...In private conversations, though, several people described high anxiety within corporations, especially about the prospect of any sanctions’ affecting banks. Large Russian corporations have significantly increased foreign borrowing in recent years, and 10 were negotiating loans when the crisis boiled over, said Ben Aris, the editor and publisher of Business New Europe. Financial sanctions could set off a chain reaction of blocked transactions, frozen accounts and bank closings. “Those oligarchs who are already having trouble would be completely cut off,” he said...
Monday, March 10, 2014
Russian Oligarchs Fear Economic Casualties if Ukraine Crisis Escalates - NYTimes.com:
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Robert Gates Explains There Was Nothing America Could Do To Prevent Putin | Crooks and Liars:
While most of the Beltway media is lapping up Republican talking points against President Obama and the Russian-Ukraine situation, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates brought some much needed sanity to the discussion when he flatly rebuked Chris Wallace's assertions that Obama emboldened Putin to act and stated the obvious:...
Chris Christie's 2016 problem has nothing to do with a bridge - CBS News:
...This line of criticism isn't new. Christie has drawn ire from conservatives for years, and many saw his cozying up to President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy as an intentional message that he frankly doesn't care. But if he's serious about 2016, conference-goers seemed to agree, Christie needs to realize: The bridge fallout may fade. His longstanding problem relating to the types of conservative activists who frequent such cattle calls will not.Well, not really. Christie's real problem is that he was finally exposed for what he is to the voters who kept putting him in office (the same type who keep electing lunatics in the South): low information voters. In Christie's case. these voters came from the Democratic party; he lost the Democratic vote on a bridge too crowded.
"He's very liberal, in my opinion," proffered English Hinton from Florida. Though she said she'd opt for the lesser of two evils in the event Christie did secure the 2016 GOP nomination, she emphatically clarified she would never even consider voting for him in the primary...
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Cannonfire: "Christian Concentration Camps"
...There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of similar websites. As Alex Jones has proved, an entrepreneur can make small fortune providing fixes for fear-junkies.Visit the link above for a nice sample. (I love Joe's term "fear junkies"; I think I'll steal it.)
Friday, March 07, 2014
Harry Reid to Politico: 'Get a brain,�OK?':
...In Reid's mind? He's just imagining the tea party took over? He just imagined it when Mitch McConnell said his top priority was denying President Obama a second term? (Which Politico reported on, btw.) He's just imagined all those bullshit amendments, every cloture vote required on every nominee—even those that end up garnering 100 affirmative votes? He's imagined the most filibusters ever forced? Politico reporters obviously don't spend enough time with C-SPAN2.The last thing Reid should be apologetic for is speaking the truth about Republican obstruction. And he really doesn't need to apologize for telling Politico reporters to get a brain.
The Crooks At CPAC - Esquire:
You have to hand it to the conservatives here at CPAC. They're a forgiving lot. They believe in second chances, even for felons. Why, just this morning, I heard a speech by a guy who sold missiles to a government that sponsored terrorism, lied about it, got convicted, and then dove like a scalded rat through a loophole. I watched a panel including a guy who, while working as police commissioner in New York, entangled himself in such baroque corruption that he ended up in the federal sneezer for 36 months. And, this afternoon, on a panel entitled "After Obama," we will be treated to the views of a guy who helped out a covert CIA agent, lied about it, got convicted, and then got pardoned...
Minister's daughter: Cannabis 'a gift from God' - CNN.com:
...In the meantime, patients like Curry, who have become staunch proponents of medical cannabis, are confounded by the debate.
"I don't get why the government can recommend narcotics, your doctor can prescribe you Percocet or Oxycontin and you can literally die if you take too much," said Curry. "But if you smoke too much pot you'll just ... fall asleep..."
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Military sexual assault bill heads for Senate vote - The Messenger: News:
Legislation to curb sexual assaults in the military by stripping senior commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses is headed for a highly anticipated vote in the Senate...Let's hope this bill has better luck.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Flashback, 2008: When A Russian Invasion Made Fox News Shrug | Blog | Media Matters for America:
Fox News commentators have been rushing in to blame President Obama for the Russian military's excursion into Ukraine. It's because of Obama's "weakness" that Vladamir Putin has seized the military initiative, announced Sarah Palin...
Monday, March 03, 2014
What Are The Gobshites Saying These Days? - Esquire:
...Don't take it from me. Take it from foreign policy savant Marco J. Firefl...er...Rubio who, as part of his ongoing effort to apologize for having been empathetic for 11 seconds towards undocumented immigrants, dropped by Disco Dave's Disco Dance Party to say a lot of sentence-like things about how the shit's getting real in the Ukraine. Of course, we're not going to actual war. We are going to war rhetorically. We will fight them at the buffet tables. We will fight them in the Green Rooms. We will fight them in the studios. We will fight them in the think tanks. We will never surrender...
DCCC taps 16 pols for 'Red to Blue' - Emily Schultheis - POLITICO.com:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named 16 new House candidates to its “Red to Blue” program Monday, aiming to offer support to top recruits in competitive races across the country.
Included on the list are Democratic candidates facing off against some of the DCCC’s biggest Republican targets: former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, running against GOP Rep. Mike Coffman; Michigan Democrat Jerry Cannon, running against incumbent Republican Dan Benishek, and Gwen Graham, who’s challenging GOP Rep. Steve Southerland in Florida...