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Posted: Dec 15, 2016 - 1:17pm

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Czar, that's funny.  Definitely a Russian term.
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First of all, the goal of Russian communism was the eradication of a czar (literally and figuratively).  The term "czar" as an appointed executive branch official in the US has been informally used at least since the 1930s, but the term wasn't as widely used until an official "Energy Czar" and 'Drug Czar" were appointed during the term of the noted communist sympathizer Richard Nixon.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2016 - 11:02pm

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Russia and Communism were no big deal to Democrats when Obama installed card carrying Communist and self identified 9/11 Truther Van Jones as a White House Czar. 

Czar, that's funny.  Definitely a Russian term.

No one cared when they hacked the WH's computers or other government agencies.  Now y'all are all up in arm's over Russia's alleged playing around with our latest election.

Gimme a freakin break.  Freakin hypocrites. 

Hillary lost, get over it. 

 
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Leaving aside the absurdity of judging someone by their 1960s political thoughts in response to systemic and institutional racial abuse, there is a big difference between Marxism and being a member of the Communist Party (and I am neither). Given your language, I ask if you condone the actions of the House Committee on Un American Activities and McCarthyism in the 1950s? And while we are at it if Russia was acting to influence the election which the government and private security experts say their compelling evidence indicates, would that then be something to be up in arms about in your opinion? 

Bonus conspiracy theory: It is likely a lot easier to rig the votes in the Republican primaries than in the general election. I'm surprised the rest of the Republicans don't seem to be worried about that.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2016 - 8:56pm

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Russia and Communism were no big deal to Democrats when Obama installed card carrying Communist and self identified 9/11 Truther Van Jones as a White House Czar. 

Czar, that's funny.  Definitely a Russian term.

No one cared when they hacked the WH's computers or other government agencies.  Now y'all are all up in arm's over Russia's alleged playing around with our latest election.

Gimme a freakin break.  Freakin hypocrites. 
 

 
What's the matter? Having trouble rationalizing your choice in the face everything going on now, so your slapping around here instead of facing up to your own hypocrisy? How deep is your swamp now?
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Posted: Dec 14, 2016 - 8:21pm

Russia and Communism were no big deal to Democrats when Obama installed card carrying Communist and self identified 9/11 Truther Van Jones as a White House Czar. 

Czar, that's funny.  Definitely a Russian term.

No one cared when they hacked the WH's computers or other government agencies.  Now y'all are all up in arm's over Russia's alleged playing around with our latest election.

Gimme a freakin break.  Freakin hypocrites. 

Hillary lost, get over it. 


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Posted: Dec 14, 2016 - 7:10pm

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Along those lines:

Remind Me Why Russia is Our Adversary?


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Posted: Dec 14, 2016 - 6:22pm

The change in Republican voters' views of Putin since Trump's rise is remarkable
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Posted: Dec 20, 2014 - 11:31am

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The Russian economy is suffering mostly from self-inflicted ills, as Krugman pointed out in his op-ed. Putin's attempt to use sanctions as a scapegoat ignores his mismanagement's role in their current predicament.
See the GAO report. If the attempt is to simply isolate a country economically or hamstring their economy, then absolutely sanctions do not tend to be effective in the long term. But the reasons for imposing sanctions are not limited to achieving economic ends.  Sanctions can be effective to coerce different behavior down the road, particularly in nations we consider allies, and also when significant political opposition exists in a country being sanctioned.  

 

Yea I hear ya, but I think we misunderstand and underestimate the Russian people.  They have been through many, many cold winters, are fiercely patriotic and do not respond to coercion very well.   And did I mention all of those nuclear weapons?
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Posted: Dec 20, 2014 - 10:56am

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I think your definition of "effective" is different than mine, if you mean by effective as in hurting the Russian economy substantially, yes they will be effective. The point is that the sanctions being effective is the problem.  Read the article completely and get back to me.....or not.  It's all good.

 

The Russian economy is suffering mostly from self-inflicted ills, as Krugman pointed out in his op-ed. Putin's attempt to use sanctions as a scapegoat ignores his mismanagement's role in their current predicament.
See the GAO report. If the attempt is to simply isolate a country economically or hamstring their economy, then absolutely sanctions do not tend to be effective in the long term. But the reasons for imposing sanctions are not limited to achieving economic ends.  Sanctions can be effective to coerce different behavior down the road, particularly in nations we consider allies, and also when significant political opposition exists in a country being sanctioned.  
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Posted: Dec 20, 2014 - 10:28am

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Sanctions sometimes are effective and sometimes they are ineffective, as the GAO discovered. Russia is a somewhat different sort of country from Cuba, politically and economically, I would say.

 

I think your definition of "effective" is different than mine, if you mean by effective as in hurting the Russian economy substantially, yes they will be effective. The point is that the sanctions being effective is the problem.  Read the article completely and get back to me.....or not.  It's all good.


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Posted: Dec 20, 2014 - 10:11am

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 sanctions generally don't work and cause more harm in the long run, why is this any different?

 
Sanctions sometimes are effective and sometimes they are ineffective, as the GAO discovered. Russia is a somewhat different sort of country from Cuba, politically and economically, I would say.
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Posted: Dec 20, 2014 - 7:34am

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Thank you, this was my point.

 
Wow, I can't even begin with all the issues with that article. Clearly written by a Russian apologist for Putin. It is as though the Ukrainian people had no say in their desire to be more westernized, they were just influenced by neocons. Why doesn't the articla talk about what we should do about Putin? Nothing? Really?
A key reason why Putin and his autocratic style have such a strong political base is that he took on some of the oligarchs and restructured the economy to improve the lives of many Russians.
  
He took on oligarchs that opposed him politically. Pretty much anything you do moving communist economy to a semi capitalistic is going to improve things, but corruption was endemic in there communist society, and that really kinda double up now in their so called democracy. I am sure the neocons dream of regime change, but those more practical, see it as a legitimate punishment, and, yeah, it will weaken him. There is practical aspects to the sanctions, and frankly we have done very little in sanctions. His buddy oligarchs started moving buttloads of money out of the country and all, but the major hit was from Saudi's dumping the oil, which they did for entirely different reasons.

I still see the whole thing as more of a Euro issue then ours, but we should support them in sanctions and all. To compare to Cuba is idiocy. 50 Years for Cuba on sanctions, and we are pretty much the only ones, so yeah, they are  adjusted to it.. If we would have lifted the sanctions 20 years ago, I firmly believe things would be different now and much for the better, between us. Frankly I want to go there for the music.

 
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Posted: Dec 20, 2014 - 4:10am

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The Crazy US ‘Group Think’ on Russia | Common Dreams
Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the neocon empire...

 

Thank you, this was my point.

There is some irony here in that just as President Barack Obama finally begins to lift the ineffective, half-century-old U.S. embargo against Cuba, the U.S. Congress and the entire mainstream U.S. news media have jumped on another high horse to charge off against Russia, imposing new economic sanctions and dreaming of another “regime change.”

The promiscuous use of sanctions – as part of “regime change” strategies – has become almost an addiction in Washington. One can envision some tough-talking U.S. diplomat confronting the leaders of a troublesome nation by going around the room and saying, “we sanction you, we sanction you, we sanction you.”

Beyond the trouble that this pathology creates for American businesses, not sure whether they’re stumbling over one of these sanctions, there is the backlash among countries increasingly trying to circumvent the United States in order to deny Washington that leverage over them. The long-run effect is surely to be a weakening of the U.S. dollar and the U.S. economy.

However, in the meantime, U.S. politicians can’t seem to get enough of this feel-good approach to foreign disputes. They can act like they’re “doing something” by punishing the people of some wayward country, but sanctions are still short of outright war, so the politicians don’t have to attend funerals and face distraught mothers and fathers, at least not the mothers and fathers of American soldiers.

In the past, sanctions, such as those imposed on Iraq in the 1990s, took a fearsome toll, killing some half million Iraqi children, according to United Nations estimates.

Another example of how the sanctioning impulse can run amok has been U.S. policy toward Sudan, where leaders were sanctioned over the violence in Darfur. The United States also supported the secession of oil-rich South Sudan as a further penalty to Sudan.

But the U.S. sanctions on Sudan prevented South Sudan from shipping its oil through pipelines that ran through Sudan, creating a political crisis in South Sudan, which led to tribal violence. The U.S. government responded with, you guessed it, sanctions against leaders of South Sudan.

So, now, the U.S. government is back on that high horse and charging off to sanction Russia and its leaders over Ukraine, a crisis that has been thoroughly misrepresented in the mainstream U.S. news media and in the halls of government.




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Posted: Dec 20, 2014 - 1:16am

The Crazy US ‘Group Think’ on Russia | Common Dreams
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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 - 11:54am

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I stand by every word and still think that he is an honest, blunt myopic selfish dictator that is right on some very important issues.  This does not make me a Putinphile. Unlike you, I hold no blind allegiance to any leader regardless of political persuasion or geography.  Though admittedly Ron Paul is close.{#Wink}  You know what, basically I am just raging on fake ass people.  This pretty much sums up all of my points of view on just about everything.

Edit: also thought I would post the entire post that you picked from, really do not see how I could be more clear:

 
Honesty can be an admirable quality, but for many supposedly "honest" politicians it does not seem to extend to being able to honestly recognize when you are incompetent and ought to  either step down, or acknowledge your missteps and seek out good counsel about how not to repeat them. An honest person doesn't spend time in a three hour press conference looking for scapegoats to blame.


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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 - 10:28am

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Nice word salad!

 
Thanks !  It made me hungry.  

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 - 9:58am

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OK, so you still "admire his rugged individualism, bluntness and you have to admit he is right on some very important issues. . .  He appeals to those of us who are tired of political correctness and bullshit and also those of us who prefer honest and blunt myopic selfishness to veiled, humble and dishonest myopic selfishness", as you put it below. I got the impression from your reaction to my post that you felt defensive about having stuck up for him and his leadership style given the current situation in Russia. I aplologize if I misunderstood.

Just want to be clear where you stand, Tammy.



 


 

I stand by every word and still think that he is an honest, blunt myopic selfish dictator that is right on some very important issues.  This does not make me a Putinphile. Unlike you, I hold no blind allegiance to any leader regardless of political persuasion or geography.  Though admittedly Ron Paul is close.{#Wink}  You know what, basically I am just raging on fake ass people.  This pretty much sums up all of my points of view on just about everything.

Edit: also thought I would post the entire post that you picked from, really do not see how I could be more clear:


Though I am not oblivious to his bigotry and authoritarian rule, I do admire his rugged individualism, bluntness and you have to admit he is right on some very important issues such as sheltering a very important whistle blower, brokering a peace deal to at least delay the outright bombing of Syrians though we are still getting involved directly and indirectly in bringing more weapons and killing into the war torn country.  He appeals to those of us who are tired of political correctness and bullshit and also those of us who prefer honest and blunt myopic selfishness to veiled, humble and dishonest myopic selfishness.  However let us be perfectly clear, I have no illusions that he is not an evil dictator and of course do not support his ruling methods or how he treats his own people. Nor do I support him in his proposed Jihad against Muslims, violence is not the way to defeat terrorism. I am merely explaining why some otherwise reasonable lovers of peace and populism might have a soft spot for him.  Now, there are others whose very life is built upon hatred of Obama and those people of course support Putin merely because he is a rival to Obama and they clearly dislike one another.  Just wanted to be clear that I am not one of those, to me Obama is just the latest representation of American Imperialism.


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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 - 9:56am

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My dear old friend, Krugman is a jackass.  It is about cronyism to a degree, but its not about real estate.  That is peanuts.  Remember when the Japanese were buying up all of our real estate way back when ?  We were all afraid of our real estate being purchased by a foreign country.  How did that work out ?

Here's where all of Putin's money is going and the implications on the global economy are much more dire, especially if Putin has to start selling it to cover his debt.

 Russia Expanded Gold Reserves for 8th Month Amid Ruble Rout

Not to mention platinum and palladium (which are key industrial metals) with the latter also a key producer of revenue for Russia as they are one of the primary sources.

 
Nice word salad!
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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 - 9:51am

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What was that about putting words in people's mouths again?{#Rolleyes}

 
OK, so you still "admire his rugged individualism, bluntness and you have to admit he is right on some very important issues. . .  He appeals to those of us who are tired of political correctness and bullshit and also those of us who prefer honest and blunt myopic selfishness to veiled, humble and dishonest myopic selfishness", as you put it below. I got the impression from your reaction to my post that you felt defensive about having stuck up for him and his leadership style given the current situation in Russia. I aplologize if I misunderstood.

Just want to be clear where you stand, Tammy.





 

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 - 9:47am

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Yep.  Which all of this is related.  Saudi America is doing this to hurt Russia and Iran as well because they are still pissed that we did not do their dirty work for them and take out Assad.  This is not good, putting a country with an enormous stockpile of nuclear weapons to the brink is a dangerous game and one that I cannot believe we are still plowing ahead with.

 
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