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I truly believe all sorts of Russian

inspired corruption is what originally scuttled the deal with the EU in the fall. And I'm sure it was sanctioned somehow by Putin. Glad they are hunting for all the missing money.

Russia and the Ukraine are so corrupt you have to ask if Putin didn't siphon

off some of that 20 Billion dollar Ukrainian debt to his coffers, through his Ukrainian cronies & oligarchs, and then offer it back to them if they joined him.

Could happen.

Of course. But nobody is attacking the 1% for anything but their actual actions

than cause distress to millions. Nothing wrong with wanting the 1% to actually admit that capitalism can be both good and bad...... like any system. None of that is envy. Only their handlers want them to feel attacked for no reason. That way they can get the 1% to mount an attack back and open their wallets to the GOP.

I have not seen evidence of a cult of personality

in the new Ukraine government. Hitler and Stalin were the worst type of psychopaths. Both bullying and manipulative at the same time. I had one of those in my life for years and they always make themselves out to be 1000 times more benign than they are. It is absolutely terrifying. Putin does not meet the criteria. He likes to be obvious about his power. He's a bully but not so manipulative. He doesn't turn the regular people in is country into huge mobs...just the officials and oligarchs. So I don't get the comparison.

I think people like Ann Coulter and Paul Ryan come up with ideas to trick

people out of their vote and enjoy the game. After all Anne did say she mostly comes up with the stuff she comes up with to make her friends laugh. I'm sure Paul Ryan thought he had a couple of zingers on the voting public this past week but he got called out on both.

The whole premis is off. Question

seems to be why did Lincoln not financially compensate the south so they would give up their slaves. ????? Excuse me. The statement assumes the slavers could have been compensated. Should not the only people compensated at the end of slavery be the slaves themselves. You know because THEY WERE ENSLAVED FOR 400YEARS! The whole question of should Lincoln have compensated the Southerners moves the debate away from actual reality into a never neverland where the Southerner slave owners were horribly grieved by Lincoln's actions and to debate the issue on that basis gives it legitimacy. It is a push poll to keep the Southern base still fighting the civil war and still horribly put out by the north. No surprize a meme like this comes out just as 12 years a slave wins the oscars. Grrrrt

I think it is that people like Paul Ryan are so desperate for facts or stories to

back up their world view that they'll take anything. And they don't care. They just have to get the narrative/phoney proof out in public. Catapulting the propaganda. I'm sure Paul Ryan knows his theories are bullshit. He's not naïve. He just doesn't care what discernible reality truly is. He wants the world to be a certain way. He is one step away from "setting somebody up". The GOP followers may be naïve or uninformed. The people that get fed this pablum of bulsshit Ryan and others put out. But Ryan knows the difference. He just doesn't care for the alternative evidence/anecdotes that disprove his crap world view. The author of this is giving Paul Ryan way too much credit. In fact, I'm sure Ryan is proud of fooling people. He's a show off. Convinced that he can make people believe anything.

They don't have stories of their own because they don't find themselves in situations

where they have feelings. Because they don't have feelings. People like Ryan are only about figuring out how to "kill" politically. They are only about themselves and pushing their own politically opportunistic narrative. Otherwise how could they not have stories of their own....they deal with the public every day. But obviously unless those stories serve them they don't hear.

Vibes to the people of Ukraine. I pray

that there is no bloody civil war of any kind. The real problem is the economy is based on bribes. So one‘s welfare really does depend on whether your ‘guy‘ is in power. Right now the russian side has lost power and all the government contracts, legit or not, that go with it. No wonder the Russian side of the Ukraine is supportive of all things Russian right now. It is corruption that makes democracy so vulnerable. It is like a teeter totter. When your leader is in power you get $$$$$$$$. When the other side is in power you are in so much penury that you don‘t care if there is war. That graft is dangerous for any country that wants to be democratic. People will fight to the death almost to keep power. In the USA the graft is called tax cuts and it has destroyed the soundness of democracy there and elsewhere. Look at Canada where the conservatives are beingining to play with people‘s right to vote. Ukraine needs to come to tems with the poison all across the country that is corruption. But good luck getting Ukrainians to focus on that instead of each other.

Disgusting! GOP is pulling out all the

stops to make sure Obama does not have foreign policy success. It was the only area where Obama was not molested by the do nothings. For the last few months the GOP has been all over any foreign policy events. Now Corker wants Obama to only solve this Russia crisis in concert with congress. What a bunch of monsters. They are playing politics with the crisis. Obama and Kerry should call them on it.
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