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Ukrainian ship captured by Russian forces
FOX News ^ | March 25, 2014 | Fox News' Greg Palkot and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Posted on 03/25/2014 1:16:37 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

A Russian assault team with three speed boats, a tug boat and two helicopters captured a Ukrainian ship in Crimea, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry confirmed to Fox News.

The ship is being moved by the tug boat to a Russian military port facility in the Bay of Donuslav, the Ministry said.

There were reports of explosives set off on the ship and the assault team reportedly went on the ship after firing shots.

This was the last Ukrainian ship left in Crimea.

Earlier Tuesday, the Ukraine defense minister resigned as thousands of troops withdrew from the Crimean Peninsula, now controlled by Russia.

In an address to parliament, Igor Tenyukh said he rejected criticism that he had failed to issue clear instructions to troops, but that he reserved the right to step down. Lawmakers initially refused his resignation, but later accepted it. A majority then voted to appoint Col. Gen. Mikhail Kovalyov as his replacement.

At a news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Tuesday, President Barack Obama said there's no expectation that Russian forces will be dislodged from Crimea by force.

Obama said Russia's annexation of Crimea isn't a done deal because the international community isn't recognizing it. But he says the fact is Russia's military is in control there.

He also said that the build-up of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border appears to be an attempt to intimidate Ukraine. But he says the troops are on Russian soil and it is Moscow's right to have troops there.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; maritime; obama; putin; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko
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1 posted on 03/25/2014 1:16:37 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

This is more evidence that Putin’s interest go beyond just helping the Russians in Ukraine.


2 posted on 03/25/2014 1:17:56 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Jim Robinson

You have to ask yourself.. What Would Reagan Do?

I think I know..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv13ZnkpWos


3 posted on 03/25/2014 1:19:14 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (In America, we don't do pin pricks. But sometimes we elect them.)
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To: Jim Robinson

CNN.com had a banner up about a half-hour ago reporting that a US official said that Russia had moved another 10,000 troops to the border. But now the banner is gone.


4 posted on 03/25/2014 1:19:28 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yep...Real weakness.


5 posted on 03/25/2014 1:20:23 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: elhombrelibre

Obama’s right. Putin’s weakness shines through.


6 posted on 03/25/2014 1:20:58 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

The Ukrainian Navy has ceased to exist and as in the Soviet time - the Black Sea Fleet is again Russian.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 1:21:04 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jim Robinson

“Obama said Russia’s annexation of Crimea isn’t a done deal because the international community isn’t recognizing it”

Good one, Barry.


8 posted on 03/25/2014 1:21:49 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Just another “sign of weakness”, according to Obama.


9 posted on 03/25/2014 1:22:30 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: goldstategop

We’re talking about ships that belong to the nation of Ukraine. I know you believe that Putin is entitled to steal whatever he wants, but normal people don’t see it that way.


10 posted on 03/25/2014 1:23:37 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: goldstategop
The Ukrainian Navy has ceased to exist and as in the Soviet time - the Black Sea Fleet is again Russian.

Did it ever exist? Ukraine doesn't seem to be a real nation. It seems to be a few different ethnic bits that fell off a diseased and dying soviet union. Rather than building the country and its defenses for the last 20 years, it seems also its ruling class is more interested in immigrating or looting the national treasury.

11 posted on 03/25/2014 1:24:27 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama and Putin. The perfect storm for a world where tyranny spreads and freedom contracts.


12 posted on 03/25/2014 1:24:43 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: lacrew

Yup, Barry, our pretend president, can pretend it didn’t happen.


13 posted on 03/25/2014 1:25:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

“Just because Russia invaded and took over part of Ukraine after amassing military assets doesn’t mean he’ll do it again. He said he wouldn’t, after all. And besides, the world would be mad at Putin if he did it. They would say bad things about him, like “This is 20th century behavior.” They are only doing this because they are weak. Besides, it’s not like it’s real. The world doesn’t recognize Russia’s rule in Crimea. Nobody is going to use rubles in Ukraine or Crimea or anywhere else. Nobody will need to ask Russia for permission to pass through Crimean waters. This is all so blown out of proportion. I have a pen and a phone, Putin knows that. He won’t act stupidly anymore.”

- Barack Hussein Obama


14 posted on 03/25/2014 1:25:57 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: PGR88
Ukraine existed before Russia. Stamping out Ukrainian nationalism led Stalin to murder millions of Ukrainians in 1933. Your callousness is amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afVdnbMd6gA

15 posted on 03/25/2014 1:27:40 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Jim Robinson

This would most likely be the Natya-Class Minesweeper “Cherkassy” (U311), the same ship that was trying to clear the channel they are trapped in on Saturday.


16 posted on 03/25/2014 1:27:42 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Jim Robinson
The NEW Ukraine defense minister just resigned.

And those Ukrainian Soldiers on that ship had been ordered home days earlier.

17 posted on 03/25/2014 1:27:43 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: tcrlaf

Per Twitter, it is the Cherkassy.


18 posted on 03/25/2014 1:29:42 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: PGR88
"...Ukraine doesn't seem to be a real nation..." Ukraine has elected some poor leaders but what country was it that elected a half-Kenyan raised in Indonesia? And yes Ukraine is a real country.
Monterrosa24's  album on Photobucket

19 posted on 03/25/2014 1:31:10 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I can’t believe The Ukraine isn’t fighting a guerrilla war against the russkies. Instead, they seemed to have rolled over and are playing dead. Must be on the advice of comrade 0bama.


20 posted on 03/25/2014 1:33:19 PM PDT by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: elhombrelibre
Your callousness is amazing.

That the country is bankrupt, and its military a hollow shell of corruption is without doubt. So what should America commit to them based on your knowledge of the people of that region or your feeling they are owed a nation? Given what Stalin did to them, one would think they would be more prepared for their own defense against an aggressive Putin - but oddly, they are not. Why?

21 posted on 03/25/2014 1:34:29 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama said Russia’s annexation of Crimea isn’t a done deal because the international community isn’t recognizing it.

If any more proof were needed that this guy is out of
touch with reality, here it is.


22 posted on 03/25/2014 1:37:38 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Imagine if he shows any ‘strength’ if this is ‘weakness’. /ObamaCICPoser


23 posted on 03/25/2014 1:38:04 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: PGR88
Ukraine doesn't seem to be a real nation

It's a failed nation. It seems to be the best thing to do would be to partition it. Let the historic Russian parts vote to stay Russian. Let the mess in western Ukraine hope that Poland or some other nation will annex them.

Otherwise, what are adjacent countries going to do with all of those anarchists and neo-Nazis in western Ukraine on the loose?

24 posted on 03/25/2014 1:39:26 PM PDT by grania
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To: Jim Robinson

I am waiting for the “international community” to declare who they are.

Does anyone know?

Is the US part of that, if they are, do we know about when we became that?


25 posted on 03/25/2014 1:40:47 PM PDT by dforest
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To: goldstategop

How long will our Navy exist with moves like giving up the Tomahawk and Hellfire Missiles?

And now the traitor is over in Europe, with an entourage of 900 + 45 vehicles yucking it up and oogling the Dutch queen while mooch, her charming mother and delightful daughters are spending a fortune in China.

This is so far beyond belief...


26 posted on 03/25/2014 1:42:18 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: grania
"...neo-Nazis in western Ukraine..." Like these? UkraineWomenBiathlonTeam photo UkainianFemaleBiathlonTeam_zps91770cc0.jpg
27 posted on 03/25/2014 1:42:48 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: 21st Century Crusader

It takes time to recover after massive depression caused by internal turmoil and sudden external aggression. They will fight, believe me. Russian stooges just killed one of prominent fighters Sashko Byliy who fought against Ruskies in many hot spots including Chechnya. I am pretty sure people like him will fight even more enthusiastically on their own soil.


28 posted on 03/25/2014 1:42:56 PM PDT by Samogon (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato)
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To: Sacajaweau

The NEW Ukraine defense minister just resigned.
And those Ukrainian Soldiers on that ship had been ordered home days earlier.

Captain apparently wouldn’t leave his ship behind (one of the very few SERVICABLE Ukrainian ships). Saturday, they were trying to move a 40-ton fireboat that the Russians had sunk next to the Ochakov, to block the channel.

The minesweeping tackle, and the ships power, just weren’t enough to do the job.


29 posted on 03/25/2014 1:45:43 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: 21st Century Crusader
I can’t believe The Ukraine isn’t fighting a guerrilla war against the russkies.

I've had the same thought. It occurs to me that the generational influence that once lived under communism never fostered any national pride in the current generation that has grown up "free" (comparatively). Much like Russian citizens themselves, they were bred to be dependent and weak, generally speaking. I'm not sure there are many in Ukraine that believe freedom is worth dying for.

I am trying to keep 100% of the blame on Russia. But as I look around at our own nation where self reliance, national pride and patriotism, American Exceptionalism and morals in general is in steep decline, I must consider the possibility that Ukraine is too weak and too stupid to stand up for themselves. America may not be far behind.

30 posted on 03/25/2014 1:47:24 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: Monterrosa-24
1. Did I say everyone in western Ukraine is a neo-Nazi?

2. Does being from Ukraine mean they are from western Ukraine?

3. What country hosted the event they were participating in?

4. Would those women be better off as citizens of Russia, Poland or some other adjacent country than under the rule of the thugs who staged a violent coup?

31 posted on 03/25/2014 1:48:25 PM PDT by grania
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To: PGR88

The country is in shambles, no doubt. The recent revolution was against Russian puppets that brought this disaster upon Ukrainians. Now Russian nazis trying hard to put the yoke back on their necks. Funny part is that unashamedly fascist Ruskies are crying wolf, declaring all Ukrainians neo-nazis and other nasty names.


32 posted on 03/25/2014 1:49:31 PM PDT by Samogon (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato)
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To: Genoa
CNN.com had a banner up about a half-hour ago reporting that a US official said that Russia had moved another 10,000 troops to the border. But now the banner is gone.

But I'll bet the troops aren't.

33 posted on 03/25/2014 1:51:40 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: grania

Why don’t you just kiss Putin’s portrait and stop exposing your ignorance?


34 posted on 03/25/2014 1:51:56 PM PDT by Samogon (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato)
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To: Tenacious 1
"...the possibility that Ukraine is too weak and too stupid to stand up for themselves..." ........They do have some guys who can stand pretty tall...  photo wladimir-klitschko_zps316d19ed.jpg
35 posted on 03/25/2014 1:54:28 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Yeah, but Stalin wasn’t Russian.


36 posted on 03/25/2014 1:56:21 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Would this be the same ship as in this article?
http://espreso.tv/new/2014/03/25/ukrayinsky_moryaky_pered_shturmom_vstyhly_zipsuvaty_olshanskyy___zmi

GOOGLE TRANSLATION: Ukrainian sailors before the storm had spoil “ Olshansky “ - media

Team large landing ship “Konstantin Olshansky” spoil the ship before the storm Russians

This is with reference to their sources in the Ukraine Navy wrote “ Dumskaya.net .”

The source said the ship’s engines Ukrainian sailors filled with cement mortar (with other information - covered with sand ). Navigation equipment and fire control devices just broke.

As a result, the Russians had captured pull “ Olshansky “ in base in tow. Repair of the Black Sea Fleet will cost a round sum - simply spray the metal ship .

The command “ Olshansky ,” including the commander Dmitry Kovalenko, brought to Simferopol.


37 posted on 03/25/2014 1:59:08 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
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To: Samogon

Seems your “Right Sector” is blaming the Ukrainian Interior minister for killing “Sashko Billy”, and are threatening to kill the Interior Minister, Avakov, in response...

Let me guess...
Another of your “Russian Toady’s”, as you call them?


38 posted on 03/25/2014 1:59:09 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: grania
Yes, you did imply that western Ukraine was hopeless and controlled by neo-Nazis. Notice the girls’ flag has messages of encouragement from all over the Ukraine. Ukrainians generally take pride in being Ukrainian and so they would not be better off as part of Poland or any other country. My extended family members in the Crimea do not want to be part of Russia. They are Ukrainian.

They are not neo-Nazis either.

39 posted on 03/25/2014 2:00:32 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Tenacious 1
Ukraine started out with an army of 500,000 men when they became independent. They depleted their army so it's not even functioning.

They owe everyone. Their leaders have been poor overseers.

But there's a solution for all their problems....

Call the USA...Tell them to bring Money.

40 posted on 03/25/2014 2:02:19 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

“...They owe everyone. Their leaders have been poor overseers...”

I guess you are talking about America with this line.


41 posted on 03/25/2014 2:04:08 PM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Samogon

PS- It seems that your Hero Bily is a wanted International War Criminal, wanted for involvement in the tortures and killings of Russian soldiers in Chechnya, from 1994 into the 2000’s.


42 posted on 03/25/2014 2:05:15 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: grania
It's a failed nation. It seems to be the best thing to do would be to partition it.

Sure. partition a country against its will.

Otherwise, what are adjacent countries going to do with all of those anarchists and neo-Nazis in western Ukraine on the loose?

The adjacent countries have similar numbers of neo-Nazis.

43 posted on 03/25/2014 2:26:24 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: grania

You have not been following Ukraine long enough. The “peaceful protest” began last Nov. when Ukraine was denied to trade in limited way with E.U.
(Keep up the chronology of events in the regions politic.kiev.ua.
http://politic.kiev.ua/regions/501518-oblastei-za-narod-lishe-dvi-za-yanukovicha-karta.html)

The Crimean Tartars (Muslims) do NOT want union with Russia, Jewish leaders just sent letter stating they do NOT want union, The Orthodox do not want union, Baptist (Current Ukraine President is clergy) do not want union.

Putin has violated THE BUDAPEST REFERENDUM. 1994, Ukraine agreed to give up its Soviet-era nuclear arsenal in return for guarantees — signed by the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia — of its territorial integrity and independence. Pray that this will not be like another Georgia! When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the newly independent Ukraine had on its territory what was the third largest strategic nuclear weapons arsenal in the world. It was larger than those of Britain, France, and China combined.
The first shipment of nuclear weapons from Ukraine to Russia (by train) was in March 1994. On June 1, 1996 Ukraine became a non-nuclear nation when it sent the last of its 1,900 strategic nuclear warheads to Russia for dismantling. The Ukraine, United States of America, Russia, and United Kingdom signed the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances pledging to respect Ukraine territorial integrity in return for giving up its nuclear weapons. This pledge that was definitely broken by Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea!!! On June 1, 1996 Ukraine became a non-nuclear nation when it sent the last of its 1,900 strategic nuclear warheads to Russia for dismantling.

1. http://patriotsbillboard.org/bill-clinton-signed-treaty-to-protect-ukraine-if-they-gave-up-arms-they-listened/
2. Obama renewed pledge 2009http://patriotpost.us/commentary/24318


44 posted on 03/25/2014 2:27:07 PM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
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To: PGR88

You said they’re not a nation. They are. Your fondness for Putin is no reason for other nations to be treated badly by him.


45 posted on 03/25/2014 2:27:56 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Yeah, he was Georgian. Putin tears into them, too. Pretty soon he’ll be after all of his neighbors and the Putinista fan club will be still cheering him on.


46 posted on 03/25/2014 2:29:34 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Yeah, but Stalin wasn’t Russian.

Hitler was Austrian.

47 posted on 03/25/2014 2:32:21 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: goldstategop
Ultranationalism + Socialism = Fascism

The last fellow who tried this in Europe liked this song.
48 posted on 03/25/2014 2:33:22 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: FreeReign

Napoleon was Corsican. What’s the point? The victims in Ukraine are still Ukrainians and these Putinstas and their efforts to portray Russians as the victims and Putin as a hero are beyond disgusting. If these Putinistas were conservatives, they’d not be dupes of Obama or Putin.


49 posted on 03/25/2014 2:34:45 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: elhombrelibre

And of course while we’re at it, Obama is Kenyan.


50 posted on 03/25/2014 2:37:18 PM PDT by FreeReign
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