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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Bishop!

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Newtie!!!!!!!!

KCB on March 5, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Delusion! Delusion! Delusion!

But enough about the Democrat’s genetic disposition …

… Bishop!

PolAgnostic on March 5, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Danceman!!

KCB on March 5, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Finally! Where are the Cossacks when you need them?

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Understand this…

Obama wears panties….

And Putin isn’t ghay….

Electrongod on March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Do the timewarp….

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Calling all Rude Buffoons and crazy loons, too…

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I don’t have time to play nice.

Off the rails now.

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM

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

Then we are f**ked…

JohnGalt23 on March 5, 2014 at 10:34 PM

…instead of those three videos…why didn’t you just shit on me…instead!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Quotes of the day
posted at 10:31 pm on March 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

Bishop!

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Your time machine is awesome.

RickB on March 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Reagan is Kirk. Obama is Picard.

Kirk vs Picard

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM

How ’bout a hagfish? She was on a roll earlier.

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

How ’bout a hagfish? She was on a roll earlier.

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Yup, that was the second part. Which thread was she crapping in?

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

It’s teahadi time!

Murphy9 on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Your time machine is awesome.

RickB on March 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Yes, but more importantly, it appears that poor, poor, poor frank doesn’t have the stones to come back into QOTD and face me.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

How ’bout a hagfish? She was on a roll earlier.

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

…she doesn’t read…she just rolls!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

It’s teahadi time!

Murphy9 on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I saw a bit of that. What is the story on that idiot?

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I don’t have time to play nice.

Off the rails now.

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Quick… there’s just time for you to catch the…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

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…


… so
Putin and Obama DO have a lot in common …

… other than that village idiot thing Obama’s got going.

PolAgnostic on March 5, 2014 at 10:38 PM

I saw a bit of that. What is the story on that idiot?

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

…too many BJ‘s…he has gum on his brain!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

This teahadi wants to trade his AR in for a MIA Springfield.

It has to have a lovely walnut stock.

wolly4321 on March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Touche’

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

MEREDITH!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

первый!

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

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

And Tom Hanks said “I think we have elected a calm, wise man.”

The left just doesn’t get any dumber than this.

a5minmajor on March 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Touche’

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I bow to your pantless excellence…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Where is tangles?

nobar on March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

It’s teahadi time!

Murphy9 on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I saw a bit of that. What is the story on that idiot?

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Something to do with LSD being used again for Therapy…

ToddPA on March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

You ain’t too shabby either.

cozmo on March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Это место переходит в ад в ночное время.

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Hey, quiet in here! I’m trying to read Allahpundit’s column on QOTD.

OK, I’m kidding. I don’t read the column; I just come here for the comments.

Alien on March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Bishop!

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:30 PM

.
My Queen beats your Bishop.

listens2glenn on March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

OK… All of you QOTD’ers.. It’s Hump day… Get to Humping…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Вот что она сказала

Newtie and the Beauty on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Frank lib fishes pretty well Bishop.

Not subtle,, more like gill nets.

wolly4321 on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

It’s teahadi time!

Murphy9 on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I’m waiting for him to go Panther. It won’t take much to push it.

nobar on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Yup, that was the second part. Which thread was she crapping in?

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM

…4:41 PM… Girl suing her parents for support when she got kicked out of the house.

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Quiet Riot – Bang Your Head (Metal Health)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Axe Grinder…Pile Driver…
I believe their lead singer OD’ed a few years back…

ToddPA on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Frank lib fishes pretty well Bishop.

Not subtle,, more like gill nets.

wolly4321 on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I’m thinking he might be serious but dresses it up as fishing so peeps think he isn’t serious.

Or maybe I’m just slow.

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:45 PM

OK… All of you QOTD’ers.. It’s Hump day… Get to Humping…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Digital Underground “The Humpty Dance”

You always know the rap is old school when they “break it down”

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:45 PM

a5minmajor on March 5, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I was at a women-only gym on Chicago’s far west side(Islamabad On The Lake Rogers Park) shortly after the 2008 election. Some of the bimbos started in w/ the ‘calm, wise man’ BS…and well dang…that coughing fit of mine just hit me all of a sudden. Man, it was quite a doozy.
After that-the place went silent when I was around. *smirk*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Приятно видеть вас, тоже, епископ!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Did Chris Christie die?

wolly4321 on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

After that-the place went silent when I was around. *smirk*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

You went off on them?

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

This is my favorite 1980′s rap song:

Young MC “Bust a Move” 1989

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Bull. It’s Sunday…for me.
Effing retail hell. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:48 PM

OK… All of you QOTD’ers.. It’s Hump day… Get to Humping…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Digital Underground “The Humpty Dance”

You always know the rap is old school when they “break it down”

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Got to love the Humpty dance…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I started loudly coughing every time they mentioned Zero. I wasn’t very popular.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:48 PM

This is my favorite 1980′s rap song:

Young MC “Bust a Move” 1989

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Gotta bust a move to get a little wild thang…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Hage: Leadership? What a farce.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 5, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Did Chris Christie die?

wolly4321 on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Wait, what?

nobar on March 5, 2014 at 10:49 PM

As they say in Japan:

この地獄に夜になります。

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

What QOTD about Russia is complete without…

The Fixx “Red Skies” 1982

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I started loudly coughing every time they mentioned Zero. I wasn’t very popular.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Ohhh.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

oscarwilde as costume designer for the groupies. Dude should get an award.

KCB on March 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

OK… All of you QOTD’ers.. It’s Hump day… Get to Humping…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

.
You mean like this ?
.
“So many legs . . . . . so little time”

listens2glenn on March 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM

MEREDITH!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Had to rain on the Fu*king parade didn’t ya??

ToddPA on March 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM

More history in this video than gets taught in schools today:

Billy Joel “We Didn’t Start the Fire” 1989

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Приятно видеть вас, тоже, епископ!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

You guys need to stop talking in Ukranian.

kcewa on March 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM

The Fixx “Red Skies” 1982

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I like the version with Charlie Barrett rather than Dan Brown. He had a different bass style.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM

OK… All of you QOTD’ers.. It’s Hump day… Get to Humping…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:44 PM

.
You mean like this ?
.
“So many legs . . . . . so little time”

listens2glenn on March 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM

DAMN IT… dont get that fine beverage here…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

As they say in Japan:

この地獄に夜になります。

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I like Google Translate’s version — close enough for jazz:

“I will be at night in this hell.”

Alien on March 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

oscarwilde as costume designer for the groupies. Dude should get an award.

KCB on March 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Don’t be dissin my girls… They some fine Church ladies…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Did Chris Christie die?

wolly4321 on March 5, 2014 at 10:47 PM

.
It is remotely possible the brain trust at MSNBC figured out there wasn’t anyone west of Philadelphia who gave a crap …

… but it’s more likely they and AP are tying themselves up in knots wondering why Ronan Farrow isn’t delivering on his demographic.

(AP – Hint: Research the character Eddie Haskell on the “Leave it to Beaver” show.)

PolAgnostic on March 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Merle Haggard – That’s The Way Baseball Go

Spring Training!!!

kcewa on March 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I also made a point of having a ‘conversation’ w/ a very talibanish bus driver. He refused acknowledge any woman who got on his bus.
Once I figgerd that out-I made a POINT of ‘chatting’ w/ him. I’d ask him if he got a beard trim, mention that I liked his shirt because It looked good on him, once I asked him if his family was well, asked him if it was true that he had adopted a puppy…you get the idea.
Chutzpah! I’ve got it. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:55 PM

‘I can see Crimea from my St. Petersburg back porch.’

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 10:55 PM

That was Russian.

This is Ukrainian:

Я люблю сир.

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

A shockingly SERIOUS song by an artist not known for it.

We Gen X sons of Vietnam Veterans (my Dad is one) said: NEVER AGAIN do our heroes get this treatment!

Huey Lewis & the News “Walking on a Thin Line”
1984

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

ToddPA on March 5, 2014 at 10:51 PM
That’s me-Mrs. Suzie Sunshine.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I like Google Translate’s version — close enough for jazz:

“I will be at night in this hell.”

Alien on March 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Well that sucks, I thought I wrote: “All Army pukes are pukes.”

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Alien on March 5, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Bing Translator works for me ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Chutzpah! I’ve got it. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:55 PM

He prolly wanted to behead you.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 10:57 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Doting spouse of “Right” Ray Sunshine :P

Newtie and the Beauty on March 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Don’t be dissin my girls… They some fine Church ladies…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I gotta get back to church!

KCB on March 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

A shockingly SERIOUS song by an artist not known for it.

We Gen X sons of Vietnam Veterans (my Dad is one) said: NEVER AGAIN do our heroes get this treatment!

Huey Lewis & the News “Walking on a Thin Line” 1984

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

T6hat’s not a knife thin line, this is a knife thin line

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

My Grandfather was wealthy. I don’t want the money. I want the premo grade M1 Garand.

That thing is sweet.

It’s shitty to think about. What is bestowed. But I love that gun.
Besides being a sweet piece of metal and walnut, it’s a memory.

Maybe one that repeats. I know what he did with one.

wolly4321 on March 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

But the political class in America

As far as I am concerned, Putin can do what he wants with our “political class.”
What outrageous horseshot.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 5, 2014 at 10:58 PM

█☠█

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
H. L. Mencken

Murphy9 on March 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Calling all Rude Buffoons and crazy loons, too…

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I don’t know which one I am but good evening.

crankyoldlady on March 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

ToddPA on March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Thread winner! That was awesome!

graywaiter on March 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

The Natural (Baseball song)

kcewa on March 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Slaughter – Up All Night

Newtie and the Beauty on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Mrs. Alien will slaughter me if I’m up all night with the likes of you folks, again.

That reminds me — I’m going to have to sign off early tonight. If Brain — I mean, Brian comes in, shout a quote from a mediocre sci-fi movie at him for me.

Alien on March 5, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I don’t know which one I am but good evening.

crankyoldlady on March 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Buffoon.

But I call you crank-yanker.

It’s just my way…

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I don’t know which one I am but good evening.

crankyoldlady on March 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Hey darlin, you are one of us Rude Buffoons…

OmahaConservative on March 5, 2014 at 11:00 PM

AC/DC – Playing with Girls

CurtZHP on March 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM

McCain, Hillary: It is astonishing that we pay any attention to these fools.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Great White – Rock Me

Newtie and the Beauty on March 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I always thought he was saying ‘Rom-ney’.

Lanceman on March 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM

ToddPA on March 5, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Thread winner! That was awesome!

graywaiter on March 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Todd calls them as he see’s em, and when he don’t see’s em, he makes em up…

oscarwilde on March 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM

ConstantineXI on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I’m a Gen Xer too-and I had no idea that that was what that song was about. Wow.

My dad was permanently medically rejected from serving in ’60. My mother passed the tests to join the USAF-but her parents wouldn’t sign. To my grandparents-only bad girls joined the military.
My parents went to their…urns regretting that they were never able to serve.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 5, 2014 at 11:01 PM

That was Russian.

This is Ukrainian:

Я люблю сир.

Bishop on March 5, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Russian is Ukranian now.

kcewa on March 5, 2014 at 11:02 PM

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