Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on July 17, 2014 by Allahpundit

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard was likely shot down by an antiaircraft missile before it crashed and burned on Thursday in an eastern Ukraine wheat field near the Russian border, in an area roiled by fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces…

Reporters arriving at the scene near the town of Grabovo described dozens of lifeless bodies strewn about, mostly intact, in a field dotted with purple flowers, with remnants of the plane scattered across a road lined with fire engines and emergency vehicles. “It fell down in pieces,” said one rescue worker as tents were set up to gather the dead.

One passenger in a black sweater lay on her back, with blood streaming down her face and her left arm raised. The carcass of the plane was still smoldering, and rescue workers moved through the dark field with flashlights. Dogs barked in the distance, and the air was filled with a bitter smell.

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Arizona Republican Senator John McCain claimed there would be “hell to pay” if Russia or its separatist allies shot down a Malaysian civilian airliner in eastern Ukraine on Thursday — though he cautioned it remains unclear who exactly is responsible…

“I think the repercussions are incalculably huge,” McCain told Mitchell. “But remember that the Russians have already — or separatists, either Russian or separatist, and they’re really one and the same — have already shot down several aircraft of the Ukrainians . . . So this is part of a pattern.”

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The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine immediately blamed each other for the crash, which occurred as the Boeing 777 was flying its regular route from Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur…

Hours later, a U.S. official said American intelligence agencies had confirmed that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. The official, who was not authorized to speak on the record about an early intelligence assessment, said government analysts were scrambling to determine who fired the missile.

“This is a contested area,” the official said. “It’s going to take time to get some information on the intentions of whoever was involved.”

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A Kremlin statement early Friday said Putin opened a meeting with his economic advisers by calling for a moment of silence over the crash.

Then, he said, “This tragedy would not have happened if there were peace on this land, if the military actions had not been renewed in southeast Ukraine. And, certainly, the state over whose territory this occurred bears responsibility for this awful tragedy.”

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Ukraine has already accused Russia of shooting down the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed near the Russian border, raising questions about whether it can conduct an objective investigation into the disaster.

“The plane was shot down, because the Russian air defense systems was affording protection to Russian mercenaries and terrorists in this area,” the Ukranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to ABC News. “Ukraine will present the evidence of Russian military involvement into the Boeing crash.”

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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was allegedly shot down by a group of Russian-backed Cossack militants near the village of Chornukhine, Luhansk Oblast, some 80 kilometers north-west of Donetsk, according to recordings of intercepted phone calls between Russian military intelligence officers and members of terrorist groups, released by the country’s security agency (SBU)…

“It’s 100 percent a passenger (civilian) aircraft,” Major is recorded as saying, as he admitted to seeing no weapons on site. “Absolutely nothing. Civilian items, medicinal stuff, towels, toilet paper.”

In the third part of conversation Cossack commander Nikolay Kozitsin talking to an unidentified militant cynically suggests that the Malaysia Airlines airplane could’ve been carrying spies, as, otherwise, it would have no business flying in that area.

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There is one important reason Ukrainian authorities are so sure that pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet: An account on the Russian social network Vkontakte, which relays official dispatches from insurgent military leader Igor Girkin, aka Strelkov, boasted about the rebels shooting down a plane at about the time of the crash

The Vkontakte account reported at 5:37 p.m. Moscow time (4:37 in Donetsk) that a large plane — identified as an Antonov An-26 transport plane, “has just been shot down near Snizhne,” a town close to where the Malaysia Airlines plane went down. This appears to be an edited version of a gloating post that is available only in screen shots now (I have one). In that initial version, the post went on: “We warned them not to fly in our skies. And here’s a video of another bird going down. The bird fell behind a coal heap, residential areas were not hit, peaceful people did not suffer.”

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Armed with Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS), the separatists have been taking down Ukrainian military aircraft since the beginning of June. On June 13, separatists shot down a Ukrainian transport plane that had been carrying 40 paratroopers and nine crew members.

At least 10 other Ukrainian aircraft — all of them significantly lower-flying than a Boeing 777 — have been shot down since the rebels started using MANPADS according to a count kept by military aviation expert David Cenciotti, including five Mi-24 Hinds, two Mi-8 helicopters, one An-2, one An-30, and the Ukrainian transport plane.

Pro-Russian rebels claimed responsibility for shooting down two additional Ukrainian Su-25 fighters on Wednesday. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported that one of the jets was hit by a portable surface-to-air missile.

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Putin cannot be happy about this turn of events. After all, things were going more or less according to plan up to now. Yesterday’s reasonably robust round of U.S. sanctions was accompanied by a set of comparatively meek European ones consisting mostly of a moratorium on development aid. Putin was doing his best to portray himself as a responsible statesman, in contrast to the reckless Western interests that goaded Kiev into civil war. He even went so far as to say that his door was always open for further negotiations. With the fog of war descending over eastern Ukraine, it was starting to look like he would be able to keep the region on a low simmer while the world was distracted by hotter conflicts elsewhere.

As of right now, that looks less likely. While it’s always dangerous to underestimate the divisions in Europe, if any kind of definitive intelligence linking Russia to this tragedy emerges, it will be much harder for skeptical Europeans to remain straddling the fence.

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“The Ukrainian government reports that 23 Americans were aboard the plane, and that more than 300 people were killed in the crash.”

The Americans on the plane had no connection to Russia or Ukraine, and took no risks other than booking a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Now they’re dead. It’s quite possible pro-Russian separatists killed our fellow citizens. What will the consequence be?

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This also seems to prove that Russia has lost control of the rebels, who have been complaining for some time of being abandoned by President Vladimir Putin. There is no way that, a day after criticizing the recklessness of American foreign policy, his military shoots down a passenger plane. Rather, it seems that the rebels made a mistake that paints Putin into a corner. Putin hates corners, and when he’s backed into one, he tends to lash out. He especially hates to do or say what is expected of him, and to give in to outside pressure. So though he has already expressed his condolences to the Malaysian government, don’t expect him to do anything swift or decisive. He will likely do something to punish the rebels after the spotlight moves on to the next global crisis.

My first reaction to this was that this is a game-changer, and it’s a game-changer in that it drags in the outside world, but it’s hard to see what the consequences of this could be. Even if and when the evidence is marshalled to point to the rebels, what can the West do to punish them? What can it do to punish Russia for giving them these capabilities? What can it do to end the conflict? More sanctions? Putin’s been blowing them off and they haven’t altered his calculus all that much. A peacekeeping mission? There is still no appetite for boots on the ground and Russia still has that U.N. veto. Even if the U.S. gives Ukraine lethal military aid, it in no way guarantees that Kiev’s military will be able to crush the separatists, especially not without some bloody, horrific urban warfare. The plane went down, raised the stakes, but what can the West—or Moscow—really do about it?

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Me!

hawkdriver on July 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Bishop!

massrighty on July 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

ratso !!!

viking01 on July 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

At least its not about the babies.

RickB on July 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Hi, hawk – you got me!

massrighty on July 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I killed 2 mice today.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Smart Power.

luvntheBIGsites on July 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Jim Geraghty asks, “what will the consequence be?” Nothing.

We’re gonna have another big terrorist attack in this country on Ogabe’s watch.

8 weight on July 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Been reading some blogs. I am amazed at how many folks have turned on the Russians so quickly. Month ago they were commenting that Putin was the savior of the Middle East and it seems like as many now are commenting that Putin is directly to blame for the conflict in the Ukraine and as directly responsible for this happening.

hawkdriver on July 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Hi, hawk – you got me!

massrighty on July 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Doesn’t happen often, I’ll need a moment to bask.

hawkdriver on July 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

This also seems to prove that Russia has lost control of the rebels, who have been complaining for some time of being abandoned by President Vladimir Putin.

Bull-fu*cking-shit!!!

TXUS on July 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Fundraisers.

wolly4321 on July 17, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Pickle soup…

oscarwilde on July 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Why doesn’t Obama want to get off the plane. It’s been sitting there for a half hour.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Vacation.

wolly4321 on July 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

“I think the repercussions are incalculably huge,” McCain told Mitchell. “But remember that the Russians have already — or separatists, either Russian or separatist, and they’re really one and the same — have already shot down several aircraft of the Ukrainians . . . So this is part of a pattern.”

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Excellent detective work.
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Arizona Republican Senator John McCain claimed there would be “hell to pay” if Russia or its separatist allies shot down a Malaysian civilian airliner in eastern Ukraine on Thursday — though he cautioned it remains unclear who exactly is responsible…

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With all the the “upper hand” that the U.S. and the rest of the civilized world has over Putin, I should think so … oh, wait…

listens2glenn on July 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

What a day…

KCB on July 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Putin is just testing his toys.

This communist thug will have his day hell no doubt about it.

◄ Genesis 4:10 ►
And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

weedisgood on July 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on July 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Golf.

wolly4321 on July 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

First “the” = “of” . . . . . ( s i g h )

listens2glenn on July 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Been reading some blogs. I am amazed at how many folks have turned on the Russians so quickly. Month ago they were commenting that Putin was the savior of the Middle East and it seems like as many now are commenting that Putin is directly to blame for the conflict in the Ukraine and as directly responsible for this happening.

hawkdriver on July 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I never believed that Putin was the only evil side in the conflict but this case did make up my mind. People who blow up civilians do not deserve to draw breath, and people who finance and support them are no better. Whether Putin is to blame for the monster he created, he either destroys it quickly or carries full responsibility.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

if any kind of definitive intelligence linking Russia to this tragedy emerges, it will be much harder for skeptical Europeans to remain straddling the fence.

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I don’t know the site this originated from … but I do know whoever wrote that statement knows NOTHING AT ALL about Europeans.

Keep your heads down and your powder dry, friends.

I see a bad moon rising

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

The world is burning.

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

27 Australians died today. Our single biggest loss of life in terrorist attack/war since the Bali Bombings.

Do you define this as a terrorist attack or war crime?

Crux Australis on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

The Europeans don’t have a choice. They have to get their power from somewhere and they aren’t going to get it from us. I’m sure they are all looking for alternatives.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Do you define this as a terrorist attack or war crime?

Crux Australis on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I call it terrorism.

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Yeah, it is. Very surreal, isn’t it?

lineholder on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Obama Propaganda Ministry Spokesdolt Earnest promised a strongly worded letter would be forthcoming.

/

viking01 on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Do you define this as a terrorist attack or war crime?

Crux Australis on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Are these mutually exclusive?

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Crux Australis on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Are you in Australia at the present time? How are people there responding to these events?

lineholder on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Get me out of this damn Oval office…I got to be out with my peeps.

d1carter on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

8 weight on July 17, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Sad to say that T-Bone died this morning…Don’t know the cause, but it’s really depressing, especially when you add the news of the day and realize that we have at least 2 more years of Obama.

Think I’ll just toddle off to bed…

bimmcorp on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Sad to say that T-Bone died this morning…Don’t know the cause, but it’s really depressing, especially when you add the news of the day and realize that we have at least 2 more years of Obama.

Think I’ll just toddle off to bed…

bimmcorp on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

That’s weird. I wonder what happened. So sad.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I’d like to point out that this is the second Malaysian jet liner that has either disappeared or been shot down recently.

You’ll recall the first apparently disappeared, veering far from it’s intended flight path.

This one was flying, for reasons yet to be addressed or determined, over a war zone where pilots and commercial airlines have been warned not to fly.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Prayers ascending for the Maylasian Airlines victims…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

mmmBUT Do YA HAAAATE mmmBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH?!!!!

williamg on July 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

bimmcorp on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Sorry for your loss! Hang in there, bimmcorp.

lineholder on July 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

It is disgraceful, that we allowed this cash for clunker green jobs bozo into the white house to scar our great country.

Parmenides on July 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Suppose the CIA discovers Russian agents were actively involved? Wonder if the White House Admin would would cover that up? If the Russians were directly involved — that means Obama would have to make a tough consequence packed decision right before the midterms

drivingtheview on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

[sets out "We Reserve The Right To Serve Whomever We Dang Well Please, DAMMIT!!" signage...activates wireless drink stations and drone delivery service...usual caveats apply...sends out first round of Whatchudrinkin's in Brand-Spankin'-New Double Whatchudrinkin' glasses...enters under "RIP, Johnny Winter"...]

Johnny Winter and Leslie West – Red House

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I define it as ‘evil’, but Screwtape might agree with me. Neh?

DemetriusPhalerum on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I never believed that Putin was the only evil side in the conflict but this case did make up my mind. People who blow up civilians do not deserve to draw breath, and people who finance and support them are no better. Whether Putin is to blame for the monster he created, he either destroys it quickly or carries full responsibility.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

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With all due respect, you are either incredibly naïve or completely ignorant of Putin’s background.

For 16 years Putin served as an officer in the KGB, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he retired to enter politics in his native Saint Petersburg in 1991.

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This is the resume of a ruthless sociopath.

Unlike our incompetent sociopath, Putin knows EXACTLY what he is doing.

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I think the Malaysians are just incompetent and have to cover it up.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

‘Toons of the Day: Have Pen and Phone; Will Babble!

Resist We Much on July 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

I can’t stay too long but your first cartoon I have to note. It still frost my butt that the media still gives Bush the full mea culpa for the Katrina disaster as if it’s a given. Not a word of Nagin or Blanco. So even Conservatives doing well meaning political commentary try to draw the comparison. So, a few points.

Much to Al NotsoSharpton’s dismay, Bush did not create Hurricane Katrina. But obama most certainly created this fiasco. And he’s still using it to push a political agenda.

Bush, regardless of what the media says, was more involved and more instrumental for the things that did go right in the Katrina relief than either of the first two fatherless rodents discussed above, Nagin and Blanco. obama has been MIA for every major issue and event for as long as I can remember. If it weren’t for a fawning media, he’d have already been thrown out on his assets.

I just hate that Katrina meme. Regardless of what is known, it persists.

But as always, great collection of cartoons, Sophie.

hawkdriver on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was allegedly shot down by a group of Russian-backed Cossack militants near the village of Chornukhine, Luhansk Oblast, some 80 kilometers north-west of Donetsk, according to recordings of intercepted phone calls between Russian military intelligence officers and members of terrorist groups, released by the country’s security agency (SBU)…

This [the link] reads like a cheap dime novel. Instantly intercepted phone calls, Russian majors, and “the Greek”. Pure Washington propaganda. Democrats have been spewing your identical line all afternoon. What does that tell you?

Russia has nothing to gain by such an action which should properly be condemned by the international community. Washington, frustrated that its CIA/State Dept sponsored Ukraine coup has not yet dragged that country into the EU for looting, has everyting to gain by this event.

RasThavas on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

blah blah blah! It’s QOTD time!

coolrepublica on July 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

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“blah blah blah” ? … Who are you, Count Dracula ?

listens2glenn on July 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Think I’ll just toddle off to bed…
bimmcorp on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Bimm, I’m so sorry! Prayers ascending for T-Bone, you and your family.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Jar jar binks would be a better president and I might add far less annoying.

Parmenides on July 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Think I’ll just toddle off to bed…
bimmcorp on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Niters and sleep well, Bimm.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Yeah, it is. Very surreal, isn’t it?

lineholder on July 17, 2014 at 10:52 PM

It’s surreal and kind of scary. There is no American leader to step forward and knock some heads for lack of a better term.

Our President gets laughed at by the world. That’s not a great feeling.

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

bimmcorp on July 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

bimm, I am sorry to hear that.

8 weight on July 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Boot Hill – Johnny Winter

Bluesman and guitarist Johnny Winter III passed away at 70 in a hotel room in Geneva, Switzerland. Gonna miss him.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

27 Australians died today. Our single biggest loss of life in terrorist attack/war since the Bali Bombings.

Do you define this as a terrorist attack or war crime?

Crux Australis on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

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“Yes”.

listens2glenn on July 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

But did you deliver the teddy bears to the border, yet, daddy?

Galtian on July 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Do you define this as a terrorist attack or war crime?

Crux Australis on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Our President defines this as a tragedy. Let that be the end of it.

/

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Any way you look at it, pooootin owns this one. That means he’s completely in the clear because sh!t for brains will never do a dam thing about it.

Diluculo on July 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

It’s Bushes fault that new Orleans looters were firing at rescue helicopters so they could steal a better flat screen than the one they got for free from the government welfare fraud check.

Parmenides on July 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Do you define this as a terrorist attack or war crime?
Crux Australis on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Yes.

anuts on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

They moved 160+ “refugee” kids 1/2 a mile from where I work.

Tucson,, Oracle & Drachman.

It’s no good.

wolly4321 on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Life Is Hard – Johnny Winter

Winter was never awarded a Grammy independently for his work. He got one with Muddy Waters, despite being nominated many times. It was a disappointment to him.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

The world is burning.

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

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Not quite yet, gg … but it isn’t far off.

There’s still time to stock up, dig in and hunker down.

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Whether Putin is to blame for the monster he created, he either destroys it quickly or carries full responsibility.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I bet he feels like he doesn’t have to do either. With our world-wide opinion so poor over the Middle East and the Syrian rebels specifically, he’s thinking it’s no worse than a tie now with the US.

Washington, frustrated that its CIA/State Dept sponsored Ukraine coup has not yet dragged that country into the EU for looting, has everyting to gain by this event.

RasThavas on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Talk about reading like a dime-store novel. Seriously?

hawkdriver on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Unlike our incompetent sociopath, Putin knows EXACTLY what he is doing.

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I never implied he doesn’t. Being Russian born and having a multitude of friends still living there, I presume to know him pretty well. My point was, Putin has to either publicly disavow the rebels and cut their support, or face the wrath of the Western community who could take lightly to some minor border abuses but gets aflame at the idea of blown-up passenger airplanes.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

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Bmore on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

There is no American leader to step forward

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

We do have a giant leadership vacuum in this country.

It’s a great opportunity for someone.

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

What The Media would be Saying Now IF mmmBOOOOOOSH were President:

“This plane DID NOT explode from a MISSILE attack – it was OBVIOUSLY an “inside job“…..It appears “Agents of mmmBOOOOOOSH” blew this plane up from the INSIDE!”

“After the plane went down, President mmmBOOOOOOOOOSH was heard to say:”

“Good Job, Brownie!!”

williamg on July 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Our President defines this as a tragedy. Let that be the end of it.
/
faraway on July 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Or, looks like it may be, anyway…

anuts on July 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Jar jar binks would be a better president and I might add far less annoying.

Parmenides on July 17, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Me-sa thinks you right, da Greeka mon!

Doc Holliday on July 17, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Ratso!

OmahaConservative on July 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM

That’s weird. I wonder what happened. So sad.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Sorry for your loss! Hang in there, bimmcorp.

lineholder on July 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Thanks y’all…As a man of faith, I have learned to not question the things that happen in my life. I recall coming upon this missive at another low point in my life, and I leave it here for y’all to ponder and consider…

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guestroom. Instead the angels were given a space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what they seem”.
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the, couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel “how could you have let this happen! The first man had everything, yet you helped him,” she accused. “The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let their cow die.” Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied. “When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave her the cow instead. Things aren’t always what they seem.” Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later. Think about this:
Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight, just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.

Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair.
There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard-of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for the last three months.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for $15.00 to feed her family.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance,
think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking, “what is my purpose?,” be thankful.

There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities, remember, things could be worse–you could be them!

Good night all, and may the good Lord Bless and keep you…

bimmcorp on July 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

We do have a giant leadership vacuum in this country.

It’s a great opportunity for someone.

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I think this country is just craving leadership. Someone to step forward and say this is America and we don’t put up with this crap.

When did leadership become such a bad thing?

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Anyone know of any good Conservative activism sites? Sites that list activities going on across the country that Conservatives can get involved in?

lineholder on July 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

So – WHERE’s All The Media Conspiracy Theorists On This?

Or The Tools Tying This Back To RACISM??? Or Sarah Palin?

williamg on July 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I bet he feels like he doesn’t have to do either. With our world-wide opinion so poor over the Middle East and the Syrian rebels specifically, he’s thinking it’s no worse than a tie now with the US.

hawkdriver on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Russians are having the idea of the USA being the enemy drilled into their heads. They are pretty much ready to embrace another Cold War against us. A confrontation with Europe, not so much: a lot of Russian owned real estate and investments will be lost, along with places to educate oligarch kids and resorts to host oligarch wives and mistresses.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I killed 2 mice today.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Were the cats slackers?

OmahaConservative on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Putin has to either publicly disavow the rebels and cut their support, or face the wrath of the Western community who could take lightly to some minor border abuses but gets aflame at the idea of blown-up passenger airplanes.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

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Exactly which countries do you see getting “wrathful” over this even if it is proven ‘Russian advisers’ were responsible for shooting the plane down?

Bearing in mind that Gazprom is controlled by Putin’s cronies and Europe does not have an alternative source of natural gas.

And don’t forget our sociopath AND his State Dept. spent the entire day IGNORING this event just as hard as they could.

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

… or face the wrath of the Western community who could take lightly to some minor border abuses but gets aflame at the idea of blown-up passenger airplanes.
Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Fat chance. The leader of the country tasked with leading the western community couldn’t give a flip.

anuts on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

We are going to rename this “National Facepalm Day” in honor of our clueless leader.

A BIG FACEPALM

Doc Holliday on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

I killed 2 mice today.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Huntress!

KCB on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Don’t Take Advantage of Me – Johnny Winter

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

bimmcorp on July 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

May the Lord bless you too, Bimm. See you tomorrow.

8 weight on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

gophergirl on July 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I once complained about a lack of leadership in a situation. My younger son said to me “There is never a lack of leadership. Leadership always exists. It may not be the kind you want or need or are hoping for, but it always exists.”

I think that was a valid point.

lineholder on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

AFK

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

It should be quite obvious to anyone that the reason this
jetliner was shot down is because Republicans in the House refuse
to pass Immigration Reform….

ToddPA on July 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

williamg on July 17, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Don’t forget “steel doesn’t melt, so it was an inside job”. Courtesy of the round pig odonnell during her first stint on the view(erless).

Diluculo on July 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

It should be quite obvious to anyone that the reason this
jetliner was shot down is because Republicans in the House refuse
to pass Immigration Reform….

ToddPA on July 17, 2014 at 11:09 PM

No, no, no. It was because the entire world is pissed that they don’t get free birth control and abortificants at the American tax payer’s expense.

Diluculo on July 17, 2014 at 11:11 PM

It is because Russian separatists are trying so hard to bring gay rights to Ukraine.

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Exactly which countries do you see getting “wrathful” over this even if it is proven ‘Russian advisers’ were responsible for shooting the plane down?

Bearing in mind that Gazprom is controlled by Putin’s cronies and Europe does not have an alternative source of natural gas.

And don’t forget our sociopath AND his State Dept. spent the entire day IGNORING this event just as hard as they could.

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

I hope Netherlands and Germany will lead the way, though you might be right and Europe is too far gone into socialist oblivion.

GazProm only supplies 30% of European gas, and fracking can take up the slack; in two years, the dependency will be diminished, and by then we will hopefully have a President capable of taking care of the problem.

Rix on July 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Gotta’ put this here because…well, because it’s Bobby Jindal.

The man rocks! He truly does!

lineholder on July 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

I killed 2 mice today.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Huntress!

KCB on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

They refused to leave several unmarked cheese wedges at the base of the grandfather clock then tried to contact the authorities….

viking01 on July 17, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Huntress!

KCB on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Yes, Huntress.

Diluculo on July 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Amber Alert issued for 5-month-old infant girl believed to have been abducted from Oklahoma by woman with mental health condition; believed headed to Salt Lake City via Colorado – @CBSDenver

davidk on July 17, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Good night all, and may the good Lord Bless and keep you…

bimmcorp on July 17, 2014 at 11:06 PM


Excellent post.
May the Lord bless you & yours and keep you safe until you pass directly into his presence.

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Talk about reading like a dime-store novel. Seriously?

hawkdriver on July 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Two words – Victoria Nuland

RasThavas on July 17, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Anyone see Schadenfreude recently?

Bmore on July 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

I killed 2 mice today.

crankyoldlady on July 17, 2014 at 10:43 PM

And so it begins.

faraway on July 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

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