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Weekly Standard’s Kristol: Putin Should ‘Pay’ for Crimea Invasion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to “pay a price” at home through the imposition of economic sanctions for invading the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said Tuesday.

“There is a lot one can do with economic sanctions and other things. And
Putin needs to pay a price for this, and he needs to pay a price for it at home,” Kristol told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“The Russian people, and especially Russian elites close to him, need to feel, ‘Yikes he has endangered our bank accounts abroad, our ability to travel abroad, our hopes to get even richer’ off Putin’s kind of crony version of corporatism,” he added.

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The opinion was echoed by Financial Times journalist Gillian Tett on the “Morning Joe” panel, “If the West could actually get its act together and coordinate, [it] could be used very effectively indeed.”

The impact of sanctions may not hold that great a sway, Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic, told the “Morning Joe” panel. He said Putin had “outfoxed everyone,” and maintained the move into Ukraine would not be “easily reversible.” He also warned the Russian president could become emboldened by his success in Ukraine.

“There is nothing in the response of the United States, or Europe, or anyone else [that] has suggested to him that anyone would stop him actually from rolling forward. And he just has to calculate.

“He might say, ‘All right, I’m going to get criticized. I’m going to get excoriated for a while. But nobody is really going to stop me if I move forward in Ukraine or elsewhere,'” Goldberg said.

It was a mistake not to use the threat of military action against Russia, Kristol argued. He said Americans were “too quick to proclaim our own helplessness.”

“One thing that would help would be if Americans, in government especially, didn’t say, the first thing they say, ‘Well, God forbid, we can’t do anything militarily. The troops, that would be just out of the question,'” Kristol said.

The Russian invasion into Crimea, Tett emphasized, had set off alarms for Europeans as they realized their dependence on Russia for energy. She said it served as a reminder, “They need to get a lot less dependent on Russia.”

The invasion was also important, Kristol maintained, given the fact the Ukraine voluntarily gave up its nuclear weapons in an agreement with Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States in 1994 called the Budapest Memorandum. He said a part of the agreement was that “Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty would be respected by Russia.”

“If it now turns out that a nuclear-armed neighbor can just invade a country with whom they made this deal, with impunity, what signal does it send everywhere around the world?” Kristol asked. “The signal it sends is, not only don’t give up your nuclear weapons, build nuclear weapons. That will guarantee your safety. Everything else is just talk.”

Goldberg agreed, and said Middle East countries could decide to take up nuclear arms in the face of the events in the Ukraine.

“If you are sitting in Saudi Arabia right now or the United Arab Emirates, you would see Russia marching into Crimea, and saying, ‘Well, I think we might need the ultimate deterrent as well,'” Goldberg said.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Sick, frail struggle most in storm’s aftermath.

  • Volunteers knock on doors at the Sand Castle houses to provide food and supplies to residents who continue to live without power in the Far Rockaways section of the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Despite power returning to many neighborhoods in the metropolitan area, residents of the Far Rockaways continue to live without power and heat due to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Some of society’s most vulnerable people — the elderly, the disabled and the chronically ill — have been pushed to the brink in the powerless, flood-ravaged neighborhoods struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

The storm didn’t just knock out electricity and destroy property when it came ashore in places like the Far Rockaway section of Queens. It disrupted the fragile support networks that allowed the neighborhood’s frailest residents to get by.

Here, the catastrophe has closed pharmacies, kept home care aids from getting to elderly clients and made getting around in a wheelchair impossible. The city has recorded at least two deaths of older men in darkened buildings.

For some living in the disaster zone, it has all been too much.

When a team of medics and National Guardsmen turned up atSheila Goldberg‘s apartment tower in Far Rockaway on Friday to check on the well-being of residents, floor by floor, the 75-year-old burst into tears and begged for help caring for her 85-year-old husband.

“This is a blessing. I’m at my wit’s end,” she said, sobbing.

Her husband, Irwin, has a pacemaker, wears a colostomy bag and needs her help to do almost everything. When the power was on, Goldberg said, “I could take care of him by myself and survive.” But for days, the building had no heat or electricity. There were no open stores to buy food. Until the end of the week, there was no water or elevators either, meaning residents like the Goldbergs, on the 25th floor, had to cart water up the steps themselves just to flush the toilet. A bad stench permeates much of the building.

“I’m running out of my blood pressure medication. We’re both going to drop dead in this apartment,” Sheila said. The medical team said it would make arrangements to transfer Irwin to a medical facility, at least temporarily.

City and federal officials, and a growing army of volunteers, are trying hard to make sure families like that don’t fall into despair. Their efforts come alongside relief workers, donations, volunteers and demolition crews who flocked to New York and New Jersey in recent days to assist in the massive cleanup. The region took a few more steps to move past the storm Saturday, when power was restored for many more and gas rationing eased some of the clogged lines at stations in New York.

Paramedics from all over the country, including the ones that found the Goldbergs, fanned out across the Rockaways this weekend to check on shut-ins and anyone else who might need help.

The idea was to find people who “sheltered in place” during the storm, who might need assistance, said Nancy Clark, an assistant commissioner in the city’s health department.

The going was slow. In their first three hours, the teams had gone through five high-rise towers. Several people were taken to the hospital. Others were hooked up with water, food, blankets or needed prescription medications.

Two floors below the Goldbergs, medics from South Carolina found Daisy Nixon, 70, slumped in a chair under a pile of blankets. A diabetic and a victim of two strokes, she was suffering from an untreated dislocated shoulder injured before the storm. Nate Thompson, an EMT, checked her blood glucose levels and found them troublingly high.

“It’s been cold. Lord, have mercy,” Nixon said. She said she was also having trouble breathing at night. When Thompson said he would get her an ambulance, Nixon was overjoyed.

“Can I kiss you? Don’t you walk away from me,” she said, and planted a smooch on his cheek.

Another neighborhood resident, Joseph Williams, said that the home care aide who normally helps look after his 27-year-old son, who has cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair, hasn’t been able to visit since the storm. After days of trying to take care of him himself, in a flooded high-rise with no utilities, Williams gave up and carried him down seven flights, so he could be evacuated to Brooklyn.

Yet, there were rays of hope amid the gloom. In Newark, N.J., an Amtrak train arrived pulling a box car filled with donations from New Orleans.

Fuel lines in the region remained long, but were only a shade of the nightmare they had been in recent days. Some gas stations on Staten Island had 20 cars in line Saturday afternoon.

In Staten Island’s waterlogged New Dorp section, volunteers walked in knots, often carrying shovels and pails with the price tags still on them. A Boy Scout troop served hot dogs and grilled cheese. People pushed grocery carts filled with food and bottled water. On one sidewalk, a generator was hooked up to a popcorn maker, spilling a fresh batch into a bowl.

Mandie Collins and Mary Lou Sabatini, from the West Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island, cooked a turkey and ham, and walked door to door with coolers offering sandwiches.

“It’s surreal,” Collins said. “I lived down the block before. I passed by my old apartment and it’s gone.”

Utility companies have made progress restoring power. Most service was expected to be restored in New Jersey over the weekend, and the utility that serves New York City and suburban Westchester County said it has restored electricity to about 99 percent of the 1 million homes and businesses that lost power in the storm and a subsequent nor’easter, though that percentage doesn’t count tens of thousands of homes the utility says are too damaged to receive power.

Power problems remained unresolved on New York’s Long Island, where about 300 people staged an angry protest at an office of the beleaguered Long Island Power Authority. About 130,000 of its customers still didn’t have power Saturday, LIPA said.

Amid the drudgery and heartbreak of cleanup came one special moment for Joanne McClenin, who had 5 feet of water in her Staten Island home.

On Wednesday, her husband returned to their house to find someone had returned Joanne’s 1930 baptism certificate from St. Anthony’s Church in Manhattan. It had a smudge of mud on it.

The certificate had been stored in a file cabinet of her late parents’ belongings, stored in a shed in their yard. The water from Sandy swept it away.

“It felt like my father was watching me,” she said.


Associated Press writers David Bauder, Verena Dobnik and Mae Anderson contributed to this report.


By DAVID B. CARUSO | Associated Press

Complicate Our Calling.

Rube Goldberg was not normal! And that’s why I liked him. To say he thought “out of the box” would be a misnomer. Goldberg didn’t know there were boxes!

For more than half a century this Pulitzer Prize winner poked fun at people like us through his nationally syndicated, one-of-a-kind cartoons. Goldberg’s far-fetched sketches of wacky mechanical designs went to extreme lengths to show preposterous ways to accomplish some of life’s most basic tasks.

By employing logic, physics and humor, Goldberg penciled his way into the American culture, causing us to laugh at ourselves.

Each cartoon was a compilation of multiple and convoluted steps, each in a specified sequence. For Rube, every task deserved a far more complicated labor-saving device. For example, Goldberg gave us:

• The Tee up a Golf Ball without Bending Over contraption.

• The How to Keep from Forgetting to Mail Your Letter device.

• The How to Keep the Boss from Knowing You’re late for Work system.

• A device for Getting Rid of Boring Guests.

• The How to Let the Cat Out at Night without Getting out of Bed machine.

But my favorite Goldberg creation is the elaborate Self-Operating Napkin. (A word to the adventurous: read these instructions slowly!)

• As a diner raised his spoonful of soup, a cord attached to the spoon pulled a lever, which tossed a cracker into the air enticing a trained parrot to jump.

• Once the parrot jumped, the bird’s platform immediately tilted causing a bottle of seeds to spill over and pour into a waiting cup.

• As the cup became heavier it pulled a string that ignited a cigar lighter.

• The resulting flame lit the fuse on a toy rocket that, upon lift-off, raised a sharp knife to cut a rope holding a pendulum with a napkin attached.

• This action allowed the napkin to swing back and forth on the pendulum, whereby wiping clean the diner’s chin. Mission accomplished.

Rube Goldberg made a living by poking fun at people who preferred doing things the hard way. Over the years his name became synonymous with overachievers producing minimum results from maximum effort.

Webster’s Dictionary labels Rube Goldberg as an adjective and defines it as, “Accomplishing by complicated means what could have been done simply.”

But physics and engineering aren’t the only fields where labor can be lost. Even in ministry there are times when we complicate our calling in the same Rube Goldberg fashion. At times we make the work harder than God ever intended it to be.

• We tend to worry even though He said, “Fear not for I am with you always.”

• We stew over negative comments even though He has told us, “If they persecuted Me, they’re going to persecute you, too.”

• We attempt to carry an unbearable load even though He invites us to “Cast all our cares on Him.”

• We worry over limited resources even though He says He will “supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.”

• We look for answers from every other source even though He says, “Call upon Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know.”

• We tend to think of it as Our Church even though He calls it His Church.

Let’s agree on this: The Church is His and His alone. He alone is the Architect, Builder, Owner and Lord. He plans to keep His job. He cannot and will not be replaced. Therefore, there’s no need for us to apply.

The job to which He’s called us is much different, simpler even. We’re to “be imitators of God … live a life worthy of the calling received … be a faithful minister of Christ … prepare God’s people for works of service … in everything [we] do, do all to the glory of God…hold firmly to the Word of life.”

And what’s the easiest possible way of doing that? Or, better put, what’s the best way to avoid pulling a ministerial Rube Goldberg? By “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”

By Ron Walters
Senior Vice President Ministry Relations

© Copyright 2012 by Ron Walters

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