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I hasn’t found that job yet :(


Okay, I may have altered the sub-head a bit.

I don’t have much to say for myself this fine post-Thanksgiving Friday night, so join me in trawling old WWII posters looking to steal stuff for inspiration.

Here’s Northwestern University‘s collection. And this guy’s Flickr set is excellent.

There are a few surprises. Like this one, which seems to be calling for racial harmony. And I didn’t realize they got this explicitly religious (hoo! That would make a modern ACLU guy’s cranium esplode).

MAN those people laid guilt trips on each other. “My daddy’s not coming home because you took the bus to the movies” sort of thing. Plus a lot of useless nannying. Eat your vegetables. Don’t start forest fires (yeah. Smokey was ALL OVER dubya-dubya eye-eye. Go figure).

Somebody told me once — don’t know if it’s true — that loose lips didn’t actually sink any ships at all. Still, it’s fun to revisit an era when you could express patriotism in totally non-ironic terms.

Good weekend, everyone!


Comment from See-Dubya
Time: November 28, 2009, 12:18 am

This has absolutely nothing to do with what you just posted: http://bit.ly/8xsdhJ

Comment from Mr. Matamoros
Time: November 28, 2009, 2:37 am

Criminy, See-Dubya. That just ain’t right!

Comment from David Gillies
Time: November 28, 2009, 2:43 am

War is the health of the State. That’s why every Big Government effort to proscribe or prescribe what substance or thought or wobbly protuberance you are permitted to introduce into your body is recast as a “War on X“. Likewise Czars or Tsars or цари: a) the whole point of a Caesar was that there was only one of ’em, not a mob numerous enough to populate both sides in a scratch game of Rugby, and b) stabbing the fucker was a good thing.

As for headscarf-lathe girly above: you don’t look much like an Elizabeth Arden model if you spend 10 hours a day cranking heavy machinery. Your cleansing regime is less Pond’s Cold Cream and more Swarfega.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 28, 2009, 2:53 am

“loose lips didn’t actually sink any ships at all”

Pretty much true. There was no effective Axis intelligence operation in the U.S. after Pearl Harbor. And all the Axis agents in British territory were double agents under British control. This didn’t stop people from thinking there were spies around, though.

OTOH, there were some areas where Axis agents did operate effectively, and “loose lips” were costly. For instance, in late 1942, the British forces in North Africa attempted a wave of commando raids in Axis rear areas a few weeks before El Alamein.

Major Vladimir “Popski” Peniakoff was involved in one of these raids. His raid partly succeeded, but most of the others were debacles. Later, in Italy after the Italian surrender, he met an Italian intelligence officer who had served in Africa. This officer told him the Italians had had the “order of battle” for all the raids a week before they went off (he recited most of it from memory).

As Popski put it, the excited young officers who organized the raids all had girlfriends in Cairo or Alexandria, and told them way too much, and the girlfriends were all eager gossips, and somewhere in the social group was an Axis agent… (The British officers didn’t tell obvious secrets, but they gave away details which could be assembled into a complete picture by a clever analyst.)

That, BTW, is the great danger of having a civil trial for Khalid Sheikh Muhammad and his ilk. Even the Obamanists will not reveal the names of informants who are at risk (at least I hope they won’t), but the extensive discovery required by a civil trial will disclose a lot of things that could be used to deduce the identities of informants or other critical intelligence.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 28, 2009, 2:59 am

Umm, the third link (“Like this one, which…”) links to a page of search results, not a specific image, and none of the links on the results page seem to be what is referred to in the post.

Comment from Mr. Matamoros
Time: November 28, 2009, 3:08 am

I come to sweasel’s place for the off-beat and wacky humor, but I can actually get an edumacation here too!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 28, 2009, 8:50 am

Oops. Sorry, Rich. Feexed.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 28, 2009, 9:05 am

I come here because, if I don’t, she bites me.

But yes, I was thinking just the same, Mr. Matamoros.

Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: November 28, 2009, 2:40 pm

Wait, we can get edumacation here too?
Ahhh!! Get it offa me! GET IT OFFA MEEEE!!

Comment from AndyOH
Time: November 28, 2009, 7:21 pm

See-Dubya: How dare they post a news item like that with no accompanying comment section !! I feel robbed.

Comment from Mr. Matamoros
Time: November 28, 2009, 7:33 pm

Uncle Badger, don’t those bites heal up after a week or so?

Comment from See-Dubya
Time: November 28, 2009, 8:09 pm

I thought slurry referred to any sort of goopy mixture, eg wet cement. I’d never heard it used as a synonym for barnyard effluent before. Those English with their words ad stuff!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 28, 2009, 10:33 pm

Only with lots of antibiotics, Mr. Matamoros 🙂

Comment from David Gillies
Time: November 29, 2009, 3:03 am

I know several Matamoroses in my neck of the woods. I’m surprised the professionally-shocked haven’t been agitating to have the name outlawed as a hate-crime in potentia. After all, it does mean ‘killer of Moslems’. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. If one were Latvian and had a name that meant ‘killer of Waffen SS’ or ‘gleefully beheads NKVD’ that would be cool too.

Comment from Mr. Matamoros
Time: November 29, 2009, 3:56 am

They would have to change the names of several cities in Mexico as well as an airport…and I don’t think they are as PC-conscious in Mexico as they are in other places (at least, not yet).

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