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Supersize This Putin: McDonalds Closes Crimean Locations

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Only in America could something like this bit of Mc-news be sold to the masses of asses by a corrupt cadre of state-corporate media hacks who long ago chucked their first amendment responsibilities into the crapper to become careerist pressititutes riding on the establishment gravy train. Those economic sanctions that have been hurled at Russia with as much real effect as Zell Miller's legendary "spitballs"  are now getting some real clout as the punishment towards the reincarnated red menace grows a set of teeth.  McDonalds, the tip of the spear of the American corporate imperial conquest of the world is closing locations in Crimea. This comes much to the delight of moronic consumers of the cable 'news' tabloid infotainment that poisons their minds as surely as the artery clogging food at Micky D's does to their bodies. It is a sardonically funny real life example of the thoroughly dishonest rhetoric of that cynical political flim-flam man Paul Ryan's "full stomachs and empty souls" speech to the low-hanging fruit at the recent CPAC soiree.  Nothing could be more ironically truthful of the state of the American "consumer" today, whether it be focus group tested talking points or lousy fast food that is being devoured.

Boy that is really going to show Putin who's boss. I can practically see William Kristol, the Kagan Brothers, John McCain and the rest of the neocons popping the champagne corks over this latest fusillade of indignity directed at the hated and fully demonized Russian leader. Considering the insane levels of hubris, delusion and arrogance that exists among the "end of history"  crowd it can be imagined that they truly believe that depriving Russians of greasy, unhealthy American fast food is going to ignite their long lusted after color revolution that will bring about regime change in Russia. What a bunch of  reckless and dangerous dummies and President Barack Obama and his Skull and Bones pedigreed stooge John Kerry are no better. With the latest edition of the impossible dream of Israel accepting a peace deal with the Palestinians now going up like a flaming bag of dogshit Mr. Kerry has officially become the grand marshal of the US fool's parade. My God, what a mind boggling fiasco of a first year on the job in thoroughly screwing up everything that the stammering ass got involved in, wasn't John Bolton available? Hey Obama, did it ever dawn on you that there was a reason why the Republicans supported Kerry for the Secretary of State gig? How is that "Team of Rivals" thing workin' out for you now?

The news of McDonalds pulling out of Crimea is already being picked up and fed through the media echo chamber with the launching pad being the neocon message transmission station at the Washington Post. While it hasn't yet reached the columns of the A team of propagandists over at Pravda on the Potomac - namely neocon war wench Jennifer Rubin and Charles "Dr.Strangelove" Kraüthammer - some so-called Russian expert named Kathy Lally seems to be practically peeing in her pants with glee while blogging:

Talk about a Big Mac attack. Here's a sanction with some real bite to it.

The three McDonald's restaurants in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that has been abruptly annexed by Russia, are now closed. The Ukrainian branch of McDonald's, based in Kiev, said in a statement Thursday that they had been closed for technical reasons, perhaps referring to the difficulty of supplying your restaurants when they turn up in a foreign country overnight.

Although the United States has imposed financial and other sanctions on Moscow because of its Crimean takeover, American businesses have been left free to operate in Russia. McDonald's said the closing was temporary, but its offer to move employees to other jobs in mainland Ukraine - and give them a three-month rent payment - made that assertion sound less than persuasive.

Crimean officials tried to minimize the enormity of being forever deprived of the seductive phrase, "Would you like fries with that?"

My fellow Americans, this is how low that we have sunk in that the closing of a few McDonalds restaurants in Crimea has become to this point the most kick ass club in the bag in terms of all of those economic sanctions that have been endlessly bandied about by Team Obama. Oh, and Mighty Taco has banned Putin from eating in any of their restaurants, I am sure that he is already on the phone with his top military commanders to get the f*ck out of Crimea asap. This coordinated onslaught of Russia bashing is all so ridiculous that it has descended into parody, I cannot even watch my local news anymore without being blasted with propaganda and last night there was a plea for area residents to adopt those stray dogs that were being hunted down to be killed prior to the Sochi Winter Olympics. It just never ends as we continue to slouch towards Idiocracy, on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week much to the delight of a woeful nation of TV addled zombies the reigning queen of American ignoramuses that is Sarah Palin was trotted out to partake in a Putin skewering skit , the woman is a national embarrassment yet in a rotting empire where celebrity is the coin of the realm has become a mainstream figure. It is as if the entire nation is slowly being sucked into the alternate universe of stupidity that is inhabited by such morons and as a result the US of A is becoming nothing more than a cartoon version of itself.

Likely to further inflame tensions and up the insanity level is the outstanding denunciation of one Russian political figure  who administered a classic smackdown, according to a story in The Guardian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov mocked the current state of lunacy:

"Clearly, the US leadership is really annoyed, and cannot come to terms with the new situation, which has arisen in large part due to the deliberate line taken by the US and its allies in Europe to prepare anti-Russian forces to take power in Ukraine," said deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with Interfax.

"Trying to demonstrate how unhappy it is with the exercise of free will by the population of Crimea and the decisions we took related to it, Washington is ruining contacts even in places where continuing dialogue is in their own interests."

In addition to sanctions against a number of businessmen and politicians considered to be close to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the US has responded with other measures, including cancelling all co-operation between Nasa and the Russian space agency, except for joint work on the International Space Station.

"The situation is turning into a joke when, for example, meetings between meteorologists are cancelled," said Ryabkov.

"What can we advise our American colleagues? They should get more fresh air, do yoga, eat healthily, maybe watch some sitcoms on television.

"This is better than getting themselves and others all worked up when they know very well that the train has already departed and that childish tantrums, tears and hysterics will not help things."

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