Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 17, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

President Barack Obama’s incremental strategy on the Ukraine crisis marched forward Monday — but so did Russian President Vladimir Putin, without appearing to notice.

Through targeting the bank accounts of 11 Russian and Ukrainian government and business leaders, the administration hopes the pressure on the so-called “cronies” — as administration officials repeatedly called them Monday — will get through to Putin himself.

But though the sanctions are the most aggressive any American president has taken against Russia since the end of the Cold War, they’re going to take a while to be felt, and even then, it’s an open question of how much the people targeted by them will care. White House officials haven’t laid out what happens if Putin doesn’t back down — and the options aren’t great.

“Going forward, we can calibrate our response based on whether Russia chooses to escalate or to de-escalate the situation,” Obama said Monday at the White House, announcing the latest actions.

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U.S. senators, congressmen and top Obama administration officials are sure to be on Vladimir Putin’s sanctions list; a response to the Obama Administration’s announcement on Monday that 7 Russian officials and 4 Ukrainian officials would be barred from holding assets or traveling to the United States.

Putin is expected to release his retaliation list as early as Tuesday and while the final list is still being crafted, it will include top Obama administration officials and high profile U.S. senators, in an effort to roughly mirror the U.S. sanctions against Russian officials and lawmakers, according to diplomatic sources. At the top of the list in Congress is Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who recently co-authored a resolution criticizing Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

Durbin’s inclusion on Putin’s list would mirror Obama’s naming of Valentina Matvienko, the head of the upper chamber of the Russian Duma. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are not expected to be on the Russian sanctions list.

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In short, America’s adversaries are testing the limits of America’s post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan moment.

We’re seeing the ‘light footprint’ run out of gas,” said one of Mr. Obama’s former senior national security aides, who would not speak on the record about his ex-boss.

“No one is arguing for military action, for bringing back George Bush’s chest-thumping,” the former aide said. At the same time, he said, the president’s oft-repeated lines that those who violate international norms will be “isolated” and “pay a heavy price” over the long term have sounded “more like predictions over time, and less like imminent threats.”

Mr. Obama acknowledges, at least in private, that he is managing an era of American retrenchment. History suggests that such eras — akin to what the United States went through after the two world wars and Vietnam — often look like weakness to the rest of the world. His former national security adviser Thomas Donilon seemed to acknowledge the critical nature of the moment on Sunday when he said on “Face the Nation” that what Mr. Obama was facing was “a challenge to the post-Cold War order in Europe, an order that we have a lot to do with.”

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Putin has played on western illusions very successfully for a very long time. Remember all those ‘experts’ (many, alas, in government service) who thought that the Medvedev presidency represented a real shift in Russian politics? How shocked and disappointed people were when Putin stepped smoothly back into the top job? It is the oldest trick in the book: bait and switch. Humiliate John Kerry by making him cool his heels for three hours in the Kremlin, and then dangle hope of a cooperative relationship. Hold out a ‘helping hand’ when the Obama administration has gotten itself into an embarrassing predicament over its Syria red line, then kick Uncle Sam in the teeth at Geneva.

There was never a good reason to believe any of Putin’s talk of peace and cooperation. After the Cold War, America and its allies jammed NATO expansion down Russia’s throat. The European Union worked to expand right up to Russia’s frontiers while making it crystal clear that Russia could never be a member. Putin is no Hitler, but neither is he a Konrad Adenauer, determined to accept defeat and to cooperate wholeheartedly in building his country’s future within the lines drawn by the victors. And the US made Adenauer’s Germany a much better offer than it made Putin’s Russia. You would have to be living in what the Germans call das Wolkenkuckkucksheim, cloud-cuckoo-land, to believe that a man like Putin would passively accept the post-Cold War order.

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Russia will regret its anti-Western turn because the (genuine and huge!) improvements in the country’s economic situation over the past 15 years have only been possible because the country was increasingly becoming seen as a “normal” country in which it was possible to invest and do business. Russia wasn’t perfectly integrated into the world economy, but in 2014 it is much more integrated than it ever was during the chaotic 1990′s or the “good” years of Putin’s first term as president. Russia’s trade with the EU exploded over the course of the past decade, and while the results of economic growth haven’t been evenly shared, huge numbers of Russians have been able to partake in a consumer lifestyle that increasingly resembles the West’s.

The growth of this consumer lifestyle depended not on government to government ties, even at their post 9/11 peak Russia and the West were highly suspicious of each other, but on the gradual development of organic connections between people and businesses. These sorts of connections can be very hard to form, but are exceedingly easy to break. As shown by the carnage in the Russian stock markets, Russia’s invasion of Crimea seems to have convinced an awful lot of people that Russia is not a particularly good place to invest in.

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As U.S. and European officials began imposing sanctions in their face-off with Russia over Ukraine, Vladimir Putin’s $160 billion in oil and natural gas exports may be his most potent weapon to limit punitive measures. …

Russia, the world’s largest oil producer, exported $160 billion worth of crude, fuels and gas-based industrial feedstocks to Europe and the U.S. in 2012. While shutting the spigot on Russian energy exports would starve the Moscow government of essential flows of foreign cash, the price may be too high for European consumers and it may not alter Putin’s plans, said Jeff Sahadeo, director of Carleton University’s Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Abstaining from Russian oil and gas would be “off the table” for Europe, said Marc Lanthemann, Eurasia analyst with Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence company based in Austin, Texas. Europe risks a replay of its failed attempt six years ago to punish the Kremlin for going to war with the Republic of Georgia, when it was unable to impose sanctions after acknowledging its dependence on Russian energy.

“We’re not expecting sanctions with many teeth coming through,” Lanthemann said.

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Should Putin choose to escalate by moving troops into Ukraine beyond Crimea, even Germany has pledged to hit Russia with painful sanctions. This would damage the economy seriously: Former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin has forecast $50 billion in capital flight per quarter this year, “in a mild scenario.”

And yet, sanctions too can add to the logic of escalation. Serious economic sanctions would, as the most fervent Soviet die-hards and Russian nationalists have been hoping ever since the 1990s, create a full break with the West and return Russia’s economy to a less extreme version of its Soviet-era isolation — or, in their view, self-sufficiency. Sanctions would also force corrupt businessmen either to repatriate their ill-gotten gains or flee the country. The “liberals” who have, according to conservatives, held the country ransom for private gain since the collapse of the Soviet Union and prevented Russia’s return to greatness would be routed.

The West would then have done its worst, while proving that it is unwilling to go to war with Russia in order to prevent Putin from sending troops into his non-NATO neighbors. Any future land grabs would incur smaller additional costs for Russia.

***

Several members of Congress voiced support for sanctions against Russian leaders announced by President Obama earlier today, but urged him to go further to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from taking further steps to annex Crimea and take the region from Ukraine.

The sanctions, announced Monday morning, freeze the assets of seven Russian officials and four of their allies in Ukraine’s Crimea region. The action by the Obama administration was praised by several members of Congress, while others blasted the sanctions for not going far enough.  “The crisis in Ukraine calls for a far more significant response from the United States,” declared Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in a lengthy statement released Monday afternoon. “Today’s Executive Order could be an important part of that response, but sanctioning only seven Russian officials is wholly inadequate at this stage.”

Without stronger U.S. and Western reaction, McCain said, “we run the risk of signaling to Putin that he can be even more expansive in furthering his old imperial ambitions, not only in Ukraine, but also in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic countries and parts of Central Asia.” McCain urged the Obama administration to “rush the modest military assistance to the Ukrainian government that its leaders have requested.”


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Éirinn go Brách

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Ratso go Bragh!

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

LOL!!!

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all celebrating

22044 on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

The Hades w/ Eire.
SCOTLAND FOREVER!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Oh, well. I am a Danish-German Lutheran. Just another day for me…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

However, I AM drinking beer…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Check out the article in the headlines about Ocare raising insurance rates–dang, I wish somebody had predicted that…..

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Seriously, Hot Air?

“You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

Did you hire former Healthcare.gov programmers?

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Putin is taking advantage of Obama’s flexibility….

Obama walks bow legged now…

Electrongod on March 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

No grumble thread.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

This just in:

Apparently, Mick Jagger’s girlfriend has committed suicide.

Sad.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I’ve been wondering why she did that…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Was just thinking the same thing. Maybe he liked the episode?

john1schn on March 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Russia laughs off Obama sanctions, calls him a ‘prankster’

and…since Obama decided to give up US control of the internet…

Russia/China push for control of the internet

Obama promised to embark of a “… fundamental transformation of this nation.” and make of this nation “Just one nation among many.”

Looks like Obama has found something besides campaigning that he knows how to do.

thatsafactjack on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Evening All.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

CoffeeLover on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

If Putin bans “cronie” Americans from Russia. it is really going to hurt.

It means we’re stuck with Al Gore and Hillary Clinton.

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Oh, well. I am a Danish-German Lutheran. Just another day for me…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Heh. I hear ya. On the bright side, Scandinavians never need an excuse to drink.

Norwegian on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

….B I S H O P !….

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

This just in:

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I ain’t exactly on top of things when it comes to pop culture, but even I have known this for hours.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Evening All.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

CoffeeLover on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

CL! Dittoz! Great to see you.
I celebrated since yesterday….I am one hurtin pup right about now.

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Did you hire former Healthcare.gov programmers?

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

That thought’s occurred to me occasionally.

22044 on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Did you hire former Healthcare.gov programmers?

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Lmao!

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

LOOK AT THE FLOWERS!

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

However, I AM drinking beer…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I volunteered to be a little green alien for the day. Showing solidarity with the leprechauns, those other figments of your collective imagination.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I DO miss this.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

LOOK AT THE FLOWERS!

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

PICKLES!

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

CL! Dittoz! Great to see you.

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Is there a video option here that I am unfamiliar with?

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

LOL B9!!! Good for you. I hope you enjoyed it. So glad to see you.

CoffeeLover on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Obama is SUCH an amateur. If the USSR were still around, Putin would have already occupied the whole of Europe.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

This just in:

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I ain’t exactly on top of things when it comes to pop culture, but even I have known this for hours

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Well, aren’t you Mister Fancy No Pants.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Q: What do you call a Jewish leprechaun?
A: a LEPRE-COHEN!
*runs*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

U shad up. ;)

LOL B9!!! Good for you. I hope you enjoyed it. So glad to see you.

CoffeeLover on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I did. We always do it up. I drank a tad too much tho. ;)

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, trolls and loons…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Well, aren’t you Mister Fancy No Pants.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

The snark is strong with this one.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Was just thinking the same thing. Maybe he liked the episode?

john1schn on March 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

AP is on a highly-classified, top-secret assignment at an undisclosed location. Anyone wishing to learn his whereabouts will need to have a double-secret decoder ring or kidnap his cats.

Resist We Much on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

hahaha :)

CoffeeLover on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

LOOK AT THE FLOWERS!

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Lance, your date’s here.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I DO miss this.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Love it! That is cool.

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The Hades w/ Eire.
SCOTLAND FOREVER!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM


Do you know why the Irish LOVE the Scots?

They ALWAYS piss off the British more than the Irish.

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Obama is SUCH an amateur. If the USSR were still around, Putin would have already occupied the whole of Europe.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Not before Obama had drawn a red line at, oh, say, the Strait of Gibraltar.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Oh man – this purple lipped, low-IQ, light in the loafers liar will be the death of us all, if we’re lucky.

abobo on March 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

That thought’s occurred to me occasionally.

22044 on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Keep getting bumped out of Hot Air or update my browser so the pop-up vids will work?

Tough choice.

I choose Youtube binge.

Happy Saint Patricks day.

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

To set the tone for the evening…an English Rocker? Must have some Irish blood.

Frank Turner – I Still Believe

And I still believe (I still believe) in the saints.
Yeah, in Jerry Lee and in Johnny and all the greats.

And I still believe (I still believe) in the sound,
That has the power to raise a temple and tear it down.

And I still believe (I still believe) in the need,
For guitars and drums and desperate poetry.

And I still believe (I still believe) that everyone,
Can find a song for every time they’ve lost and every time they’ve won.

So just remember folks we not just saving lives, we’re saving souls,
And we’re having fun.

And I still believe.

Now who’d have thought that after all,
Something as simple as rock ‘n’ roll would save us all.

Now who’d have thought that after all,
Something so simple, something so small.
Who’d have thought that after all it’s rock ‘n’ roll?

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

The Hades w/ Eire.
SCOTLAND FOREVER!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Are you trying to start a fight? I have ancestors from Ireland but they were Scots-Irish.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Are you trying to start a fight? I have ancestors from Ireland but they were Scots-Irish.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

The trouble with Scotland…….
Is that it’s full of Scots.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

During the 1980′s my parents were Midwest reps of Clan Wallace USA.
My dad had no Scots blood-despite his blonde hair/ hazel eyes he was 100% Jewish-but he still looked very good in his kilt. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

The tribes of Meshech rise!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moschia

Congrats Vlad, go ahead take the prize in the Middle East. :-)

PappyD61 on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I trust that all of you wore something green today. How many are drinking green beer tonight?

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Q: What do you call a Jewish leprechaun?
A: a LEPRE-COHEN!
*runs*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

All right, Twerp. Just for that, I’m bringing out the big guns.

Yes, I am. I am NOT holding back.

I shall end the evening as the most hated alien on all of HotAir for this dastardly deed –

“Come On Eileen”

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

! That is cool. bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

They dye it shit brown the other 364 days of the year.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I trust that all of you wore something green today.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Sparky isn’t, so I’m gonna pinch his booty.

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

I trust that all of you wore something green today.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Nope. But no one DARED pinch me.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

They dye it shit brown the other 364 days of the year.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

They dye it shit brown the other 364 days of the year.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

LOL!

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I trust that all of you wore something green today.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I wore orange…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Gotta’ stick with this one.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

My elderly cat, Horatio, died finally last night. He had improved the day before and was eating. Then yesterday he got bad again and died during the night. I still have 2 little miscreants

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

However, I AM drinking beer…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

I volunteered to be a little green alien for the day. Showing solidarity with the leprechauns, those other figments of your collective imagination.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I’m still pinching you.

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

During the 1980′s my parents were Midwest reps of Clan Wallace USA.
My dad had no Scots blood-despite his blonde hair/ hazel eyes he was 100% Jewish-but he still looked very good in his kilt. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

.
Did he ever get a chance to go to the “Gathering of the Clans” in Scotland?

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I used to tell people that I was Scots-Irish…until some Irish friends informed me that they did NOT like the S-I. The S-I were Scots that were sent to Ireland in order to subjugate the Irish and turn the country Protestant.
From that point on I was just Scots. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Oh COL, I’m so very very sorry.

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

My elderly cat, Horatio, died finally last night. He had improved the day before and was eating. Then yesterday he got bad again and died during the night. I still have 2 little miscreants

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

So sorry COL…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I’m still pinching you.

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Dude. You’re pinching a dude.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I’m still pinching you.

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

You want some more of “Come On Eileen”? I still have the link handy. Back away slowly.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Nope. we did attend the ‘gatherings’ @ Alma, Michigan, Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Grandfather Mountain, NC.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I am so sorry to hear about Horatio COL.

CoffeeLover on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Not with that you won’t.

But if we’re gonna’ do Irish stuff:

It don’t get ANY better than this.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

To all you folks celebrating today, my Mom’s
first name is Ida…..she’s Irish to the core…

..my Dad was mostly German…..sooooo, went
to ancestry.com

well, I’m just a Drunk who likes to start Wars…

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I’m still pinching you.

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Dude. You’re pinching a dude.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

You flirt with one.

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Hugs and purrs.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

I shall end the evening as the most hated alien on all of HotAir for this dastardly deed –

“Come On Eileen”

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

kevin rules Dexy´s Midnight Runners – Celtic Soul Brothers

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

My elderly cat, Horatio, died finally last night. He had improved the day before and was eating. Then yesterday he got bad again and died during the night. I still have 2 little miscreants

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

.
My condolences, it’s always hard to part company, for the time being, with our furry companions.

PolAgnostic on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Been there. That ain’t dye.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

You flirt with one.

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

From that point on I was just Scots. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Tough. That’s what they were. I am mostly German.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

You flirt with one.

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Well, your keyboard says you are.

But your buddy obama also said if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Drop Kick Murphy’s

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

You flirt with one.

Pickle on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Uh-oh. That’s gonna leave a nasty scar.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

My condolences.

kitty heaven probably rocks. Cool toys. Birds & mice.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Is it okay to say Putin is being “bossy” ?

Wait……I’ll ask Beyonce’s best pal….. that Obama person.

Can we still use the word “Bossy” or should we call Putin just “aggressively leading”?

PappyD61 on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Gotta’ stick with this one.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

very nice tune

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Thanks for your condolences all of you. I wasn’t that close to him. I didn’t raise him from a kitten or anything. I just thought he should be treated better than he apparently had been until I got him.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

… I have ancestors from Ireland but they were Scots-Irish.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

You too? I carry a Scotch-Irish last name. We were kicked out of Scotland in the early 1600s, kicked out of Ulster (Northern Ireland) in the early 1700s, and kicked out western Pennsylvania in the late 1700s by George Washington himself. Seems we dint have the money to pay the whiskey tax.

My collie says:

So why haven’t you been banned from Hot Air?

Give me time. I’m working on it.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

The greatest Irish Band
Where the Streets Have No name. U2

Seen ‘em in concert 3 times. Amazing.

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

kitty heaven probably rocks. Cool toys. Birds & mice.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:11 PM

I figure they get to play in the flowers and hunt birds all day.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

New age posers.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I just thought he should be treated better than he apparently had been until I got him.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

You are a kind soul — you gave him a better life than he would have had otherwise.

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Putins middle name is Piker. Most people don’t know this.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

I figure they get to play in the flowers and hunt birds all day.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

And sleep on soft pillows in the sun…

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Thanks for your condolences all of you. I wasn’t that close to him. I didn’t raise him from a kitten or anything. I just thought he should be treated better than he apparently had been until I got him.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

That kinda sounds cold, yet warm and fuzzy at the same time…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Drop Kick Murphy’s

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Hey bazil, why did you de-nut me? I still have b-9 tatted on my bicep.

arnold ziffel on March 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Give me time. I’m working on it.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

My McCulloughs have a sort of murky background. I read somewhere they killed someone in Scotland and the entire clan moved to Ireland. Sounds too romantic to be true. But there are more of them in Northern Ireland than there are in Scotland. Then they ended up in Washington County PA.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Through targeting the bank accounts of 11 Russian and Ukrainian government and business leaders, the administration hopes the pressure on the so-called “cronies” — as administration officials repeatedly called them Monday — will get through to Putin himself.

Obama is just doing this “targeting bank accounts of 11″, so that when Russia doesn’t invade Ukraine, or at least doesn’t invade western Ukraine, or at last doesn’t invade Germany and France, or at least doesn’t invade Washington D.C., he can say his wise and forceful action stopped him. The MSM will then praise him and the Nobel Committee will give him another peace prize and all democrat senators will declare him our indispensable President for Life..

VorDaj on March 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Is Twerps hair green because it’s Saint Pats or is it green because it’s green.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

New age posers.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

New age? They’re old as dirt. But here, have some more…
Vertigo, U2

We can keep this up all night, they are my all time favorite band…

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

arnold ziffel on March 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

lol@de-nut

I have missed u! I know your celebrating. =)

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Putins middle name is Piker. Most people don’t know this.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

What a coincidence. So is mine.

You just made the list, buddy.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

I shall end the evening as the most hated alien on all of HotAir for this dastardly deed –

“Come On Eileen”

Alien on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Please don’t link to that anymore.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

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