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Picturing US Influence (In One Cartoon)

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Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:40 | 4651371 rtalcott
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And it's about time this finally happened...

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:47 | 4651392 Skateboarder
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Okay, and what about the 1500 military bases and a killing machine that does not rest? Surely that doesn't just "POOF!" away.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:49 | 4651400 Boris Alatovkrap
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Easy like in Crimea military installation, just kick out previous inhabiting force and changing of flag. "Under New Management"

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:00 | 4651412 Two-bits
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As long as there is a live feed.



I have not been here long enough to omit this-  /sarc

My apologies

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:07 | 4651449 SafelyGraze
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just a reminder of what an excellent secretary hilray was

never send a ponyshow to do a woman's work

two-bits: *always* include the /sarc when you post here

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:04 | 4651572 zerozulu
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Are you talking about Secretary of state Ms Hilarious Clinton?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:10 | 4651728 disabledvet
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"ain't no luck. I learned to duck."
very good reflexes...something a lot of humanity might be needing to emulate soon.

We can only hope otherwise of course.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:16 | 4653072 Manthong
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need to stick a 12 inch wide jengis conn rod of victory into the horse face.

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 04:08 | 4653377 jeff montanye
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and to think he was the alternative to four more years of george w. bush.  he was a contender(!).


instead of a (multimillionaire) bum which is what he is.

what may have been his stupidest looking moment was "riding" the motorcycle onto the leno show combined with the salute and "reporting for duty".  what a buffoon. 

how shabby and mendacious the owners' front people seem, as the years go by


Sun, 04/13/2014 - 00:53 | 4653226 Element
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All neocons plants to high orifice now have to attend a half-day shoe-ducking induction session.

Maybe try a horse shoe next time ... better kinetic effect with flatter trajectory.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:53 | 4651415 Algosaurus Rex
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POTUS & company have become impotent and irrelevant...

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:15 | 4651756 disabledvet
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life was much simpler when Russia and the USA simply agreed to run the world "and did the best they could."

This "we won, you lost" world is very confusing. Have "we lost and they won"?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:11 | 4651462 Leaping Lizard
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Actually, Boris, the major military bases in Crimea always flew the Russian flag.  Funny you should forget that.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 20:57 | 4652688 Boris Alatovkrap
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History is sadly for Ukraine, is fly flag of Poland, Hapsberg (Austro-Hungary), German, Soviet SSR, Rumania, and now is Russia (Federation). Galician Ukraine is long time fight valiant for independence, but is now mostly dead and displace. Soviet Pogram of displacement is much for heralding of success like ancient Babylon and Assyria.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:23 | 4651601 Libertarian777
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it wasn't a 'crimea military installation'... it always was a RUSSIAN naval port.

But since you're taking that angle... is Guantanamo flying the Cuban flag? hmm...

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:41 | 4651654 graneros
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Putting a Boris/Knuckles 2016 bumper sticker on my pickup.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:45 | 4651876 The man with po...
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Boris may be eligible as I suspect he's an American posting as an linguistically challenged Russian. I have had my suspicions you know.


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:15 | 4651985 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is more America than is Barry Soetoro!

(* only because cousin Andrei is make better quality Certificate of Living Birth)

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:17 | 4652342 PT
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He remembered to "Save As" jpg instead of psd?

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 20:01 | 4652507 Boris Alatovkrap
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PSD is not problematic, is use of microfiche page scan on flat fishbone template for background and bad bad job for altercation of date and signature. Evidence is of using Acrobat or Illustrator for placement of forgery article.

... but what is Boris know?

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 05:27 | 4653438 PT
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At the very least, it was still a blatant sign to take a closer look

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:01 | 4651704 Mad Muppet
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Hey Boris, if you have any relatives in the Russian military, can you give me a heads-up on when uncle Vladimir going to kick off the invasion? I need to change some of my positions. I'd be happy to share the windfall. yrs, the Mad Muppet.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 20:53 | 4652669 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris' ancestor is mostly for living in West Ukraine in Bokevina. Family are uncouth peasantry, now disperse by Russian during soviet period. Sorry, is not for insight on military movement, but Boris is give good information on location of low depth buried copper deposit near urban proximity!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:53 | 4651411 Winston Churchill
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787 bases I  believe.

I think many will be invited to leave over the next year.When they don't ,it will get interesting.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:00 | 4651436 Skateboarder
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Thanks for the real figure. 1500 was some number I saw on ZH comments at some point - kinda stuck in my head. I was only off by half an order of magnitude. ;-)

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:21 | 4651489 Winston Churchill
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Its still a helluva lot thats for sure.

I wonder if the remains of them will last like the Roman fort in a town I used to live in

in the UK.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:18 | 4651770 disabledvet
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the only alliance that matters as far as Americans are concerned is the Russian one.

"That one has lasted forever" actually.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:29 | 4652027 Winston Churchill
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Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:25 | 4651500 GooseShtepping Moron
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Actually, you were only off by a factor of 2. Half an order of magnitude above 787 would have been (7870/2)=3935. You were much closer than that.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:55 | 4651554 nevadan
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Actually not.

An order of magnitude is a scale of numbers with a fixed ratio, often rounded to the nearest ten.

The orders of magnitude are written in powers of 10. For example, the order of magnitude of 1500 is 3, since 1500 may be written as 1.5 × 103.


Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:16 | 4651588 Skateboarder
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Sat, 04/12/2014 - 20:56 | 4652707 Boris Alatovkrap
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You are make fancy reference, but Boris is relate order of magnitude for Walmart shopper basing on chassis sag of store scooter.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:34 | 4653110 old naughty
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Ha. +10 to 10.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:16 | 4651587 813kml
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Ron Paul has claimed that there are about 900 overseas bases (click link), and that's probably underestimating.  Not to mention the number of warlords, mercenaries, and corrupt officials on the US gov payroll.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:27 | 4652025 Winston Churchill
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I think that figure was before the last round of closings.

A base could have only 3 people as its muster, so the whole thing is a little subjective

as to what is meant by a base.That varies by branch of course as well eg

a minimum infantry division(10k) for the army, after allowing for rotation ,and self defence

is a minimum to count as a forward base.

787 is supposedly the official number,but they lie about everything, so who truly knows,I doubt even

the Pentagon does.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:43 | 4651530 agNau
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The "POOF!" is a bookmark in time.
A chapters end taking place before our eyes......and not yet written in a real, "non orwellian" history book.


"Beauty is truth, truth beauty," - that is all
        Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

The urn holds the false promise......both inside and outside the land of the free.

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breath free."

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:13 | 4651744 Eeyores Enigma
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I predict that the next big catalyzing event that brings the world to war will be done openly by the US and it will be the American public that demands that it be done.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:38 | 4653114 aardvarkk
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Maybe...but I don't think so.  Or at least, it won't be a MAJORITY of the American public.  The majority here right now is kind of shellshocked by the combination of stupidity and hubris in Washington right now.  A lot of us are in the process of actively withdrawing our consent to be governed by those assholes.  I know that the one person I'll be voting for in a national race in 2014 (for representative) is neither a Dem or a Repub.  There is a senate race in my state, but I see no reason to vote for either of the major-party jagoffs.  Nor do I see anybody in either party, with the possible exception of Rand (and I haven't examined him all that closely and he'll probably be off the table once I do) that I could vote for for president in 2016.

Maybe I just run in strange circles (a distinct possibility) but I see a lot of cynicism in many people...something I saw a lot less of in 2012 and earlier elections.  The interesting thing is that I see a lot of it in people that are or were both Dem-leaning and Repub-leaning.

I guess we'll see.  But I suspect if the US does something stupid, it won't be at the overwhelming demand of the American Public.  And in that case I suspect there will be a SIGNIFICANT movement here to politically force whoever made it happen to "take it back", if such can be done.  And if THAT was ignored then I think we'd see something approximating Civil War version 2.0.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:48 | 4651394 Boris Alatovkrap
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Cartoon is reminding Boris of dead horse.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:14 | 4651470 KickIce
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Except Kerry has yet to realize trophy has disappeared and refuses to STFU.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 19:33 | 4652397 djcando
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I thought the horse was holding the trophy!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 23:36 | 4653112 old naughty
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When most seen only the lamp with/without genie.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:44 | 4651657 midtowng
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When you torture, start illegal wars, and ship your industrial base to other countries, that sort of thing happens.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:21 | 4651782 disabledvet
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well..."we are the greatest power in world history."

sometimes a setback or two (trillion) is to be expected.

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:41 | 4651376 Al Capowned
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Annnnnd Its gone ..

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:22 | 4651789 disabledvet
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Sun, 04/13/2014 - 23:49 | 4655777 MeelionDollerBogus
Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:41 | 4651377 buzzsaw99
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emerging market eCONoMEs should be glad the maggots are exploiting their labor and their resources. Actually, we're doing them a favor. Yeah, that's the ticket!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:42 | 4651381 SmilinJoeFizzion
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Secretariat of State

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:50 | 4651402 Boris Alatovkrap
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You are smart funny! Boris is laugh, but this is "beating dead horse", no?

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