April 4, 2014

‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’

Neo-neocon drops by the place where George W. Bush exhibits his paintings | George W. Bush:

“As you know, our dear dog Barney, who had a special place in my heart — Putin dissed him and said, ‘You call it a dog?’” Bush recalled. “A year later, your mom and I go to visit and Vladimir says, ‘Would you like to meet my dog?’ Out bounds this huge hound, obviously much bigger than a Scottish terrier, and Putin looks at me and says, ‘Bigger, stronger and faster than Barney.’ I just took it in. I didn’t react,” Bush continued. “I just said, ‘Wow. Anybody who thinks ‘my dog is bigger than your dog’ is an interesting character.’ And that painting kind of reflects that.”
Here's a close-up of Bush'€™s portrait of Putin (the NBC logo is not part of the painting), which I think is quite fine, as well as revealing of Putin'€™s character:"

Bush: I looked in his eyes and saw his soul.

Bush told Putin he had warned him that the Georgian leader, President Mikhail Saakashvili, was “hot-blooded.”

“I’m hot-blooded too,” Putin said.

“I stared back at him,” Bush writes in his book. “‘No Vladimir,’ I said. ‘You’re cold-blooded.”

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 4, 2014 10:27 PM
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Gimme a break, Gerard ... The winner for invading the most countries was who?

Posted by: edaddy at April 4, 2014 4:44 PM

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.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 4, 2014 7:47 PM

That portrait is a good assessment of Tsar Vladimir. That is the portrait of a man sizing up others for the casket.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at April 4, 2014 8:17 PM

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

Posted by: chasmatic at April 5, 2014 4:54 AM

"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.

Posted by: newton at April 5, 2014 10:24 AM

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.

Posted by: Tatana Zajic at April 5, 2014 11:41 AM

These rules were compiled based on experience, how to deal with Russians specifically but good in general:

Moscow Rules
via the International Spy Museum
Assume nothing.
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.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 5, 2014 9:15 PM