Rice comments on natural gas spat spark 'unusual' response
If you've ever sought proof that liberalism - carried to its extreme - can rot your brain, then Friday the 13th is your lucky day.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the Liberal and Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), maligned Secretary of State Condolezza Rice in comments to Pravda recently, comments related to his country's squabble with Ukraine over natural gas.
Rice's comments on the dispute took the Russian government to task for cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine on Jan. 1 and demanding a 450 percent price hike. Rice called on Russia to "act responsibly" in supplying natural gas to neighboring countries. She also chastised Russia for playing politics with its energy policies.
Zhirinovsky told Pravda that Rice's harsh words for his country stem from her sexual problems. She's "a single woman who has no children. She loses her reason because of her late single status. Nature takes it all."
(In all fairness to domestic liberals, Zhirinovsky's comments probably are inspired by cultural differences rather than a liberal-leaning political ideology. I think the man sounds insane.)
"Such women are very rough," Zhirinovsky continued. "They are all workaholics, public workaholics. They can be happy only when they are talked and written about everywhere ... This is the only way to satisfy her needs of a female. She derives pleasure from it. If she has no man by her side at her age, he will never appear."
Zhirinovsky said that governments should not allow single politicians -- a practice he said was common in the old Soviet Union. The political arena "is not the place where one can sublimate their personal sexual problems," he said.
He compares Rice to an overbearing mother-in-law, stating the mother-in-law would be preferable to a single woman and her "problems" when it comes to political careers.
From here, Zhirinovsky's comments become more bizarre.
"Condoleezza Rice needs a company of soldiers. She needs to be taken to barracks where she would be satisfied. On the other hand, she can hardly be satisfied because of her age. This is a complex. She needs to return to her university and teach students there. She could also deal with psychological analysis.
"The true reason of Ms. Rice's attack against Russia is very simple. Condoleezza Rice is a very cruel, offended woman who lacks men's attention. Releasing such stupid remarks gives her the feeling of being fulfilled. This is the only way for her to attract men's attention," Vladimir Zhirinovsky said.
Zhirinovsky's wild statements are his first, I discovered. In the past, he's also praised Adolf Hitler, encouraged the use of nuclear weapons, and advocated Russia's invasion of Alaska to reclaim it for their country.
The gas dispute was ended last week when an agreement was struck between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko that established a new, higher price. The deal didn't settle well with the Ukrainian parliament, which called the new deal "unfair." There have been rumblings of an impeachment drive to oust Western-backed Yushchenko as well.
Rice's comments were also taken to task by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who called Rice's comments "strange and inappropriate."
According to what I read earlier today, the U.S. State Department refused to dignify Zhirinovsky's statements with a comment.
Natural gas prices here in the U.S. haven't been exactly stable in the last year. It seems the formation of a hurricane in the Atlantic was enough to send prices spiking upward. Cheap, affordable energy seems to be quickly become a relic of the past.
That's how things look from Cox's Creek this afternoon.
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