It is rare to hear a politician say, “Of course it was a set up.” But Russian President Vladimir Putin told a Russian journalist that many of his most picturesque media appearances — shooting a tranquilizer dart into a tiger who appeared about to pounce; tagging a wounded snow leopard; and, just this week, wearing a feathery white suit to pilot a glider to guide a group of cranes south for the winter — were staged.
“Of course there are excesses,” he told Masha Gessen in Bolshoi Gorod magazine. But they were constructive deceits, he said, because they called attention to endangered wildlife.
A lot of Russians had been skeptical about President Putin’s highly publicized displays of environmental daring. They thought the tiger looked a little glassy-eyed, and suggested he might have been trucked in from a zoo.
“But I thought up these tigers myself,” Mr. Putin said. “Twenty other countries where tigers live also started taking care of them. ... The leopards were also my idea. Yes, I know they were caught before but the most important thing is to draw public attention to the problem.”
Read the rest. There is a saying in Russia: In Truth there is no News, and in News there is no Truth. Imagine that!
Владимир Владимирович may be an autocrat, but he sure is more MANLY than The Empty Chair!
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP)—Vladimir Putin flew a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight, a characteristic stunt for Russia’s action-man, animal-loving president.
Dressed in a white costume meant to imitate an adult crane, Putin was taking part in a project to teach the endangered birds who were raised in captivity to follow the aircraft on their southern migration to Central Asia. It follows a series of adventures for which the Russian leader has become alternately notorious and beloved, from flying a fighter jet to riding a horse bare-chested.
Perhaps Pooty and Romney could have some sort of competition?
One of my FB friends posted on how a Russian official called Madonna a Whore for supporting Pussy Riot. I got a laugh out of it, since some may construe shock over what we all know was Madonna’s modus operandi for a quarter century. At least now she’s being outshone by Lady Gaga, but that’s another story altogether.
Anyway, she’s actually right about Pussy Riot, the all-female Punk Band, some of whose members are serving time in Russian Jail for making a mockery of the Russian political system. I believe this is one event which got them thrown into the slammer:
There is a saying from the Tsarist era…allow me to update it: “Two are Everywhere, God and Putin!”
In light of Президент Обама‘s calling the Nazi Death Camps Polish, I decided to take Lech Walesa to the next level, since he apparently was the real target of Обама‘s verbal manipulation.
Granted, Обама wasn’t too happy that Walesa didn’t attend his visit last year to Poland. No matter. There is a much larger issue here, and it is Обама‘s deliberate mis-categorization of the Death Camps. Kinda like what the Soviets did to Poland in the Katyn Massacre.
One of my friends on FB recommended this page with a whole bunch of Soviet-era propaganda posters touting the successes of Socialism. The one I’ve included here (click on the image) looks quite menacing, indeed. I guess since the Russians (and by extension, the Chinese) are the only games in town to get men and women into space, I’ll bet Никита Сергеевич is rolling over in his grave…
...that is, of course, when he’s not exacting Hell on Marilyn Monroe!
In case anyone’s forgotten, there was a Presidential Election in Russia today. Lots of tricks being pulled by Владимир Владимирович and his United Russia Party, which to me is more nationalistic than the Chinese Communist Party purports itself to be. But I digress.
Anyhoo…you have three guesses as to who won and the first two don’t count!
There wasn’t much choice: those who ran for the Presidency, other than Pooty or the Communist Party candidate, Gennady Zyuganov (Bulls**t), were Mikhail Prokhorov (some Russian billionaire…that’s in US Dollars of course!), and then there was Vladimir Zhirinovsky (Definitely Bulls**t!). Now that that’s over and, barring some turn of health for the MANLY guy, the Russian People are guaranteed his benevolent leadership for twelve more years! I’m sure Обама is taking notes….
Yep, Владимир Владимирович definitely has problems. So says a former Prime Minister, Mikhail Kasyanov, who says Pooty would lose an honest Presidential Election.
“He is angry and frightened and has lost his self-control,” said Mr Kasyanov, who tried to run against Mr Putin for the presidency in 2008, only to be disqualified on what he said was a trumped-up technicality.
“Putin understands that social pressure on him is growing all the time. He is nervous.”
Mr Kasyanov, who used to be on good terms with the strongman Russian leader until he and his cabinet were unceremoniously fired by the then president in 2004, said he felt it was the beginning of the end for Mr Putin.
“For the first time I have no doubt that if I or one of my colleagues was registered as a presidential candidate we would definitely win in the second round of voting. Putin has no doubt of that too, which is why he is afraid of us.”
Hence the goofy-looking poster of Владимир Владимирович displayed here.
At least those Russians who have protested so far against Pooty have not let them turn violent, unlike what’s happened in the Middle East. They don’t want to hear the Muslim National Anthem™ emanate from the Kremlin.
Владимир Владимирович has got some problems….
Yesterday, an estimated 50,000 Russians marched in Moscow to protest the election results in which the United Russia party won a majority in the Duma, the lower house of their Legislature. It is alleged that Pooty’s party rigged it all, resulting in the largest anti-government protests in since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Some smart graphic designer printed up a bunch of signs which showed Владимир Владимирович supposed aged to what he might look like in 2050? S**t, he’d be 98 years old! I’d say he looks pretty good for that age! His face should have been hollowed out a little more. In any case, Путин had better listen to what these protesters are saying.
You know something? Of all the world leaders, past or present, one I would like to meet, believe it or don’t…is Михаил Сергеевич!
Why, you ask? Well, he may have led the Soviet Union to its demise, but apparently he wasn’t as Filthy a Communist Bastard as those who preceded him. After all, he was the only one to have been born after the Bolshevik Revolution; he had never known anything else. And he realized how his policies of Перестройка and Гла́сность rubbed a lot of his fellow Communist Party members the wrong way.
One question I would ask Михаил Сергеевич would be this: “Why in the HELL did you not quit the Communist Party like Бори́с Никола́евич?” Maybe he’d be honest enough to answer.
Very recently, I learned a new way to express my disdain for a city I once lived in. You’ve seen me write out a long phrase: Народный Социалистический Город-Государство Чикаго. All nice and good.
But now I can shorten that up to something a whole lot more understandable, especially since a certain right-hand-man now runs the town. Now I can just say: Обамаград! Thank you, Osprey...and yes, I’m a Soul Man and I still weep for what that town has become.