Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was hailed by the Russian media yesterday as a hero, for stopping a Siberian Tiger from attacking a television crew.
One always wonders when something like this happens in Russia - a country not particularly well known for having an un-biased, non-naked media
- whether the whole thing was staged. Particularly seeing as the tiger was a captive one that happened to "escape" right when the Prime Minister was standing nearby with a tranquilizer rifle along with a gaggle of reporters. I don't find it that hard to imagine the Russian government duping their own media, but then again my attitudes towards the Russians are clouded by a lifetime of watching 80's cinema and an embarrassingly poor grasp on reality. Up until a couple years ago, I still blamed those fuckers for killing the
most talented and flamboyant boxer of our generation.
Still, unless evidence shows up to prove my drunken theories, we'll have to take the story at face value. So join me as I stand and slowly and deliberately applaud Putin's heroic display. This also highlights the fact that though we may hear about every little scandal or peed-on-prostitute in a politicians life, we so rarely hear about times when they perform an heroic feat like this. The closest thing Americans have is the one time a couple years back when