To the Leningrad Station: Putin’s American Auxiliary Has An Official Comedian

Wonder how many other GOP turncoats will use the summer recess to slip away & join ol’ GriftGawdGuns’n’Gravytrain at Vlad’s summer resort? Dana Rorabacher? Devin Nunes?… Kevin McCarthy is too busy ‘acting’ as head to various department Trump wants destroyed. Doubt #MoscowMitch’s spouse will let him avoid his financial duties to the PLA. And Rand Paul is already supposed to be hiding out in Canada for ‘lung surgery’ consequent to losing the lawn-care argument with his neighbor…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Apparently there’s a former GOP elected official convention going on there:

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Just checking, do you mean Finland Station?

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    NotMax says:

    @Adam L. Silverman

    Mein Gott. Fifty shades of delusion.

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    Kent says:

    Is this like a David Hasslehoff thing? Where if you are washed out in the US you go abroad to Germany?

    Washed out old GOP pols go to Russia to cash in and get their payoff?

    Anyway, I’d like to know more about the St. Petersburg vs Moscow thing. I was under the impression that St. Petersburg was the more liberal and worldly city not the opposite. But then I’ve never been to either.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Well, it wasn’t a good joke, but then neither is Huckabee…

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I know this is petty of me, but Sarah’s dad seems to have regained all the weight he lost by having his stomach stapled.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

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    Anne Laurie says:


    Anyway, I’d like to know more about the St. Petersburg vs Moscow thing. I was under the impression that St. Petersburg was the more liberal and worldly city not the opposite. But then I’ve never been to either.

    I’m sure the experts will check in, but what I was told is that St. Peterburg is equivalent to NYC or Los Angeles (full of ‘cosmopolitans’ and their loose ethics), while Moscow is DC (which take politics seriously *and* literally)…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Kent: Putin held his first political position in St. Petersburg and it is still his real urban base of support. He was the deputy mayor for imports and economic development or some such title. It was at this point that he and the Russian mob cemented their relationship for obvious reasons as he controlled the permitting process for imports and business development. What is still unclear is did he get his hooks into the Russian mob and rode them to the top or they got their hooks into him and rode him to the top where he is now, functionally, the krysha or roof, the highest ranking member who protects everyone else. Darwisha’s book has the details of Putin’s rise in the Bratva.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Anne Laurie: OTOH Moscow is the city that grew organically and St. Petersburg is the planned city built in a swamp.

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    @Omnes Omnibus: Have you finished your Biden-Gillibrand sandwich board?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I staffed it out.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Jesus Christ, the fucking Uranium One thing. I know it was a bullshit ginned up “scandal”, but could someone refresh my memory? I barely remember it. I’m not trapped in a time warp like Huckabee is

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Amir Khalid: He didn’t have his stomach stapled. You’re thinking of Christie’s lap band surgery. Huckabee claimed that changes he made to his diet and exercise regimen were responsible for the weight loss. There have always been rumors, but, unlike Christie, nothing confirmed.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Note to media-we are not here to collude but to see if we can get the uranium back that Hillary sold.

    Impeach her for it, Mikey!

    What an ass, and not even a horse’s ass. An ass’s ass.

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    Jay says:

    There's a city block in OKC where the Murrah building once stood.There are 168 chairs in a field. Some chairs are smaller than others.The block where the Murrah building once stood seemlessly reaches out into the Oklahoma City skyline.They leave 168 lights on every night.— Aum Shinrikyo VEVO 2020 (@nezumi_ningen) August 13, 2019

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: An Intergovernmental review board, staffed by deputies (political appointees and career senior executives or equivalent) and civil servants (professional, career staff), reviews certain import/export and corporate sales and acquisitions that may potentially impact US national security. During the first term of Obama’s presidency a Canadian firm, that is a subsidiary of a Russian firm, bid to buy a US company that refined and stockpiled uranium. This had to go through the review process, which it did. The sale was approved because a determination was made, and a requirement as part of the sale, that none of the uranium would be removed from the US. And none has. The decision was made as part of the routine work of the Interagency review board and while I’m sure a report went back to all the principals (Secretaries of Defense, State, Energy, Commerce, Assistant to the President-National Security Advisor, Director of National Intelligence, Director of Central Intelligence, Attorney General, Director of the FBI), none of them had to or did weigh in on the decision. That’s it, that’s all that happened.

    This has been turned into a conspiracy theory that Secretary Clinton somehow got Secretaries Gates, Munoz, whomever was the AP-NSA at the time (I don’t recall), Director Clapper, Director Petraeus, AG Holder, Director Mueller, and probably a few other people I’m forgetting to allow her to conspire with Vladimir Putin, who hates her, to export the vast majority of America’s uranium stockpile out of the US and into somewhere in Russia where Putin, who happens to hate her, is now stockpiling it for whatever it is he is going to do with it.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and find the brain cells that ran off explaining the conspiracy theory.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    “dear friends Rick and Karen Santorum.” Now there’s a phrase you don’t hear very often ever in a thousand years. When do they play pass-the-fetus?

    I refuse to feel sorry for the Russkies (other than the wait staff) but damn, that’s a very high concentration of miserable in one spot. I’m imagining Rih launching into a lecture on the evils of big government only to stop himself with, “Ooh, that’s a GIANT bag of cash!”

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @NotMax: I’ve seen a documentary on this. Roy Schieder narrated it.

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    trollhattan says:

    How many sharks in a drove? Are they also woke?

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    Jay Noble says:

    @Anne Laurie: St. Petersburg was conceived as Russia’s window on the West. It was Leningrad back when i visited in ’78 and was still fulfilling that role. During my Soviet studies in the 80’s, the impression was that nobody wanted to go to Moscow unless they had to. The Soviet fall would only have intensified those differences. I’m guessing the being in St. Petersburg was one of the perks for the IRA people.

    I heard a Soviet Russian ism once – They were interviewing an old man who in Leningrad in the ’70s. They asked him which did like best – St. Petersburg, Petrograd or Leningrad. Without hesitation he answered “St. Petersburg.”

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    Jay says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Bleach is recommended.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @trollhattan: Do they have designated drivers, or are they all drunk off their boneless asses on iced teas?

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    @NotMax: There’s another Trump fundraiser in the Hamptons?

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    Chetan Murthy says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    He didn’t have his stomach stapled. … Huckabee claimed that changes he made to his diet and exercise regimen were responsible for the weight loss. There have always been rumors, but, unlike Christie, nothing confirmed.

    Huckabee dost protest too much

    In this photograph from the 2005 Little Rock Marathon, Huckabee demonstrates the characteristic bariatric washed out appearance, with pasty skin, sparse hair, atrophic musculature, and irregular fat retention. The appearance differs markedly from the look of vitality expected from weight loss resulting from healthy diet and vigorous exercise. Posing next to a hale 62 year old, it is the 49 year old Huckabee that appears spent.
    Those who lose weight through diet and exercise may have redundant skin, but not the changes in muscles, skin and hair. Again, Huckabee demonstrates the characteristic bariatric changes that are not expected with diet/exercise, and thus requires another diagnosis or explanation.

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    Jay Noble says:

    @Adam L Silverman: The one salient fact I remember is that 14 agencies had to sign off on that sale. 14. But Hillary!

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    When do they play pass-the-fetus?

    After the main course and before dessert.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Question: Does Putin hate Hillary? It’s unclear.

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    trollhattan says:

    SeatGeek is really digging into my inner psyche with their ticket suggestions. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Grand Funk Railroad? Somebody hold me back before I melt the AmEx card!

    How are any of these people still alive? Weren’t there plane crashes and stuff?

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    Shalimar says:

    Huckabee probably really believes the naked 19 year olds in his hotel room are there because he’s so attractive.

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    Jay says:

    seriously, in all the handwringing about portland antifa from people like jake tapper, the central point, that right-wing groups have been regularly *busing in across state lines* *with weapons* FOR TWO YEARS is just… taken for granted? ignored?— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) August 13, 2019

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    trollhattan says:

    An amuse bouche from an amuse douche. Seems fitting.

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    trollhattan says:

    “Oh mister Mike, I hearing you is playing the bass. Bass is sexy, like mister Mike!”

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @trollhattan: 🎶We’re an American band. And Lynyrd Skynyrd are a bunch of Confederates🎶

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    Jay says:

    Can Vladimir Putin please keep them. We do not want.— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) August 13, 2019

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Shalimar: Huckabee: She said she was 19!

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Thanks! Good luck finding those brain cells. Could you help me find some of my lost ones from reading your explainer? That’s one stupid conspiracy theory.

    That’s almost as stupid as the Obama admin supposedly helping Putin “frame” Trump or some such bullshit. I got that from some AnCap moron on Tumblr. Also too, Mueller’s a “company man” for the evil deep state.

    It was like some weird ass mishmash of anarchism and the alt-right. Proof that anarcho-capitalists are the stupidest mfers on the planet

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    MoxieM says:

    @Jay Noble: OT: My Gr-Gran was born at Peterhof bei Petersburg (married there too). Nope, thankfully, not aristos. I’m lucky to have a nifty bunch of black & white postcards from a trip my grandmother took to visit folks after she married in 1910–she went all over Eurp; you could tell what country she was in by the language in which she wrote. The pre-Rev Russia ones are very cool. But yeah, 120 years ago St. Petersburg was the place to be. I know nothing about modern times :/

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: Goku, but everyone knows Killary conspired with her buddy Vlad to lose the election.

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    If you’re being given a free dacha, of course you’d want to go check it out in person.

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    divF says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    The Finland Station, Lenin’s destination in the sealed train from Zurich in 1917, still functions as a train station in St. Petersburg.

    I actually have a friend (Jewish, now almost 94) who traveled as a teenager with his family in a sealed train from Zurich to Spain in 1941, thence to Lisbon and the US.

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    Steeplejack says:


    You’ve got to read the fine print: “May contain up to 30% original members.”

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Sister Golden Bear:

    If you’re being given a free dacha GOP, of course you’d want to go check it out in person. suck Russia’s ass like traitorous scumbags.

    Modified for accuracy.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    Of course, how silly of me.
    The sky is green, the grass is blue, and Hitlery will surely kill you ; p

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: While making sweet, sweet love to Putin too!

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    Millard Filmore says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    none of the uranium would be removed from the US

    In other words, the only thing sold was the right to profit from the labor of digging the stuff out of the ground.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    The Finland Station, Lenin’s destination in the sealed train from Zurich in 1917, still functions as a train station in St. Petersburg.


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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    I still suspect Mike Huckabee had some kind of weight-loss procedure done, whatever he might claim in public. However he lost his weight, he doesn’t seem to have stuck to it. As for Chris Creosote’s lap band surgery, I don’t recall that it ever had any noticeable effect on his girth.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Have you heard anything from HinTenn? There was supposed to be a meet-up in Seattle when they got back here.

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    opiejeanne says:

    @divF: What is a “sealed train”?

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    opiejeanne says:

    @opiejeanne: Never mind, I looked it up. Thanks anyway.

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    J R in WV says:


    I dunno about GFR, but the new incarnation of Lynyrd Skynard really sucks. I saw them when they opened for ZZ Top back about 2011 or ’12, and the sound was harshly overdriven, and they were literally wrapped in the Confederate flags, except for when they were wrapped in the Amerian flag. Terrible show, especially in comparison to the show ZZ Top put on afterwards.

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    Chris Johnson says:

    Well, that’s interesting. They’re really lampshading the hell out of it all, aren’t they?

    Hope they are all terribly surprised when it all falls apart on them. I don’t think they really understand how fragile their whole treason thing really is. They’re getting extra brazen, and it’s not smart of them.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    All day long there’s the same thread about child molestation, and overnight all the good threads appear.

    I don’t get my money’s worth here!

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: Could be both, but they’re definitely interested.

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    Jay Noble says:

    @MoxieM: Neat!

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    Mike in NC says:

    Thanks to Putin, every Republican politician in America has been granted dual US-Russia citizenship. See you in the Duty-Free Shop, comrades! Caviar and vodka for everybody who is white is part of Trump’s Five Year Plan.

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    VOR says:

    @Adam L Silverman: And doesn’t Russia have lots of uranium of their own, hence no need to acquire US uranium? Just to make the conspiracy theory even stupider. IIRC they had so much leftover bomb-grade material from decommissioning nuclear weapons that the US bought some of it.

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