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Vlad the Inhaler

So here’s Putin’s latest photo op: descending into the Bay of Finland in a bathyscaphe to eyeball the wreck of a 19th Century Russian frigate. Because I guess he’s decided that what the Russian people really want in a president is a Bond villain.

Here a sampling of his bizarre macho performances. I did not realize — if the hippies at the link can be believed — that the Siberian tiger he supposedly shot with a tranquilizer dart at a nature reserve was actually a zoo animal that subsequently died of an overdose of anesthetic. Sad, if true.

Can we go back to the days of rule by inbred show ponies, please? At least they were brought up with a sense of tradition and decorum.


Comment from tomfrompv
Time: July 17, 2013, 11:48 pm

But, he had his shirt on! Very disappointing.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 17, 2013, 11:48 pm

At least he seems to give a damn about his people…the U.S. president sure as hell doesn’t.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: July 18, 2013, 12:40 am

Eventually, someone will catch Vlad monologuing…

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 18, 2013, 1:17 am

Barkobama cares very deeply about Americans. Especially ones of the Obama ilk, but maybe three or four others. Hey, he’s a busy guy.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 18, 2013, 1:24 am

Uniquely Britis[c]h Humour.

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: July 18, 2013, 1:34 am

Could we get a Bond villian in the White House? Even that kooky, jawless nutjob from the last film? It would be a step or eight up from the current occupant.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: July 18, 2013, 1:42 am

Well, he certainly is photogenic, and his PR people are creative.

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 18, 2013, 1:42 am

Talking of Sad and True.

I will raise you a WTC7 without a plane and in-flight call you all on Insurance fraud!

Read it and Weap-on!


Comment from GregO
Time: July 18, 2013, 5:21 am

I dunno; Putin just doesn’t turn me on – not even with his shirt off. When I look at his beady little eyes and his nasty pinched face I think petty postal clerk; or maybe a guy that does people’s taxes. But if that’s the best Russia can do, it ain’t much better here in the USSA.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 18, 2013, 1:27 pm

I bet he
Reads every email and listens to every phone conversation;
Sends guns across the border while taking them from his citizens
Uses the tax collectors to harass his political enemies
Interferes in local trials
Arms his state agencies beyond any reasonable need or reason
Incites unrest between different factions of the population for political advantage.
Uses the State’s money to buy his wife expensive foreign vacations
But at least he looks like a villian.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 18, 2013, 2:17 pm

He’s headed for the Volcano Lair, obviously. Underwater entrance, keeps out the riff-raff.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 18, 2013, 2:34 pm

I have a big heart, Some Veg. I can hate more than one world leader at a time.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 18, 2013, 2:47 pm

The weird thing is that people really seem to be buying into Putin’s stunts. They really seem to think he’s some kind of tough guy.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: July 18, 2013, 5:28 pm

Putin’s not so bad. He gives Siberian cats as gifts: http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_01_15/President-Putin-to-present-a-Siberian-cat-to-Norihisa-Satake/

Comment from Nina
Time: July 18, 2013, 7:19 pm

I’m not impressed much with Vlad’s derring do (autocorrect tried to change that to derringer, by the way), but that journey to the frigate sounds interesting. It’s good to be the king.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 18, 2013, 7:22 pm

I saw a photo of him just cuddling a puppy, and he still looked twice as macho as our last four presidents combined!

Not that he could hold a candle to Reagan.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 18, 2013, 9:26 pm

I should note, however, that this is the kind of man who’ll drop a polonium pellet in your salt shaker if you annoy him. He’ll kill, he’s just not the chest beating Tarzan he’s pretending to be.

Comment from ed
Time: July 18, 2013, 10:12 pm

“Can we go back to the days of rule by inbred show ponies, please? At least they were brought up with a sense of tradition and decorum.”

And highly polished boots. Don’t forget the boots. When the self-styled elites are putting one up your backside it’s more comfortable when they’re polished well otherwise you get a … rugburn is the closest equivalent I suppose. 🙂

Comment from ed
Time: July 18, 2013, 10:14 pm

“Not that he could hold a candle to Reagan.”

Reagan would have done to him what Moe did to Curly and Larry.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: July 19, 2013, 6:22 am

I’ve passed through the Indonesian archipelago plenty of times, and I am always struck by how it is a Bond Villain Suburb. Lots of volcanic islands. Were i the Indonesian Minister of the Interior (which I am not) I would give tax breaks to supervillains to set up shop in the many uninhabited volcanic lairs there. Last time through I swear I spotted Captain Nemo, Blofeld, Doctor Evil, and Bill Gates all arriving or departing in their private submersibles.

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