Gimme a break, Gerard ... The winner for invading the most countries was who?
edaddy: I give up. You gonna tell us, uh?
I think that half-breed faggot we have as a leader is more dangerous and destructive than Putin. At least Putin is up front and in yer face, no surprises. Our gay strike that guy is a sneaky lying two-faced hypocrite and his gang equals the Rooskies for deceit and spying and deadly force encounters. I bet Putin didn't throw any agents and ambassadors under the bus like the poofter did.
That portrait is a good assessment of Tsar Vladimir. That is the portrait of a man sizing up others for the casket.
Mikey: good call. "Tombstone eyes" is another one. It reminds me of what my son says about machinists. He works with a software company that makes programs for animation and 3D CAD drawings, etc. I don't understand much about it but he says his company makes all those Disney films possible, shrug. I like the quote:
I've found that machinists are the most DPJK people I have ever met in this business. Like friggin’ Special Forces of manufacturing. I design in plus/minus a couple thousandths and they machine in plus/minus a couple ten thousandths. When they like you they stare at you with cold, mean, dead expressions. When they don't like you they just get up and leave without saying a word. Very DPJK. – Philistine
DPJK stands for: Don't Play, Just Kill. My family motto. http://dpjk.blogspot.com/2013/08/humble-origins.html
"Tsar Vladimir" sounds about right.
And that is because the book I've been reading in the past couple of weeks is on Peter the Great.
Peter, after his first voyage through the Western World, knew he had no time to modernize Russia in the mode of the Renaissance, nor the Protestant Reformation, nor the Scientific Revolution. (The Enlightenment would come later.) So, the first thing he did was to hire a whole bunch of barbers from the West... and brought with himself a nice shaving razor... and then,the first thing he did when he returned from his first trip to the West was to shave Russians' beards. Yes, their beards... And changed their fashions to Western... And dissidents faced the noose or the chopping block... Imagine how that Russian Orthodox culture reacted to all of that, especially after believing for ages that anything not Russian was "heretic". But, Russians understood with fear, especially after he executed all the Streltsy (Russian guard that served the Tsar's family, the nobility and the Russian church) and sent their kin into exile and/or servitude, this: what the Tsar wants, the Tsar gets, and end of sentence or you'll go to the noose, too.
Vladimir Putin sure aced his Peter the Great lessons.
What Putin nose shows (as painted by Bush) is, that 'W' tried to see him from different angles. I don't think he have had much success with that. It looks like Putin is attempting to sniff Bush out, using only one nostril BTW. Russians, there are no other.
These rules were compiled based on experience, how to deal with Russians specifically but good in general:
via the International Spy Museum
Never go against your gut.
Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
Don't look back; you are never completely alone.
Go with the flow, blend in.
Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
Lull them into a sense of complacency.
Don't harass the opposition.
Pick the time and place for action.
Keep your options open.
I'd sum it up with:
Fidarsi è bene ma non fidarsi è meglio.
To trust is good but not to trust is better.