Read his lips again.
Presidential candidate Yanukovych: Taxes should be lowered...most notably, by a factor of three, for enterprises where new jobs are created and high tech is introduced. I will give 5-year tax breaks to all small businesses and will exempt...small businesses...from registration fees and all permits paperwork.
How's that for a stump speech/campaign promise?
So here's my Thanksgiving message. (Skip to 40:30.)
Yes, I can see! Great General, I will work harder at the salt mines to get more salt to bring you more happiness. Thank you very much!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Read his lips again.
It ain't over.
Police keep blocking Kyiv-bound buses and threatening to remove the Maidan camp. Yet people keep coming.
The government has made a lame attempt at negotiations. With a slightly stronger showing in Kyiv, protests continue all over Ukraine.
That includes Yanukovych strongholds: Donetsk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Odesa.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Back to square one.
We're nowhere as big as 6 years ago.
But we're in the right place, at the right time.
Tymoshenko back in vogue?
Her plan: Petition Yanukovych to veto the tax code.
Meanwhile, a court bans rallies in downtown Kyiv Nov. 22-26.
That's the same court that never banned pro-Yanukovych rallies.
The police that protected Yanukovych are now threatening his opponents.
Friday, November 19, 2010
One person, one vote?
Not in Ukraine!
Yes he can! MP Chechetov can orchestrate a vote-for-your-absentee-pal symphony.
Music to His ears!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
If somebody messes with your opposition head, you know who dunnit.
Yanukovych: Democracy is not about abusing yourselves. It’s this...constructive approach to life, and not... If you have a competitive platform, be my guest. Make it happen. [...] In one region, they elected five city heads from one party, and the party’s in opposition. So these five city heads will be in opposition? I can’t imagine this. [chuckles] Ho can the head of a city be in opposition? I’ll wring his head off right away — if he doesn’t work on that sewerage, if he doesn’t work on that water and gas. [...] Uh...Ihor Stepanovych here, he’s...uh...in opposition, right? But...
Kalush Mayor Ihor Nasalyk: No, what opposition?
Yanukovych [blurts out in Russian]: Ta podozhdi! [Hold it!] “What” [opposition]? I don’t know “what,” but I know he’s...taking care of the city day and night.
So how could Gongadze, the beheaded journalist, be in opposition to Kuchma?
Friday, November 12, 2010
Watch FEMEN take a stand for Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.
In Ukraine, we don’t stone women. We sell them into sex slavery.
Just as we sell ourselves into stabilnist.
But some women make us want to rethink that policy.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Take this $17M chopper.
Make it $1.5K/flight, plus $7.5M for the helipad.
Add that personal “missile shield”...
And we have liftoff!
One flew over Mezhyhirya may cost Ukrainians a lot.
But it’s worth every cent!
High-security property. Private zoo. 500 workers/day. At least $9.4M in interior design alone!
Can any drug cartel keep up with this?
Pigeons: a clear and present danger
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Yanukovych: Nobody will be making a business out of the budget in this country, and those pockets that they’ve sewn for themselves — right to their feet — we’ll...✂ chick [snip] them, as the surgeons put it...huh? Right?
Medics: It’s amputate! Amputate!
Yanukovych: Those pockets. Hahaha!
This reminds me of a memorable quote from the Soviet miniseries “The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed.” (It’s a detective drama that achieved cult status in the USSR, starring nonconformist idol Vladimir Vysotsky as Zhyglov.)
WW II has just ended, and two war heroes become cops to wage war on gangs.
In the final episode, Sharapov (the other cop) goes undercover and ends up abducted by the gang he’s been trying to infiltrate.
Not only does he make the gang believe his story, but he also devises a scheme that leads to the gang’s successful stakeout.
Watch the scene, with English subtitles.
Gang leader “Горбатый” (“Hunchback”): “Don't be afraid. It won't hurt when we cut you. Chick, and you're in heaven!” (true-to-original)
Just a thought. Nothing personal.