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.

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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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Just for giggles, Obama’s “sanctions” are even less effective than he is pretending. A few days ago, he threatened Russia with financial sanctions. In those days Russia moved $100 Billion in securities out of the country. So, Obama is threatening to seize their money …. if they are stupid enough to bring it back.

Subotai Bahadur on March 17, 2014 at 11:20 PM

figure they get to play in the flowers and hunt birds all day. crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Beats kitty hell, an alley in chinatown.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:20 PM

For those who are interested in what is going on in China.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Then they ended up in Washington County PA.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:17 PM

My great great grandfather is buried in Moundsville, WV. It’s in the immediate vicinity of Washington County PA, if I’m not mistaken.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

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

Can your Collie stay?

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

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

Still posers.

REAL Irish rock.

And that ain’t blarney.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Link didn’t work. Try again.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Scott Asheton, Stooges drummer, dies at 64

The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog

From their website:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM IGGY

My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.

Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me.

My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.

Iggy Pop

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Well I’ve done it before. It’s on the Telegraph.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

A Happy St Paddys day to all! :)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

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

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Missed you too, glad you are here.

arnold ziffel on March 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Can your Collie stay?

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Often wondered if that’s not the reason I’m still here.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

My great great grandfather is buried in Moundsville, WV. It’s in the immediate vicinity of Washington County PA, if I’m not mistaken.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

My Mom grew up in Monongahela, PA. in Washington County.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:24 PM

My great great grandfather is buried in Moundsville, WV. It’s in the immediate vicinity of Washington County PA, if I’m not mistaken.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Yes it is. All that area used to be one state I think. Don’t know for sure where the boundaries were.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:24 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yam5uK6e-bQ

My fav Irish band :)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:25 PM

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Missed you too, glad you are here.

arnold ziffel on March 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

XO~~~~~~~

Scrump!

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Happy St Paddys day to all! :) Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Bsck atcba!

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-Pv2pdT6Po

Cranberries: Zombie :)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Danny Boy…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM

My Mom grew up in Monongahela, PA. in Washington County.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:24 PM

No kidding. My McCullough Grgrandparents lived there from 1870 to 1888 and their son James was a shoemaker there until I think 1918 when he died. His daughter was a school teacher there until she died in the 1970′s.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM

bazil9 on March 17, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Hiiiii!! XO ~~~~~!~~~~~!

:)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM

*atcha*

Because atcba isn’t a word

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Bsck atcba!
wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Erin go Braich!! (I know spelt wrong but you know what I mean) :)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM

*atcha*

Because atcba isn’t a word

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Yes it is. I’m looking right at it.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Ok, I’ll give em credit, Thin Lizzie is good. But dated, and with a limited number of hits. U2 continues to put out good stuff and have since 1980 or so. That’s 34 years of excellence. Tough to beat that..:)

Beautiful Day, U2

And with that, may you all have a beautiful day tomorrow. I have to go to bed as I start back at work in the am.

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

The Dubliners – Molly Malone

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

I’m mostly ‘black’(Eastern-European)Jewish. My mother’s paternal grandmother was the London-born daughter of Scots.She converted to Judaism in order to marry my great-grandfather. That’s how I ended up w/ a Scots-Jewish background.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Another Irish Drinking Song

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

What a coincidence. So is mine.

You just made the list, buddy.

Lanceman on March 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM

frank, frank, frank, frank

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:31 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jek51dK-7A

Tomorrow….

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Thin Lizzie is good. But dated, and with a limited number of hits.

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

Well heck, that describes me.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

A Cat story :

It’s St. Patrick’s Day.
I’m visiting my sister and bother-in-law in New Mexico. I’m in the back yard, looking at the stars, so my eyes are adjusted to the dark.

I notice a furry little critter scurry past my feet and stop 3 feet away. I look down and it’s a scared, panicked little kitten.
She comes up and rubs against my leg. Slyly, I opened the patio door, knowing my relatives wouldn’t be able to resist. She was with us for 12 years.

She had the most beautiful green eyes.

We named he Kelly.

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:24 PM

MY mom was from Dormont.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

You’re a typical American.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

No kidding. My McCullough Grgrandparents lived there from 1870 to 1888 and their son James was a shoemaker there until I think 1918 when he died. His daughter was a school teacher there until she died in the 1970′s.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Small world, huh?

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:31 PM

As long as you don’t link that creepy Zombie one.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

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

Little Drummer Boy….

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

New grandkid showed up today!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

You’re a typical American.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Um, she ain’t typical anything.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

We named he Kelly.

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Horatio came to me the same way. I opened the door and he came in.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Well heck, that describes me.

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Except they’re all wearing pants.

Good night. :)

Doc Holliday on March 17, 2014 at 11:34 PM

cozmo on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Oooops I did, up there, somewhere, don’t click on it o_O

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:34 PM

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:24 PM

MY mom was from Dormont.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Dayum!

Well, I’ll be kind when it comes to Dormont, lol

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Congrats! Boy or girl?

Barred on March 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Good news, if true.

Molon labe

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

New grandkid showed up today!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Congrats.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Congrats! Boy or girl?

Barred on March 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Healthy baby boy.

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Congrats.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Thanks.

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM

New grandkid showed up today!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Woohoo!! Congrats Ken!! {{Hugs}} and male or female and what is the new babys name?

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Yippee. Scrumpydoodles is here. Plus the radishing B9. She is also ravishing.

Who wants a water crescent?

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

How wonderful Ken, a baby boy… awwwww :)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

New grandkid showed up today!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Perfect day to celebrate. Congratulations, Ken.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

New grandkid showed up today!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Congrats.

My dad was born on St. Patrick’s Day.

Easy birthday to remember.

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Little Russell Jr.

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

New grandkid showed up today!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Congrats! Did they name him/her Pat?

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Who wants a water crescent?

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Oh I do!! I do!! :)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

They moved to South Bend ma’s sophomore year, then moved to Philly after she graduated from high school. Around 1965-when she was 21-they moved to Iowa. That’s where my parents met.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Do all Irish folks hate gays?/!

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

MY mom was from Dormont.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM

About Dormont. They became a part of a school consolidation with Castle Shannon and Greentree. They called it Keystone Oaks. The key was for the door in Dormont. The stone was for Castle Shannon and the oak was for the tree in Greentree. Those school consolidations were a dumb idea. The idea was to marry poorer districts with rich districts. Sorry for introducing another topic when I’m about to go to bed.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

B9 still here?

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Congrats Ken! Very cool.

22044 on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Heads up people. Be nice to Axe. RWM put a turtle on his bucket post head and hammered him into the ground. That stump you see might be him.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Who wants a water crescent?

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

How much?

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:40 PM

COL

I am so sorry your cat passed away, my condolences… :)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:40 PM

New grandkid showed up today!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Congratulations.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:40 PM

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

That was Axe I tripped over and cursed on the way in?

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:41 PM

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

One of my sis-in-laws birthdays is today as well.
My son was born on April 1.
Shut up. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Heads up people. Be nice to Axe. RWM put a turtle on his bucket post head and hammered him into the ground. That stump you see might be him.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Dang. She is a ggggiiiirrrrllll, after all!

22044 on March 17, 2014 at 11:41 PM

One water crescent for Scrumpy. Coming right up. I wonder if Merm or B9 want one.

Lanceman prefers pickles Doncha know.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Congrats! Boy or girl?

Barred on March 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Healthy baby boy.

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Nice!

I wanted a Boy, but we had two beautiful Daughters…

…alas, no High School Quarterback…

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Woo!
Mazeltov.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Thanks Sparky :)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

New grandkid showed up today!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Congrats, gramps…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Do all Irish folks hate gays?/!

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

My collie says:

I can assure you that the Irish do not discriminate. They hate everyone.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Healthy baby boy. KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Awesome. Congrats!

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Congratulations.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Thank you. Saw a remark about your cat. I haven’t read the thread, but I am sorry for the loss of your cat. I love my critters so much more than most folks I meet. I have a couple that are getting grey in the muzzle..

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

I did get a boy…a white and nerdy boy.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Thanks guys. I keep telling my kids that I am way too young to be a grandpa, but they never listen.

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:44 PM

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Kelly will have a new buddy to get into mischief with, Horatio.

MichaelGabriel on March 17, 2014 at 11:45 PM

…I love my critters so much more than most folks I meet…

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

And you being such a sweet kind person, I find that hard to believe Ken!! :)

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:45 PM

They moved to South Bend ma’s sophomore year, then moved to Philly after she graduated from high school. Around 1965-when she was 21-they moved to Iowa. That’s where my parents met.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

So Iowa it was. Good for them.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:46 PM

What would St Paddy’s Day be without a bar fight?

Boondock Saints take on Putin’s Boyos

CAUTION: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE !

kcewa on March 17, 2014 at 11:47 PM

I can assure you that the Irish do not discriminate. They hate everyone.

CyberCipher on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 PM

Has there ever been a Thread Winner on QOTD??

Because there IS now.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:47 PM

Beltaine – The Sea of the Irish Dream

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:48 PM

I need to stop spending so much time on the computer. It’s causing eye strain. I hope it won’t cause permanent damage. I have enough problems. As much as I enjoy all your company I’m going to have to get off.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:48 PM

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Good night COL!

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:49 PM

For pambi

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:49 PM

By the way my last name isn’t McCullough. I have a German name.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM

NonP seems to be on vacay as well. Timeshare condo at Rehobeth beach that is pet friendly, I presume.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM

An Irish Blessing for all of you :)

May the blessing of the rain be on you—
The soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
So that all the little flowers may spring up,
And shed their sweetness on the air.
May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
May they beat upon your spirit
And wash it fair and clean,
And leave there many a shining pool
Where the blue of heaven shines,
And sometimes a star.

May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:51 PM

By the way my last name isn’t McCullough. I have a German name.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Omaschon?

arnold ziffel on March 17, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Heads up people. Be nice to Axe. RWM put a turtle on his bucket post head and hammered him into the ground. That stump you see might be him.

SparkPlug on March 17, 2014 at 11:39 PM

You were the post turtle.

The smear of blood and tissue on that stump might be you.

Resist We Much on March 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM

God Bless each and everyone of you!!

I gots to run… ):

** swoosh **

Scrumpy on March 17, 2014 at 11:55 PM

NonP seems to be on vacay as well. Timeshare condo at Rehobeth beach that is pet friendly, I presume.

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Nope, he has a chapped ass because he couldn’t wear his assless chaps at Boston’s St.Patrick’s day parade.

arnold ziffel on March 17, 2014 at 11:55 PM

I keep telling my kids that I am way too young to be a grandpa, but they never listen.

KCB on March 17, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Just don’t tell anyone that you sleep with grandmas.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Good night all.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM

by the way my last name isn’t McCullough. I have a German name. crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 11:50 PM

My Mom’s side was named Kaiser. Is that German?

wolly4321 on March 17, 2014 at 11:57 PM

May you get to Heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you’re dead. — (favorite) Irish Proverb

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:58 PM

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