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Putin keeps John Kerry waiting for
THREE HOURS during his visit to
Russia for meetings over Syria
as relationship between the U.S.
and Russia remains frosty

Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 5/8/2013 2:10:01 AM

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was looking to strengthen ties with Russia as he tries to put an end to the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, but instead he was met with the coldest of receptions. Russian President Vladimir Putin kept Kerry waiting three hours before their meeting at the Kremlin on Tuesday and continuously fiddled with his pen as the top American diplomat spoke about the ongoing crisis in Syria. Kerry’s visit to Moscow comes as he seeks Russian help in ending Syria´s civil, telling President Putin that common interest in a stable Middle East

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Kerry is trying "to put an end to the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria"???

No wonder Putin kept him waiting for three hours.

Kerry--can you not take a hint?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 5/8/2013 2:19:54 AM     (No. 9315867)

Dear Mr. Secretary of State, get a clue.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 5/8/2013 2:20:53 AM     (No. 9315868)

Nice shot, Vladimir, but if it were me I´d have never shown up. Horsey face is not to be trusted.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 5/8/2013 2:24:35 AM     (No. 9315870)

Thanks, Obama, for "restoring" the US image abroad.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Safari Man, 5/8/2013 2:38:58 AM     (No. 9315876)

I´ll bet that little episode gets seared into J Effin Kerry´s memory. He probably kept pushing the giant red RESET button that whole time.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Twiggy, 5/8/2013 2:39:45 AM     (No. 9315877)

I think Putin is sick of Obama supporting the Islamic radicals taking over countries and after throwing out their leaders so the muslim brotherhood can move in. I think Assad is better than the alternative.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Country Boy, 5/8/2013 2:44:28 AM     (No. 9315879)

Putin would NEVER pull a stunt like that when when Reagan was POTUS.

"the bombing begins in five minutes"

As foreign policy Presidents go, obdumbo is a total eunuch.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jond, 5/8/2013 2:44:40 AM     (No. 9315880)

Pride of ownership?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: The Advocate, 5/8/2013 2:55:25 AM     (No. 9315882)

Why should a President meet with the Fraudulent SOS of a fraudulent POTUS?
Gigolo John may have married the widow of the murdered? Republican Senator Heinz and proceeded to use his millions to fund progressive causes that the Senator would have opposed- but he cannot use them to buy respect.
He is still a traitor.
Thank God for the Swift Boat Vets.
Putin is honoring them and their exposé of Gigolo John.
When we have an American POTUS and SOS -then we may be able to have a genuine relationship with Russia.
Obama has inflamed the ME to transfer power to AG and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Assad is preferable to Obamas demonic minions.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: veritas, 5/8/2013 3:06:07 AM     (No. 9315886)

First, Barry the Weak appoints Hillary the Wack, then Jon the Weak, after telling all and sundry how rotten the greatest nation the earth has ever seen "really" is [as often as he can get them to listen to him].

Tyrants and butchers everywhere do handsprings over Phony 44. He remains far more clueless than Clouseau on his worst day. China in particular sees "The Central Kingdom" status returning far far sooner than they ever hoped [as Hollywood edits and films a special "one from column A..." edition of "Ironman 3" so China´s "censors" allow it into the world´s #2 film market -- where it had the best first-week ever in the China market; how many knew that?].

American families will lose fathers, brothers, sons, daughters because of Obama. Unknowable numbers of Americans will be maimed because of Obama. The lives of their families and friends will be devastated in ways only those who have been so afflicted can understand because of Obama.

So much more could be said. For now, let´s just say Obama et. al. must be stopped.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: neanderthal, 5/8/2013 3:28:06 AM     (No. 9315891)

Amateur with sensitive feelings meets thinking professional.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JustCause, 5/8/2013 3:36:17 AM     (No. 9315894)

Couldn´t happen to a nicer guy.

I´m sure Kerry keeps his guests waiting too.

It´s standard operating procedure for people who think they are a member of the ELITE, and their visitor is not...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Daisymae, 5/8/2013 4:26:27 AM     (No. 9315903)

What a set back for Mr. Don´t You Know who I am? They probably remember you from the Paris peace talks. How can anyone trust a person who simultaneously speaks from both sides of his mouth, delivering different messages.

Here we have the "chief gigolo at large" representing the US to the rest of the world, the Russians must be just doubling over with laughter.

I am waiting with baited breath for the Benghazi hearings tomorrow.

No, John-boy you should not go down alone Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta and the Obama administration with you.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 5/8/2013 4:26:45 AM     (No. 9315904)

Why the long face, John? A little chilly in Moscow? Call Al and order up some gorebull warming. Mmmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmmmm.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ocjim, 5/8/2013 4:33:54 AM     (No. 9315907)

Kept Jean Kerry waiting??? What happened, I thought Hillary reset our relationship with the Russians.

Seriously, the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians, the NorKs, the Syrians know what kind of clowns are currently in power in the U.S. and treating us accordingly. Just today, Barry made a public statement to the affect, that when I say something, I really mean it. Why don´t you stomp your feet for emphasis, Barry? Pathetic. Unless we can get more folks to see the light and the good people off the couch and vote, you can expect more of this international treatment of LoFo Nation.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Spidey, 5/8/2013 4:59:18 AM     (No. 9315912)

You would never see Putin in a million years jet around the world blaming his own country for this or that. He´s as big a nationalist as you can find.So even if he doesn´t agree with you,he can respect you when you stand up for your country. Both Obama and Kerry have a history of throwing their own country under the bus,which can be taken as a lack of trustworthiness..

My guess is Obama wants Putin to bail him out on Syria and Putin says ,you started all this,it´s your problem.

This snub would embarrass most people but not Kerry.He´ll claim he set his watch to prime meridian time and was 3 hours ahead of Putin´s watch.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Keekng, 5/8/2013 6:31:09 AM     (No. 9315956)

Of course not, #6, Reagan was highly respected, unlike Bam Bam and his lackies.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pineledger, 5/8/2013 6:32:32 AM     (No. 9315957)

Didn´t Kerry have anything more pressing to do than sit around waiting (and not taking the hint)? Surely his diplomatic skills would have enabled him to make a plausible excuse to leave.

I´d just like to know what the upshot of their eventual meeting was.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: gam, 5/8/2013 6:37:42 AM     (No. 9315962)

Did Vlad give Carry a magic hat?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Janjan, 5/8/2013 6:57:35 AM     (No. 9315995)

Kerry is chasing around in the wake of Hillary´s 4 year apology world tour trying not to notice how she set back foreign relations 20 years. In the meantime Obama summons the limos. He can´t miss his tee time.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: strike3, 5/8/2013 7:05:35 AM     (No. 9316009)

"I´ll be a little more flexible, you know, after my reelection." Or something like that.

I guess obama has not been fully cooperative with the Russians as he promised and finds treason against the US a little harder to accomplish than he thought. On the world stage, the inept kenyan is a wrecking ball and so are his stooges in State.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Mrs. Obelix, 5/8/2013 7:09:04 AM     (No. 9316014)

But, but, but... John Kerry speaks French!
He´s a natural diplomat, an iron fist in a velvet glove, and way smarter than George Bush.
And I´ll bet a lot of you did not know this, but John Kerry served in Viet Nam. No kidding.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 5/8/2013 7:11:34 AM     (No. 9316019)

Thanks Zippy.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: John c, 5/8/2013 7:14:18 AM     (No. 9316022)

John did you ask him about their air force probing our borders again? Just like the cold war.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: lancelink1, 5/8/2013 7:16:29 AM     (No. 9316024)

I see ´ol Pooty-Poot respects kerry as much as we do.

You think the administration is smart enough to take the hint?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: wyspen, 5/8/2013 7:26:32 AM     (No. 9316045)

I love it!!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Smaj, 5/8/2013 7:34:50 AM     (No. 9316058)

Gee, John, why the long face? It´s called the 10 Minute Rule, you mope.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Starlady, 5/8/2013 7:40:11 AM     (No. 9316067)

Did Putin eat dinner while Kerry was cooling his heels like the WON did to a guest from Israel?
Did Putin make him exit out the trash door like the WON did to another WH guest?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Arby, 5/8/2013 7:42:58 AM     (No. 9316073)

So maybe he´s feeling now that he would prefer to be on his yacht, even if the taxes on it are a nagging issue.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: bpl40, 5/8/2013 8:00:22 AM     (No. 9316103)

Putin is showing the same respect to Jean Fraud that Massachusetts voters should have shown a long time ago.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: stablemoney, 5/8/2013 8:01:06 AM     (No. 9316106)

Putin knows Obama and Kerry are frauds. Both are liars, and it does not matter what they say. The productive people in America aren´t going to keep Obama or Kerry´s word.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Freeloader, 5/8/2013 8:10:23 AM     (No. 9316123)

This is all very confusing. Why would President Putin, the proud grandson of Vladimir Lenin´s personal cook, treat an "esteemed" comrade with such disrespect? After all, America´s French speaking 68th Secretary of State has been "honored" with his very own special picture/exhibit in the Communist War Remnants Museum, located in downtown Ho Chi Minh City!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: O.S. Banker, 5/8/2013 8:11:14 AM     (No. 9316125)

Re: 15, Mr. Obama is also a Nationalist. The problem is that he has no natural affinity for this nation. Rather, his love and loyalty lies with another. Indonesia, Kenya, or wherever.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 5/8/2013 8:18:15 AM     (No. 9316137)

Didn´t Jon Fraud Kerry Who Served in Viet Nam then send an urgent message to Putin, ´´Do you know who I AM??´´

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Reply 34 - Posted by: ivehadit, 5/8/2013 8:18:22 AM     (No. 9316138)

Gosh, who was mocked last fall for saying that Russia was a major threat?

Let the Karma begin,,,

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Husker Infidel, 5/8/2013 8:19:33 AM     (No. 9316142)

Brezhnev would not have treated Kissinger this way. Gorbachev would not have treated Schultz this way. The old Soviet Union was our enemy, but they respected Nixon and Reagan. Obama has destroyed American foreign policy. Nobody respects that spoiled brat Obama. The damage Obama has done will take decades to repair.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 5/8/2013 8:21:21 AM     (No. 9316148)

I´m not sure why we´re all so giddy that J´Effin got stood on his head for 3 hours by a man who´d like to see us destroyed, but I´m not happy-dancing over it.

I despise J´Effin as much as anybody here - I think he ought to still be in Leavenworth - but I take no joy in learning that the leader of the former Evil Empire, who´d like to rebuild that Empire, so minimizes our Secretary of State. Perhaps Putin was busy planning our demise with his new friend, China, while J´Effin sat tapping his toe.

I´d have to echo #3 here..... This is not an occasion for glee.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: lana720, 5/8/2013 8:35:18 AM     (No. 9316173)

J-effen-K never heard that business rule of, "He who sets the time line, makes the rules."

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Reply 38 - Posted by: catfur27, 5/8/2013 8:42:54 AM     (No. 9316191)

..this is the diplomatic equivalent of having your lunch money taken...and then being shoved in a locker...hahahahaha gigolo johnny ... couldn´t happen to a nicer guy.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: mc squared, 5/8/2013 8:46:09 AM     (No. 9316204)

I can´t imagine Kerry fuming and thinking to himself: ´Don´t they know who I am ?´

Putin saw the 1971 hearings with Kerry too.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: LZK, 5/8/2013 9:06:21 AM     (No. 9316243)

Delicious!! obama kept BiBi waiting for hours while he ate dinner upstairs....

Now kerry the whimp/sec/of/state has to wait for Putin...

I kinda like Putin´s style....

Sad state of affairs when I would look to Putin (obviously a real man as he proves et nauseam) over our crew of DC pansies....who cry at the drop of a hat....

Hey Massachusetts -- sent that Navy Seal to Washington. WE need some REAL men in DC...

LZK

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Zumkopf, 5/8/2013 9:16:37 AM     (No. 9316265)

My reaction is a hybrid of schadenfreude and 3/36´s. It is not a good thing that the US´s official representative is treated with such disrespect by anyone, let alone the head of the nation with the largest nuclear arsenal on earth. On the other hand, the sooner the American people wake up to the fact that our country is now held in such low esteem (and lack of fear), the sooner the problem can be addressed. That need not wait until the next election; a vigilant press publicizing the lack of respect might well force (or shame) Obama into doing something effective about it. But the fact that this story is carried in the British press, and not our own, tells us everything we need to know about the vigilance of our press. God help the US; Obama certainly is not.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: udanja99, 5/8/2013 9:18:47 AM     (No. 9316270)

It IS a reason for glee. Not because a SecState was left cooling his heels, but because this particular odious SecState was. He deserves all of the scorn and derision that anyone can heap on him. And his boss deserves it too.

Perhaps Putin is more in sync with Netanyahu than anyone thought.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 5/8/2013 9:19:35 AM     (No. 9316273)

Putin probably saw the faces of Easter Island so why show he view another one.
I should feel bad that a representative of the United States is treated this way but I´m don´t feel that way with this regime. I want them to have failures and misery and as an American I have never felt this. I didn´t wish this on Jimmy Carter.
Somehow this regime blunders at every turn because leadership is not what they know. I hate all of Washington at this point in my life.
Syria is better off with Assad it´s their civil war and the option of the Muslim Brotherhood is worse. I felt the same way about Libya and Ghadaffi.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: chicodon, 5/8/2013 9:21:36 AM     (No. 9316280)

Not to worry. Kerry brought along his iPad and played Angry Birds for 3 hours. He wasn´t bored.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: tnorling, 5/8/2013 9:53:25 AM     (No. 9316321)

Right. Putin knows how to play the game, Kerry, not so much.

To "represent" the U.S. and allow this insult is so Obama. If I were Kerry I would have waited, met Putin, and then told him that, unfortunately, had to run... see ya next time, losah!

As much as I like Obama and his minion being publicly horsewhipped, the corrupt Putin needs to be put in his place.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: PChristopher, 5/8/2013 9:54:27 AM     (No. 9316324)

And just think how well he would´ve done as president. What a dim-witted, clueless fop.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Adam, 5/8/2013 9:54:57 AM     (No. 9316325)

And he just waited? I don´t think even Warren Christopher would have waited. Oh boy. We have three and half more years of self-inflicted humiliation.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: steveracer, 5/8/2013 10:01:15 AM     (No. 9316336)

Man, these Democrats are good at foreign policy. You rock John F.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 5/8/2013 10:26:59 AM     (No. 9316387)

Three hours? Vladimir, I´d say that´s a bit of overkill. One hour would have been sufficient, but either way, I doubt Kerry will be coming back again soon.

Surprised Kerry could get through the meeting with the rage that must have been churning within.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: msjena, 5/8/2013 10:28:09 AM     (No. 9316393)

Don´t you know who I am?

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Reply 51 - Posted by: RIsailor, 5/8/2013 10:28:41 AM     (No. 9316394)

While I echo what 3 and 36 said, Putin is a thug.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: mickturn, 5/8/2013 10:30:48 AM     (No. 9316404)

The Scumetrary of Spite...

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Reply 53 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 5/8/2013 10:47:03 AM     (No. 9316443)

Imagine how humiliated Jon Carry was. Once again we see that no one in the world respects 0bama or anyone in his regime. They are laughing and mocking this country. What a terrible shame and how far we have fallen. It´s just disgraceful.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: larryp, 5/8/2013 10:56:22 AM     (No. 9316465)

theis will get almost no coverage. do we think that NPR will cover this?
JeefnK should have left after afew minutes. That is the way it isdone in sales. If they can´t see you, then you have stuff to do and you leave.
I recall that JeffnK ,et with Assad right after the eklection defeat in Dec´04 . I thought "Uh oh..He has been briefed with all our secrets-what is he saying to that Assad?" Did times change?

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Reply 55 - Posted by: halfnorsk, 5/8/2013 11:00:51 AM     (No. 9316477)

Kerry used the time to polish up his memoirs, titled, "See My Band-Aid? I Got a Purple Heart for That!"

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Reply 56 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 5/8/2013 11:07:59 AM     (No. 9316489)

Two old commies like they are should get along just fine. I don´t understand why putin doesn´t like Kerry? Guess Putin doesn´t like traitors of any kind, even those that work for him.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: weejun, 5/8/2013 11:20:45 AM     (No. 9316515)

Amen, #40. Act like a wimp, and thugs will treat you accordingly.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: mozey, 5/8/2013 11:27:33 AM     (No. 9316529)

Am singing that goofy little chant we used to sing as children when some other kid was getting his just deserves:
Nobody loves me,
Everybody hates me,
I´m gonna eat some worms.
Big fat juicy worms,
Little bitty slimy worms,
Boy, how they squirm squirm squirm.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: novakid, 5/8/2013 11:31:00 AM     (No. 9316538)

This episode increases my opinion of Putin.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: nevernaught, 5/8/2013 12:14:04 PM     (No. 9316638)

Perhaps Putin doesn´t know who Jon Effing Cary is, or maybe he doesn´t even care. On the other hand could it be he was expecting someone important like Dennis Rodman, and is mad because he went to North Korea first.

It´s been rough on the glorious Russian leader over the past four years having to talk to the 200 pounder wearing the blue dress with the smelly hair. It´s tough enough dealing with peasants in his own country without those self important flakes from other countries.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: Conservativegirl, 5/8/2013 2:13:38 PM     (No. 9316844)

Is it possible to detest someone, yet admire them at the same time? Rhetorical question, of course.


Girl´s Hubby

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Reply 62 - Posted by: joew9, 5/8/2013 3:27:19 PM     (No. 9316970)

So Putin gave Kerry a Netanyahu moment. But it was only a moment compared to what Obama did to Netanyahu.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: garyhope, 5/8/2013 4:06:16 PM     (No. 9317019)

Jon Francoise Carry is such an embarrassing pathetic putz. He doesn´t have a clue about much of anything except where to park his expensive new yacht to avoid taxes.

Putin is so much smarter and tougher than our fake and phony poseur of a POTUS and our secretary of state who´s such a sissy butt boy.

Putin is a tough realist who at least sticks up for his country unlike our so called President.


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Reply 64 - Posted by: dirtydave, 5/8/2013 4:46:50 PM     (No. 9317073)

I wouldn´t want to meet with Kerry, either. The guy looks like a headache in waiting.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 5/8/2013 5:01:46 PM     (No. 9317104)

I´m sure Jon Boy exclaimed haughtily "Doesn´t he know who I am?", as he is wont to say to his constituents.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 5/8/2013 5:29:39 PM     (No. 9317142)

I´d keep that effete jackarse waiting longer than that. Unfortunately, he represents our country now.

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Reply 67 - Posted by: MeiDei, 5/8/2013 8:42:59 PM     (No. 9317355)

Wasn´t his boss held up on the tarmac for three hours in Russia - back when he was a junior senator & traveling with Durbin? Something about his papers not being in order?

I think Vlad knows more about these two than we citizens do.

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Reply 68 - Posted by: uno, 5/8/2013 9:00:03 PM     (No. 9317375)

Maybe it just took Putin 3 hours to figure out if Kerry was representing France or Saudi Arabia...

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Reply 69 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 5/8/2013 9:21:51 PM     (No. 9317397)

Good thing ketchup lady wasn´t with Lurch. The thought of Terazza having to wait 3 hours for Putie - pardon the thought us little people.

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Reply 70 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 5/8/2013 10:16:58 PM     (No. 9317453)

#68! YEOWCH! Skewer of the week award!

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According to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Moscow spent 4.1 percent of its GDP on defence in 2013, an increase of 0.6 percent over the past 10 years. By contrast, the United States spent 3.8 percent of GDP on defence and Britain spent just 2.3 percent. The only neighbouring country that spends more is Azerbaijan, with 4.7 percent. Defence spending in Ukraine has also rocketed by 16 percent in the space of a year following the crisis in Crimea and continued tensions with Russia over the eastern provinces of the country. Russia´s military spending relative to GDP is now

´Up to 11 killed´ as soldiers loyal
to Kiev seize eastern Ukrainian
airport from pro-Russian separatist
as ´anti-terror operation´ begins
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson, Damien Gayle    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/15/2014 2:00:03 PM     Post Reply
Up to 11 people are believed dead after airborne Ukrainian troops seized an airport in the country´s rebellious east today in the first sign that a promised ´anti-terror operation´ had begun against pro-Russian separatists. Heavy gunfire was heard at Kramatorsk airport as Ukraine´s interim president announced that his forces had retaken the site from militants who been seizing control of cities since last week. Local media reported between four to 11 deaths in the attack, but there was no immediate confirmation of any casualties. Russia said it was ´deeply concerned´ over reports of casualties in the region today. It comes

How the Obama administration
turned the latest IPCC report
into meaningless gobbledegook
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/15/2014 8:09:47 AM     Post Reply
Even by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change´s own lamentable standards, its new report--by Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment Report--makes no sense whatsoever. [Snip] Before the report´s formal release, US officials--who had seen an earlier draft--wrote to the United Nations demanding it be amended. "The discussion of the economic costs of mitigation is too narrow and does not incorporate co-benefits of action." Loosely translated this means: "If we admit how much we´re spending to such little purpose, the taxpaying public is going to kill us." So the report was duly amended to suggest that the benefits of wind turbines, solar panels,

Daphne du Maurier ´overlooked´
by literary critics, her son says
Telegraph [UK], by Padraic Flanagan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/15/2014 7:40:09 AM     Post Reply
Her dark, macabre tales of Gothic romance and revenge have enthralled millions of readers and remain in print decades after her death. But for Daphne du Maurier, the wealth and worldwide fame she earned from novels such as Rebecca and Jamaica Inn were a poor substitute for the acclaim she craved from literary critics who dismissed her as a second-rank “romantic novelist”. Now her only son, Kits Browning, speaking for the first time ahead of the BBC’s three-part adaptation of Jamaica Inn, has criticised the “Hampstead literati” for overlooking one of the last century’s most original literary talents. In an

WATCH LIVE: First total lunar eclipse of
2014 dawns as the BLOOD MOON rises
Daily Express [UK], by Jason Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 5:37:44 PM     Post Reply
A total lunar eclipse will turn the moon a dark blood red tonight. Just after Mars reaches its closest point to earth in six years, a distance of a mere 57.4 million miles, a total lunar eclipse will spectacularly change the colour of the moon. But don´t get too twitchy with the curtains in the early hours--only people in north and south America will be able to see it with the naked eye. If you live in the UK, mainland Europe or most of the rest of the world by far your best chance of seeing the eclipse is right

Russia doesn´t need to do another
Crimea in east Ukraine. All it
needs to do is sow chaos
Telegraph [UK], by Colin Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 5:21:28 PM     Post Reply
If there was a standard operating manual for the secret services of the world´s dodgier regimes, it would no doubt omit any mention of the term "agent provocateur". In Russia, Burma, Iran et al, state-backed agents never get involved in causing trouble. Instead, there are only "patriotic local citizens", who, unable to contain themselves, rise up in righteous indignation against those who might betray the nation. That, if Russia is to be believed, is exactly what it happening in eastern Ukraine right now. According to a statement this morning from the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, there are "no Russian

Vladimir Putin won´t be content until
Ukraine is engulfed by civil war
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 5:17:44 PM     Post Reply
When William Hague, our Foreign Secretary, warns that Russia is quietly orchestrating anti-government protests in eastern Ukraine, his words should be taken as a wake-up call to all those other EU foreign ministers who are none too keen on standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin´s newfound enthusiasm for Tsarist-style military adventures. [Snip] While both Mr Kerry and Mr Hague are coy about precisely how they know the Russians are up to no good in Ukraine, it is no secret that the FSB, Russia´s equivalent of the CIA, is committed to keeping Ukraine in a state of heightened instability for

Give up meat, coal, oil, economic
growth and national sovereignty -
orders new IPCC climate report
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 3:20:32 PM     Post Reply
The United Nations (UN) has delivered its latest verdict on the measures necessary to save the world from global warming and the news is as grim as it is predictable and wearisomely familiar: More regulation from "experts", technocrats and bureaucrats at supranational organisations, such as the one whose initials begin with U and end with N. [Snip] More nuclear power (with shale gas used as a transitional fuel to replace coal). The abandonment of fossil fuels. Less meat consumption. A single, globally-regulated price for carbon dioxide. More local-government-enforced walking, cycling and public transportation. More back-door wealth redistribution from the West

S.C. Medicaid uses ´social listening´ to track
online chatter, improve customer service
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Lauren Sausser    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/14/2014 11:43:48 AM     Post Reply
Big Brother isn´t watching you--but he is listening. The S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, one of the largest, costliest agencies in state government, pays Clemson University´s Social Analytics Institute $50,000 a year to "scrape data" from 150 million public, real-time feeds each day and report back to the agency what people on the Internet are talking about. That includes Medicaid patients who may be complaining about the application process on Twitter or bloggers who criticize Gov. Nikki Haley´s decision to reject Obamacare´s Medicaid expansion. But they say they´re doing this "social listening" in the name of customer service,

GOP senators:
Eric Holder must resign if he won´t
indict IRS lightning rod Lois Lerner –
and owes House Republicans an apology!
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/13/2014 4:47:39 PM     Post Reply
U.S. senators told MailOnline during a weekend presidential candidate cattle-call that Attorney General Eric Holder´s credibility is on its last legs, that he owes one Republican lawmaker an apology, and that it´s time for his exit if he won´t indict a corrupt Obama administration official Holder has frayed the GOP´s collective nerves in the past two years, presiding over what they see as a wall of silence that impedes congressional oversight and gives a middle finger to legislators´ lawful subpoenas for tens of thousands of documents. [Snip] If Holder refuses Congress´ demand to indict her, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told MailOnline,

Putin’s power play
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/13/2014 4:40:38 PM     Post Reply
What is Vladimir Putin’s game? The recent unrest in eastern Ukraine has been presented by the Kremlin as an autonomous phenomenon, an upsurge of patriotic feeling among embattled ethnic Russians who long for the protection of the Motherland against what they see as a neo-nationalist regime in Kiev. It may be true that the initial impulse came from locals acting without Russia’s direct involvement. But it is becoming clear that, just as in Crimea, many of the “separatists” are not just taking their orders from Moscow, but are very probably Russian troops in paper-thin disguise. The key difference is that,

US/Israel strike against Iran.
Here´s what might happen
Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/13/2014 4:33:17 PM     Post Reply
I know what you´re thinking. Infographics: the media´s go-to strategy for clicks. But stay with me! I´m a fan for a reason. In ways that writing can´t, Infographics offer access to complex issues. Nowhere is this truer than on questions of conflict. Case in point, here´s my updated flowchart considering a Israeli/US military operation against Iran´s nuclear program. Let me know your thoughts.



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Ben Carson: White House wanted
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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Brit Hume: Obama, Holder
‘Benefited Enormously’ From
Being African American

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Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/13/2014 9:14:46 PM     Post Reply
On Fox News Sunday, political analyst Brit Hume said that Eric Holder’s claim that his treatment at the hands of Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) at a House hearing this week was unprecedented toward an Attorney General, made him a “crybaby,” and that he and President Barack Obama had in fact benefited “enormously” from being the first African Americans in their respective positions. “This strikes me as kinda crybaby stuff from Holder,” Hume said. “My sense about this is both Eric Holder and Barack Obama have benefited politically enormously from the fact that they are African American and the first to

The world must shift to solar and wind
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Ben Spencer    Original Article
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A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive. The report was published

Why Hillary v. Jeb Would
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Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/13/2014 6:11:32 PM     Post Reply
They’re both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle America. So what’s not to like about another Clinton/Bush race for 2016? When you mention the prospect of Clinton vs. Bush 2016 a funny thing happens. First, there is the reflexive response: "Oh no, not again. We don´t need more dynastic politics in this country." But upon further reflection, you realize Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton would be a great race and actually good for the country. Let´s review. QUALIFICATIONS—THEY’VE BOTH GOT THEM. Barack Obama won the presidency because in an election where the premium was on change, it mattered little

Chelsea Clinton no longer
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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
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Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Obama Generation Losing
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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
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Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
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If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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