I thought this was gonna be just another joke.
It wasn’t.

Vladimir Putin has been described as a “czar” by fans and critics alike, but a group of Cossacks in St. Petersburg have gone a step further, erecting a statue of Putin in the form of a Roman emperor.

The [7.9-inch] bust, erected by a group that supports Putin, depicts the Russian leader, head turned imperiously, wearing Roman laurels, armor and a cloak.

“In this image is the symbol of our Russian democracy,” Andrei Polyakov, who heads the Irbis Orthodox Union of Cossacks, which commissioned the statue for their new headquarters outside St. Petersburg, Putin’s hometown, told Russian media.

Presidents come and go, but an emperor as a symbol is, I think, probably what Russia needs,” Polyakov told Reuters. [story]

Remember how the last one ended up?

Wellp, reckon we all know where my next pit stop is gonna be.
Pigeons’ll beat me to it, though.

(What? Well, if I had the means, I’d have a big one made of Obama … so I could pull it down on YouTube.)
Czar/Tsar — emperor: Caesar (Lat.) or Kaiser (Ger.)


  1. Ironic in Denver
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 6:28 pm |

    …if I had the means, I’d have a big one made of Obama … so I could pull it down on YouTube.

    Doug, the key is camera angle and perspective. If you do it right, you can make a small cheap one appear much larger than the reality — much like the man himself — and then with more clever angle work appear to pull it down… or… whatever.

    Cheap… e.g.,,k:Barack%20Obama%20Bust&tag=duckduckgo-osx-20

    Or, see eBay.

    As another idea, considering his past relationship with at least one dog, you could take one of these (relatively) cheap bronze ones and mount it on a post at a convenient height beside the path in a dog park.

  2. mike f
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 6:52 pm |

    IIRC some lefty group or groups hung GWB in effigy at least once during his presidency. Dunno why you couldn’t do a little statue representin’ the 2nd Black President. A life size jello mold – with jello – would be about right for both quality and consistency, given his vacillation and shallowness.

    I think ya got a great idea there, Doug. Bad thing is you can’t erect a Jello statue but a concrete statue woudn’t last long enough to take pictures before it becomes a target for all Obama deniers.

    A bust of Obama would require only a map of the US. We’re his biggest bust so far.

  3. ZZMike
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 7:47 pm |

    After all, the name “Vladimir” in Russian means “great ruler”. The last two Vladimirs were Vladimir the Great (died 1015 – I’ll trust Wiki on this one) \, and Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

  4. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm |

    ^ Vlad the Impaler Emperor?

    ^^ Yeah, a Barry head on a full Caesar statue from down at the lawn-ornament store.
    Video in false perspective would be required.

    ^^^ I like the dog-park thing, too.

    Mebbe go full-Cossack and start a lottery to fund it.
    You know, people buy chances to topple the tyrant.
    Second prize, y’get to pee on it beforehand.
    Third through two-hundredth prize, y’get to pee on it afterward.

  5. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 8:34 pm |

    This Cossack thing could be OK.

    Assuming I get to ride a horse, wear a big fur hat, and hack at Progs with a sabre.

  6. Ironic in Denver
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm |

    ^ Not so traditional, but if you use a good heavy riding crop instead of a saber, they will last longer.

  7. rickn8or
    Posted May 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm |

    The problem with an Obama bust is you gotta buy ‘em in pairs; one to shit on, one to cover it up.

  8. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 5:43 am |

    I was thinking along the lines of a riff on “Piss Christ.” Let’s suspend an Obamunist “O” in a jar of urine. While we’re at it, why don’t we add an “H->” for good measure.

  9. Ironic in Denver
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 7:27 am |

    ^ Free speech!

    (although in this case a pile of horse droppings might be more appropriate)

  10. Ironic in Denver
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 7:27 am |

    ^ Uh, I meant horse poop instead of urine. It would be shovel ready and everything.

  11. geezerette
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 10:02 am |

    Obama’s would need to be him playing a fiddle– or– better yet — golf clubs and him using his Iphone tweeting his tweets.

  12. Ironic in Denver
    Posted May 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm |

    ^ Obama tweets while Iraq burns?

    Okay. News story says Saudi Arabia moving ahead with plans to buy ready-make nukes from Pakistan, by the way.
    In 2008 he promised a major shift in U.S. foreign policy. Mission accomplished.

  13. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted May 20, 2015 at 11:24 am |

    No muzzie country in the Middle East has as many nukes as Israel. I can imagine Iran being foolish enough to launch a nuke missile(s) toward Israel. Which will authorize Israel to respond with a shitload of nuclear missiles and nuclear bomb carrying aircraft that will turn most of the Middle East into a radioactive fucking desert, absent of any human, animal or plant life!

    Then it will be centuries before Islam becomes a threat to all non-Islamic peoples and nations…….

    And, OBoBo, if he is still alive will be judged as the fucking idiot who caused it!!!!!!

  14. ZZMike
    Posted May 20, 2015 at 11:57 am |

    COL Jerry: The problem with such a nuclear exchange (assymetrical) is that Israel’s foes are also next-door neighbors. In our cold-war case, Russia was half a world away (still is…..). It would be like a nuclear war with us against Canada or Mexico – the by-products would come back to haunt us – and Israel.

    On the other hand, if the other guys are so foolish as to launch first, all bets are off.

    I note that Saudi Arabia will be buying nukes from Pakistan. This is in keeping with the Rule of Nature that says that Saudis are too exalted to do any actual work – either physical or mental.

    Which is a sad development – they used to make really good swords.

  15. mojo
    Posted May 21, 2015 at 12:35 am |

    Behold young Cassius, he has a lean and hungry look;
    He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.