20 May 2015

On some peculiarities of Russian political discourse

Not much is said in Western media about some excesses of Russian new wave of ultra-patriotism. This wave seems to be drowning any sign of protest about the Russian piecemeal absorption of Ukrainian territory. It also reached some hitherto unseen heights of unbridled profanity, as it could be seen in the picture below.

The text on the rear window says:
Will buy the skin off Obama's arse. Dearly [meaning the author is ready to pay a lot].
This "ad" appeared on a Hummer that was seen circling the streets of Pyatigorsk on May 9 (the Soviet/Russian Victory day) among many other cars carrying all kinds of patriotic and, in many cases, xenophobic slogans.

The ownership of the car [aside of the irony of the car being of American extraction, which fact escaped the attention of its owner] is of interest in this case. According to the article that quotes some Pyatigorsk citizens, there are only two Hummers in the city, and the one in question belongs to one Daniil Travnev, head of the Pyatigorsk branch of the Russian Gazprom, the largest natural gas extraction company in the world.

Oh well, as the linked article properly mentions:
The reality of Putin's Russia are such that it has become a nature reserve for idiots.
Believe it or not, the presented "pearl" is on the mild side, compared to other, overtly racist curses directed at Obama particularly and at Americans in general.

And, since Putin's name was mentioned - meanwhile near Sankt Peterburg:

Cossacks unveil a monument to Putin in the image of Emperor Nero
The poor schlubs certainly don't know much about the emperor in question... but their intentions are good and their hearts are pure. More on the story.

So there.

27 comments:

Sennacherib said...

"The poor schlubs certainly don't know much about the emperor in question.." It was said that his voice and lyre playing would lead women to fake child birth and men heart attacks to escape his famous 10-12 hour recitals.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Yep, has was all around example of success and a matchless object of adoration. Like Putin indeed.

Dick Stanley said...

Pure hearts, chest candy and big hats are all you need. Apparently. As for our Little Barry's arse, peel away.

Dick Stanley said...

With a smart phone he could have more than two time zones.

Dick Stanley said...

Our Little Barry is a scoundrel.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

:-)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

He is not smart enough to use a smartphone, believe me.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Or a politician, which is one and the same.

Dick Stanley said...

There are degrees of it and OLB is right at the top.

Stan said...

"The watches have been set for Havana, Washington and Moscow time."

Just a quick note. Havana and Washington are in the same time zone.

Stan

Dick Stanley said...

Two bad, he could have all 24 time zones in a glance if he had the right app.

Dick Stanley said...

In more ways than one, these days.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I wouldn't argue at all ;-)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Hi Stan,

You are right re the current situation, but the article mentions that "between the years 1960 and 1964 Havana used the time zone UTC -4.".

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Heh... I still think that the normalization between Cuba and US is a good thing - in the long run. That Havan regime needs a bit more push, but not in the military sense. It will go the way most commie regimes went.

Sennacherib said...

It has been awfully quiet over here in OT Prophet land. Sennacherib suspects nefarious goings on.

Dick Stanley said...

Except for the Chinese. But I agree it's probably for the best and the Castro regime probably will collapse. And that would be good for most Cubans, even if American development aid is confined to building a new casino for Jay Z.

Dick Stanley said...

Come back, Little Sheba, all is forgiven.

Sennacherib said...

Snoopy, where are you? You are worrying some Assyrians and a worried Assyrian is not a happy Assyrian.

Sennacherib said...

You haven't gone for another of those hikes in the wilderness have you. I don't know of any National Parks that will let you stay for 40yrs, 40 days maybe, if you know the rangers.

peterthehungarian said...

Snoopy I hacked into the system of the Tax Authority and erased all of your arrears. You can come back.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

That is a must in these parts.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

True, but Chinese at least gave up on the economic part of Bolshevism...

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Soon...

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I gather I better not test my fortune, so quite soon.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I am totally against any pedestrian activities that don't have food service as a goal.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Thanks Peter, this is what real friends are for!