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Things that are crazy

Mad Jack, as he looks tonight relaxing on the sofa. Since you haven’t seen him in a while. I don’t know why he looks grumpy (maybe because I’m pointing a camera at him). The weather is finally improving a little here (sorry, ‘Muricans) and he’s having a spectacularly good time dashing up and down the lawn. Oh, how we worry about the road.

In other insane news, did you catch this thing in the New Republic, about how Vladimir Putin actually might be a little cray-cray? I know, I know…TNR. But this is their hired Putin-watcher, and it’s worth a read. This is Vlad at today’s press conference:

So I don’t know what happened there. It’s unclear. But did you see the bullets piercing the shields of the Berkut [special police]. That was obvious. As for who gave the order to shoot, I don’t know. Yanukovich didn’t give that order. He told me. I only know what Yanukovich told me. And I told him, don’t do it. You’ll bring chaos to your city. And he did it, and they toppled him. Look at that bacchanalia. The American political technologists they did their work well. And this isn’t the first time they’ve done this in Ukraine, no. Sometimes, I get the feeling that these people…these people in America. They are sitting there, in their laboratory, and doing experiments, like on rats. You’re not listening to me. I’ve already said, that yesterday, I met with three colleagues. Colleagues, you’re not listening. It’s not that Yanukovich said he’s not going to sign the agreement with Europe. What he said was that, based on the content of the agreement, having examined it, he did not like it. We have problems. We have a lot of problems in Russia. But they’re not as bad as in Ukraine.

She (the reporter) claims that’s pretty close to verbatim, and he rambled on like that for an hour. Also, Angela Merkel (who’s pretty sympatico with Vlad) said he was in “another world” after talking to him on the phone. Also (I can’t source this, I forgot where I read it, but ever’body’s talking about it) he claims those aren’t Russian troops in the Crimea. They’re locals, loyal to Russia, who just bought themselves Russian military uniforms, which you can totally get at Wal*Mart. Or something.

Honestly, I think the only reason our top guys never go entirely nuts is that they have a maximum of eight years to go loopy in.


Comment from dissent555
Time: March 4, 2014, 11:59 pm

Lawn? What is the “lawn” you speak of?

… can’t remember the last time I saw a lawn around these parts …

oh, and Hi Jackie. Sympatico, dude.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 5, 2014, 1:07 am

So, basically he’s exactly like Obama when he goes off-prompter?

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: March 5, 2014, 2:41 am

It’s all part of his master plan to create the Eurasian Union…they’ll have to add a few more tools on the flag to go with the hammer and sickle.

Comment from lauraw
Time: March 5, 2014, 3:09 am

Holy Crap.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 5, 2014, 3:10 am

Russia would like to annex the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Yes, the 14th century borders will do very nicely, thank you.

Comment from MikeW
Time: March 5, 2014, 2:13 pm

Honestly, I think the only reason our top guys never go entirely nuts is that they have a maximum of eight years to go loopy in.

I’d suggest that the current ‘occupant’ may be pushing the envelope on that one. Did you see the stagecraft for Zero’s speech where he said Putin’s move wasn’t a sign of strength?

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 5, 2014, 3:23 pm

Obama knows that the real sign of strength is a well-suppressed gag reflex.

Comment from Carl
Time: March 5, 2014, 3:29 pm

Has Putin recruited Dubya as a speech writer?

Comment from Mojo
Time: March 6, 2014, 8:37 am

He’s muttering something…

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