Friday, September 21, 2012

Macho Men

 --Vladimir Putin imprinting on cranes?

Body...wanna feel my body?
Body...such a thrill my body
Body...wanna touch my body?
Body...it's too much my body 
--Macho Man, The Village People 

Moral maxims are surprisingly useful on occasions
when we can invent little else to justify our actions 
--Tales of Belkin, Aleksandr Pushkin

Whether he's retrieving a 6th century urn from a dive in the Black Sea, saving a camera crew from a Siberian Tiger or leading a flock of captive-raised Siberian white cranes in flight this week as part of the birds’ training for winter migration, it's all in a day's work for former KGB agent-cum-Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Putin has been filmed riding horses bare-chested and bareback, climbing trees, fighting fires, tracking whales, driving a Formula One race car at 150 m.p.h., and more.  Girls have been known to swoon and erupt into scripted dance before his manly swagger. He seems to be aiming for an Indiana Jones meets James Bond image. But Putin fessed up recently to Reuters that most of his derring-do was staged. 

D'oh!  Those poor, naive Russian peasants ... they'll never leave their Soviet indoctrination and potato fields, methought.  But then, there was this memory:

--President George W. Bush,, in his salad days 

And because he is who he is, GWB appears to be surrounded by colorful Teletubbies before issuing his Mission Accomplished (not) speech in 2003:

"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed."

Alas, we are bumpkins, all. Belief and hope are a mighty things. As Pushkin also wrote, "A deception that elevates us is dearer than a host of low truths."

My name is Ozymandius ...


Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

In the on deck shot he appears naked and nutless, and the teletubbies are holding up their hands preparatory to covering their eyes, or stifling the urge to projectile puke. Leastways that's the way I see it.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 6:07:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

I do not mean to denigrate our men in uniform, but that one scene simply struck me as being so childish, with the admirers in their colorful jerkins.

It definitely had the ring of The Emperor's New Clothes.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:56:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Deryle said...

How many socks were sacrificed for that god-like bulge?

Having run a ropes-course for twenty-odd years I've seen hundreds of adolescent boys and a few grown men strategically stuff all the available fabric in the front of their pants into the nether parts of their climbing harness in a vain glorious attempt to fool onlookers--as if--into believing they were..well, endowed.
Shrub got the same urge. But wasn't that all he was about anyhoo--another adolescent frat-boy?
Trouble with that scenario is that he had some serious toys to act out his serious issues and a lot of folks paid dearly for his indulgence.

Story circulates around the outdoor folks here in this part of the world about the time Putin, while on river trip through the Grand Canyon, became bored, saying the had more important things to do and demanded that he be let off the river. Seems he had been overheard saying that it was time to take his son, about 14 at the time to Las Vegas "to become a man."
On being told there was no way to get out of the canyon, he begins berating crew that they "didn't know who he was" and tells his man with the satellite phone to make the call.
A US gov't helicopter shows up and whisks away Putin and his prepubescent son--to Las Vegas.

What do the women say:"The only difference between the men and the boys is the size..err..uh...oh: the price of their toys?"

Adolescent boys..we got a whole nation of 'em.

What's his job again?

Couldn't y'all photoshop a shirt on that dude--or something?


Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7:59:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Ah, Deryle, re. the stuffing issue ... a memory:

When a young lass my sensitivity could be offended easily, and I remember walking out of "The Best Little Whorehouse in TX" at the scene where Burt Reynolds began stuffing. I'm very much for the natural, y'see. (Why I was at a B.R. movie, I don't know.)

The topic of a nation of adolescent boys is quite serious, no? Surely this is not going to play out well.

For the middle-aged "boys" who play games all night (or day), perhaps they can man IT swing shifts, but I think this trend will definitely alter our national character, such as it is.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8:13:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Deryle said...

You know lots of the other folks in older nations across the globe share the opinion among themselves that America never left adolescence.
I'd argue that in many instances, we've yet t reach it.
Yes'm,it do have some serious implications and no, it has not , nor will it, play out well.
Bratty kids on temper tantrums while parents smugly smilingly,stand by makes for an unpleasant scene.
No, it's not "cute."


Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8:23:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

i keep having a vision of Obomba leading the geese or any birds by using a preditor drone.
a nice vision of leadership.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 8:53:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

DP says,

Bratty kids on temper tantrums while parents smugly smilingly,stand by makes for an unpleasant scene

...indeed -- what's up with that? I truly, sincerely, do not get it. How did misbehaving children become the centerpiece of a dining experience.

One thing's fer sure -- they'll think being prima donna's as adults is attractive, and that thought ruins my appetite.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9:49:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Deryle said...

Hey y'all,
Good one Jim, on Yo-Bama and the drones.

Lisa, I might not have made meself clear with the "bratty kid" comment as I was trying to be snarky about the role the USSA (Oops.Did i I just write that?)has chosen to play on the world's stage.

Either way it amounts to the same, doesn't it, as your most excellent comment alluded.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 11:42:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At first sight I thought they were Teletubbies.....I'm still laughing!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 3:15:00 PM GMT-5  

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