fantastic stuff…
do you sell the pet sized ones??..smaller
I bet they sell big….ppl love those lil pets..

going2mars on March 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

wondering how long before the “r” word gets mentioned in regards to issas treatment of cummings.

renalin on March 6, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Jesse Jackson Calls Darrell Issa A “Racist” For Cutting Off Cummings During IRS Hearing…

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

going2mars on March 6, 2014 at 12:17 PM

No. It is a friends business. Yes he makes pet urns as well.

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

wondering how long before the “r” word gets mentioned in regards to issas treatment of cummings.

renalin on March 6, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Jesse Jackson Calls Darrell Issa A “Racist” For Cutting Off Cummings During IRS Hearing…

Flora Duh on March 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Yep, no longer is the talked about issue going to be a tyrannical regime using the tax authority to silence and punish political dissent, now it s RACISM!

God help us.

Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

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