I scooped up this story of Putin's latest explois from Dan Riehl's Riehl World View. Dan and the Associated Press, which reported on the story, greeted Putin's adventure with sour grapes: Dan calling him a wuss when it turned out Putin's crossbow was firing darts to collect skin samples to help scientists track the endangered gray whale (Dude! I am so bummed. That's something Al Gore would do."), and the AP sniffing that this was the latest attempt to portray Putin as macho:
He has been photographed fishing bare-chested in Russia's Altai region, and was shown on television diving into an icy river and swimming the butterfly stroke. In April he attached a satellite-tracking collar on a tranquilized polar bear. He also has shot a Siberian tiger with a tranquilizer gun and released leopards into a wildlife sanctuary.You left out his road-testing a Hog and his bare-chested horseback riding.
Aw, c'mon, guys. The world's rudest prime minister, one of the epithets attached to him, is just having a good time whiling away the hours until he becomes Russia's president again.