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Putin jokes Alaska too cold to annex
The Hill ^ | April 17, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad

Posted on 04/18/2014 6:41:03 AM PDT by McGruff

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday jokingly implied that Alaska wasn't worth reunifying with Russia because it was too cold.

At a nearly four-hour, question-and-answer event, one submitted question for Putin asked if, following the annexation of Crimea, he had designs for the largest of the United States.

“Are there any plans to annex Alaska to Russia? We would be very happy [about that],” said Faina Ivanovna, drawing laughter from the crowd.

“What would you need Alaska for?” Putin said with a smile.

“We are a northern country … 70 percent of our territory is in the north and far north. You think Alaska is in the Southern Hemisphere? It’s quite cold there, too,” Putin said. “Let’s not be overly enthusiastic about it because if we have our people there, we will have to pay extra to our employees there because they live in the north.”

Putin remarked that Russia sold Alaska to the United States in 1867 for $7.2 million in gold, which he said wasn’t that expensive.

A petition on the White House website calls for Alaska to secede from the U.S. and rejoin Russia. Since it was created in late March, nearly 42,500 people have signed it.

In the 19th century, some in the U.S. criticized Secretary of State William Seward's purchase of Alaska, calling it “Seward’s folly.”

Thirty years later, however, a gold rush hit Alaska and it was seen as a valuable addition to the U.S. The sale has since been a sore spot for Russians.


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: alaska; comedy; putin; russia
We know the truth though. He's really afraid of Sara Palin.
1 posted on 04/18/2014 6:41:03 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: McGruff

Alaska is America.

Putin back off! Obama is a useless president.

2016 cannot get here soon enough.


2 posted on 04/18/2014 6:43:12 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: McGruff

Hey Putie. You can have California. Its not cold there. And New York, Massachussetts and New Jersey.


3 posted on 04/18/2014 6:44:34 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: McGruff

Where’s Bath-House Barry playing gold today...when a communist leader jokes about taking over part of the country he has sworn to defend?

Folks, don’t think for a moment that this is not completely orchestrated.

Obammie the Commie agrees with the Soviet ideology. He is pretending to fight back against Putin and the neo-EUSSR, but he is not. He wants the USSR to rise again, retake its bloc countries, and for Europe to be subservient to the neo-USSR and for the USA to be reduced to a dried up eastern Europe type of nation.

His red lines and sanctions are a farce.

Obammie the Commie is Putin’s enabler.


4 posted on 04/18/2014 6:44:47 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

oops
gold=golf


5 posted on 04/18/2014 6:45:24 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: McGruff

I’ve done oilfield design for north slope Alaska and for Northern Siberia. Siberia is colder.


6 posted on 04/18/2014 6:45:56 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: McGruff

Stewards folly(also Sewards Ice Box) was bought and payed for with $7M of hard earned American tax payer dollars that is probably equivalent to $7 trillion today. He knows it.
He respects Palin. She is more of a man than zer0 canl ever be and he respects powerful people. He has nothing but distain for the creep with the mom jeans


7 posted on 04/18/2014 6:46:38 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Har har.

How do you like your boy president now, America? Your country is a Russian punchline.

I know, I know - as long as the EBT card stays charged up everything is copacetic.

8 posted on 04/18/2014 6:46:58 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: McGruff

The problem is President Beefcake would have to wear a shirt. He hates it when he can’t show off his shaved chest.


9 posted on 04/18/2014 6:47:44 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

To even joke about annexing (stealing) an American state would have been unheard of before the “Age of Obama”.


10 posted on 04/18/2014 6:47:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: thackney
I’ve done oilfield design for north slope Alaska and for Northern Siberia. Siberia is colder.

Yeah but the girls are hotter.


11 posted on 04/18/2014 6:50:54 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

“Come and keep your comrade warm.”


12 posted on 04/18/2014 6:51:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

0bama was installed to facilitate the Soviet reunification. I have no doubt about that.


13 posted on 04/18/2014 6:53:56 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (The greatest trick the Soviets ever pulled was convincing the world they didn't exist.)
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To: McGruff

Wow. Putin is so arrogant. He has no fear whatsoever, and needn’t worry until 2016. It’s like a teen doing what he wants cause his parents are away.


14 posted on 04/18/2014 6:56:22 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: McGruff

“nearly 42,500 people have signed it”

Palin haters?


15 posted on 04/18/2014 7:00:22 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: MrB
Remember this one.

“My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

16 posted on 04/18/2014 7:01:32 AM PDT by McGruff (You believe what your government tells you. Don't you?)
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To: McGruff

The sobering truth is that he could probably do it, and Obama would merely try to find a way to make sure that it doesn’t affect his legacy. Heck, he may sell it back for that same $7 million.


17 posted on 04/18/2014 7:07:53 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: McGruff
In the 20th century, it was called Seward's Folly. That's what I was taught in the late 50's. I'm sure it's noted as such even today.

And when was the Alaskan Gold Rush?

18 posted on 04/18/2014 7:12:12 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
“Obama is a useless president.”

Actually, he's useful. Just not for us.

19 posted on 04/18/2014 7:12:42 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: McGruff

Yeh right....


20 posted on 04/18/2014 7:13:24 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Lazamataz

I consider this mean. Your mother, sisters, aunts, wife etc will all get old and gray. Show them your work when you get a chance.


21 posted on 04/18/2014 7:15:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Rusty0604

I believe it was a joke and has “0” validity.


22 posted on 04/18/2014 7:17:00 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: McGruff
You could hear the shouts of "Вот дерьмо!" all the way from Moscow, when Reagan did that.
23 posted on 04/18/2014 7:18:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sacajaweau

Call of the Wild is one of my favorite books about the Alaskan Gold Rush.


24 posted on 04/18/2014 7:21:21 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: McGruff

Who wants to guess whom Putin respects more—Obama or Palin?


25 posted on 04/18/2014 7:21:52 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: McGruff

Putin is a reminder that our elections have consequences.

But will the masses get the message?

(I almost typed “massage”, how Freudian)


26 posted on 04/18/2014 7:23:16 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Teacher317
The sobering truth is that he could probably do it, and Obama would merely try to find a way to make sure that it doesn’t affect his legacy interfere with tee time.

Just one slight change in your sentence... :0)

27 posted on 04/18/2014 7:30:12 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: McGruff

“Putin” and “Palin” differ only by two letters.

Is this significant? I don’t know....


28 posted on 04/18/2014 7:36:16 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: McGruff

Detroit isn’t!


29 posted on 04/18/2014 7:36:49 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress (http://www.baptistbiblebelievers.com/BYTOPICS/tabid/335/Default.aspx)
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To: COBOL2Java
This is getting ignorant, Caribou are migrating back across the Yukon from Canada last few days, snow still everywhere, trails still hard packed, I'm firing up skandic, hanging the 308 Scar around my neck, and heading out looking for something to kill.

You all can worry about the Russkies. I'm here in the interior and ain't worried about anything except when ice out will happen and when the Kings will arrive.

30 posted on 04/18/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT by Eska
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To: skeeter

Too uneducated to care.


31 posted on 04/18/2014 7:42:23 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: McGruff

The democrat party is loving the Russian distraction from their idiocy. Meanwhile, the big zero in our White House continues to chip away at our Constitution while folks are suckered into the big red herring folly.


32 posted on 04/18/2014 7:43:17 AM PDT by soycd
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To: Pilgrim's Progress

And Connecticut is to communist leaning.


33 posted on 04/18/2014 7:44:33 AM PDT by McGruff (You believe what your government tells you. Don't you?)
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To: proxy_user

I have likewise thought of that, a number of times.

Actually.

It is just a coincidence, but will become an issue of some sort for stand-up comics if Palin is elected in 2016, and Putin is still in power.

(see no sign, that won’t happen)

In fact, I consider it likely.


34 posted on 04/18/2014 7:45:52 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: proxy_user

And put those four letters together and it spells “Tula”, the name of a famous Russian arms factory. Coincidence? I think not.

CC


35 posted on 04/18/2014 7:51:45 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: McGruff

I have a greater regard for every existing life form on the planet than I do for the loathsome, septic, sewage resembling POS Obamadork.

The man is slime.

Pure slime.

Flush him (it) now...but beware, flush twice, it floats.


36 posted on 04/18/2014 8:09:01 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: McGruff

He was sending a clear message that he is not interested in a fight with the US.

The discussion of cold is a counterpoint. He is only interested in expanding south. Since that is toward Islam, I say let them focus on one another.

Of course, that says nothing about west, but I’ve stopped caring what happens to Europeans, whatever it is, it’s their problem and they asked for it.

It’s time to return to the Monroe Doctrine.


37 posted on 04/18/2014 8:12:29 AM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: McGruff

Alaska is cold:

” There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.”


38 posted on 04/18/2014 8:27:07 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

How many taxpaying Alaskans would welcome Russia’s tax laws?


39 posted on 04/18/2014 8:29:19 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: JudyinCanada; McGruff

Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I like Putin’s routine. He’s a funny guy. I like it deadpan and ethnic. He’s sort of a younger Jackie Mason.


40 posted on 04/18/2014 9:43:41 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Genoa

Let’s face it.
In a FR popularity contest with Caliph Baraq, Putin wins huge!


41 posted on 04/18/2014 9:44:37 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: McGruff

He could annex Minnesota, but we’re already too far communist for his liking.


42 posted on 04/18/2014 11:08:21 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: JudyinCanada
Wow. Putin is so arrogant. He has no fear whatsoever

Putin does have fear. He just doesn't have any for Obama. Nor does he have any for a nation stupid enough to elect this man. Twice.

43 posted on 04/18/2014 11:20:23 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: McGruff

Man could Russia pillage Alaska. They don’t care about native problems, caribou migrations or the environment.


44 posted on 04/18/2014 12:05:19 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: nascarnation

There is more to patriotism, than just tax rates.

Just saying.


45 posted on 04/18/2014 7:10:09 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Hey Putie. You can have California.

Not unless he pays for the relocation of all Cali Freepers to the place of their choice and the relocation of Free Republic hardware along with any upgrades that John deems necessary. ;-)

46 posted on 04/19/2014 11:07:20 AM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate)
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