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March 16, 2014

Ukraine: Vitaly And Samantha

Samantha protesting Vitaly's booking for the joint Crimea vacation? I don't know.

How about some funny caption for the pic.

Posted by b on March 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM | Permalink


Take that imperialist hysterics. Good sensible anti-warmonger people are taking control at least of this demonstration:

3,000 demonstrate for federalization of Ukraine

A crowd of 3,000 gathered for a rally in the centre of Ukraine's eastern industrial centre of Kharkov on Sunday afternoon to press for converting Ukraine into a federation. ...

The rally backed a resolution containing a demand for calling a local referendum in favour of federalization. The resolution urges "the territorial communities of the Southeast, from Odessa to Kharkov, to pool efforts for the sake of simultaneous plebiscites and the federalization of Ukraine."

"Our city has been Russian and will remain Russian, albeit within Ukraine. We are prepared to live in one country, but on our terms," one of the leaders of the association Civic Platform, Yuri Apukhtin, told the crowd.

Posted by: fairleft | Mar 16, 2014 10:24:44 AM | 1

"How can you sit there and say the U.S. would ever use it's veto to support Israel?"

Posted by: relament | Mar 16, 2014 10:27:04 AM | 2

Samantha Power: For the children! For the children! How dare you Russia supporting Crim?

Vitaly: Oh you mean like your support for al qaead in Syria? You mean your support for israeli occupation? You mean your support Bahrain and Saudiarabia, or why not your support for Kosovo?

Samantha Power: Now in tears, but...its not the same thing, [crying]

Audience: Laughing at satanmantha power in the background

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 16, 2014 10:27:22 AM | 3

I got the Power?

Posted by: Thirsty | Mar 16, 2014 10:27:57 AM | 4

I like the fact that the Rwandan rep is right next to her:

Oh, SO NOW, you guys are like worried about human rights, democracy, international law....

I'm just going to pretend that I can't hear you.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Mar 16, 2014 10:40:28 AM | 5

Samantha : Vitali don't you know our deep sense for history , can't you understand that we are the 'EXCEPTIONAL', look at my face and feel the pureness of the 'CHOSEN' ones .
Vitali : Don't babble BS Samantha and what pureness is concerned Samantha you look even uglier than Ashton....

Posted by: Sufi | Mar 16, 2014 10:41:06 AM | 6

Samantha Power: I can't believe Putin.... his balls must be this big

Vitaly: Yeah... he uses a wheelbarrow to carry them around. Come back to me when Obama gets his back from Michelle.

Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Mar 16, 2014 10:43:25 AM | 7

Samantha Power: "Fuck eU too!"
[after shaking off a cold streak down his spine ..]
Vitaly Churkin: "I'll take that proposal to the Kremlin."

Posted by: Oui | Mar 16, 2014 11:20:52 AM | 8

Samantha: Cockroach!

Vitaly: I'm no Tutsi, much less a Boyar, much less a 1959 Tutsi aristocrat refugee-turned-terrorist!

[See Lemarchand's 1970 book, Rwanda and Burundi, then read the 'genocide radio' transcripts, and laugh/weep; the rest of this will play on that theme:

Samantha: You Crimean Inyenzi who call yourselves Inkotanyi!

[Utterly unfair to Hutus---see e.g. Robin Philpot's book, then Michael Hourigan's interviews; at least the Hutu minister who spoke these words on the 'genocide radio,' followed them up with conciliatory words to Tutsi civilians... JM]

Vitaly: We took down one of your drones---we didn't shoot down Yatseniuks plane! And if you continue in that fashion, a representative of the government seated to your left might well assassinate you.

Samantha: This cockroach threatened me with assassination!

Posted by: Johan Meyer | Mar 16, 2014 11:26:46 AM | 9

Isn't making your way from the Us to the Rs to directly address your adversary a breach of protocol? Looks like a photo op for the benefit of yankee media: US Representative stands up to Russian bully, Pleads for the cause of human rights, Speaks truth to power etc.

Posted by: ruralito | Mar 16, 2014 11:39:19 AM | 10

Vitaly: Look Samantha, I have other plans tonight, I can't meet you for drinks in your hotel room.

Samantha: Are you kidding me? Are you really turning this down?!?

Vitaly: Yes, and I can clearly see your adam's apple from here.

Posted by: Nick in Burlington | Mar 16, 2014 11:45:55 AM | 11

Look here Churkin, I had to sell my grandmother, and my soul by making a slobbering apology to acquire this post at my nomination hearing.
During a 2002 discussion at the University of California-Berkeley about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Power recommended that the US divest its support from Israel's military and devote billions to "a mammoth protection force” in order to create a "meaningful military presence" in Israel.

"Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import,” Power said at the time, in an oblique reference to the pro-Israel lobby in the US.

During the nomination hearing, Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) pressed her on these comments. Power responded by saying they were part of "a long, rambling and remarkably incoherent response to a hypothetical question that I should never have answered."

Posted by: harrylaw | Mar 16, 2014 11:54:11 AM | 12

"What weapons-of-mass-destruction argument are you talking about?"

Posted by: g_h | Mar 16, 2014 12:10:11 PM | 13

Ok, Nick is in first place.

Posted by: ceo | Mar 16, 2014 12:26:11 PM | 14

Vitaly: Hm, nice! We're gonna fuck the US.
Samy: Hey, Angela is sooooo pretty, please go fuck the EU instead!

Posted by: balu | Mar 16, 2014 12:41:18 PM | 15

'Pootin Tame', the Musical. Act 6, He Be Da Boss.
The Bicked Witch of the Best confronts the Straw Man and sings:

He got da whole whir-uld in his hands
He got da whole wild whir-uld in his hands
He's got all da oil under under anybody's sand,
He's got all da people, in all da lands,
He's got you and me baby, by the glands,
He's defiled the whir-uld with his hands,
He's got da whole whir-ul in his hands.

Second verse, worse than the first
Everybody, sing along:
He's got da ... ...

Posted by: Lurker | Mar 16, 2014 12:44:56 PM | 16

Sam "Shabbos Goy" Power: Vitaly the emperor has asked me to present to you this fine suit of clothing, which, as you can clearly see, i hold here in my hands

Posted by: brb | Mar 16, 2014 12:47:57 PM | 17

Power: "Seriously, Vitaly baby, what is it about US Exceptionalism that you don't understand"?

Posted by: stephen | Mar 16, 2014 12:52:16 PM | 18

Power to Churkin, " If you were my husband I would put poison in your tea" Churkin to Power, " If you were my wife I would drink it". Churchill to Lady Astor.

Posted by: harrylaw | Mar 16, 2014 1:00:52 PM | 19

Samantha Power: "Churkin, you are drunk, and what's more you are disgustingly drunk."

Churkin: "Samantha, my dear, you are ugly, and what's more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow
I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly." Winston Churchill to Bessie Braddock in House of Commons.

Posted by: harrylaw | Mar 16, 2014 1:07:17 PM | 20

Powers: You want some of this pre-op, schoolmarm ass, old man?

Vitaly: (looking incredulous) Security! Get me something sharp so I can gouge my eyes out!

Posted by: Prey4 Justice | Mar 16, 2014 1:10:34 PM | 21

I wish I was witty enough for a caption -I will say this, whatever is being said the Russian statesmen appear to being enjoying it - Samantha does not ..It occurred to me that no one, should be surprised the US is backing Nazis in Europe..The Neocons all live in a vicious fantasy world where they can re write history with the force of their hot air. In their thinking they are in a position here to Back Hitler instead of the Soviet Union - which all neocons agree would be the "correct" course of action..

Posted by: Solerso | Mar 16, 2014 1:11:48 PM | 22

'What, is my person-suit no longer believable?'


Courtesy of schlock 90s band No Doubt :

'I'm just a girl
Take a good look at me
Just your typical prototype
Oh, I've had it up to here
Oh, am I making myself clear

I'm just a girl
I'm just a girl in the world
That's all that you'll let me be

I'm just a girl, what's my destiny
What I've succumbed to is making me numb
I'm just a girl, my apologies
What I've become is so burdensome
I'm just a girl, lucky me
Twiddle-dum, there's no comparison

Oh., I've had it up to
Oh, I've had it up to
Oh, I've had it up to here'

Posted by: L Bean | Mar 16, 2014 1:12:27 PM | 23

"How can you do this Mr Churkin,??! after all we've done for Russia!!"

Posted by: Solerso | Mar 16, 2014 1:32:49 PM | 24

Power: "But, but, you just don't understaaaaannnndddd!"

Churkin, to himself: "She's got to be kidding."

Posted by: Nora | Mar 16, 2014 1:40:56 PM | 25

"Does orange make me look like less of a sociopath?"

Posted by: ess emm | Mar 16, 2014 1:49:55 PM | 26

But Vitaly . . . you promised!

Posted by: Hal Duell | Mar 16, 2014 1:50:21 PM | 27

According to exit polls in russian media right now: 93% vote for Russian alternative.

Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 16, 2014 2:04:46 PM | 28

"Come on, man. Just take your fuckin' shoe off and bang the table, will ya?"

Posted by: PissedOffAmerican | Mar 16, 2014 2:08:50 PM | 29

SP: "If you think I make an ugly woman, wait 'til you see Lindsey Graham."

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 16, 2014 2:12:14 PM | 30

Powers: I tell you, Vitaly, this will be our last regime change attempt. We didn't expect you guys to react this way. WTF!!! At least give us some warning next time so we know how/when to climb down.

Vitaly: It's OK, dear, we've been warning you guys for years now but seems the message didn't get through. Anyway, is our dinner date still on tonight? Have you tried Russian Caviar? You'll love it!! Seriously, though, does Victoria "F*ck the EU" Nulan still have some of the $5 Billion left? That b*tch wants to keep all the money for herself.

Posted by: Zico | Mar 16, 2014 2:16:37 PM | 31

Churkin reallyi looks like he's enjoying this.

Samantha is so far out of her league she doesn't even know she's making an ass of herself. Nice hair, though.

Posted by: Knut | Mar 16, 2014 2:21:55 PM | 32

I'm no fashionista but...My God who dresses that woman? The Rawandan ambassador looks quite sophisticated in the purple dress. Samantha looks like shes going camping.

Posted by: Lysander | Mar 16, 2014 2:22:53 PM | 33

It's fun to do these captions, but wtf could she possibly actually be saying? Is this the new move for ambassadors to confront one another bodily? Does she believe that fronting on Churkin will actually change the way Russia votes? Win her props with the Ukrainian nazis who are busy doing their own physical intimidation tactics in the Rada? Is she looking for a fist fight?

As I've said many times, you'd have to be crazy to want that job, which is presumably why she got it. Because it takes a duplicitous fiend to come up with a doctrine for military aggression called "Responsibility to Protect" - but it takes a fucking lunatic to actually believe in it.

Posted by: guest77 | Mar 16, 2014 2:48:29 PM | 34

With all the troubles the US is facing around the world, one thing that stands out is that the brand "USA" doesn't sell anymore.

People are simply fed up with this has-been power throwing their weight around the globe like they own it.

Posted by: Zico | Mar 16, 2014 2:57:38 PM | 35

"But, but,...I'm from Harvard. How could I have possibly been so wrong?"

Posted by: sufferingsuccatash | Mar 16, 2014 3:05:01 PM | 36

"Vitaly, ask this lady from Rwanda if America hasn't been ready to help before."

Posted by: sufferingsuccatash | Mar 16, 2014 3:07:56 PM | 37

Part of me thinks that it's the designated war criminal personal photographer that snapped that pic for her. It'll look great in her summer home with the caption "Lecturing the Russkies at the UN, 2014" or some such rot. She will be able to admire it while bathing in the treacly comfort of her daily bath in children's blood.

Aaaah, Calgon, take me away!!

Posted by: JSorrentine | Mar 16, 2014 3:17:27 PM | 38

Samantha: "Vitaly , do you know that I am Irish"

Vitaly: "So"

Samantha: "Well, I have the win at all costs mentality"

Vitaly: "Is that so?, then let's see how well the R2P moms including Mrs "Fcuk the EU' Kagan will feel tomorrow"

Posted by: Yul | Mar 16, 2014 3:18:53 PM | 39

Samantha: "Responsibility 2 Piss off"? That's not funny, Vitaly!

Posted by: CE | Mar 16, 2014 3:44:38 PM | 40

The new doctrine advanced by Samantha Power called "Responsibility to Protect" (abbreviated R2P) is the left-wing version of interventionist neoconservative ideology. Where the right intervenes ostensibly to promote democracy, the left intervenes ostensibly to protect civilians. Both sound principled in theory, but in practice the results are quite costly and bloody, and are likely to have all sorts of unintended consequences.

In the same way that money burns a hole in some people's pockets, commanding the world's most powerful military appears to have an intoxicating effect on political elites. With such power at their disposal, it's no wonder they can't resist the temptation to put it to use. The very fact they possess such power probably stimulates interventionist theorizing. It's unlikely that R2P would have been hatched by elites in Leichtenstein, for example.

Posted by: Cynthia | Mar 16, 2014 3:54:07 PM | 41

SamP: "Vitaly why can't you just bend over and get ready to take it up the you-know-where, just like that nice obedient lady from Rwanda is doing right now?"

Posted by: brb | Mar 16, 2014 4:03:16 PM | 42

"I just asked for a cookie"

"Vits, do you see any fucking cookies in my hand? Is my name Victoria fucking Nuland? Are we in fucking Maidan Square? Fuck you, fuck Vlad, and fuck your fucking cookies. Gawd damn you guys are assholes."

Posted by: Colinjames | Mar 16, 2014 4:12:27 PM | 43

"I'm standing here; you make the move. You make the move. It's your move..."

Posted by: Yonatan | Mar 16, 2014 4:57:45 PM | 44

Samantha: Vitaly! 'It would never work out ...youre married and your wife has ajealous temper!'

Posted by: brian | Mar 16, 2014 5:18:08 PM | 45

Samantha: I said BLOND! ...not STRAWBERRY blond, you bloody Cossack imbecile! I'm getting myself a new hairdresser...GRRRUMF!!

Vitaly: (Just shrugs...and curses under his breath for not using the Kremlin Red hairdye)

Posted by: etienne | Mar 16, 2014 5:22:29 PM | 46

But AIPAC don't want the Crimea to be Russian.
Thanks for your excellent posts and commenters.

Posted by: Clothcap | Mar 16, 2014 7:44:23 PM | 47

Power: Vitaly, How do you say "poh-tay-toe" in Russian?


Power: Waaaht???

Vitaly: Oh, what the hell! You wanna try Karaokee instead?:

Posted by: kalithea | Mar 16, 2014 8:04:33 PM | 48

Vitaly: I unfriend you.

Powers: That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works.

Posted by: elliot | Mar 16, 2014 8:22:50 PM | 49

Samantha: Vitaleee, you missed your cue, agaaaaain!!!

Vitaly: Madam, who do you think I am?

Samantha: My puppet???

Posted by: kalithea | Mar 16, 2014 8:50:15 PM | 50

Samantha: Vitaly, You trying to make me look stupid in front of the whole world?

Vitaly: Madam, whatever comes naturally!

Posted by: kalithea | Mar 16, 2014 9:23:47 PM | 51

Samantha: Vitaly you left me empty-handed!

Ohhh! You want something to do with your hands?

You know the hokey pokey? Goes like this:
You put your right hand in,
you put your left hand out,
You do the hokey pokey
and you shake it all about!

Samantha: Ruskie fart!
Vitaly: Yankie white trash!

Samantha: Go suck a bitter lemon!
Vitaly: Here’s looking at you, kid!

Posted by: kalithea | Mar 16, 2014 9:25:12 PM | 52

OOPS! Correction:

Samantha: Vitaly you left me empty-handed!

*Vitaly*: Ohhh! You want something to do with your hands?

You know the hokey pokey? Goes like this:
You put your right hand in,
you put your left hand out,
You do the hokey pokey
and you shake it all about!

Samantha: Ruskie fart!
Vitaly: Yankie white trash!

Samantha: Go suck a bitter lemon!
Vitaly: Here's looking at you, kid!

Posted by: kalithea | Mar 16, 2014 9:27:15 PM | 53

Vitaly: "I have already told you Ambassador Power, you cannot audition here for Pussy Riot".

Posted by: Fern | Mar 16, 2014 9:31:36 PM | 54

"Haven't you read Chris Gilbert's piece:
It is clear that we are both irrelevant in our ways."

Posted by: bevin | Mar 16, 2014 10:20:04 PM | 55

@33 Lysander
That's trademark american bourgeoisie frumpy.

Posted by: Crest | Mar 16, 2014 10:49:22 PM | 56

SR: You stood me up last night!

VC: Are you daft?

Posted by: scalawag | Mar 16, 2014 11:12:29 PM | 57

sp: say something, dammit! just stop looking at me like i'm some pathetic newbie or something... I can't take it any longer

Posted by: b real | Mar 17, 2014 12:23:41 AM | 58

SP: "Vitaly, what does tshcheslaviye mean?"

Posted by: rjj | Mar 17, 2014 2:46:02 AM | 59

wrt #58 caption suggestion - needs help!

1. What is the Russian word conveying the following shades of meaning: overbearing, vainglorious, megalomaniacal, pain in the ass?

2. what is the feminine ending for that word.

could be noun or adjective.

Posted by: rjj | Mar 17, 2014 3:41:37 AM | 60

a classic from Russias UN rep Churkin:
roughly, the vote on Crimea by russia and the abstaining by china infuriated US rep Samantha Power, so she got in his face:
It seems eiither Churkin or the author of the piece asks if she plans to join Pussy Riot and perhaps tour the National Cathedral, St. Peter's Basilica and perhaps Mecca with them? Then a little background/praise of Churkin

рыжий бесенок нападает на нашего представителя...

После заседания совбеза ООН, на котором, Россия - как известно - заблокировала резолюцию по Крыму ("за" проголосовали 13 из 15 членов Совбеза, Китай воздержался) нервы сдали у Саманты Пауэр
На пострпреда России она набросилась едва ли не с кулаками.
Сказать, что Чуркин изумлён - не сказать ничего.
Народ повеселился.
А мне почему-то вспомнился Пушкин: "Чёрт ли сладит с бабой гневной"

Впрочем, у Пауэр с Чуркиным - давнее и личное )))

«Как, она разве до сих пор не присоединилась к этой (Pussy Riot) группе? Я ожидал, что она предложит им выступить в Национальном соборе Вашингтона или даже сможет организовать для них концертный тур по всему миру...Собор св.Петра в Риме, затем, возможно, выступление в Мекке и завершающий гала–концерт у Стены плача в Иерусалиме. Если у Саманты Пауэр ничего не выйдет, я буду разочарован»
вот где Герой России-настоящая легенда дипломатии, потому что "Не в силе Бог, а в правде"

В 1992 году, будучи заместителем министра иностранных дел Российской Федерации, впервые в истории российской и советской дипломатии начал проводить регулярные открытые брифинги для иностранных журналистов. В ходе этих брифингов Чуркин на отличном английском языке отвечал на вопросы западных корреспондентов, на которые прежде МИД реагировал только в эпистолярном жанре — официальными письмами и пресс-релизами. Такой же непосредственной манеры коммуникации придерживался впоследствии и в ООН

Posted by: brian | Mar 17, 2014 4:06:17 AM | 61

Pepe Escobar
5 hours ago
"What the hell, Vitaly? We pull a nice little neo-nazi brownshirt central banker coup in Kiev and you ILLEGALLY ANNEX CRIMEA?"

Posted by: brian | Mar 17, 2014 4:07:29 AM | 62

SP: "Waddya mean 'trust the Yankees to send a blokey girl to do a girly bloke's job."

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 17, 2014 9:27:58 AM | 63

I like the guy behind who is laughing at the exchange. Clearly whatever Samantha was saying was falling on deaf ears.

Posted by: William Bowles | Mar 17, 2014 11:32:41 AM | 64

THAT definitely wins the caption derby I believe

Posted by: Solerso | Mar 17, 2014 8:08:24 PM | 65

SamP: "We will bury you!!!"

Churkin: "Er, the shoe, you forgot the shoe.."

Posted by: Larry | Mar 17, 2014 8:20:49 PM | 66 this pic is worse.

Posted by: Shekissesfrogs | Mar 17, 2014 11:18:08 PM | 67

power "i'm just taking orders from our paymasters!"

vitaly "consider diversifying your portfolio."

Posted by: james | Mar 18, 2014 1:19:05 AM | 68

SP: "Vitaly, you are SUCH a misogynist."

Posted by: rjj | Mar 18, 2014 7:57:10 AM | 69

F*ck the EU! F*ck you sodding cossaks! F*ck this g-d tailor job! Just look at my sleeves! (starts sobbing)

Posted by: aktiv | Mar 28, 2014 11:43:51 AM | 70

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