Vladimir Putin

Remember When Vladimir Putin Was The Right-Wing’s Favorite World Leader?

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John McCain Finds a Way to Blame ‘Cowardly’ Obama for MH17 Crash

Sen. John McCain | Screenshot

This simply sounds like sour grapes directed toward Obama supporters, but McCain and his ilk are not saying these things to upset Obama’s base.  Right-wing politicians are trying to stir up their Obama-hating base so they will come to the polls in 2014.  They’ll worry about 2016 after the mid-term elections.

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When he appeared on MSNBC and CNN Thursday afternoon, shortly after news broke of the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that had been shot down over Ukraine, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) warned that if Russia turned out to be responsible, there would be “hell to pay.” But by the time he joinedSean Hannity on Fox News last night, he had turned his outrage directly at President Barack Obama.

“It’s just been cowardly,” McCain said. “It’s a cowardly administration that we failed to give the Ukrainians weapons with which to defend themselves.” He speculated that the Russian separatists who allegedly shot down the plane “may not even have occupied and had access to these weapons, which apparently they got at an airfield,” if the U.S. had intervened earlier in the Ukrainian conflict with Russia.

McCain then told Hannity what he would do in response to the deadly crash:

“First, give the Ukrainians weapons to defend themselves and regain their territory. Second of all, move some of our troops in to areas that are being threatened by Vladimir Putin, in other countries like the Baltics and others. Move missile defense into the places where we got out of, like the Czech Republic and Poland and other places. And impose the harshest possible sanctions on Vladimir Putin and Russia. And that’s just for openers.”

And just like that, the likely accidental shooting down of a Malaysian plane carrying mostly Dutch passengers by Russian separatists in Ukraine is President Obama’s fault.

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NRA comes out against #BringBackOurGirls campaign

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If the Obama’s are for it, then their detractors are against it…no matter how sensible the issue.  Once again, it’s called Obama derangement syndrome

Daily Kos

The NRA outrage of the moment.

Jeebus, NRA, isn’t there anyone left in your organization who realizes how nutty you sound?

“[T]his month, in response to terrorists kidnapping 300 girls in Nigeria, First Lady Michelle Obama locked and loaded for battle with her own ‘selfie,’ with the unconditional surrender demand #BringBackOurGirls,” the NRA’s lobbying arm wrote in an editorial on its website. “Tyrants and terrorists, like murderers, rapists and robbers, understand only one thing: force. They laugh at, and are emboldened by, weakness. That is why it is important topreserve and promote the right to keep and bear arms. An armed citizenry deters violence.” [...]

“Ms. Psaki’s and Mrs. Obama’s naiveté–thinking that Vladimir Putin or Boko Haram terrorists will change their ways because of tweets–would provide ample fodder for their ridicule, were we so inclined,” the NRA said. “But while we appreciate the value of maintaining a sense of humor in the face of things that are disagreeable, we do so only within reasonable limits. There is nothing funny in this instance.”

So how would we fix this? Should First Lady Michelle Obama have been packin’ heat in her photo? Holding up a sign in one hand and an assault rifle in the other, maybe chomping down on a cigar while tigers ride orcas in the background?

Anyway, the NRA thinks that hashtags embolden terrorists, because of course they do.

Tyrants and terrorists, like murderers, rapists and robbers, understand only one thing:  force.  They laugh at, and are emboldened by, weakness. That is why it is important to preserve and promote the right to keep and bear arms.  An armed citizenry deters violence.

Well, then get your heavily armed asses over there, fella. Them freedom bullets ain’t gonna fire themselves. Oh right, I forgot you don’t actually give a damn.

However, those of us who understand and value the Second Amendment will not forfeit the right to keep and bear arms, and we will not stake our personal safety on “#PleaseDontHurtMe” tweets.  Instead, we will exercise our right to arms, by acquiring the best arms for defensive purposes and becoming proficient in their use. And we will do everything possible in 2016 to help elect a president who understands the importance of maintaining strength, whether dealing with common criminals here at home, or with international criminals on the world stage.

Sigh. Again—there’s nobody on staff who might pipe up with a “you know, maybe let’s not open our mouths on this one? I think we’ll just look like asses.”

Oh, while we have the NRA’s attention: A suggestion. It seems like the becoming-proficient-in-their-use part could use some work. That’s supposed to be your actual day job, right?

Bummed George Bush laments how Putin ‘changed’

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush (R) talk during a dinner at the NATO summit in Bucharest April 3, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

In my opinion Putin never changed.  President George W. Bush was a lot like Putin back then.  Their national security methods were quite similar.  When the Bush administration ordered water boarding and other forms of torture, it was already the norm for Russia at the time.  No, Putin hasn’t changed…Bush simply retired and is no longer required to give those orders.

Bush has famously said that he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw his “soul”.  I suspect Bush simply saw a kindred soul back then…dark and evil.

The Week

Former President George W. Bush once remarked that he’d peered into Vladimir Putin’s and eyes and seen his soul. That soul, he now says, has “changed” for the worse.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Bush said he truly believed Putin wanted to mend fences with the West when he was still in office. Bush pursued a closer relationship with Moscow during his tenure, and the Obama White House continued that effort in the early years of Obama’s presidency, too. But Bush said a spike in the price of oil convinced Putin to take a more militaristic, confrontational approach to the rest of the world of late, culminating with the situation in Ukraine.

“I think it changed his attitude,” Bush said. “And I think it emboldened him to follow in his game that pretty much zero-sum, you know, I win and you lose and vice versa.”

Bush did not say whether he would as a result be painting a new portrait of the Russian leader to jibe with his new assessment of the man.

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10 things you need to know today: April 29, 2014

Putin's former chief of staff Vyacheslav Volodin is on the U.S. Treasury's sanctions list. 

Putin’s former chief of staff Vyacheslav Volodin is on the U.S. Treasury’s sanctions list. ! (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool, File)

The Week

The U.S. hits Putin allies with sanctions, sponsors flee the Clippers over racist comments, and more

1. Putin allies hit with sanctions over Russia’s support of Ukrainian separatists
The U.S. cranked up pressure on Russia for what the White House called its “continued illegal intervention in Ukraine” by imposing sanctions on seven individuals and 17 companies connected to President Vladimir Putin’s “inner circle.” Among the individuals affected were oil magnate Igor Sechin and tech executive Sergei Chemezov. The European Union on Tuesday also targeted 15 people, including Russian military leaders, with new sanctions. [BBC NewsThe Associated Press]

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2. Sponsors abandon the Clippers over racist comments attributed to owner 
Several major sponsors — including CarMax, Virgin America, Kia, State Farm, and Red Bull — have ditched the Los Angeles Clippers over racist comments attributed to team owner Donald Sterling. The loss of revenue could give the National Basketball Association the ammunition it needs to suspend Sterling, who has become an overnight pariah. The statements “can negatively impact the business of the NBA,” one sports attorney said. [Los Angeles Times]

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3. More deadly tornadoes bring two-day death toll to 28
Tornadoes killed at least 11 people in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi on Monday, bringing the death toll to 28 over two days of severe weather across the central U.S. and the South. Mississippi state Sen. Giles Ward (R) said he, his wife, four other family members, and their dog huddled in a bathroom as a tornado pulverized his two-story brick house. “For about 30 seconds, it was unbelievable,” Ward said. [The Associated Press]

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4. McAllister declines to run again after kissing scandal
Rep. Vance McAllister (R-Louisiana), who was caught on surveillance video kissing a married member of his staff, announced Monday that he would serve out his term but not seek reelection in November. “The past few weeks have been a trying time for my family,” said McAllister, who won the seat in a special election last year. “As I’ve said before, there’s no doubt I’ve made a mistake.” His wife, Kelly, said she was “behind him 100 percent.” [Daily World]

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5. Major search effort ends for Washington mudslide victims
Officials of Snohomish County, Washington, announced Monday that they were ending the “active search” for the two people still listed as missing after a March 22 mudslide that killed at least 41 people near Oso. About 30 people, down from as many as 1,000, will keep searching a limited area. Frank Hadaway, whose brother Steve is one of the missing, said he understood. “Reality is reality,” he said. “We knew this day was coming sooner or later.” [The Seattle Times]

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6. North Korea announces more live fire drills near disputed sea border
North Korea conducted live fire drills Tuesday on a disputed maritime border with South Korea. The artillery blasts were expected to be similar to those Pyongyang fired in late March near the Northern Limit Line, a sea border that has been a matter of contention since the 1950-53 Korean War. Ahead of the drills, South Korean military leaders told residents in the area to go to shelters. [Reuters]

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7. Year’s first solar eclipse wows… penguins
The first solar eclipse of the year appeared Monday night, although the only inhabited places where it was partially visible were in the southern Indian Ocean and Australia. The event occurred while the moon was slightly closer to the Earth than normal, so it could not completely block out the sun, leaving a glowing, fiery ring around the moon’s edges. The best view was in an entirely uninhabited part of Antarctica, which is why some called it the “Penguin Eclipse.” [Wired]

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8. Roughly 1 in 25 death row inmates don’t belong there
About one in 25 people sentenced to death in the U.S. is innocent, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. The researchers said that at least 4.1 percent of death row inmates are innocent, making it all but certain that innocent people have been executed. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

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9. Heat win first-round series in bid for third consecutive NBA crown
The Miami Heat got a step closer in their bid for a third straight NBA championship Monday night by defeating the Charlotte Bobcats to complete a four-game, first-round sweep. The Heat won 109-98 thanks in part to a game-high 31 points from star LeBron James, who went on a 19-point scoring spree after suffering a thigh bruise in the third quarter. The Heat await the winner of a Brooklyn-Toronto series, now 2-2, that could last until Sunday. [The Associated Press]

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10. Ferguson says he is leaving CBS’ Late Late Show
Craig Ferguson announced Monday that he would step down as host of CBS’ Late Late Show in December. “CBS and I are not getting divorced, we are ‘consciously uncoupling,'” Ferguson said during taping of the show, making a reference to the way actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin described their recent split. No word yet on who will replace Ferguson. [Deadline]

Putin Escalates: Gets Permission To Move Russian Troops Into Crimea

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A soldier without identifying insignia mans a machine gun outside the Crimean parliament building shortly after several dozen soldiers took up positions there on March 1, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. | Sean Gallup via Getty Images

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Russia’s parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to use the country’s military in Ukraine and also recommended Saturday that Moscow’s ambassador be recalled from Washington over comments made by President Barack Obama.

The unanimous vote in an emergency session formalized what Ukrainian officials described as an invasion of Russian troops in the strategic region of Crimea. With pro-Russian protests breaking out in other parts of Ukraine, Moscow now could send its military elsewhere in Ukraine.

“I’m submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country,” Putin said before the vote.

Putin’s call came as pro-Russian demonstrations broke out in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east, where protesters raised Russian flags and beat up supporters of the new Ukrainian government.

Russia’s move sharply raised the stakes in the conflict following the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president last week by a protest movement aimed at turning Ukraine toward the European Union and away from Russia. Ukraine has accused Russia of a “military invasion and occupation” — a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis, and raised fears that Moscow is moving to intervene on the strategic peninsula where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based.

President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Friday “there will be costs” if Russia intervenes militarily. In Saturday’s parliamentary session in Moscow, one Russian legislator said Obama had crossed a “red line” and the upper house recommended the Russian ambassador in Washington be recalled. It will be up to Putin to decide whether that happens.

In Crimea, the pro-Russian prime minister who took office after gunmen seized the regional Parliament claimed control of the military and police there and asked Putin for help in keeping peace, sharpening the discord between the two neighboring Slavic countries.

Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said the election of the election of Sergei Aksyonov as prime minister of Crimea was invalid.

It was the latest escalation following the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president last week by a protest movement aimed at turning Ukraine toward the European Union and away from Russia.

Ukraine’s population is divided in loyalties between Russia and Europe, with much of western Ukraine advocating closer ties with the European Union while eastern and southern regions look to Russia for support. Crimea, a semi-autonomous region of Ukraine, is mainly Russian-speaking.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk opened a Cabinet meeting in the capital, Kiev, by calling on Russia not to provoke discord in Crimea.

“We call on the government and authorities of Russia to recall their forces, and to return them to their stations,” Yatsenyuk was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. “Russian partners, stop provoking civil and military resistance in Ukraine.”

10 things you need to know today: December 23, 2013

Non-critical United Nations staff are relocated out of South Sudan on Dec. 22 | (REUTERS/UNMISS/Handout via Reuters)

The Week

The ObamaCare enrollment deadline arrives, Americans get out of South Sudan, and more

1. Deadline hits for early 2014 ObamaCare coverage
A key deadline for ObamaCare enrollment has arrived. Monday is the last day most Americans can sign up for insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges to have their coverage take effect on Jan. 1, as the law requires. Call centers have been beefed up to help consumers confused by the ObamaCare website’s botched launch and a flurry of late policy fixes. President Obama on Sunday urged those without coverage to sign up online. [PoliticoFox News]
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2. U.S. citizens evacuated from rebel turf in South Sudan
Fifteen Americans were evacuated from a United Nations compound in the rebel-held town of Bor in South Sudan on Sunday. The evacuation came a day after U.S. Special Operations forces tried to get the Americans out but had to turn back when their three Osprey aircraft came under small-arms fire that injured four American service members. President Obama said he would take further military action if necessary to protect Americans. [New York TimesAssociated Press]
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3. Apple’s China distribution deal lifts its stock
Apple stock jumped by 3.7 percent in pre-market trading on Monday after the company confirmed a distribution deal with China Mobile that will give the iPhone maker access to a market dominated by rival Samsung. The Chinese mobile carrier will be launching iPhone sales next month. Some analysts say iPhones are priced to high for Apple to expect big sales, but news of the deal gave U.S. stock index futures a boost early Monday. [CNBCReuters]
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4. Extreme weather turns deadly
Severe weather, including tornadoes, killed at least seven people as volatile conditions spread up the East Coast on Sunday. While many areas were hit with icy storms, Philadelphia and New York got record high temperatures. The temperature in New York’s Central Park hit 71 degrees, breaking a 1998 record of 63 degrees, and the wild weather in the area is expected to continue as temperatures plunge to near freezing by Monday night. [ReutersCNN]
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5. Appeals court declines to halt Utah gay weddings
A federal appeals court on Sunday rejected Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for an emergency stay to prevent officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a lower-court judge ruled Utah’s gay-marriage ban unconstitutional. The state will ask the original judge to stay his own ruling on Monday as it pushes its appeal, arguing that gay couples rushing to get wed will be harmed if their marriages are later invalidated. [ReutersSalt Lake Tribune]
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6. Bangladeshi factory owners face charges for deadly fire
Police in Bangladesh on Sunday charged the owners of a garment factory with culpable homicide in connection with a fire that killed 112 workers last year. A series of recent tragedies — including the collapse of a factory complex in April in which more than 1,100 workers died — has spotlighted unsafe conditions in the world’s second-largest garment industry, but this is the first time factory owners have been prosecuted for negligence. [Associated Press]
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7. Al Qaeda says it is sorry for Yemen attack
Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch on Sunday issued a rare apology for an attack on a hospital attached to the Defense Ministry that killed 52 people in December. Qassim al-Rimi, commander of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninula, said in a video posted online that one of his fighters disobeyed an order not to enter the hospital. “Now we acknowledge our mistake and guilt,” al-Rimi said, promising “blood money for the victims’ families.” [Associated Press]
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8. Freed Pussy Riot members call their release a PR ploy
Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot were released from Russian prisons on Monday and promptly denounced their amnesty as a publicity stunt by President Vladimir Putin. The women were sentenced to two years for “hooliganism” after performing an anti-Putin song in a Russian Orthodox cathedral. They were due to be freed within three months, and said Putin let them out early to improve Russia’s image ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. [Voice of America]
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9. Rodman leaves North Korea
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman left North Korea on Monday without saying whether he had seen leader Kim Jong Un. The two established an unlikely friendship during Rodman’s two earlierbasketball diplomacy visits to the secretive communist state. The visit came a week after the execution of Kim’s once-powerful uncle sparked speculation about the future of his regime. [Associated Press]
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10. Manning breaks NFL record for touchdown passes
Peyton Manning threw his 51st touchdown pass of the season on Sunday, breaking Tom Brady’s NFL record. Manning threw four touchdowns — three of them in the fourth quarter — to lead his Denver Broncos to a 37-13 victory over the Houston Texans. Brady, meanwhile, won a record 11th division title as a starting quarterback when his team, the New England Patriots, beat the Ravens to win the AFC East crown. [Sports NetworkSBNation]

10 things you need to know today: December 18, 2013

Right wing activists in New Delhi protest the U.S.’s treatment of an Indian diplomat.
(AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

The Week

The budget deal clears a Senate hurdle, India protests the arrest of a diplomat in New York, and more

1. Budget deal beats filibuster threat
A two-year bipartisan budget deal cleared a final major hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, when a majority of 67 senators beat the threat of a GOP filibuster and approved a final vote on the measure. It could be approved as soon as Wednesday. The budget plan would restore $63 billion in automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs, while trimming the deficit by reducing military and federal employee pensions. [New York Times]
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2. India protests arrest of diplomat in New York
Indian officials reacted angrily on Tuesday to the arrest and alleged strip search of India’s deputy consul general, Devyani Khobragade, in New York City. Khobragade was accused of submitting false documents that overstated her housekeeper’s pay to secure the woman a work visa. Indian officials said Khobragade was mistreated before posting $250,000 bail. India reportedly retaliated by stripping some U.S. officials in New Delhi of diplomatic privileges. [New York Daily News]
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3. Russia gives Ukraine a bailout, sparking new protests
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered Ukraine a $15 billion bailout on Tuesday, and slashed gas prices to strengthen its ties with the financially struggling country. The move will help Ukraine avoid bankruptcy, but it prompted fresh protests in Kiev by crowds angry at Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich for dropping a proposed trade deal with the European Union and renewing the former Soviet republic’s close relations with Moscow. [Reuters]
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4. Harvard student charged with bomb hoax
Massachusetts prosecutors on Tuesday charged a Harvard undergraduate, Eldo Kim, with making a bomb threat that forced authorities to evacuate four buildings during final exams. Police said Kim, 20, sent emails to university police and administrators on Monday warning there were “shrapnel bombs” in the buildings, three of which were in historic Harvard Yard. The bomb-hoax charge is punishable with up to five years in prison. [Boston Globe]
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5. Hundreds die in clashes after South Sudan coup attempt
Fighting in South Sudan has killed up to 500 people as violence spread after an alleged coup attempt, United Nations diplomats said Tuesday. The oil-rich East African country’s government said it had arrested 10 high-ranking politicians accused of being involved in the plot, and was searching for their leader, a former vice president. The turmoil comes just two and a half years after South Sudan, Africa’s newest state, seceded from Sudan. [Associated PressReuters]
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6. Two dead in Reno hospital shooting
Two people were killed and another two injured Tuesday in a shooting spree at a Reno medical facility. Police said one of the dead was the alleged shooter, who appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Investigators did not immediately say what firearm had been used, or what they believed to be the motive for the crime. [USA Today]
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7. Zimmerman painting fetches bids exceeding $100,000
A painting made by George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin but was acquitted on murder charges, had received a high bid of $110,100 on eBay as of early Wednesday. The 18-by-24-inch image features a blue American flag and part of the Pledge of Allegiance. “Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself,” eBay user therealgeorgez posted. “I found a creative, way to express myself” that “allows me to remain indoors.” [Los Angeles Times]
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8. U.K. police say Princess Diana was not murdered
British police said Tuesday that an investigation turned up “no credible evidence” to support suspicions that the British military had something to do with the deaths of Princess Diana, her boyfriend, and their driver 16 years ago. “Every reasonable line of enquiry was objectively pursued in order to fully evaluate any potential evidence,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement concluding the inquiry. [CNN]
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9. Two winners share the second biggest U.S. lottery prize ever
Two winning tickets were drawn Tuesday night for a $636 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot. Alex Traverso, a spokesperson for the California Lottery, said the kitty might grow to $648 million once the numbers are tallied from last-minute sales, which Traverso said reached 25,000 tickets per minute. Either way, the prize will be the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, falling just short of the $656 million record. [CBS/AP]
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10. Obama appoints gay athletes to Olympic delegation
President Obama sent a message of protest to Russia over its anti-gay law, passed earlier this year, by announcing Tuesday that the White House delegation to the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics would include a gay athlete, former tennis champion Billie Jean King. The delegation will not include the president, first lady, or the vice president for the first time since the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. [USA Today]

 

WTH is going on? – To some conservatives, Vladimir Putin is ‘the defender of Christian civilization’

Yes, that Putin. No, really.

Daily Kos

Oh look, the radical conservative American quote-unquote-“pastor” who helped form a vicious anti-gay movement in Uganda that led to the killing of publicly outed gay Ugandans is a huge fan of Vladimir Putin.

Last month a federal judge allowed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit to proceed against [Scott Lively] that alleges the pastor persecuted gays in Uganda and committed a potential “crime against humanity” — one that contributed to a bill that would have made homosexuality an act punishable by death. And yet the grey-haired 57-year-old has refused to quiet down.On his blog this month, Lively praised Putin as “the defender of Christian civilization” for signing this summer a ban on information that treats being gay as valid or attractive — and traced the idea to his own tour of Russia in 2006-7. Last week, Lively suggested Russian officials foil gay activists planning to rainbow-bomb the Olympics by flying a rainbow banner over the games so “the global homosexual movement” would be reminded that “the rainbow belongs to God!”

What the hell is going on? Have we abandoned irony forever, now that the staunch conservatives that saw communism as the be-all, end-all threat to humanity have shuffled into embracing the rather unambiguously creepy Russian leader and the nation’s latest restrictions of human rights—nay, even bragging about their connections to Russian politics? Is there anyone who was alive for even the smallest portion of the Cold War that thought Red Dawnconservatism would move into being pro-Russian-government?

Nope, apparently the hatred of gay Americans is greater than all those old fears of the creeping communist menace. John McCain and other old-schoolers keep trying to get them worked up about Russian plots and dangers and diplomatic machinations, but the social conservatives are too worked up about the Gays and the Muslims and the Obamas to even remember what they were supposed to be worked up about in the before-times. The enemy of my enemy isawesome.

Vladimir Putin, the “defender of Christian civilization.” There’s really no way of making fun of these people anymore, they do it to themselves before you ever get the chance.

Friday Blog Roundup – 9-20-2013

John McCain takes on Putin

Late Night: Is the Pope Catholic?

Why do Republicans hate children?

Ted Cruz unmasks his own confidence game

13 Wounded as Gunmen Open Fire in Chicago Park

Obama hits the road as House Republicans vote in budget battle

Fox Panelists Agree: Successful Anti-Poverty Programs Are Useless

2014 election campaign is underway in battle for control of Congress

Putin: Gays face no discrimination in Russia, are depopulating Europe

Chris Hayes: ‘I cannot find one Republican who has anything constructive to say’