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Putin Strikes Back: Russia's Sanctions List Said To Include US Senators, High Ranking Administration Officials

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Ever since the theatrical announcement of asset freezes and other related sanctions of various Putin aides, Russian military and pro-Russia Ukrainian leaders earlier today by both the US president and the EU, the nagging question was when and how would Vladimir Vladimirovich retaliate, with tomorrow's Putin address to the joint session of Parliament seeming as a probable time and place. It now appears that Putin's personal retaliation has been leaked in advance, and according to the Daily Beast's Josh Rogin, it will involve an in kind response where various US senators and highly placed officials will be banned from visiting Russia, and likely also see their particular assets - if any- in Russian custody promptly frozen.

From the Beast:

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.

Another person who will most certainly appears on the list is perpetual war hawk, and the person who responded to Putin's own Syrian near-war Op-Ed, John McCain.

"You think I’m not going to be on it?” McCain said. “I would be honored to be on that list.” McCain said he would not be impacted financially by being subject to a visa ban and asset freeze in the Russian Federation. "I guess I’m going to have to try to withdraw my money from my secret account in St. Petersburg,” he joked.

His sentiment mirrors that of Putin aide Surkov who earlier claimed to "being proud to be on U.S. black list" according to Interfax. Paradoxically, it is rapidly becoming a badge of honor to be named on the opposing nation's sanctions list, which instead of hurting those politicians - and as McCain said he hardly has a St. Petersburg account - it will raise their status in the eyes of the general public.

Of course, if and when the sanctions expand to include various oligarchs and/or mega corporations on either side of the border, the fallout would be far more dramatic should Russian billionaire owners of New York City penthouses or Los Angeles mansions be forced to liquidate their holdings, or if E&P companies in Russia suddenly find their assets partially nationalized. It certainly wouldn't be the first time.

Who else.

Other names that could be on the Russian sanctions list, although not confirmed, include Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who are leading the sanctions drive in the Senate, and Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, who has been heavily involved in working with the Ukrainian opposition that ousted the Yanokovich government.

Where it gets far more surreal is that the Beast reports that "one U.S. official who can rest easy is White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who will not be on Putin’s sanctions list. It's been an ongoing rumor in administration circles that Carney is quietly lobbying to replace former Ambassador Mike McFaul as the next U.S. Ambassador to Moscow, who will also not be on the list." Well if the US really wants to accelerate WWIII, it would indeed be best served by sending Carney to Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok No. 8.

To be sure, the initial round of escalations achieves nothing besides merely antagonizing the two sides further. In this case the Beast is correct when it says that "the tit for tat sanctions are not likely to convince either side to back down from their position over the Russian invasion of Crimea, McCain said.“If we acquiesced to that, that would be a green light for him to go for Moldova, where there are also Russian troops,” said McCain. “That’s the problem with this appeasement policy.”

So what could next steps look like?

McCain is advocating for a series of more serious steps, which include the immediate arming of the Ukrainian military, which the administration has rejected for now, promising to help the Ukrainian military develop over the long term, rethinking U.S. approaches to Putin, and restarting U.S. missile defense projects in Eastern Europe.


There are signs that Putin is preparing a scenario ahead of a possible invasion of Eastern Ukraine, including sending Russian intelligence agents inside Ukraine to stir up unrest as a pretext for a possible expansion of the invasion.


“I’m not sure about Eastern Ukraine, but Putin has put everything in place for a de facto partition of Eastern Ukraine,” he said. “Will he do it? I don’t know. But I don’t think he can be discouraged from that by these limited actions by the United States… We must commit to the ultimate return of Crimea to Ukraine, just as we promised to the so called captive that they would eventually be free of Soviet domination.”

Short of the nuclear option, literally, which would be to plant more anti-ballistic missiles in NATO countries bordering the former USSR states, there is one almost as serious alternative:

“Our actions today demonstrate our firm commitment to holding those responsible accountable for undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in a statement. “We are thoroughly prepared to take increasing and responsive steps that would impose further political and economic costs.  At the same time, we want to be clear that a path of de-escalation remains available to the Russians, should they choose to use it."

And just as likely is Russia willing to take steps which would result in the complete liquidation of its $130 or so billion in US Treasurys and announcing it would transact in all currencies but the dollar going forward. Up to and including gold of course.

One thing is certain: while the Crimea referendum's outcome was priced in well in advance, we are now in completely uncharted waters, and the only question is which side will push the other just that extra inch too far, forcing disproportionate retaliation. Because if one thing has been made clear by now, it is that a crash in foreigner-owned Russian stocks, and not to mention the S&P, will hurt Obama far more than his Russian opponent.


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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:13 | 4560599 LetsGetPhysical
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Get a room you two.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:16 | 4560608 JLee2027
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Zero wins dumbass of the year award. Looking more and more stupid every second.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:18 | 4560618 camaro68ss
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hahaha this is Comedy  

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:22 | 4560632 ParkAveFlasher
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I can imagine that McCain does have a secret account in St. Petersburg, and that it remains well-funded.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:32 | 4560679 skwid vacuous
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when it comes to fake fiat $ backed by nothing, we will crush them!! USA! USA! USA!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:35 | 4560692 Manthong
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Scratch some nice resort areas off the junket list for those clowns.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:37 | 4560708 knukles
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Hooooooooleee Shit, Dudes amd Dudettes!
This is gettin' serious!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:44 | 4560739 Fortunate Fool
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"Because if one thing has been made clear by now, it is that a crash in foreigner-owned Russian stocks, and not to mention the S&P, will hurt Obama far more than his Russian opponent."


Yeah, right. Economic sanctions would hurt much more the West than Russia... It's not like 40% of Russia's budget comes from gas revenue. If the West stop to buy Russian Gas now, let's see how the popultation would react to it. I don't believe Putin would maintain his 69% approval rate...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:55 | 4560783 Arius
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conspiciously missing from both lists .... Kerry and Lavrov.

These two guys are the ones with the real power!  remember their long walks and their talks tete a tete .... these are the decision makers!!!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:06 | 4560819 FinalCollapse
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All we need now is to send one fucking British submarine to the coast of Crimea - it will start a missile ping pong game.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:20 | 4560837 AssFire
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Putin: If you freeze some our facebook accounts, then we'll freeze some of yours!

Obama: Well, if you annex Crimea, uhh...ummm- I'll unfriend you.

This shit could not be any funnier!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:35 | 4560902 gmrpeabody
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" If the West stop to buy Russian Gas now, let's see how the popultation would react to it"


Like that's gonna happen.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:44 | 4560940 Fortunate Fool
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Didn't it happen with Iranian oil before? Maybe studying a bit of history doesn't hurt...

I can't believe how many here on ZH sound like Putin's little bitches. Truly pathetic...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:57 | 4560983 CrashisOptimistic
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Guy, it's not about Putin.  It's not about Obama.

It isn't about who is a great chess player and who isn't. 

The board has extra rooks for Putin.  Obama has no rooks.  It's not about being a better player.  It's having a losing situation.

This is what oil scarcity does.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:59 | 4560995 TuPhat
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Do you have any way to show that the Iranians stopped selling oil?  All kinds of companies were accused of violating the embargo.  I think Iran was still selling all the oil they wanted to sell.  Europe is more worried the russians will decide to not sell them gas.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:06 | 4561025 Fortunate Fool
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So tell me,how many US or EU oil companies are operating in Iran? And how is Iran's economy doing these days?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:30 | 4561103 Ifigenia
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Ask Cohen, jew Cohen, he knows but i doubt he would tell you the thruth. Probably, he will tell you to consult msm.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:46 | 4561147 johngaltfla
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Echoes of 1938. That didn't work out too well for the world. Obamachamberlain is making Jimmy Carter look manly....


The Ukrainian Prime Minister is Starting to Sound Hauntingly Like Edvard Beneš

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:16 | 4561258 nmewn
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And why the fuck was this down voted? Do we not come here for truth?

Very well, for all you fawning Putin sycophants eagerly licking the sweat off his balls in your fervent belief in "democracy" was it that the Crimea came to have a majority Russian speaking population?

It was Uncle Joe.

I can't help you were not given a proper government education, you were only taught what they wished for you to know but you're fucking adults NOW!

The Holodomor, look it up.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:29 | 4561309 johny2
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educate yourself bit more than.


As for holodomor, it was done under bolsheviks, and they did away with lot of russians as well.



Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:46 | 4561373 nmewn
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I'm educated enough.

Holodomor was done under Stalin and his grand centrally planned socialist utopian vision of bullshit. Denied by KGB (that would be Putin's old stomping grounds) so I don't need Walter Duranty style (NYT's) diversions from the reality as it exists today.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:59 | 4561408 johny2
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reality as it exists today is that crimea population wants to be part of Russia.

If you want to dig in the past, than you have to dig deeper than you do, to make it worth doing.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 21:22 | 4561451 nmewn
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"reality as it exists today is that crimea population wants to be part of Russia."

The reality as it exists today is Stalin purposely decimated the population of the Ukraine with starvation (millions died) and deported 190,000 Tatars from the Crimea in 1944 of which around 50% of them died soon afterwards.

And you want to speak of "democracy"? WTF is wrong with you?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 21:30 | 4561478 overmedicatedun...
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nmewn, calm down. the bottom line is we got obuma and they got putin, game set match, even if russia takes back russian populations areas of eastern ukraine, we still got no one in charge here. best to know when you can't win, and there is no winning there. You seem to forget, the ussa is broke, not just the debt, but the whole sheebang, morals, work ethic, we turned our back on the creator, we do not have a moral ground to stand on. this country required a moral people to keep the republic, look around there are very few.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 21:45 | 4561519 nmewn
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Don't get me wrong, I know who our enemies are. If I can use one against the other, I will.

This is more of a setting the record straight, for whats to come.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:50 | 4561688 Independent
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Hey meow meow history lesson for you.  Europe settled first and foremost by IndoEuropeans, turns out Crimea is in Europe, so it was settled by IndoEuropeans including, Greeks, Slavic people, Goths, Celts, and so on (oldest Indoeuro crap found in the ground maybe 25,000BC).  About 1300 AD come the Tatars, asiatic Turkic people who take over the peninsula. and they have it while enslaving the locals for about 500 years when the Slavs pushed them out and reclaimed their land.  These Crimean Tatars are closest to Turks culturally and linguistically, so Turkey is the right place for them.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 23:28 | 4561813 nmewn
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Well, hello there historic douchebag, seems you have a real problem reconciling lost empires with right & wrong. 

Good luck with that.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 21:36 | 4561495 johny2
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crimea was also place where the bolsheviks killed a lot of Russians resisting their wall street backed coup ( much like recent coup in kiev was funded ). also it is the place where the said tartars used to make living selling the russian and ukrainian people they enslaved. Quite surprising any tartars survived after Russia got hold of it few hundreds of years ago, considering their relationship. 

they earned crimea, hard way. 


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 23:24 | 4561801 nmewn
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So, just so we're clear, you're siding as a Russian nationalist because the Golden Horde invaded hundreds of years before the Russian Empire even existed?

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 06:35 | 4562212 johny2
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I am just recognising that Crimea has been part of Russia much longer than it was part of ukraine. i also recognise that the bolsheviks were financied from the same source as the present regime in the Kiev. When talking about history in these parts of the world, have to look at many hundreds of years rather than certain points only.

As for who I am siding with, I guess in case of Crimea, it is Russia. If Russia was trying to take Kiev through force, I would side with the Ukraine. 

To be clear, you are siding with Killary, McCain, Nulland, Brzezinski etc because of what?

Ukraine I wish all the best, and i recommend to be very carefull of the financiers of the coup and investigate if the snipers in Kiev were really firing on both sides. 





Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:44 | 4561676 astitchintime
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The reality as it exists today is that people don't know history at all anymore.

Therefore, the axiom "if you don't learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it" is rendered MUTE.

How convenient for TPTB.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 07:43 | 4562269 matrix2012
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"The reality as it exists today is Stalin purposely decimated the population of the Ukraine with starvation (millions died) and deported 190,000 Tatars from the Crimea in 1944 of which around 50% of them died soon afterwards.

And you want to speak of "democracy"? WTF is wrong with you?"


@ nmewn


some ZHers (silvermail; TheFourthStooge-ing; jeff montanye) already posted below in other thread, i quote here in case you missed it earlier:


"The Russians just walked in after the USSR leader, Stalin,  starved millions of Ukrainians to death."

That's the narrative that's been pushed over the years, anyway.


STALIN forcibly relocated huge numbers of those troublesome RUSSIANS to the Ukraine and subsequently starved them along with the Ukrainians.

This happened because Stalin never struggled with the Ukrainians. Stalin fought with the class of prosperous peasants. He destroyed this class of the population, regardless of nationality or place of residence. Therefore, the famine was not only in Ukraine (in the former Russian territories with the Russian population), but also in the Russian Volga too.


People tend to forget that the BOLSHEVIKS were extremely hostile to any form of RUSSIAN nationalism, as such behavior was "counter-revolutionary". They had managed to steal control of Russia and rightfully felt threatened by any hint of pro-Russian sentiment.


*** The WEST (US-NATO-EU) needed to spread over the MYTH that STALIN destroyed UKRAINIAN people in order to break the population of the TWO close relatives (KIEVAN RUS') and then conquer them. ***


Fraud, Famine and Fascism - The Ukrainian Genocide Myth from Hitler to Harvard



Little wonder that after Lenin's death it wasn't until 1982 that a truy Russian was the head of the USSR.

Both Krushchev and Brezhnev came from Ukraine. Brezhnev was born on 19 December 1906 in Kamenskoe (now Dniprodzerzhynsk in Ukraine), to metalworker Ilya Yakovlevich Brezhnev and his wife, Natalia Denisovna Mazalova. At different times during his life, Brezhnev specified his ethnic origin alternately as either Ukrainian or Russian, opting for the latter as he rose within the Communist Party. (from wikipedia) 

So Yuri Andropov in 1982 may be the first clearly Russian leader of USSR since Lenin. As an aside, how surreal the rapid turnover of Soviet leaders was in the early 1980s. After Brezhnev died, Andropov only lasted a year and a half before he died. His successor, Konstantin Chernenko, only lived long enough to hold the position for a little over a year.

Had Andropov lived, he could have extended the Soviet Union for another 20 years.  The man was very smart.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:31 | 4561315 BraveSirRobin
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Obama is Putin's Bitch

Obama is Reggie Love's Bitch

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:41 | 4561352 The Gooch
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Trending Now @ The precipice of SHTF-
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:46 | 4561371 palmereldritch
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Who the fuck is Emma Watson?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:47 | 4561375 The Gooch
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YOU are number 6.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:58 | 4561406 palmereldritch
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How did you know?

So that makes you number 1

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:36 | 4561333 overmedicatedun...
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hey, good guy nmewn, wish you were as upset about the mass invasion of the third world across the southern border, oh maybe you are, but that is the same plan to overpopulate the usa with people who know nothing of american values.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:53 | 4561394 nmewn
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Anything the dickheads can do to stay in power is what they will do. Pretty funny really, the highest "law enforcement officer" in the land ordering some (but not all) violators of law expelled.

Its either law or its not. Its not up to him. His is to enforce law or abdicate his fucking throne.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:27 | 4561087 Ifigenia
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Japan, Korea, China, India, Pakistan, ASEAN all are buying oil from Iran. MSM didnt tell you?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:30 | 4561101 Fortunate Fool
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I guess that's why the Iranian economy is doing so well then...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:32 | 4561107 Ifigenia
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hehe, if USA doesnt stick to her 5000 atomic marbles, certainly, more countries would go there to buy oil.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:47 | 4561151 Andre
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"I can't believe how many here on ZH sound like Putin's little bitches. Truly pathetic..."

Worst case of projection I've seen since I was married.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:46 | 4560946 derek_vineyard
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tit for tat

O's prboably headed for a vaca with vlady in crimea

and i thought vlad had balls---was i wrong

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:44 | 4561142 Andre
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This is about poking fun at O, not a show of force.

Face it, the US "sanctions" were symbolic

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:11 | 4561039 TheFourthStooge-ing
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This shit could not be any funnier!

There is one thing which could indeed make it funnier. A lot funnier.

McCain is expecting to be a target of sanctions. He's looking forward to it. He'll be waving his tiny little tyrannosaurid arms around in a frenzy, gloating about his significance and patriotism as he stands infirm for the freedom of Ukrainians, a genuine self-perceived American hero.

How do you think he'll react if he's completely ignored? He'd be apoplectic with rage, an incontinent berserker, especially if people he considers less significant than himself were to be sanctioned.

Let's see how much of a sense of humor Putin has.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:03 | 4561209 Karl von Bahnhof
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Of course there will be not any of these BS sanctions from russia. They will not go down to the clown level.

I expect even some invitation to do business in siberia for honorable mc. Shitstain.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:17 | 4561263 noless
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Tit for tat political call out sanctions is the entire joke.

They already know whose invested in Russia, and have them for it.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:42 | 4561321 palmereldritch
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Putin should make the sanctions on McCain conditional: He’s allowed to visit Russia but only if he pilots his own plane.


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:18 | 4561618 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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I'd love to see a vine of when McCain finally aneurysms all over the place...ignoring him, whilst calling him an unnecessary shit stain would be perfect.

If Russia wants real sanctions (that hurt), they can suspend all activity for US oil companies in Russia. But buy some puts before that. Chevron would shitcan, at least for a while. And the French (Total Elf oil) would come in to "help" faster than they can say "I surrender".

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:26 | 4561643 SilverRhino
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Actually I wonder how long this warfare shit would last if it just became warfare by assassination of political targets.   

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:37 | 4561338 wakeupsheeps
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 The state of global political standing.  Its turned into a slap fight.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:30 | 4560890 El Vaquero
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Ping pong?  Quick!  Send in James Stockdale!

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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:01 | 4561004 aVileRat
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Hey speaking of which, the new Rus media chatter is that the real Yanukovich died in November. The new guy who fled is a double.



Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:18 | 4561058 rfaze
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:37 | 4561124 Ifigenia
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no way, in London, Kerry made it clearly to Sergei that McCain name must be in the list. It was McCain last request.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:21 | 4561275 disabledvet
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one guy weeps for people who isn't going to lift a finger for. the other guy claims to speak for a Government that does the exact opposite of what he says.

"Yeah, they get along just fine" alright.
"Where shall me meet for dinner?" is about the only time those guys can actually back up any of their friggin' bullshit.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:57 | 4561401 BorisTheBlade
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They're both messengers.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:56 | 4560790 The Juggernaut
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So wait... would the Russian sanctions include Russian prostitutes?  If so that's going to suck.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:53 | 4560959 Muc Metals
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Since China is in solidarity with the US, they never would be buying gas & oil delivered through Russian pipelines.
As a sign of trust to their american friends, the Chinese instead are preferring hydrocarbons delivered by ship over routes
which are easily blocked in case of an "emergency".   ;)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:39 | 4561127 Ifigenia
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and to help Obama, China would squeeze the price just as they did to iran. Why the west always like to enrich China?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:47 | 4561146 HarryWanqer
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Bingo!!! That's why the US prints +40% of its budget! What could go wrong with that?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:49 | 4561162 ebear
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Hollow threats.  The EU has nothing to replace Russian gas with.  What do you think Syria was all about?  Russia, OTOH has a ready customer in China. 

Neither the US nor Russia will suffer much from sanctions, but the EU - well that's a whole different kettle of fish.   Any cutoff of gas and you watch the EU crumble to dust as one member after another withdraws then cuts their own energy deal with Russia.

This is payback MF's.  The NWO tried to dismantle Russia, and now the tables are turned.


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:11 | 4561599 DYS
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If the US stops buying Russian gas, the price will go up for us $30 a barrel, and go down $5 a barrel to all the countries that pick up Russian gas on discount.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 01:22 | 4561984 Joe A
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Perhaps, but the Russians are used to losing a big chunck of their economy and survive. I am not sure if Americans and Europeans know how to deal with that.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:45 | 4560744 kliguy38
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Im SERIOUS! This is SERIOUS! SERIOUSLY!!!!.  Now take that BIATCH!...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:36 | 4561337 Wahooo
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I can't wait until they start pulling each other's hair.

Now, where's my popcorn?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:16 | 4560745 nmewn
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"I triple dog dare ya!"


lol...Valerie Jarrett is trolling ZH.


Check to you Val...

Ukrainian government refuses to remove troops from Crimea, prepares for war

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:15 | 4561048 disabledvet
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this makes me pine for Old Ways actually.

"Reach out to their heart...lure them back with their love of the Mother Country."
And upon realizing your long lost yearning and in fact returning...

This new stuff really doesn't leave much to imagination. "Lists" and "the Black Book."
Still...I would go to Moscow to see one of those "May Day Parades." Those things were really cool.

And of course I'm a big fan of Defense Minister Mishkin:
when all else fails "at least you still have the Marching Band."

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:43 | 4561139 nmewn
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Ahhh yes, the old ways.

At some point someone is going to bring up the reason why...there are so many Russian speakers in the Crimea...but for now, the band plays on ;-)

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:30 | 4561307 disabledvet
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there's no civility in assassination anymore. The diplomats on both sides are both total blowtards. One claimes "I WEEP for you Ukraine!" (no you may not have so much as a bullet..these are tears of Great Sorrow indeed!)...while at the same time the other guy claims "our Army certainly won't be coming from the South and East!" (while the Army comes from the South and East.) Where is the cunning? The mystery in their deviousness and utter lack of moral scruple? One look at the stock market(s) today says to me clearly we don't have nearly a high enough degree of ruthlessness. I'm voting for Bahsar Al Assad in the next election. "That guy gets it."

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:35 | 4561328 Uncle Remus
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Or why there's so many white people in north America.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 21:41 | 4561510 nmewn
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lol...good point.

I mean, its not like injun's ever butchered each other, enslaved each other, fought over land with each other and eventually lost to "whites"...they were a very peaceful people, to be sure ;-)

So we're left with, the power of force, not right or wrong or law or justice. Just force.

(I've got a few drops of Creek in me by the way)

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 07:16 | 4562249 Uncle Remus
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Yes, pretty much.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:48 | 4560750 sunaJ
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McCain doesn't handle his PTSD very well, I'm afraid to say.


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:01 | 4561007 Quus Ant
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John McCain didn't say he didn't have a secret bank account.  John McCain said it wasn't in St Petersburg.

John McCain tells it like it is.


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:22 | 4561068 TheFourthStooge-ing
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John McCain tells it like it is.

That's just how Grandpa Traitor rolls, on The Stroke Talk Express.

All aboard, you damned peacenik hippies!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:19 | 4561272 Quus Ant
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Now everybody
Have you heard
If you're in the game
Then the stroke's the word
Don't take no rhythm
Don't take no style
Gotta thirst for killin'
Grab your vial and

Put your right hand out
Give a firm handshake
Talk to me about that one big break
Spread your Ear Pollution
Both far and wide
Keep your contributions
By your side and

Stroke me

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:33 | 4560685 Greenskeeper_Carl
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he sure does know how to time it doesnt he? showing up in all these places right before shit like this happens.... And why should he worry about holding assets in places like russia, its not like any kind of (probably inevitable) bail ins or "one time wealth tax" will affect members of the ruling class. Those things only happen to the serfs

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:35 | 4561329 CrimsonAvenger
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McCain: "Mars, the Bringer of Depends"

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:35 | 4560697 remain calm
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If Putin realy wants to hurt the DC crowd he needs to turn off their internet porn

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:38 | 4560713 knukles
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And cut off their booze supply.
DC has the highest rate of alcoholism in the US.

Wondering why....

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:48 | 4560751 Harbanger
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And to think McCain the neocon ran against Obama the idealistic progressive as if there's a difference.  McWarmonger said he'd be honored to be sanctioned by Putin..

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:56 | 4561187 ptolemy_newit
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Putin’s sanction list will be real players, not politicos!

How about ousting business leaders and leaving their investments in automotive and consumer goods.

Map for investment in Russia 2012$FILE/Positioned_for_growth.pdf$FILE/2013-Russia-attractiveness-survey-Eng.pdf


The real pain will be like in China, when the technology has been transferd enough and the expats are asked to leave For Gm this is real soon.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:43 | 4561359 The Gooch
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He was holding hands with Durbin in Ukraine.


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:27 | 4560881 holmes
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When he is not in front of a camera or in the Senate, does McCain spend the rest of his time watching the Rambo movies?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:33 | 4561660 americanspirit
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ParkAvenueFlasher - actually McCain's secret account is in Hanoi, and he also has one in Beijing. He began working for both governments many years ago and has been their faithful servant ever since his days as a songbird in the Hanoi Hilton.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:58 | 4561728 palmereldritch
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With the advent of on-line banking he's able to now also remotely update his behavioral software.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:57 | 4561718 FreedomGuy
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I find this interesting and humorous. It is important to remember Putin is KGB. If anyone has naked photos of senators and government officials in places they shouldn't be it would be Putin. The KGB was best in the world at human intelligence and worked hard to be able to blackkmail most anyone of significance.

Personally, I think Putin should crack the security at Colombia and find Obama's college records. I personally believe that these records could topple Obama therefore Putin would hold the trump card in sanctions. Kerry, Hillary, Biden, and especially Reid, maybe even Boehner and others...Putin might hold a lot of trump cards.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:35 | 4560693 kchrisc
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Reminds me of watching a pool hustle go down; Both are uncomfortable and enjoyable to watch at the same time.


"I've got a guillotine under my sleeve; or at least the garage."

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:36 | 4560702 McMolotov
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I thought this would be WW3, but it's turning into a slap-fight.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:39 | 4560719 knukles
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Somebody's gettin' toyed with and yanked around pretty good in amazing pubic defilement.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:36 | 4560907 El Vaquero
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It could turn into WWIII yet, but so long as it remains a toe-to-toe pissing match, Obama is completely and totally outmatched. 

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:39 | 4560916 angel_of_joy
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It's good to remember that WWII started with "The Phoney War" too...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 23:41 | 4561837 Tall Tom
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England and France had a Golden Opportunity and blew it during the Phoney War. Hitler was overextended into Poland and beefing up the Eastern Front between September 1939 and May, 1940. There were few units between the Maginot Line and Berlin. The German advance into Poland would have stopped. Stalin would have seen the weakness and taken what was left of Poland all of the way to the Eastern German Border.


Instead they were content to play defense. They paid a horrendous cost as Germany strengthened during that time. That was a waste of that precious time for France and England.


To the point...This is THEATER today. We are not going to war over the Crimea. Russia would. But the USA is not. So they are playing a Schoolyard game like overgrown children. It is embarassing.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:38 | 4561346 JuliaS
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Go on google maps, find Crimea. Then zoom out to encompass Russia. See if you can still spot Crimea at that point.

Iran couldn't get WW3 going with it's boogeyman nuclear threat. Think a tiny island full of Russians that's being "invaded" by another group of Russians is worthy of mutual anihilation by the world superpowers?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:23 | 4561071 Ifigenia
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It is not every day that we see 1% folks go at each others throats

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:18 | 4560624 Pooper Popper
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Its biggest Dumb Ass of ALL TIME!!!!!!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:25 | 4560646 drendebe10
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What else would anyone expect from such an arrogant, narcissistic lying illegal kenyan alien muslim sociopathic ignoramus fudge packer only interested in tax payer funded grand imperial golf life style and $17K dresses for its wookie Ho....  it is f*kn hilarious though...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:33 | 4560683 MeMongo
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True all that drende! I was thinking the stinking O must be close to panic disorder getting this close for him to get his b-ball brackets together!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:30 | 4560669 Harbanger
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For a dumbass he's doing a great job at taking down our borders, destroying the dollar and instigating a war with Russia.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:49 | 4561363 The Gooch
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He's surely the architeKt.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:44 | 4560741 Kirk2NCC1701
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So the economic and political brilliance awards go to...?

If the next Nobel Peace Prize or Swedish Central Bank Prize in Economics (aka Nobel Prize in Economics) goes to any of the Usual Clingons, I'll... "go Klingon".

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:29 | 4560885 holmes
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Does Obozo get the Nobel Pussy Prize next. He's got my vote.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:24 | 4561076 SDShack
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Lately, I've been using the term Pussydent 0zer0. This fiasco just confirms it.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:34 | 4560900 Anusocracy
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Didn't Obama win the Nobel POS Prize?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:48 | 4561158 Ifigenia
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after forcing his name in Russia sanction list, im sure McCain deserve the Nobel Peace Prize and perhaps cum Nobel Prize in Economics. A win-win for Americans.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:11 | 4560843 stant
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putin as the most interesting man in the world on brosurance " i have no idea what that is"

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:28 | 4561095 TheReplacement
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At least he isn't talking troops and bombers.  Sanction away.  The referendum was a farce but O doesn't play the obvious angles nor apparently recognize the fait accompli here.    So yes, dumbass of the year in the bag.  At least we aren't seriously moving toward open US-Russo war.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:46 | 4561370 Wahooo
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Why was the referendum a farce? Results were pretty straightforward.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:18 | 4560619 TideFighter
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So, they both take a few cards out of the deck. Obama was short to begin with.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:49 | 4560728 Harbanger
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I wonder if the race card will work on Putin?  The US left must be very upset that their Leninist dreamboy is up against an old world Marxist.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:34 | 4560687 williambanzai7
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Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:53 | 4560762 Kirk2NCC1701
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"A Kaputnik saved is a Kaputnik earned." - Kubla Kraus*, Jack Frost cartoon

I see a spent KAPUTTNIK. - Kirk

* Kubla Kraus

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:57 | 4560984 I Write Code
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Go ahead and say it, even on ZH:


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:01 | 4561003 yogibear
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Putin probably has golf balls with Obama's face on it. 

He uses especially  when going over water hazards. Their the less expensive balls. No big loss if it goes in the water.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:05 | 4561189 nathan1234
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William, Is that a new design for the future golf Ball?

Anything special about the design ?

Those protrusions like ears do give me worry.

And I do hope it functions like a proper golf ball and not a gay one which can torture like in the Bays.

And as for the bounce , is it different in different countries?

Ii guess it keeps a low profile in Russia but bounces heavily on hard nut land like in DC.

Most of all does it have an RFID implant for remote control like the Boeing so I can bring it down to the green on any shot?

As an honest golfer I would then ask the PGA to ban it . It wouldnt do to have it be akin to the wall street cartel running POTUS.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 23:54 | 4561868 Tall Tom
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That is a good idea. I wonder how the Politicans' BallsTM would sell in the Golf Pro Shops? Emboss a picture of their face on the ball. That would not be that hard to market. That is a good novelty item.


If you are pissed at Obama you can smash his ball around the fairways...Personally I think that the Janet Yellen will have a great demand once the economy really hits the skids.


Good idea man.


BTW...That is Putin's face. Yeah...I know. They all look the same.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:47 | 4561374 Wahooo
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I'd hit that.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:15 | 4561050 tempo
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Your mean, no your mean, I am going to tell my Mommy. I am going to tell my Daddy, Oppps, I don't have a Daddy. We I am going to smoke.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:26 | 4561085 Clever Name
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I am absolutely shocked that McCain's proposed further actions all include weapons.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:43 | 4561357 Againstthelie
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“I’m not sure about Eastern Ukraine, but Putin has put everything in place for a de facto partition of Eastern Ukraine,” he said.

I find it not good, that ZH is spreading this kind of false propaganda without their usual great comments.

Things are turned upside down. The acting force are the Western ZOGs. Putin is only reacting and defending Russia.

What is expected that he should do? Allow NATO expand to Russian borders to place the anti-missile systems there to be able to threaten Russia with atomic bombs while removing Russia's ability of assured mutual destruction, the principle that made Cold War so safe?


Ofcourse Western sanctions hurt!

I find it inexcusable to portray the war criminal in the White House as weak, while in fact this scum and his Zionist masters are escalating everything they can!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:14 | 4560600 Buckaroo Banzai
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It would be fucking epic if Russian hackers selectively targeted all the financial accounts of McStain and zeroed them.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:20 | 4560611 Freddie
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LOL!  Be wary US Navy and US sailors.  McCain may try to sell you out just like his old man, the Admiral, did when he sold out the USS Liberty.  

Maybe Putin will send the GRU to sink John Kerry-Kohn's yacht in Rhode Island.  It is hiding out there because Kerry is too cheap to pay Massachusetts taxes so he keeps it in RI.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:37 | 4560710 Greenskeeper_Carl
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Im familiar with the USS liberty story, but i have never heard his fathers name mentioned with it. Do you have anything to back this up? wouldnt really surprise me, just curious

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:42 | 4560732 knukles
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I think he keeps it closer to the detox center in Boston for a reason.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:07 | 4560822 Freddie
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What happened to Mrs. Kerry?  It appears she was "stroked" just before Heinz was sold to Buffett.   Did her health issue have anything to do with maybe changing control of trusts or other things?   The guys is a lowest snake like McCain.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:07 | 4560793 socalbeach
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Israel’s Attack on the Liberty, Revisited


"... On June 6, the Joint Chiefs sent Admiral McCain, father of the senator from Arizona, an urgent message instructing him to move the Liberty out of the war zone to a position at least 100 miles off the Gaza Coast. McCain never forwarded the message to the ship...

The inquiry was headed by Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd. Kidd didn’t have a free hand. He’d been instructed by Vice-Admiral McCain to limit the damage to the Pentagon and to protect the reputation of Israel...

None of this made its way into the 700-page Court of Inquiry report, which was completed within a couple of weeks and sent to Admiral McCain in London for review. McCain approved the report over the objections of Captain Merlin Staring, the Navy legal officer assigned to the inquiry, who found the report to be flawed, incomplete and contrary to the evidence..."



Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:41 | 4560924 Ariadne
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:02 | 4560802 Freddie
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F-4 Phantoms were scrambled to assist the USS Liberty.  Lyndon Baines called Admiral McCain and told him to recall the F-4s and they did.   The US Navy took it's sweet time to get to the Liberty.  The first ship to arrive and offer aid was a Russian Navy ship.  The Liberty refused their help.  my guess is they were worried the Russians would see their NSA stuff if they boarded.

Oddly enough, Admiral Morrison, who was at the Gulf of Tonkin during that LBJ fraud.  Later became critical of what happened with the Liberty.  Supposedly, not long after that his son was arrested in Miami during a concert and charged with a felony.  During the trial it was down to two misdemeanors but supposedly he was still facing jail time.   It is debateable whether or not he even exposed himself but someone in Miami and the Federal Givt had it out for him.   Jim went to Paris with his girlfriend.  He stayed is a particular section of Paris.  He died but the Paris police and coroner's office never let anyone see his body.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:16 | 4561192 Seize Mars
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Speaking of the USS Liberty:

It seems that dual citizens of a particular foreign power have been trying their damnedest to disarm Americans for the last half century or so.

Anyone who is trying to disarm you is not your friend.

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 02:46 | 4561985 Tall Tom
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Greenskeeper Carl


From Wikipedia,_Jr.


He [Rear Admiral McCain] ordered a Naval Court of Inquiry to be convened following the June 1967 USS Liberty incident.[60]


I have also read that the Court of Inquiry was a whitewash of the affair. But that is all that Wikipedia revealed. They cannot hide it all..


Remember the USS Liberty.


It gets even worse. There was a Nuclear Strike ordered against Cairo, Egypt by US Sixth Fleet Aircraft Carrier USS America.


From the BBC Doucumentary..."USS Liberty - Dead in the Water"


Pay attention. We were about to go to Nuclear War over this.


The USS Liberty was meant to be a False Flag Attack and the USS Liberty was not meant to survive.


Read about Operation CYANIDE...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:37 | 4560711 RafterManFMJ
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I was unaware of that Freddie, thanks; so McStain is bought and paid for and has been for all his life.

Strange how some families just seem to be um, in the thick of things...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 22:20 | 4561414 Againstthelie
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It's not strange, it's logical.

Coming from a farmer's family and privately stuying politics and financial markets, I can tell you, it takes more than a life to learn what is really going on.

For example, to master successful investing, takes for the outsider many years. First you need to understand the markets, then you need to understand the role of the media, then you must live through one or two business cycles without going broke. One needs roughly one generation to get a decent understanding of the matrix.

So if I would decide to support my children, if they go in that direction, I could teach them a lot of things and they could start without the steep learning curve of the first 10 or 15 years.

Now imagine how much knowledge is accumulated in these families, where three or four generations ago the first foundations were built. Imagine if these families follow the most important genetic rules, for example that intelligence is highly inherited, while they pray to the masses the opposite.

And then imagine this being practized for two or threehundred years, like from the Rothschilds.

And combined with a "religion", a morale system, that allows stealing from others and demands the rulership of the world as doing god's work.


No, it's not strange. It's the result of generational wide discipline and the respecting of a few iron rules.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:43 | 4560731 skwid vacuous
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wow - and the face-lift was covered by us gov health care ... so it's a win - win except his wife is the ugliest crypto-jew in his house now

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:55 | 4561399 Joenobody12
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What a cheap bastard Kerry is. He could just raise the price of a bottle of ketchup instead of dodging tax. 

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:17 | 4560612 kchrisc
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His bankster masters would just print more for him.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:28 | 4560660 Rafferty
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Problem is his current wife would recharge them with her billions.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:16 | 4560605 infiniti
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Sanctioned from doing what, exactly? Drinking Vodka?

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:34 | 4560688 debtor of last ...
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I'd like a Mc Checkpoint Charlie.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:17 | 4560613 ShrNfr
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Cream puffs at 50 years, gentlemen. Are your seconds ready?


Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:17 | 4560615 Bosch
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I know what Øbama's thinking "Yeah motherf*ckers? Well, no golf for you."

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:19 | 4560617 A Lunatic
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"Screw you and the My Little Pony you rode in on"......

-Vladimir Putin-

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:43 | 4560736 knukles
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"It's not a pony.  It's a unicorn!"
  -Messiah OB

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:39 | 4560917 El Vaquero
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Naw, somebody just strapped a fake horn to Kerry's head. 

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:35 | 4561120 TheReplacement
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Yes you noticed.  But you should see that Kerry can indeed shit skittles whereas a unicorn cannot.  The day is in fact saved.

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:18 | 4560621 Dr. Venkman
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I, too, can make up words...

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 17:21 | 4560627 ronron
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you can bet mcain and nudleman for sure. that would speak volumes. i would have gone with the oh and anyone in ukraine nazi party. you have 3 days to report to kirkuk

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