Quotes of the Day

posted at 8:31 pm on March 15, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution that declared a planned referendum on the status of Ukraine’s Crimea region “can have no validity” and urged nations and international organisations not to recognise it.

“This is a sad and remarkable moment,” Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said after the vote by the 15-member Security Council.

The Russian veto of the draft resolution, drawn up by the United States, was expected. Moscow, which has sent military forces to Crimea, is backing tomorrow’s referendum, which would transfer control of the region from Ukraine to Russia.

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British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said, “The resounding message from today’s vote is that Russia stands isolated in this council, and in the international community.

“Russia alone backs this referendum. Russia alone is prepared to violate international law, disregard the U.N. charter, and tear up its bilateral treaties. This message will be heard well beyond the walls of this chamber.

He appealed to Russia to hear the voice of the international community and engage with the Ukrainian authorities.

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Moscow, which has sent military forces to the Crimea, is backing today’s referendum, which would transfer control of the region from Ukraine to Russia.

“This annexation … goes beyond Ukraine, it concerns us all,” France’s UN ambassador, Gerard Araud, said in a statement.

This veto must be seen as a defeat only for Russia.”

The brief resolution noted that the referendum was not backed by the Ukrainian government in Kiev.

It called on “all states, international organisations and specialised agencies not to recognise any alteration of the status of Crimea on the basis of this referendum.”

Later, the Russian foreign ministry condemned the draft resolution as another US attempt to interfere in Ukraine.

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A spokesman for the Ukrainian border guard service, Oleg Slobodyan, told The Associated Press the Russians, about 120 in all, took control of a natural gas distribution station in the village. The Foreign Ministry said the force consisted of about 80 and didn’t mention the station, but said the village was seized.

As Crimea prepares for Sunday’s referendum, dozens of billboards throughout the regional capital proclaim “Together With Russia.” But a few have been hit by spray-painters who scrawled out “Russia” and replaced it with “Ukraine.

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In an interview on the Ekho Moskvy radio station, Slutsky, head of the Russian parliamentary committee that deals with neighboring countries, said the Kremlin’s handling of the Crimea crisis bolsters “Vladimir Putin’s authority in our country” and is a powerful factor in the “consolidation of our civil society.”

Comments like that lead Mark Galeotti, a New York University professor who is in Moscow, to think that Russia has let its heart take precedence over its head as far as Crimea is concerned. The Kremlin, unusually, is being guided by emotion, he suggested.

“In strategic terms, this is a millstone around the neck,” said Jonathan Eyal, international director of the Royal United Services Institute in London.

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Russian exports account for about one-third of Europe’s gas consumption and those pipelines run smack through Ukraine. As Mother Jones’ James West points out, “Russia has long been able to use Ukraine as an energy choke point.” On Thursday, Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported that authorities in Crimea have been securing offshore gas and oil in the region.

Crimean parliamentary speaker Vladimir Konstantinov reportedly said: “These deposits and the platform fully become the property of the Republic of Crimea…We have guarded them. These are our fields and we will fight for them.”

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the vote’s results are all but a foregone conclusion, and urged Russia’s parliament against accepting any offer to claim Crimea as its own.

“We believe that a decision to move forward by Russia to ratify that vote officially within the Duma would, in fact, be a backdoor annexation of Crimea,” Kerry told reporters in London after six hours of talks Friday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Putin Friday and said afterwards he still thought a diplomatic solution was possible, although it was “clear we are at a crossroads,” AFP reported.

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CRUZ!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Well done, ALT!!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

I don’t care if Russia gets Crimea. They want to be Russian. Let them own it.

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

[Debating whether or not to have a black Russian or a white Russian...]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Calling all wenches, Rude Buffoons, trolls and loons…

OmahaConservative on March 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

What happens if’n Crimea votes “No” on Russia?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

OmahaConservative on March 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

*smooooooooch!*

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Do you really think Putin will let that happen? I’m not saying Putin is right. I’m saying most of them seem to be Russian. It’s a shame about the rest but majority has to rule.

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Calling all wenches, Rude Buffoons, trolls and loons…

OmahaConservative on March 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

You added wenches. I’m watching girl groups on my PBS channel.

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I think that (non-)Russian (nudge nudge wink wink) show of force will go a long way toward swaying the vote to Putin’s side, COL.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

I’ll have a White Russian…Thanks

Barred on March 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I’m glad that OC is enough of a gentleman to put us wenches first, COL!

Pledge week on your PBS channel?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

What’s the name of the river that splits the Country?

wolly4321 on March 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Hammer March – Pink Floyd – the wall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awktDTuuGlg
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canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 6:49 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

I somehow doubt that Crimea will assume its proportional share of Ukrainian Debt once its independence is declared.

KW64 on March 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I’m glad that OC is enough of a gentleman to put us wenches first, COL!

Pledge week on your PBS channel?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

So he did and yes it is.

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Barred on March 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

[fixes Barred one white Russian...slides it down the bar... ;-) ]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Requested…

OmahaConservative on March 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

I’ll have a White Russian…Thanks

Barred on March 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

Racciiissss!

Resist We Much on March 15, 2014 at 8:42 PM

What’s the name of the river that splits the Country?

wolly4321 on March 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

wolly4321:0

Oh..oh…i know, ..

The Rhine and the Ruhr!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Interesting comparison there…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Thanks, now to sit back, relax and read.

Barred on March 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Resist We Much on March 15, 2014 at 8:42 PM

[Sends RWM a black Russian...slides a double shot of cream in case she changes her mind... ;-)]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Dnepr,, you can bet they split it in two. Control the bridges.

That’s what I would do.

wolly4321 on March 15, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Referendum, …..tick…tick….tick:


2:45 AM
Sunday, March 16, 2014 (EET)
Time in Kyyiv, Kyiv city, Ukraine

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Barred on March 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

It’s a pleasure, Barred!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I’m still here-I just can’t find the main ‘drug’ that I absolutely need to take at night.
Found all my other scrips…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Resist We Much on March 15, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Guilty as charged. Never thought so, but they keep telling me I am.

Barred on March 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

There was talk of splitting it.

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

[Sends RWM a black Russian...slides a double shot of cream in case she changes her mind... ;-)]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

lolz

Resist We Much on March 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I’d start where I last remember having it and work forward, ALT. You’d be surprised where things end up…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Looking at our weakness, China may make a move on Taiwan. Bye bye, Pax Americana.

tommy71 on March 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Whatever you’re having, put it on predator’s tab.

22044 on March 15, 2014 at 8:48 PM

ALT, remind me to tell you sometime how I tore my apartment for five days looking for my wallet. Went to pull something out for dinner and there it was…in the feckin’ freezer. I don’t mind having cold hard cash, but never thought about taking it literally…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Looking at our weakness, China may make a move on Taiwan. Bye bye, Pax Americana.

tommy71 on March 15, 2014 at 8:47 PM

That would be tragic.

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:50 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Interesting comparison there…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Newtie and the Beauty:Tru Dats,..calm before the Sh*t-Storm:)

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:50 PM

22044 on March 15, 2014 at 8:48 PM

[Adds 22044′s name to Predator’s tab, right under Axe, Schade, Bishop, OC, CL, Alien, Dear Mrs Alien, ALT, RWM, Doc…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:50 PM

I’m still here-I just can’t find the main ‘drug’ that I absolutely need to take at night.
Found all my other scrips…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I’m supposed to be taking something 3 times a day. I forgot it this morning. And I was doing so well.

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:51 PM

still here-I just can’t find the main ‘drug’ that I absolutely need to take at night. Found all my other scrips… annoyinglittletwerp on March 15, 2014 at 8:46

You be careful.

wolly4321 on March 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I’ll join you with that White Russian bartender.

Doc Holliday on March 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

*************** Shout to BISHOP **************************

Shiny Toy Guns – Major Tom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyFe5m2MU9Q

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I somehow doubt that Crimea will assume its proportional share of Ukrainian Debt once its independence is declared.

KW64 on March 15, 2014 at 8:41 PM

You make a good point. Maybe we encourage Russia to annex California, Illinois and New York, that’s almost 70 million people right there.

Fenris on March 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Doc Holliday on March 15, 2014 at 8:52 PM

[Makes Doc a white Russian...adds Doc's name to Predator's tab...]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:54 PM

No sign of hag fish yet. She was on the conspiracy thread a few minutes ago.

Hey canopfor … did Putin invade the rest of Ukraine yet … there was a rumor on the other thread.

Also. Anyone seen cosmo’s pants. He was losing them all afternoon.

Back to the conspiracy … I’ll check in later.

gh on March 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Fenris on March 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

That’s some commute, but would be worth it, methinks…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM

u make a good point. Maybe we encourage Russia to annex California, Illinois and New York, that’s almost 70 million people right there. Fenris on March 15, 2014 at 8:53 PM

They aren’t dumb enough to incur that debt. Blowing it to smitherings would be cheaper.

wolly4321 on March 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

[Adds 22044′s name to Predator’s tab, right under Axe, Schade, Bishop, OC, CL, Alien, Dear Mrs Alien, ALT, RWM, Doc…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:50 PM

lol – I’m in good company then :)

22044 on March 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

gh on March 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM

[Checks Predator's tab...adds Cozmo's name to it...]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Evening All

I finally made it!!!! Newtie I’ll have one of each :)

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

22044 on March 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

VERY good company, 22044!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Anyone got a quarter? I think I’ll drop it in the jukebox and play Crimea River.

And, all you White Russian-drinkin’ wusses, I’ll just sit alone down here nursing my drink. You know what they say? Once you go Black (Russian), you never go back.

Resist We Much on March 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Taking Ratso out for a smoke. Wind is really gusting tonight, snow headed here…

OmahaConservative on March 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Also. Anyone seen cosmo’s pants. He was losing them all afternoon.

gh on March 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Hmmm. Seems odd that he’s looking for them. :)

22044 on March 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Resist We Much on March 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

OMG….ROFLMAO

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

They aren’t dumb enough to incur that debt. Blowing it to smitherings would be cheaper.

wolly4321 on March 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Maybe if we throw in Obama, everybody loves him, right?

Fenris on March 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Tweets All / No replies

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 7m

Crimea to vote on joining Russia, Moscow wields U.N. veto http://reut.rs/1e5CxW2
Expand
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Crimea to vote on joining Russia, Moscow wields U.N. veto

By Richard Balmforth and Mike Collett-White
KIEV/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:46pm EDT
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/16/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA1Q1E820140316?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Evening All

I finally made it!!!! Newtie I’ll have one of each :)

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

WOO-HOO!! WB, stranger!

[makes CL a double of each...adds CL's name to Predator's tab...]

[Gives RWM a quarter...adds 25¢ to Predator's tab...]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM

I need 2 of each!!!

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM

OmahaConservative on March 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

“Mary Poppins” – Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:05 PM

[Jury-rigs juke box for free play...removes RWM's 25¢ from Predator's tab...]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:06 PM

OMG….ROFLMAO

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

CoffeeLover: Goooooooooooood Evening CL:)

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Hi canopfor :) So good to see you!

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM

[Sends CL another round of doubles...Predator's not going to know what hits him when he sees his tab...]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Thanks canopfor. You are either very dependable or predictable.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

I don’t get it. Predator’s tab? Are you buying? Or just selling pants?

gh on March 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM

It’s so good to see you made it tonight, CL!! You’ve been well and truly missed!

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

He’s always very generous. I’m sure he won’t mind LOL!

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

gh on March 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Predator’s buying tonight…we took a vote. ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

We took a vote on THAT, too…we got Alien ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Glenn McDuffie passed away. The US sailor in World war 2 kissing pic. The timing is strange, with Putin flexing his muscles in the Ukraine.

tommy71 on March 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Anyone got a quarter? I think I’ll drop it in the jukebox and play Crimea River.

And, all you White Russian-drinkin’ wusses, I’ll just sit alone down here nursing my drink. You know what they say? Once you go Black (Russian), you never go back.

Resist We Much on March 15, 2014 at 9:01 PM

RWM: If you insist:)
====================

Crimea River

http://watchmen-news.com/2014/03/12/as-senator-obama-helped-to-make-ukraine-defenseless/

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

gh on March 15, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Wait…am I supposed to add Cozmo’s pants to Predator’s tab?

Looking for a friend…

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:10 PM

I missed everyone. I’m getting better. Haven’t seen 9pm in quite a few days LOL. Not sure how long I’ll be vertical but as far as I can tell this is a very good start.

Trying to figure out if everyone is behaving?

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Alt….look in kitchen near where you last made tea!

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM

What happens if’n Crimea votes “No” on Russia?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 8:36 PM

No isn’t one of the options. It’s either be part of Russia or be Putins Puppet state.

RickB on March 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM

“This is a sad and remarkable moment,” Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said after the vote by the 15-member Security Council.

Damn! If someone had just censored that damn utube video in time!

VorDaj on March 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Thanks canopfor. You are either very dependable or predictable.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Newtie and the Beauty: *Le Clinky*:0

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I’m not sure getting Predator’s tab near cosmo’s pants is a good idea. Latest theory on flight 370 is that persecution of Anwar Ibrahim is what made the pilot flip-out. Ibrahim was accused of something like that. We wouldn’t want to cause another hijacking.

gh on March 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM

CoffeeLover on March 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Yep! We ladies have graduated to Saucy (but Not Naughty) wench status! OC approved. ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:16 PM

RickB on March 15, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Some choice.

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Glenn McDuffie passed away. The US sailor in World war 2 kissing pic. The timing is strange, with Putin flexing his muscles in the Ukraine.

tommy71 on March 15, 2014 at 9:12 P

He was just one of several who claimed to be that guy. You can’t tell from the picture.

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Hey canopfor … did Putin invade the rest of Ukraine yet … there was a rumor on the other thread.

Also. Anyone seen cosmo’s pants. He was losing them all afternoon.

Back to the conspiracy … I’ll check in later.

gh on March 15, 2014 at 8:58 PM

gh:Puty is still work’n on dats:0

canopfor on March 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

…B I S H O P…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

[

Sends CL another round of doubles...Predator's not going to know what hits him when he sees his tab...]

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:08 PM

just keep his drink refreshed and he’ll never see know it.

I’ll take a White Russian while your at it. lol

wolverinefan on March 15, 2014 at 9:21 PM

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2014 at 9:20 PM

White Russian or black Russian, KA2? It’s on Predator tonight ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on March 15, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Thank you Jazz, AP, enjoy your special assignment! I’m outta here!

Boston-Gonna Hitch a Ride

Mini-14 on March 15, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Yep, the choice is: Become part of Russia now or become part of Russia later. There is no ‘No, we’d really like to tell Putin what he can do with his referendum!’

Resist We Much on March 15, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I’ll have a White Russian…Thanks

Barred on March 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

I’ve enjoyed a couple of White Russians over the years. Even almost married one until learning that her sister, as beautiful as she, wiped out my best friend’s bank accounts and fled to Finland. Didn’t want to chance it, so it was Do Svidanya, Tatyana.

TXUS on March 15, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I just noticed I’ve been misspelling ‘cozmo’ … he’s returned to the conspiracy thread … i think i’ll go hide somewhere.

gh on March 15, 2014 at 9:23 PM

I don’t care if Russia gets Crimea. They want to be Russian. Let them own it.

crankyoldlady on March 15, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Interesting.

Vermont wants to be Canadian … should the U.S. allow the Canadian military to invade and oversee a vote to secede and join Canada?

Jaibones on March 15, 2014 at 9:23 PM

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